The Secrets to Newborn Photography

Written by: Julie Floyd

Recently, I had the honor of photographing these 6 day old, premie twin baby boys.  At Classic Kids, we photograph newborn babies a lot, but it never ceases to amaze me what a miracle a newborn baby really is.  They are brand new human life, and 100% raw potential.

Professional newborn photos are a wonderful gift to give your child.  Imagine having a piece of art that captures the very beginning of your life!

Newborn photography takes a very special skill set to achieve art with the photos in a way that is safe and comfortable for the baby.  Last year about this time, all of our CK photographers took a day long training course to hone our newborn skills.  We’ve all been photographing newborns for years, but even the experienced moms in the group, like myself, picked up great tricks and safety tips.

#1. Try to capture your newborn before they are two weeks of age.  The sixth day is actually my “target” day for several reasons:

  • They are very sleepy!  Sleeping shots of newborns are just extra wonderful because their faces are so angelic. 
  • Their skin generally has not yet broken out in newborn acne, which comes on at about 2 weeks and can last for months. 
  • Brand new babies are really flexible, having been curled up in the womb for months.  You can gather them up in little sleeping balls for wonderful shots.

#2. Turn up the heat.  For a newborn shoot, we turn the heat up really high, like 85-90 degrees because babies in their birthday suits, the “outfit” of choice, should not be even the least bit chilly.   But  be prepared with paper towels,  wipes, and a sense of humor, because a newborn without a diaper is not for the faint of heart!  

#3. Be patient.  Arm yourself with some serious patience, as newborn shoots can take a couple of hours as we wait for the baby to enter deep sleep and then achieve the perfect pose. Double everything if twins are involved!

#4. Don't leave out the parents.  Make sure the proud parent(s) gets in some of the shots if at all possible.  They are a vital piece of that baby’s family history, and their artful presence in those shots makes them all the more special.

Congrats from all of us at Classic Kids Photography!  Please visit us for more information and if you need any help capturing this truly unforgettable time.  

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 11:23 AM