In a literal sense, the chance to have a newborn photography session held without a mess is as big as getting a camel through a needle. But, you can limit the mess of fussing around the set, equipment and baby diapers.
For the umpteenth time, proper planning before the parents arrive will a lot in the process. You need to prepare the set, parents and yourselves. The baby just needs to be cute and that’s it. Decide on your set, background, props and reflector or lightning positioning. If you do this, you will save the time of moving around the equipment during the session. Inform the parents of how long a baby photography session will last and remind them what to bring with them. Prepare yourself to be presentable and ready to take the pictures. Offer them some light bites during the hours.
Help the parents
Parents usually bring their own baby needs, especially if you have reminded them about it. But it will not hurt to have some yourselves. During the session, pay extra attention, especially to babies over 10 days old, as they tend to be more awake and move around. Never leave the baby unattended and have someone else look after them when you had to leave the baby alone even for as short as 2 minutes. Being extra careful never hurts. Check for the room temperature and make sure the baby is comfortable. Most shots with newborns are done with little to no clothes at all, so babies might feel cold and fidgets around.
Caring for the baby throughout the session and having one or two basic knowledge of baby needs will help build your relationship with the parents. Happy, satisfied parents will create marketing buzz on their own, because of the positive experience during the baby photography session they felt with you.
Photographers should always have some props ready for use in newborn baby photography, but in many times, parents also bring their own favorite toys or accessories. While using these props, you might be imagining hanging bags where babies are put in there while showing sleeping expressions. The fact is that, babies make small movements and sudden ones. During the whole session with props, never let your eyes leave the baby. Imagine that is your own; would you want your baby left on a hanging bag alone? Lay a wide cushion or other soft, thick, fluffy materials in case the baby accidentally falls.
At times you might have to cancel the session or the session had to stop midway for one or another reasons. It happens, though not often. Don’t be all strict and insist on the decided schedule, rather, be flexible and discuss with the parents when you should reschedule the newborn photography session and that the older the baby get, the type of pictures and poses you can capture will change. Ask if the parents are okay with that and if they have other medical procedures the babies have to go through and decide if the session should be held before or after for the baby go through it.