Preparation for a Newborn Session

You can see more sample images for family portrait sessions in Newborn Gallery.

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How you prepare yourself for the photo session is very important to receive good images at the end of the photo session.  

For a newborn baby photos, ideally the baby will be asleep in front of the camera. I will be gently moving the baby through poses. No rush during the session... We can take a lot of breaks for feeding or cuddling as needed. You and the baby will be relaxed in that way and it will show in the images.

To give us enough time without rush, the session time is about three hours. All the extra time for breastfeeding, changing diapers, and cleaning up for accidents is expected, so please don't freak out if your baby takes very long time to fall asleep, which happens very often.

So the time we have with the happy sleepy baby is actually pretty short, and I can only go a couple of poses. If you have any specific images you would like with your baby, please share them with me beforehand. They can be some other photographers' images.

1. Setting your newborn session date (if you are pregnant now)

Please email or text me after you deliver your baby as soon as you can, so we can set the date and time of your session. The best time to photograph newborn babies is when they are between six days old to two weeks old. 

If you have a baby boy and he is getting circumcised, please allow 5 days after the surgery before the session to give it time to heal.  

2. What I would like to borrow from you for the session

I will bring towels and blankets, but it's helpful if you can let me use a couple of bath towels and regular towels in case my towels get wet from the babies pee.

If you have a portable space heater, I would like to use it to warm up the area. I will bring a little one, too.


Here are some tips for you.  These will help us make your images together as beautiful as possible.

3. What to wear
3-1. Baby
The baby will be showing a lot of skin and without a diaper if possible. The diaper is pretty ugly, and it makes the bottom look really large, so it's better without it even if it means there will be accidents. I will bring white wraps to wrap up the baby.
If you have special clothes you would like to use, I can take photos in them, too.
3-2. Family member's clothes
Please wear comfortable summer clothes you like.
Generally, simple clothes for the parents and family members go very well with the smooth skin of the newborn baby. Since it is at your house, it is a good idea to have a few sets of clothes ready for the session. If you would like, I will be happy to help you pick the clothes when I arrive.
The images should be about you, not about your clothes. I would avoid designer clothes or shirts with texts as they are too strong and destructive, ending up stealing the viewers' attention from you and the baby.
Color patterns such as checkers, dots, or flowers are fun.

3-3. Wear light layers - summer clothes

To keep the baby warm during the photo shoot without much clothes, the room temperature will be set pretty high. Please have the family members also wear summer clothes.

3-4. Watches are destructive. I recommend not to wear them.

3-5. It's optional, but if all the family members could wear clothes in harmony, that's even better.
3-6. Hands (Clean nails and wedding rings)
While you hold your baby in the photos, the details of your fingers and hands will be shown there. Please have clean nails. If you have wedding rings, I recommend you wear them.    
4. Makeup
Natural makeup looks good for family portraits especially with newborn babies.

5. Preparing your house

Please set the room temperature high for the naked baby (Ideally around 80 F) during the session. The temperature is a key. Your baby WILL NOT sleep when it's not warm enough. If you have a portable heater, I would like to use it. I will bring a small one, too.

Don't worry about cleaning your house! I will need just a little space to set up the posing bag, which can be on the floor, couch, table or bed.

And I can find a nice simple wall or window for the standing poses. As you can see in the sample photos here, only part of your house will be shown in the images. To get better natural lighting, I may ask you if we can move the furniture or ornaments for the photo session.

6. Toys to help to draw toddler's attention
If you also have have toddlers, please have a couple of little toys. I would like to use them to draw their attention to the camera.

7. Special props for you

If you have something special you would like to include in the images, please don't hesitate to show me before the session. As long as the baby is safe we can try!



Now let's have a fun photo session!

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Yuko Hirao

Email:  [email protected]

Phone: 832-370-5985