Tips from a Tampa Newborn Photographer: How To Get The BEST Newborn Photos & Experience
We often hear from expectant moms wanting to capture maternity, newborn, and baby’s first-year photos. We always consider it an honor to be chosen to document such a special time in the lives of our clients.
Newborn sessions are unique and deserve special consideration. Through all of our experience, we’ve come up with some great tips to ensure your newborn photo session goes smoothly, and we’re better able to capture those sweet photos you’ll treasure for many years to come.
Tip #1: Schedule within 2 Weeks of Your Little One’s Arrival
Preferably between the baby’s first 7-14 days if you are wanting the adorable poses of baby sleeping. Sometimes parents choose (or circumstances demand) to wait until the baby is older, and this is perfectly fine.
If that’s the case, your baby may be more awake, and it may take longer to get the requested shots. But we always make it work!
Tip #2: Choose a Room for Your Newborn Photos
If the session is at your home, we’ll need you to send photos of the rooms you’d like at the time of day we’ll be doing your session.
This helps us prepare for lighting and possible “glow” shots we can get for your newborn photos. All you need to do is take pictures on your phone and send them to your Tampa newborn photographer (we hope that’s us!).
Tip #3: Create a Prioritized Shot List
During your consultation call, we’ll discuss your goals for your session and assist in coming up with a shot list. This list will be a collage of newborn photo ideas that you can gather via Pinterest, Instagram, or our own newborn photo gallery.
Don’t have ideas? No worries, we’ll have plenty.
From there, we’ll guide you through how to prioritize which photos you want the most so that time isn’t an issue.
Tip #4: Keep Outfit Choices Limited and Simple
Layers are a no-no because they will just bunch up during the session. Shirts with collars can be an issue as well.
Doing photos in just a diaper or with nothing on at all is preferable because that is how the baby is most comfortable. Plus, this way,we can capture the baby’s cute rolls and soft skin!
Tip #5: Feed Your Baby
You’ll want to do this right before your session. This increases the likelihood that your bundle of joy will sleep through their photo shoot, which makes for the easiest (and most adorable) newborn photos.
Tip #6: Make Them Comfortable
Here are three key ways to make your baby comfortable while we’re taking their newborn photos:
Loosen the baby’s diaper and clothing at least 1/2 hour before your session to get rid of marks on the skin.
Give them a warm bath before the session. This can help to keep the baby calm for his/her session.
If the session is at your home, keep the room as warm as possible and open up the curtains and blinds so we can use as much natural light as possible.
Expect to spend part of your session time changing, comforting, and potentially feeding your baby
Tip #8: Limit Guests
The fewer people present during the session, the better; and if siblings will be involved in the session, have someone there to keep them occupied while we’re doing other shots. The same goes for pets.
Tip #9: Stay Calm
Keep breathing through your session. The calmer you are, the calmer baby will be. Baby will probably cry during their newborn photo session, but no worries, we’ll have plenty of time to capture the shots.
Expecting? Talk to Brent, an experienced Tampa newborn photographer! Click here to start planning your newborn photo session.
March 10, 2023
Find Inspiration for Your Session
Prepping for an engagement, maternity, newborn, family, or senior portrait session can make you feel excited, anxious, a smidge stressed … and of course, making a giant mess in your closet as you search for the perfect outfit. Inside our blog, we’re serving up all the inspo, tips, and tricks you need to have a stress-free photo session, from how to pose without feeling super awkward to what you and your family should wear. Reap the benefits of our 30 years of photography experience and wisdom, or just enjoy looking at the pretty pictures.