WHY SHOULD I BOOK A NEWBORN PHOTOSHOOT?
It’s not everyday you get to welcome a newborn baby into the world. Neither is it as easy as it sounds, but I don’t think you’ll argue, when I say it’s that which makes it one of the most magical moments of our lives.
And while the birth itself is a special time, it’s the short newborn period after your baby’s birth when they’ll be at their most adorable. Their wrinkles, rolls, tiny fingers, and even squid lips, are all features that as they grow older, we tend to forget – that’s if we don’t capture them through a photograph.
Which is why celebrating the birth of your little bundle with a newborn photoshoot, is not only a great idea, but also something that you’ll treasure in years to come.
WHAT HAPPENS ON A NEWBORN PHOTOSHOOT?
As you can imagine, newborn photography is a delicate procedure that I’m keen not to rush. At 2-weeks old (the best time for a newborn photoshoot) your baby is still adjusting to life outside of mum, which means posing them can take time. My typical newborn shoot takes between 2-4 hours… relatively short after 9-months of waiting.
The way I like to do things is bring your newborn photoshoot directly to you. Not only is this the most comfortable option for your little one, but it’s also far easier on your part. The only bit of prep you need to worry about is turning the heating up slightly and having the milk and wipes on standby.
*If for whatever reason you’re not comfortable with me doing the shoot at your house, I do have a studio that we can use otherwise.
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY?
When you book your newborn photoshoot is generally based on your due date and can’t be finalised until your little one arrives. A great time to do so is after your 12-week scan.
Sounds early I know, but due to high levels of demand as well as the unpredictability that comes with a newborn baby, I’m limited to the amount of bookings I can make each month. But that’s not to say that last minute bookings are impossible – in some cases they can fit in rather well. Only I wouldn’t rely on this being the case as I don’t like to disappoint, especially with such a momentous occasion!
*If your baby has already arrived, congratulations! Just please contact me directly before booking online.
NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY: YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
I want my baby to smile in their pictures. When do newborns smile?
If your baby’s over 2 weeks old don’t worry – newborn shoots are suitable for babies up to 6 weeks old. Typically around the 6 week period babies start experimenting with facial expressions, so if you’re looking for slightly more smiley shots then a later shoot may actually work out better.
If I book a newborn photoshoot, will my baby safe?
Yes – your baby’s safety is my top priority.
At no point throughout the shoot will your little one be put at risk. Any shots you see where a baby looks to be holding themselves up is all done through mix of clever prop work and editing trickery. However, depending on the poses you pick, I may ask for your assistance, which is why I always ask for you to be present throughout the shoot.
During a newborn shoot, who’ll be handling my baby?
Me – providing it’s alright with you of course.
I’ve years of experience in handling newborn babies, so it’s vital that you trust in me as your photographer. Rest assured when posing your little one I’ll always adopt the safest approach.
I don’t want to harm my baby’s sight - is photography safe for babies?
While studies have shown that flash photography is not harmful to babies due to their smaller pupils meaning they actually take in less light than us adults, it’s something I avoid using when possible.
What happens if my newborn makes a mess?
Nothing. All my props are thoroughly washed and sanitised before each shoot and I don’t wear my best clothes for a reason.
Will the quality of my newborn photography suffer because my baby won’t stop crying?
No, not one bit.
However the speed at which you little one settles is likely to determine the length of the shoot. It varies, but most babies wake up at least once in need of some comforting or food. Feeding them just before the shoot is a great way to keep them settled from the start. But ultimately newborn photography revolves around your baby, so it’s having the pertinence to work around them that’ll get us the best shots.
Is a newborn photoshoot just a ‘me and my partner’ thing or can we bring family and friends?
It’s whatever you want it to be. If Grandma and Grandad would like to spectate that’s completely fine with me as long as it doesn’t intrude on my shooting space or the noise level (very important!). This is also the same in the case of children, although I would ask for them to be supervised by an adult. Typically we do sibling shots in the last half an hour of the shoot, so this is probably the best time to bring them along.
How do you wrap a baby for a photoshoot?
If you’d like photo of your newborn all wrapped up, then there’s a very specific method for doing so. During a newborn shoot this is something I normally do, but I’m more than happy to show how it’s done on the day.
How many pictures can I expect from a newborn photoshoot?
Lots. On a typical shoot I can take a couple of hundred images. How many you receive depends on the package that you opt for, how many poses we try out and how picture friendly our model is.