How to Prepare for Your Newborn Photo Session

The arrival of your baby is a whirlwind of emotions and cuddles. It’s a time you’ll want to cherish forever, and what better way to do that than with beautiful newborn photography capturing those tiny fingers and toes?  If you’re looking to preserve these precious memories, a newborn photo session is the perfect way to go. In this blog, we’ll guide you through everything you need to know to prepare for your session, from calming your little one to choosing the perfect outfits.  And to capture these fleeting moments with expertise and tenderness, consider Jenny Leigh Photography – your premier choice for newborn portraits in Frisco and the greater Dallas area.

Understanding the Best Time for Newborn Photos

The ideal age for newborn photography is generally between 5-14 days old. This two-week window offers several advantages for photographers to capture those picture-perfect moments of your newborn.

One key reason is a newborn’s sleep patterns. During this early stage, babies spend a significant portion of their day in a deep sleep. This makes them much easier to pose gently in adorable and natural positions without disturbing their slumber. Photographers can use this sleep time to their advantage to capture those classic curled-up poses and peaceful expressions that are so characteristic of newborn photography.

Another benefit of this timeframe is a newborn’s flexibility.  Their bodies are still very much in a fetal position, making them more pliable and easier to maneuver into those curled-up poses that are so adorable. This flexibility also allows photographers to handle them more easily and ensure their safety throughout the session.

A newborn photography session typically lasts 1-2 hours, depending on the baby’s temperament and the number of poses desired.  The photographer will work around your baby’s feeding and sleeping cues to ensure a calm and comfortable experience for everyone.

Setting the Stage for Success: Tips for a Smooth Newborn Photo Session

Feeding and Sleep:

  • A Full Tummy is a Happy Tummy: Aim to feed your baby a full feeding 20-30 minutes before the session begins. A satisfied baby is less likely to be fussy during pictures.
  • Sleepy Time is Picture Time: Newborns spend a large portion of the first two weeks in a deep sleep. Try to time the session for when your baby naturally naps, keeping the environment quiet and the lights dimmed beforehand.

Comfy Clothes and Cuddly Accessories:

  • Simple is Best: Skip the outfits with buttons or that need to go over the head. Opt for loose-fitting garments or kimono-style wraps that allow for easy changes without disturbing the baby.
  • Neutrals Never Fail: Solid colors like cream, white, or soft pastels photograph beautifully and won’t distract from your precious little one.
  • Accessorize Wisely: A tiny knitted hat or a soft headband can add a touch of personality without being uncomfortable. Jenny Leigh Photography has a wide selection of wraps, headbands, baskets, and other props available for use at your newborn photo session.

Keeping Your Baby Awake (for a Short While):

While most of the session will focus on capturing those peaceful sleeping moments,  you might want a few awake shots as well. Here are a few tricks:

  • A Change of Scenery: Take your baby for a short walk outside or to a different room to pique their curiosity and wake them up briefly.
  • Tickle Time (Gently): A gentle tickle on the feet or tummy can sometimes rouse a sleepy baby for a few moments.
  • The Power of Play: Crinkle a soft toy or play a nursery rhyme to stimulate your baby’s senses. Remember, keep these wake times short to avoid overstimulation.

What to Bring to Your Newborn Photo Shoot

Being prepared for your newborn photo shoot will ensure a smooth and stress-free experience, allowing you to focus on those precious moments with your little one. Here’s a checklist to guide you:


  • Diapers: Pack plenty of diapers, at least twice the amount you would normally bring for the session duration. Accidents happen, and you’ll want to be prepared for quick changes.
  • Wipes: Don’t forget the wipes to keep your baby clean and comfortable.
  • Changes of Clothes: Pack a couple of extra outfits for your baby, both in case of unexpected messes and to offer variety in the final photos.
  • Feeding Supplies: If you’re bottle-feeding, bring sterilized bottles, formula, and extra nipples. Nursing moms may want to bring nursing pads for comfort.
  • Swaddle Blankets: A few thin and thick swaddle blankets will help the photographer soothe and pose your baby.
  • Pacifier (Optional): If your baby uses a pacifier, bring it along as it can be a calming tool during the session.

Comfort and Personal Touches:

  • Favorite Toys: A lovey or a stuffed animal that your baby finds comforting can be helpful during the session.
  • Special Blankets: Consider bringing a special blanket knitted by a loved one or one with sentimental value. It can be incorporated into some poses and add a personal touch to the photos.
  • Heirlooms: Family heirlooms like tiny baby shoes or a christening gown can create unique and meaningful photographs.

For You (Parents):

  • Snacks and Drinks: A newborn session can last a few hours. Pack some snacks and drinks to keep your energy up.
  • Comfortable Clothing: Wear clothes that are easy to take off and put back on in case you need to hold or feed your baby during the session. If you will be in any photos, be sure to consider color and choose outfits that will work well with the baby’s outfits.

Capturing Tiny Miracles: What to Expect at Your Jenny Leigh Newborn Session

Welcome to the world of parenthood!  Those first few weeks with your newborn are a whirlwind of emotions and precious moments you’ll want to cherish forever.  At Jenny Leigh Photography, we understand the importance of capturing these fleeting moments with expertise and tenderness. That’s why we’ve designed our newborn sessions to be a comfortable, safe, and creative experience for both you and your little one.

Here’s what you can expect when you book a newborn session with Jenny:

  • A Warm and Welcoming Environment: Jenny’s studio is designed to feel calm and inviting, with plenty of warm light and soft textures to create a relaxing atmosphere for your baby.
  • Safety First: Jenny is a highly experienced photographer who prioritizes your baby’s safety above all else. She is trained in safe posing techniques and will never put your little one in an uncomfortable position.
  • The Art of the Snuggle: Jenny knows the importance of keeping your baby calm and content. She’ll incorporate plenty of feeding and swaddling breaks into the session, working around your baby’s natural cues.
  • A Touch of Magic: Jenny has a keen eye for capturing the perfect details: the tiny fingers and toes, the soft wisps of hair, and the overwhelming love in your eyes as you gaze at your newborn.
  • Creative Freedom: While Jenny has a beautiful gallery of inspiration to share, she also welcomes your ideas and preferences. She wants to create a collection of photographs that uniquely reflects your family and this special time in your lives.

Ready to capture the magic of your newborn?

Contact Jenny Leigh Photography today to schedule your session.  Don’t wait – these precious moments won’t last forever, and Jenny will help you  turn them into timeless memories you’ll treasure for years to come.

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