As mothers, we worry. It’s like a switch that is turned on in us when our babies are born to help protect baby.
Is our baby eating enough? Is he getting enough sleep? Is he warm enough? Is he too warm? Oh no, he slept too much?
The list goes on.
We have enough to worry about. Having beautiful photos taken of your baby should not be something you have to worry about.
So I’m responding, resolving, reassuring, you for all of the worries I hear about most from mothers.
Worry #1: What if my baby is fussy or doesn’t sleep during the session?
The beauty of lifestyle photography is that I don’t need your baby to do anything to capture your family beautiful. He could sleep the entire time, be awake the entire time, he could want to be held the entire time, or need extra breaks to feed. None of these things interrupt the flow of a session, because all of my sessions are led by baby’s needs.
The parents in this session told me afterwards that baby boy seemed a bit fussy that day. I’m sure they worried as they waited for their gallery. And yet you cannot tell from their images. (It turns out that 6 week leap came a little early is all!)
Worry #2: What if my house isn’t “huge” (or insert any other word here like, “bright” “designed by Joanna Gaines,” etc.?
Your baby is what is being photographed not your house. Not only do I expect some clutter (you just had a baby, do not worry about picking up the house for me), but I simply need one window for natural light. Should we need to move anything (water bottles, clothes, the couch into the light, etc) dad and I can move what is needed.
My favorite sessions have been in homes where there is little light so everyone is snuggled up near the window, or on the couch.
Worry #3: The families in your gallery are gorgeous. What if I am not feeling that beautiful after having a baby?
All of the families that I share photos of are real families. I’m sure the mother’s felt a bit self conscious about their recovering bodies too. (I know from personal experience, I still feel “off” in my body 10 months later). However, you are a warrior. No matter how your baby was delivered, your body did an amazing thing. Recovery is a journey.
Your love for your baby is what makes you extra gorgeous. Let me worry about the right angles and positions to guide you into that are the most flattering.
Worry #4: What should everyone wear for newborn photos?
Keep it simple, fairly neutral, and even a little casual. The same rules apply as for any photos (like, wear things that coordinate and not have everyone in the same white t-shirt and jeans). However, staying more neutral can help your baby shine.
Another thing is to make sure baby’s clothes are well fitting and comfortable for baby.
I have plenty of guides and can help with everything from what mom should wear, siblings, dad, and baby. But start here with my What to Wear for Newborn Photos guide.
Worry #5: What if I have a very busy toddler who won’t sit still for photos?
Again, the perk of photos in your home is that your toddler can come and go and come and go as needed. I don’t expect your toddler to sit still the entire time. I have a few tricks up my sleeves that gets them involved no matter what, so again, let me worry about your gallery of images and you worry about loving on your family.
See, you have nothing to worry about. None of these things are issues for me.
All that does matter is that your family’s love is beautiful, your baby will grow rapidly, and you deserve to be photographed beautifully right now.
Do you still have questions about newborn photo sessions? Leave a comment below, or contact me. I’m here to help.