How to Prepare for your Lifestyle Newborn Photo Shoot

How to Prepare for your Lifestyle Newborn Photo Shoot

Hi there. Whenever I book a newborn session, I send a fairly long e-mail explaining how my clients should prepare for their newborn photo session. Instead of having to write the same e-mail over and over, I’ve decided to write a blog post in which I can refer my clients to read. Thus, I decided to write about how to prepare for your lifestyle newborn photo shoot.


Babies are usually better in the morning. Also, the light is usually brighter too. And, since I shoot while my daughter is in school, shooting in the morning gives me enough time to get back home in time for when she comes home.


Natural Light

I’ll need a room with lots of natural light as I’ll be shooting using available light. I prefer to shoot in the master bedroom, if possible. No worries if either your master bedroom doesn’t have enough available light, or if you prefer to shoot in the living room.


I also like to shoot some of the photos in the nursery, if it’s set up. That way you’ll have some mementos of your baby in their room. If the nursery is set up, I will also take detail shots of the nursery. I want you to be able to remember all of those cute little details you thought about when decorating the baby’s bedroom.


This is a lifestyle portrait session, so the posing will be very casual. However, I will shoot some portraits of the baby by themselves. For the photos of the baby by themselves, I need a bed to shoot on. It can either be your bed or a guest bed. No worries if you haven’t had a chance to tidy up. I totally understand what it’s like to just have a baby. I just need a large, flat surface to shoot the baby’s portraits. If you have other children, I can also include them in some of the photos.


Photography Props

If you have a couple of small items or blankets you want your baby to be photographed with, please make sure to have them ready on the morning of the shoot. That way you don’t have to go searching for them. Some of the items could be a small handmade blanket or hat. Or maybe a little toy that has sentimental value.


What to Wear

For both parents, more neutral tones look better with baby. Avoid clothing with logos or writing as it’s too distracting. Dressy casual looks good for home portraits.


The Nursery

If you have already set up the nursery, I will want to shoot some of the photos in there. Not only will I take photos of baby in the nursery, but I’ll capture the details you’ve taken thought to add as decorations, like pictures or wall art. I’ll even take photos of that cute little mobile or homemade blanket a family member or friend gave as a present. I want to document these little things to help you and your child remember what everything looked like when your little one arrived.  🙂


Master Bedroom

If you’re ok to have some of the photos taken in the master bedroom, please make sure to have any clutter on the night stands removed and the bed made. Ideally, just leaving your lamps or one knickknack is the best for what’s left on top of the night stands. This means moving the alarm clock, tissue box, books, watch and any other little items. And be sure to wipe off the dust from the night stands. This might seem like a small inconvenience. And yes, you’re faking that your home looks that spotless. However, it will make your photos look SO much nicer.


Living Room/Sitting Room

Perhaps you prefer to have photos taken in the living room, instead of the master bedroom because of better natural light. No worries. I just need a room that will be clutter-free and has good light. The same thing goes for the living room as the bedroom: make sure to remove clutter and dust. The more simple looking everything is, the better the focus will remain on the family in the photos. If needed, I will move furniture around. However, I promise to put everything back in its place as best as I can.


Contact me to book either your maternity photo shoot and/or your baby’s newborn photo shoot. I include baby, the new parents as well as any siblings. If you have a grandparent visiting, I don’t mind also photographing them holding your baby. I look forward to hearing from you.

Check out a few of my lifestyle newborn photo sessions to get a feel how your own baby’s newborn session will look:

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