I've been there, you're having a baby and you want to make sure you capture ALL the moments and memories as perfectly as possible. You're not 100% sure what to expect going into a newborn session, but hopefully I can clear up how I do newborn sessions, my candid approach, and how to prepare if you are going to book a newborn session with me!
A MINIMALIST APPROACH:
One of the ways that I'm a little bit different than most photographers who also do newborn is that I like things to be very minimal. I don't like too many props, crazy colors, or intense posing with newborns because I firmly believe in capturing more natural, candid moments and in order to do that you HAVE to keep it simple. I use a simple bean bag setup with a clean white backdrop for the individual photos of baby (see below for samples) and I like to have baby in either a white onesie or a white diaper cover and white hat. I think the white colors truly bring out the natural perfection that is your newborn baby!! I'll pose baby in a VERY simple pose on their back or on their belly, thats it. Then from there if they are awake, YAY I can get those big beautiful eyes or if they're asleep we can capture those peaceful moments. Your baby does NOT have to be asleep the entire session, I'd prefer for him/her to be calm, but they don't have to be sleeping. When they are laid down, I'll capture images of their eyes, ears, hands, feet, all those little details that get so big so fast that you want to remember. So rather than the 'pose' of the baby I focus on all those fleeting moments that are your newborn days.
**this approach and style isn't for everyone, if you are looking for more of that posed look I have a very good friend I can refer you to for newborn photography who is amazing with the posed portraits that you might find more appealing.
PARENTS + SIBLING INVOLVEMENT:
I have three kids, soon to be five, and I know first hand how little photos that parents begin to actually be in once babies are here. But I also know how absolutely important it is to make sure that you are in those photos as well with your babies during those first days. When they get older, they're going to WANT to see photos of mom and dad holding them, enjoying and soaking in those moments, and you'll b