Foreign Perceptions Photography & Design’s Tips to Ensure a Successful Newborn Session

Most of the images I’ll be shooting works best if the baby is in a DEEP sleep. To encourage this, I recommend that you do whatever it takes to make sure the baby is nice and exhausted. Keeping your little one awake on top of your own sleep deprivation might feel like torture, but I know it will be worth it in the end! Trust me.

A well fed baby is a happy baby! Please feed and burp the baby right before our session to ensure a happy, sleepy (“milk drunk”) baby. I’ll also be more than happy to take as many breaks as needed to help him/her re-fuel. It’s tough work being a model!

If any family members want to do pictures with the baby, be sure to wear clothes that are not busy (i.e., Solid neutral colors). The area where we will be doing the photos needs to be very warm because I want to ensure the baby is not cold whatsoever. Silence is golden. :) I know everyone is excited and nervous for newborn photos, but I ask everyone to be very quiet during the session. Please have distractions for the other children (i.e., tablets, headphones, etc). A sleepy baby is best for pictures. I will be playing white noise in the background for the baby to remain in his/her deep sleep.

Newborn sessions can last anywhere from 1-4 hours. It all depends on the baby's mood, willingness to sleep, and has been agreed upon per contract. During the session, I need everyone to remain calm since the baby will pick up on any frustration/anxiety in the room and if sleep doesn’t happen, that’s okay! Wide-eyed newborn photos are beautiful too.

Day of the session: Give the baby a nice warm bath the morning of and be sure to clean baby’s nails and have their hair washed & brushed. Before the session, please loosen their diaper to prevent any red marks.


Please don’t panic if your baby decides to use my blankets (or me) as his/her own personal potty. This is natural and I expect it! Please don’t feel embarrassed or worry when this happens, because they all do it. I wash all of the baby props and blankets between each session with unscented baby detergent.

Note: Please have an old stack of towels, extra wipes and blankets readily available for when things get messy. If you would like shots in a diaper, it’s a good idea to have a cloth diaper, diaper cover in a solid color, bloomers, or something to put over the diaper. Diapers on their own look a little messy and distracting in photos, but throwing a cover over it cleans things up.


You are welcome to use any of your own props. If you decide to use props please look for items with texture and color to help make your images unique. If you have any family heirlooms, toys, hats, props, and so on that you would like me to use in your session, please gather them up. We may not get the chance to use ALL of the items, but I will look through them with you to determine what will work best.


a mother, your smell is recognizable to your baby, so it may be necessary for mom to step out of the room for a portion of the session. This is not meant to hurt feelings (I promise), it allows me to help get baby thinking sweet, sleepy thought instead of “where’s my milk?!” =)


Your hands may play a major role in this session, so it’s important that you tend to them too! Even if you aren’t planning on participating much in the session, you’ll still be handling your baby a bit, so it’s a good idea to touch up on your grooming. Trim and tidy your nails and apply lotion to any dry skin. A little clothing advice: Long or short sleeved knits are best. (Make sure there isn’t too much bagginess in the sleeve.) Undershirts also work well. I suggest you NOT wear button down shorts, and make sure your t-shirts are free of logos or too much writing.


Mom should feel beautiful. We suggest short or long sleeves to flatter; such as, light colored, solid tops, long dress with a light pattern for whimsy and softness. Dad can wear a solid shirt complimentary to mom’s color choice. A subtle pattern on the shirt can add interest, like a striped button down.


Siblings should be in solid, neutral colors (cream, white, grey) to keep focus on the baby. Note: Wrinkles do show up in photos, so please make sure all clothing is ironed or steamed. The retouching involved is extensive and will incur an extra fee if applicable.

Safety Dance!

Your baby is in safe hands. If there is ever a point during the session where you become uncomfortable, please let me know. I will not put the baby in unsafe positions, even if you, the parent wants to get a specific pose! If I feel it is unsafe, we will not proceed. The baby’s safety comes first.

What to have readily available:

Burp cloths

Extra clothes

Old towels




Extra clothes ready for family

Quiet snack foods

Tablet/Laptop with earphones

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