Newborn Photo Session Prep

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Newborn Photo Session Prep

Settling into newborn parent life (whether it’s your first or 5th time) is always an adjustment! It’s totally normal for your brain to feel completely scrambled those first couple of weeks. I wanted to put together a list of what to expect and what you need to be prepared for when you schedule a newborn photo session, so you don’t forget anything!

Planning ahead

Just baby photos or family and siblings too?

First family photos are special, I always vote yes to those! We’ll plan what to wear (I have a client closet with dresses perfect for mom!) and discuss what background options you will have in the studio. If you want baby only, just let me know ahead of time!

What would you like to do with your images?

Make a plan for prints and products beforehand. Consider a canvas print of baby in the nursery, or a new family photo framed for the living room. For the rest of your favorite images, you might consider a beautiful heirloom photo album to keep and pass down to baby someday!

Plan out colors and props

When considering where you’ll display your photos, think through the color schemes you have in your home. Then you can pick wrap colors for baby that will result in photos that match your decor! Also let me know if you are hoping for a specific type of prop like a bucket or tiny bed.


The studio will be HOT – Please dress accordingly, as the studio will be very warm in hopes of keeping the tiny baby sleepy!

Plan on feeding baby when you arrive – Even if baby just needs topped off, we will try feeding first thing! Whatever we can do to get a super sleepy baby.

Bring baby in zip up pjs that we can remove easily – If baby is in a deep sleep already when you get to the studio, we can get them undressed without disturbing them much.

Seating and Snacks– I have two rooms in my studio, and there is seating in each room so baby can always be in your sight. I will also have snacks and drinks because we know you’ll run out the door without breakfast!

Newborn sessions can last 2-4 hours – Depending on baby’s sleepiness and cooperation, our session could take a while, so plan on hanging out! I have plenty of patience for your little one, and we will let baby lead the session. If dad or siblings need to step away after their part of photos is done they are welcome to; my building has a corridor on the first floor with some tables and chairs, or they can take a stroll down Main Street and come back when we’re done!

I have everything we need All you need to bring is baby! I have wraps, headbands, hats, outfits; no need to bring anything for the photos. I also have everything you could have forgotten at home, diapers, wipes, bottle warmer, boppy, burp rags and more.

Special Items – I am happy to work special items into our photo session, I just ask for a heads up so I can brainstorm ideas on how to incorporate them!

Sara Nuzum is a newborn and family photographer in Newton, Kansas. She is a full-service studio where she guides clients through print orders resulting in beautiful portraits for them to cherish forever.

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