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How To Prepare For A Newborn Photo Session

How Do Photographers Prepare For A Newborn Photo Session?

To prepare for a newborn session is a lot of work. Like most successful newborn photographers out there, I had no idea how much work it actually is to prepare for a newborn photo session. It seemed  simple when I first got into this industry. How hard can it be to photograph a 6 to 7 pound little human?  I was shocked at the amount of education I had to have in basic photography skills, natural lighting, studio lighting, newborn safety, newborn development, image editing, troubleshooting technical problems, newborn posing and more. 

What I thought was a career I could prepare for and enter in about 3 months, took 18 months. It required  over 50 practice sessions and 400 hours in mentoring and shadowing in order to master the very basics I needed for this profession. And none of this covered any of the “business” side of things like marketing, customer service, consultations and the lot. Clients often ask what I do to prepare for a newborn session.

Example Day Before A Newborn Photo Session

Here is a list of the things that happen the day before to prepare for a  newborn photo session in my studio. I am fastidious about cleanliness, and all props and clothing get washed or wiped down after every use. And I am a planner. I like to have a plan, even if the baby doesn’t.

 I find that planning out poses and sets  helps the flow of the session. This is when I tend to get new and creative ideas for things to do with the particular client scheduled the next day for images. In nearly all of my sessions, I do at least one “experimental” shot. I try a new pose variation, or a new lighting scenario, just to keep things fresh for me and a little different for each client experience.

 

Studio Preparation

 

  • Wash and line dry,  appropriate fabrics to use on the posing bag.
  • Inspect posing bag backdrop stand to ensure all parts are safe and securely fastened.
  • Wash and line dry all wraps that may be used for the session. I usually have 10 to 15 wraps clean and ready to go during a session.
  • Unroll, wipe down, and secure to the floor all vinyl floor drops that may be used.
  • Hand wash and line dry all bonnets, hats, pants or rompers that may be be worn during the session by the baby.
  • Prepare props by wiping down, setting out coordinating textures and fabrics,  assembling supporting pillows and towels I will need and inserting weights for stability.
  • Steam or iron all backdrops  for the newborn prop shots, assemble second backdrop stand, hang one drop, and fold other alternates so they are ready to go.
  • Assemble posing bag layers and attach posing bag fabric to posing bag stand.
  • Decide what backdrop I am going to use for the family images with the baby. Steam and hang on ceiling backdrop system.
  • Inspect lights, replace batteries, adjust light modifiers as needed.
  • Based on age of the baby, strategize how best to maximize time and create pose order and shot list.
  • Basic studio cleaning and maintenance.

Client Preparation

About a week before the session, I spend time talking with clients. We go over things moms can do to prepare the baby. Decisions like color schemes, clothes, sentimental props etc. are discussed. Our studio provides a guide with a list of things they can do to better prepare.

There is no assistant in the studio with me.  In my view,  doing all the preparations myself helps me get in the zone for the session and  when I am editing the images I can say to myself, “Look. I created this. I made these images happen for this family”. And that is one of the reasons I love my job.

 

Katie is a maternity and newborn photographer in Los Angeles, 91042

 

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What To Bring To A Newborn Photo Session

What To Bring To A Newborn Photography Session

 

Newborn Photo Sessions: What To Bring and What To Leave At Home

As a newborn photographer in Los Angeles, I spend a lot of time with my clients explaining how to prepare for their newborn photo session. We devote a large part of that time  explaining what new parents should bring, and what they can leave at home. Here are the key items parents should bring to their newborn photography session.

