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Tips for a GREAT Newborn Photo Session

Getting to photograph a newborn is something I consider a HIGH honor. It is a special and fleeting moment in your life and getting to be part of those first few weeks is a rare privilege.

black and white mama and baby

There is quite a bit of prep and planning that goes into your newborn session and so I wanted to give you a helpful guide, so you can be intentional about documenting this important moment in your lives and making it a keepsake to cherish forever!

new father with newborn
husband and wife with newborn


There's one easy answer: The earlier, the better. Most mamas contact us sometime during their second trimester. This allows us plenty of time to meet with you in person, get to know you, your wishes and ideas, and it allows you to ask questions. We thoroughly go over every detail, from what if baby comes early or later, to safety concerns, to what if baby poops on the props?! LOL. (It happens and it's OK!) We talk about pricing and plan your session out! I even make custom outfits and props just for you. This is called a consultation and it is free of charge!

backlit newborn


Maternity sessions typically take place starting around 28 weeks, up to usually 36 weeks.

The newborn session takes place usually within the first 14 days. This is the time that babies are more sleepy, and usually around 21 days, many babies get a little bit of acne due to mama's hormones. We CAN do sessions even as late as four weeks old! When we book, we set a goal date for a session, and many times that ends up changing once baby gets here (sometimes early and sometimes later!)

WHAT DO I BRING? How do I prepare baby?

This is often the most asked question! And it's another easy answer with just one item on the list to bring: BABY!

I tell all our mamas to pack a diaper bag with their normal items and don't stress about it one bit. Our studio is stocked with everything imaginable that your baby might need if you forget something. Just bring baby. The rest, we will take care of. :) No stress.

How to prepare: NOTHING SPECIAL. Just do what you normally do. No need to keep baby awake or any of that silliness. Baby will be perfect however they arrive.

newborn baby with bunny

ALSO...If you have a special item you want included in the pictures, then you can bring that too of course. This mama MADE THAT BONNET HERSELF!!!! How cute is that! She also wanted a rabbit because their last name means Rabbit in German!

newborn baby in bed prop