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Newborn Photography

Newborn Photography

"Turn today's little moments, into tomorrow's precious memories"

Sometimes the smallest things take the most room in your heart

Piglet - Winnie the Pooh

Welcoming a new baby into your life is a magical moment filled with joy, excitement and love. Every day you will notice a new dimple, the tiniest freckle or a new expression on their face that looks just like the photos of you when you were born. Before you know it your bundle of joy will be walking, talking and graduating from university.

A Newborn Photography session is a great way to capture all of those little moments and turn them into precious memoires before they are gone forever. The timing of a newborn photography session is really important and should ideally take place within the first 14 days from their arrival. This might seem early however after that point they will start to discover the joy of stretching and it becomes more difficult to scrunch them up into little balls of loveliness.

Because there is such a short window of opportunity, I would recommend booking your session around about your 20 week scan. This will allow me to book a date in the diary when your new baby will be between 4-8 days old. Fill in the short form below to check my availability.

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Getting re­­ady for your newborn photography session

Your baby’s safety comes first - Safety is my absolute number one priority for taking photos of newborn’s so if you feel uncomfortable at any point please let me know and I will adapt my approach.

I mostly use natural poses but will try and get a few more artistic ones to provide you with a variety of shots. In most cases I will ask one of the parents to support the baby when doing more adventurous poses and I will then work my magic in post production to remove any distractions. This is a much safer approach and you still get fantastic shots.

There are also a number of simpler things with safety in mind such as washing props and accessories in non-scented baby detergent, washing my hands with anti-bacterial soap and ensuring all surfaces in the studio and sanitised prior to a session.

When should I book in? - Ideally newborn sessions should be scheduled within 14 days of their birthday but the best time is actually between 3-7 days after their arrival. This helps to ensure they are still sleepy and allows me to move them around more and scrunch them into those cute sleepy poses. Around day 8 they start to discover how fun it is to stretch which means they aren’t going to want to get into curly poses without some gentle encouragement and they won’t hold them for long.

If your baby is older than 14 days don’t worry too much. We will still capture some beautiful shots but bear in mind they might be a little different to the ones which melted your heart on the internet.

How will the session work? - Newborn sessions can last anywhere from 1-4 hours depending on your baby’s mood and willingness to sleep. I take the baby’s lead and getting them to sleep before posing takes time. They may need to be fed or cuddled a few times first.

Sometimes, 50% of your session will involve feeding, nappy changes, and cuddling to get your baby comfortable. If that doesn’t work, we’ll take a break or we’ll work with what baby is giving us. Sometimes the best photos happen when they aren’t doing what we want.  Just remember, babies can sense stress and anxiety so It’s important that everyone stays calm, relaxed and most of all patient during this session. If sleep doesn’t happen, that’s okay as wide-eyed newborn photos are beautiful too.

How should I to prepare for the session? - The images usually work best when your baby is in a deep sleep. To increase our chances of this it would be great if you could do try and make sure they are exhausted before coming to the studio…like you probably are J.   Keeping them awake a bit longer than usual might feel a bit cruel but it will be worth it in the end.

Please also feed and burp your baby right before our session to ensure a happy, sleepy (“milk drunk”) baby. You can do this at the studio if this is easier for you and I will pop the kettle on. I’ll also keep my studio a bit warmer then normal during the session which should help to make them feel snug and secure.  Please discuss any ideas, props or poses you have in mind at least a week prior to your session to ensure I can prepare anything I need in advance.

How should I dress my baby? - Your baby will be naked in a lot of the shots (with some strategic posing to maintain their modesty) so the first thing to do is to loosen their nappy and clothing at least 30 minutes before the session. This gives time for imprints and marks to disappear prior the session. If you prefer to keep their nappy on (or if we’re forced to…) it would be great if you had a cloth nappy, nappy covers or bloomers to cover the nappy as it can often look a bit messy and distracting.

Bring along any clothing or accessories your want me to use (knitted hats or headbands are a huge favourite) in addition to any tight swaddling blankets to increase our chances of getting them curled up.

What if they use you or your studio as their personal potty? - Poop happens J Your baby is going to be as nature intended for the majority of the session so please don’t panic if they decide to take a comfort break. It’s completely normal so there’s no need to feel embarrassed or worry when (notice I didn’t say if) this happens. It would definitely be helpful if you had a stack of old towels, extra wipes and blankets available for when things get messy though.

Can I bring some props? - I have a small collection of crates, baskets and blankets but you are more than welcome to bring along some of your own. Look for items with texture and colour to help make your images unique. If you have any family heirlooms, toys, hats etc. that you would like me to use in your session, please bring them along. We may not get the chance to use all of the items, but it’s better to have them just in case.

What should I wear? - The session will firmly focus on your bundle of joy but I might include you in some of the shots as well so it’s worth having a think about what you’re going to wear.  As mentioned it’s going to be pretty warm so consider light clothing or layers which you can remove to ensure you are comfortable. Avoid large logo’s or patterns which can be distracting and consider wearing fitted clothing as loose clothes can make you look bigger than you are in photographs. It’s also worth noting that your hands (maybe even your feet) could feature in some of the shots so don’t forget to ensure they are looking their best as well.

Finally and most importantly just have fun and enjoy the session.

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