5 Ways to Prepare for Your Newborn Session

I know that life with a new baby can be somewhat stressful at times and even when it's not, "mommy brain" is definitely a real thing. So, today I'm sharing a few tips that will help you prepare for your newborn session that will not only take some stress off of you, but will also ensure that your newborn session is a success. 

5 Ways to Prepare for Your Newborn Session | Greencastle, Indiana Newborn Photographer | Haley Walls Photography

1. Book Early.

Yes, this is my #1 tip! Book your newborn session as early as possible. I like to recommend booking your session just as your reach the third trimester. This allows for flexibility in scheduling and plenty of time to plan every little detail. Also, your photographer will thank you for being so proactive!

2. Communicate With Your Photographer

Although every photographer has a particular style and workflow, communicating with your photographer about any special requests, questions, or concerns is a fantastic way to make sure your newborn session is a success. By the time session day arrives, you and your photographer will both be well informed and you can relax and just enjoy the experience.

3. Dress Baby in Loose Clothing On Session Day

Dress your baby in a somewhat loose fitting button-up or zip-up sleeper on session day. It makes a huge difference in keeping baby happy at the beginning of your session if your baby arrives to the studio and is already snoozing away peacefully. 

4. Bring the Pacifier

IF you are okay with your baby using a pacifier, it's a good idea to bring one to your session. During your baby's session they are moved around more than normal when they are sleeping, so sometimes having a pacifier makes a huge difference in keeping them happy. The Soothie pacifiers are great because they don't cause marks on your baby's face.

5. Be Flexible & Know that Your Baby Is In Good Hands

Every baby's personality is unique and so is every session. The reality of this is that not every baby loves every pose and your baby's safety should always be your photographer's #1 priority. If you have a certain pose in mind that your baby does not want to easily transition into, please be flexible and don't be discouraged about the outcome of your session. Your baby is absolutely perfect in every way and you'll still end up with a gallery of fantastic images that you will love.

If you're a new mama, I hope this post helps you prepare for your upcoming session. For more questions about newborn photography and what to expect, feel free to get in touch with me at hello@haleywallsphoto.com