Awww I love taking photos of newborns~ they are the most awesome subject to photograph. I cant emphasize enough that when wanting to take photos of newborns it should be within the first 7-10 day timeframe. Remember that while you might be on a budget I always recommend splurging a little extra and hire a professional photographer. “What if my friend who is building her portfolio wants to take photos of my new baby?” While its fine that you are helping your friend out it is important to be aware that taking photographs of newborns is not an easy task.. Number one priority is the safety of your baby.. if your friend is starting out that leads me to believe she must not have a lot of experience with newborns. A lot of the photos that you might like to recreate are composites, which is really just an illusion that makes you believe baby is actually hanging from a branch or posing their hands adorably. Its all an illusion that goes beyond taking photos. Its a lot of photoshop!
There are different poses that you would want to capture as well~Not only is safety a concern but also how taking newborn photos without waking up baby is important. You need to be like a baby whisperer haha because some babies (mine included) wake up the moment you put them down. It takes hours sometimes to be able to capture one shot. Patience is very important. Some babies are good and you can get a good shot within the first 15 minutes, others though you need to prepare in advance~ which is why I always give you a guide on what to do while preparing for your photoshoot.So please hire a professional, taking photos of newborns is like taking photos of a wedding. You only get one chance to capture this stage~ trust me this stage you will want to remember because it passes by soooo quick. 🙁 I love taking photos of the lifestyle approach as well, mom with baby on bed~ enjoying your time with your new arrival.
Moms not always want to be in the photos with baby, I always suggest its always a good idea for mom to take photos with baby because again this time will soon be gone and trust me no matter how tired you look you will WANT a photo of you and baby when baby was a newborn. It doesn’t matter if you have had no sleep~ that’s why there is photoshop 🙂