Prepare for Your In-Home Newborn Session | Virginia Beach Photographer


October 10, 2023

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You’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of your new baby, or you just welcomed them, and now you’re wondering how to prepare for your in-home newborn session. Don’t worry! It’s not complicated, and things most certainly don’t have to be perfect. I’ve got a few tips for you that will keep your stress low (you did just have a baby, after all!) and help you get the best pictures. 

While we are taking pictures in your house, it’s about capturing the connection you have with your baby and your family. You’ll want to tidy up a bit in the spaces we use for the shoot, but there’s no need to be overly stressed about everything looking perfect. 

We usually end up in the nursery (if you have one), master bedroom, and living room. If there are any other significant areas in your home, we can shoot there, too. You should remove anything you don’t want shown in the photos, but it doesn’t have to be pristine. We also take a few photographs in front of your home. Part of the beauty of a newborn session at home is that things can be comfortable and not stressful! 

Babies love to be warm and cozy. Plan to keep your house warmer than you normally would during our shoot. I recommend setting the temperature higher about half an hour before I arrive. Keeping things warm can help make your baby less fussy during our session. 

Riley and Conner did an excellent job preparing for their shoot. They are first time parents to their new baby girl. They had some unique touches in their nursery that were fun to capture. Conner hand painted the flowers on the nursery wall of his daughter’s room. So sweet! Their shoot also featured a floral quilt made by Riley’s grandmother. I love these special touches! 

As you prepare for your in-home newborn session, remember that it’s all about your connection with your baby. Tidy up a bit, remove things you don’t want in your photos, and set the temperature higher. Then, leave the rest to me! You can be comfortable in your new home, snuggling your newest addition, and I’ll capture all the precious little memories for you! 

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