Whether this is your first or seventh child, newborn sessions are an exciting experience!
But a lot of couples have no idea what to expect for the newborn session, how long it will take, what they should wear, or when they should arrive. First off, newborn sessions on average take about 3 hours long.
If you incorporate family members and siblings, they may take a little longer. Because these sessions are so long, it is very important to arrive on time or a little before - to ensure that there is ample time for your newborn to get comfortable. But with a new baby, getting out the door is a lot more challenging than you would expect! So much preparation goes into a trip - so plan ahead! Do as much preparation as you can the night ahead and give yourself plenty of time to get ready before the session. Trust me when I say that you will have a much more enjoyable session if you aren't rushing around all morning. Once at the newborn session, you can take a deep breath! I have comfy couches and soothing music playing to let the parents relax a bit. I will usually begin the newborn session by removing everything but the diaper.
Naked babies are the best babies :) But to keep them happy and comfortable, I will wrap them tightly into a little cocoon and rock them until they are asleep. Usually this takes 10-15 minutes. Once they are slumbering, I start photographing! With the space heaters blasting, your adorable baby will be in heaven. From there, I will eventually remove their wrap and diaper for completely naked photos. These are a perfect time to photograph their precious rolls, tiny feet, and cute little bum.
Throughout the session, we will use a variety of backdrops and props that complement their skin tone and sex. I also encourage parents to bring any props or blankets that mean a lot to their family. Sometimes couples will bring handmade quilts, or knitted hats that their mother made for them. This will add a very personal touch to your session and photos. Eventually, after feeding and diaper changes, we will begin shooting photos with the parents and the newborn. These are probably my favorite photos because the parents are glowing with joy and love. I usually will have the parents wear very nuetral colored shirts or tank-tops to ensure that the focus of the photos is your connect with the baby. If the father is comfortable, we can also do some bare chested photos, with the baby resting peacefully in his arms or on his chest.
So beautiful! Here are some of my favorites from my session with the Dunbar family and their precious girl. Let me know what one is your favorite!