Newborn portraits are typically done within the first week of birth. Babies still sleep a lot during this time, and fit nice and easily into the fetal position, making those adorable newborn shots effortless. They really do grow fast, and you'll want to catch this stage before it's gone for good.
With newborn photo shoots, babies rule. They get to eat and sleep as much as they want, and it's the only time in their lives they get away with peeing and pooping on everything and (sometimes) every body. We'll just go with the flow (no pun intended).
I get asked a lot about props, but I honestly think the best props are sentimental. Blankets from grandparents, or outfits worn home from the hospital, make for sweet treasured photographs. Of course, if you have something in mind, we can definitely include it.
As merely a suggestion, I tell the parents to wear solid black shirts and join in the fun. I suggest solid black so busy prints and colors don't take away from the beautiful baby.