Essential Tips for Navigating Your Baby’s First Month: Advice from Little Wagon Photography

Congratulations on the arrival of your little bundle of joy! The first month with your newborn baby is a whirlwind of emotions, adjustments, and sleepless nights. As parents ourselves and experts in newborn photography serving Ottawa, we understand the importance of supporting families during this special time. Here are some helpful tips to help you navigate your baby’s first month:

Tips for navigating your baby’s first month.

Don’t forget about self-care:

It’s easy to get caught up in caring for your newborn, but remember to take care of yourself as well. Take short breaks when you need, nap when your baby naps, and don’t hesitate to ask for help from family and friends around you.

Create a Routine:

While newborns don’t follow a strict schedule, establishing a basic routine can create a sense of structure for both you and your baby. Try to create regular feeding times, nap schedules, and bedtime routines to help your little one feel content and safe.

Capture the Moment:

The first month with your newborn is filled with precious moments that you’ll want to remember forever. Don’t forget to capture these special moments through photos and videos. As experts in newborn photography, we recommend scheduling a professional photo session to help capture these memories for a lifetime.

Create an Enjoyable Environment:

A cozy and comfortable environment can help soothe your newborn and promote better sleep for everyone. Keep the nursery dimly lit for nighttime feedings, keep the ambience calm, and swaddle your baby to mimic the feeling of being in the womb.

Trust Your Feelings:

As a new parent, you’ll receive plenty of advice from well-meaning family, friends, and even strangers. While it’s important to listen to others, it’s also important to trust your instincts and do what feels right for you and your baby. You know your baby better than anyone else!

Celebrate all the Milestones:

From your baby’s first bath to their first smile, every milestone is worth celebrating. Take plenty of photos and write down notes to commemorate these special moments. Consider scheduling a milestone photo session with Little Wagon Photography to capture these milestones with our help.

Talk with Other Parents:

Parenthood can feel isolating at times, especially during the first few months. Connect with other parents in your community through mommy-and-me groups, online forums, or social media. Sharing experiences and tips with other parents can provide much-needed support and camaraderie.

Seek Help When Needed:

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or struggling with postpartum emotions, don’t hesitate to seek help from a professional healthcare provider. Your mental and emotional well-being are just as important as your baby’s.

By following these tips and enjoying every moment, you’ll navigate your baby’s first month with confidence and ease. And when you’re ready to capture these precious moments through professional newborn photography, remember that Little Wagon Photography is here to help.

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Great items to start with your newborn photography business

It’s hard not to fall in love with newborn photography. Who doesn’t want to take photos of squishy little newborn babies for a living? And yet, starting your own business can seem like a daunting task. The good news is that it doesn’t take much to start your own photography business.

Of course you will need to learn how to operate a camera and how to pose a baby safely (that is the most important part of your job!) But once you’re familiar with your camera, lighting and have some experience handling newborn babies and posing them safely, there are just a few essential items to get you started.

  1. A posing beanbag or something similar to lay baby on. You will need somewhere soft and safe to put baby on. There are specific beanbags out there that are made for photographers. These are easy to clean and easy to stuff to your liking. I have been photographing babies for almost 14 years and have had the same beanbag for all these years. It’s an investment into your photography business that will serve you well. Unfortunately I don’t remember where I purchased mine (it was so long ago!) but it looks something like this link.
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2. A posing fabric or blanket. There are many lovely photography vendors out there that sell posing fabrics. But if that’s out of your budget, all you need is to go to a fabric store and get 2 yards of a stretchy, soft fabric for baby to lay on. You can even cut a piece of it to use as a matching wrap! Another option is to use a soft blanket that is long enough to cover the space. Just keep in mind that you want something soft that won’t be prickly on baby’s skin.

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3. A backdrop stand. You will need something to clip your fabric to. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a stand. When I photograph newborns in client’s homes, a lot of time I will use the back of their chairs to clamp the fabric so it looks nice and smooth. There are photographers that will skip this step and fix it in Photoshop later. But if you’re new at photography, this step will help you save time when editing.

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4. A basket or two! Just like with posing fabrics, there are many vendors that sell beautiful baskets/bowls to pose baby in. The good thing about buying through a vendor is that you know it will be the perfect size to pose a newborn baby safely in. That being said, you can also find some cute boxes/bowls in local stores that will work. The main thing is to make sure that these are safe and that they don’t have any sharp edges that could harm baby.

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5. Wraps. As I mentioned above, if you purchase fabric at your local fabric store you can always cut a piece of that fabric to wrap baby in. Newborn babies love being swaddled. It makes them feel safe and comforted and it’s always my go to when babies are awake or not very content. Once you have a few wraps, there are many ways to wrap baby in order to get a large variety of photos.

Besides your camera, lighting (natural or not) and knowing how to pose babies safely, these are some of the basic items that will help you get started. If you’d like to learn more, we offer newborn photography classes that you can find here. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions!

No-Contact Photos with Santa Now Available!

This year has been a little nuts, right? But we still want to celebrate Christmas and all the joys that come with it! That’s why I’ve decided to offer no-contact Photos with Santa. This gives you a chance of receiving a beautiful photo of your child/family with Santa all from the comfort of your home! All you need to do is send me the photo you would like to use and I’ll place it inside the frame Santa is holding. 🙂

For only $39+tax (or both for $65+tax), you will receive this beautiful digital photo and you can then print as many copies of it as you would like. This would make it for a wonderful keepsake for the grandparents and all of your loved ones.

