Family Newborn Photoshoot | How to be okay OK if your baby won’t stop crying on picture day.


Your Family Newborn Photoshoot is here!!!!!

We’ve all seen those adorable photos of new little babies looking so peaceful and relaxed. Like they don’t have a care in the world. As new parents, we want similar photos of our children to send out to grandparents, make into screensavers, and blast out to our social media pages to show off our amazing baby. But then session day comes around and BAM!– your baby does not want anything to do with it. This is THE NUMBER ONE thing all of my parents stress about leading up to their family newborn photoshoot! I am here to tell you DON’T! I’ve got you!

Your tiny human runs the show……

And sometimes, it just doesn’t go as planned, no matter how much you prepare…..

The day of your family newborn photoshoot is here. You followed everything in my session guide down to a T. And your sweet bundle of joy won’t sleep and is crying during the session. You’re thinking, “Why won’t you stop crying? I’ve literally done everything I can think of, but you’re still not happy. Don’t you know I’m paying good money for this session? Sarah’s baby cooperated in her session, why can’t you just go to sleep and let us get some nice photos?!” If this is happening during your session, I want you to stop, and remember one thing: all newborns cry. This is a natural, real emotion that all newborns have for most of their first few months of life. It’s not abnormal. There is nothing wrong with your child for doing it. It is nothing to be ashamed of. They aren’t doing it to embarrass you. And when you stress out about the fact that your baby is crying, that then makes things even worse because he or she knows you’re upset.

Don’t let the crying or the fact that they are bright eyed and bushy tailed upset you. Embrace this moment in time. It won’t be long before you forget how her little forehead wrinkled up whenever she screamed or how beautiful his eyes are. Let us capture these little details. These types photos can evoke real emotion and show the love you have for your child as you try to soothe him or her. Your child can look back at these images from your Family newborn photoshoot once they’re all grown and remember the solace that they found in your arms. These tender moments are just as important, if not more so, than the sleeping, posed photos. 

Patience is key for a successful family newborn photoshoot.

The point of booking a newborn session is to help you preserve the first memories of your child’s life. Whatever that may look like. Odds are that we will get baby to sleep even if it is for a short period of time. Rest assured, we will get some of the posed images everyone swoons over. While posed photos are cute, you’re not going to look back and think, “Remember how cute she was whenever she would lounge around the house in frog-form?” because that didn’t happen. You’ll look back at these photos and remember all the nights you walked your baby around the house or rocked him in a chair and hummed lullabies to try to calm him down. Those times are very stressful, but they also help you form a bond and that’s what makes these photos treasured.  I know that it is so easy to get stressed out when things do not go according to plan. However, having a mixture of sleeping, awake and even some crying photos in your final gallery is amazing.

Babies are allowed to have bad days

They are people too. All that being said, if you have your heart set on those peaceful, posed photos, we can always take a break and try again and, if all else fails, reschedule.  I offer all of my family newborn photoshoot s the opportunity to come back another day if we can’t get the images that you want. I will tell you though, I have only had to do this a handful of times. Between my amazing assistant Krista and myself, we have lots of tricks to get baby calmed down and lulled to sleep.

Let’s be friends!

Family newborn photoshoots should be fun, not stressful. I want you to sit back and relax, enjoy looking at that amazing human you created. It is truly a beautiful time in your life and a privilege for me to be a small part of it. Reach out to me here for more information! You can also check out our Instagram or Facebook to see what we have been up to!

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