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Newborn Photography 101


Hi Beauties! Have you thought about newborn photos for your little one once they arrive? We knew we wanted these special memories captured, but truthfully, did not know where to start. Who to hire, the types of photos we wanted, associated costs, and the many packages offered. We were pretty clueless on the best options and how to decide. SO, as we do, we did some research. Lots of research. Around newborn photography, including sourcing extra cute baby/family photo inspo, etc. and we wanted to round up the deets.

We’re excited to share some steps for you to follow, AKA, Newborn Photography 101, with you to ensure you’re equipped with info for how to best capture these extra special moments with your new little one!

Step 1: Decide what type of photos you’re looking for + Source Inspo

As we did our research on the topic we saw a ton of (v cute) photos of tiny little new lives bundled in blankets. There are options for tons of props, clean and bright, black and white, etc. So first step for us was deciding that we wanted very clean, beautifully edited photos, with minimal props. We saved inspo to a board on Pinterest, so that when we found our Photographer, we had clear direction to share. Simple, timeless, glowing, soft, and clean!

ALSO, and most importantly, decide if you just want photos of your new little one OR if you want to do a newborn shoot with family included. Many photographers, from what we saw, only offered packages for newborns (or that was their specialty). For us, it was super important to use these photos for family images. I wanted T and I both to have photos with the baby. I also had my family here so I wanted to ensure we were able to capture photos of the new Uncles and Grandparents with the baby as well.

Newborn Photoshoot

Newborn Photoshoot

Step 2: Find the right photographer

I touched on this above, but now that you have decided on the type of photos that you want (and have sourced some inspo), it’s time to begin the photographer search. We did not have a ton of friends who had done newborn photos in NYC, and we did want a newborn photographer, so off we went to the endless internet search. First, we get it, in NYC you can expect to find some of the best photographers, and therefore pay a premium. But a $3-5K newborn photoshoot was not realistic for us, especially given the packages included a set number of photos.

So first, we set our budget. Next, we rounded up a list of 5-10 local photographers that had a style similar to what we were looking for. Then, we reached out for pricing, and to ask about the ability to create a package catering to our needs. Flexibility when it comes to hiring a photographer is incredibly important to us both for work and for play, so this was another key need. When communicating with your potential photographers we recommend asking/discussing the below:

  • Requested style
  • Cost
  • Packages
  • Availability
  • Flexibility (can you add more photos, can they do B+W and Color, etc)

After running through our finalized list of 8 prospects, we narrowed it down to 3 based on the above credentials. For those of you in NYC or the surrounding area, we can HIGHLY recommend Cecilia + William of Rainier’s Photography. They had multiple styles of newborn photography, but understood right away what we were looking for. Their cost and packages were reasonable, and they helped us understand and navigate the timing and needs of the session, to capture exactly what we were looking for. They shoot both in home and in studio (we wanted in home so Sofifi, our puppy, could be included), and most importantly, they were INCREDIBLY flexible and I felt 100% confident in their ability to capture exactly what we wanted. They also had great reviews, which is another quick way to vet. More on why we absolutely loved working with them below.

Newborn Photoshoot

Newborn Photoshoot

Step 3: Pick the package

After pre-vetting the final three photographers, we had a pretty good idea of the package we wanted to go with. And, we worked with Cecilia and William to slightly customize one of their packages to better suit our needs and the request to include family (again, why the flexibility is so important!).

Our newborn package included the below, and we also added on a family shoot for 1 hour post newborn shoot.

  • 2 hours of time on location to photograph your newborn
  • Talent/artistic vision of the photographer + personal consultation & styling recommendations
  • Full access to newborn blankets & accessories.
  • Multiple set-ups for baby + family photos with baby (photos to include parents + siblings + pets)
  • 20 high-resolution Edited digital files in custom USB
  • Personalized Gallery Mobile App

Family Shoot

  • 1 Hour Extra Shoot Time with Family shoot for Grandparents
  • Talent/artistic vision of the photographer + personal consultation & styling recommendations
  • Multiple set-ups for baby + family photos with baby
  • 10 high-resolution Edited digital files in custom USB

Newborn Photoshoot

Step 4: Schedule the date

Newborn portraits are typically captured in the best way in the first 4-14 days of the baby’s life. You want to ensure the baby is still little enough to sleep and curl up in those delish baby cocooned positions. We let the Rainier’s Photography team know our due date and chose a date within the first two weeks of Carter being born. Other photographers may make you put a deposit down to reserve, but not schedule you until the baby is born, which is also normal. We chose to do our session around 12pm in order to maximize daylight, but still have time to get ready in the morning.

Step 5: What to bring

Most newborn photographers have snuggly soft blankets and props cleaned and ready for use on the shoot. I ordered a few things from Etsy as well (loved Propsly, BabyPhotoshootPropsbyVio, and Sunggly Wunkins). Lou Lou & Co. also has super soft options! I also made sure that the Rainier’s Photography team had all of the items to replicate some of the images in our inspo board (to ensure there were no surprises or “I wish we had X” day of). Make sure to confirm with your photographer what they’ll have on hand. We wanted blankets, wraps, and cozy backdrops (again nothing cheesy, which we clearly defined ahead of time!).

Step 6: The actual shoot

Another reason why we wanted a skilled newborn photographer? You MUST have a team that knows how to deal with newborns. They cry, they pee/poop, and sometimes, they just don’t cooperate! The Rainier’s team knew what to do in every situation and gave us some great tips. “The location must be warm, and of course, clean. Have the props ready to go, and the poses decided on prior to the shoot date”. Our shoot was super smooth and their tips and preparation is definitely why. We asked Cecilia about what to think about day-of and in preparation.

“The #1 Priority is the safety of the newborn baby. We make sure everything that we will use on our newborn shoot is clean and safe. We, the photographers or staff, always work together to ensure the safety of the newborn baby. Priority #2 is to take many beautiful photos. We always recommend our client to have a very warm temperature and feeding baby on demand. Those are basic thing that we always go over with parents. The rest are the masterpiece (Photo session) in the making”.

Step 7: Photo Selection + Editing

When we saw the photos for the first time, you could see the LOVE and passion that William and Cecilia put into their work. We felt it the day of, but it really came through in all of the photos. Thus, it was SO hard to choose. This is why we made sure to pick a package with multiple images (because who wants to severely limit the number of photos of your cutest tiniest baby!). We were able to get a good amount of photos and the cost to add some were not astronomical, as with some companies we priced out.

You’ve now already discussed with your photographer, the styling/editing that you’re looking for so there should be no surprises when your photos are sent back! We also highly recommend asking to see pre-post edited photographs from your photographer so you can see the editing style.


Newborn Photoshoot


Step 8: Framing Tips

Now that you have these incredible moments captured in your newborn photos, it’s time to frame. We are THE WORST with this, so we’re vowing to get better. We’ve been costing out framing options based on quality and found an AMAZING option. Frame it Easy is our favorite for a great product with the best value. We did all of the custom prints for Carter’s room here and they are GREAT. We’ll be using them for our newborn photos as well!

Well, thats a wrap! We hope you feel empowered and excited to set up your next photoshoot! AND, if you’re looking for a Newborn photographer in NYC we couldn’t speak more highly of Cecelia and William at Rainier’s Photography. We’ve got a code for you guys as well! Use Beauty50 for $50 OFF.

Newborn Photoshoot

Newborn Photoshoot

Newborn Photoshoot

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