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NEWBORN SESSIONS - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Updated: Mar 9


There's something so precious and special about newborn babies that I really believe every parent should capture. A baby is considered “new” for such a short period. Their tiny features, movements and expressions will continue to change and grow. By investing in beautiful photography, you will have those memories to treasure forever.


Whilst it’s a huge privilege to be ale to capture this special time, newborn photography requires skill, patience and preparation from both parents and photographer to ensure you achieve the most beautiful photos.


New parents have so many questions about these sessions that I hope this answers all you need to know! If I've missed anything please don't hesitate to get in touch.




HOW AND WHEN YOU SHOULD BOOK

It is never too early to book in for your newborn photography. To secure your date simply get in touch with me and let me know when you are due. As these dates are never set in stone, we can book you in and allow flexibility around your date to reconfirm / reschedule if necessary. It’s always wise to appoint a family member or partner to contact me when baby arrives so we can start preparing and scheduling for your session.


BEST AGE AND WHY

Ideally, a newborn photography session should take place within the first two weeks of babies life. At this stage, babies are very sleepy and flexible meaning we can capture and create beautiful poses of their first few days of life. I fully appreciate that mum may not feel her best at this time which is why I come to your home to make the process as comfortable for you as possible.

After the first two weeks, babies are generally more awake and alert making the process a little more difficult to achieve. However, if your baby is over the 2 week mark we can still achieve beautiful images, it may just take a little longer.


WHERE WILL THE SESSIONS TAKE PLACE

Being a new mum, I know how sacred the first two weeks are which is why I travel to your home to capture your new family in the most familiar and comfortable environment for you and baby.


HOW SHOULD I PREPARE MY HOME?

The ideal space for your newborn session is a bright bedroom with plenty of natural light flooding in and a bed which allows for a safe place to photograph baby.


As we might take some snaps of baby in their nappy only, it is really important that your home is heated sufficiently for your baby to feel comfortable without any clothes on. I also recommend that you feed your baby as I arrive, so they will be ready to drop off to sleep just as we’re getting started.


Neutral backgrounds and earthy tones help us to capture natural images that focus on the people rather than your background or what you are wearing. Whilst I don’t want you to refurnish your home, try to select natural tones in bedding, throws and soft furnishings to compliment the end result.


I like to use natural light for my photos so consider a room that has large windows and plenty of light flooding in.


WHAT TO WEAR

Clothing and styling is a very personal choice, so I would never want to be too prescriptive; but there are some general guidelines and recommendations that I am happy to offer. Patterns, logos, branding and slogans can easily date and draw attention away from the people in the photography. Neutral, earthy tones (creams, whites, beige, pastels, light greys etc.) photograph well and give a timeless feel to images.



WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING THE SESSION

During your session, we will work through various positions making sure we capture baby, parents, siblings and grandparents in a variety of combinations allowing plenty of time in between for feeding, changing and cuddling.

While baby is sound asleep, I'll capture their little features through different poses - giving you a chance to have a break and admire what you've made!


WHEN WILL MY PHOTOS BE READY

I aim to deliver your online gallery within two weeks from the day of your shoot.



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