You have the option of adding a small personal message and turn it into a Christmas Card (as seen on first photo) or not! The choice is yours. 😉

Here are the two options you can choose from (please note that my logo would not be included in your photo/card):

This keepsake will sure bring smiles for years to come. For more information on how to go about submitting your photo, please email me at info@littlewagonphotography.com or just send me a message by clicking here.

Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

Newborn Photography Ottawa – sweet baby Aria

Another sweet baby girl is on the blog! Baby Aria came to the studio at a few days new and it was so fun to meet her and see her family again. She’s got one of the sweetest families out there. 🙂

Did you know that newborn photo sessions will last anywhere between 1-3 hours depending on which package you choose to go with? It may seem like newborn photos are effortless but it can take quite a bit of time to transition baby from on pose to the other. I really take my time transitioning baby in a soothing and gentle manner so that she/he stays sleepy and comfy through the whole thing.

Throughout my newborn photography sessions, I do a variety of poses in the beanbag as well as newborn photos in props. Usually, there are about 5-6 poses that I do of the newborn baby on the beanbag. It may seem a like a lot more but the great thing about newborn photography is that you can take such a variety of photos from just one pose by just switching the angle you photograph baby from and adding a few props in between! When parents receive their gallery, there are usually around 70 photos to choose from (with the newborn mini session there are usually about 30-40 photos or so). The gallery is filled with the best of the best photos of your newborn baby session, including family and sibling photos. Many times, parents end up purchasing extra photos or upgrading to the bigger package. I think it’s always a great problem to have when you have too many beautiful photos to choose from. 😉

Please visit the rest of our website and make sure to browse through our galleries! Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Newborn Photography – serving Ottawa and surrounding areas

It’s been so nice taking some time to enjoy this beautiful Summer weather with my boys! The sun is shining, the heat is real and thank goodness for swimming pools and ice cream. 🙂

I met this family a few years back and it was so nice seeing them again as they welcomed their new baby girl! Their kids were seriously the sweetest and most well behaved kids ever. And this baby girl… I could have kept her all day here with me. 😀

Most newborn sessions last somewhere between 2-3 hours. What you see here are just a few photos to give you a tiny sample of the goodness that we captured. Newborn photography sessions are usually a mix of photos of baby on his/her own (on the beanbag as well as props such as baskets), family photos, photos of each parent with baby as well as sibling photos. We take time to feed and sooth baby whenever needed. Sessions are never rushed, so you can be assured that you will leave with some beautiful memories that will last you a lifetime (because all of our packages include high resolution digital photos!).

There are lots of tips on how to prepare for a newborn photo session beforehand. I always send clients some guidelines prior to their baby session with suggestions on how to prepare, what to bring, when to feed their newborn baby, what to avoid, etc. That way we can work towards having the newborn photo session go as smooth as possible.

Please feel free to browse through our galleries and take a peek at the different packages that we offer. Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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Ottawa Newborn Photographer – Smiley baby boy

This sweet little man gave me so many smiles during his newborn photography session in our Ottawa studio! Mr. Adorable came in at about 3 weeks of age for his mini photo session. For those clients who are only looking for a few photos of their newborn baby, the newborn mini session is a great option! With the newborn mini session clients get 10 photos of baby alone. I can tell you that these parents absolutely loved all the smiles we got to capture during their baby photo shoot! I also offer other photography packages that include 20 or 30 photos as well as photos of baby with mom, dad, siblings and family photos. I absolutely love those photos that show the connection between baby and mom/dad. It’s really priceless…

I have been photographing newborns for 7 years now and I am so very grateful and beyond amazed that this is my job! It has taken me years to get to where I am. Learning how to pose baby properly and safely, how to use the right lighting, how to photograph baby from different angles and how to get those perfect details right takes time and practice! But every time I am editing photos from my newborn photo sessions in my Ottawa studio, I have a big smile on my face. 🙂

I always recommend that clients book their newborn photography session a couple of months in advance. However, from time to time I will have last minute availability so it’s never too late to check. Please contact me if you have any questions and feel free to take a look at my newborn gallery by clicking here. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to hear from you soon!

 

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Newborn Photography – Baby Nora

This sweet baby girl was such a darling baby to photograph. One of my farourite type of photos to take during a newborn session are the photos with mom & dad. There’s just so much love in that interaction. Makes me feel blessed to have this job every day. 🙂

Please visit our gallery for more photos of little ones and contact us if you have any questions. You can find all of our packages here. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Newborn Photography – Ottawa’s Best Newborn Photographer – sweet baby girl

This little sweetie pie was such a darling to work with (look at those cheeks and eyelashes!). Her session took place at our Ottawa studio but did you know that we also offer newborn sessions at the comfort of your home? Extra fee does apply so please contact us if that is something that interests you and we can give you all of the details.

Please visit our newborn gallery for more samples of our newborn work and thank you for stopping by!

 

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Baby Photography – Ottawa’s leading baby Photographer

Here are some simple and beautiful photos of this little munchkin! Such a sweet baby photography session in our Ottawa studio. 🙂

Please visit our gallery for more sample of our work or click here to go directly into the baby gallery. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Newborn photography Ottawa – sweet baby Sophie

This season has been so busy that I’ve hardly had time to keep up with social media, let alone blogging! I’m hoping to make up for it in the New Year but for now, I just wanted to post a few sneak peaks of this sweet newborn baby girl who I recently photographed in my Ottawa studio.

Please feel free to contact us for more information and click here for more newborn photos or here for more baby photos. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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