My favorite part of shooting a newborn session is hearing the birth story of each baby. They’re all so unique! I also love hearing new momma’s talk about all the things they’ve learned about their brand new baby that was freshly born typically within the past ten days. Learning about their habits, sleep schedules, and even about how their pregnancy was is just so inspiring. Babies are magical, and precious, and such wonderful gifts.
I’ve known Lawson’s mommy and daddy because we went to high school together and his mommy actually does my hair. I was lucky enough to do his big sister Atalie’s newborn pictures a few short years ago as well. During his newborn portrait session, little Lawson was so sleepy and we quickly got through quite a few set-ups. It’s always hit or miss with newborns who sleep at sessions. So we do our best to send over as much prep material for new parents to set them up for success. If you follow our prep guide, we typically can get through more set-ups and poses! If we can’t get baby settled sometimes we cannot do more intricate posing due to safety of the babies being our number one concern.
We always send over a newborn questionnaire before the session for mommies to fill out with lots of direction to guide the flow of the session. It ask things like if you want to include any specific poses, props or set-ups. We also ask for the color schemes you might have within your home or nursery to help guide what we use. Our goal is to have everything flow together. That way if you decide to create a photo album, it all looks wonderful and styled to look beautiful.
For Lawson’s newborn pictures we went with a neutral theme. They wanted something that could match his nursery but also soft colors that flowed together. We leaned slightly into blue tones but mostly just creams, browns and whites. Hands down, it’s my absolute FAVORITE color scheme and I love going with muted neutral tones for newborn baby pictures because it bring all the attention to the baby and less about the colors/props. We also got big sister involved and sweet talked her into a few photos with her new baby brother. Great job Atalie, I know it’s a learning curve but soon you’ll love playing with your brother!!
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