12 Questions for your Newborn Photography Questionnaire

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Whether you’re new to photography or expanding your portfolio, newborn photoshoots can feel overwhelming at times. 

Not only are you dealing with a new human whose temperament is unpredictable, but you also have to manage parental expectations. And much like any other photo shoot, you know how important it is to establish clear expectations with your client to ensure everyone is on the same page. 

As you’ve heard us say many, many times before, a newborn photography questionnaire is one of the most important things you can use to get to know your clients before a session! 

A newborn photography questionnaire can be especially critical with newborn photography as you want to make the new parents as comfortable as possible, get an idea of what they are expecting, and create a unique session.

What’s more, these questionnaires serve as a guide for how to prepare for a newborn photo session. 

By clearly understanding your clients’ wants and desires, you can plan the session around them, creating a great experience for both you and your clients. 

Bonus? With such a great atmosphere, your one-time clients have the capability to turn into repeat clients. 

To help you make the most of your next newborn photo session, we break down 12 questions to add to your newborn photography questionnaire:

  1. Baby’s name and gender (if you know)
  2. Due date
  3. Baby’s weight (if already born)
  4. Does your baby have any special need I need to be aware of?
  5. Are there any siblings that will be incorporated into this session? If so, what are their names and ages?
  6. Do you have any props or ideas that you would like to use into your session?
  7. Do you have a preference on what colors are used?
  8. Do you have any specific poses or requests for the session?
  9. Does the baby’s nursery have a theme or color scheme?
  10. Where do you plan on displaying your images?
  11. Have you had professional photos taken before?
  12. How did you hear about me?

By asking these questions in your newborn photography questionnaire, not only are you getting your building excitement by getting your client to start visualizing the session, but you are also brainstorming for how they’ll display their images after the session. 

By gathering this information, you also gain a much clearer understanding of your clients’ desires. Without this guide, you may end up focusing on an element of the shoot that doesn’t fit with your clients’ specific vision.

In addition to allowing you to manage client expectations better, questionnaires add a layer of professionalism to your shoots and can lead to more referrals for your business!

Did you know that with Iris Works, we have the ability to automatically send your clients newborn questionnaires before their session? Give us a try! Sign up for your free 14 day trial today!




  1. Bob Turnbul

    thank you for sharing such beautiful post. But would please advise “Does the baby’s nursery have a theme or color scheme?” – is this question is really appropriate or necessary? I would be very grateful to you, if you kindly advise me on this.

    • Paula

      Yes this question is helpful because nursery theme/color help the photographer decide on a design that matches the nursery.


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