Congratulations! You are preparing to capture one of the most precious times in your life. Getting ready for your newborn photoshoot isn’t always easy. You have just arrived home with a brand new baby and let's face it, you have felt better. You are tired, learning about what your baby needs and wants, and getting dressed out of your tracksuit and ready for a photoshoot is possibly the last thing you feel like… But… trust me, it is so worth it! You will never get these raw, intimate first moments back. No one ever says they regret doing a newborn photo shoot. It is usually the other way around, you regret NOT doing one.
Here are some simple tips to help you get ready and organized for your newborn photoshoot in Sydney before your baby arrives:
- Book your newborn photoshoot! I recommend booking your newborn photos during your second trimester as spaces are limited. Once you have booked I will schedule your due date into my calendar. Remember to let me know once your baby arrives so that we can schedule in your photoshoot within the first 2 weeks of your baby arriving.
- Discuss what you will all be wearing with your photographer. For example, at Daniella Photography we provide a detailed what to wear guide when you book. This helps you to plan what you would like to wear or what you will need to buy in advance.
Our lady's client wardrobe also makes it super simple and takes the worry out of your outfit. You can choose one of the stunning dresses in our collection for you to wear on the day of your shoot.
For your baby, Daniella Photography also has a huge selection of hand knitted newborn clothes from rompers to bloomers we have you sorted. We also provide all the wraps and blankets. All you need to have ready is your cute baby!
For older siblings or partners, think about what you would like them to wear in advance in case you would like to purchase anything new.
- In-home Newborn photoshoots take about 2 hours. As a new mom, it is important to stay hydrated and eat often. Pack some snacks and have a water bottle nearby during the shoot to make sure you feel good!
Here are some tips of what you can do to be organized and ready for your newborn family photography Sydney the day of the shoot:
- Turn up the heating! A warm baby = a happy and settled baby. Often your baby may be wearing clothing during the photoshoot that is not very warm, they are still so small and it is important to keep them comfortable by turning up the heat. I recommend turning it up at least an hour before your photoshoot starts so that your home can warm up nicely.
- Make sure your baby is well fed in the lead-up to the shoot. The best time to begin feeding your baby is about 1 hour before your photographer arrives. That way your baby will be calm, settled, and content for the duration of the photoshoot. As a mum and photographer, I understand that your baby's schedule may not line up with this timing and that’s ok, just do your best to settle and stretch your baby for a big feed before the photoshoot starts.
- Have your baby swaddled in a nappy before your photographer arrives. This avoids having to pull clothes over their head and disturb them when they are settled and sleeping.
- Tidy up your home particularly the bedroom and living room before the photographer arrives. You may want to do this the night before so it isn’t a rush on the day of the shoot.
- Wash your hair the night before your photoshoot so that you have less to worry about on the day of the shoot. As new parents, we often underestimate how long it takes to feed and settle a new baby and run out of time to get ourselves ready!
- Have a dummy if you are using one handy or bottles ready if you are bottle feeding.
- If you have any special items you would like to include in the photoshoot ready to use. For example any special blankets, toys, or heirloom items you would like to include.
Last but not least, sit back and relax. Prepping for anything is stressful, especially with a newborn baby that has just arrived home. Babies can pick up on our energy so if you are stressed they may be too. My goal is that as soon as the photoshoot begins, I will put you at ease and make you feel calm and relaxed – I’ve got you! Once you have fed your baby, you can pass them on to me – a professional newborn photographer aka the baby whisperer. I will settle them, swaddle them and guide you through the photoshoot.
I look forward to documenting and capturing your newborn baby so that you will always be able to look back and remember how tiny they once were.
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