"First We Had each other, then we had you... now we have everything"
I just love photographing newborns. They are always my favourite sessions, with each one unique and exciting. It's so wonderful seeing the parents so excited (even if they are really, really tired), and it's quite normal for them to shed a tear when they see the images on location!
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? 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, and then move onto the images with the real wow factor involving cute hats, props and 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 want to come around 5-12 days.
How Long are the Sessions?
Newborn sessions generally take about 2-4 hours. I will provide drinks for you in this time.
Mums are generally instructed to do most of the feeding at the studio so that baby is nice and relaxed. I love a hungry baby! I want this beautiful new baby to relax and feed in the studio just as the session starts. 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 and white noise to help soothe babies.
General retouching is provided on all my images. I suggest using olive oil on the babys skin in the morning after a bath to keep everything soft and smooth. As babies grow the acne and peeling skin will occur, but you don't need to worry as I can really remove anything in post. I want to show your baby in the best possible light, that being said I will not do any heavy retouching upon request. For umbilical cords, we can pose in a way that will disguise it.
The studio is stocked full of blankets in most colors and everything you could need! I buy blankets and props literally every month to keep things fresh and new. 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 with the many cute baby poses you see, please know that there is retouching involved at my end and babies are never put in harmful positions. I love babies as natural as they can be, and I also adore many cute modern poses. I will only provide these poses upon request and can not guarantee any of them, it all really depends on your baby.
I am fully insured to handle newborns and I also have a qualification in baby and child first aid.
My package for Newborn Photoshoots included 20 chosen images from your session edited on a USB stick to print and share to your heart's content. I ask for £50 to secure the session at the time of booking, and then the balance of £250 to be paid at the time of the session. If you require extra images of family then please let me know at the time of booking. Any extra images after the 20 you recieve will be charged at £10 an image.
I give you the option of selecting your own images and it couldnt be easier to do with my private online gallery. This gives you full control over the images you recieve. They will be uploaded pre-edit for you to select, and then I perfect your chosen 20.
If you want to meet me for a coffee to discuss your individual ideas then that can definately be arranged as I love a good coffee!
(Click on the image to reveal some images from their session)