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Newborn Session 101: The Complete Guide to Having a Stress-Free, Joy-Full Portrait Experience | Washington, DC Newborn Photographer

Hello, wonderful parents-to-be! 🌟 Welcome to your one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about creating everlasting memories with your newborn. I’ve put together a comprehensive guide, breaking down each aspect of the experience. Dive into the details below and prepare for a journey filled with joy, authenticity, and heartwarming moments:

Must-Know Info: When to Book and When to Shoot

Photo of Baby on Bed at Lifestyle Newborn Session in Washington DC
Portrait of a Newborn at a Lifestyle Newborn Portrait Session in Washington, DC

Timing is key! I recommend booking your newborn session as early as you can! Most expecting parents reach out once they’ve entered their second trimester.

I like to shoot within the first 2-3 weeks of baby’s life! Because I’m not a posed newborn photographer, I don’t need the baby to be teensy-tiny and super squishy. I’m also an advocate for giving parents (and older siblings) some time to adjust to having this new little one in their lives! More on that in the linked post!

What to Expect from Your Newborn Session

I’m thrilled to be part of capturing those precious moments during your newborn session. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect!

Psst… Worried about your toddler at your newborn session? Read this

What to Wear for Your Newborn Session

Choosing what to wear for your in-home newborn session can feel like a confusing task. You want to look nice, but not over-the-top. Relaxed, but not like you just rolled out of bed. You’re cuddling up at home, but you’re also in front of a camera! I’ve put together some tried-and-true outfit advice from my years capturing real moments with your newest additions.

Link through to discover how to style your family for a picture-perfect moment.

How to Prep for Your Newborn Session

Ensure your home and your little one are ready for their close-up. This post walks you through the essential steps to prep your baby, your space, and yourself for a seamless and enjoyable newborn photography session.

Feeling some butterflies? Check out my top tip for enjoying your newborn session.


Get ready to create a beautiful tapestry of memories with your newborn! Each link above will take you deeper into the specific aspects, ensuring you’re fully prepared for this extraordinary experience.

And if you haven’t booked your newborn session with Mary Catherine Photography yet, I’d love to talk with you more to see if we’d be a good fit. Let’s chat!

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