How to Make Sure Your Newborn Photo Session Goes Smoothly

Ten fingers, ten toes, one cute little nose. Is there anything better than a newborn baby? Seeing one, holding one, smelling one, they’re the most precious things on the earth.

If you just had one, it’s hard to believe that all that preciousness and love can come through in a newborn photo session. In truth, we can’t capture it all – there’s no baby head scratch and sniff.

However, we can do our best to make sure your little one is captured in all their tiny glory.

What can you do to make sure we have the best shoot possible? Follow the tips below.

Max Cuteness: Newborn Photo Session Tips

Some of the tips below are only relevant if you’re taking your baby to our studio or if we’re doing a shoot in-home. If you don’t know which you want yet, don’t worry.

Reading through these tips will give you a better idea!

Step 1: Schedule Early

Our schedules fill up fast, so make sure you contact us during your second or third trimester. We understand that babies have their own timing, so if someone’s late or early – let us know.

We prefer to photograph babies somewhere between three to seven days after they make their arrival into the world.

They discover movement (even in small ways) around day 8, which makes those more curled-up positions impossible.

They also sleep deeper during their first week of life, so that makes for better sleeping pics.

2. Warm it Up

If we’re coming to your home, crank the heat up! We want the heat somewhere between eighty and eighty-five degrees.

Your baby will be naked during most of the session and we don’t want their little bodies getting cold! Since they can’t keep themselves warm as well as us, they need some extra help.

Plus, the more comfortable your baby is, the better they’ll sleep and pose!

If you’re coming to our studio, we’ll make sure we warm things up for you – so you can leave that to us.

3. Keep Them Up!

We know, you’re never supposed to wake a sleeping baby. That’s why if you keep them up before they come in, it makes it easier for us to not wake them up.

Though they may be fussy for you, getting those perfect pictures is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We recommend keeping them up for one to two hours before the shoot.

If your baby won’t sleep, it’s not the end of the world. We’ll get some perfect wide-eyed and aware shots too!

4. Bring Some Wipes

Yes, poop and pee do happen during a newborn photo shoot. That’s ok! We’re used to it.

Don’t get embarrassed if your baby feels relaxed enough to let go. We’ll wash the fabrics when all is said and done.

That doesn’t mean you can’t prep, though. Those thick burp cloths are great for laying under a baby who may pee in a pose.

Have some wipes on hand for potential messes or on the scene diaper changes.

If you insist that your baby wear a diaper, we’ll work with you. We recommend you bring some sort of cloth diaper cover or bloomer so the picture comes out more put together.

Ruffle butts are just as cute as naked butts, in our opinion.

5. Get Yourself Ready

You may not feel great since, you know, you birthed an entire human. But getting shots of mommy and baby during this precious time is worth taking a shower and putting on makeup.

We’re not going to take pictures of your post-birth belly or anything, but chest on chest photos are precious beyond words.

Do what you can to make yourself feel beautiful, but don’t go over the top. The focus will be on your connection with your baby, not your eyelashes.

Wear something that shows some skin, for skin-to-skin contact pictures.

This can be a simple tank top or cotton cami. If you can, bring a black and white choice so we can change, depending on the shot.

If your partner is coming to the shoot, have them tidy up too! Hands and feet are used in newborn shots, so get a manicure or pedi if you can.

If not, we understand, but throw some lotion on your hands/feet. We’ll edit out things as we need to.

6. Burp and Feed

It’s best if you burp and feed your baby right as you get to the session so that they’re full and sleepy.

It also means they’ll look happier in the photos since we’re all happier with full bellies!

You may have to take a feeding break during the session if your little one wakes up. That’s fine! We want your baby to be healthy and happy. ‘

7. Keep it Quiet

If you’re having your shoot in your home, please think about hiring a babysitter or reducing noise. Dogs and other children can make loud noises, disturbing our little model.

If you’re coming to our studio and can’t get anyone to watch the baby, bring a tablet and some headphones along.

8. Be Patient

Newborns do what newborns want to do. In fact, kids do what kids want to do their entire lives!

Not only is that a good parenting truth to keep in mind, it’s true during a newborn photo session.

If your baby doesn’t want to fall asleep yet, don’t apologize. They will and we’ll get the perfect shot. Relax – we’ve got this!

Relax and Send Love

Once we’ve gotten baby all posed, it’s hard for moms to relax. It can be hard for them to relax during the entire session.

