How to prepare for a successful newborn session

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

You’ve now got this adorable, 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. To help you out with this process, we’ve compiled a list of preparation tips to ease some of your stress. If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact me HERE and I can get you the answers you’re looking for.

What to Bring

If we are doing a session in your home, you don’t have to bring anything. However, I suggest that you take a look at this list and have these items readily available in case we need them during your newborn session. If you are doing a studio session, please follow this checklist to avoid under or over packing your diaper bag.

I try to keep our sessions pretty basic and focused in on your new little bundle of joy and therefore take a minimalistic approach. Especially if I am traveling to you, I do not bring a lot of items to use. I will take care of any extra blankets, rugs, dresses for you etc., but I tend to pack light prop-wise. If there is something you’d like to include in your photos – a special outfit or blanket, a favorite stuffed animal or toy, heirlooms, etc., I will be more than happy to incorporate it in your newborn session. The more personal items we use in your session, the more unique these photos will be to your child and your family’s personality.

To ensure that your baby is happy and calm during the session, I suggest bringing a blanket that we can swaddle him or her in, as well as a pacifier if you are using one. Also be sure to have fresh bottle — if your child is currently using a bottle — and diapers ready to go.

What to Wear

Newborns are not very patient when it comes to outfit changes. I suggest having your newborn in an outfit you’d like him or her to wear for the photos before you get to the session or I arrive, covering the outfit with a bib or burp rag in case of little incidents. A simple, well fitting onsie is perfect to start. After we take a few photos in this, I prefer to take the rest of the photos in just the diaper and swaddled. In my opinion, babies photograph best this way and 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, just in case. I also suggest that you wear a white or black shirt in case we need to photograph parts of you with your child on it for simplicity (for example, just your hands holding the baby) so you don’t stand out. For mommies, I suggest keeping 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!