Clothing

  1. Clothes For Parents: Be sure to talk to your photographer about what is best to wear their style of photography.  If your newborn photo session is held  in your home you will probably want to wear casual clothes.  If you are going to sit for a formal studio portrait, you may want to be more formal.  I always recommend parents bring long sleeved shirts in solid, neutral colors free from  design or logos. Avoid stripes and plaids. It is good to bring at least two possible shirts. One never knows what can happen during a session.  Lighting issues, baby fussiness, weather, accidents and spills can happen. So it is best to be over prepared and have a couple of options. Be sure to ask if the images will be full length. If so, your pants, socks and shoes all need to coordinate.
  2. Extra Clothes: There is a running joke in the industry about using something called “baby-led posing”. This assumes that it can be any other way! The fact is, everything is determined by the baby during a newborn photo session. We never know what may happen. Many poses and outfits require the baby not wear a diaper. So you can imagine that accidents are common in newborn photo studios. Bring a change of clothing so you do not have to sit in wet or soiled clothes. I always tell my clients that part of the “newborn photo experience” is getting peed or pooped on. It does not always happen, but it is not a rare occurrence either.
  3. Layers: Newborn photo studios are  warm for the comfort and safety of the baby. Wear and bring clothes that are adaptable.

Other Helpful Items

  1. Snacks: Depending on the type of session, newborn sessions can last as long as 4 hours. You have just had a baby. You are sleep deprived and exhausted. Staying hydrating and fed is critical.
  2. Pacifier: There are conflicting views on whether and when to use a pacifier.  But if you use a pacifier, it can really help get your baby zonked out. This means more safely and comfortably posed for the popular shots moms love.
  3. Bottles of Milk: Pumping breast milk, or using formula can be very convenient during a newborn photography session. Since babies eat about 30 CCs  every 3 hours, it is likely they will need to be fed at least once during the session. Having milk in a bottle makes things easy. The photographer can hold and feed the baby while still near the prop or posing bag. Or mom can feed without  having to nurse in studio. Keeping babies   in posing position helps photographers get more variety of images. We want to avoid  passing the baby around too much if we can.
  4. Baby’s Blanket: While your photographer’s studio will have receiving blankets on hand, there is nothing like the baby’s own. This helps the baby feel secure and at home in a new place.
  5. A Full Diaper Bag: This may seem obvious, but  be sure to pack lots of diapers, wipes, diaper rash paste, bottles, pacifier, clothes for going home in, booties and mittens etc. I always tell parents to pack the diaper bag the night before so you do not have to worry about forgetting to pack anything.  We all know it is difficult to get anywhere with a newborn, so anything you can do the night before will only make your session easier.

These are the main things that I tell clients to bring to their newborn photo session. Learn more about feeding newborns and what to expect during the first few weeks.

Katie is a maternity and newborn photographer in Los Ange
Newborn girl in white rustic bowl.
Newborn girl in pink wrap.
Newborn girl in potato sack pose. Cream headband
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How to Select a Photographer

How to Select a Photographer.

5 Things You Need to Know to Select A Photographer

Digital imagery has become more accessible. Almost everyone can get okay images with minimal effort. This is the good news. The bad news is that more people think this means they are a photographer. Perhaps some are. But a digital device alone does not make you a photographer.  For people shopping around to select a photographer, I am here to give you an inside scoop on what to look for, and what kinds of questions to ask.

1. Photography as a discipline is H U G E. 

There are so many kinds of photographers out there.  It is overwhelming. But once you focus on the KIND of photographer you are looking for, the numbers whittle down quickly. There is a reason you are looking for a photographer. It may be to cover an event, like a wedding. Or  to get portraits or to document a life event like pregnancy, graduation, engagement. The list goes on.  Do not expect every photographer to be able to do all  photography well. Find someone who specializes.

There is a big difference taking portraits of teens and taking portraits of children aged 5-9. It takes different skills  to shoot in a studio or on location. So before you get too far in your search, ask yourself “Why do I want a photographer?”, “Where do I want my photos made?”, “Who is going to be the main subject of these photos”? Knowing this will help you select a photographer.

2. Photographers are artists. 

When you select a photographer,  is not like hiring a plumber where  the lines of “good plumbing” are clear. What makes “good photography” is not so clear. Some photographers sell their images for you put on your wall. You could interview 5 photographers and absolutely love the work of one or two and  hate the work of others. 

