with a few tricks I've picked up along the way in my own work photographing newborns so. When I first started photographing newborns, one of the first mistakes I made was the use of natural light. It's so nice to have beautiful bedding for a photo shoot that also creates a nice clean backdrop for putting the baby to bed, not only for newborn photos, but also for the everyday photos you'll want to take as the baby grows. Any experienced newborn photographer will know exactly what positions will be comfortable for your child and how to gently move your child so that they don't wake up.
One strategy for communicating with parents is to give them a detailed list of how to prepare for newborn photos. I know this sounds too simple, but as many newborn photographers are self-taught, the importance of this cannot be overstated. It's important to communicate properly with parents before newborn sessions if you want to keep things low stress and hassle free. I usually wear one or the other, but for Millie and Harry's photos I wore both the tummy tuck and Spanx.
Please, for the love of all that is newborn photography, don't leave all your beautiful newborn photos sitting on your hard drive. My style of newborn photography is simple and organic with more natural poses, so this wasn't a problem for me. I know this is contrary to a lot of teaching out there, but keeping the baby's nappy on will save you the stress of having the newborn pee and poop on their props, themselves, and their parents. Contrary to what you may have heard about the first two weeks being the best time to photograph a newborn, it is also possible to photograph older babies "newborn style".
If you've ever done a newborn photo shoot, you know it can be a complete disaster. Most of the time I keep the baby's head towards the light, to achieve the shadow I prefer in my newborn baby photography sessions. To have a successful newborn photo session, it's important to know the perfect time to take these photos. Feed your baby about two hours before you arrive at the newborn session and don't feed again until after you arrive at the studio.