Whether you’re planning a newborn photography session for your first child or your fifth, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. In this post I’ll give you 11 simple steps on how to prepare and what to expect from your baby’s first photo shoot with Brook Rudolph Photography.
Step 1: DECIDE WHETHER MY STYLE IS FOR YOU OR NOT
I’m a “lifestyle” newborn photographer. This means that I don’t bring a ton of props with me. I photograph you and your baby in your home in a way that showcases the tender interaction of you all together. I’ll photograph you cuddling on the couch, rocking on the glider in the nursery, feeding, outside in your yard and snuggling on your bed. And I’ll also photograph the baby on it’s own, focusing on all of their tininess. Tiny toes, little fingers, bitty nose, little bird mouths, and of course the chubby rolls. I want you to remember the moments more than the outfits and the way your baby fits into your arms more than how they fit into a wicker basket. This is the main focus of all of my sessions. With that said, I always allow for one styled set up for your baby on his or her own. Sometimes this includes a cute outfit you purchase off of Etsy or with a special blanket or backdrop that we both agree is a must-have shot. Keep reading to find examples of styled set ups I photographed in the past.
Step 2: BOOK YOUR SESSION WHILE YOU’RE STILL PREGGERS
Sometimes, babies come on their own schedule, but if you let me know your due date, I can make sure to leave several dates around that time available for your session.
Step 3: LOOK AROUND YOUR HOUSE AND DECIPHER A COLOR SCHEME
Why? Because this helps tremendously when choosing outfits. When you walk into your favorite shopping store would you purchase hot pink curtains for your living room that is dowsed in fall colors? No way. Consider this when deciding on outfits for your session. Our end result is to create wall art to be displayed in your home. With that in mind, decipher whether it’s best to choose outfits that are neutral colors, bold colors, patterned, or pastels. Can’t decide on your own? Send me a few pictures of the interior of your home and I would be more than happy to help guide you in the best direction!!
Step 4: DECIDE ON TWO or THREE OUTFITS for the baby
Remember that our end goal is going to be to photograph your baby to remember baby at his or her tiniest stage in life. For this reason, we want to see as much skin as possible. I ask that you choose at least 2 outfits, because this not only adds variety to your photographs, but often parents like to have one outfit for when they are photographed with the baby and another outfit for the child when they are photographed individually. Keep it simple… choose a onesie, headband, diaper cover, or other small accessory. Contact me to see a list of some of our favorite shops & vendors! I’ll also be bringing along plenty of wraps for your baby, so don’t worry if you don’t have time to find something for him or her to wear on your own. Below are a few examples of some styled looks that clients and I have came up with together.
Step 5: DECIDE ON ONE OUTFIT FOR MOM, DAD, & SIBLING(s)
You’ll want these outfits to match the baby’s first outfit… and remember if you’d likely not buy curtains for your home in the color outfit that you’ve chosen, then you should reconsider your selection. We find that the most flattering outfits are dresses for moms and a solid colored cotton tops for dads. The quicker you decide on outfits for your family, the more at ease you’ll feel.
Step 6: SEND ME PHOTOS
Send me simple cell phone pics or screenshots of the outfits that you’re planning to use as well as the baby’s nursery and your living room. I don’t always bring a ton of props, but when I do, I like to make sure that they will match the environment that they will be displayed in. Make sure to communicate any specific ideas that you may have!
Step 7: KEEP ME UPDATED WHEN BABY IS BORN (& schedule an exact date & time for your session)
Ask someone to contact me when the baby is born and when you are expected to be able to come back home. We’ll want to photograph your baby within the first 10 days of birth, so communication with me is key!
Step 8: ASK YOUR MOM, MIL, SISTER, or BFF FOR A FAVOR
I know you are likely going to be exhausted after the baby is born, so put your pride aside and ask a friend or family member to come over to help lightly clean for you. The locations I’ll likely be venturing into are the nursery, your bedroom, your living room, and the room in the house that has the most windows or brings in the most amount of light (this is often the dinning room or foyer).
Step 9: KNOCK KNOCK! YOUR PHOTOG IS AT THE DOOR
Once I arrive, I’ll verbalize every step that we’re about to take, help you with posing, make sure your hair is in the right place, and stop for breaks whenever they are needed.
Step 10: YOUR ORDERING SESSION
Before I leave your home, we’ll schedule a time for me to come back to your house for the following week. At the ordering session you may invite anyone that you think will want to purchase prints, digital files, and other products from your Newborn Session.
Step 11: RECEIVING YOUR WALL ART AND PHOTO PRODUCTS
Your order should be available within 2 weeks of your ordering session. Because these products are so important to you, we want to ensure their safety from our hands to ours. For this reason we choose to hand deliver these items rather than mailing them!
FAVORITE ETSY SHOP | Roses And Ruffles
COMPLETE WARDROBE STYLIST | Allison Bridges of Always Go Overboard
HAIR STYLIST | Eva Rudolph of Salon Utopia in Cornelius
MUA | Erin Ashley Makeup
MATCHING MOMMY + BABY HEADBANDS | Headbands of Hope