Unpredictable, endearing, and somehow fast and slow paced at the same time—baby photo shoots are in a category by themselves. As you prepare for a shoot with your newborn or baby, here’s a checklist of tips to make sure you’re as prepared as possible for your baby photo shoot, brought to you by Sparkfly Photography.
1. Bring Snacks
These are snacks for you. You’re going to be working hard, moving your baby here or there, keeping them fed, entertained, and happy. So, plan ahead to have something special on hand for yourself. Pick up some treats you love, make an extra cup of coffee, or whatever you love. Do what you can to set yourself up for an enjoyable time.
2. Bring Lots of Outfits
These are also for you… and maybe your baby, too. Let’s be real, there’s never been a newborn shoot that didn’t require at least one outfit change on the part of the baby or the parents. Pick out 2 or 3 outfits for each person that will be in the photos. You don’t want to be rummaging through the dirty laundry looking for a shirt without spit-up in the middle of the photo shoot.
3. Leave Plenty of Time
Baby shoots are some of Sparkfly’s longest shoots. They’re not taking photos the whole time—they’re waiting for a diaper change, allowing time for some much needed cuddling or consolation, taking a break for feeding, or munching on the snacks (see point #1). It’s important to allow enough time so that those inevitable hold-ups don’t stress you out or leave them in a time crunch.
4. Have Patience
As a parent of newborn, waiting is a daily reality. It’s not going to be much different during the photo shoot. You’ll need patience. So whether it’s accurately setting your expectations or giving yourself gentle reminders throughout the shoot, try to stay relaxed and patient.
5. Bring Entertainment
If there are older kids around who might be in some of the photos, make a plan to have some enticing entertainment handy. It’s likely that they’ll spend a lot of time just waiting to be in a few photos.
6. Be Flexible
Consider yourself warned: the plan will change several times over the course of the shoot. Sparkfly will plan to start with sleeping photos, but your baby will wake up before we get there. Or, maybe they’ll be hungrier than ever and you’ll need to feed them again! Sparkfly comes into baby shoots prepared for frequently changing plans. It’s helpful if you’re ready for that possibility too.
7. Be Excited
Photo shoots with your newborn are beautiful and endearing. View it as setting aside the time to delight in your baby and to capture these special moments while you can. You’re creating a memory and a visual artifact that you’ll treasure for years to come. It’s going to be lovely.