This does not mean that any are better or worse than the other.  (Granted, there are basic standards of knowing how to use a camera as a tool, how to use light effectively and so on). What it  means is that you prefer the style of one photographer to that of others. When you are looking at the galleries of photographers, focus on what patterns in style you see, and less on the details of the photographer.  What is it that you like or dislike? Colors, lack of colors? lighting? drama? The feelings the image evokes in you?

3. Printing and Digital Images: 

 Be sure to ask  what the photographer’s policies are about ordering prints and other products.  Photographers make their living by selling products using images they made. So do not be surprised if your photographer requires you to order directly through them. There are definite advantages to this. 

(a) Superior print quality. 

Professional photographers have access to a much higher standard of printing. You can expect products you order through your photographer to be over the top good. And if for some reason the product is less than great, your photographer can demand a reprint. 

(b) Price negotiation: 

Pro photographers have some ability to negotiate prices of products through the lab they use. The odds are you can get super-high-quality products at lower prices than a regular person could get on their own (if it is even possible).

 (c) Selecting the best product for the image. 

A pro photographer can advise you about what kind of canvas to get, or whether a particular image will look good on metal, or wood, or as a mosaic. In spite of services such as ShutterFly who make it seem like all you need to to is “upload and done”, there are many small details that go into creating the best display for your image(s).

4. Meet and Greet

Use the  free initial consultation most photographers offer. Meeting is not only for the client. I’ll tell you a secret…photographers want to meet potential clients first too. The reason is about being on the same page. It’s about personality, artistic interest and  a lot of intangible things. When you describe what you want for your images, does the photographer seem like they understand your priorities? Do they seem interested? These are the two big elements that MUST be there for a successful shoot. Additionally, there are a lot of legal things a photographer has to go over with you. It takes time. Pay attention and ask questions.

5. Be Prepared for Some Gray Areas: 

 Photography is an art.  It depends on so many variables (the weather, the attitude of the subjects, the number of subjects, the behavior of kids, babies and dogs and a million other little things).  You may find photographers waffle a bit when you try to get exact numbers like “How much do you charge to ……?” or “How many images will I get”?  Know that a photographer cannot always answer these questions exactly. They will have to ask you many questions to get an idea about what you are looking for, how long the job is and so on. 

Most photographers do not just “point and shoot”. They plan, process, retouch, and look over hundreds of images to create the best representation of the event or celebration you asked them to document. It takes time, artistry and patience. Of course, before you give any money, you will sign a contract with an agreed upon price. But what I want you to understand is that photography pricing is not like buying a McMeal somewhere. Be patient with photographers you are interviewing.

Katie is a maternity and newborn photographer in Los Angeles, 91042

 

Newborn girl in bum up pose wearing lace pants
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Best Age For Newborn Photos

Baby Brandon’s Newborn Photo Session

Baby Brandon almost did not make it for his newborn photo session. He missed the best age for newborn photos: about two weeks old. But it seems the stars all aligned, and he was able to attend his session and give his parents a gallery of super adorable images. No one thought Brandon would be able to do a lot of these poses.Technically, he was past the the best age for newborn photos of 14 days. Baby Brandon had an actual age of 6 weeks and an adjusted age of not yet born.  Brandon was great during his session.  In fact he did phenomenally well given all he had been through prior to his photo shoot.

Way to go Baby Brandon. How cute are you?

Why the best age for newborn photos is under 14 days

Like a lot of newborns, getting him to settle in took an hour or so. We were able to get a couple of cute images of him wrapped up fairly tightly. But even still, he was not in a deep sleep and was startled easily. This is why we like babies under 14 days. It is usually easier for them to sleep.

After an hour or so, and a couple of bonus feedings, Brandon knocked out like a trooper. Wow. he was super amenable and let me pose him. The key to newborn photography is patience and to remember that no mater what is “usually true”, there is no way to predict what may happen for a baby in studio. Technically, Brandon should never have been able to do these poses for this shoot. But, he did.

