Maybe you just don’t feel good about going out right now. Maybe professional photography isn’t in your budget. For whatever the reason, many people document the first week at home.
If you’d like to try doing a newborn session at home, here are three things that will help!
- Keep the house warm. Remember this brand new baby just came from inside the womb. The womb was 98.7ish degrees. So, even though your house might be as warm as 76 degrees, that’s not nearly warm enough. If it’s difficult to heat the whole house, get a space heater and direct it on the baby. (This is especially helpful when you’re trying to get photos of the baby either fully or partially unclothed/unwrapped.)
- Use a white noise machine. White noise will help mute the shutter of the camera that could potentially startle the baby. And that’s IF you have a quiet house! You might have a house filled with a toddler or a noisy dog.
- Use wraps that have some stretch. I know the cotton muslin swaddles have the cuuuuutest prints, but you will need to be able to wrap the baby tightly.
**Pro-tip: Go to your local fabric store and ask for stretch knit fabric. Buy a yard in your favorite color/print and you’re good to go!
I use all three of these tips in my studio for newborn sessions and they always work like a charm!
Here’s a recent newborn photography session, including some photos of mom and dad holding the baby.