Newborn on Our Blog

Orange County Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

Those tiny toes, those clenched fists, those sweet puckered lips—newborns are everything sweet and tender; but your baby’s first few months are fleeting. Before you know it, your baby will be wide eyed and having a hard time sitting still! Beautiful portraits help you hold on to a piece of this newborn phase forever.


The best time to prepare for a newborn session is before your baby is born. Ideally, you’ll give us a call during your first or second trimester so we can pencil you in for your session somewhere near your due date. Then, when you are ready to go to the hospital, shoot us an email or text letting us know so we can schedule a date. We will email you to confirm the date once you are home with your little one.

Baby’s photograph best within the first 14 days of life. They’re naturally “scrunched up” deep sleepers, and don’t mind being moved around as much.  We typically photograph the newborn session in the morning since your baby’s schedule is a little off at the beginning. We prefer sleeping babies but can work with a baby asleep or awake. Our studio is heated to help keep your little one sleepy.

If you, your spouse, or other family members want to be in some of the portraits, just let us know beforehand.


Gilmore Studios creates a warm, quiet, calm environment for your little one.  You will have had a pre-session consult before coming in for your newborn session- so all the colors and themes are assembled and ready to go. We have numerous onsite props (buckets, beds, buntings, banners), and you can also bring your own if you have something specific in mind. We have a whole wall of blankets, wraps, tutus, beanies, and headbands in every color imaginable to fit whatever theme you want. Gilmore Studios has a myriad of floor and backdrop choices and we will choose these prior to your session. We are constantly adding to and updating our choices, from whimsical to natural to sophisticated.

This is one reason it’s important to book the session early. It helps us get prepared with the perfect backdrop and set to match your baby nursery and home.

All our baby props are cleaned and blankets are washed between sessions with non-scented baby detergent.

Most our clients like their baby “au natural” (naked) in their photos. We will shoot a variety of wraps, outfits, and “au natural” for your little one. We love to have variety in the session!

Feel free to check our gallery, blog, or our Pinterest page for inspiration, or you can trust us to use our artistic sensibilities to create a gorgeous backdrop for your newborn.


Most of all, we want you to relax. You have enough to stress about as a new parent. We’ve had over a decade of experience shooting newborns (and have had three of our own!), and promise we will do all we can to make your session run smoothly and the whole experience a happy and memorable one.

Check out this lovely lifestyle newborn photography session we photographed in a clients home.