Kati Schwieger Photography | Newborn Prep Guide

Newborn Prep Guide

Kati Schwieger Photography


  • If you decide to book your newborn session with me, I will put your due date in my calendar. Once your baby is born, please contact me right away so we can confirm our date and time. Babies are best photographed in their first week of life. They are still sleepy, curly, and their baby acne has not quite set in.  After this first week, babies are much harder to get to sleep and we will have a more difficult time posing them.

  • I do 99% of newborn sessions in my studio but we can do them at your home if that is what you want. If you choose to have your photos at your home, you will need to have a space with a lot of natural light as that is what we will be using.

  • Before coming to the studio on session day, please keep your baby awake as long as possible. Also, please refrain from feeding baby until you arrive. This combination helps for a sleepy, full baby and will keep him/her asleep, hopefully, for the entire session. This is imperative for a smooth session.

  • I ask that you also bring a pacifier to soothe baby during the session. Other essential items are a blanket, diapers, wipes, a sleeper that buttons or zips, burp cloths, etc.

  • I photograph babies in their birthday suits. Don’t worry, their bity baby parts will not be showing in their photos.  Newborns do not fill out clothes well and I would be happy scheduling a session down the road when they have grown some more.

  • We will do parent photos with baby as well as sibling photos (if needed) and family photos. It is best for you to wear a solid colored shirt, preferable white or black- camisoles for women and solid t-shirts for men.  See my pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.com/katischwieger/what-to-wear-to-your-newborns-photoshoot/ for ideas. The studio will be warm and you may change after family photos so bring something that will keep you cool.

  • If you have any special headbands, hats, bracelets, bonnets or specially made rompers or pants/props for your newborn, feel free to bring them. I provide these things as well but you may not love what I have and anything personal for your baby or family makes the photos much more special.

  • My goal is to have them sleep almost the entire time. This means you arriving, then feeding, changing and then we get baby to sleep. Baby may need to eat or be changed throughout, which is fine. But, I will move baby around a lot during the session so it is important that he/she be in a deep sleep.



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