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Just spent the last hour and a half packing and getting ready to meet a newborn baby girl in Herndon, VA. First, I picked the props, backdrops, throws, wraps and beanbag covers and got everything ready in one pile in my studio. Here’s a snapshot of what I am bringing to the shoot tomorrow:

Newborn photographer props getting ready for a newborn session

What’s in the pile?(All the fabrics in the pile have been carefully washed and dried, some – handwashed and air-dried, which also took quite some time and planning).

Top right: A large wicker basket, bean bag on top, some beanbag covers (the knit and stretchy fabrics on top of the beanbag)

Top left: some cute newborn baby girl hats, I also packed a couple of headbands with flowers in a ziplock bag, it’s probably hiding somewhere.

Bottom left: cheesecloth and knit wraps to swaddle baby, some ruffle fabrics for swaddling as well, the pink stuff is a tutu and some pink basket filler

Bottom right: wooden trench bowl, black backdrops and beanbag covers, a large textured beanbag cover, faux fur.

I am also bringing (not pictured above): a couple of baskets, a reflector, a canvas bag with background stands, clamps, lens covers, wipes, waterproof blankets, a couple of small washcloths and towels. Aaah, yes, and my kelly moore camera bag with lenses, camera, flash, spare batteries for camera and flash, a few other little things.

In the morning I’ll make 2-3 trips to load my car. Once I arrive on location, I will make 2-3 trips to bring everything in from the car and take 15-20 minutes to set everything up, get ready and do some quick test shots. After the session: load the car, unload the car, unpack, wash, sort, put away to get everything ready for the next newborn shoot next weekend. Ha! Newborn photo sessions is lots of work, my friends.