Photo Tip Tuesday: Newborns | Central Ohio Photography

What to expect during a photo session: Newborn Edition

I offer a large variety of newborn sessions varying in length from 30 minutes to 3 hours. Lifestyle sessions as well as posed sessions and combination packages are available.


Here are a few questions to ask yourself before scheduling your session:

  • How much time do I want to allow for photos?
  • How much money do I want to spend?
  • What type of photos am I hoping for (lifestyle vs. posed)?

What is the difference between a lifestyle and a posed session?

  • A lifestyle session takes place in your home and includes photos of you and your baby in your natural environment without a lot of interference from me.
  • For a lifestyle session I will still bring a basket, a few wraps, and blankets to place the baby in/on (these photos are more “baby led” than actually posed).
  • A posed session takes place at my in-home studio and involves me placing your baby into specific positions. I will use several backdrops, wraps, and baskets or other props to give you variety in your gallery.

If you have selected a lifestyle or combined session, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • I will need to know which room in your home offers the best natural lighting and what time of day that lighting takes place (this is when we should schedule the session).
  • Lifestyle sessions typically include photos taken in multiple rooms of your home including, but not limited to, the master bedroom, a living area, and the baby’s nursery.
  • If a combined session was selected, please make sure that there is an area available for me to set up my posing beanbag and other props.
  • I also ask that the temperature in your home be turned up to a warmer than normal temperature to help baby sleep a little better (this is especially important if you booked a combination session that will include posed photos).


Here are a few things to keep in mind if you have chosen a posed session:

  • My studio space is a spare bedroom in my home.
  • The heat in my home will be turned up very high (you WILL be hot)
  • If you have chosen the upgraded 2-3 hour session, please bring more diapers than you think you will need, and water and snacks (especially for momma if she is nursing).
  • If you would like photos of your baby naked, please loosely secure the diaper as to keep diaper lines to a minimum.


Additional suggestions:

  • Keep baby awake for an hour or two before the session to make them extra sleepy for the session.
  • Feed baby before the session begins.
  • If you are nursing, I suggest avoiding spicy foods for 24 hours leading up to the session to avoid upsetting your baby’s tummy.

Additional information:

  • Newborn sessions are best scheduled between five to ten days after the birth day
  • If your baby boy is being circumcised, we will need to wait at least seven days after the procedure to do his session.
  • It is completely normal for a baby to mess during the session and it is not a big deal at all so please don’t feel bad.
  • We can take as many breaks as needed to change, feed, or soothe your baby.

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