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Easy preparation guide with 10 tips for your Melbourne newborn photography session - Emma Fay

Updated: Jan 29, 2023

Hi! I'm Emma your Melbourne newborn photographer and I am so excited that you are here! With your little one's special day on the way, and a photography photo shoot around the corner, everything can get a little overwhelming, but it doesn't need to be. I have listed everything you need to know about how to prepare for your session and what to expect.


So... you've just booked in your newborn photography session, you are all excited, and before you know it bub is nearly here and your newborn photo shoot is around the corner. Here are some really helpful tips on how you can prepare for your newborn studio photography session.


1. Dress bub in a button up romper without a singlet so we disturb bub as little as possible. We all know babies hate getting undressed, so let's make this process as stress free and comfortable for baby as possible.


2. Try to feed bub just before the session, but if you run out of time, or bub just isn't having it you can feed bub upon arrival. I actually really love when mums have to feed their bub at the start of the session as it gives us a chance to chat about all things new baby!


3. Babies feed more frequently during sessions, so be prepared to feed bub 2-3 times while you are here.


4. I have a client wardrobe with a stunning range of dresses in different sizes for mum, I also have outfits siblings, rompers for toddlers dresses for little girls up to size 6. If you prefer to wear your own clothing please dress in white or neutral tones as it pairs best with my all white studio space.


5. My home studio gets quite warm, so make sure you wear light clothing so that you are comfortable. If you dress for the winter you are going to sweat your ass off!


6. If you are open to using a dummy, I 100% recommend bringing one. Sucking naturally calms and relaxes baby by lowering their heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels. Using a dummy when posing is incredibly helpful as it relaxes and comforts baby.


7. Newborn photography sessions go from anywhere between 2 and 3.5 hours, so make sure you haven't booked in anything too close to your session time. There is nothing worse than constantly looking at the clock and stressing about needing the session to end quickly so that you don't run late for your next thing.


8. Older siblings? See if you can enlist a family member to pick up your other children after they have had their photos so they aren't getting bored while I'm taking photos of your newborn.


9. Bring snacks for older siblings like saltanas and other non-messy foods. Little kids get hungry when they get bored.


10. My newborn studio sessions start at 10am, so make sure you arrive on time so that we get the most out of your baby's sleep time.


11. Ok ok I lied, there are 11 tips...the most important thing you can do is just relax and enjoy this uninterrupted moment with your baby. You can either watch, or scroll Facebook on your phone, whatever floats your boat! Leave the rest to me.


Now check out this little cutie!


With love, Emma xx


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