Have you ever wondered why posed newborn photography can take up to four hours? Thank you for reading my blog post. Meet baby boy, Sean, who, at the time of his newborn session, was ten days old. He was the most perfect baby for posed newborn photography.
When scheduling newborn sessions I always let the parents know that, depending on their baby’s mood, I might be around for up to four hours. There are several reasons for that. First, during each session I try to incorporate a variety of poses, outfits, and props. During Sean’s session, I was trying to master the “chin on hands pose” which happens to be one of my favourite poses. It probably took me at least five attempts if not more to get it to the way I wanted it to look. As a newborn photographer I need to be extremely patient working with little ones and put safety first. I never force them into the various poses and always watch carefully how they react to each and every single step that I take to get the most perfect shot. Secondly, I always allow for plenty of feeding, changing and snuggle time. Not only does it fulfil baby’s basic needs, but it also helps to get him or her back to sleep to continue with the session. Furthermore, as an on-location newborn photographer it takes up some time to set up a different background or set in general. This is done when the newborn is being cared for by his or her mother. Incorporating siblings into the photo session also needs to be calculated for.
A newborn session should be a beautiful and relaxed experience for everyone involved. I never ever schedule two photography sessions in one day and I always point out that parents should not schedule any appointments the day of their session either. One of my clients recently said that I “will go to great lengths to make sure you are absolutely satisfied and comfortable with the session and the photographs.” Even if that involves me staying past four hours, I will ALWAYS give my best to make the best of your session.