Newborn sessions are my joy. Photographing them makes my day. I spend some time every day learning to perfect my craft.
Hopefully this little section will help you to prepare for your session as well.
Newborn sessions take typically up to 2-3 hours long.Preparing For Your Session: – Once you decide to schedule a session with me, we will set a date. I understand that babies rarely come when predicted and I will accommodate their personal plans for arrival. But a due date will give us a base line. Once your infant is born, please get in touch with me and we will firm up our date and time. Babies are best photographed in the first 10 days of their new little lives. They sleep better, don’t have colic yet, and usually haven’t started developing baby acne or cradle cap. If you are a c-section Mom, we can work out something out. I know that recovery can be slow and painful.- When we schedule your session, we will have a conversation about what you are looking for and what type of photography style and props I use and if you want your infant to be photographed with props that you will bring from home like a flag or helmet? All of these questions will help me to build a session that is perfect.
– Please do not feed your infant before coming to the session. I will give you space and time to feed the baby and sooth him to sleep once you arrive. The reason this works best is that if you feed your baby before you come he will start his sleep cycle while in his car seat. No good. We want him to do that at the studio. Newborn sessions are a lot more of feeding, snuggling and soothing than they are photographing, so just expect lots of down time.
– It is always nice to have a dummy. This will help me to sooth your baby in between poses. If you have chosen not to use a dummy, please be prepared to help me by having your finger ready for your baby to suck on.
– I photograph babies in their birthday suits. I have yet to photograph a newborn in clothes and hope that I am never asked to do so. Newborn babies just don’t fill out clothes properly. They are so much sweeter without all that bulky fabric. I would be happy to schedule another session down the road to photograph your baby in any special outfits, especially christening / blessing outfits.
– I keep my studio warm to make your newborn baby comfortable and relaxed.
– I strongly encourage you to bring any special hats, hair-bands, bracelets etc… You may not like what I have and I may fall in love with what you bring. So not only will your additions give us more to choose from they are also extra special since they belong to your little one.
– If you have scheduled your session in the late afternoon / early evening please take traffic into consideration. Poor timing can be the death of us all.
– Lastly, if you should think of anything before you come please feel free to contact me. I live and breathe by checking my email! I will respond in a very timely manner.During Your Session: – Once you arrive I will give you some time in my studio to feed and sooth your baby. Once she is happy and sleepy we will start the session.- I start my sessions by taking some portraits of your baby. I am looking for some great body shots and capturing some of baby’s bits and pieces like hands and feet.
– There is very limited poses to what a newborn baby can pose and it’s expected for the baby to cry or wake up during changing of poses. All the poses are designed for the newborn baby to b comfortable in them. So please do not be alarmed if your newborn baby cries during pose change.
– Regular feedings, diaper changes and crying fits are normal and expected during the session.
– Once we have these more important poses under our belt, I will move on to photographing your newborn in the props.
– Before you leave, I will ask you to sign a model release. This allows me to use your images to promote my business without compensation.After Your Session: – Now you can go home and relax and dream about all the beautiful images that will soon be yours.– I go through the images from your session and select the best.– Once I have the “final cut” selected I go through each individual picture. I look to correct any blemishes. Tiny details like baby acne once corrected can make all the difference in an image! My process also includes looking for images that would shine with a special touch like a vignette or a special color application. I convert 1 or more of your images to black and white as well. Just a word on that. I process my black and white with a little warmth. That means they have a little touch of sepia in them. I feel this makes portraits look even better than traditional black and white.
– Within 4 weeks from your session/ reshoot date you will receive all your images on disc via Royal mail to the address you have provided us with.
– When printing always use the full size images provided on disc. Please refer to our Printing Guide for more information
– Now you have your portraits and they look beautiful in your home. Your friends comment on how fantastic they look on your walls and everyone admires the sweetness of your precious newborn. You have wonderful, precious images to remind you of the innocence of your newborn, and you have documented in a beautiful, meaningful way what those first few days of life were like. BLISS!* For help / advice please contact us via Facebook or Website or E-mail: [email protected]