Welcome to the wonderful world of Newborn Portrait Photography!
For me, it is important for you to enjoy the entire experience of your newborn portrait session. It should be to be entirely stress-free for you. Please let me know if you have any questions that I have not covered here or if something is not clear.
WHEN SHOULD WE BOOK OUR PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION?
Many parents book in just after their 20-week scan ensuring that they have a date in my diary and will not be turned away. Sessions should ideally take place when baby is under 21 days old. However, do not despair if you have a baby a little older than this and you have only just discovered the art of newborn photography. I have posed babies up to 10 weeks with success and am quite well known for photographing older babies. Please get in touch to see if I have any last-minute availability. Older baby sessions may take a little longer and it may not be possible to get those prop shots but you will still go away with a full and beautiful gallery.
HOW LONG IS A NEWBORN SESSION?
The average session will usually be two and a half to three hours. Sometimes we do have a baby that will like to feed more often and have difficulty in settling. I work solely around the baby’s needs, nappy changing, feeding, cuddles to help soothe and settle them all take up quite a lot of time but don’t worry you will not be bored, the session will fly by. It’s a very relaxed session and the time will fly by.
ARE PARENT SHOTS INCLUDED?
Parent and sibling shots are included in every session. If you would like children in the session please be aware that young children can find this a long time. Arrangements may need to be made for young children to attend at the beginning or towards the end of the session so that they will not get bored and disturb baby throughout the session. This is particularly important with very young children under five. This is where Grandparents really come in handy! 🙂
To ensure that your images remain timeless I advise parents to think about the outfits that you are going to be worn. Plain colours work well particularly black or white. If you prefer colour then I suggest you colour co-ordinate, avoid busy patterns or printed T-Shirts.
PREPARING FOR THE SESSION.
Our aim is for baby to fall into a deep sleep throughout the session we will probably start the session with a feed. A full baby is a sleepy baby. Dress baby in loose-fitting clothes that you will be able to easily remove, this will ensure there will be no red marks on baby’s skin.
WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?
You will need to bring plenty of milk, more is better than not enough as baby will probably feed more than usual during the session. Spare nappies, wipes, baby blanket and of course dummies if they use them. It is advisable to bring a little oil/vaseline and cotton wool if baby tends to have flaky skin, this can also be done before you leave home. You may want to bring a special toy or blanket that you would like to be featured in some of the images. We have a fabulous coffee station where you can help yourself to a variety of coffee’s, tea and biscuits. Please feel free to bring yourself a picnic a newborn session can be hungry work for parents and this is also your chance to sit back and relax and grab a bite to eat. It might be the only meal you get to have in quite a while that isn’t disturbed!
Even if you do not give your baby a dummy/pacifier it is a good idea to bring one to the session. This is a huge help to soothe baby during the session and can make the session quicker and more straightforward rather than constant feeding that can sometimes occur. As it is used for such a short time baby will not become reliant on it if you prefer your baby not to have one. Some babies just settle better with a dummy/pacifier during the session.
You will find the studio warm and inviting. It’s a good idea to wear layers of clothing so that you can remove the layers as you may find it very warm. Coffee and tea, and cold drinks are also supplied.
A session fee is required when booking, this will secure your date in my diary.
Due to cancellations having a huge impact on my diary 48 hours must be given when cancelling.
Due to working closely with vulnerable little babies and new mums that have just gone through labour I have a strict NO SICK policy and will reschedule newborn and sitter sessions if anyone in your home or mine is sick. Only immediate family members (parents and children) will be allowed into the studio during the session. I see only 3-4 clients a week which allows me to thoroughly wash and sanitise everything used during each session as well as the studio itself between clients. Every item that baby has worn even for 5 minutes will be laundered and every item that baby will have skin contact with will be disinfected. Cleaning and hygiene are kept on the highest level.