Everything You Need to Know About a Newborn Session

ewborn in bum up pose on sage green fabric

Every parent knows that babies grow up so fast. That’s why having photos of your children at every stage of their life is so important, especially when they’re newborns. Those images can help you remember years later just how small your little ones were.

As you’re getting ready to welcome a new addition to your family, take time to consider booking a newborn session to capture this amazing moment in your life. Not sure what a newborn photo shoot is like? To help you out, we’ve created this list of common questions many first-time parents have.

A time lapse from a recent newborn session on our posing table.

How old should my little one be for the photo session?

The best age for a newborn session is under two weeks. At that age, babies still spend a majority of their time sleeping and are easier to pose in those curled up positions everyone loves! When you’re scheduling your session, keep in mind that your newborn will grow quickly and will look completely different at one month than they did at birth. As they grow, they’ll begin moving more and will be much more comfortable with posing, as well as less likely to remain asleep during the photo shoot.

When should I book my session?

The earlier you can book your newborn session, the better! We recommend in your second or third trimester. This allows us to schedule your planning appointment prior to your baby’s arrival. Session times fill up fast, and since you only have a limited window of time in which to get the photos taken before baby gets too big, you want to be sure that your photographer is available.

What if my baby arrives earlier than expected?

Every newborn photographer knows that babies arrive when they’re ready. With that in mind, your photographer will hold time around your scheduled session to make sure you and your little one get in for your photos.

baby boy photographed in a blue wrap with toes peeking out in pembroke pines, fl

How long does a newborn session last?

Typically, a newborn photo shoot lasts an average of 3 hours. Mom gets to be pampered with pro hair and makeup artistry while Genny starts photographing your baby. We are a baby led studio, so the session time can vary. If your baby is hungry, we’ll stop for a feed. A majority of that time will be spent feeding your newborn and keeping them calm for photos. Our studio is stocked with refreshments and a comfy sofa for you to relax. We’ve had tired Dad’s take a much needed nap.

How should I dress my newborn for photos?

Most newborn photography involves nude portraits of your little one—we love to capture those tiny fingers and toes and their precious soft skin! Our clients receive a newborn session prep guide at their planning appointment to help them prepare for their session. Dress your baby in a zip-up sleeper that will be easy to take off when you arrive at the studio. This helps us to undress baby without waking them up as well as being loose enough it won’t leave marks on their skin.

What should I bring to my session?

This is one of the most common questions we hear, and that’s because it’s so important! We have everything you’ll need for your session. You only need to bring food for your baby. We have a changing table, diapers wipes, burp cloths, brand new pacifiers available. Mom’s can even wear something in our client closet, so you don’t have to worry about what to wear.

Most importantly, ask your photographer any questions you have about your session. And don’t be nervous! It’s their job to help you feel comfortable and get the images you want of this wonderful moment in the life of your family. 

Ready to learn more? Contact us today to learn about how we can help you get the most beautiful photos of those you love most.