When Your Newborn Doesn’t Sleep During the Shoot!

In the journey of parenthood, every moment is a treasure. And perhaps, there’s no time more cherished than those first few days when you welcome a newborn into your family. This is why so many parents choose to capture these precious moments with professional newborn photography. The idea of having serene, sleepy newborn photos is a dream for many. But what happens when your newborn doesn’t sleep during the shoot? As a photographer who specialises in creating emotionally charged memories, I understand the concerns and expectations of parents. In this blog post, we’ll explore why your baby might not sleep during a newborn photoshoot, and more importantly, how we can still capture stunning, unforgettable images.

The Anticipation of Sleepy Newborn Photos

When parents book a newborn photoshoot, they often envision their little bundle of joy peacefully snoozing in adorable poses. The allure of those irresistibly cute, curled-up shots is undeniable. It’s natural to want these timeless keepsakes, but it’s equally important to understand that not all newborns will cooperate with our expectations. The reality is that babies have their own unique personalities, and some are just more alert and active than others, even in their earliest days.

Your Baby’s Temperament

One of the primary reasons a newborn may not sleep during a photoshoot is their temperament. Babies, like adults, have varying temperaments. Some are naturally more easy-going and tend to sleep soundly, while others are more alert and curious. These personality traits can influence how a baby reacts to a photoshoot environment. An alert baby might want to explore and take in their surroundings, making it challenging to coax them into a deep slumber.

As a photographer who strives to capture the essence of your baby’s personality, I view an awake baby as an opportunity rather than an obstacle. While I may not achieve the typical sleepy poses, I can capture the wonder, curiosity, and expressions that make your baby unique. These moments, filled with wide-eyed wonder, are just as precious and memorable as the traditional sleepy shots.

Physical Discomfort

Another reason a newborn may not sleep during their shoot is physical discomfort. Babies communicate their needs primarily through crying, and during a photoshoot, it’s not uncommon for them to feel a bit uneasy due to the unfamiliar environment, new sensations, or even minor discomforts like hunger or a dirty diaper. Babies are sensitive, and their well-being is a top priority. If your newborn seems fussy during a session, we’ll pause to address their needs, ensuring they’re comfortable and content before proceeding.

Embracing Awake and Alert Moments

While you may have anticipated those serene, sleepy poses, there is a unique beauty in capturing your baby when they are wide awake and alert. These moments, where your newborn doesn’t sleep during the shoot, will showcase their budding personality and curiosity about the world around them. As a photographer with a personalized approach, I understand the importance of flexibility and patience during a photoshoot. I’m here to capture your baby’s genuine expressions and fleeting moments, whether they are peacefully asleep or wide-eyed and exploring.

Adapting to Your Baby’s Rhythm

Every baby has their own rhythm, and as a photographer who seeks to create warm and heartfelt memories, I embrace this diversity. If your baby is more active during a session, it simply means we adapt to their rhythm. We can capture candid moments of bonding between you and your baby, interactions with siblings, and the pure joy that comes from those spontaneous smiles and expressions. These authentic moments are the ones that will truly tug at your heartstrings when you look back on your newborn’s photos.

The Slideshow Preview: A Sneak Peek at Treasured Memories

To provide you with the best possible experience, every photography session with me includes a slideshow preview. This preview is a special moment for parents, as it offers a glimpse into the magic we’ve created together. Whether your baby was asleep or awake during the photoshoot, the slideshow highlights the best images from the session, carefully selected to convey the emotions and connections you shared with your newborn.

In the end, the experience of a newborn photoshoot can be as unpredictable as the baby’s own personality. While we all hope for those classic, sleepy newborn shots, the reality is that every baby is unique, and their moments are equally precious. As a photographer who values warmth, expertise, empathy, and enthusiasm, my focus is on capturing the genuine emotions and connections that you and your baby share.

Whether your newborn sleeps through the session or remains awake and alert, we will create a collection of images that tell the beautiful story of your baby’s first days. These images are not just photographs; they are emotionally charged memories that you and your family will cherish for generations to come. So, let’s celebrate every moment, from the calm to the curious, and capture the essence of your newborn in all their glory. After all, it’s in those unscripted moments that the true magic of parenthood shines through.

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Hey! I'm Courtney Blury of Blury Photography. If you're a big-hearted mama, looking to document the good moments then I am your girl x


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