Here’s a quick tip for you to plan on the best amount of time to have when scheduling a newborn session and why.
A NEWBORN MOVES TO THE BEAT OF HIS OR HER DRUM
If you’re more familiar with another field of photography, like couple or family portraiture, you need to remember to schedule ample time for your photography sessions. Usually, one to two hours is plenty of time for a portrait session for a person that can understand and follow basic instructions. But a newborn moves to the beat of his or her drum and is generally incapable of following directions.
This means that you will need to schedule enough time for your newborn shoots. Keep in mind that there is going to be quite a bit of downtime when you set up the different scenes. You need time to nurse the baby, clean up messes – which I can guarantee will most likely happen – and when trying to coax the baby to move into new poses.
WE RECOMMEND 3-4 HOURS FOR EACH NEWBORN SESSION
While it is possible to have some newborn shoots that go incredibly well and are completed within one to two hours, coming to a newborn shoot with only one to two hours will add unneeded stress to you and your clients. So we recommend that you schedule 3-4 hours for each newborn session as to ensure that you will get all the shots that you need without the added stress of time weighing over you.
NOTE: Remember when we talked about the golden two week window when shooting newborns? Well, if you’re shooting within this golden time frame, your shoots are going to require less time than a typical newborn portrait session would need. Shooting within this time frame often means a quicker or much more successful shoot as well.
I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been on a shoot where we had to wait and wait because we simply didn’t have any chance to shoot because the baby was unhappy. And then, at the end of a four-hour session, we would get this amazing perfect little window to get all the shots we needed.
So in conclusion, we recommend that you schedule at least 3-4 hours for each newborn session so that you can shoot without any unnecessary stress.