Newborn Photography in Dayton
Newborn photo sessions are so beautiful. It’s so special to see first-time parents mold into their new roles as mom and dad.
One of my last sessions at my Dayton Studio last winter was a lovely newborn session with mom, dad, and 11-day old baby. Dad Owen and Mom Christina were so proud of baby Theodore, their first born.
This session was the result of authentic, small-town connections. Christina and I had mutual friends in high school. Owen’s sister, Asia is also one of my mom’s good friends, and they used to work together. I’ve photographed Asia’s family, too. I just love watching families grow over time and getting to connect with my client’s loved ones, through their referrals.
Capturing Newborn Photography
Newborn sessions are best if done within the first 2 weeks. I typically book my newborn sessions months in advance. So we will schedule about a week or two from their due date. Then I allow openings in my schedule to adjust if needed.
Newborn sessions can be stressful since little ones usually need fed at some point and sometimes it’s hard to get them settled and snuggly. I have a few tricks up my sleeves during a session to get the little ones to calm down:
1. It helps for mom and dad to stand back during the solo baby shots. This way, the baby doesn’t smell them and cry for them, especially mom.
Note: I understand, though, this can sometimes be hard for new parents.
2. Feeding baby right before the session can be helpful too. Consider arriving a little early if you have a bit of a drive to my studios.
3. Bring cozy, handmade blankets with some texture. Even better if they are made by your loved ones.
Note: Other special meaningful props can be added, too. Just ask!
Newborn Family Photo Sessions
Capturing newborn photos is truly an art. There are a few variables to consider to keep baby happy and comfortable during the session.
Fortunately, little Teddy made things so easy. He was a good little guy, sleeping through some photos and giving us bright-eyed pics too. I’ve been told I have the patience of a saint during newborn sessions; it just goes to show that when you love what you do, it comes naturally. Experience with Elliot helps too 😉 (Check out my birth story with Elliot HERE)
Do you have any tips for settling a newborn? Tell me in the comments. I’d love some more.