Newborn Shoot Preparation
When you’re pregnant, especially for the first time, it can be hard to imagine what it is going to be like to have a baby, let alone prepare for a newborn photo shoot.
The first two weeks are intense, but a little preparation will help make sure the photos from that special and unique time are ones you will enjoy for years to come. Tomato Photo is all about helping you preserve your precious memories.
Although there will be individual portraits, newborn photos don’t just have to be of your baby. Here are the 5 favourite variations of newborn shoot in one session.
We highly recommend planning on photos of the whole newly expanded family at this special time. And yes, that includes you! Your inclination may be to avoid being in the photos, but we encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to be photographed with your baby, even though you may not be feeling at your best.
In years to come, you and your child will be glad to have these early photos, and you’ll want to include your partner, too. Most importantly include any siblings as well. They will be pleased to be included in the shoot and your newborn will be excited to see how little his or her older siblings were back at the time of the birth.
Do you want to do birth announcements? How about framed prints, or wall canvases. Set aside a budget; planning ahead makes you more likely to actually follow through, even in those busy first months. If you’re planning on sending birth announcements, arrange the theme and cards now to save time after your baby is here!
If you have a special outfit in mind for your baby’s first photo shoot, pick it and set it aside it now! You might want to bring a couple of options in case one doesn’t fit well.
Focus on outfits with special meaning, but if you don’t have anything in mind, don’t worry. Your baby will look great without clothes or wrapped in a blanket. If you have a special blanket, toy or family heirloom, pack them, too. Maybe you have a silver rattle or other keepsake from when you were a baby, or a hand-knit blanket from a special relative. Plain but textured blankets work great in photos, either in muted or bright colours, but avoid busy patterns if you can.
Don’t forget about yourself! You don’t have to get all dressed up. A simple white shirt or black T-shirt will work great along with your favorite pair of maternity jeans. A beautiful necklace and some simple earrings can add a special touch. Don’t feel you have to wear make-up, but if a little make-up will go a long way to making you feel confident in front of the camera.
If your spouse, partner or other children will be in the photos, talk with them about what they will be most comfortable wearing. Keep it simple and don’t aim to get too dressed up. If you keep it casual and comfortable, everyone will be more relaxed. Don’t worry about having everyone match either. Just lay out all the outfits together on the bed to look and see if anything clashes. If it looks good to you, it will look good to you in the photos too.
Remember the more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your baby and the rest of the family will be, too. Enjoy this opportunity to bond and start out a lifelong tradition of captured moments.
For those of you who is on my facebook page (www.facebook.com/tomato.sg), you may have learn that on 22 Nov 2011, I lost my mother to Motor Neuron Disease which she has been battled for the past 10+ years. Unfortunately, her time is up before the cure is found.
My mother is someone I look up to when I try to walk my life.
She was a shelter for all of us whenever there were any issue or problem. She was an inspiration to me in bringing up my children and she has been my greatest inspiration which contribute to the success of my business. She once taught me, family is the most important in life and this is something that I need to remember.
I do admit, no family is perfect, different people have different opinions which sometimes can lead to argument here and there but there isn’t an issue too big to resolve.
She has given all her time to her family, defending and helping us to grow as individual. She might seems stubborn at times, but this make her unique in her way of defending for her family.
Every now and then, she will insist a family portrait for our own family which at the time, I felt it was a waste of time as I have better things to do (I was naive and wrong)…. but little that I know it, it is a best memory that one could have of their family. Hence, my focus is on family portraiture who give meaning to my life.
In business, she taught me to be genuine and honest, it is difficult to do so and there are always temptation to cut corner to make life a little easier by not doing the right thing… but the long term benefit of honest business works remarkably well.
She was self-less and always think about others and that have help me to understand, although, we all do prioritize ourselves, we need to remember the joy of giving and help people who worth your time along the way to success.
She was a perfectionist…. When she was around, we need to help her adjusting the position for the sleep due to her illness, we often joke, she has an accuracy of 0.1mm which means, you either get it right or get it wrong and she demand perfection. It is scary to be a perfectionist as you will never happy with everything that is done unless it is done at the highest level.
She love beautiful things… her collection of dresses, diamonds and jewelry often make me wonder why do one person need so much jewelry… I later realise, it is not the actual item itself nor the volume makes someone happy… it is its quality and details that makes us appreciate the item.
It is 3rd week now and the pain of losing someone dearly seems to be harder to digest….
Death sometimes gives you the perspective in life and we often are too busy to even realise what is around us… what we have done and how our surrounding react to what we have done. Life isn’t simple but how you live your life today is more important than yesterday.
So look forward and learn your mistake and make tomorrow a better day!.