As a gift for my son’s grandparents, I recently organized a photo shoot with a professional newborn photographer. Though I’m thoroughly pleased with the results, there are a few things I wish I had thought of beforehand to make it go more smoothly.
We had only an hour to squeeze in newborn photos, plus shots of both sons with each grandparent and parent. Our location was limited, as we were on a tight timeline to get the photos done before the grandparents departed, so we had to meet our photographer where she was just wrapping up another shoot. We had to do it outdoors.
Lesson #1: Don’t try to do your newborn photos outdoors
It was cold, and we watched nervously as the photographer arranged our barely covered baby amongst all her props. We had wanted to do some naked shots, too, but we gave up when we saw he was shivering. I really don’t know what I was thinking. (Chalk my unrealistic expectations up to sleep deprivation, and next time talk it over with someone first… Wait, there will be no next time. Last baby for us!)
At least I had two cute baby hats from Beanie Designs on hand! Big brother is seen here in the Navy,
Lesson #2: Speaking of blankets, bring lots
We had all the baby’s clothes off, since we had wanted to do some shots in the buff. We didn’t end up doing those, but in the meantime, he peed on all his blankets. We ended up doing all the subsequent photos with him wrapped in my nursing shawl. Thankfully you can’t tell
it’s not a nice blanket, and it matched our color scheme!
Lesson #3: Choose a flattering color scheme
If you have everyone dressed in a similar color scheme, it’ll give a nice pop to your photos. We had done some before with us in white and navy, and while they looked good, my red hair was probably the thing that stood out the most. This time we used aqua and brown and throughout the photos it created a really nice effect. We didn’t match exactly, but the color theme was there in some form for each person.
Lesson #4: Feed your baby in advance
I fed him and then drove to the location, so he was well settled when we arrived. If you end up having to feed him at your photo shoot, you’re likely to run overtime. Plus you’ll possibly be dealing with spit up and more diaper changes than if you’d taken care of it beforehand.
Lesson #5: Talk to your photographer in depth
We had corresponded with our photographer only via email. She showed up with some great props and blankets of her own. We had to try to figure out what shots to do after arriving and surveying what she’d brought. I’m not sure they fit our taste, though they definitely made for cute effects. It would have been much smoother if I’d taken the time to call her.
I’m sure there are plenty of other things to keep in mind. Did you do photos with your newborn? How’d it go? Any advice to share?