Capturing Newborn Magic: Essential Tips from Bella Daly Photography

Welcoming a new baby into the family is a big thing, and what better way to freeze those precious early moments than with a professional photoshoot? At Bella Daly Photography, we specialize in creating stunning, timeless images that capture the essence of your little one. I’ve gathered some key tips and tricks from my past sessions with brand new parents, and I’m excited to share them with you here!

1. Swaddling for Comfort and Calm:

Swaddling is like giving your baby a cozy hug. This age-old technique helps mimic the snug environment of the womb, making your newborn feel secure and relaxed. During our sessions, we use the softest, breathable fabrics to wrap your baby gently. It’s not just for the adorable photos, but it also keeps your little one content and soothed, making it easier to capture those serene, peaceful moments.

2. The Magic of White Noise:

Meet your new best friend: the white noise machine! This little gadget mimics the comforting sounds of the womb and can be a game-changer during photoshoots. At Bella Daly Photography, we often use white noise to create a calm, serene environment, allowing us to capture those sweet, sleepy expressions without any fuss. You might want to incorporate white noise into your baby’s routine at home for some extra relaxation and better sleep. My favourite is Dreamegg White Noice Machine. 


3. Gentle Rocking with Rockit:

One of our secret weapons is the Rockit, a nifty device that gently rocks our posing bed. Originally designed for buggies, the Rockit provides a smooth, rhythmic motion that can soothe even the fussiest of newborns. This gentle rocking helps keep your baby relaxed and comfortable, ensuring we get the best shots without any unnecessary stress.


4. Breast-like Dummies for Breastfed Babies:

For breastfeeding babies, finding a dummy that closely resembles the breast can be key to keeping them calm and happy during a photoshoot. We recommend dummies designed to mimic the natural shape and feel of a mother’s breast. These can help soothe your baby without causing nipple confusion, making it easier to capture those serene, content moments.My go to are Tommee Tippee Breast-Like Soother. 



5. Effective Burping Techniques:

Newborns often need to be burped to avoid discomfort from trapped air. During your session, you’ll see how we use gentle burping techniques to help your baby feel more comfortable. A well-burped baby is a happy baby, and this can make a significant difference in the overall success of your photoshoot. Learning these techniques can also be beneficial for you at home, ensuring your little one remains content and free from discomfort.

6. The Importance of a UV Sterilizer:

Safety first! We use a Nuby UV Dummy sterilizer and ensure all props, and equipment are thoroughly sanitizedThe Nuby UV Dummy Sterilizer is not only effective but also highly convenient. Its portable design comes with a handy strap, making it easy to attach to a buggy or bag. This stylish and practical accessory is a must-have for any parent on the go, ensuring that your baby’s essentials are always clean and safe.

All of the above helps Bella Daly Photography ensure your newborn’s first photoshoot is smooth and stress-free. We prioritize your baby’s comfort and well-being, and every detail is carefully considered to capture the magic of those early days. We can’t wait to provide you with beautiful, timeless images that you’ll cherish forever.