• Michelle Thompson

Your In-Home Newborn Session: 5 Quick and Easy Ways to Prepare | San Diego Newborn Photographer


Congratulations on your sweet new baby!


You’re now settled back in at home and your in-home newborn session is on the calendar. But since it’s still early, you and your baby’s schedule is still a bit unpredictable, and your energy level isn’t up to cleaning the house, preparing the perfect outfits, and putting on a face full of makeup.


Here's How to Prepare for Your In-home Newborn Session


Here’s the good news - you can relax.

Experienced newborn photographers like myself have seen it all: messy homes, exhausted parents, fussy babies, and uncooperative toddlers.

We take it all in stride and turn out beautiful pictures in spite of it.



With that fact as our comforting starting point, there are a few quick and easy things you can do to feel prepared:


1) Preparing the space

As a San Diego newborn photographer, I typically use just two rooms during a session - the master bedroom and the nursery. Sometimes I use only the master.

So if you’d like to tidy up a bit, just tidy those two rooms.

No need to vacuum or dust - just put clutter out of sight and make the bed.

As for temperature, a little on the warmer side (above 70) will keep your baby comfortable for those onesie-only shots.


2) Preparing your family

Newborn sessions typically take place starting around 10:00 or 11:00am for the best light, and can last between 1-3 hours. If the session involves small children, a pre-session snack is a great idea (maybe for you and dad, too!).

And don’t worry if the kids get hungry during the session - I’ll need them for only a short while, so they’ll be free to eat if needed.


3) Preparing your outfits

My full clothing guide is here, but if nothing else, know this:

clean, neutral colored clothing that coordinates and is free of obvious wrinkles, logos, or cartoon characters will always look good.

So if that’s what you’ve got, you’re already winning. Bonus to being indoors - no shoes required!


4) Preparing your newborn

Don’t stress too much about this, because newborns aren’t famous for their predictability.

My sessions are “baby-led,” meaning we just go with the flow.

If you are able to feed the baby right before the session, it’s always nice, but we’ll stop for a feeding/diaper change/soothing anytime it’s needed. That’s why there’s that 1-3 hour window of time for the session.

As for clothing, a simple white onesie is perfect.

That’s it. If there’s a special outfit or great-grandma’s handmade blanket you want to incorporate,

just let me know and I’ll work it in.


5) Preparing yourself

As you’ll see in my clothing guide, I encourage moms

to choose their outfits first, then dress your family around you.

Pick something that’s simple, comfortable, and makes you feel pretty.

I happen to love a basic maxi dress. If you wear makeup, keep it simple - powder, blush, lipstick and mascara will do just fine. Remember, I’m capturing you and your family in your home, bonding with your new baby - natural and comfortable reflect that beautifully.



In summary, here are five simple ways to prepare for your in-home newborn session:


  1. Home: make the bed and hide clutter in the master bedroom and nursery.

  2. Family: give a snack beforehand

  3. Outfits: clean, neutral, coordinated colors without logos or characters look great. No shoes!

  4. The baby: feed before session if possible, but know the session will go with the baby’s flow. A simple white onesie is perfect.

  5. You: a simple, comfortable outfit or dress that makes you feel pretty, and simple makeup.


Finally, don’t stress. Like I said, we newborn photographers have worked in all sorts of situations, and are still able to turn out pictures you will love!



Inquire about an in-home newborn session right here.

You can also see some FAQ right here.