How long does a newborn photoshoot take?

During my time in Newborn Photography, it has surprised me that no-one has questioned this after I send over their prep guide…  Perhaps they ponder this to themselves? Why on earth is the session going to take 2-4 hours?

Well, there are a few reasons for this…

The first 30 minutes (ish) is generally spent having a little chat whilst you feed, get baby undressed, then I wrap baby up and settle them into their first pose of the session.  Some babies are asleep when they arrive and remain quite settled, so we can get cracking straight away! however, most babies need to be settled first, because they’ve either fallen asleep in the car, or just need a bit more cuddling, rocking, bouncing to get them settled back down into a milky sleep, but don’t worry!  I have an abundance of patience for your little one, and will spend however long it takes, plus it allows me to enjoy some lovely newborn snuggle time!  But most importantly, we get some lovely awake shots at the beginning so we can see their beautiful eyes and little expressions.

I have various shots planned for your session, as you can see from my portfolio I have a variety of props to use.  Babies are usually quite good at being moved around and re-settled from pose to pose, but there may be a time when baby decides to fully wake, and need you for some food!!  We take as many feeding stops as necessary, usually one top up will do!  Then I get back to it, and finish off your session.

I want to make sure that your images are PERFECT! the lighting has to be perfect, so there are no harsh shadows or glaringly awful highlights.  The angles have to be perfect, so that everything looks in proportion.  The pose has to be perfect, I want to see all your babies little fingers, and as you know, babies love clenching their fists, so it takes time and delicacy to persuade them to let go of that fist position!  Some babies go into poses with little effort, whereas other babies may need some gentle encouragement, but I will never force a baby to do something if I feel they are in any discomfort.   

Please remember the session will be booked for up to 3-4 hours, it is very rare that I’ve had to take this long, usually we are finished up in around 2 hours.

So basically, you have a couple of hours to relax!  I have water, juice and biscuits, and a couple of nice comfy chairs!  Why not bring a magazine, a tablet, or catch up on that book you never get time to read, and let me take care of your baby whilst I do my thing and create beautiful images for you to treasure!

Sarah xx



Sarah at Remember When Photography has been photographing Newborns for many years now, and has received numerous recognised awards for her images.  She serves families from Bishop Auckland, County Durham and beyond.

If you are having a baby or would like family portraits, I’d love to hear from you –  Contact Me Here





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