Newborn Session Guide

Thank you for considering me to take your newborn photos! I look forward to working with you. Newborns have very special needs and taking their photos require a little more attention so I have created this guide for you to review and prep before your session.

Newborn sessions are done within the first 14 days of being born for several reasons: They are more likely to stay asleep and cooperate during their poses, they still like to be curled up and don’t mind being posed and their flaky skin or baby acne has not set in yet. After 14 days old, they are less cooperative and it takes a lot of time to ease the baby.

Newborn sessions can be done at your home or my studio. I am a natural light photographer, and it will be necessary that you have enough sunlight near a window or sliding glass door. I will bring items to you, and I will need that area clear to set up. Make sure the room that has your most amount of light is free and clear from any obstacles, and other children, pets.

Babies sleep best when the room is nice and warm. I will have you turn up the heat to approximately 26-27 degrees in that area, this might seem very warm to you and me but is perfect for baby as a number of poses he/she will be in the nude. I will also bring a small heater to warm blankets and alleviate air drafts.


One of the most important things is to (try) keep baby awake 2-3 hours before their session so that they are nice and sleepy. Do not feed them until right before we begin the session, this will keep baby nice and full during their session.

Keep a pacifier/soother handy. Even if baby does not intend on using one permanently, it is often convenient during pictures to keep baby calm and soothed for the 2-3 hours they will be taking photos. This is much easier than moving baby each time they need to be soothed.

I will be prepared with wipes, burp cloths and rags, as babies will have accidents during their sessions. Newborn sessions are often in the nude so messes are normal! All of my blankets are pre-washed in non-bio liquid.

A typical newborn session is about 2 hours but it may take up to 4 hours, (baby calls the shots :))After 2 hours, we all may need to take a break and cool off. We can get a lot of poses in 2 hours so after that we can evaluate how many photos we have and you can decide if you are prepared to continue. As a mother myself, I know how exhausted you are taking care of your new baby.

I look forward to meeting him or her!