Please take a minute just to read through these quick prep ideas, so you know what to expect for your photoshoot.
Once you and baby have been giving the green light to go home, please contact me right away to schedule a definite date and time for your babies newborn session.
When scheduling the session the earlier the better. Newborns much younger tend to do very well during a photoshoot, oppose to a baby that is 3+ weeks old, as they are more awake, alert and have learned to stretch out.
Before You Arrive!
I highly recommend, trying to keep your baby awake for a bit before your session, i.e. talk to them, bath them etc (easier said than done, I know). If possible try and refrain from given them their final feed that's due before session, and give it on arrival, or even keep part of the feed. This is just because sleepy hungry babies, are more easily posed into those curled up poses that everyone loves to get. These things wont always be possible and that's fine. For breastfeeding mummy's, I would suggest feeding before arrival if feeding isn't well established yet, as feeding can take quite long, and then of course you can feed as and when you need throughout your session. Following these steps, can make sure you get the most out of your session, my goal is to get as many nice pictures as we can, without tiring everybody out. There is no golden recipe, as the little people will run the show.. and I work with them and what they are happy and comfortable with.
Poop & pee happens.. & that's completely fine, and expected.. so don't stress about it. All props used during a session are washed in baby detergent and I have bits in place for a smooth clean up!
Sessions can last anywhere from 2-3 hours so please expect to be here for a bit, during a newborn session the majority of time is spent settling baby, changing them, giving cuddles.. patience is key to getting those nice cute shoots, so please bare with me!
It gets hot in the studio.. Since babies are usually photographed naked, or are being changed quite a bit the room will be heated to a minimum of 24 degrees to ensure baby is warm and comfortable. If we’re not sweating, it’s probably not warm enough for baby! At this age babies cannot regulate their own body temperature and can be startled by sudden drops in temperature. Please make sure to wear something comfortable. I always stock up well on water, tea, coffee and little snacks but if you rush out in a hurry always feel feel to bring whatever with you.
Siblings are more than welcome to come along for sibling/family shots, but due the length of the session, safety and other reasons, I would recommend they come and have photographs taken either at the beginning or end of session, so they do not have to stay the entire time. Please let me know if this is going to be a problem.
What should they wear? For newborn sessions I provide all outfits and props etc, I do recommend bringing them in a little sleepsuit, so I don't have to disturb them to much at the beginning of session. For Siblings and parents I recommend wearing no big logos and neutral tones, whites creams etc, with jeans for a little boy, however its totally up to you. If you do want more guidance on this do get in touch, and I would be happy to help, but do not worry or stress over outfits to much. If there is an item from home you would like to bring to include in your session, do let me know and we can try to incorporate it, even feel free to send me pictures, after all I want your to love your images.
Safety is my top priority when handling your baby, at times I may ask mum or dad to help, just by staying close to baby etc. During the session I will be handling and posing baby, but I will not have them in any positions they are not comfortable in. I like to let baby guide the flow of my sessions. When baby is in wraps, I am constantly checking there temperature at the back of their neck, keeping an eye on colour and blood flow when in certain poses. Remember your baby has just lived in your tummy for 9 months, so they love being in these little positions. I have trained and mentored in newborn baby safety and have two children of my own, so your little one is in safe hands.
Lastly, sit back and enjoy! I work out of my home garden studio, I have all the equipment of a professional studio, and people often comment on enjoying the relaxed atmosphere.
You will receive a sneak preview of of your gallery on my Facebook page unless you would prefer not to just let me know. After that your gallery will be ready within 2-4 weeks ). I hand edit all images and will present you with a gallery for you make your selections for USB and pick your images to print.
Mini package - will be presented with around 10 Images to choose from. However if I feel there is extras you would like to see I will include them in case you would like to upgrade your package. Maximum upgrade will then be silver 10 images.
Gold - packages will have a a gallery of edited images off between 15 -20 images ( depending on baby) to make your selections of 15 .
Platinum - packages will include a full gallery of edited images off between 20-30 images for you to keep on USB. ( Depending on baby)
Wall art- I offer a range or high quality beautiful wall art and other products. Images are much better displayed on luxury statement pieces that you can cherish forever, rather than being keep on a USB in a drawer. Most of my clients tend to pick some sort off artwork, may it be a an album, multi-image frame, canvas or acrylic products. However they are optional and can be decided on at your session or after!
Thanks for taking the time to read all the info, if you have any questions please do get in touch.