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How To Prepare for Your Newborn Session | Heights Newborn Studio

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February 16, 2021

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Mama, I know what it’s like to teeter between absolute bliss and feeling like your brain suddenly stopped working (mom brain is real!). I want you to be able to sit in that bliss, soak up every moment with your new baby and family, without stressing about how to prepare for your newborn session. 

Our newborn photography studio in the Heights was created with your family in mind. From wardrobe to hair and makeup to making sure you have a stress-free experience during your session, we have thought of everything. And if you can help us with a few things at home before arriving at the studio, we will be in great shape for your photoshoot.

Baby in a white onesie preparing for newborn photoshoot with Fresh Light Photography.newborn details of baby's lips | Fresh Light Photography

Baby: before you leave your house

These are the only things I want you to focus on the morning of to prepare for your newborn session. Once you arrive at the studio, we will take care of the rest!

  • Give baby an active morning (bath, tummy time, etc.) You don’t want your baby to be overtired, but you also don’t want them to have slept all morning to where the stimulation keeps them awake. With that said, it still happens and Mama, I promise it’s okay! I’ve photographed enough babies to be able to handle any situation.
  • Give baby a full feeding about 30 minutes before leaving the house. Both Mama and baby are usually most comfortable feeding in the comfort of your home, so it helps make sure baby has a good feed before the excitement begins!
  • Undress down to a diaper for the car ride and bundle up with blankets or dress in a button/zip front sleeper. Oftentimes if baby is good and asleep, we will get started with solo photos while the rest of the family prepares for the session!

Baby sleeping with arms up by his head. Photos by Fresh Light Photography.Newborn baby boy curled up on a white blanket for newborn photos with Fresh Light Photography.
Profile photo of baby boy. Photos by Fresh Light Photography.

Baby: at our Heights newborn studio

We will have everything your baby needs for photos, including a variety of swaddles and headbands for you to choose from. 

The most important thing for you to prepare for is feeding your baby. Newborn sessions can last anywhere between 1.5-3 hours. I always recommend bringing extra milk or formula, as well as any breastfeeding essentials. We have a couch in our waiting room for you to feed baby and relax! 

Other items to bring in your diaper bag: pacifier, diapers, wipes, burp cloth, and a warm change of clothes for the ride home.

Baby puckering his lips. Photos by Fresh Light Photography and sharing a blog post on how to prepare for your newborn session.Baby smiling during his photoshoot with Fresh Light Photography in Houston.
Baby boy and his big brother. Photos by Fresh Light Photography.
Siblings

It can be daunting figuring out how to prepare for your newborn session with toddlers, but I promise it does not have to be. In fact, I don’t recommend making a big deal about the session at all. I wrote an entire post on tips for success with toddlers

Sometimes it can be helpful for Dad and the kids to drive separately so they can either come a little late and/or leave once their portraits are complete. This can even help cut down on the overall time you’re at the studio too. 

At the end of the day, they just want to have fun, and the most important thing is for you to not intervene and let me do what I do!

Baby boy and his big brother. Photos by Fresh Light Photography.
Preparing for your newborns session can feel daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Fresh Light Photography is sharing tips on how to prepare for your newborn session with these sweet baby and big brother!
Baby toes | How to prepare for your newborn session by Fresh Light PhotographyMom

You will need to arrive at the studio with a clean face and clean, dry hair. My hair and makeup artist will be ready for you. Lastly, you’ll want to make sure you bring nude panties and a supportive bra to wear under one of our many wardrobe options. While I know nursing bras and tanks are more comfortable postpartum, a supportive bra is going to give you a more flattering silhouette in your portraits. If ease or privacy nursing your baby is a concern, please don’t worry about that! Wear what is comfortable to the studio and you can change once it’s time for images with you and your baby together.

Most importantly, I want you to relax. Mama, as much as your baby’s newborn photoshoot is about them, it’s also about you. You have spent the last 9 months carrying and loving your baby. It’s time to celebrate that. Soak in these moments with your family – you’ve worked hard to get here!

First family portrait with new baby during photoshoot with Heights Newborn Photographer, Fresh Light Photography.
Sweet family photo of big brother adoring his new baby brother. Photos by Leigh with Fresh Light Photography in Houston, TX.
Sweet family photo of big brother adoring his new baby brother. Photos by Fresh Light Photography in Houston, TX.
Family photos in newborn studio in the Heights near Houston, TX. Photos by Fresh Light Photography.
Big brother being silly. Photos by Fresh Light Photography.
Mom and Dad with their second baby boy. Photos by Fresh Light Photography.
Mom with her baby boy. Photos by Fresh Light Photography.
Family hugging during newborn photoshoot in a studio in the Heights. Photos by Fresh Light Photography and tips for how to prepare for your newborn session.
Dad and his two sons. Photos by Fresh Light Photography.
Mom looking at her new baby boy. Photos by Fresh Light Photography.
Mom looking down at her two boys during newborn photoshoot. Photos by Fresh Light Photography.
Portraits of a father and hew newborn son. Photos by Fresh Light Photography.

 

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