Say "Hello!" to Everett Arturo, the latest addition to an already beautiful family!
Newborns are a completely different challenge than photographing seniors, families, or any other regular client. They don't know what they want and they don't know how to communicate, and they are very easily upset and confused. So how do you handle a session with such a vulnerable little baby? Since this was my first newborn shoot, I asked many question and did lots of research beforehand. Here is what I found...
It's important to understand what the baby has been used to for the last nine months: food, warmth, and proximity.
Newborns are tiny little humans, and as such they still are uncomfortable laying certain ways. They don't have the muscle strength or knowledge to move, adjust, reposition to be comfortable, and they certainly are not concerned with the fact that your photo would be so much cuter if their little hand were under their chin instead of over their mouth. In a shoot, you'll lure the baby to sleep, take some photos, and then pick them up and change their outfit and environment just when the baby was getting cozy! So every now and then, if your newborn cries, feel free to let mom step aside and give them a feeding. This will calm the baby, help them sleep faster and fuss less. Keep a space heater nearby to keep your newborn warm and cozy, and when posing always have a hand resting on the baby for comfort. After all, they've been tucked away in mommy's belly their whole life so far, a little comforting touch will go a long way!
Most importantly, keep a parent on standby. Have them sit within arms reach of their baby and have them help out with some of the many poses that are all over Pinterest- often they're a little more complicated than they look and safety always comes first.
This was my first newborn photoshoot and I loved every minute of it! I've learned so much and am excited to use what I've learned again in the near future. Check out a few more favorites from this shoot below! :)