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Professional Newborn Photos | What to Expect

Professional Newborn Photos | What to Expect

Newborn photography is where my love for photography truly began, and I’ve been at it full time for 14 years. I strive to create the most calm and easy-going experience possible for newborn families, knowing that this is more than likely one of the very first ventures away from home after baby is born. With that in mind, I have developed a process, created through years of experience, that alleviates the need for a long, drawn-out appointment.

When scheduling, please keep in mind that experience has shown, time and again:  newborns are happiest and most cooperative in the morning.  We will prepare the studio environment in several ways before you arrive.  The thermostat will be set to a warm comfy temperature for baby, blankets will be warming, soft white noise and music will be playing, lighting will be dim, newborn accessories such as knit hats, delicate hairbands, cloth wraps, etc, are organized within reach, and a few other top secret details will all be in place when you arrive for your appointment.  We have all of the conveniences of home, and all of the props and preparation can be in place before you arrive.  As you can imagine, it takes a lot of “stuff” in order to give you variety in your photos, and I’ll have 2 to 3 “settings” or “scenarios” all set up and ready to go when you get to the studio.   Afterward, you get to leave the mess behind, and we take care of all the clean-up once you head home.

Preparing well and setting the scene for a calm, relaxing photo shoot usually alleviates the need for an extended appointment. I’ve gotten some flack for that, from competitors who insist on 2 to 3 hour sessions.  In my opinion and proven experience:  Newborn sessions can be VERY taxing for a baby who is brand new to the world.  With a bit of communication and preparation on both our parts, combined with my years of experience, 40 minutes is usually the perfect amount of time that I need to capture all of baby’s sweet newborn features, without exhausting or stressing your little one.  We will take breaks, as needed, and “pause the time” of your session, should the need arise for a diaper change or feeding, so that you can tend to baby’s needs in the private nursing/changing room here in the studio, and then we pick up where we left off.

It’s important keep in mind that all newborns are different.  Some will curl up into sweet newborn poses, others stretch straight out and do not like to be swaddled, while yet others desperately want and need to be held for most of the session.  Please arrive with realistic expectations, and an open mind.  Baby is in charge of how the session unfolds, and I will be very sensitive to his or her cues, what baby likes or dislikes, and will photograph accordingly, to assure that he or she is comfortable, calm and as happy as possible.

SIBLINGS: If baby has a sibling (or siblings) that we are including in the session, it may seem best to start the session off by immediately including them. In reality, smaller children feel incredibly pressured and unsure when we begin with them. It’s best to let them get comfortable with the studio, and the idea of having photos taken. This is best done through photographing baby with mom and/or dad first, and showing them that we are doing something fun, and not scary.   Guess what naturally happens…a tinge of “Hey, what about me?” happens, and they usually hop right into the photo being taken. Let’s let your little one ease into the process, and let things unfold organically, rather than making them feel pressured or super-staged.


It’s also helpful to have one or both parents arrive dressed in a long-sleeved solid white, black, gray, or denim top (avoiding logos, patterns, etc), just in case baby prefers to be held for most of the session.  We can still capture many beautiful images, while including mom or dad’s hands, or embrace in the photos.  These are some of my favorite images to capture!


If you have any questions, or to schedule, please call 608.318.3456, or email: info@brendaeckhardt.com.

Looking forward to meeting you and your new little one!




Studio Location:

6036 Town Hall Drive   |   Sun Prairie, WI  53590

Hours by appt

Tue-Fri: 8am-6pm     Sat:  8am-12noon      Closed:  Sun-Mon

 Email:  info@brendaeckhardt.com     Call/Text:  608.318.3456