While it is true that newborn photos are usually most successful under 14 days old, ultimately, it depends on the baby, their size, weight, and disposition.

Be sure you book early. Most newborn photographers book one to two months in advance. 

Learn more about the first 14 days of life of your newborn.

Katie is a maternity and newborn photographer in Los Angeles, 91042

Katie is a maternity and newborn photographer in Tujunga, CA 91042
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Cake Smash Tips For Your Baby

Cake Smash Tips For Your Baby

Here are some cake smash tips for professional portraits of your baby for her first birthday cake smash. It is definitely a super cute thing to do and the last of the “first” benchmarks for quite some time. As a professional baby photographer in Los Angeles, I have a few tricks up my sleeve that I share with clients to help them get the most out of this adorable portrait session. Keep reading to find cake smash tips for your baby,

How To Help Make Your Cake Smash Photo Session A Success

Prepare for Tantrums 

To adults, it seems like a load of fun to come to a studio and have your photo taken while you get to wear expensive clothes and eat cake. But for a baby, it does not always work out that way. The above photo is an outtake from a cake smash session. Luckily, we got many images with a happy baby, but there was a lot of crying too. So, plan for this. Have music, video and snacks your baby likes on hand. 

Be extra patient and always remember that for a baby, the experience is very different. Prepare to use a calm soothing voice and have a list of things in your mind that makes your baby smile. Several of my clients have actually practiced a cake smash.  Trader Joes sells affordable perfectly sized 6 inch cakes that you can use to give  your baby a chance to interact with a real cake before your session.

Wear Comfortable Clothes 

One of toughest things for this age is getting the baby to look at the camera. Baby photographers have a few gimmicks like toys that go around the camera. My favorite is the PhoxiTog. Kids like the animals and it is possible to place them around the camera in different ways. But even with these, parents may still have to crouch directly behind me to get their child’s attention. Parents often work as hard as the photographer in getting the baby to look a certain direction or do a certain act. Be ready to have an aerobic workout of getting up and down, picking up and setting down the baby etc.

Be Flexible

 By the time a baby is one, most parents are experts at having reasonable expectations. Planned sessions are best practice, but I always tell clients that the baby may decide to go with Plan E or F and not A or B. So try to have fun and be happy with the images your baby is able to give you on that day. This is one reason why, in my studio, I have other set ups besides the cake smash. This way, we get great images of your baby at this delightful age besides the cake smash.

Katie is a Baby Photographer in Los Angeles, CA 910

 

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So Many Photographers Out There; How Do I Choose? Tips and Tricks

So Many Photographers Out There; How Do I Choose? Tips and Tricks

Everyone needs to hire a photographer at some time in their life. For most people, it is their wedding that forces them into the photographer marketplace. But there are many events and benchmarks you should consider having professionally photographed. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you interview (and you should interview) photographers for the different milestones in your life.

Type of Photography: When clients contact my maternity and newborn portrait studio, one of the first things I ask them is “Why do you want portraits taken”? This may sound odd. But the answer to this dictates the conversation. If clients are not sure, then I try to help them by asking a few more probing questions.

  • Is this an event that will happen once at a specific time and place? Examples may be birth photography, weddings, christenings, family reunions).
  • Do you want to document a stage in life or a benchmark? Examples include: high school senior portraits, maternity/newborn, graduation, cake smash, engagement etc.
  • Are you looking to create an heirloom? Want an image to remember that brief period in life when all 4 generations were alive together? Or an image that you will pass on to your kids?
  • Is this an image you will use in your career? Head shots, personal branding, web page presence, ad creation etc.

You will find that not every photographer can do every type of photography. They may not have the experience, the staff, the gear or desire. Each type of photography has its own skill set. Few photographers really are able to do any type of photography that comes their way, and I would steer clear of those who claim to do it all.

