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8 Tips for a Smooth Photo Session and Amazing Newborn Photos

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8 Tips for a Smooth Photo Session and Amazing Newborn Photos

Midsummer into midfall are the peak months for births, which means lots of people are welcoming little bundles of joy right now. This means it’s time to get ready for newborn photos!



Babies are unique subjects, but with a thoughtful approach and some proven strategies, you’ll have a smooth photo session that results in images you’ll cherish forever. Here are 8 newborn photo tips and tricks for parents.




Schedule Now

Babies most have that newborn glow you want to capture between one and six weeks, so schedule a newborn session for that time period. You can even schedule during your last trimester, so it’s one less thing to worry about when your baby arrives.



Eat Up

Make sure baby is well fed before your photo session. Some moms nurse right before the start of the session to encourage a sleepy baby to capture those calm, angelic shots. What’s more, make sure you’re fed, too. Satisfied tummies help parents feel happy and calm also.



What to Wear

You can dress your infant in whatever you’d like, but it’s often best to keep it simple. For whimsical poses that show baby’s tiny features, simple wraps, blankets and diaper covers are ideal. Keep in mind, neutral or soft colors are less distracting and let baby be the star of the show.



Loosen Clothing

At least 30 minutes before your session, loosen baby’s clothing. Tight clothes can cause imprints on skin that are visible in photographs. You want to show off that fresh, baby-soft skin in your pictures.



Pose Ideas

Explore newborn photography galleries to find ideas of what you might like for your session. Bring your ideas along and discuss them with your photographer and they’ll do their best to bring them to life.



Prop Colors

Your photographer will have access to a variety of props to enhance the newborn photography. Think about where you plan to hang images (nursery, living room, etc.) so you can select props that coordinate with the decor.



Include Parents

Baby is the focus, but the presence of the parents can be a wonderful enhancement to photos. When parents are included in some poses, the love simply radiates. Make sure to be ready to jump in for a few snaps, too.



Don’t Worry

Patience is key when it comes to newborn photography. Know you’re in good hands with your photographer and enjoy the session. The results are sure to make you smile!



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