Sunday, February 26, 2012

"What should I do to prepare for my photo session?" Part 6 of 6 - Newborns & Babies

In concession with the previous "What should I do to prepare for my photo session?" posts, if you missed them start with Part 1 the other posts are linked at the bottom in the first post and they have a lot of good tips to inspire you to look your best for your shoot.

This prep list is in regards to Newborn & Baby sessions and what you should do to help your baby be happy and rested when your session arrives.

Newborns and Babies
  • Use a wash cloth to clean away flaky skin and eye boogers.

  • If your baby has flaky skin, cradle cap, or eczema, use baby oil daily for a week or so before the shoot. Don't worry if baby acne has begun to show, photoshop can fix those little spots.

  • Trim those tiny fingernails and toenails with appropriate baby trimmers so they don't look awkward in shape and more importantly so they don't scratch themselves before hand.

  • Book your shoot around your baby’s feeding and nap times, work with the natural rhythm of your baby. The perfect time to shoot is right when the baby would be laying down for a nap. If your baby normally falls asleep after a feeding, wait to feed the baby until shoot time. I allot plenty of time for this sort of thing to set up the best situation for great photos newborn sleepy photos.

  • Dress up disposable diapers. Cloth diapers are classy and stylish, but if you don’t use them, bring bloomers or decorative diaper covers, solids preferred.

  • What's the best wardrobe choice for a newborn? Nothing! – usually no outfit fits a newborn well, and they often look swallowed in clothes. Accessories are good, though – little hats, dainty headbands, boys in crocheted hats, etc. Bring sentimental items like the quilt that Grandma made for the baby, a baby blanket from your own childhood – they’re great for to lay on and be a backdrop in the photo.

  • If your baby takes a pacifier, bring it – if they’re bottle fed, bring an extra bottle to help put the baby to sleep.

  • I don't use backdrop set ups so your home will be my "backdrop" I may ask to rearrange your furniture to access the best possible light in your home. So don't be alarmed if I want to move your couch a little that way and bring a chair a little this way, it's apart of the process.
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