Its important to schedule up your newborn portraits photoshoot during your last trimester, to assure an appointment is available for 8-14 days after your due date. I usually aim for around day 11 so that if baby is a few days early or late, we’re still within range. Waiting until after baby is born, to call the photographer is risky. If t’s busy season, you might not get an appointment for the following week, and then you’ve missed your opportunity.
When baby does decide to arrive early, if we need to change the date, you become a priority over someone new just calling in, because you’ve already committed to your session.
The younger the baby, the more likely they are to sleep through their session, which is essential for making great photographs! A wide awake baby just cannot be posed properly. They won’t stay in position. Their open eyes are cloudy and don’t photograph well because they look out of focus, ruining the image. We don’t want to spend the whole session trying to get baby to sleep, or calming a fussy baby, instead of getting right to work and taking beautiful photographs for you to treasure for a lifetime.
When you book your session, I provide a set of guidelines on how to prepare and what to bring. This is essential to the success of your session. Most important is that you try to keep baby awake for a bit before the session, then feeding just before you leave home. Baby will usually fall asleep in the car and be more likely to sleep through their session, allowing us to pose and photograph quickly and efficiently, giving you the most variety of images to choose from.
Following the guidelines takes all the stress out of your session. Parents who disregard the guidelines, end up upset and stressing because baby is awake and fussing, and I can’t get the shots. Their stress causes baby to be stressed as well. They definitely pick up on your vibe. Do you want to be the relaxed parent’s who lovingly watch as I capture beautiful images, moving efficiently from pose to pose, or do you want to be stressed out ones, pacing with a wide-awake crying baby, upset that we’re not getting the shots?
Calm babies make for calm parents, and vice versa. Start your session off on the right foot by reading through the guidelines in advance, and following through on them. Babies are past the newborn stage in a matter of days, so there is rarely an opportunity for a re-shoot. Follow the guidelines as closely as possible to provide yourself with the best chance of getting the most beautiful images.
The information about how to prepare for your session is based on experience. It’s so simple to have an easy session, and it’s so obvious when someone arrives who has not even read the PDF. No matter how many great tips I provide, if you didn’t bother to read it, you’ve seriously sabotaged your session. All it takes is reading the info provided and following it as closely as you can. You’re investing in a newborn portrait session because you want beautiful images of your baby. Assure your best opportunity for creating amazing images, by simply following the guidelines and you’ll be thrilled with gorgeous images you will treasure!
Defining Imagery is located in West Babylon, serving Long Island in Nassau, Suffolk, and northeastern Queens, NY. 516.383.6370