Newborn Photography Session Flow- Monterey Newborn Photographer

What is my newborn session flow?

First what is a newborn session flow? It’s the order you do the poses in your session. There are 2 really general ways to do it-parents at the beginning or parents at the end, and everything else can vary widely from photographer to photographer.

Monterey Newborn Photographer

Parents at the beginning:

I prefer to do parent photos are the beginning for a few reasons. First as we all know a newborn session is hot! I don’t want my parents to worry about the fact that they just sat through 2 hours sweating and now they have to do photos. I want them fresh! The second biggest thing is siblings. I want the sibling to be fresh and not bored. Even a little stunned in a new location can be helpful. And if parents want once the family portion is all done the older sibling can leave. I always give this as an option. Sometimes dad can take them home, sometimes a grandparent can come pick them up. Sometimes a parent will just take them away from the studio and go to the park and go get lunch. But not matter what I don’t force parents to do anything. Sometimes it’s easier for them all to just stay. Mom and Dad can have some one-on-one attention with sibling while I do newborn photos, or they can just all relax. I don’t want the parents to have to worry about the sibling leaving if that makes things more stressful.    

Monterey Newborn Photographer
Monterey Newborn Photographer
Monterey Newborn Photographer
Monterey Newborn Photographer
Monterey Newborn Photographer
Monterey Newborn Photographer
Monterey Newborn Photographer

Wrapped:

Since I do family at the beginning most of the time I start with baby wrapped. No matter what babies seem to always come into my studio awake. So wrapping them calms them down, plus it makes it easier for a sibling to interact and hold them. I keep baby wrapped for while to get a lot of variety because one that wrap comes off baby will have a mind of their own. I do wrapped on a flokati, then wrapped in a prop or even 2. Under the wraps I always use a swaddle pro (the silent one). 

Monterey Newborn Photographer
Monterey Newborn Photographer
Monterey Newborn Photographer
Monterey Newborn Photographer
Monterey Newborn Photographer

Bucket:

Next I move on to a bucket or basket pose. I love the Hello Little Everlasting Bucket and their bucket huggers. You can get even more variety by just switching them out. I’ll let you in on a little secret…I do the bucket after the wrapped poses because I keep the bottom half of the baby still wrapped. You can’t see it and it keeps them settled.

Monterey Newborn Photographer
Monterey Newborn Photographer
Monterey Newborn Photographer
Monterey Newborn Photographer

After the bucket I move to naked poses on a blanket, some call these beanbag poses, from when everyone used to use a beanbag, but I use a custom table my husband built me. Sometimes I can move right into these, but most of the time babies what to eat again, and that’s ok!

Naked poses:

I do these at the end and just a couple if baby cooperates. I’ll also do awake photos if after eating baby is super alert.

Monterey Newborn Photographer
Monterey Newborn Photographer
Monterey Newborn Photographer
Monterey Newborn Photographer

Variation:

Some sessions I’ll mix it up a little bit depending on if I get any parent request or how the baby is doing, but most sessions are very similar to this. I love having a game plan. It helps me set everything up ahead of time, and I know exactly what’s next.

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