Welcoming a newborn into the world is a magical and memorable experience, and what better way to capture these moments than with a photoshoot. However, a newborn photoshoot can be a daunting task if not properly prepared for. This blog post provides insights on how to prepare for a newborn photoshoot to ensure a smooth and successful session.

Choosing the Right Photographer

The first step in preparing for a newborn photoshoot is choosing the right photographer. This choice is crucial because the photographer you select should not only be experienced in newborn photography but should also make you feel comfortable and relaxed. Research photographers in your area, look at their portfolios, read reviews, and ask for recommendations. Once you've shortlisted a few, get in touch with them for a chat. This will give you an opportunity to discuss your expectations, get a feel for their style, and see if you connect with them on a personal level.

Scheduling the Photoshoot

Scheduling the photoshoot is equally important. Newborns are best photographed in the first 14 days of life when they are the most sleepy and poseable. Try to schedule the photoshoot within this timeframe. Keep in mind that the session may last 1-2 hours to accommodate feeding, nappy changes, and comforting. Also, consider the time of day that your baby is usually the most calm and sleepy.

Planning the Photoshoot

Planning the details of the photoshoot can greatly enhance the outcome. Decide on the location, whether it's in a studio, your home, or an outdoor setting. Discuss the themes and props with your photographer. You might want to incorporate special items like heirloom blankets or sentimental toys. Choose outfits for your baby that are simple and comfortable, avoiding patterns that could be distracting in photographs. Lastly, discuss your desired shots with your photographer, whether it's close-ups of your baby's tiny features or family portraits.

On the Day of the Photoshoot

We suggest feeding your baby at home and keeping them awake for an hour or more just before the photoshoot. This approach encourages your baby to fall asleep during the shoot, allowing us to capture those serene, sleepy shots.

Please bring a pacifier, as it can help soothe your baby during the photoshoot. Sometimes babies just need to suck on something for a few seconds to relax. It doesn't necessarily mean they're hungry. However, if they are and start rooting for a longer time, there's no issue! We'll happily hand the baby back to Mum for a feed and a little snuggle.

Don't forget to bring nappies, wipes, and a bottle if your baby is bottle-fed.


Preparing for a newborn photoshoot may seem overwhelming initially, but with the right planning and preparation, it can be a fun and memorable experience. Remember, the goal of the photoshoot is to capture the precious early days of your baby’s life. So, relax, enjoy the process, and look forward to the beautiful memories you're about to create.