How to Prepare for Your In-Home Newborn Photography Session

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Welcoming a little one into the world is one of the sweetest experiences imaginable, and capturing those early days through photography is a wonderful way to preserve those memories. But, as a mom myself, I know how hard it is to get out of the house when you’re still settling in, adjusting, and recovering. You’re in the thick of learning about this tiny human. Feedings, sleep, and comfort are top priorities. I understand that packing everything up, coordinating outfits, and heading to an unfamiliar photography studio may not sound like much fun. In-home newborn photography allows you to document this momentous chapter in your family’s story from the comfort of your own home with everything you need right at your fingertips. 

Ideally, you want to book your newborn session during your pregnancy and tentatively schedule it sometime in the first 2-3 weeks after birth. Most say 7-10 days is the “sweet spot,” but that depends on the baby, health concerns, and your family. Preemies are often on an extended schedule. Your and your baby’s health and safety are of utmost importance!

To prep you for your upcoming in-home newborn session with me, I’ll offer step-by-step guidance to make the experience fun and seamless. From close-up shots capturing their tiny hands and feet to heartwarming family portraits, these memories will be cherished for a lifetime.

Prepping for Your In-Home Newborn Photography Session

I want your session to be a stress-free and cozy experience, so here are a few ways to ensure an enjoyable in-home newborn photography session:

1. Decide which rooms you want to use.

Don’t worry; you don’t have to deep-clean your entire home before I come. Instead, decide which rooms you’d like to use for your session. Ideally, we want as much soft natural light as possible. Windows, especially with sheer curtains or blinds, are our friend! Avoid harsh overhead lighting or direct sunlight, as it can cast unflattering shadows on your baby’s face. 

You may also want to consider which rooms are the most meaningful to you, such as the nursery, your room, or the living room. Choose rooms with significant details you want to document, like baby blankets, shoes, clothes, books, or family heirlooms.

2. Declutter.

Again, no need to scour your home. I’ve been there, and I know how exhausting these days can be, especially during recovery. See if a friend or family member will help you tidy up the rooms you want to use in your session. (I promise I won’t judge if you throw the laundry in a closet—no one will ever know!) Remove distracting things like cords, knickknacks, and everyday “clutter” (that we all have) so your photos will be clean and your baby is the focal point.

3. Utilize Backdrops & Blankets

Creating a simple and clean backdrop for your newborn portraits is important. Opt for neutral-colored blankets or fabrics like soft white or light gray to provide a timeless and clean background. Avoid busy patterns or bold colors that may distract from your baby’s adorable features. Additionally, have a few different blankets on hand to use as backdrops or cozy props for your baby to lie on.

Props & Styling Ideas for In-home Newborn Photography

Adding props and incorporating creative styling into your in-home newborn photography session can bring a personal touch to your images. Here are some prop and styling ideas to consider:

1. Wraps & swaddles

Wraps and swaddles are practical for keeping your baby warm and comfortable and add a beautiful texture and depth to your photos. Opt for soft and stretchy fabrics in neutral tones or delicate patterns. You can experiment with different wrapping techniques to create visual shapes and folds.

2. Hats & headbands

Accessorizing your baby with cute hats and headbands can add a touch of personality to your newborn portraits. Choose hats and headbands for newborns, ensuring a snug fit and gentle materials that won’t irritate your baby’s sensitive skin. Consider using hats or headbands in coordinating colors or patterns with the rest of the props or outfits.

3. Personalized Props

Incorporating personalized props into your in-home newborn photography session can make the images even more special. Look for sentimental items, such as a family heirloom, a toy or outfit from your childhood, a special blanket, or a personalized baby blanket or onesie. 

Tips for Capturing Natural & Candid Moments 

In addition to the posed newborn portraits, capturing natural and candid moments with your newborn at home can provide a unique and authentic perspective of your family’s story. Here are some tips to help you capture those precious moments:

1. Be patient & observant.

Babies have their own schedules, and capturing those spontaneous, heartfelt moments requires patience and attentiveness. We’ll take time to observe and document the little details, such as your baby’s yawns, stretches, or sweet expressions. These candid moments can often be the most cherished memories. And remember, I’m here for you! We can take breaks for feeds or snuggles if needed.

2. Create a Comfortable Environment.

Keep the room warm and cozy, play soft music or white noise to help your baby relax, and make sure they are well-fed and comfortable before starting the photo session. A calm and relaxed baby will more likely display those adorable candid moments.

3. Involve the Whole Family.

In-home newborn photography provides the perfect opportunity to capture the special bond between your baby and the rest of the family. Encourage siblings, parents, or pets to interact with the baby during the session. These interactions can create candid moments that showcase the love and connection within your family.

In-Home Newborn Photography with Magaly Barajas Photo

In-home newborn photography offers the convenience and comfort of having the photo session right in your own home, allowing you to focus solely on your baby and your family without the stress of traveling to a studio.

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