June 12, 2019

Newborn photography: Everything you need to know

Newborn photography is amazing. You are capturing cute emotional pictures of a baby, but you need to be careful and prepared. Here are some things you need to know:

The ideal age for a newborn session

The most ideal age is between 5 and 12 days. At this time, the baby is tiny and spend a lot of time sleeping. They can also sleep through anything and curl up into sweet poses same as the positions they were in when they were in the womb.

Advance session booking

There is a short window of time to take the special portraits, and you should make sure you don’t miss it. Book your session right after your pregnancy photos or as early as possible like 3-4 months in advance.

How long does a session take?

One session takes an average of 2-3 hours. This includes portraits of the baby on her own and with each parent, then with the whole family. Most of this time is spent soothing the bay, feeding, and posing the baby to make sure it’s comfortable.

Should the baby wear clothes to a session?

The best poses are captured naked to show the tininess of the baby. A newborn photographer in Oakville (Rewind Photography team)  can suggest you clothe the baby in something that fits them well if you prefer that. Oversize on a baby does not look good.

Any other things you should bring to a session

Get a change of clothes for yourself. Wipes, extra diapers and pacifiers. You might get pooped on during the session. Be ready. You can also bring extra formula bottles if you aren’t breastfeeding and any toys and special blankets to be included in the photos.

Making sure the baby is comfortable

Making sure the room is very warm is the most important thing. Keep the space heater turned on and near the baby. Play soft music or white sound to keep the baby comfortable and asleep.

Safety during the session

Weigh the buckets and props, so the baby doesn’t tip over and get hurt. For the pose, remember the newborn’s neck is very delicate so be very careful with its positioning. Use a beanbag explicitly designed for Toronto newborn photography. This way, the baby is protected even if he or she tips to one side or the pose comes undone. Learn more about safety

For the parents

During the session, leave everything to the Oakville newborn photographer. If the baby cries, trust the photographer to sooth the baby and don’t get nervous. Don’t switch the baby back and forth to avoid getting the infant distressed. The best thing for a parent to do is relax and keep themselves busy, and enjoy the session.  

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