How To Prepare For Your Newborn Session

Written by Charlotte Gamache

How Does A Newborn Photography Session Work

Newborn photography session in Vancouver – Back in the day, new parents would take their brand new baby to the local department store’s portrait studio as newborn session photography wasn’t a thing. It’s only in the past ten years that this new way of capturing your little one has taken off. Now I know that newborn photos are not for everyone, especially the posed, studio kind. But there is something about creating art with your precious baby that just resonates with a lot of parents.

Newborn session photography typically lasts around 3 hours as we want to take our time with your new baby which I know sounds a little daunting, but we want to ensure we don’t rush through anything so we can create the perfect portraits for you. If your baby arrives fully fed and fast asleep then I love to start with those cute little naked poses first while they are settled. I have a workflow of beautiful newborn poses that I go through and if your baby doesn’t like something they will let me know. Should your baby become unsettled at anytime during the session, then we take a break for feeding and extra cuddles. I always say that your baby is the ‘boss’ of the session as they will dictate the flow of things. After all of the naked poses are done I will move onto wrapping your baby in unique ways and capturing them in some timeless photography props specially picked for your baby in mind.

Should your newborn arrive unsettled and not happy with the naked posing then I do have a backup workflow which involved swaddling your baby into a beautiful cocoon that most often calms them down to sleep. I know some parents don’t love the look of the wrapped shots but as I said before, the baby is the boss and if they don’t want to pose for me naked then wrapping them up is the next best thing.

I always encourage siblings and parents to be in some of the pictures towards the end of the session. Family photos are so important and shouldn’t be left out no matter how tired you are feeling. So those are always an option to include in your newborn session should you wish.

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