What To Expect Newborn Sessions | Seattle Newborn Photographer

Seattle Newborn Photographer


So you are having a baby! Congratulations! This is such an amazing time. Whether it’s your first or fourth child, there is so much going on it is important to remember how much it is all worth it. You are probably considering having newborn photos done. I assume this cause you are here! This page will give you an idea on what to expect at a newborn photo session with Carmen Miller Photography.


Newborn sessions are limited to newborns between 3 and 14 days old. The photographs you see on my website are all of babies less than 3 weeks old. This is the best time to get sleepy, curled up and tiny details. Once babies get past the 3 week mark, they often start to show baby acne, are more easily startled and may have a hard time curling up and look comfortable and peaceful. I typically do not photograph babies past the 3 week mark with the exception of preemies. If you have already had your baby and he/she is under 10 days old, please feel free to contact me ASAP. If I have a spot available within a few days, I will do my best to schedule a session. If baby is older than 3 weeks, I can schedule you for a newborn session, but please know that it will be more difficult to get baby to sleep and the resulting photos, may be more of baby awake and more parent and baby photos.


All of my newborn sessions are done in my home studio located in the Millcreek / Bothell area. Here you will have access to all of the different props, blankets and goodies I have to create a unique session for your newborn. The session will usually last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours allowing for plenty of time to cuddle and soothe baby, feed and change between the different props and blanket set ups. Parents are encouraged to bring a special item they have in mind as well should they choose. During the session, I take the time to get to know you and your new baby.


Safety is number one for a newborn session and I assure you I treat every newborn that I work with as I did my own. I understand the feelings every new parent has and I assure you, your baby is safe. I will never do a pose where I believe baby is at any risk. Some popular trends with newborn portraits are composite shots where 2 or three photos are taken with spotters hands securing baby and then merged together to create one image.  Parents are encouraged to sit back and relax during most of the session. Some poses if requested require an extra set of hands so I may ask mom or dad to step in from time to time. I have most items a newborn needs here such as diapers, wipes and even some pacifiers should you forget. I keep the studio area nice and warm to help baby relax and get into a nice deep sleep so parents should try to dress in layers. Another safety step any newborn photographer should take is vaccinations. I recently went through the immigration process to move to Seattle from Canada and before I could even cross the border, I had to have all of my vaccinations up to date. These include Varicella (Chicken-Pox) MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) and TDap (Whooping cough, Tetanus) You and your baby’s health is very important and I would never allow a session to take place if I felt under the weather, or had recently been in close contact with someone with flu or cold symptoms. Re-scheduling a few days and maybe going past the 2 week age mark is safer and our session will still provide the images you seek.

When a newborn session includes siblings, I will usually try to do those and family shots first. Baby might not be sleeping, but if recently fed and wrapped up nice and warm, we can get some beautiful images of the family together. I strongly suggest bringing an adult friend with you to the session if dad can’t make it when siblings are attending. There is plenty of downtime while we work to get baby asleep and posed and toddlers can get bored and antsy. Because I have a home studio, I ask that an adult be available to watch them while we are shooting.

I hope this helps give an idea on how newborn portrait sessions go. There obviously are many more details and if you have any questions, or would like to schedule your newborn session, please contact me with the Contact button up top and I’d be happy to provide more information or discuss scheduling your newborn session.

Click here to see a gallery of newborn images by Carmen

Thank you,

~ Carmen