Giveaway: The Ultimate Newborn Photographer Prop Prize Pack – $1,200 Value

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This contest is now over.  The winner is Laura Van Ravenswaay – entry #2205.  We appreciate all who entered.  Come back soon for more great newborn photography tips and help.  And future contests too.

 

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This is the ultimate giveaway for newborn photographers! Win more than $1,200 worth of hats, wraps, accessories, an Ottoman Posing Beanbag, and a backdrop and flooring. Whether you are a professional photographer or just getting starting in your journey to photograph newborns and babies, this prize package has the perfect assortment of goodies.  And best yet, entering is easy.  Just answer one of two questions we have for you – read on for details.

Introducing the prizes and our wonderful hosts of the contest:

After the Bump is giving away: $600+ worth of newborn photography props and accessories from their store.

Shoot Baby is giving away an Ottoman Posing Beanbag and a three pack of waterproof pads. $130 value.

Rock the Drops is giving away a two 60×72″ poly backdrops and one 60×72″ dura floor backdrop. $450 value.

+ Shipping from After the Bump and Rock the Drops is included anywhere in the United States; shipping from Shoot Baby is included anywhere in the world! If you are outside the United States, you may still enter, but will be asked to cover taxes and tariffs as required by law and shipping for the two vendors indicated.

 

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How to enter the contest:

  • For seasoned newborn photographers: add a comment telling us your best piece of advice for photographing babies or editing images of newborns.
  • For those who are fairly new to photographing newborns: list one question you have for a professional photographer who focuses on newborns.

Extra entries:

 Winner will be announced:

  • On our blog Sunday evening, 5/6/12.  The winner will be selected by either random drawing – or – my twins may pick the winning number (also pretty much random). And I will add the winner’s name to the top of this post.

 

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    wanda says:

    Great!!! How can I enter??

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    Peter Lor says:

    How long does a typical new born shoot take?

    • Pam McLure says:

      I don’t have such a thing as a typical newborn shoot. Every single baby (and their parents) is different. For practical purposes I always allow 2.5hrs. If I can’t get the shots in that time, even with comfort breaks and feeds, it isn’t going to happen. Plus dad’s struggle with hanging around so long for something that (let’s face it) isn’t exactly riveting. I have done shoots that yield 70+ great shots in 40mins when baby is sleeping like an angel no matter what I do. I’ve also had shoots where 4 hours has yielded only 10 useable shots because of a very unsettled baby. I don’t allow this anymore as it’s frustrating for the parents and exhausting for all involved.

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    I think the best advice I can give any one photographing a newborn would be to be patient! You can not rush a newborn. A typical newborn session can be between 2-4 hours. (I actually love the 4 hour sessions because that gives me extra snuggle time!!)

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    While I’m new at newborn photography, I’ve been shooting for awhile and would love to branch out into this niche. I suppose my biggest challenge, though, would be harnessing the attention or eyes of a subject that young. As more seasoned photographers, have you mastered a technique for this?

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    Pam McLure says:

    Keep it warm would be my number one piece of advice. Blankets, surface, room, hands – anything that touches baby. If you want them to stay asleep don’t startle them with cold surfaces or rooms.
    For editing, my favourite go to program is Portraiture. Couldn’t do without it.

    • Sara says:

      I haven’t done newborns besides my own, I do mostly toddlers, but I shot my daughter’s newborn photos outside. Any of the newborn professionals prefer outdoor shoots to studio? And why?

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    Heather Martin says:

    My best piece of advice is to keep the baby warm. I use space heaters, and it works like magic to kee the little ones happy and sleepy.

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    One of best advise I have been giving is to ensure the baby has been fed and keep a small heater close to your session location.

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    Lisa says:

    I’m JSO – I’d love to get tips from the pros on posing.

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    Liz says:

    If you do “baby macro” (eyelashes, lips, feet etc) do you use your regular lens or a true macro lens?

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    Julie Walker says:

    Hello! I am new to newborn photography. My question is: What are some good tricks to get them to be comfortable? My few attempts were met with crankiness. :)

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    My advice is keep the fabrics soft, the room warm & the editing simple :)

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    Rebecca Weaver says:

    I so want to expand our business into this area after my own babies are a bit bigger! I’m starting to collect ideas, portfolio images, and props – this would be a huge win for me!

    My question: in our photography business we specialize in personalizing the session and images to the client’s style and personality. How could that be incorporated into infant portraits?

