You know that weird slogan that was put on t-shirts for a while about not feeding models? Newborn Photography is the poster child for why that slogan is just so false. While tiny and fragile, newborns are models too and they, most definitely, need to be fed. And often.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Ayla and her proud parents for a newborn shoot. Ayla was only 8 days old at the time, the perfect age for a newborn shoot because babies still have that soft fuzz on their skin and are super sleepy. But as with all babies, at really any age, they get hungry. And they get hungry often.
That's why one of my main suggestions for a newborn shoot is "Feed the Model". The model is the boss at a newborn shoot, and when she's hungry it's best to feed her. At this particular newborn shoot we got into this sweet little groove - we kind of did this 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off thing between feeding and photographing.
It worked like a charm.
We listened to Ayla and when she got a little nudgy or started sucking on her dads forearm we took the hint she was due for a snack.
I've said before that what makes a newborn session your session are those little quirks or unpredictable moments that happen. It may be your baby pooping, peeing, or crying when all we want her to do is sleep soundly. Sometimes it's those things happening separately; other times it's this magical little trifecta happening all at once.
What I can assure you is that if your baby is well fed, all of those unpredictable moments will be made a lot more manageable. They will still happen, but we'll be able to rebound and move forward that much more seamlessly. A full baby is a happy baby, even if the feeding is the factor that leads to those unpredictable messy moments. :)
While Ayla was the poster child for why you should "Feed the Models" her mom and dad were the poster parents for how to approach a newborn shoot: with a sense of ease and a sense of humor. They understood the basic motions of their baby but didn't expect to follow a stringent schedule. We took our time, had some fun, and along the way naturally figured out a schedule that worked for us. In the end we were able to capture those precious and real moments of their family.