Brittany VanRuymbeke is a Sarnia Newborn Photographer specializing in in-home lifestyle sessions that are easy, relaxing and family-centred. See more newborn sessions here.
I get asked a lot how to prepare for your in-home newborn session and today I am going to share a few tips using Leo’s welcome session as an example!
Tip #1: Dress Comfortably
Usually within the first few weeks after having a baby, looking stylish is the last thing you are worried about, so come time to choose an outfit for your session you stress. Comfort should be your number one priority! Choose something that fits well – not something you have to squueeeeeeze into – and you can lounge in. A lot of what we do in a newborns session is snuggle, so you don’t want to be restricted! Neutral colours and denim will never go out of style, and something that complements the decor in your home is an added bonus!
Tip #2: Pick up little bit – but don’t stress!
Decluttering helps the focus of your images stay on you! Generally the nursery is a clean space we can use because it isn’t used much in those first few weeks. If the light is best in your master bedroom or living room then I suggest clearing off your nightstands or dresser tops/coffee table. Most people don’t notice little things like that, but if your favourite water bottle that always sits at your bedside is bright pink it might be a bit of a distraction! Don’t worry too much though, I am always moving little objects out of the way for the shot and I do not judge if there are dishes on your countertops!
Tip # 3: Have a bottle ready or be prepared to nurse
At almost every single newborn session the baby needs to be fed – even if you have just done so! I suggest feeding them right before I arrive, but mentally preparing yourself to do it again is helpful. Babies just want to eat and snuggle! My newborn sessions are slow and calm – if baby is hungry we take a break and I get to chat with Dad for a few minutes or give your fur baby some loving!
Tip # 4: Take a deep breath
Sometimes this is the first time in a few days that you get to just chill with the little one and talk to another mom. You are doing great and that baby is so loved! Take a deep breath and soak up their perfect little features/toes/nose/hands because that look on your face that is the literal version of the heart-eye emoji is the best photograph. Breathe in that little blessing!
Interested in an in-home newborn session or looking for a Sarnia newborn photographer? Get in touch today! I would love to hear from you and get started on planning your relaxing and loving newborn session!