What if my baby doesn’t Sleep during Our newborn shoot?
Whilst it can be disheartening for parents if you have your heart set on sleepy curled-up poses, the best approach is to embrace the moment and appreciate your baby’s wide-awake expressions. When it comes to photographing newborns, professional photographers recommend ensuring your baby has a full tummy and is content before the session begins. Additionally, maintaining the right room temperature can help capture those precious sleepy moments.
However, there are instances when a baby may simply have an awake day on the day of their newborn shoot. After all, they are unaware of the planned sleepy photoshoot. I certainly remember my son having days where sometimes he slept after a feed in the day and other times he didn’t (more the latter if I’m honest!). With patience and time, most babies do eventually go to sleep even if it’s for a short period of time.
If you have your heart set on sleepy photos, I recommend booking one of my 3-hour bespoke newborn sessions instead of a mini session. This allows ample time for feeding or settling, ensuring a better chance of capturing those desired sleepy poses.
Interestingly, during a newborn shoot, I often spend the majority of the time coaxing babies into a deep sleep, which parents love and is the reason they book a newborn shoot with me. However, once they see the awake photos, they absolutely adore them.
I hope the gorgeous awake newborn photos below will put your mind at ease if your baby happens to be awake during their newborn shoot.