Newborn Photoshoot Information Guide - Caroline Flynn

Newborn Photoshoot Information Guide

Preparing for Your Photoshoot

Style of Images?
For me to best plan your photoshoot it helps to know beforehand if ye have a particular style of image you would like captured e.g. specific colours, dark/lighter toned images, simple posing or with props? If you want to have a peek at my newborn gallery on my website and if there are images that you really love and would like similar captured of your baby - just screenshot 2-3 (max) before our photoshoot and I can have similar setups ready for you. If you don't have any particular images you would like captured I can completely plan and style the photoshoot for ye (I know new parents have enough to be doing!)

Tips for your photoshoot - what to bring?

For the photoshoot you don't need to purchase anything extra as I have everything we need in the studio including hat’s, wraps, outfits, hairbands and a huge range of props, so it’s just the everyday basics you need to bring for baby e.g milk, nappies, change of clothes. To ensure we get the best possible images I do recommend bringing a soother for baby as it really does help in settling babies in between posing if needed. On the morning of the photoshoot if you can dress baby in a onsie/babygrow that buttons down the front and no vest - this way I can easily remove babies clothes when ye arrive without disturbing baby. If possible it can be good to bath baby on the morning of the photoshoot as babies sleep very well after a bath but this is only a suggestion and if ye have the time as I know it can be hard enough to get baby out in the first two weeks, so what’s most important is for ye to be relaxed and to enjoy the day. The studio is quite small and I keep it very warm for baby, so for your comfort if ye dress in lighter clothing or layers and feel free to bring some snacks as newborn photoshoots can take up to three hours.

I try to plan the photoshoot around babies feeding times in the morning. It works well if parents can feed baby before ye leave home as babies often fall asleep in the car on the way to the studio, and I can easily undress baby when ye arrive without disturbing baby. 

The photoshoot is completely baby led so we can take breaks whenever needed if baby needs a top up feed. Some babies do tend to feed a little more than usual during the photoshoot so it’s a good idea to pack extra milk if bottlefeeding.

What to wear?
In regards clothing choices for the photo-shoot, if it is baby and parent images only then simple black tops (no logos) with short sleeves photograph really well or if you prefer lighter toned images e.g. with a white backdrop then white/cream tops photograph best.

For family/sibling photos with baby it’s nice to choose outfits that compliment each other e.g. by wearing different shades from the same colour palette. It’s best to avoid big logos/patterns and overly bright/neon colours. Pastel or lighter shades always photograph well. If you like darker toned, B&W images then a black vest/tshirt will also photograph well. For children for images with baby, I find a white/cream/neutral top/dress photographs best.

I will match baby's wrap to your outfit choice.

Day of the Photoshoot - What to expect?

Duration of Photoshoot:

Newborn photoshoots can take up to three hours, I know this may seem like a long time but I allow this much time so that I can capture the very best selection of images for you. Sometimes it can take time for baby to fall into a nice deep sleep which is what I want so that baby is very relaxed and I can easily and safely pose baby into those adorable newborn poses. With this amount of time I can photograph baby in a variety of different setups and it gives lots of time for feeding and changing breaks. The studio is kept quite warm as mentioned so it is best to dress in light layers and to bring any snacks you would like :) I have bottled water in the studio.

I always try to photograph baby in at least three different setups, my photoshoots are always completely baby-led so I follow babies cues in what they are comfortable and happy with. I always try my very best to incorporate parents choice of setups/poses but sometimes babies don’t love every pose, so my main focus is always on keeping baby happy and providing the best selection of images I can for parents.

Sibling and baby/Family Images:

Sibling images with baby are taken at the beginning of the photoshoot, having a young toddler myself I know that children can get bored in a studio environment quite quickly, the studio is also kept quite warm for baby so it’s best not to have siblings in the studio for the entire photoshoot. By taking these images at the start, sibling(s) are free to leave after their photos with dad or a family member, there is a playground in the village as well as shops and lots of beaches nearby, so they will have lots to do! This allows me the time and space needed to focus on capturing the best possible images of your baby as well. Family images are taken at the beginning also if there are other siblings.

Parent and baby Images:

Parent and baby images are generally taken towards the end of the photoshoot if there are no other siblings.

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