The birth of a baby can be so overwhelming. I found the first few weeks very challenging when my children were born. Taking some proper newborn photos was the last thing on my mind. So instead, I took the odd snap on my phone. After the birth of my 3rd one, I had started up as a professional photographer. However I was not a newborn photographer yet. I had a fancy camera and I could have taken the more professional shot. But yet again, it was too much to handle to find the time and patience for this …

With this in mind I was thinking of sharing a few tips for newborn photography with you. Some nice ideas on setting up your own sleepy baby photo session. This will hopefully make it a bit less daunting and a more speedy process. This week I’d like to share some ideas about the location of your ‘photo session’.

Pick a room that is nice and bright but avoid too much direct sun light. Good natural light is the most pleasing light for portraits. It gives portraits a soft tone (as long as you can avoid the harsh direct sun light). You need even light, not too many shadows or bright spots … Another reason to use natural light is that using flash light is not recommended for newborns …

Make sure that the room is not cold. Your baby will wake up when the room is cold … I always use warm rooms for my newborn sessions. However, if you photograph your baby wrapped in a blanket, room temperature will do. As always, safety is key, and a baby sleeping in a very warm room can be fatal. Therefore, I would advise to make sure that the room is not too hot.

Lastly, pick a safe place to pose your baby. A big double bed would be ideal. Put a nice blanket on the bed to serve as a backdrop. If you like a more natural and simple look, you can use a white sheet. Have a selection of blankets ready and try to experiment a bit.

I would advise to have a think about the set-up before your baby is born, when you can still find the time. Give it a go and let me know how your are getting on. Feel free to ask me anything! You can also check the FAQ section on the homepage: FAQs