Newborn photos booked. Now what?
How to make the most of your in home newborn photos
This session is about you, your family and your baby. You are more important than the location.
Life with a newborn can be busy. Preparing a house to be ‘spotless’ can be tiring. I usually shoot in a bedroom, nursery (if there is one) and a lounge room or anywhere with a nice big window. That means these are the areas to tidy.
In home sessions are great to really capture the interactions with your newborn in your environment. Sitting sharing a coffee, playing on the floor with the children or snuggling in the baby’s room with your newest love. Wherever you are happy, that is where I want to photograph you.
But what do we wear?
Newborn babies have the best accessories, their rolls, toes, fists, button noses. Dressing your newborn baby in an outfit is gorgeous but not necessary. As many things in life, keep it simple. A plain neutral onesie or single does the job and you can always snazz it up with a wrap/toys/accessory.
Now, everyone else.
Wear something that makes you feel fab and reflects your personality and something you feel comfortable in. It is usually easiest to let the woman pick first!
I would suggest considering what you would like to do with the photos? If you plan on putting them on your wall are you happy to have dark colours in your images or is a softer image something you are after?
Keep your clothing simple and coordinating, this doesn’t mean matchy matchy but that it compliments the other outfits. Firstly, decide on the ‘tone’ of the clothes. It is often easier to start with the woman’s outfit. Her outfit will determine the tone; warm tones (browns etc) or cool tones (blue/grey/blacks etc). Having a group wear similar colours focuses the attention of their faces and the connections between the family rather than the outfit. If you are stuck have a look on Pinterest for ideas.
Some things to keep in mind:
· Avoid loud or busy patterns and logos. Solid colours and best. You can add variety through texture.
· Dissimilar colours in groups tend to be more distracting. White tops with khakis or jeans can look very nice and casual (just as long as everyone isn’t wearing them).
· Pastels/soft colours enhance natural skin tones.
· White can look beautifully simple and fresh. White shirts and/or blouses under a dark jacket are perfect.
· Black or other dark shirts on top give the portraits a more serious and thoughtful feel (not to mention that black is slimming).
· For the children, choose outfits that fit well without a lot of “growing room”. Jeans / khaki’s and white or black tops are always very nice for a family portrait.
· Overbearing or heavily noticeable accessories can be distracting.
If in doubt don't overthink it ‘Keep It Simple’.
What to prepare
Other than your outfits and tidy spaces consider if there are any significant items you might like incorporated into the shoot. It may be an important toy for your newborn, a wrap or rug that has some significance to your family or a book to read with your little ones.
I am really looking forward to meeting everyone and making some beautiful memories for you.