5 Newborn Photo Session Tips

Having a newborn is special. Your days are filled with sweet yawns, happy smiles and moments of awe. But, the time you have with your newborn is short. Before you know it, you will be wiping peanut butter from your curtains and chasing monsters out from under your toddler’s bed. So, how do you capture that special three months when life is just beginning? With a newborn photo session, of course.

To help you with this process, I’m sharing 5 newborn photo session tips regarding what you will need to keep handy.

5 Newborn Photo Session Tips to Help You Prepare

newborn baby hands photography1. Light Clothing

Prior to the session, be sure your baby is dressed in clothing that is easy to remove and will not wake them upon removal. Better yet, have only a loose fitting diaper on and wrap them in a blanket. This way, the baby can be minimally disturbed when preparing them for the camera.

newborn baby and mother bonding

2. A Warm Space

Start by making sure your baby will be comfortable throughout the photo session. This means you should warm up your home and create a space that will be comfortable and warm for your baby. Doing so will help keep your baby relaxed and happy throughout the photo session.

newborn baby sleeping

3. Necessities

You will also need to have handy any necessities to care for your baby during the session. This could be bottles and formula, soft blankets and pacifiers. Diapers and warm wipes are good to have too. Cold wipes can startle babies.

newborn baby in crib and baby held by dad

4. Soothing Items

Sometimes babies can become a little fussy during the photo session. For this reason, I recommend having soothing items nearby, like a pacifier, toy, blanket or white noise sound machine. Also, I always encourage feedings during my sessions. Anything to keep baby happy and relaxed.

Newborn baby lips and hands

5. Relax

Along with all the things you need for your baby, make sure you remember to relax at the same time. Babies can pick up on tension so being calm is a great way to keep your your baby relaxed too!

Newborns grow and change so quickly. They really can look very different from one week to the next. These tips will help you have a successful newborn photo session and help you capture those precious first moments to enjoy for years to come.

Interested in an in-home newborn session? I would love to hear from you!

Swansboro NC newborn photography | Baby Fletcher

I really love newborn sessions! By providing in home newborn photography, I get the chance to glimpse at families unique lives. It truly is an honor. Each family has their own special story and telling it through photographs is my passion! In home newborn photography is more than just getting a picture of the new baby – but collecting details and memories that tell the story of this amazing time in your family’s life.

Swansboro NC newborn photography – Sweet Baby Fletcher

My husband was awesome to have shared my business card at his work because it brought me to this really sweet family. Baby Fletcher was awake and kicking about on the couch when I arrived. I quickly set up my posing pillow and backdrop in big sister Lila’s light-filled playroom. As I got started photographing her baby brother, she seemed very curious and watched from afar. I was able to get some sweet shots of baby Fletcher before he made it known it was time for a break. When babies get a little fussy, it’s usually because they are getting hungry or need to feel mom or dads touch. At that point I love to sit back, observe and photograph the natural interactions of the parents and babies. Those are the sweetest moments! Mom did a little feeding and then dad took over with a little burping. True teamwork! Watching both mom and dad tenderly hold baby while also taking care of big sister’s needs really pulls on my heart strings and reminds me just how much I love what I do. We finished the session with a few shots in the nursery room, with the family enjoying their newest addition.

Swansboro NC newborn photography

 

Decorating With Photographs Is Affordable And Personal

decorating with photographs
I am convinced that there is nothing more beautiful or inspiring to hang on the wall of your home than a photo of someone you love. Decorating with photographs of your children sends them a message:

“I see you. I find beauty in your existence. I love the silly moments when you’re just having fun. I love the serious moments when you’re focused and determined. I am proud of who you are and want to share my pride with everyone who enters our home.”

However, decorating with photos is usually so expensive that you only want to invest the money in hanging up picture-perfect professional photographs.

Decorating With PhotographsDecorating With Photographs: A Personal Touch

I love the incredible canvas prints and beautifully mounted photos that are easily worth the investment for a lifetime of beauty preserved on display. However, I also love the idea of hanging up photos of your daily life, taken candidly as the mood strikes you. Proudly display your messy toddler in the high chair, the photos of a first lost tooth, and the time your kid cut their own hair. These photos don’t have to be painstakingly prepared to be displayed, and I recently learned of a fun, affordable way to print large paper posters of some of your favorite casual photos, perfect for hanging in a kids room.
This website offers 16×20 inch poster prints for just $3 and 18×24 inch poster prints for just $4. The shipping is a $10 flat rate, so the more photos you print the cheaper the shipping becomes per poster. The paper posters are matte only, not glossy, so these won’t be prints you want to spend money framing. They’re just fun, big posters you can hang up in your kids room and not worry if something happens to them, because they were an affordable design choice that let you share some of your favorite moments with the world, even if they aren’t technically perfect photographs.

Decorating With Photographs

I love sharing tips like this on my blog whenever I come across them, to help you celebrate your family in all its silly, messy, fun day-to-day glory. However, I also want to help you capture the professional family photos you will cherish for life. I think there’s room on your walls for both.

