Edmonton Newborn Photographer - The Definitive Guide
June 2, 2017
I LOVE photographing newborns! Newborn photography is incredibly challenging, but it’s so amazing to be a part of baby’s life when they are just days old. My son is 2.5 years old and I photographed my son’s newborn photos after he was born. It is also amazing how much he has changed from his newborn, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year photos. Those photos that I took of him are the memories that I will treasure forever. It is my honor to create these memories for you and your family.
It can be overwhelming to have a newborn baby at home, not sleeping much and try to get ready for newborn session at the same time. Below are a few tips to help get the best out of your upcoming newborn session.
Contact me in advance and let me know your due date so I can mark your due date on my calendar. Since babies often come either early or late, I recommend that you send me an email as soon as you are in labour or after you deliver so we can arrange a time for the session.
The best time for newborn photography is within the first 10 days after the baby is born s they tend to sleep the most during those first 10 days. I will be moving the baby around and get them into those sweet sleepy newborn images so I want to make sure they are sleepy enough to allow me to handle them. After day 14, it is almost impossible to get baby into that deep sleep that came so easily in their first few days, unless your baby was born pre-mature.
Where? The newborn sessions will take place in my home studio in Lewis Estates, west end of Edmonton. I know your house can look a bit crazy when you are not getting much sleep and on a feeding schedule. I have been there and I know how hard it is for parents in the first few months. It is extremely hard on the parents when they are not getting enough sleep. On top of the luck of sleep, you have to make sure your baby is gaining enough weight, learning to breastfeed….etc. Cleaning your house, doing dishes and making your bed is probably the last thing on your mind in the first few days of having your newborn at home. To make it easier for you, all my newborn photography sessions are done in my home studio. There is a big couch that you can lay on and just take a break while I am taking photos. There is no hassle and no cleaning.
Photography Light: I use studio light for my newborn sessions and the power of the light is turned down to the very minimal so the light does not harm baby’s eyes.
It is going to be warm! I crank up the heat for the newborn sessions so your little one will be warm during the session since your little one will be naked. Babies tend not like to be code. Pushing up the thermostat is guaranteed to make the session flow more smoothly and help them sleep better. Wear a short sleeve shirt for the session if you like so you can stay comfortable for the session as well.
Loosen Up! Please loosen your baby’s diaper and clothing at least 30 minutes before the session. This gives those little imprint marks time to disappear.
Most of the images I will take work best if your baby is in a deep sleep. Please do whatever you can to make sure your baby is comfortable for the session.
I have a collection of bowls, baskets, blankets, knit hats and headbands that you can choose from. You are also, of course, welcome to use any of your own props. If you have one special item that you would like to incorporate into your session, please feel free to bring it.
What to wear? For your newborn photography session, get your hair and makeup done. As for clothing, keep it simple and make sure you avoid any busy patterns. We want your baby to be the center of the attention in your family photograph, instead of your clothes. I would recommend avoid wearing any button down shorts as the buttons can be too busy in the photograph next to the baby.
Feeding: Please feed your baby in my studio so I can photograph your baby as soon as he/she is comfortable and sleepy. If you feed your baby before you leave the house, we are wasting the 20 – 30 minutes of driving time, which is a very good 20 – 30 minutes I could have used to photograph your baby. A full baby = a sleepy baby.
During the session, sit back and relax. I won’t need much assistance, so take advantage of this time to rest on my couch.
Thank you for reading and considering me as your Edmonton newborn photographer. I would be honored to be chosen to be your newborn photographer. If you would like to book a session or have any questions about my sessions, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.