Newborn shoots range from about 1,5 hours to 4 hours depending on a variety of factors. Ideal conditions would be 26 – 28 degrees Celsius, baby has just fed, burped, clean dyper/nappy and drifting off into a deep sleep at under ten days of age. I would say on average a shoot takes about 2 hours. I have a lot of patience and at no point must the shoot be rushed. I work fast yet gently because it is always best to take advantage of that golden hour of sleepiness while you have it but every move, every adjustment should be done gently and with care. This is a newborn baby not a doll and the little baby dictates how the morning will go. In winter I find it much harder to get a room warm and keep it there. I advise that moms and dads start heating the room from first thing in the morning. I do keep babies covered and wrapped and often in winter if the temp is not sufficient I do a lot of shots using blankets and wraps so that they temps don’t drop.
Babies are very perceptive and they can pick of the energy of photographer and parents. I strongly believe this. If mom is nervous or anxious the baby will not settle. I often tell parents to enjoy the morning and to know that we have all day if need be. If they need to go and feed I tell them to take their time and that no period is too long. The fuller the belly the deeper the sleep. Moms and Dads should take this time to sit with a magazine and have a cup of tea and cake (there should be loads around from all the visitors). Enjoy this time. It should never be rushed and always thought upon fondly when looking back. Safety is of upmost importance when photographing a newborn. Please see golden rules I apply when working: Safety of Newborn Photography by Tiffanly Lumley
This is little Joshua. We had a very cold winters day and I actually had to pull over twice on the way to the shoot because of lack of visibility on the road. We had to take the morning very slowly and keep him mostly covered and content. Joshua’s parents were just awesome. Totally relaxed, natural parents who make parenthood look like a dream.