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chicago newborn photographers | what to bring to a hospital photoshoot

Have you ever thought to yourself, gosh, I would really love to get photos taken right after my baby is born.. in the hospital… but there’s no waaaaay I’ll be ready for pictures after my baby is born!

Well, let all of those fears go, because I’m here to help make sure you have all the tools you need to make for a great photoshoot in the hospital, even when you might not feel your best.


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  1. True Botanicals Pure Radiance face oil 
  2. True Botanics Nutrient face mist
  3. Hatch cashmere robe
  4. Hatch undies
  5. Hatch cashmere socks
  6. Kim + Ono Azumi Kimono robe
  7. Oddbird Co Dalga speckled turkish robe

When it comes to having your picture taken in the hospital, I always say keep it simple and cozy.  I’ve included some robe options above that I really love in varying styles that also photograph really well.  For example, you can go classic and luxurious with Hatch’s gray cashmere robe, or something more colorful like Kim + Ono’s Auzmi Kimono robe in red. I mean, seriously, for all you mamas out there having fall and holiday babies in the coming months – how gorgeous is that red? It also comes in a gorgeous forest green!

For something natural with a beautiful texture, I absolutely love Odd Bird Co’s new Dalga speckled turkish robes. These are also gender neutral so if you want to get matching robes for you and your partner, I say go for it! If your partner isn’t up for wearing a robe, keep it equally cozy and simple with jeans and a solid shirt of their choice (t-shirt, henley, sweater).

Aside from clothing, skincare is absolutely essential for those post birth days. Stay hydrated inside and out with lots of water, and True Botanicals’ nutrient face mist. With green and white tea, algae extracts, and essential probiotics from kombucha, just a few spritzes of this before your shoot will keep your skin dewy and perfect for pictures. For an extra glow, splurge on True Botanicals’ pure radiance face oil – trust me when I say, it is well worth the extra money. Since my pregnancy two years ago I’ve become a bit of a freak about trying to stick to all natural products that don’t irritate my skin but are still high quality (I have extremely sensitive skin), and after aaallll the research I did True Botanicals was the best I found and I love it soooo so much. But with that said, I understand that skin care is a very personal thing so if you have a product you’re already happy with, the most important thing I’d say is to bring a nutrient mist and face oil with you of any brand that you love.

But above anything else, choosing the right photographer to help you capture your very first photos with baby is the most important thing of all.  If you’re in Chicago and not sure who to hire for that job, I’d love to talk more with you and help make sure that your first pictures with your new little one in the hospital are nothing short of magical.

To see some of my First 48 hospital photoshoots (newborn photoshoots) with families here in Chicago, click HERE and HERE.

xo Suzy

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