Langston was a dream and stayed asleep throughout the entire first part.
A week before the session, I sent his mom and dad an informational prep guide to help make the session go smoother. They followed exactly what was on the sheet and because of this Langston cooperated the entire time.
What were some of those golden nuggets of information? Well let’s go ahead and talk about a couple.
Even though your baby may sleep a lot, it doesn’t mean they will sleep through the newborn session. During the session, they are handled quite a bit from changing wraps, into outfits and transitioning from the bag to props and back to the bag. Normally this much activity doesn’t happen when they’re sleeping at home. Being handled consistently doesn’t make for a deep sleep, unless you work on this one tip before your session.
Tip #1: Try and keep your baby awake a couple of hours before your shoot so the baby is extra tired when the photographer starts. There are several ways of keeping the baby awake; give them a bath, tickle their toes, let them kick their feet with just a diaper on, even letting them fuss a little bit with no pacifier can help keep them awake beforehand allowing for a deeper sleep when photographing.
Recruit your spouse or family to help with this.
This next tip is probably the most important one I have in my bag and make sure I execute every time.
Tip #2: Keep your house warm and I mean WARM! Between 78-82 is ideal for a newborn shoot and even though you may be hot, your baby is comfortable. Most of the time newborns are only photographed with a wrap and sometimes with nothing on. Since newborns can’t regulate their body temperature, keeping the area warm is essential for them staying comfortable. The temperature might seem uncomfortable to us but for your baby, it’s just right.
There are other tips and tricks I share with my parents, but in order to get the full gold bar, you have to book a newborn session!
Putting at least these two tips into practice will help your next newborn session. Thanks for stopping by!