This is on the minds of many parents. Parents might be worried that they will pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for an album full of tears and sad faces.
Newborn babies can be unpredictable. However, in my personal experience, these concerns rarely materialise as there is an extremely low probability that we will be unable to produce any viable photos at all from a full newborn session. We can usually get at least 5-10 minutes of snooze time or smiles even when baby is not settling well, in which time we can grab some nice snaps.
That said here is a simple tip you can follow to help bring about the most fruitful results in the studio.
The most effective method for settling baby is feeding. For this fact, it is best to delay feeding where possible before leaving home for your photoshoot. Try to time the days feeding sessions to line up as close as possible with your arrival time. That said, there is certainly no need to over stress baby, use your instinct and best judgment. If your baby is really unsettled, or you have a longer journey, you might decide to do a half feed at home and another half feed on arrival, whatever is most comfortable for mother and child.
When my clients arrive with a newborn, I always allow some time and privacy for mum to relax into the environment and feed baby comfortably inside the studio before we get started. From there, once we swaddle baby up nice and cosy, those cute little eyes will grow heavy, and with a little cradling, they will usually pop right off to sleep making for some beautiful, peaceful, and happy newborn photos.
Of course, we all have our bad days, as do new babies. There will be some rare cases where baby just won’t settle and you just can’t force nature, in these situations we can always modify the photo session style to a more lifestyle photo session. But in general, it is most probable that we will still get a few good shots in. Following the above strategy will give you a very good chance of having a nice smooth session resulting in many viable shots of precious newborn photographs for your album and wall art.