1 – Get a professional photographer if you can afford one. If seeking a professional photographer, find one that specializes in newborns. Some photographers will go to the home as well (I do home visits!) so inquire about that. When going to the photographer’s studio, make sure they are prepared to work with newborns and have items such as blankets, wipes, feathers and other necessities.
2 – Have your baby photographed early. I suggest that clients schedule their babies within 1-2 weeks – or within the first 10 days of life. Remember to include siblings as well.
3 – Keep babies warm during the session, especially if your little one is naked. Crank up the heat!
4 – Noise machines work great for fussy babies. If you do not have one, download noise machine sounds to your phone or put a CD in your computer.
5 – Babies love to be cozy – getting warm blankets or materials and laying them in a basket keeps them happy and sleepy.
6 – If possible, turn off the flash and work in natural light. Put the baby in a basket by a window. (the light is coming from the right in the photo above)
7 – Try shooting in black and white – it is classic and timeless.
8 – Get the baby parts! Hands, toes, lips will never be this small again! Get really close!
9 – Get closeups with Dad and Mom (or partners) – it’s a very precious time.
10 – Have patience. When unclothed, babies will poop and pee and make all sorts of messes! A little patience and a paper towel goes a long way!
Hope that helps a little.