There is nothing as exciting as welcoming the bundle of joy that is a baby into the world. As a parent, you must want to capture those first intimate moments of your child’s existence because, sadly, they don’t last very long. New born babies are in every way delicate and the mere thought of a photo session gets most parents pretty jittery. However, new born baby pictures are probably the best photos you’ll ever have of your children; you simply shouldn’t let them slip by.Having said that, it is essential to explain what parents need to know about newborn photography.The following are some tips on how to get through a newborn photo shoot successfully. Hopefully, this will help beat the nerve wreck that comes with most such sessions.
1. WHEN SHOULD YOU GET IT DONE?
This is the most important aspect when it comes to a session of this nature. Newborn pictures are best taken when the baby is between 5-14 days old. This age range comes with the most suitable prerequisites for the perfect shots. Most photographers agree that the finest photos are usually taken with the baby asleep. At this age, babies sleep through just about any condition and their little bodies easily curl into positions they were accustomed to while in the womb; these make the best poses.
2. WHERE SHOULD YOU GET IT DONE?
A new born baby usually means very exhausted parents. This brings about the million dollar question of whether to shoot at home or at the studio. A majority of photographers argue that the studio is the most suitable location to get it done. Even so, most of them understand the parent’s state and are often willing to set up at home.The truth be told, however, home sessions almost always cost more than studio sessions. This only fair because they do involve a lot more than a typical studio session would.
3. HOW LONG DOES A SESSION LAST?
On an average, this type of session would normally last 3-4 hours. Sounds like an awfully long time, right? Well, most of that time is spend soothing, feeding or trying to get the baby to sleep. With the much that transpires during this time, most people hardly notice how fast it flies by.
4. THE MUST DO’S
The baby’s comfort should always come first. Therefore, make sure the baby is well fed before and during the session. Wherever you decide to have the shoot, ensure the temperatures are warm enough; babies are hypersensitive to cold. Most importantly, especially for a studio based shoot, be sure to carry a change of clothes for both the mother and the child, diapers and wipes and a pacifier (not a must but could come in handy).
5. THE DONT’S
We can all agree, it is impossible not to feel a little nervous. However, it is very important that you keep your cool; parents should avoid a nervous breakdown during a new born baby’s photo session. This puts everybody else on edge and could even distress the baby. Let nobody fool you, even babies can tell when something is wrong.
The above tips, when put into consideration, guarantee a seamless session. Go on ahead, it is time you got your baby those killer, once in a lifetime shots.