Getting Started in Newborn Photography

Newborn photography is a huge market within our industry. This posed style of newborn photography has been around for a few years, and this trend isn’t going anywhere. Newborn photographers require a lot of certain skills to ensure the safety and comfort of the tiny babies they are photographing. If you are a new photographer wanting to jump into this genre of photography, here are a few things to think about as you get started!

  1. Patience – Most newborn sessions can last anywhere from 3-4 hours. You’ll be dealing with a newborn who might be fussy and you’ll be required to hold, comfort, soothe, pose, wrap… Just remember to take a deep breath, and have patience as you work the baby into a pose.
  2. Practice the basics – Don’t try to jump into poses like “head in the hands” on your first session. You don’t want to try something too complicated before you have the basics down. It’s setting yourself up to fail and possibly putting the baby in an unsafe situation.Keep it simple, and work on simple lying down poses where the baby is wrapped. Once you nail those poses and master your lighting and composition.
  3. Education – Make an investment in yourself and your business. Education, espcially in newborn photography, is very important. It’s not just about the quality of the images, but the safety of newborn posing and watching someone who has experience with this type of photography. Whether its purchasing a course from Creative Live or taking an in person workshop from a photographer you admire. Make sure you do your research and read reviews.
  4. Keep it Simple – You don’t need a whole mass of props, headbands, and blankets in order to get started. By a couple of neutral blankets and wraps to practice with and maybe 1-2 simple headbands. Practice with these combos as you hone in your skills (which is where your focus should be). Then as you build your business, you can slowly add to your collection.
  5. Have a contract in place –  Especially while you’re building your portfolio, having a contract that sets expectations of what the parents will receive from their session is very important. It keeps client expectations clear and you want to have the best business practices in place from the start.


For those who are more seasoned, what pieces of advice do you have for photographers who are just getting started? Leave your advice in the comments below!


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