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    I shared to my facebook linking to this page and to MCP facebook

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    Heather Martin says:

    I posted to Facebook! I need to buy this action set soon!!!

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    Ashley says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! My question would be, what are some of your tricks for a newborn who is not sleepy and not very cooperative?

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    Ashley Yarber says:

    My question would be… how do you get them to prop themselves up so nicely. I try holding them in the position but they wiggle out so quickly!

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    Sheila says:

    How in the world do you get a newborn to stay asleep and in a specific position?? Every time I move them, they keep moving!!

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    Peter Lor says:

    Visited all three but can’t leave a comment on Shoot Baby!

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    My question is – how do you keep babies hands and arms under head and keep their head at the correct angle, without having half of their head “disappear” into the blanket or fabric? I have found that part so hard! You end up only seeing one eye and they seem to be “breathing” in the fabric. Thanks for any advice!!

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    Brianna Johnson says:

    How do you get the baby in position without waking/startling him/her? And also, what do you suggest to pose them on?

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    Susan says:

    Make sure you are current on your immunizations. You’d hate to give a newborn a preventable disease.

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    Lisa says:

    Shared on Facebook

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    Melanie says:

    How do you handle an extra fussy baby?

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    Lisa says:

    Shared on Twitter (karma_D)

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    Jamie Ball says:

    Any tips to get newborns to stay extra sleepy?!

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    Lisa says:

    Shared on Pinterest (karmadee)

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    Amanda S says:

    Do you have any tips when posing newborns? They’re so small and fragile!

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    Jennifer D. says:

    How do you help parents become comfortable with handling their brand new baby? So many Moms seem to get antsy when they see me being so hands on with the baby (swaddling them, holding their hands, legs, etc. in place).

    Thanks

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    Lisa Crane says:

    I don’t do alot of new born but most of my newborn clients come from past wedding clients. Best advice is to set aside at least a 2-3 hour block of time and have a heater because babies hate to be cold. Always try to photograph the baby when they are sleeping because an awake baby is usually a little on the cranky side. This is where the patience comes in.

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    My advise is be patient and make sure parents know exactly what you are doing.

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    Ashley Armstrong says:

    My question is: Where do you find the best lighting? Do you use lightboxes, or do you find windows to be sufficient?

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    Liz says:

    I thanked all three vendors. I had to send a private msg to Shoot Baby bc I couldn’t post on their wall (yes, I liked them). Thanks!!!

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    Elizabeth says:

    I am an up and coming photographer and I would like to know what is a good secret to helping with lighting in darker rooms without a lot of equipment?

    • Elizabeth says:

      I’ve also shared this on my wall and will do elsewhere! Thanks guys! You have been so very helpful to a newcomer like myself!

      • Elizabeth says:

        I’ve also visited all three participants and liked their pages. Such great information/items!

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    Maegan Hall says:

    A newbie question: How do you deal with baby poop? Does it stain covers?

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    Angie Schmucker says:

    Question as a Photographer who is new to Newborn photography: What is your favorite newborn pose and how do you do it?

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    Crystal H. says:

    My advice – shoot as early as possible! 4 days old is absolutely ideal.

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    How do you handle fussy babies who refuse to sleep?

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    Jennifer D. says:

    I thanked all 3 vendors for participating!

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    Heather Beck says:

    If you’re shooting in home/small studio with available light, you still probably have to use a high ISO. How do you work around the noise (even with a good camera)? It seems like editing only brings the noise out even more.

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    Cherie says:

    I’m fairly new to newborn photography. I’d love to know what all the pros recommend as the best lens for capturing a newborn :)

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    What kind of lighting setup do you use to get such gorgeous light on the babies?? It’s always so perfect!

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    Suzie says:

    Why did you choose to focus on shooting newborns?

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    Carissa says:

    My question is for the seasoned pros…
    Looking back now at how you began your photography business, in the first few years, what were your biggest succcesses and failures in building your business and increasing a client base in newborn photography? AND if we may ask a 2nd question…what do you wish you would have known when you began this business/industry that you know now? Thank you! And thanks MCP for a rockin giveaway. :-)

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    Liz says:

    I shared on my personal facebook page about the giveaway!

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    Angel Musick says:

    What’s the best way to prepare for your newborn shoot? And do you recommend in studio or at the clients house.

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    Lisa says:

    Left notes for all three vendors on FB. (Had to comment on another post for Shoot Baby – wouldn’t let me write directly on the timeline!)

