Keia's Newborn Pictorial and What You Need to Know About Newborn Photography

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Newborn Photography is quite popular among millennial parents nowadays. It is a great way to welcome their little one into the world or should I say into the "social media" world where you see cute little beings sleeping on fluffy blankets or pose in baskets/buckets on your feed. These photos make a lasting impression on your little darlings, that is why my husband and I didn't let the opportunity pass without booking a session a few days after Keia was born. It was such a memorable experience for the three of us that I even got teary eyed when they presented us the end product. 

Newborn Photography

But before booking your own session here's what I learned about newborn photography that I think you should know too:

Identify what type of photoshoot that you want: Studio or Lifestyle

Studio - Like what we booked, infants should be 2 weeks old at most when babies are always very sleepy. These sessions that are done inside a studio usually have props like blankets, wraps, baskets, headbands and caps. Very well curated to look perfect. Photographers have flexible time for feeding and diaper change interruption which usually last up to 4 hours.

For Keia, our session lasted for only 2 hours as she was very behave the whole shoot with minimal crying and only 1 feeding break.

Lifestyle - This is slowly becoming very popular nowadays. Usually done at the clients own home where the shots are more casual and natural and can be done when the baby is up to six weeks old or even older. Parents and siblings (if there are) are normally part of the session. 

We've also experienced this type when I had an invitation from Baby Dove to pose with my baby for a free photography session when Keia was 2 month old (will post soon). But I also plan to have another session when we move into our new home soon. 

Look for a newborn photographer that has your same taste 
There are a lot of newborn photographers in Manila, you just have to do your own research of which type you like and also canvass of what you think fits your budget. Price range from P5,000 - P20,000. Handling babies are very important so make sure that you choose a reliable photographer that is really an expert on newborn babies. 

We booked ours at Baby Shower Studios as the price was very affordable and it's relatively near our place in QC. Price is only 5,000 for baby alone (P7,000 with parents). They are also very gentle, patient and experts on handling our newborn, they have soothing techniques to keep Keia calm and asleep.

Book in advance
Newborn photo session needs to be booked in advance, photographers don't usually allow walk-ins so make sure to book your session the moment your baby comes out. I made the booking 5 days post-partum and we had a session when Keia was 11-days-old.  

Baby's age is important
Because babies need to be asleep during the whole session, photographers allow up to 2 weeks for a newborn session. Two-week-old babies are easier to handle or mold as most of the babies are always very sleepy during this age range.

Choose a theme. Bring your own costume and props if possible
Before the day of the session, you have to choose your own theme so that they know what you like. I would suggest to bring your own costume and props to make it extra unique from others. Photographers have stock costumes and props but do not rely on their available items. 

I bought my own wrap, headbands and props as I don't want Keia to wear something that other babies had already worn. I bought these items even before Keia was born.

Bring a pacifier or milk bottle
Aside from the basics like diapers, wipes, extra clothes and muslin I suggest you bring a pacifier or a milk bottle too. Since I am breastfeeding, they asked me to bring a pacifier so that Keia won't be latching all the time. It really helped a lot in calming her. She only latched once during the whole session as she got hungry. 

Calm down and let your baby do the posing
You couldn't really help feel worried since it's your baby's first time. Honestly, Mike and I were both agitated during the start of the session. It was Keia's first photoshoot and we wanted it to be perfect, we were also worried if the photographers will be able to take care of her during the session so even a little reaction from Keia made us anxious. But as the session went on and we saw how professional they worked we calmed down and trusted the experts and of course, Keia.

Here are some of my favorite shots of Keia

Hello world, meet Keia Lavender!
Many faces of our daughter 💜
I bought the wrap and headband
To us, you are perfect
Even your morning breath smells so good!
Doing her own pose
Precious tiny creature!
She looks like a doll!
Brought this headband too!
The Keia Pose
It was a fun family session. Everyone loved her photos so I would really suggest you to have your own too when you give birth.

Baby Shower Studios
Contact Details: (02) 4137386, (0916) 3158080
Address: Unit 402 Blade Auto Center, 108 Timog Avenue Quezon City

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  1. Hi May I know where you bought the headbands? They are so cute tnx


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