We took our in home newborn photos when Greyson was just 10 days old. Looking back on these photos, I’m in awe of how tiny he was and how much he’s grown since then! I’m so glad we decided to take in home newborn photos because I’ve already loved looking back on Grey’s first few days and seeing how much he’s changed since we first brought him home from the hospital. At the time we took these, we were still in our first apartment together and have since moved so I know in the future it’ll be fun for my husband and I look back on our apartment days with our newborn baby.

As a photographer and now mama I wanted to share some quick tips to make your newborn session as smooth as possible!

Tip 1: Schedule your newborn photos to fall during the first 5-12 days of life

If you’re expecting soon and wondering when you should take your newborn photos, the sweet spot for newborn photos is anytime between five to twelve days old. After the twelve day mark your little babe is going to be awake more frequently during the day and will start to become more aware of the world around them. The goal is to take the photos while your baby is still nice and sleepy during the day.

Tip 2: Time Baby’s Feeding

This one is so important- time your baby’s feeding to end 10 or so minutes before your photographer will arrive. During the first few months, baby needs to eat on average every 2-3 hours (if you’re breastfeeding- I believe the window is a bit longer for bottle-fed babes) so I’d recommend trying to get a feel for how long each feeding lasts to create the perfect feeding window before the session. Personally, our feedings usually took around 20-25 minutes and then we’d take another 5-10 minutes to burp him so I knew I needed to start our feeding at least 35 minutes prior to the start of our session.

Tip 3: Fresh Diaper and Photoshoot Outfit

After baby has been fed and burped, change baby’s diaper and put on the photoshoot I’d say no sooner than 5 minutes before the photographer’s arrival. This’ll give the outfit a fighting chance to be clean and spit up/blow out free for the session- but I will say it’s always a good idea to have a back up outfit just in case.

Tip 4: Swaddle + Suck!

If your baby is fussy during the session, swaddle them and offer a pacifier (if using) to help calm baby and hopefully help them drift to sleep during the session.

We followed all of these helpful hints for our session and it truly makes a huge difference. Happy baby= smooth session!

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