What to bring to newborn photography session Pittsburgh

What to bring to newborn photography session Pittsburgh

What should you bring to your newborn photo session?

Welcoming a newborn into your family is a beautiful and joyous occasion worth capturing and treasuring forever! I absolutely love photographing this time in your lives - it's an honor! A newborn photography session allows you to freeze those precious moments in time, creating lasting memories. To ensure a successful and enjoyable session, it's important to come prepared. In this blog post, I'll discuss the essential items you should bring to your newborn photography session. I really hopes this helps with your planning, and I cannot wait to see you and your little one!

Baby Essentials to pack for your session

This part of the list includes items that you'll want to definitely have with you so that we can take care of those essential baby needs and move right into their photos when you arrive.

Diapers and wipes:

Be sure to pack an ample supply of diapers and wipes to keep your little one comfortable throughout the session. I have a diaper changing station at the studio for you to use!

Zip Up Sleeper:

Bring your newborn to the photo studio in a zip up sleeper. This is the best way to keep them cozy while moving into some wrapped poses, and also eliminates marks on skin.

Swaddles and blankets:

Soft, lightweight swaddles and blankets not only keep your baby cozy but also add an adorable touch to the photos. I have lots of swaddles and blankets of various colors here, but if you have any special blankets you can bring them with you!

Feeding Baby during your newborn photo session

It's important to know that my studio is a BREASTFEEDING FRIENDLY ZONE. You can have privacy as desired, or I can sit and chat with you as you nurse. I'm also open to answering any questions that you may have mom-to-mom at this time. For feeding, you'll also want to think about bringing:

Bottles and formula/breast milk:

If you're bottle-feeding, bring a few bottles pre-filled with formula or breast milk. This ensures you can easily feed your baby during breaks and keeps them content throughout the session.

Nursing cover or shawl:

For breastfeeding mothers, a nursing cover or shawl provides privacy and comfort during feeding breaks. You can also request full privacy in the studio space.


Pacifiers can be a helpful tool for soothing your baby during the session, especially if they become fussy or need comforting. I'll often use a pacifier during the session, even if your baby is not typically a 'pacifier baby'.

Can we bring special personal items to our photo session?

Yes! If there is something special that you'd like to incorporate into your photos with the baby, please bring them with you! This may include...

Special keepsakes:

Consider bringing along any meaningful items you'd like to incorporate into the photos. This could be a cherished stuffed animal, a handmade blanket, or a family heirloom.

Personalized props:

If you have any personalized props such as name blocks, monogrammed onesies, or birth announcement cards, bring them along to add a personalized touch to the session.

What should I bring for any older siblings?

I love incorporating older siblings into your newborn session, but let's be honest - their attention usually doesn't hold for long! I have a swing set here at the studio for them to play on, as well as toys and coloring books and Netflix. Hopefully all of that will keep them happy! In the meantime, you'll also want to bring these things for them...

Water and snacks:

It's essential for parents and kids to stay hydrated and energized during the session. Pack some water bottles and snacks to keep yourselves nourished and focused. This is especially true for older siblings, as sometimes we use snacks for bribes :)

Extra clothes:

Accidents can happen, so it's wise to pack an extra set of clothes for both parents and siblings in case of any spills or accidents during the session.

I can't wait to see your newborn for their photo time!

Preparing for a newborn photography session involves more than just showing up with your baby. By bringing the essential items mentioned above, you can ensure a comfortable and smooth experience for both your baby and yourselves. Remember, a well-prepared session allows the photographer to focus on capturing those adorable moments while you relax and enjoy the magic of the session. So, gather your baby's essentials, personal touches, and a few extra items, and get ready to create beautiful memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.

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