Service Over Price: The first question most people ask a photographer is “how much?” But the better question to ask is, “What kind of services do you provide”? When you go into a car dealership, the first thing you ask the dealer is not “how much”. First, you tell the dealer what kind of car you need or want, how you are going to use the car, what kind of styles you like etc. From there, conversations about price can begin. So to start , find out what kinds of things a photographer can do for you. Can they retouch portraits well? Are they good at posing? Can they recommend clothing that will make you look great? How are they going to deal with a round face, or a curvy person? Do they know anything about newborns? How do they get kids to cooperate for a family portrait session?Do they offer the products you want to buy? Do they know how to prepare an image to look stunning as a canvas or metal print?These are the problems you need solved. Believe it or not, price is not your first concern. Chances are, you are willing to pay for someone who can make you and your family look great.

Photographer’s Style:  The great equalizer in photography is that each one has their own distinct style. You could have 15 newborn photographers pose and photograph your baby, and each would be significantly different. It is unrealistic to go on Pinterest and pin a bunch of images you like and expect any photographer to recreate those images.  You will have to take some time to look at the portfolio of the photographers you are considering and see if you like what they offer. These images are ones that are going to document a moment or become an heirloom. Your photographer will create a gallery of images with their signature look and artistry. You want to be sure that the style of a photographer is one you really like. The best thing you can do is make a note of the images you like of a photographer and tell them this. Then, if you have style changes or requests, you can talk about it.

Like most things, it takes effort and patience to find out what a particular photographer may be able to do for you. And believe it or not, price is NOT your biggest concern. It’s the photographer’s ability to solve your problems. For information about choosing a photographer, read this.

Katie is a maternity and newborn photographer in Los Angeles CA, 91042

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How to Choose a Maternity Photographer

How to choose a Maternity Photographer: Tips and Tricks

Most people do not really know how to choose a maternity photographer. In my experience as a maternity and newborn photographer in Los Angeles, I would say that about 75% of the people who inquire about maternity images want a location shoot. Popular locations are the beach or the Los Angeles Arboretum at sunset and this is because a lot of images you see online are at these places.  Here is how you can choose a maternity photographer and decide if you want a studio or location session. Studio maternity portraits are often overlooked initially. If you are considering maternity portraits, here are some tips and tricks about how to decide between studio or location portraits and how to choose the right maternity photographer for you

What to consider in a maternity photographer

 

Choosing a photographer is not only about liking their style. It is about how well they can direct and guide you in planning your session. When interviewing photographers, do not get too hung up on price to start. Pricing depends on many elements.  Most photographers will not be able to provide an accurate quote without a consultation first.  Here are ways to find the best maternity photographer in Los Angeles for you. Be sure you ask potential photographers their take on these items below.

 

What to ask potential maternity photographers

1. Clothing:  

 

Location shoots can be restrictive when in comes to costumes or gowns. During a location shoot at Golden Hour (dawn or dusk) your photographer will have just a few moments to capture as many images as is possible given her style. This usually means that there is not enough time for even one change of clothes. 

Thus, if you look carefully at location shoot maternity images, you will notice that the subject is wearing the same gown (usually) in all the the images. This does not mean that clothes cannot be changed. But it does mean that your photographer will have to have a portable changing tent, (or you have to be OK with changing while your husband or boyfriend holds a towel) and that you will have to be super fast at getting out of one outfit and into another. Your photographer will have to know in advance that you want to change outfits.

Choose clothing carefully. Places like the beach can be windy and, of course, sandy. So it is good to select gowns that will still look beautiful while being blown around, wet and sticky, and dirty. If you are renting a gown, be sure to ask about what is considered normal wear and soiling. An hour at the beach can be tough on a gown.

Studio photography allows for more flexibility in clothing. For my studio shoots, I like to have three costumes set out for my clients. This allows me to focus on different aspects of the client based on what she is wearing. Some gowns really emphasize the bump, others her glow, and still others her personality.

