Tips for newborn shots: Find someone that is willing to be patient with your new baby. When I take pictures for newborns, I have NO time frame. I let the mom feed, change, love, and take care of all the baby's needs. I also like to go into the home. Keeping the baby in his/her natural element makes all the difference. When I took my oldest in for his newborn session, the wait time was 50 minutes. We waited, waited and waited some more. By the time my son was up, it had been an hour and a half. He was tired, hungry and ready to go home. The girl taking the pictures was so overwhelmed and exhausted that she really had no business taking any pictures. My baby was crying and the photographer, (I use that term loosely here) was at her wits end. She said...(and I am totally serious!) "Well, if your baby won't stop crying, then you will just have to have pictures like that." So, my oldest son's newborn pictures are awful. What was I thinking? Don't be afraid to tell your photographer what you want. I love it when people have ideas and they share them with me. I was always afraid to tell the photographer what I wanted. I felt like it was over-stepping my bounds, even though I was paying them. Include siblings. I know that for me, shots like this one are exactly what I am looking for. It may seem too overwhelming including all the kids for a newborn session, but it is so worth it. Get Dad involved too. There is nothing sweeter for me than seeing a daddy with his newborn. My kids always looked extra tiny in their dad's arms. And, of course, don't forget mom. Most moms don't want to be photographed after just giving birth. I think this is by far my biggest regret. I don't have any pictures of myself with any of my babies. It is a moment that I can never have again. As a photographer, encourage the mom to participate. Give her ideas that produce flattering pictures. As a mom, remember how important this moment is and jump in those shots.
If you are just learning photography, newborn shots are a great way to practice your photography skills. Newborns don't move too much. They sleep...A LOT! Their skin is perfect and let's face it...every picture makes mommy smile. Obviously, from my story above, I wasn't too hard to please. So, next time your friend is having a baby, don't give her footed pajamas for her baby, give her a newborn session. She will LOVE it and will cherish it always!