When you are in the newborn phase, packing for a studio newborn session can be so overwhelming! Here are the items that we would recommend bringing to help the session go smoothly.

1. A couple of swaddles (I would choose a couple of different colors to create some variety of images) Here are some of my favorite brands & styles:

  • Caden Lane– they have personalized swaddles as well as a variety of colored swaddles that are soft & look very elegant
  • Little Sleepies– I love this brand because their swaddles are so soft. I would recommend buying a solid color swaddle and avoid
  • Babyletto Swaddles– These swaddles are certified organic cotton.
  • Aden & Anais– These were our go to swaddles with our first born. They are so soft

2. An extra change of clothes for everyone, especially if your baby is prone to spit up. Remember to buy coordinating but not matching outfits. Try for only one pattern (if any) for the group and neutral colors tend to photograph the best!

3. A bottle or pacifier- something to help soothe your baby if they get upset.

4. Any fun props that you want to include in the session. Examples include a special stuffed animal, blanket, name card, etc.

The last key to a smooth newborn session is scheduling. Typically, we recommend within the first 2 weeks because baby is most sleepy then, however, if you are feeling overwhelmed, we can still capture great newborn photos a little bit later when you know your schedule better and feel like you have your feet under you a little more.

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