5 Ways to Prepare for Your Newborn Session

Are you thinking of planning a newborn shoot with me?  Here are FIVE things you can do before I arrive to make things go as smoothly as possible!

“My favorite part of working with Melissa is that she made us feel completely comfortable no matter the situation.  Our first experience was at our daughter’s newborn photo session.  I was not feeling my best but she managed to make me feel at ease and just went with the flow of having a newborn that could be totally fine and calm one minute to fussy and hungry the next.  She let us go at our own pace, we never felt rushed.”  -Mindy, Charleston


1. Turn up the heat!  Before I arrive, turn the heat up in your house a bit so baby is nice and toasty 🙂  The goal is to have your sweet babe sleep through most of the shoot. (If they don’t, we’ll make it work!)


2. Feed your little one before I arrive (older siblings, too!).  Hopefully the baby will be in the food coma stage when I start photographing them!  Again, no worries if they don’t sleep… I’ve done entire shoots with wide awake babes!


3. Set aside items you want to include in the session.  My style is capturing real life so I don’t use many “props” but I will bring a couple of wraps/blankets and a basket.  I typically use clients’ swaddles for shoots.  If there are any items that you would like to include in the photos (a blanket someone made, a hat or outfit, a book, etc.) go ahead and pull those out.  I don’t NEED these items, but am happy to use them!  Side note: remove watches and hair ties from your wrists. Bracelets are fine!  If you’d like more ideas for what to wear  scroll to the bottom of this post.


4. Find the light!  When I arrive, I’ll ask to walk around your home to look for the rooms with the best light.  If you’ve identified those rooms before I arrive go ahead and throw any clutter in a drawer or under a bed 🙂 Good natural lighting makes ALL the difference to create beautiful images!


5. Relax!  Some parents feel like they’re wasting my time if the baby is crying or needs to be changed or fed during our shoot and I have to wait around a little bit.  I expect all of this and am in no rush.  I always plan extra time for newborn shoots (plan on about 1 1/2 hours, give or take).  It doesn’t bother me one bit if there is some waiting in between snapping pics 🙂



Bonus Tip!:  What Do I Wear for my Newborn Session?
Here are a few specific photos of newborn sessions that I think work well.  I, personally, am drawn to neutrals for newborn sessions so you’ll see that here.  But if it’s more your style don’t be afraid to incorporate color into your clothing or with accessories.

For your new babe I typically use swaddles so don’t feel like you have to have a bunch of outfits ready.  Most times the babes don’t often fit into them anyway since our session is when they’re about 7 days old.  With that said, I am still happy to use outfits if you have some you want to use!

You’ll see examples below of casual and dressed up.  Go with what makes you comfortable and the look your ultimately going for!  Do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions.  info@melissagriffinphotography.com.

Visit my What To Wear Pinterest Board, too!

Thanks for reading!  If you have any questions or want to book a newborn or family shoot you can email me at info@melissagriffinphotography.com.  This also makes a great shower gift for friends and family who are pregnant and I have gift cards available.  I look forward to working with you!


2 thoughts on “5 Ways to Prepare for Your Newborn Session

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