A smiling newborn baby wrapped in a blue fuzzy blanket and bonnet


May 8, 2023

What to Expect at Your Newborn Session

smiling newborn baby wrapped in a blue fuzzy blanket and bonnet laying in a basket

Newborn photography is a beautiful way to capture the pure innocence and delicate features of a newborn. As a photographer, it is essential to know how to pose a newborn safely and comfortably. In this post, we will discuss some of my best newborn photography posing tips and what you can expect at your newborn session.

  1. Keep the baby comfortable and warm

Newborns are delicate and can easily get cold. It is essential to keep them warm and comfortable throughout the session. We make sure that the room is warm and cozy, and have plenty of blankets and wraps on hand to wrap the baby in. We also use a small space heater to blow warm air whenever the baby is being posed without wraps or clothes.

newborn baby wrapped in a tan fuzzy blanket and bonnet sitting in a chair

  1. Use props and accessories

Using props and accessories can add some fun and personality to your newborn photos. However, it is essential to keep in mind that safety comes first. We always choose props that are safe for newborns, and make sure they are secure and stable before placing the baby in or on them. Additionally, we work with an assistant to keep a hand on the baby as we are photographing them in props. We have featured many props for you to select from in our newborn portfolio.

  1. Keep the poses simple

Newborns are not able to hold complex poses, so it is best to keep the poses simple and natural. A few classic poses that are easy and safe include the “froggy” pose, the “side lying” pose, and the “bum up” pose. We always make sure the baby’s neck and head are supported, and do not force the baby into any poses that may be uncomfortable or dangerous. At the end of the day, the baby is in charge!

A mom is holding a wrapped baby and smiling at him.

  1. Incorporate family members

Incorporating family members into the photos is a great way to capture the love and bond between them and the baby. This can include parents, siblings, grandparents, and even pets. We make sure to get a variety of poses and angles, and capture candid moments that showcase the family’s personalities.

  1. Be patient and flexible

Newborns can be unpredictable, and it is essential to be patient and flexible during the session. Your session can take up to three hours because we take breaks as needed and allow plenty of time for feeding and changing.

By following these tips, we create beautiful and timeless photos that capture the precious moments of a newborn’s life and their family.


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Susan McAvoy is a Boston maternity and newborn

known for her editorial, fine-art approach to studio photography since 2009.


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“There are no words to describe the experience of being photographed by Susie and how welcome you feel around her in her studio.

During my maternity photo shoot, I felt pretty, empowered, I felt like a supermodel. Susie is able to transform stiff us into beautiful vogue models - not to mention her amazing maternity wardrobe. She understood what I wanted before I was able to voice it myself.”

Caroline Ribeiro

"My husband and I were blown away by her patience. She was able to get absolutely adorable shots of our son  that we will cherish forever!

My baby wanted to be wide awake during the session and she was able to comfort and soothe him to sleep multiple times. Susie spent hours with him fighting a nap, but you’d never know that when looking at the final product. She was able to get absolutely adorable shots of him that we will cherish forever!”

Mindy Thompson

"She is the most patient soul in the world!! Susie is a baby magician and still somehow achieves every single shot.

She takes her time making sure your baby is so well cared for. She made sure he was a very happy baby. It was a nice day where my husband and I could relax knowing our little one was in good hands. I am so glad I found Susie and will forever be grateful for these beautiful pictures and memories.”

Shanna Carter

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