There are so many things to think about when you are pregnant. Make sure you don’t forget to plan for your baby’s first photos. You won’t want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. They only have that newborn look for a short time and you will want to cherish those moments forever.
The most important thing is to make sure you schedule your newborn session early! Before you are ready to give birth, schedule a tentative date with your photographer for about 7 days after your due date. As soon as your baby arrives, call or have someone contact your photographer to finalize the date and time of the photo shoot. Most newborn photos should be done in the first 10 days of life to ensure that they can be posed easily while asleep.
On the day of your newborn photos, pack a bag with everything that you might need or want. Definitely bring white onesies, outfits, hats, accessories, blankies and any sentimental items that you may want to include in the photographs. Plan to feed and change your baby right before the session begins and at least once during so he or she can be full and comfortable throughout the experience. This helps keep babies sleepy and relaxed for longer periods of time.
Parents should also think about what they are going to wear. Although your baby will be the center of attention, parents can participe as well! Solid, neutral colors work best, but feel free to highlight your personality when appropriate. Always bring a black long sleeve shirt with you. Another simple, yet popular combination is jeans and white button down shirts for both mom and dad. Think about nails, hair, and makeup ahead of time so you can be prepared for those details and close up shots.