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How To ROCK Your Newborn Session

If you’re a first-time parent, you may be a little nervous about your at home lifestyle newborn photo session. I'm here to help you relax and have fun so you can cherish your precious memories for years to come.

Here are my top tips to help you and your little-one rock your newborn session, stress-free.

Newborn baby sleeping soundly in a blue blanket at their newborn photoshoot

Tidy Schmidy

Let’s be honest: after you have a baby, the last thing you want to be doing is cleaning your house and preparing for me to come over. I’ve been there myself. I absolutely promise you - I will not be judging you on how your home looks. If you find yourself fretting, have a basket handy - then we can easily move items into the baskets, and you can find them again after the session.

Newborn baby posing at their newborn photography session in neutral baby colours  at Tara Gillen Photography's photo studio in Bedford

Light the way

To get the most beautiful shots, natural light is key. Bright rooms with large or multiple windows make ideal shooting locations. We’ll have a chat before the session about which rooms you’d like to use and discuss timings to make sure we get the very best light.

Sleepy newborn baby in their mums arms at their newborn photoshoot in Bedford, Bedfordshire

Call the fashion police

For timeless images, I recommend neutral colours for your wardrobe choices. BUT I’m all for capturing your family authentically, so if you love bright colours and wild patterns - go for it! The most important thing is to be comfortable – I mean, come on, you’ve just created a tiny human, you deserve some comfort.

Sleeping newborn wearing dungarees and a cosy hat in neutral colours posed by Tara Gillen at their newborn photography shoot in Bedford

Who’s the boss?

Baby is utterly and completely in charge of the session, so we have to be prepared to go with their flow. It won’t all be calm, sleepy baby poses, there will be messy and fussy moments too, and that’s okay. I always allow plenty of time for newborn sessions so we can be flexible and relaxed, and let baby lead the session.

Beautiful photography of a mother feeding her newborn baby by the softly lit window whilst dad watches lovingly during their at-home newborn photoshoot with Tara Gillen Photography in Bedford

Family memories

You can include any special family members in your newborn session: Mum, Dad, Big Sis, Big Bro, The Dog, The Cat, The Ferret. We’ll embrace the Calm and chaos together and capture those exquisite, fleeting moments that reflect your family’s magic.

Happy family with mum, dad, young child and newborn baby sat snuggling on a bed in cosy clothing at their at home family newborn photoshoot in Bedfordshire


Don’t stress yourself out by trying to make everything just so; trust me -with your little one in your arms, you’ll be absolutely perfect just as you are. Relax and enjoy the moment.

Sleeping newborn baby girl beautifully posed in a basket with a cream blanket and baby pink headband at her newborn photography photoshoot with Tara Gillen Photography in Bedfordshire


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