Having a baby is one of the most exciting events that any couple can experience, and it's important to think of the various ways that you'll document this stage of life. While many people snap hundreds of photos and shoot lots of videos with their mobile devices, you should also plan to hire a professional photographer. A photographer who specializes in newborn photography will have the experience to shoot a number of photos that your family will treasure forever. While your photography professional can bring a lot of ideas to the table, you may wish to come up with some ideas of your own, too. Here are some ideas that you can discuss with your photographer.
It's common for newborns to receive a large number of outfits from family members. For example, if you have a parent who enjoys knitting, they may have knitted an outfit for your newborn to wear. One idea to consider is to dress your child in a handful of outfits that have a specific significance, and then have your photographer capture an image of the child in each outfit. You can then distribute photos of your child in specific outfits to the people who bought those outfits and gave them as gifts — which is something that your family members will appreciate.
Another appealing idea for your newborn photography session is to pose your baby with your family pet, provided that it's well behaved and you trust it around the infant. For example, if you have a large dog, you might consider having the baby sleep against the dog's side while it watches over the newborn. This can be a powerful image because it suggests the dog will keep a watchful, protective eye over the child — something that often happens with family pets and newborns.
Even though your newborn will be the subject of each photo, you and your spouse or partner may want to appear in some images. In some cases, it can be impactful to simply have your hands appear. For example, you might talk to your photographer about setting up a shot in which your newborn's head is resting in your hands. Or, you might pursue an idea in which your hands cradle your infant on one side and your spouse or partner's hands cradle the child on the other side. These sorts of images can be highly symbolic, as they'll depict you providing support for your child.
Contact a local newborn photographer to learn more.