We’ve done this before. We promise no harm will come to your baby during your newborn photo session.

We’re here to capture precious memories and let you take them home.

Are you ready to give us a call? Schedule your session now.

What Are the Differences Between On-Location and Studio Photo Shoots?

Capturing cherished memories in photos has become more than the stiffly posed pictures from the past. Today the trends are for more natural and relaxed photos that show off a family’s personality.

And when choosing how best to capture those images, the decision to have a photo session in a studio or on location photography will come into play. But how do you know which one is best for you and your family? What are the differences between each?

Let’s dive into what makes each of these options unique so you can make the best choice for your dream photo shoot.

On-Location Photography

Having an on-location photo shoot means going to a specific location, outside of the studio, to take pictures.

Usually, this means being outdoors, but it can also include a house, hospital, party venue, or anywhere in a different location than the studio. This option has become more and more popular over the years.

There are several advantages to this type of photography which include:

Unlimited Backgrounds

In a studio, you can only work with what you have. And even if that includes many different options, it still may not be able to capture the exact look you’re going for… then what can you do?

But shooting on location solves all of that. You literally have the world as a backdrop at your fingertips.

Whether you want a natural photo taken in an open field or park setting. Moments of your little one born in the hospital. Or a warm feeling of your family all gathered in your home.

An on-location photo shoot lets you have a seemingly endless array of possibilities for your dream photo.

More Personalized

When you have a photo shoot taken in a studio, you’re limited to the options that everyone else is given. It takes the uniqueness out of it.

For a more personalized setting, on location is where it’s at.

Where better to capture special family photos than in your home or at your favorite park? Or a maternity photo shoot at the site of your first date or location of the proposal?

The backdrop tells a story just as much as the subjects of the photo do. And when that backdrop is a meaningful place, it makes the picture that much more special.

Dynamic, Natural Shots

Shooting on location gives a photograph an energy that you just can’t replicate in the studio. Whether that energy comes from the natural surroundings, a candid shot, or unique backdrop, it’s beauty can’t be denied.

Nature itself gives a special kind of beauty. Natural sunlight provides a glow like none other. And you’d be surprised what effect natural light combined with artificial light can give.

Wind through the grass or trees in the background, and even through the subject’s hair, also gives a feeling of movement and life.

And there’s a sense of creative energy when you’re able to engage with the environment around you. If you’re shooting in a public space or just a quiet familiar one, there’s a unique interaction between the location and subjects that can complement each other in a photo.

Studio Photography

Studio photography takes place inside the photographer’s office or studio location. This space will house all their camera equipment, lighting, backdrops, and props.

Having photos taken in a studio has been the long-standing traditional way of having a photo session.

There are still advantages to taking this route which include:

Controlled Environment

While being on location can give you beautiful shots, but there’s much about it you can’t control.

Bad weather and limited sunlight are enough to ruin any photo shoot.

On an open set, there’s always a concern for distractions. The photographer could be worried about onlookers messing with equipment. Or the photo subject can’t concentrate because of too much activity around them.

But you don’t have to worry about any of that in a studio.

All distractions are gone. The environment is ideal. And you can concentrate on the task at hand.


Many people can be uncomfortable in an on-location setting, simply due to the lack of privacy.

Any open setting has the possibility of onlookers. And trying to pose for pictures with people staring at you might not be the relaxing atmosphere you may need.

And it’s especially true if you’re having a photo shoot with a bit more intimacy involved. Such as certain maternity shots. Some things just shouldn’t be on full display for the public to see.

In studio gives you all the privacy you need. You can feel comfortable and more relaxed, which will show in the quality of your photos.


Sometimes a studio is convenient, not only for the controlled environment and privacy, but for easy access to any photography equipment or props that may be needed.

Natural lighting is ideal, but sometimes a photo shoot calls for more specific lighting. Especially when there is a certain look the photographer is after. Being able to dial in and create the exact effect needed can make all the difference.

And there’s no need to worry about forgetting any props. It’s all already right there! The same holds true for camera equipment.

Plus, if you have potty training little ones who need to get to facilities asap, being outdoors might not be ideal for them… or you!

Studio or On Location Photography Can Capture Memories for a Lifetime

Depending on your preference and needs, choosing to be in the studio or having on location photography is sure to give you photos you will cherish forever. It’s all in knowing what is right for you and your family.

Ready to schedule the photo shoot of your dreams? Contact us today! We’d be happy to answer any questions and schedule your next session.