Baby photos are something that nearly every new mom looks forward to. To forever capture the image of your newborn in his or her first few weeks of life, and to share those images with loved ones – there’s almost no better feeling. I am just beyond thrilled to be sharing these photos with all of you! But more importantly, as a new mom with a lot of prior photo shoot experience, I wanted to pass what I have learned on to you :)
Tip #1 Find the Right Photographer and Book in Advance
Friend’s recommendations are always useful, but don’t forget about Facebook or Blogs – that’s how I found Amy Robertson. I was so looking forward to working with her after seeing her work. Be aware, though, that a good photographer is busy, busy, busy. You may need to book months in advance.
Tip #2 Be Prepared
Photo shoots are always long days filled with hard work, persistence, perfect lighting, and a WHOLE lot of patience ;) Bring snacks, lots of water, diapers, burp cloths, and your creative design spirit.
Tip #3 Be Open-Minded
I wasn’t sure how it would all work out with our 5lb baby boy as the center of the action, as opposed to models and LP shoes, but I went in with an open mind. I wanted it to be a fun and memorable experience for me and my husband, so I knew that trying to be a control freak – which sometimes we women can tend to do – would interfere with the simple joys of this special day. After having seen Amy’s work via social media, I knew that I would wind up with fabulous shots, so it was best to let her do her job. And by the way, she was amazing…a total baby whisperer.
Tip #4 Know Your “Big Picture”
While I was open-minded, I knew what I didn’t want, so I explained to Amy that I like clean simple lines without frills. We decided to choose our colors – neutrals and navy -which is the same color scheme as Burcham’s room. We also took a few props that had special meaning for us. So there are definitely ways to be prepared for baby photography sessions, but in my opinion, it’s about balance. Give the photographer a “big picture” to work with, but allow her to use her brilliant creativity :)
Tip #5 Enjoy It
If you so choose, these precious moments are something you will always cherish. Consider taking your own camera and capturing “behind the scenes” for your baby’s scrapbook. Get friendly with the photographer, since you’re there for so long. Working with Amy and getting to know her was one of my favorite parts of the day. To watch her work her magic with Burcham and position him…indescribable. And when I saw my husband holding Burcham in the palm of his hand….It just melted my heart. That’s why tip 3 is so important – don’t focus too much on controlling the situation at the expense of just “living” the beautiful moments. I can honestly say I loved every minute of this experience.
Tip #6 Pass it on
As I have quickly learned in the past few weeks, you can never have enough help and good tips. That’s why it was so important for me to share my experiences with you, and why I hope you’ll share your own experiences with new moms in your circle. Also, don’t be afraid to brag about your photographer if you were amazed with his or her work. Honestly, I wish I could have done a three day shoot with Amy. She was that talented, and I am thrilled to recommend her to loved ones and LP fans in the Orlando area. In fact, I’ve left her website and Facebook information below.