Gah!! These cheeks!! Understandably, new clients have a lot a questions about newborns portraits. I have an extensive FAQ section here, however I thought I would outline some frequently asked questions about newborn portraits in this blog post. I also invite prospective clients to have a chat either over the phone or in person at my studio. The more we discuss in advance, the more successful your portrait session will be!
When is the best time for newborn portraits?
I have two favourite timeframes for newborn portraits, the first is within the first week. This captures the truly unique “freshness” of newborn babies. The second time is when baby is around a month old, like this little guy. Babies have filled out a bit more, mom and dad are usually more settled into the routine, and yet baby is still sleeps well and we can get the a variety of beautiful portraits of them sleeping, nursing, and cuddling.
What can I expect from the newborn session?
For newborn sessions, I like to schedule 2 hours, however we usually use around 90 minutes. I like to have the flexibility of extra time in case baby needs to be changed, fed, or calmed to sleep. We do a variety of poses and I will often ask nursing moms if they would like to be photographed while feeding their babies. It’s entirely a personal preference, but I find a lot of moms love to have this time photographed. When I ask this beautiful client if she minded if I share some of her breastfeeding portraits she said absolutely, breastfeeding needs to be normalized! I couldn’t agree more!
Where is the best location for newborn portraits?
I generally suggest we do the portraits either at my studio in Gastown or at clients homes. My studio has beautiful natural light and a clean, minimalist look which allows for the portraits to have a natural feel to them. I don’t like to use a lot of props which I find can draw attention away from your beautiful baby and your relationships! Client’s homes can create a very personal feel to the images as well as capturing your family in your natural element. In the weeks after your baby is born, it is often nice to not have to travel so I’m more than happy to come to your home.
What should we wear for the portrait session?!
I get this question all the time and I’m so glad that clients ask. We are creating these images together, and your outfits will help create the overall palette and feeling in the images. I recommend neutrals with small touches of colour that don’t draw attention away from your beautiful faces. Colours that work well are blues, dusty and muted shades of colours, and of course any creams, whites, and greys. Some patterns work well like this little guy’s striped shirt, but avoid too many contrasting patterns. Feel free to browse my blog for good outfit ideas!
Here are some favourites from a recent newborn portrait session in my Gastown studio.