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How to start with Newborn Photography - Tips for Beginner Photographers

Do you want to become successful as a newborn photographer?

As a beginner in this booming industry, you must have patience and ready to cope with these precious newborn babies. They are new here and are very unpredictable. However, if you are passionate about photography, it will be one of your most rewarding experiences.

Starting a new business comes with challenges. Once you learn how to handle the newborns and have everything they need, things will run smoothly.

Keep reading for some great tips.

Safety is important

Keeping the baby safe is the most important aspect of this business. Those beautiful photos of little newborns in different poses look great. However, you should not try them unless you learn the basics of newborn safety. Always ensure your props are clean and sterilized.

Prepare the Photography Setup

For best results, the setup must be done in advance and make sure it’s a suitable environment. Keeping the little one comfortable throughout the session will make your work easier and give you great photos. Being a beginner, it’s advisable you get neutral background colors such as beige, white and grey. Organic colors are also stunning, but speak also with the parents in advance which colors they like.

Featured newborn photo props:

Newborn wrap

Newborn lace blanket

Prepare the Baby

A newborn need to be adequately prepared before a photo shoot. The parents should feed the baby and change the diaper prior to the photo shoot. However be ready to deal with things such as poop and pee. Have decent things to clean.

Partner with the baby’s parents before the session to discuss their role to make the session a success.

Be Simple

Keep everything great, but simple. This includes how you dress the baby. Avoid exaggerated styles that can end up consuming the little newborn. Use a simple band or a hat to give the bay an interesting, but simple look.

Featured newborn photo props:

Newborn beanbag backdrop

Newborn hat

Be Organized at the Shoot

Once you start shooting, it will be hard to get the things you need. Gather everything you will need during the shoot. Make sure they are within reach. With all tools and items near you, you can make it quick and comfortable for the little tot.

Featured newborn photo props:

Newborn Wrap

Quality Lighting Is Important

Lighting determines how your photos look. It does not have to cost you a fortune. You can use natural light. Set up the shoot space in a room with big windows for ample lighting. The best time to take the photos is during the day, but do not allow sunlight because it can cast dark shadows or make the baby uncomfortable.

Have Your Poses and Styles

Become a well-prepared newborn photographer by practicing your poses and styles. You can look for ideas online or buy photography magazines. There are lots of beautiful and safe poses for a newborn. Always collaborate with the parents to get the best pose for the images. Some want lifestyle photos meaning the photos taken in their house in areas where the baby spends most their time.

Featured newborn photo props:

Vintage style hat

Textured wrap

Beanbag blanket

The Baby Is the Boss

No matter how much you and the parents plan for the photo shoot, the newborn is the boss. The baby can refuse to sleep despite everyone putting their best efforts. At such a point, do not get frustrated, work with what the baby gives you. Capture the images you can, and at the end of the day you will still have amazing photos.

Featured newborn photo props:

Lace newborn wrap

Newborn beanbag backdrop


The tips above can change your photography career. In order to increase confidence, start by doing practice shoots in your spare time. No words can stress enough about safety. You should never risk the safety of the baby to have a fantastic photo. Enrolling in a workshop with a professional photographer will not only give you knowledge and inspiration, but also self-confidence.

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