#5 BE PREPARED TO FEED
Milk is the wonderful drug of newborn photography lol. This is the miracle secret to a sleepy, happy baby. This is of course up to the parents completely however I always ask my mommies to be prepared to feed more frequently then normal just for this session time.
As we move baby around somewhat and fiddle with tiny details sometimes baby wakes up and a cheat to get baby back into the session fast is a mini feed/top up.
My sessions run for between 3.5 and 4 hours. In this time we may typically do an initial feed at the start and 2 top ups. Of course there are some babies who just sleep through the entire process no matter what but they are few and far between.
#6 TRUST YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
As a mummy you care for your little one so much and it can be hard to trust the photographer with your precious baby. However it is critical that you do. Take your time when choosing your photographer and make sure they have lots of experience under their belt.
I personally tend to find that babies take longer to settle when with mommy, especially if mommy is breastfeeding and smells of yummy milk. So after the feed I will (for the most part) steal baby away for cuddles and to get baby to sleep if not already there.
I love to give the parents a lovely break and time to relax. I want them to be able to sit back, have cup of tea and enjoy watching the session. By taking charge of settling baby I get to know the little one and build trust with the parents. I want this experience to be an enjoyable memory for them, not one of stress and frustration.
Now of course all of these are exactly as described...TIPS. They are just situations to attempt to generate/facilitate however we all know babies do not run on our schedule or do as we wish all the time so it is no problem if they are not acheived. This is why I schedule a lovely long 3.5 hours to cater for breaks, feedings and lots of cuddles to get baby back to sleep.
I hope these tips will fill you with confidence and an idea of how you can prep/help out on the day of your little ones photography shoot.