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PhotographerLauren Sanderson’s blog
If there is one thing that I love, it’s photographing newborns. A newborn photography session is so challenging, but it’s so amazing to be a part of a baby’s life when they just days old. There are so many factors that have to come together for the session to go smoothly… and if there’s one thing a photographer must have, it’s patience. A session can go quick and be done in an hour, or it may take 3 hours or longer, but regardless it’s important for everyone involved to stay patient – the end result is totally worth it.

There is lots of preparation I go through to get ready for a newborn session. From looking for unique props to cleaning all my equipment and loading up my car, I can assure you that your session isn’t viewed as “another session” just like your baby isn’t “just another newborn”. I prepare differently for each session and I hope it shows.

In addition to doing everything I can in my power to make the parents and baby as comfortable as possible, there there are some things that parents can do before the session to get things going on the right path. For my newborn session this weekend, I wanted to send the mom an email outlining some ways that she can help to make sure the session goes off as planned. And then I thought “well, why not share these with everyone?” – so here’s my post on the 13 tips for your newborn photography session.

UPDATE: After one of my newborn sessions, the mother gave me these suggestions to add to the list:

I’ll leave you with a bit of visual inspiration… Tracy Raver and Kelley Ryden are a photography duo based in in Nebraska, that specialize in getting images of babies around 2 weeks old. Here’s a little peek inside a newborn session and the secrets to getting the shots:

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