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    Amber says:

    One of my biggest questions: what do you do when it just doesn’t work? Even as a seasoned professional, have you had any sessions where the newborn just wasn’t up for it and you weren’t getting anything you would want to sell to the parents? Do you reschedule? Does it make the parents lose faith in you, or do they understand?
    Thanks for the great advice and great giveaway!

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    Annette G. says:

    What kind of extra items do you keep close by while doing a photo shoot? ie. wipes, towels, etc

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    Crystal H. says:

    Shared on facebook!

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    Kelly says:

    Wow wow and wow! This is really amazing. My main question would be how to get the kids to take pictures while asleep and stay asleep? My last one woke up when touched. I got cute awake pictures… but no sleepy pictures :)

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    Adalia says:

    My advice is to use a small white noise machine near the baby to help them sleep soundly. I usually play white noise on my ipod.

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    When photo shooting a newborn session, as you finish the photo shoot are you absolutely confident that you have what you want? Are you ever satisfied with the outcome of the finals?

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    kristie says:

    My question is, How do you get the first time parents to stay calm and relaxed while you change poses and move around?

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    Amy G. says:

    My best advice is keep that baby warm! A space heater will be a wise investment and a necessity for your first newborn sessions.

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    I have liked all three facebook pages and wrote a thank you to them. The Shoot Baby! one doesn’t allow you to write on the wall, so I sent them a message. Thanks for this great contest!!!

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    In answer to some of the questions/advice – MANY of those poses where the baby is “propped up nicely” – they are composite shots, where the parent or assistant holds the baby in one spot while you take a photo, then moves their hand to another spot while you take a photo, then you merge the two in Photoshop.

    For the poses that look like they are not composites of 2 shots, the baby has to be really sleepy to stay posed nicely. The room needs to be like 80 degrees, soft blankets, full belly. Use a space heater blowing on the baby, heat in the room turned up, lots of soothing with patting the bum, rocking, “shh shh shh”, and white noise makers. :)

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    Paige Murakami says:

    I’m so new to this. What should I be using to make it easier to pose the babies, and still keep them comfy?

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    Misty says:

    My question would be how do you get the little one’s face not to be all smooshed?

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    Michaeline Pashley says:

    We are just starting out our business (Pashtography) and have not done a newborn shoot yet. We have edited s friends shoot and are hoping to get the Newborn Pack soon. We just haven’t felt prepared for a newborn shoot until now and especially if we won this awesome prize we would be ready. Our friend is due this summer and will be our first. On average, how long are you seasoned vets spending on a newborn shoot? I feel like we could be there all day!

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    I’ve only done a handful of newborns and would love to get into newborns more. I have found the need of patience with the newborn and the mother. Calm and relaxed so the baby doesn’t sense the tension. My biggest question would be: What is suggested for lighting? I don’t want to bombard the baby with lights that will startle them each time they go off. I’ve read about using lighting from a window. I’ve bounced light off a ceiling, but sometimes that seems to not be enough. Should that be more of a concern in editing?

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    Ashley says:

    I posted on FB

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    Carissa says:

    Just shared the link to the MCP Giveaway on my facebook timeline!
    Thanks Jodi!

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    Rebecca Ickes says:

    Newborn schedules are insane! What time do you find is the best to photograph newborns, and what steps do you have the parent take to prepare the little one?

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    Marlee says:

    Do you rent a studio or do you just do it in your home? And, do you use natural (window) lighting or do you prefer a lighting kit?

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    kristie says:

    I left a message on the 3 vendors. I also shared this on my page

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    Gina says:

    In your opinion what is a MUST HAVE item when photographing infants?

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    Julie says:

    I have “tried” to do 2 newborn shoots now and both times the babies cried when their clothes were taken off. I had the room overly warm so I don’t think it was because of them being cold. Both moms said that they didn’t like being without clothes. Is this a problem with others? Both babies cried the whole time so I could only get 1 or 2 good shots. It was horrible! I’m going to keep trying though :)

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    Lisa says:

    My best piece of advice would be to take your time and to have it very warm in the area you are photographing in.

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    Ashley says:

    I posted on Twitter :)

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    Pamela says:

    I’m just starting out. My question is where is the best place to learn how to edit composite shots (hanging babies, head in hands poses). My editing is not that good and I don’t know how to do those!

