Newborn Session in Virginia Beach
I love the opportunity to take pictures of new babies! My kids are now 5 and 8 so it is so nice to be able to snuggle and work with a newborn as it seems so long ago that mine were this small. This little sweetheart is Adelyn and she was a great model and very easy to work with for this newborn session. Mom wanted very neutral colors and nothing too girly for baby Adelyn. A good idea for photographers is to take a peek at the baby’s room and see what kind of decor they used and that will likely indicate what kind of colors and theme Mom and Dad have in mind.
Some other helpful hints for new parents or photographers to help achieve a successful newborn session:
- Book your newborn session when baby will be between 5-14 days old. This is the ideal window, any later than this babies are more alert and awake and too big to curl into cute infant poses and too big for cute baskets and props.
- I always tell my clients to block out a good 2-3 hours for newborn sessions because of the multiple breaks that are needed when babies get hungry, need a diaper change, etc.
- Scope out a nice large window with natural indirect light. Direct light could be a bit too harsh on a sunny day (although perfectly fine on a cloudy day). Indirect light will provide a nice even light source for your subject. I prefer natural light over artificial light for babies, unless maybe you have a large softbox that can produce soft light, I guess it’s really up to the photographer.
- Have a spotter. Parents make great helpers and it is also best to have one of them close by with a hand on the baby to make sure she is safe. Babies like to stretch and move and could even roll out of a pose, so having Mom or Dad close with one hand on the baby in between shots is ideal. Safety should always come first and be the most important during your session.
- Have a space heater close (not too close but close enough to provide a little extra warm air for the area). I set mine to approximately 75-80 degrees. When babies get cold their skin starts to get a bit splotchy and you want nice even skin tone for photos.
- Have a white noise machine and/or mother’s heartbeat playing in the background. Ask Mom and Dad if they have found if one works better over the other, every baby is unique. I had one baby that was startled by the mother’s heartbeat sound and didn’t fall asleep until we turned it off.
- Be prepared for accidents. Everyone wants those cute outfits that don’t really allow for a diaper or they want baby photos with just a blanket or wrap. Well, once you take off a diaper it is fair game! Be prepared and willing for your outfits and props to be soiled after each shoot. When this does happen don’t make a big deal about it, just wrap up the blankets and move on to a new theme. Spray N’ Wash works wonders :).
- Make sure your hands are warm and sanitized (often). You want baby to stay nice and comfy and asleep, but you also have to pose her so make sure your hands are nice and warm. I recommend sanitizing your hands frequently throughout the session as well, remember safety first! 🙂
- If baby isn’t feeling a pose then move on, don’t force a baby to do something she doesn’t want to do. You might have your heart set on a certain pose and photo you saw on the internet, but not all babies are comfortable in every pose, so be flexible (no pun intended, lol).
- Get down to baby’s level and try different angles in each pose before moving on to a new pose.
Overall be safe, take your time and enjoy the session!
Here are a few of my favorites: