How To Prepare For Your Indoor Newborn Session


Your life is changing and rapidly. Many parents choose an in-home newborn session for the ease of staying in the comfort of their own space. Whatever your reason, I have some quick tips and tricks to help you prepare for your session.

How To Prepare For Your Indoor Newborn Session

Houston Newborn Photographer

Nothing is more magical than welcoming a new baby into your family. The tiny, delicate fingers and toes; the precious, soft skin; the certainty that this is a love unlike any you have known. You are certain that your life will never be the same. These moments pass so quickly. It is a privilege to preserve this special milestone for you and your family to remember forever.

Lifestyle newborns are all about capturing families playing, snuggling, being goofy, and just loving on each other. I will always do my best to get that desired shot of everyone looking and smiling, of course some organic photos of your newborn all snuggled up and nursery details- but get ready for giving piggyback rides to your kids, dads showing off their kid-flipping skills, having little ones give moms their BEST hugs EVER, and fun stuff like that. Just be prepared to have fun!

How To Prepare Your Home

  • When I do an in-home newborn session, I like to look around to determine the best location for lighting, with a heavy focus on the main living space, primary bedroom, and nursery.

  • Make sure baby is comfortable. You can do this easily by making sure your AC is turned off, or your heat is turned on.

  • If you have other children, please prepare them for our session as much as possible. Make sure kids know that this is FUN- I would rather capture them as they are in this season of life while still having a good time as a family.

  • Keep your hands busy: Hold your child’s hand, give kisses, brush their hair behind their ear, start a tickle fight. Keep moving and enjoy the process.

Preparing Your Baby

  • Try to keep baby awake for a while before your session time. I always send specific details on this before any session- never force your baby to stay awake and always let your photographer know your schedule.

  • If possible- wait to feed the baby until I arrive for your session.

  • Baby-led posing is what I specialize in. That means I will never force your baby into a specific position. I listen to what they are trying to tell me and make sure they are safe and comfortable at all times. Please have any outfits, swaddles, or special items set aside and ready to be documented.

  • Each baby is different, so our time together can differ. I am a lifestyle photographer, which means while I may do some poses, I am focused on the details of your newborn, and interactions with family. They will occasionally cry- please know that this is never a bother for me. I will use a variety of soothing techniques to make your baby feel safe, secure and warm. Think of me as your baby sitter. Baby will never be placed in an unsafe position and newborn safety is my top priority. I have a very hands on approach to newborns and I am very comfortable handling them. Bonus! I am fully vaccinated 🙂

At the end of the day, if you are relaxed and happy during your session, that will shine through in your photographs as we capture the moments that share the heartbeat of your special family.

Stay patient and positive. Children tend to go at their own pace – and that’s fine. I promise even if it feels like a crazy zoo, it’s going to turn out way better than you thought. Just know that I am ready for anything and I have three kids of my own keeping me on my toes every day. if we need to take a break, have a snack, change clothes or a diaper- it’s all good! Accept the unpredictable: Embrace the chaos of the moment and this season of life. Honest connections and candid connections create real and specific memories.

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About the Artist

Ashley Newman Photography is a Woodlands Family Photographer and Storyteller specializing in outdoor family photography. In addition to lifestyle family portraits, Ashley and her award-winning team offer day-in-the-life legacy sessions, outdoor maternity sessions, fresh 48 hospital portraits and in-home newborn photography. Ashley Newman Photography serves Montgomery county, North-Houston areas: The Woodlands, Spring, Conroe, Houston and Magnolia.

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