Preparing for a Newborn Photoshoot

May 05, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

How to Prepare for a Newborn Photoshoot
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If you’re reading this, congratulations! You have just brought a child into the world, which is the most incredible thing a person can do. You are likely looking to celebrate this amazing moment in your family’s lives with a special newborn photography session. Capturing these moments is essential in documenting the start of your new journey as parents. At Milk + Lily Portrait Co., we know from experience that every newborn is different and special, so we can ensure you that we will do everything to bring out your baby’s unique beauty. If this is your first time in this position, or just the first time considering a newborn photoshoot, you likely have many questions. This information below will serve as a helpful guide in walking you through every step of the process and providing valuable tips and advice along the way. 

Scheduling Your Photoshoot

After deciding you want to have a newborn photography session, the next step is to schedule one with a professional photography studio like Milk + Lily Portrait Co. We recommend that the best time to have a newborn session for parents who want to see their child more awake and active is between 2 to 4 weeks after their birth. For parents who are more interested in capturing beautiful sleeping images, 1 to 2 weeks is better. We recommend that you start scheduling the newborn photoshoot ahead of time by giving the photographer your due date and planning for a shoot after that date. 

Determining what You Want from the Session Ahead of Time

It is important to recognize what you are looking to get out of the newborn shoot ahead of time to plan accordingly. Newborns can be very unpredictable, especially with their sleep schedules, but the more you can influence their sleep before the shoot, the more control you will have over the pictures you want. If you want to capture adorable sleeping photos, it’s best to keep your newborn awake for 30 minutes or so before the session. Conversely, if you want to capture your newborn more awake and active, try to have him or her sleep before the session if possible. It’s also helpful to think about what type of outfits you would like your newborn to be wearing and bring multiple options. Milk + Lily Portrait Co. also has a boutique in the studio where we sell adorable baby clothes that you can purchase and use for your photo session.


You can have your newborn photoshoot done in any location, but we strongly recommend doing it in our studio. Milk + Lily Portrait Co. specializes in newborn shoots, and our studio is an optimal setup. If you wish to have the session in your home, we can make that happen, and during Covid, we do not charge any additional travel setup fees.


A common concern many new parents have about newborn photography shoots is whether or not the lighting equipment involved will hurt the newborn’s eyes in any way. It is the sign of an engaged parent to be aware and concerned of this as newborns are very sensitive to bright light. Because of this, experienced newborn studios like Milk + Lily Portrait Co. take measures to ensure that the light is controlled in a way that would not hurt the newborn in any way. Remember that your newborn's safety and well-being are the top priorities, the quality of the photos comes second. 


It is no secret that newborns can get very cold, so it is essential to always be mindful of keeping them warm throughout the shoot. At our studio, we always turn the temperature higher and ensure there are plenty of blankets around for your newborn. Additionally, we’ll make sure your newborn’s body is not left cold for long if you plan to have photos of your newborn without clothes. 

Feeding and Breaks

We recommend feeding your newborn full right before the session. This will help keep your baby calm and relaxed from the start and likely a bit sleepy. During the session, you will probably need to take multiple breaks for feeding. If you express to your photographer that this is you want this to be photographed, it can be a very intimate moment between mother and child worth capturing. The session will be scheduled out over a long period of time to account for any breaks or delays that will occur. Do not stress about needing to take multiple feeding breaks or even take away from the session to address anything your newborn does. This is all a part of the process, and we recommend treating it as such. 

Important Items to Bring

Babies, and especially newborns, are always accident-prone, so it’s a good idea to come stocked with extra wipes, diapers, and trash bags in the event of a mess to create a quick cleanup. Additionally, it’s a good idea to come prepared with multiple outfits and extra blankets to keep the newborn warm and happy. 

Helping the Process Go Smoothly

It’s important to remember that newborns are the most adorable, yet unpredictable and messy people alive. Some type of accident will likely happen during your session, and it’s important to understand that it’s a very regular occurrence, and newborn photographers are used to these situations. The best thing that you can do for your newborn during this session is just to relax. Your baby will be feeding off of your energy, so the calmer you are, the more relaxed your child will be. 

Most importantly, just sit back, relax, and enjoy witnessing the moments our photographers are capturing on camera. This will be a very special day for you and your family so remember to just enjoy the moments in front of you. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call the Milk + Lily Portrait Co. at 925-430-9928 or email us at [email protected] We look forward to hearing from you and how you want to mark this special moment!

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