I absolutely love photographing newborns, with each one unique and exciting. It's beyond wonderful seeing the parents so in love and in their happy bubble (even if they are really, really tired), and it's quite normal for them to shed a tear when they see the images on the back of my camera!
It's such a precious time in a babies life, the first few days are gone with a blink of an eye and before you know it they are running around causing mischief and you are left wondering where that tiny bundle went?
When I started Photography by Ashley, Newborn Photography was a natural progression from Weddings. Since having my own son I am even more passionate about documenting this extremely special time in your life because I just "get it".
My aim is to capture your new arrival in their purest form, preferably in their birthday suit (although I can wrap them if you'd prefer). I will photograph all their little details whilst always practicing safe poses. I never, ever push your baby into a position that they are not happy or comfortable in.
Newborns are usually photographed anywhere from 6-14 days. With that being said, it is best to book either during your pregnancy or as soon as the baby is born. I will set a date from your due date or scheduled c-section, with the understanding that we can easily move the date or time (we all know babies are rarely on time!) I ask my clients to call me when the baby is born with the arrival date and weight – this way we can plan the best schedule. Babies are best photographed around 10 days, but this is dependent upon the weight. Smaller babies (5/6 pounds) may be photographed around 12-14 days, while as bigger babies should be photographed around 5-12 days.
I am sensitive to the mum's recovery and we will work with you to schedule your baby, I will not hassle you to book your session. Regardless of my schedule, I always leave time for newborns and will not schedule more than two sessions a week to guarantee quality of my work. The idea is to have gorgeous newborn photos so if you are interested in all of the cute wrapped, squishy baby poses then you should ask me to come around 5-12 days.
How Long are the Sessions?
Newborn sessions generally take about 2-3 hours and I shoot from the comfort of your home. Please don't worry about tidying up, I understand the chaos of bottles, breastfeeding, muslins, nappies and wipes in those first few weeks and I do not judge.
Mums are generally requested to do most of the feeding at the beginning of the session so that baby is nice and relaxed. This way I can start with an outfit or wrap while they digest and then continue on as they are nice and comfortable. With that being said, if you want baby naked, then at some point they will do their business, and that's ok! I am so used to it and it truly doesn’t bother me – I'll just grab another blanket and off we go again! I also use heaters (in the winter) and white noise to help soothe babies.
General retouching is provided on all my images. I suggest using olive oil on the baby's skin in the morning after a bath to keep everything soft and smooth. As babies grow acne and peeling skin will occur, but you don't need to worry as I can really remove anything in photoshop if you wish. I want to show your baby in the best possible light looking natural, and for that reason I will not do any heavy retouching. For umbilical cords, we can pose in a way that will disguise it.
I buy blankets and props mostly in neutral colours so that the main focus is on your baby not the background. All materials, wraps, blankets and clothing are washed after every session and are always kept clean.
I take baby safety and care very seriously. You can trust that I will provide all measures to keep your baby in a clean safe environment.
Clothing for Family
Clothing for parents and siblings is best when it is nice and simple, and free of patterns or stripes. It is best to wear colors that will look great when the artwork is displayed in the home. Light or dark colors, work equally well.
I always want baby to be safe – as everyone should – and I will not put your baby into any unnatural positions to create composite images.
Deposit (upon booking)
Deducted from your chosen package when baby is here and a date is set
2-3 hour session at your home with 20 edited images available to download. Parents and sibling
As above with USB with personalised presentation box and 20 6x4 Professional prints
2-3 hour session at your home with 30 edited images.
A USB with personalised presentation box and 30 6x4 Professional prints
A Luxury 20 page 20cmx20cm Professional Album with all of your
photos beautifully printed to treasure forever
Extra Digital Image
All usable images with a light edit similar to your chosen photographs with no retouching
Available upon request
Parents, Family and Friends...
Stuck for an idea of what to get the baby/parents to be?
I offer vouchers towards all of my Newborn Photography Packages, a gift they will treasure for the rest of their lives.