What should I bring to the photo shoot?

Lyndsey Smith
Owner | Photographer

25 October 2016
Having a new baby can be overwhelming without having to leave the house in the first two weeks! With these tips for what to bring along with you, hopefully some of that stress can be overcome.

Baby
It’s best to bring your baby with you for the newborn session!

Dress them in a simple button up baby-gro so we don’t have to take anything off over their head and layer with blankets so they don’t get too cold whilst outside between the car journey. It’s also recommended to fasten the nappy loosely so we don’t end up with ugly looking marks.

We start off with basic, simple, poses

Feeding
Bring extra feeds if you are bottle feeding or expressing. The studio is very very warm, so even if you think your baby will only have 1 bottle in the 4 hours we have scheduled, please bring extra as they will need it! The studio has facilities for warming bottles.

Dummy
A lot of new parents are against using a dummy…but 9/10 are using a dummy by the time the Image Reveal comes around! It can dramatically reduce the session time if we can pacify your baby between feeds.

If you really do not want to use a dummy that is, of course, totally fine and I completely respect your decision.

(Plenty of) Nappies & wipes
Never under estimate how many nappies a new baby goes through! Although your baby will be naked in the set ups, during feeds it’s safer, for you, if your baby to have a nappy on. Wet wipes will become your new best friend over the next few years so it’s best that you don’t go anywhere without a pack!

Your outfit
If your sweet little baby does manage to pee on you (best case scenario), it’s best if you aren’t dressed in the outfit you brought with you for the shots with you. Photoshop is magic, but it’s more comfortable for you if you aren’t in wet clothes.

Newborn baby with her big sister

Sibling Outfit
Small children can tire quickly so if you have a beautiful outfit that you’d like them to wear it’s best not to bring them wearing it. They may end up with food down it, or if they are bored of wearing it you don’t want them to lose patience before we get around to photographing them with their little brother or sister.

Two blankets
I have plenty of blankets at the studio but its nice for baby to have something that smells like mum for feeding and between set ups. It’s best to bring a spare incase of accidents.

Anything to make you comfortable
Feel free to bring a car load of stuff for your session! You can park directly outside the studios front door and it’s so important that you are comfortable. The studio has kitchen facilities as well as free wifi so bring any device you like, put your feet up and let me do the work!

To discuss what happens during a newborn session in more detail and to have a look around the studio, get in touch