HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR
NEWBORN PHOTO SHOOT
Newborn shoots take around two hours allowing plenty of time for feeding, changing and of course lots of cuddles! Before the shoot, I'll request a few photos of the brightest and most used rooms in your home to work out where the best light will be at the time of your session.
Those first few weeks after having a baby are a whirlwind so please don't worry about the house being spotless. As a general rule, I recommend putting away anything you'd rather not see in the photos but I often tidy spaces on the day and move furniture around to create clean backdrops. (Only if you're happy for me to of course!)
Putting white duvet covers on the bed in your brightest bedroom creates a neutral backdrop for the pictures and helps to reflect light around the room. It also helps to make sure the house nice and warm to keep your little one relaxed and sleepy. This is especially important when your baby is just in a vest or nappy. Having a hot water bottle on hand to heat up blankets is also a great way of settling your newborn when moving from one spot to another.
In regards to clothing, go for something you feel comfortable in. Neutral colours look great and don't draw attention away from the moment the way that bold prints and colours sometimes can. If you usually have your nails painted, it's worth having them done before the shoot as I often include hands in close up detail shots to show scale.