There are so many factors that go into a successful newborn photoshoot. If you choose the right photographer for your needs, the process can be completely stress free! Read on to find what to expect before, during and after a typical newborn photoshoot in Dubai.
A few months before:
Getting in touch with a photographer whose work you love and with whom you are comfortable with is the first step in preparing for your baby’s newborn photoshoot. You can start your search as soon as you find out that you are expecting your little one!
In Dubai, a licensed photographer who is also certified and knows how to handle your newborn baby safely, can charge anywhere from 2000 aed onwards for a full session. Planning well in advance of your baby’s birth will enable you to find someone whose work you admire rather than settling for someone who is un-trained.
Next thing you need to take care of is your family’s clothing. This totally depends on the photographer you choose and what their style is. For my sessions, I suggest keeping it plain and simple. Wearing a white, black or grey t-shirt with jeans keeps the focus on the baby and looks timeless as well!
48 hours before:
Apart from the clothing, there really isn’t that much you need to worry about until about 48 hours before the shoot. Then if you are breastfeeding, I would highly suggest avoiding the following foods as much as possible:
Acidic fruits or juices like Oranges, Lemons, Grapefruits, Tomatoes
Spices including Pepper, Cinnamon, Red Chilis
Gassy veggies like Cabbage, Garlic, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Cucumbers
Fruits like Strawberries, Kiwi, Pineapple, Cherries, Prunes
This is not an exhaustive list. You know your baby and your body more than anyone else, so try to avoid eating anything that makes the baby fussy and gassy. This will ensure that the baby is nice and calm during the photoshoot! If the baby is formula-fed, do bring enough formula for at least 3 to 4 feeds. Babies feed a lot more than usual during their photoshoots because of all the exercise they get going from pose to pose!
The day of:
On the day of the session, give your baby a bath. Also make sure you don’t put any oils, diaper ointments, bandages on the baby. Dress the baby in a loose outfit that either zips or buttons up in the front. Babies usually wake up if their clothes are taken off from above their head rather than from the front and it’s one of those things that can add a lot of time to your session. Also, make sure you manage your time well and leave enough time to feed the baby “fully” before leaving for the studio. Use Google maps to calculate the distance between your home and the studio. If it’s more than 30 minutes many photographers will prefer you feed the baby after arriving at the studio.
Oh and do bring a pacifier to your session even if the baby doesn’t normally take one. This can be pretty helpful in calming down the baby enough to get some great shots. You can buy one online here for just around 20 aed.
If siblings are going to come along as well, I’ve found that it’s best to get one parent, grandparent or friend bring them in during the family/sibling photo portion only. If that is not possible then bring along some snacks and some quiet toys or books to keep them engaged.
Once your session is over, depending on the package you chose with your photographer, it can generally take 1 to 3 weeks for you to get your final digital and/or printed images. Make sure you get all the details of your package “before” you book your session so you know what is included in your session fee.
I hope that answered all questions you had regarding a newborn photoshoot in Dubai but if you still need information on anything I would love to help you out! You can click here to get in touch with me any time or have a look at my newborn work here!
Hey, I'm Scheherazade Shahid and I am a licensed family, maternity and newborn photographer based in Dubai. I love adventure, scary rides and taking photos of little humans. My lifelong wish is to jump out of an airplane with a parachute on my back but alas I still need to loose a couple of pounds to be able to qualify for that ride 😭