Newborn and Older Baby Prep
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. However do not panic if your baby is older than this, I us it is just a guide, nothing is textbook, I work with babies to get the full range of newborn poses up to 6 weeks, after that, we just amend the session a little, dont focus on certain elements, but can also introduce new things as well.. and we will get beautiful images regardless!
Before You Arrive!
I highly recommend, trying to keep your baby awake for a bit before your session, i.e. talk to them, give them a bath etc (easier said than done, I know). If bottle feeding please bring with you plenty of extra feeds, you can find that babies will look for a feed earlier or more often, just because they are being handled, and room kept at a constant warm temperature, so baby is nice and happy when being undressed etc. 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 ( mostly you) . 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. I do not expect every baby to be super sleepy, and I love getting the wide eyed images just as much so please do not stress, these are just tips that from experience, that can help the session go well, and knowing that parents like the variety of both.
As above when doing an older newborn 6+ weeks , the sleepy element becomes less important, as they spend more time happy awake at this age, sessions will likely also more shorter because of this and the fact that feeding etc is usually better established.
Clothing/ What to wear.
I provide everything your baby needs, all I ask is that you bring baby in an outfit that is easier to remove, without disturbing them, like just a sleepsuit, avoiding over the head clothing, layering with blankets and a little hat to keep warm on colder days, instead of multiple layers.
For yourselves come how you feel comfortable, some people decide to dress up, others prefer to be nice and casual, light tones, such as creams, whites, greys, or pale pastel color's work best with my style, and give a nice natural feel to your family images. I would suggest avoiding any busy patterns, or large motif/logo clothing. I typically pose parents with newborn from the waist up, so I would not stress about footwear. I also have a range of poses whereby they work beautifully for parents who would like to take part but not be the main focus, ie including hands holding baby, side backlight images (you could have your hair back in a greasy bun, sweat top on, and not have a single clue in the final image) please, I know coming for a photoshoot at anytime, never mind when when you have just had a baby may seem daunting, but I promise you do not need to worry, come how you are!
Poop & pee happens.. & that's completely fine, and expected ! 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 1.5-3.5 hours so please expect to be here for a while, 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. I definitely don't like to clock watch and just work around baby, feel free to bring a book, your favourite snacks, listen to your favourite podcast, or take turns having a nap, relax and enjoy the moment, maybe even drink a WARM tea or coffee. For the most part, unless breastfeeding, I will sooth baby so they get used to 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 slightly 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 free 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.
If your baby uses a pacifier please bring it with you, a little suck of a dummy can do just the trick, if baby starts to fuss as I am about to snap a photo, even if they don't usually use it that much. It wont interfere with feeding as its only used for such a short period of time, its just another little tool we can use, if need be.
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.
After that your gallery will be ready within 2-4 week. I professionally hand edit all images to a high standard. You will then be invited back to an ordering appointment, we can make this date at your session or I will contact you around a week before, these appointments usually only last around 30-40 minutes, and this will be when you get to view your images, and make your purchases.
I offer a range of packages to suit all budgets, as you are paying for professional images, we like to make sure the quality and high standard is continued through to print, and you have beautiful fine art wall art pieces to display in your home.
Thank you for taking the time to read all the info, if you have any questions please do get in touch.