A Guide to Preparing for Your Newborn’s First Photoshoot

Whether it’s your first baby or your fifth, those early days and weeks at home with a new human are both wonderful and chaotic. You’re getting to know your baby and all their quirks, while also trying to adjust to this new normal. And while you may not feel like it, now is actually the perfect time to schedule a newborn photoshoot. Here are a few tips on how to prepare for the Dallas Newborn Photography Services.

 Choosing a Photographer

One of the most important aspects of preparing for a newborn photoshoot is choosing the right photographer. Do your research and look at portfolios to find someone whose style you love. Once you’ve narrowed down your list, schedule a consultation so that you can get to know the photographer and make sure you’re on the same page about what you’re looking for. 

Picking a Location and Theme

If you’re not sure, that’s ok! Your photographer will be able to help guide you in selecting the best location based on their experience and expertise. And if you have specific ideas in mind, be sure to communicate those clearly so that they can be incorporated into the shoot. 

Preparing Your Home for the Photoshoot 

If you’ve chosen to have the photoshoot take place in your home, there are a few things you’ll want to do beforehand to prepare. First, clear away any clutter and personal items that might be in the frame. You want the focus to be on your beautiful new baby, not the laundry piling up in the background! 

Secondly, take a walk through your home with an eye toward lighting. Natural light is always best, but if there are any dark corners or areas that seem too shadowy, be sure to turn on some extra lamps ahead of time. 

Dressing Your Baby in Comfortable Clothes That Will Show Off Their Personality 

Newborns are notoriously fickle creatures, so it’s important not to stress too much about what they’re wearing for their big day in front of the camera. If you have any special family heirlooms or sentimental items that you would like included in the shoot, now is the time to get those out and set them aside as well. 

Arriving To The Photoshoot On Time & Ready To Go! 

On the day of the shoot, do your best to relax and enjoy yourself! It may sound clichéd, but try to think of it as quality time with your new family rather than just another task on your never-ending list. 

Make sure both you and baby have eaten something sufficiently before leaving (nothing worse than a grumpy newborn!), pack all necessary items in an easily accessible bag, and give yourself plenty of time to get there so that you don’t end up feeling rushed or frazzled when it’s finally showtime. 


Newborn photoshoots may seem like one more thing on your already full plate but trust us—it’s worth it! These precious moments fly by so quickly, and sooner than you know it your tiny bundle will be all grown up. So savor every second…and don’t forget to document it along the way!


Ivy Skye Marshall: Ivy, a social justice reporter, covers human rights issues, social movements, and stories of community resilience.