Studio Newborn Session Prep Guide

What you need to know before your little babe’s studio photo shoot.

Congratulations on the newest addition to your sweet family!

These first few days & weeks are just so magical and it is such an honor to capture your little babe during this special time.

Here are some tips & tricks I’ve found to be super helpful in preparing for your newborn session so it can be as fun, stress free and enjoyable as possible.


If a family member is sick, please DO NOT bring them into the studio. 

If the ill family member must be present for the photos, please reschedule your session for a later date when they are well. 

Since I work closely with newborn babies, it is very important that I stay healthy for these precious little ones, as well as keeping germs out of the studio.

I sanitize and disinfect my studio top to bottom before each session.

I do all I can keep myself healthy, and make sure I am current on all of my vaccinations.

If you or a family member is ill (and has not been symptom or fever free for at least 24 hours) PLEASE get in touch to change your session date.

If a person arrives and is obviously sick, I may ask that client to leave and reschedule. (And that is super awkward!)

I greatly appreciate your efforts in helping me keep myself and my clients healthy!

When to Schedule the Session:

  • Essentially, as soon as baby is born. Once things settle down, please send me a message, email or text, whatever method you prefer, to let me know your baby is here so we can get a spot reserved for them in the studio!
  • Sessions typically take place between 4 and 20 days old. The sooner you can let me know baby has arrived, the sooner we can make sure you have some date options to choose from during the 4-20 day age range.
  • Sessions are on weekday mornings. Newborns are most sleepy & content earlier in the day. Because my weekends fill up with other types of sessions months in advance, newborn sessions are on weekday mornings unless I happen to have a rare Saturday morning opening.
  • Let me know if there is a certain set up or prop you would love me to use. Feel free to take a look at my website, Facebook or Instagram account & if you see something you want us to try, shoot me an message so I can have it ready.

On the Day of the Session:

  • Stimulate & keep baby awake for an hour or so before the session. This helps make baby extra sleepy for the session & when baby can get in a deeper sleep, it makes posing & going from one set to another easier. A warm bath is a great way to do this as well as talking & interacting with baby while keeping them in just their diaper.
  • Feed baby right before the session. A full belly makes for a happy, sleepy baby. Feel free to come a little early to the studio to feed baby right before, especially if you have a longer car ride. Also, feeding baby as much as possible in the 12 hours leading up to the session will allow for baby to sleep as deeply and as long as possible.
  • I recommend being able to have your older children leave once their photos are finished. I do family & siblings first. Sessions can last anywhere from 1.5-3 hours which can be a long time for siblings to wait, especially when the studio needs to be somewhat quiet. Have Dad drive separate or perhaps have a family member or friend meet at the studio to take siblings.
  • If you are okay with baby using one, bring a pacifier, even if baby doesn’t seem to take to it. Sucking is a soothing mechanism & can really help with settling baby once I have them in place for photos, even if I have to hold the pacifier for a bit to help.
  • The studio will be warm. Baby’s like being warm and having the heat cranked up (no matter the time of year), helps babe stay settled and sleepy. I usually keep the studio anywhere from 74-78 depending on how chilly it is outside. You are more than welcome to bring drinks and a change of clothes to change out of if you think you’ll get hot.
  • There is no need to bring anything for baby to wear. I provide all the wraps, headbands, hats, clothes & props. Unless there is something special you want to bring for your newborn’s photos, don’t worry about outfits. If there is something special you want to bring, be sure to let me know so I can work a set around it.
  • When baby needs a break, we’ll take a break. Don’t stress if baby gets fussy. If baby needs to stop to eat or have their diaper changed, we most definitely will. Most babies need to eat at least once during their session. It’s hard work looking that cute.

What to Wear

  • Go simple for family’s wardrobe. When planning your outfits for the family & sibling shots, stick with soft, neutral colors like grey or cream as the dominate colors. This keeps the focus on baby and the family connection.
  • Avoid neon colors. Vibrant, neon colors cast onto skin changing the color and tint of your skin.
  • For siblings, I recommend a classic, timeless outfit. Steer clear of logos and shirts with writing. Those can be distracting in photos as the eye immediately goes to the words or picture on the shirt.
  • Sit back & enjoy the session. Not to sound super cheesy, but it’s true — this time is so fleeting, take it in! I want you to have fun watching your new little one’s first photo session. It’s going to be fantastic! I can’t wait!