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    Linda Thompson says:

    Wow, thank you for setting this up – how cool!

    I don’t have a lot of experience with newborns so far, but I’ve loved what I’ve had a chance to do…I suppose one of my first questions for someone with more experience would be: How do you keep finding clients? All of mine so far have been friends, but of course babies grow up haha…how do you keep finding new babies to shoot? Or where do you invest your time to find new clients?

    Bonus question: How fun is it to set up poses for a newborn? I never had any fun accessories like this…I would think it would be a blast! :)

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    Kelly says:

    I am fairly new to newborn photography focusing more on toddlers and preschoolers. I have a newborn session coming up and my question is – what do you do when they don’t want to go to sleep?!

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    Linda Thompson says:

    Also, left a thank you with all 3 companies. :)

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    Kelly Sartin says:

    Fairly new so my question is do you usually schedule the newborn first thing in the morning for a few hours or in your experience is it better in the afternoons for a few hours ? I know when I would schedule doctors appt for my little ones would be afternoons due to crankiness but not sure they are the same. Thank you for having the contest & being able to learn some stuff as well !

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    Ashley says:

    I pinned this on Pinterest

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    Angie Schmucker says:

    Visited, liked and commented on all pages! Except Shoot Baby, I sent them a message bc there wall didn’t have an option for me to leave a post! Thanks!

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    Kelly says:

    Visited all the vendors wonderful sites of facebook! :) Thank you again!

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    Emily G says:

    Question… Do you have the parents lift and move the baby into the spot? (and then pose the newborn?)

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    Sheila says:

    I visited After the Bump, Shoot Baby and Rock the Drops facebook pages. I left each one a thank you note!

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    I have Visited the three vendors on Facebook: After the Bump, Shoot Baby, and Rock the Drops. I left a comment on the wall with the exception of Shoot baby. They don’t allow comments by the public, so I sent a personal message thanking them

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    I have shot a few newborns but I still am scared to pose them, I don’t have any children of my own yet & while the parents are there watching, I don’t want to scare them by the way I may move them around, etc. What are some good tips on how to pose newborns without feeling scared of hurting them or upsetting the parents?

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    Cecile says:

    How do you even out the newborn skin tones. I always struggle with this a lot and it eats up such a large part of my post processing time.

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    What is the best advice for posing newborns?

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    Rebekah M says:

    how do you best calm the parents and help them relax?

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    Marlee says:

    I posted on my facebook!

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    Sandy Markham says:

    I am a beginner and am afraid to jump right in…but I love all the tips you give! Thanks for sharing!!!

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    My best advice is to relax. Every website will tell you to warm the room… how to swaddle… remember to feed. But no one tells you to RELAX. Play soft music. Make sure the mama is informed of the details and that her relaxation is key to getting the great shots. Babies feel your tension and if you’re at ease, there’s a better chance they will be too! Breathe. Do not rush. Make time before your shoot to center yourself and don’t rush into your space like a speeding train because you were late trying to find a blanket last minute. *A photographer? Late? Nahhh. :) * The calmer you are… the calmer the babe will be.

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    Monica says:

    I’ve done two new born shoots so I am fairly new. My question would be on how to pose babies safely as in baskets, slings etc.

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    photoquilty says:

    My best advice when photographing newborns: keep plenty of warm milk on hand – whether by having the mom nurse the baby over and over again, or a warm bottle. My babies always look their best when they are warm and fed.

    This is a great contest!

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    Melissa W says:

    I’m still fairly new to the newborn scene, but learned right away that a super warm room and lots of patience is key to a successful shoot. My average shoot has been 3.5 hours long. I make sure there’s lots of water and snacks for the parents. It’s actually quite nice to just get the time while waiting for a little one to fall into that deep asleep and learn more about the parents, how they feel about being parents, the birth story, etc. The time usually flies by!

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    Megan says:

    I’m new. I’m wondering if anyone has advice on making it easier for the new parents. Thanks for the opportunity, MCP!

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    Elizabeth says:

    Just starting out and would love this package to use with my nephew who is due in June!!!

    My question is, what is the best type of lighting to use knowing that you will be indoors with the infant and parents for the session?

    Going to post on FB!!!

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    Vicki Johnston says:

    What is the best pose for infants 6 weeks to 4 months?

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    Angel Gray says:

    I visited all three vendor sites, have already been using shoot baby products (love them) but definitely loving those ruffle bloomers over at after the bump too!


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