Preparing for Newborn Portraits


Photographing newborns is a learned skill. Despite all of my years studying photography and working with people, I was lost the first time I worked with a newborn. Creating artistic newborn portraits is a learned skill and an art all its own.

I’ll admit, I went through a bit of trial and error before I achieved the look I wanted for my newborn portraits. In fact, before I had my own child, I wasn’t comfortable handling newborn babies. This is a talent that can only be achieved by handling newborns and patience, always plenty of patience.

Now I happily share my knowledge with parents as I put their newborn to sleep, carefully creating the perfect spot to begin photographing.

Photographing new parents can be tricky as well. I often hear, ‘Don’t take any photos of me! I look terrible. I couldn’t get it together this morning!?!’

Try not to worry about that.

It’s a vulnerable time and I get it.  I can’t remember a more stressful time in my life than the first few days after giving birth! Ugh. I didn’t look or feel like myself. The last thing I wanted to do was leave the house.  (That’s ok, I can come to you!)  I felt Gross. Fat. TIRED…. so tired…

It’s hard to think about wanting photos taken but don’t let THAT keep you from having these moments documented.

I’ve been there and I know exactly how you feel.  I utilize beautiful lighting, creative posing, and the ART of photography to creatively include you in the photographs.  Just snuggle your new little bundle & I will work around the mess.

Photographs are like magic… using lighting & creativity I look for the perfect moments to tell your beautiful story.  And if you’ve already met me, you KNOW you are going to be entertained.

I will share with you my life experiences & assure you this happens to everyone!  The photos we create as we chat & soothe your baby.. those photos will become a memory you’ll never regret!  I realize this more with every passing year.  The photos I have taken are now forever remembered ‘moments’ in a family’s history.  Heirloom works of art that will be special to the children that have yet to be born.

What will happen during your newborn portraits session?

‘Oh no.. it’s happening!’ The new mom exclaims frantically as she uses her hand to shield mustard yellow poop from running onto my spotless, ivory couch.  It’s only spotless because it frequently gets cleaned by me & my good friend Oxy-Clean.  I’ve removed the many stains of childhood plenty of times.  It was recently attacked by a toddler with a red crayon and before that, another baby girl who couldn’t hang on to her lunch.

You see, this is common place.  It happens almost every time.

Kids are messy. Life is messy.

I am prepared for these things to happen.  You’ve JUST had a baby & we will work around your newborn!  You will probably nurse your new baby several times… and change them several times.  But the best thing about a single photograph is the power to freeze ‘a moment’… lock that moment down… so that the in-between no longer matters.

Keep reading to see my tips on preparing for your newborn portrait session. 

Ready to Book your newborn portraits?!

neborn-preparing-beautiful-baby-portraitsStudio Session in Overland Park

(Newborn studio sessions start at $450, we block off plenty of time to allow you to nurse, change diapers, RELAX while Adrienne snuggles your infant!)

  1. Throw your props, outfits,  and stuffed animals into a clothes basket.  We’ll go through this when you arrive and I will help determine several things we can use to add personal touches to your newborn portraits.
  2. Dress your baby in something comfortable to make the trip as we start with a mostly naked baby.
  3. TRY NOT TO STRESS about your session. It’s your job to RELAX.  Adrienne will do the hard work (except for nursing- which brings the next point!)
  4. Be prepared to nurse or feed a bottle or two… or three.  In the early days, you’re little one will eat often!  If you are nursing, wear something that will be easy to get on & off. BE comfortable.
  5. Bring props! Anything goes- fun hats, blankets, anything with texture, neat boxes, baskets… anything your baby will fit inside! Think Creatively! Adrienne will take a look at what you bring & make decisions about what will work for your session.
  6. The studio will be very warm in preparation for your session, dress in layers so you don’t get too hot!
  7. Studio sessions are typically faster than home sessions but newborns don’t always cooperate.
  8. If this is your first baby, it will take you longer than expected to leave the house! Give yourself an extra half hour!

Home Session {We come to you!}  (sessions starting at $750)

  1. DO NOT clean the house!! Adrienne will be moving things around to find the perfect spot with great light. You’ve just had a baby- just relax & she’ll handle the rest.
  2. Warm it up! Newborns sleep better when they are warm.
  3. Have props & outfits ready. Anything goes- fun hats, blankets, anything with texture, neat boxes, baskets… anything your baby will fit inside! Think Creatively!
  4. Don’t worry about where the shoot will take place. Adrienne looks through your home and props to find the perfect combinations to create unique newborn portraits.
  5. Home sessions are relaxed & fun. Adrienne puts together several creative scenes for your newborn & gets a variety of shots within each artistic set.


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