How to prepare for a successful newborn session

You’re in a new and exciting time in your life with your newborn.

You’ve got a precious little newborn and are ready to document his or her first memories in photographs. At Summer Brader Photography, I want to make this a joyous experience for you and your family. I know how nerve-racking picture day is, especially when you’re running on little, to no, sleep. I’ve compiled a list of preparation tips to ease some of your stress, and help you through the process. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me HERE. I will be happy to answer all of your questions.

What to Have

I take a minimalistic approach to our sessions staying focused on your new little bundle of joy. I do not bring a lot of items to use. Especially, if I am traveling to you. I will take care of any extra blankets, rugs, dresses for you etc., but I tend to pack light when it comes to props. I am more than happy to incorporate any special items into your photos. For example, a special outfit or blanket, a favorite stuffed animal or toy, heirlooms, etc.  Personal items show your child and family’s personality and uniqueness.

For a session in your home, you don’t have to bring anything. However, please have these items readily available in case we need them. If you are doing a studio session, please follow this checklist to avoid under or over packing your diaper bag.

To ensure that your baby is happy and calm during the session, I suggest bringing a swaddle blanket. A pacifier is also helpful, if you are using one. And, be sure to have fresh bottle, and diapers ready to go.

What to Wear

Newborns are not very patient when it comes to outfit changes. I recommend having your newborn in an outfit you’d like for the photos before the session. Cover the outfit with a bib or burp rag in case of little incidents. A simple, well fitting onsie is perfect to start with. After a few photos in this, I prefer to have baby in just the diaper and swaddled. In my opinion, babies photograph best this way. They will also cooperate longer if we are not constantly changing their outfits. 

If you are going to be in photos with your child, I suggest bringing a backup shirt. I also recommend that you wear a white or black shirt to photograph parts of you with your child. For example, just your hands holding the baby. The simplicity of the shirt will keep the focus on the baby. Keep jewelry to a minimum, as babies like to grab hold of these items.

If you have any wardrobe questions, please contact me. I would be more than happy to help. Thanks for reading and I look forward to your session!

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