2. Artistic Control: 

 

Photography is mostly about light. Light is what ultimately dictates the mood and “look” of an image. Studio lighting is preferred by many maternity photographers because of the absolute control they have over how light falls on their client. In the case of natural light, a good photographer can still control it to some extent, but it is less controllable than studio light. 

Locations have their limitations too as far as light. It may be that the terrain is such that a client cannot be in the “perfect” light, and so the photographer will have to compensate as best they can. Thus, if you look around, you will probably notice that studio lighting allows for more dramatic lighting than natural light does. But this is only a general rule. If a dramatic look is what you want, and you want to be on location, just be sure you express that desire to your photographer. They may suggest a night time shoot with portable lighting. This allows for almost total control of light while on location.

One issue about location shoots I like to tell clients is that images on location tend to have a lot of location in them. This means that the clients usually appear small and can be dwarfed by the sunset or mountain range behind them. Studio shoots are able to focus more on details of the subject. This is not to say that detail shot cannot be had on location. It is just that in general, the location is a large part of each image. Whereas in a studio shoot, the focus really is more on just the subject and not the location.

 

3. Fees and Permits: 

 

In general, when a professional photographer is using a public space (a location) to earn money, a permit is required. The reality is, most photographers never get a permit. They do something we call “run and gun it” in the industry. This means they show up, do the shoot and should anyone call them on it, they leave quickly. Most of the time, no one gets “caught”. But I have seen instances when a photographer was trying to do a shoot, and a large group of citizens was enjoying the beach getting (inadvertently) in the photos. 

 

If your photographer has a permit, they can actually ask others to steer clear for a few moments while they get the shot. If they do not have a permit, no one has the right to infringe on others’ enjoyment of public lands. And, fines for operating without a permit can be steep for the photographer; up to $850 in some popular areas of Los Angeles. It is good to know this about permits. You do not want to invest a lot in a shoot only to have it cut short because of a technicality.

There are advantages to both studio and location shoots. In general, there is more flexibility in a studio shoot. Location shoots are less controllable, but of course, are beautiful in their own right.

 

Katie is a maternity and newborn portrait photographer in Los Angles, 91042

Studio Maternity Portrait
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Do Digital Images Last?


Do Digital Images Last

At our newborn photography studio in Los Angeles, digital files are a major seller. But how long do digital images last? With each client, we give the same public service announcement about the risks associated with ONLY getting digital images. The truth is: in our experience, most clients write to us within 12 months saying they want to repurchase because they lost or damaged their images.  Here are the key facts we tell our clients about caring for and managing digital images.

1. External Storage

 

Not all USB drives or external hard drives are equal. And it is very likely that none of what you own was meant to last more than about 3 to 5 years. This is because of the quality of the hard drive itself and also because of the hardware you will need to read the disc as it ages. Technology changes quickly and before you know it, you may no longer have the ability to read information from a hard drive even if the files are still intact.

2. Cloud Storage: 

 

Cloud storage seems great. And in many ways, it is. But here is the catch; in order to save all the billions of photos and millions of hours of video uploaded daily, cloud storage companies have to preserve space. To do this, they make your files smaller. This is called compression. For example, if you keep your images in free services like Google or Shutterfly, you can upload large files. But when you download them to print, you may notice that the image is not as crisp or sharp looking as you remember. This is because some of the information of your file was removed to make it smaller so more information can fit on the cloud.

3. Loss: 

 

No matter how careful you think you will be with your precious baby’s newborn photos, the truth is that you will take hundreds of images as your baby grows. Most of these will be just snapshots for social media. Soon, any professional images you downloaded on your phone will become one of the thousands on your phone. If you lose your phone, or only have cloud back up from your mobile service, it is very possible to lose your baby pictures. Or the USB the photographer gave you is lost in a drawer somewhere

What You Can Do For Digital Images to Last

1. Migrate your external storage to new external storage every two years, or as technology changes significantly.

2. Back up your digital files on 2 or 3 external devices and do not keep them together.

3. Select a Cloud Storage service that does not compress files. Dropbox is one possible option. But there are likely many others.

