5 Tips for a Successful Newborn Photoshoot

5 Tips for a Successful Newborn Photoshoot

If you're thinking of getting newborn photos then my top 5 tips will be invaluable to making it a successful and importantly an enjoyable experience!

One of my regrets was not getting professional newborn photos of Georgia. At the time I couldn't imagine organising a photoshoot on top of new mum life and quite frankly I didn't want to spend the money on it. But my attitude has changed as I've seen so many precious photos of newborn babies and their families and decided that it was an investment of time, mental strength and money I was willing to make!

Don't get me wrong - it's a big feat to get yourself and your newborn presentable & out of the house for a photoshoot. Then add in wrangling other children and the other half and it can easily fall into the 'too hard' basket. But if you can manage it, it's well worth the investment for the beautiful photos you get to treasure forever. And I've got 5 tips to help you make it an enjoyable experience:

1. Do your research on photographers - choose one you think will suit your style & priorities. Think about whether you want your photos done at home or in a studio, look through their portfolio & choose some photos you like and show them before you start, ask tips what to wear/not to wear and make sure they suit your budget.

2. Rope in an extra pair of hands to help with younger kids - whether its keeping them occupied or helping to get them in position another adult makes life a lot easier.

3. Timing is everything - organise your photoshoot for when your kids are the happiest. Avoid lunchtimes and nap times as cranky kids and photos don't mix.

4. Have a Plan B & C - if things all go to plan your winning in life! Most likely there will be hiccups so be as prepared as you can. Pack spare clothes, a hair brush, have a range of different photo styles you'd be happy with (incase someone isn't playing ball) and allow extra time either side incase things run over. Oh and pack 'tidy' snacks and a bib for the kids that won’t mess up their clothes - plain rice crackers, cheese, apples or grapes and water are all great choices - and quite frankly snacks are a great distraction for 10 minutes if you need it too.

5. Wear clothes that make you feel great - decide on what 'look' you are going for and choose clothes that you feel comfortable in as this will radiate through your photos. Take a t-shirt to throw over your outfit while you get the kids sorted - no doubt you'll get food, spew or poo on you. Also if you're breastfeeding take something you can easily feed in between photos.

I was lucky enough to team up with Jackie from Jackie O Photography who shoots from her home. She was awesome - down to earth, gave clear direction, listened to what photos I wanted to replicate and wasn't phased by a defiant toddler and a newborn that pooped on her white sheepskin rug. I also loved the fact that she incorporated family and siblings into her newborn shoots which is exactly what I was looking for. If you're interested in finding out more you can check her work out here https://www.facebook.com/JackieOPhotography/
Stevee Evans

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