Newborn Preparation Guide

Thank you for choosing Little Loves Photography to take your newborn photos! I look forward to working with you. Please take the time to read through this guide in full.  Newborns have very special needs and taking their photos require a little more attention so I have created this guide for you to review and prep before your session.

Preparing for your Session:

  • Newborn sessions are typically done within the first 14 days of being born for several reasons: They are more likely to stay asleep and cooperate during their poses, they still like to be curled up and don’t mind being posed and their flaky skin or baby acne has not set in yet. After 14 days old, they are less cooperative and it takes a lot of time to ease the baby.

  • Newborn sessions are done in my studio in Nesconset. I am a studio light photographer, so please be aware that flash will be used for all photos.

  • Appointment times will be during the baby’s sleepiest time, usually in the mid morning.

  • Please do not dress baby in clothing that is hard to take off, a onesie or easily removed pajama outfit will work great so they do not have to be disturbed. No tight socks or clothing that may leave indentations in the skin.

  • Babies sleep best when the room is nice and warm. I will have my studio heated to approximately 80 degrees. I wear comfortable clothing and recommend that you do the same, and consider bringing an extra change of clothing for yourself if you are taking parent/family shots.

  • If you have older children, please arrange for your husband or family member to take them home after their pictures are taken.  It is very hard to photograph the newborn if older sibling are restless during the remainder of the session. Family and sibling photographs will be taken first, and then the rest of the session will focus solely on the baby.  Avoid bringing extra people who will not be photographed, as the studio is not large enough to accommodate spectators. 

  • One of the most imperative things is to keep baby awake 2-3 hours before their session so that they are nice and sleepy. Do not feed them until right before we begin the session. When we begin, I will feed baby well, and this will keep baby nice and full during their session.

  • I will provide all outfits and props for the session.  I encourage you to use what I have here, rather than bring your own.  I can only guarantee that my props and outfits will photograph properly.  I encourage you to go to my website to get an idea what options you will have.

During your Session:

  • If your baby takes a pacifier, be sure to keep in handy. Even if baby does not intend on using one permanently, it is often convenient during pictures to keep baby calm and soothed for the 2-3 hours they will be taking photos. This is much easier than moving baby each time they need soothed.

  • Your baby will likely need to be fed periodically throughout the session, so please be prepared with plenty of food.  I have a couch in my studio where you can comfortably breast feed if need be, and privacy will be given.  Please understand that sticking to your feeding schedule the day of the session may not be possible, your baby needs to stay full so he/she can be sleepy.

  • Your little darling may poo and pee on the props. This is natural and expected. Please do not feel embarrassed when this happens, because they all do it. Any experienced newborn photographer will be completely accepting and expecting of this fact.


During the session, sit back and relax. I won’t need much assistance, so take full advantage of this time to rest in my sitting area at the opposite end of the studio. You can also feel free to bring a book to read or catch up on your Netflix shows.

This is a full service studio meaning that I will be changing baby’s diapers, cleaning up any messes, and feeding baby when required during the session. If you are exclusively breastfeeding, I will return baby to you for feeds only. I usually ask that Mom stay outside of hearing and smelling range. It is important that I form a bond with baby so that we can achieve a successful session.  I have the most success by being the only one to interact with baby during the session. I assure you, your baby’s safety is the most important thing to me, and you will always be in the same room as your baby!

Newborn sessions range from 2-4 hours. We all may need to take periodic breaks and cool off.

No matter what your baby does, relax.  Your session should be a special experience for you and stress free. Babies can sense stress and it usually makes them cry more. I allow plenty of time for your session and if we need to take a break to feed, walk, rock, etc. we can do that. I want you to enjoy the experience of your session and this special bonding moment for your family.
I look forward to meeting him or her! 

– Stephanie Chandler