You only need two looks or two moods coming from the baby in a newborn photography shoot.
You either want the baby to look happy or you want him sleeping. Anything else in between is out of the question and this is the main reason why keeping the baby comfortable at all times will always turn out to be a main priority at the end of the day. These are the only two moods your baby should be in if you want to make sure that most of his time spent in the photo shoot will be picture worthy in the first place. A grumpy baby will not look good. No one wants to take a look at pictures of babies throwing tantrums or with their faces crumpled up because they have been crying all day.
As a parent, take it upon yourself to make sure that the baby comes out looking and feeling happy all the time during the newborn photo shoot. And shortly after that, you can put him to sleep and go through with the rest of the itinerary of shots in peace. The point here is that you need to help your photographer out every step of the way. He will not be able to do all of these things all by himself. He will need your help and your focus and he will need your expertise with the baby.
Be ready for any possibly messes.
Babies will always be babies, and that is all part of making them really adorable and so nice to look forward to. During newborn photo shoots though, they are bound to make some messes and that’s really OK. You just need to make sure that you are ready for anything that can happen and that you will be able to swiftly take care of anything and everything that might come your way when it all comes down to it. Have a nice stash of wet wipes along with you, bring a change of clothes and maybe a roll of disposable towels. This way, even if the baby does make some messes every now and then, you will be able to swiftly wipe them off so that the photographer can move on with the rest of the newborn photo shoot and move forward with the next item on the agenda when it all comes down to it.
Adjust the temperature and make sure that the baby isn’t feeling cold or too hot.
Babies are usually photographed in the nude and depending on the season that the photo shoot session is in, they might end up feeling cold and feeling a bit vulnerable during the photo shoot. Come armed with heating pads or warm towels and so on and so forth. There are so many things that you can possibly do to help make sure that everything is warm and toasty and comfortable for the baby during the newborn photography shoot.
Be there to help him feel more secure and at ease. Your presence as a parent will really make quite a difference in the overall outcome of the shoot because you know your baby better than pretty much anyone else in there.