 

Hampstead NC Newborn Photography | Baby I

Newborn photo sessions are always so precious because I know how fleeting those first days are. One minute your baby is so new and tiny and the next they are exploring everything with a whirlwind of energy and noise. I feel so honored to get to witness a few of the early moments of these precious lives, and help their parents capture the memories before they quickly change. Take a look at this recent Hampstead NC newborn photography session with Baby I.

Baby I – Hampstead NC newborn photography

This sweet boy arrived 9 days prior to the shoot. He was awake and very aware, until I brought out my secret baby sleep machine – the space heater. He quickly got comfortable on my posing pillow with the warm air and white noise gently caressing him to sleep. This newborn session happened to be during the week, so only mom was home. Normally I like to get parents and any siblings involved in a few shots, but this boy was lucky to have mom all to himself.

Baby I - Hampstead NC newborn photography

3 Fun Spots for Toddlers Around Wilmington NC

Since moving to North Carolina last year, we’ve been hunting around for some fun spots to take our busy toddler to. Our house is baby-proofed, yet he still manages to get into things I don’t want him to so I like to take him out to local spots that are especially for kids like parks, play centers, and museums. Not only does he have a blast playing with all the fun toys and games he doesn’t have at home, but he also gets to socialize with other little people around his age and I get to meet other parents. It’s a win-win! Now that we are more settled in, I thought I’d share our favorite 3 fun spots for toddlers around Wilmington NC.

In no particular order, here are 3 fun spots for toddlers around Wilmington NC.

Fun Spot #1 – Hullabaloo – Hampstead, NC

Hullabaloo 1 of 3 fun spots for toddlers around Wilmington NCWe are here a lot! What is there NOT to do at Hullabaloo? There are play kitchens stocked with toy food and dishes for those little ones who are learning to cook, a grocery store complete with a cash register, conveyor belt and shopping carts, a large play pen for babies learning to walk, two train set tables, a car wash, garage workshop, play nursery, doctor’s office, gas station, plenty of room for the kiddos to run free and so much more! Plus, they offer Spanish lessons, a Pre-School program, Drop-In Childcare, Yoga for Adults and many other events and activities for families to enjoy. The special thing about this place is it’s like walking into Cheers, where everybody knows your name and your kids name. It’s made up of regulars who go to simply hang out and socialize – adults and kids, alike. It’s more than just a kid play center. It’s the local hangout! Check them out online at www.hullabalooplay.com

 

Fun Spot #2 – Port City Gymnastics – Wilmington, NC

Port City Gymnastics 2 of 3 fun spots for toddlers around Wilmington NC

We recently found this fun spot, and so glad we did! I’ve taken my son to PCG only a handful of times and afterwards I always wonder why I don’t take him more often because he naps like a champ after every visit here! We’ve only been for the Preschool Open Gym: Tues, Wed & Thurs from 9:00am – 11:30am, but there are many other programs to explore. The place is a heaven for kids that can’t sit still! It’s basically a huge space full of gymnastics equipment like bars to hang from, balance beams, different shaped mats to roll down and jump off of, trampolines, nets to climb, a slide, hula-hoops and more! Seriously, do want your kid to burn off all their crazy energy? Take them here for the open gym. Plus, the huge trampoline is fun for adults big kids too. 🙂 Check them out online at www.portcitygymnastics.net

 

Fun spot #3 – Marbles Kids Museum – Raleigh, NC

Marbles Kids Museum 3 of 3 fun spots for toddlers around Wilmington NC

I titled this post “3 Fun Spots for Toddlers Around Wilmington NC” because of this place, which isn’t exactly local. It’s in Raleigh which is a couple of hours away from Wilmington. However, it’s a great place to take kids if you’re on a day or weekend trip to Raleigh. The name is a little misleading since it’s less like a traditional museum where you’re not allowed to touch anything, and more like a play center where you’re encouraged to play with everything! It’s a huge two-story building that is split up into exhibits based on different themes. The Around Town exhibit basically brings the world down to kid size with a little farm, grocery store, kitchen, hospital, ambulance, news helicopter, fire engine, vet hospital and more. Another fun exhibit is Splash, where kids can have hands-on play and experiments with water. They do provide plastic smock aprons to help keep the kids dry, but I suggest also bringing a change of clothes just in case (for sure!) they really go crazy with the splashing. Toddlers Hollow was a great one for us. It’s made especially for kids under 3 and provides a place where they can practice crawling, walking and balancing all in the setting of a woodland adventure. There is so much more to this place and most definitely one to check out if you’re in the mood for a trip to Raleigh. Check them out online at www.marbleskidsmuseum.org

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I'm Erika and I am a maternity, newborn, and family photographer based near Wilmington, NC. I'm also a mom to two cutie boys, wife to a handsome captain, lover of backyard gardening, wine and Amazon Prime.

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