What should I wear?
This is always a popular question! Should I bring outfits for my baby to wear for their photoshoot? Am I going to be in the picture, so should I dress up?
Lets start with baby.
In a typical photoshoot I start by wrapping baby to get them nice a sleepy and get a few swaddled shots of baby. I then undress them and take some naked/semi-naked images of baby alone. Some parents may choose they prefer baby not to be wrapped, or they prefer baby to be clothed at all times. No problem! I do have a small selection of outfits made especially for newborn baby photoshoots. You can choose to use one of these or alternatively, dressing baby in a natural bodysuit can look great. I don’t recommend dressing baby in baby grows or outfits that cover their arms and legs as these can detract away from your baby and cover up too many of their little features.
Now lets talk about the rest of the family.
There is nothing more special than big brothers and sisters posing for their first photoshoot with a new baby. Dress siblings comfortably and in neutral colours where possible, so as not to distract from the little ones themselves. Remember that even in the winter, the studio is kept very warm, so you may want to avoid bulky jumpers and prefer to dress siblings in a favourite dress or shirt. You may also choose to dress siblings in their chosen outfit just before it is time for them to be in the photos to keep them neat. I have brushes and wipes in the studio for a last minute tidy up!
The most important thing to remember when you are choosing your clothes for your photoshoot is to feel as comfortable as possible. For mums, who have just endured childbirth, this is especially important. But to help you decide what will look best in your pictures, I advise parents to dress in neutral colours and avoiding bold patterns or large logos, which may distract from your precious baby. You may want to consider coordinating your outfits with your partner and children. Don’t forget, the studio is kept warm, so you may want to avoid warm clothing. I also suggest bringing spare clothing – there may be times I may ask you to pose with your baby without a nappy! I will give you some warning before I ask you to step in front of the camera, so you will have time to get yourself ready.
What to bring with you
Newborn photoshoots are all about you and your baby! Think about anything you may want included in the photos, such as a special soft toy, outfit or blanket. I have had lots of great requests in past shoots; for families who love rugby or cricket I have included balls and bats. I have photographed members of the armed forces who like images to included a regimental beret or uniform. I have even photographed mini Harry Potters.
On a more practical side, I also recommend having spare nappies, wipes and muslins at the ready. If your baby uses a pacifier, this can really help to settle them. Spare clothes are also handy to have in case of accidents!
Sibling shots are so special, to capture some of the first pictures of your little ones together. However, newborn shoots can take a long time and young children can often get bored and restless from waiting. I would recommend arranging for younger siblings to arrive 2-2.5 hours after the start of the session, perhaps with one parent or a grandparent. This will also allow us to keep the studio calm and quiet for those first sleepy shots of baby.
But if you need to keep siblings with you – no problem! We can discuss ways to help keep them happy and entertained.