Roughly 10 hours for one session, if not more. I got all those amazing poses with cute scrunched lips and delicate fingers, but I also have baby acne, flaky & blotchy skin, and possible scratches on the face from those sharp-as-razor nails.
Now, I know that I am no Heidi Hope or Rachel Vanoven when it comes to the perfect newborn edit or pose, but it takes a long time to make sure that baby's skin is even and *almost* flake free. I have included a wonderful example of a QUICK skin edit. And by quick...I mean 10-15 minutes...on just one image. Like I said...I have not been doing this for 10+ years like some have, so forgive me if it's not PERFECT, but still a great example.
I honestly have heard so many people say, "well how hard can it really be?!" to pose a newborn. HARD! Especially when you are trying to keep them asleep, getting peed on and having a camera "click click click" right in their face.
Newborns are my absolute favorite to shoot though, and I am so happy I have found by "niche", sorta say. I get my baby fix in AND get to photograph something adorable...I say, that's it's really the perfect job.
Natalie Bee is a Spokane, Washington-based Birth Doula and Photographer, a mother of four willings, and a PNW native.