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How to Prepare for Your Newborn Photo Session

Now that you and baby are home, it’s finally time for those newborn photos. Maybe you’ve been imagining them for months—your precious little one swaddled in a blanket, fawned over by you and your whole family. Here are some tips for preparing for your newborn photo shoot!

Choose baby’s outfit and accessories.

The best wardrobe for a newborn is nothing. You definitely want your photos to capture those precious little legs and arms and that soft baby skin! But it’s a great idea to bring accessories or items that hold special meaning, like a blanket that’s a family heirloom or a toy that belonged to you as a child. These items can add a little personal detail to your photos.

Talk to big brothers and sisters.

Including siblings in your newborn portraits is a wonderful way to document this big change in the life of your family. Explain to your other children. the importance of behaving and listening to the photographer during your session. And it wouldn’t hurt to have some non-messy snacks on hand as well.

Here are 5 tips on including older siblings in the newborn session!

Plan your own look.

While the photos will mostly be of your newborn, you’ll want photos of the two of you as well. Be sure to take time to choose your own outfit. Go for something simple and comfortable. You don’t have to wear makeup, but a little bit can help you feel fresher and at ease in front of the camera. Consider a few basic hair products as well to keep strays in place.

Maintain a consistent routine.

Make sure not to make any changes to baby’s diet or routine prior to the shoot. Continue to feed your little one as you normally do, and bring along plenty of bottles for the photo session. You’ll want to do your best to keep baby awake before the shoot, so they’ll more easily fall asleep for those cute, snuggly shots we all love.

Relax and trust your photographer.

You’ve chosen your newborn photographer for their skill and experience. They’ll know how to safely and sweetly pose your baby and take images that you’ll cherish for years to come.

Want some more details on what to expect at your newborn’s photo session? Check that out here.

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