Preparing Clients for Newborn Photoshoots
1. Schedule the Session Early: Encourage parents to schedule the photoshoot within the first two weeks of the baby’s life when newborns are typically sleepier and more cooperative for posing.
2. Communicate Expectations: Clearly communicate what parents can expect during the photoshoot. Discuss the duration of the session, the types of shots you plan to capture, and any specific poses or props they have in mind.
3. Choose the Right Location: Decide whether the photoshoot will take place in a studio, at the client’s home, or outdoors. Each option has its unique considerations, and discussing the setting helps parents prepare accordingly.
4. Provide Wardrobe Guidance: Advise parents on what to wear, keeping in mind that neutral and pastel tones often work well for newborn photos. Encourage comfortable clothing, as they may be holding or interacting with the baby during the shoot.
5. Keep the Baby Comfortable: Remind parents to dress the baby in loose-fitting clothing to avoid any marks on the skin. Ensure the baby is well-fed before the session to maximize the chances of a content and sleepy baby.
6. Create a Comfortable Environment: If the photoshoot is at the client’s home, suggest keeping the room warm to ensure the baby is comfortable during any undressing. A comfortable baby is more likely to stay calm and cooperative.
7. Timing is Key: Emphasize the importance of timing the photoshoot around the baby’s schedule. A well-rested and fed baby is more likely to be cooperative and calm during the session.
8. Be Patient and Flexible: Prepare parents for the unpredictable nature of newborns. Babies may need breaks for feeding, diaper changes, or comforting. Assure them that you are patient and willing to work at the baby’s pace.
9. Discuss Props and Personal Items: If parents have specific props or personal items they want to incorporate into the photos, discuss these in advance. This could include heirloom items, blankets, or toys that hold sentimental value.
10. Encourage Parental Involvement: Remind parents that including them in some shots is a wonderful way to capture the early bonding moments. Suggest simple, comfortable clothing for them as well.
11. Provide a Checklist: Offer a checklist of items parents should bring, including extra diapers, wipes, pacifiers, and any special items they want to include in the photos.
12. Set Realistic Expectations: Ensure parents understand that not every moment may go according to plan, and that’s perfectly normal. Some of the most endearing shots happen spontaneously.
By guiding parents through these considerations, you’ll help them feel more prepared, confident, and at ease during the newborn photoshoot. This preparation contributes to a positive experience, resulting in beautiful, cherished images that capture the essence of those precious early days