Lighting is the most important and essential part of photography, and when it comes to newborn photography it becomes more important. Watch how to use studio lights for newborn photography, or if you are more comfortable with natural light, see a behind the scenes photo shoot.
Each newborn has his/her own personality, sometimes they just refuse to cooperate for different poses. In this case we suggest to let them settle in and wait for them to get comfortable before adjusting their arms and legs. Don’t set a time limit, but keep calm and take things one step at a time.
3. full Belly Equals Happy Baby
Ask that the parents hold off on feeding the baby until they arrive at the studio. The longer they can keep the baby awake prior to the session is also helpful. Stop halfway through the session for a second feeding if necessary – a full belly will ensure the newborn sleeps soundly.
The womb is a loud place – some say as loud as a vacuum cleaner. White noise is important for the newborn to be comfortable, and it also will help to relax you and the parents. We suggest placing the Womb Sounds Bear near the newborn, whether it’s in the picture or not.
5. Don’t be afraid to sweat
Shooting is hard work, but with newborns, it is crucial to have a warm environment so they are comfortable. If it’s too chilly, they won’t sleep soundly, especially if they are naked. Remember, only a few days ago they were inside their mom, and it was a lot warmer than room temperature in there! We suggest you use heating pads, space heaters, and crank the thermostat up to 85 degrees. If that still isn’t enough, swaddle the baby with a wrap or swag to keep their body temperature steady.
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