To Do’s Before a Newborn Photo Shoot
For would-be parents, the arrival of their first born give them so much joy and excitement. Some parents would right away hire a newborn photographer to take shots of their child while in the newborn period. Newborn period basically refers to the first two weeks and this stage in a child’s life only happens once. This makes a newborn photo shoot significant and thus must be given importance. Both parents and the newborn photographer should exert effort to prepare for this newborn photo shoot.
If you are new to professional newborn photography, here are some things to do before a newborn photo shoot.
Discuss details with the parents
You should first have a formal meeting with the parents to discuss how and when the newborn shoot will be. Some expectant moms will hire you before the baby comes out so you will have to arrange the waiting days within the expected delivery date. It is important for you to explain how the shoot will be done as well as how the parent should prepare their newborn.
After you have explained all the necessary things and answered all their questions regarding newborn photography, make sure you have a contract signed and agreed by both parties.
Prepare the necessary props and gear
Once contract has been signed and schedule has been set, it is now time for you to prepare for the shoot. Inspect your cameras, lenses and accessories and make sure they are working properly. Also be sure that all newborn props to be used during the photo shoot are all dry-cleaned and ready for use.
Among the necessary camera accessories and newborn props to bring are the following
- Extra Memory Cards
- Extra Batteries
- Comfortable Blanket
- Bean bag
- Baskets or Crates
- Stuffed Animals
- Hats and Headbands
Help the parents prepare their newborn
To make your photo shoot become successful, the parents must make sure that the baby is in a deep sleep all throughout the photo shoot. Advise the parents to keep the baby awake a few hours before the shoot. They also need to ensure that the baby is well fed before schedule so the newborn will be in great mood and in deep sleep.
Ready yourself to be patient
There are instances when the baby suddenly wakes up or becomes irritable thus making the session take longer to finish. Be prepared for it and ready yourself by being patient at all times. If the newborn won’t sleep, do not fret because you can still take some shots while the mom or dad is holding the child.
Prepare safety measures
The safety of the newborn should not be taken for granted. You need to ensure that the baby is safe all throughout the session. Hire an assistant if possible to stand near and keep an eye on the baby during the photo shoot. You should also check all your props and make sure they are free from dirt or harmful object.
All newborn photo sessions are important so you should always give your best and do the necessary preparations before each shoot.