How to prep for a newborn photo session!

This is Danielle writing!

I don’t know what has been in the air lately but we have been getting a lot of requests for newborn sessions. I think it is all of those Valentine’s Day babies being born. Anyways, a lot of parents are unsure what to bring to a newborn session and how to prep for it. I am going to share a little bit of what I have learned about these sessions so you can be as prepared as possible for the session!

1. Age: The best time to get the newborn session is within the first week after birth. A sleeping baby is easier to pose and photograph! Of course you can do a session when your baby is older but they grow so quickly you will cherish those photos from the first week!

2. Location: Newborn sessions are one of the few session types we do indoors. We offer the option of having the session at Tonya’s studio or you can have the session at your home. This is a personal preference and it depends on the lighting of your home as well. If you aren’t sure, just ask us! The goal of the session is to great great photos of your new baby and your family…so whatever location works best for you is what we try to do!

3. Props: We have a props for both boys and girls. A few common items are colored cheesecloth for swaddling, crocheted hats, headbands, crowns, tutus, knitted outfits, and other items. We provide different backgrounds, blankets, and props to give variety to your session! Don’t worry too much about props because we have it covered. Some couples choose to bring specific props for their sessions. An example is in the first picture below, the father is a fireman so the newborn is wearing a knitted fire department hat! If there is something meaningful to your family, bring it along and we can add it to your session!

4. Outfits: Typically newborn sessions have smaller props and don’t involve a lot of outfits but if you have something special you’d like to incorporate just bring it along. A lot of the photos will just have the baby swaddled. It just depends on your personal preferences.

Newborn sessions aren’t so tough! The key is to just get the session scheduled within the baby’s first week, decide on the location, and bring some items you might want to be in the photos! Your photographer will do all of the rest!


This newborn’s dad is a fireman so the couple decided to bring these knitted props for their shoot.

This photo features an example of some props that we have for the newborn sessions! Super cute!!

This family had the newborn session at their home! What a super sweet nursery!

A sweet little girl using some of the props that we have! You don’t need an elaborate outfit, just some pink swaddling and the cute baby does the rest!


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