Newborn Session Prep Guide

Newborn Session Prep Guide!!

Newborn sessions take place in my studio in Downtown Picayune Studio located at 114 E. Canal St. Picayune, MS 39466


It’s a custom designed private studio which holds everything needed for your bundle of joy!

Newborn Sessions are best done between 6-21 days old, when your baby is his/her most sleepiest. 

Here are just a few suggestions to maximize your experience here with Four Love's.

These tips in this Newborn Session Guide will help you prepare for your newborn shoot and ensure that your session runs smoothly so we can focus on capturing your newborn baby’s portraits.


  • clean away flaky skin and eye boogers with a wash cloth. Trim those tiny fingernails and toenails with baby trimmers.

  • If your baby has any band-aids on the foot, thigh, etc., please remove them as soon as you possibly can to allow the imprint marks to disappear.

  • Do not change the baby’s diet the day before or during the session. Continue to feed your baby how you normally do (breast-feed, formula-feed, or both). Bring plenty of bottles! Your baby will need to eat more often during the session than they normally do. Do not make any sudden changes to the baby’s diet that may contribute to fussiness. Before the shoot, please feed baby 2-3 hours prior and do your best to keep baby awake. 



  • When you arrive at the studio, be prepared to feed your baby. We want the baby to be full, content and sleeping after the feeding to ensure those curly, sleepy newborn pictures.

  • Be sure to burp baby really well after the feeding. Gas can make a sleepy, happy baby into an uncomfortable one in seconds.

  • Be patient. If your baby is fussy or alert, do not stress out. Your newborn can sense your anxiety and we want to keep the environment as mellow as possible. We will try and get them comfortable again, but if that does not seem possible, we will take a break or may even reschedule (at the photographer’s discretion).

  • Be prepared for messes of all kinds. Babies do not care where, when and who they pee, poo, spit up or vomit on. That is why I will be dressed in comfy attire as I work and why you (if you are to be in the photos with your newborn) would want to bring an extra set of clothing.


  • Nothing is the best wardrobe for a newborn. No outfit fits a newborn well and they often look swallowed in clothes. We also don't want to startle baby to much, so please no onsies, or anything we have to pull over his/her head. A button home footsie is perfect for your newborn to wear to their session. We have a wide selection of props, wraps, hats, and headbands that we provide for the session. 


Including older brother/sister(s) in your newborn’s portrait is the perfect way to document this fleeting time in your lives.

  • Clean, clean, clean- clean nails, clean hair, clean feet, fresh scrub teeth, and wipe away eye boogers and snotty noses. The cleaner the child, the better their photos will turn out. If your child is still of napping age, make sure they nap before the shoot.

  • It is perfectly okay to bring bribes to a photo-shoot–some cereal, snacks or candies that won’t stain their teeth. Avoid colorful drinks or lollipops within 24 hours of your shoot. Do not let them eat or drink anything will stain their cheeks, mouths or teeth.


Sister(s):please wear a snug-fitting tank in a neutral color. The girl’s hair should be natural and free of bows, headbands, etc., and no nail polish please.

Brother(s): A snug pair of jeans and shirtless are preferred.

Due to the duration of the newborn session, I recommend bringing young children into the studio in the beginning Of the session for about 30 minutes.

Please arrange for childcare for them when they are not being photographed. Young children do not have long attention spans (1-4 hours are way too long for them). They may not do well in unfamiliar places and will disrupt the environment in the studio necessary for newborn photography.


Mom: A subtle application of makeup can soften your skin and accent your facial features. Neutral looking fake lashes can really flatter your eyes.

Keep the color neutral and design simple of the top your wear. Solid, free of patterned shirts preferred. Be sure your nails are tidy and clean (no nail polish) as your hands will make their way into the images. 

Dad: Be freshly shaved with a new razor, shaving cream and moisturizing after-shave lotion to avoid bumps and redness. Trim your beard, sideburns, mustache or goatee. Look especially for wiry stray hairs. Make sure your nails are clean and trimmed.

If you prefer not to be shirtless, wear a tight fitting v-neck t-shirt with a pair of jeans. Neutral colored shirts, free of patterns preferred.


114 E. Canal St. Picayune, MS 39466