4. Use a high quality Cloud back up system, such as Carbonite

Even doing all of these things does not ensure your digital files will last more than 10 years. It is best to always get a professional grade print of your images. Printed photos will last generations when cared for properly and protected from fire, water, etc. When you ask, do digital images last?, the answer is that they can last a decade or more  when cared for properly.

 

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Newborn Wrapping. Many Advantages

Newborn Wrapping For Photos

Newborn wrapping  for fine art pictures is a big part of photo sessions.  It is amazing to be a part of it as a parent and as a photographer. One of the things that makes fine art newborn photography so inspiring is the meticulous posing we achieve. The main thing to remember is  your photographer will be concerned with safety first. And not all photographers will attempt every pose clients may see on the Internet because of safety issues. But most newborn photographers will use some form of wrapping, or swaddling.

Wrapping is a something you will see in many newborn images. 

The Reasons For Newborn Wrapping

Soothing: 

There are times when a baby arrives at my studio already crying. Maybe she hated the car seat, is tired, or fussy. When this happens, and we know the baby is not hungry and does not need changing, the first thing I do is wrap. And while many babies seem as if they do not like a swaddle or wrap, they do. They may cry while we are wrapping, but once we finish, they usually fall into deep sleep.

Safety: 

If a baby is awake, they tend to move their arms a lot and scratch their little face. Not only does this make for poor images, it is miserable for the baby. Wrapping safely constrains their arms, so even if they are awake for the images we will take, they have support, feel comfortable and safe.

Convenience: 

A wrapped baby can wear a diaper.  If your photographer knows she wants to get some nude images during the shoot, it can be necessary to time these just right. Wrapping is a good way to start a session, especially if the baby has just finished eating. While waiting for the best time to take nude images, wrapping allows for beautiful images to be taken and the baby stays comfortable.

Warmth: 

Since newborns are not yet able to maintain their own body temperature, wrapping is a way for babies to feel warm. Photographers can layer 2 or even three wraps and peel them off as the series of shots progresses to get different looks.

Potato Sack Pose: 

One of the most popular shots in my studio is Potato Sack. This is not a new pose, or even a new idea. But the way photographers do this pose goes through different trends. For this pose, your photographer definitely needs to know what they are doing, and how to wrap in such a way that the baby remains safe through the entire sequence of shots it takes to create this image.

Artistic Flare: 

You can adapt newborn wrapping  to show as little or as much of the baby’s features as you like. We can place them around the baby in artistic ways to highlight feet, toes, hands, chin etc.

 

Even if you are not using a professional photographer, newborn wrapping can help you get great images at home too. Learn how to wrap.

Katie is a newborn photographer in Tujunga, CA 91042

 

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Baby Sebastien’s Newborn Photo Session

Baby Sebastien’s Newborn Photo Session

This little guy was such a squish. Look at those wrinkles!

Our session started as normal, with a good solid feeding. Yet, even though we could all tell he was sleepy, Sebastien fought to stay awake! Maybe he wanted to provide some input on his “good side”. But after about 90 minutes, Sebastien fell into that delightful newborn deep sleep that newborn photographers love. He was just a dream to pose, and while it did take time for him to settle in each pose, once he was there, he stayed picture perfect for several minutes. Thank you Sebastien! That helped a lot.

Sebastien was a big little boy, weighing in at 11 pounds at 9 days. I was worried none of my newborn studio clothes would fit. But they did. He looked just so adorable in our grey wool romper. I will say, Sebastien was not a big fan of hats, as many newborn babies are not. But he at least tolerated the classic elf hat long enough to get that perfect shot for his mother.

You did great Sebastien! Can’t wait to watch you grow at your 3, 7, 9, and 12 month benchmarks.