We’re quite sure that there is nothing cuter than newborns. Especially if it’s your very own. To capture this beautiful stage of new life, more and more parents choose for a newborn photoshoot. The only thing we can say about this is “yes, yes, yes!”. Because there are still parents who are afraid it’s not worth the stress just after giving birth, we listed some check-points to make sure the shoot runs as smoothly as possible.
First things first
What is the best moment to have the photos taken? We advise you to have the photoshoot in the second week after birth, around days 6 to 10. Why? There is a possibility that your baby suffers from infant jaundice in the first week. That is because the babies’ tiny liver isn’t yet mature enough to do its job. Also, the baby will be sleeping most of the time during the first two weeks. And they will sleep in fetal position as they remember this position of the cozy womb it just left. Another reason concerns parents who want to be in the photos with their babies. If you plan the photoshoot in the second week, you have a week to ‘rest’ after delivery. It would be nice if you could be in the pictures without huge bags under your eyes, right?
Do some research
A newborn photoshoot isn’t something you can do twice. Because of this, make sure to do some research on suitable photographers. Request quotations of different photographers, but don’t be afraid to spend money. This is an event you want to do right. Also, professional newborn photographers have a lot of experience and know how to soothe your little one. Look through different portfolios to find out which photographer takes the photos you wish for.
Fill the tiny tummy
Besides from drinking, peeing and pooping, there is one thing newborns do best: sleeping. But for them to get sleepy, you have to make sure that they’re not hungry. So feed your baby right before the photoshoot. The baby will get sleepy and that’s exactly when you will get the best pictures of them.
Know when to pull the plug
Although you are there to soothe, feed and warm the baby, there are some things that are, well, unavoidable. As we said before, peeing and pooping are some of babies’ favorite hobbies. Another one is crying. To prevent you from disappointment, you must be prepared to manage your expectations. If you notice that your baby is getting restless and fussy after a few hours, it’s best to call it a day.
Keep these things in mind while planning and having the photoshoot. Now there is nothing more to do than to enjoy this wonderful day. Your future self will be forever grateful for these pictures!