How to Prepare for Your Newborn Session | Louisiana Newborn Photographer

Whether you have just given birth, or are patiently awaiting your baby's arrival; whether this is your first baby or your sixth, preparing for your lifestyle newborn photographer to arrive at your home does not have to be another stressor for you. I'll tell you exactly what you need to know. 

Joyful Jane Photography, In-home lifestyle newborn photography

Take care of the baby

And your other children. Tend to their needs just as you always do. However, don't overfeed baby. If baby needs to be fed during our session, that is perfectly fine. Same goes for changing diapers. Dress baby in soft, neutral colored clothing. Shooting in home is very relaxed and we want baby to be comfortable. 

If you have older children who have not yet met me, explain to them that your friend will be coming into your home to photograph everyone. You may even show them my picture or videos from my website and social media so they will feel like they know me a little already and will be more comfortable with a stranger coming in to their personal space. This is a big change for all family members, and some take it easier than others. 

Joyful Jane Photography, In-home lifestyle newborn photography

Take care of yourself

Do whatever you have to do to be comfortable. Dress comfortably. No one expects you to be back in your pre-baby clothing or skinny jeans, and you shouldn't expect that either. Though, if that is a possibility, more power to you, girl! Take a bath, feed yourself, get ready in the morning and know that I am here to make this easy for you. I've been here, too, and it can be a daunting experience sometimes. Give yourself some grace and love.

Joyful Jane Photography, In-home lifestyle newborn photography
Joyful Jane Photography, In-home lifestyle newborn photography

Do not clean your house

We will not be shooting in your whole house. When I arrive, I'll look around for the room with the best window light, and I'll tidy that spot up. I know which directions I'll be shooting from and what will need to be moved. Likely, it will be just a small area or one room, so don't bother yourself stressing about what to clean. 

Let me worry about the lighting in your house. You won't need to turn on all the lights. We will be using natural window light only. 

Joyful Jane Photography, In-home lifestyle newborn photography
Joyful Jane Photography, In-home lifestyle newborn photography

Relax!

As I mentioned above, this is meant to be easy-going. Know that I will kind of just make myself at home and do what I do when I arrive. If baby cries, tend to his or her needs. Feed baby, change baby, rock baby. Just do whatever is natural for you and your family. I will guide and direct your posing in a very natural way, so don't think you need to be still or pose for a long time. 

Joyful Jane Photography, In-home lifestyle newborn photography
Joyful Jane Photography, In-home lifestyle newborn photography

I hope this has been helpful to you in preparing for your in-home lifestyle newborn session. You might find a few more tips on your client welcome page as well. I can't wait to meet your new little one and honor this special, fleeting time in your lives!