Baby portrait session tips

Baby portrait session tips

Capturing award winning baby portraits starts with careful planning. We have thought of all of the scenarios that could unfold and we are prepared so that my baby portraits sessions are a fun experience.  Babies are so expressive and we are always looking to capture the big character that lives in that cute little body.

  1. Once you are home and relaxed book in a session time with the studio. Depending on the age of your baby you may want to enquire about the “blessings plan” which offers you the chance to have a number of sessions throughout the first year of you babies life. They change so fast and you will want to remember all of the big changes that take place.
  2. Your session should be booked at a time that you feel baby is most content, usually when they have just woken from a nice big sleep. If you want to arrive at the studio and feed your baby so that they are all chilled and happy that is fine as we do factor in extra time for baby portrait sessions. If your baby is asleep when you arrive do not worry because we get beautiful portraits of sleeping babies every week.
  3. Taking care of yourself can be difficult when a new baby arrives. Don’t be shy to accept help from friends and family so you can get pampered up before your session. Details like grooming your hands are a good idea as your hands will play an important part in newborn portraits. This goes for Dad too if he is participating in the session, a manicure may be stretching it but clean hands and moisturiser on any dry skin would be great.
  4. Makeup should be applied as you normally wear it and it is a good idea to bring a hair brush or comb and makeup for any touch ups.
  5. One hour before the session please remove any elasticated clothing from your baby like socks. If you would like some semi nude portraits with your baby, holding your baby against you please remove any clothing that will leave lines on your skin.
  6. We recommend one or two outfits to be worn at the baby session as clothing changes can upset them. We really want to capture the beautiful skin and folds so the baby will be nude for the majority of the shoot. Brightly coloured knitted beanies and scarves can look fantastic against the soft peachy hues of a babies skin. I often use Mum and Dad as a background to hold baby, and for this, i’ll need you both to be wearing a black top. Also have an outfit change ready as well, something light and airy that will give mum a softer feel. For Mums we recommend a cotton camisole and long or short sleeve black nit tops. Jeans or other comfortable pants or skirts are great. For Dad’s, we suggest they do NOT wear button down shirts but a simple cotton style long or short sleeve top is best. They should also have a plain white t- shirt. Avoid any logos or writing on clothing and watches as this is distracting. Please make sure that clothes are wrinkle free as they do show in photographs.
  7. We make sure the studio is a comfortable temperature so that baby is happy. If we need to break to comfort or feed baby that is cool because we factor extra time into baby sessions. Please bring along the essentials like a favourite blanket, wipes and nappies just in case.
  8. We take care of everything at the studio, we have great simple props, beautiful materials and quirky ideas to make your baby portraits unique artworks.

To find out more about our baby sessions, availability and the popular “blessings plan” please complete an enquiry form and we will contact you shortly.