Hi, I’m Peta Nikel and I’ve been capturing beautiful Maternity, Newborn and Baby portraits for over 10 years. I work from my cosy and relaxed semi rural studio located in Honeywood, just 25 minutes from Hobart CBD.
If someone had told me years ago, as I sat in an office with no windows at my job as an Accounts assistant, that I would get to cuddle babies every day for a living I would have said they were crazy! Photography is such a passion of mine and being able to create lasting memories for families means so much to me.
The newborn stage can often pass us by in the blink of the eye, especially when sleep deprived. Before you know it, your new baby is not so little anymore and you struggle to remember all the tiny details.
If you are thinking about a Newborn photography session for your family, I’ve put together some tips on how to prepare.
5 TIPS TO PREPARE FOR YOUR NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION
1 - Booking your session
To ensure you can book with your choice of photographer, book your newborn session ahead of time where possible. During the second trimester is ideal. Some photographers book out quickly especially if they are like myself and take on a limited number of sessions per month.
Newborn sessions are usually scheduled for within baby’s first two weeks to capture those sleepy curled up poses. Babies don’t always arrive on their due date which is why your photographer will most likely “pencil in” a date and alter or confirm once your baby arrives.
As you near the end of your pregnancy you will have one less thing to worry about, knowing your newborn photos are already booked in.
2 - Preparation is key
I send my clients a newborn session guide with lots of tips to help prepare. I also send a questionnaire so you can let me know if there are any particular shots that are “must haves”, or any colour you would love to see used (or not!).
Once your baby has arrived and you have contacted your photographer to let them know and confirmed your session, it’s time to prepare. Make sure you have your outfits picked out for family photos, pack any special items you want to include and check that nobody has leftover chipped nail polish (yes this happens more than you think!).
3 - The Morning of your session
I recommend trying to give your newborn some awake time on the morning of their session, in the hopes that they will be ready for a big snooze at the studio. A good way to do this is to give them a bath and then let them have a little kick around for as long as they are happy to. 99% of babies will fall asleep in the car on your way to the studio and that is completely expected and ok.
Dress baby in clothing that is easy to remove (such as button down rompers) to reduce unnecessary fuss when it comes to unclothing them.
If you can time baby’s feed for when you arrive at the studio, that works perfectly. Which brings me to my next tip...
4 - Feeding
I always recommend starting your session with a big feed. Full tummy = happy baby. At the studio I have a comfy couch to breastfeed and can also facilitate heating any bottles. If your baby has already established a feeding schedule, there is a chance this could be altered slightly during your session. Because baby is being moved and posed and are quite often unclothed, they may need some extra feeding to calm and relax them. Being open to this if it arises will help your photographer in being able to capture beautiful peaceful images of your little one.
5 - Relax
Be proud Mumma, you did it. You’ve experienced a huge life change, battled sleep deprivation and still got yourself out the door and to your photo shoot. Now you get to relax for at least 2 hours and watch your beautiful baby being photographed. When selecting a photographer, I imagine you’ve chosen someone who you feel safe handing your baby to, so now it’s time to enjoy the process.
Your baby will pick up on the energy in the room, so allowing yourself to relax will also help baby to relax, resulting in amazing photographs.
So that brings me to the end of my 5 tips for preparing for your Newborn Photography Session. I hope this makes your Newborn photography journey a little smoother and gives you the opportunity to capture some unforgettable memories with your family.
Contact me within the next 7 days (insert date here) to secure a 2020 Newborn session and receive a bonus $100 towards a classic newborn collection. New bookings only.