Preparing for your newborn session

For many of my clients, their newborn session is a family-first! Not only do they have a brand new little human joining this world, but having a newborn session done is a brand new adventure too!

Here are some tips and ideas that can really make a difference in helping to make your newborn session run as smoothly as possible. For new parents there are so many things to discover and think about - not to mention getting to know this amazing tiny person! So hopefully this advice will help you to feel prepared and ready to enjoy the session.

  • One of the most important pieces of advice is to try and keep baby awake in the hour or two before the session. This is a huge help in getting baby to sleep and the session to go far more smoothly.
  • If you're breastfeeding, please avoid spicy foods in the 24 hours prior so baby doesn’t have a gassy tummy in the session. Gassy babies don't settle very easily. 
  • Feed baby just before you leave for your session - car rides often help them to sleep and we can get the first images easily if their tummy is full and they’ve been lulled to sleep on the way! If we are doing sibling or family photos, these are the first images we will take once you get here. Depending on your preferences, the family photos can be taken in the clothes baby arrives in, or we can swaddle baby in a wrap.
  • If we are doing sibling photos, once they're finished (we do them first) they can be taken home or out for an hour or two while we finish baby's individual portraits. 
  • Dress baby in clothing that doesn’t need to go over their head - something buttoned or zippered is best. This way we can limit disturbance to the little one and keep them fast asleep.
  • Parents - dress in layers! I keep the room super nice and warm for baby's comfort (especially when they are wearing very little). A change of clothing is also a good idea in case of little accidents, though we do try and do the family shots before undressing baby to avoid that. 
  • And finally, don't forget to relax - feel free to bring a book or iPad (you can use the WiFi here) and just enjoy the time to sit and chill. Don't worry about baby wetting (or more!) on any of the blankets or props, it's all a very normal part of the experience. I've been wet on many times and there will be many more times to come I'm sure!

Following these tips will set us on the right path for an easy-going session, and you'll end up with special images you'll treasure forever. 



Triplet Session with Hazel&Cass

All the way back in February, I travelled with Cassandra of Hazel&Cass to Invercargill to photograph a very special newborn session - the Miller triplets! Natalie of All Things Nice Photography very kindly lent us the use of her gorgeous natural light studio and joined in as baby wrangler - we needed it!

A newborn session with three newborns was certainly a new experience for us all, thankfully these three sweethearts were the most placid little things I'd ever seen. 

It was a whirlwind morning and we were pretty tired by the end, but it was simply the best experience. Enjoy some of these behind the scenes photos, and then check out the rest of the photos on the Hazel&Cass Facebook page. You can follow the triplets' journey by visiting their Facebook group here.




Lilian // NEWBORN

Lilian was a very alert little thing who wanted to see what was going on with all these new things around her! She was so calm and cute just looking at things in the room, and then, suddenly fell fast asleep wrapped up in her special blanket. Perfect! 

Albie // NEWBORN

I think these photos really speak for themselves! Albie was a strapping young lad with a lovely sleepy smile who joined me for a photoshoot at 11 days new - all 10 pounds 3 oz of him! Albie was very calm and relaxed during the session and showed off his sweet personality. 

Enjoy the rest of the images below!