There is so much to know in order to have a successful session, but here are my top 5 Secrets that I would recommend based on my experience as a newborn “baby whisperer” photographer for 10 years. Enjoy!
5 Secrets To A Successful Newborn Session.
#1) Stay Calm & Exude Confidence
When parents come to you, most likely they are exhausted, overwhelmed and nervous. Especially if they’re first time parents. Mom literally just pushed a baby out days ago, they haven’t slept more than 4 hours at a time, and they have NO IDEA what they’re doing. It’s your job to be the calm source of energy that they need. Reassure them that they are in good hands, that you are going to take care of them and most importantly their most prized possession- their new baby! Once parents hear that, they will breathe a sigh of relief. It’s very important to me that I set the tone for my studio so that parents not only feel at ease, but also so they understand my boundaries and the environment that I need to have in order to operate at my highest level of creativity. By the way, lavender essential oil in a room diffuser works wonders 😉
# 2) Be Clear
This is such an important step! Your clients just want “beautiful pictures” but they don’t understand what all it takes to accomplish this! Make this your job to clearly communicate your process from the very beginning. From the initial phone call/inquiry email all the way to the day of your session- always be explaining your process- inform them! (Remember how I said they’re exhausted and foggy brained!?) Trust me, this is one of the best practices to implement into your business. Always be communicating! Put a section on your website that clearly lists everything from how warm your studio or location is going to be, to how long the session will be, what to do with older siblings, why you should bring a pacifier etc.
#3) Use Natural Light if possible
I only use natural light- meaning my only light source is a large window. I typically position my beanbag around 3 feet from the window and my set-up at about a
#4) Heat Makes A Difference
You can use a basic indoor home space heater positioned far enough from baby for safety but close enough to keep them warm. Remember baby just came from a super warm and cozy environment in the womb- it’s our job to emulate this as much as possible. This ensures baby is comfortable and able to be posed into all of the adorable poses you’ll be shooting. I keep the studio at a toasty 80 degrees and provide a fan/cold water for mom & dad.
#5) Soothe That Baby!
This brings me to my next point. Getting baby comfortable is key. When baby is tense, not fully asleep, gassy, or uncomfortable they will let you know. One of the first telltale signs for this is a closed fist. If baby’s fingers are closed tight- they’re not fully relaxed. Give it some more time.
Remember the 5 s’s of newborn soothing to bring baby into a calm state allowing you to pose perfectly.
Side or stomach position
I hope these tips help you to have a successful newborn session! These are just the foundations of course, but very important to the success of my sessions. If you want to dive deeper into what a typical session looks like and how to master certain poses and techniques click here to get on the waitlist for when the new video tutorial series
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