What to wear for your newborn photographs
Newborns are photographed either naked (with all the private parts well hidden), in specialist newborn photography outfits or wrapped in stretchy wraps designed for newborn photographers.
Whilst rules are always there to be broken, there are certain guidelines for the rest of you to ensure timeless images that you’ll love for years to come:
Wear block colours as patterns can be very distracting
I suggest that Mum chooses a neutral colour she feels good in and uses tones of that colour for the rest of the family. This will have been discussed at the consultation so everything is set up to coordinate beautifully.
Avoid clothing with large graphics, slogans or logos - they distract from your faces and also tend to date fairly quickly.
What to bring to your newborn photography session
Lots and lots of milk!
Babies drink lots more during a photography session than they usually might, it’s a hot room and they’ll be moved more than they would usually, so they do get thirsty. If you’re bottle feeding, bring way more milk than you usually would and if you’re breast feeding, be prepared for more feeds!
A change of outfit for you
It’s HOT in the studio during a newborn session so whilst you’ll want to wear something you feel fabulous in for your family photographs you probably won’t want to stay in that outfit for hours. Most of my clients bring loose and comfy clothes to change into as soon as they’ve finished their part of the session.
Your sentimental object if we’re including one
Your preferred brand of nappies/wipes
I have a fully stocked changing area and usually do the changes during my newborn photoshoots, but I know many of us have a particular brand we like to use, if that’s the case, please bring yours with you. If not, I’ll have everything you need.
Photographing newborns can take a while, so do bring your favourite snacks to keep you nourished. I have a hot drinks machine with tea, coffee and hot chocolate options as well as large jugs of water to keep you hydrated.
Something relaxing for you to do
Parents settle into the sofa (in full view of where I’m working with their baby) to have a read, reply to messages or even have a snooze! We can chat about what I’m doing and why and you’ll even get to be a spotter for certain setups. Other than that, you can just relax.
If you’d like to have a refresher about the process, you can read it here. Most of my clients worry that we won’t be able to capture the quintessential newborn photographs that they desire if their baby doesn’t sleep, don’t worry! This is a common concern and is very rarely a problem, I’ve often been called a baby whisperer so you’re in safe hands!