Your Newborn Photo Session

Newborn photography captures a very special time for you and your baby.  It is so lovely to have images of your baby when they are brand new and teeny tiny.  You will always treasure the images from your session and when your baby grows they will too!

One of the things I love about being a newborn and family photographer is getting to see tiny babies grow into gorgeous children. And it happens so quickly! I’m always so honoured to have been able to document the time when they were brand new!

Below are a few frequently asked questions and some tips to ensure you get the most out of your baby’s photo session.

When should I book?

The best time for curled-up, snuggly newborn images is when your baby is less than ten days old as babies of this age tend to be a little sleepier. (But don’t worry if your baby is a little older, as we will still capture some gorgeous images!)

Because the window for newborn sessions is so small, it’s best to pre-book your newborn session before your baby arrives. Once you have booked your session, I will make sure to keep time around your due date and then we can confirm the actual session date as soon as your little one arrives.

Where does the photo session take place?

Depending on where you are based, I photograph your baby in your own home.  On arrival, I will need to assess the various available rooms in your house to find the most suitable and flattering light to set up the session. We may use multiple rooms for different looks.

In the past I have used a combination of natural lighting and controlled studio lighting. But in as far as possible, I try to utilise only pure natural light as, for newborn photography especially, this gives better, softer and more natural results.

How long will the photo session last?

Babies and young children are totally unpredictable! So, a photo session can last anything from 1.5 hours up to 2.5 hours or more, depending on the kind of images you want captured, combined with a little bit of luck! Please don’t worry about your baby “not co-operating” – there is no such thing. Your baby’s photo session will be very relaxed and easy going and totally baby-led. That means we may need to stop to allow her to feed, change, or just have a little break! I will never rush a newborn session and will take as much time as required.

What should I do to prepare my baby for the photo session?

Ideally, I will photograph your baby when they are in a nice deep slumber so that they can be placed into a relaxed and natural pose. To try and induce that nice sleepy state, it’s a good idea to keep them awake an hour before the photo session if possible by giving them a bath and a feed. (Babies tend to fall in to a deeper sleep after a bath and a belly full of milk).

If you have anything special you would like your baby photographed with (blanket, soft toy, or outfit etc.) please have them at the ready.

I also always suggest we try to take some images with your baby just in his/her nappy or nude. This does not mean all needs to be on show, but it allows me to capture in the most tasteful and beautiful way, that lovely soft newborn skin, with all those natural folds, peels and newness! The best advice here is to put a baby grow on that snaps down the front and do not put a vest under the baby grow.  This way we can undress him/her with the least disturbance possible. (Use extra blankets to keep baby warm if necessary).

I will also take some detail shots of baby’s precious little feet, hands and unique features.

Will other family members be photographed?

I always try to persuade parents to be photographed with their new baby. I know everyone doesn’t feel like jumping in front of a camera when they have just had a baby, but I promise it will be worth it and these are often the images that you will treasure the most. Equally, where there are older siblings, I would encourage them to be involved in part of the photo session.

Because I will take some family shots, I urge you to think about your clothing and plan it in advance. Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready to ensure you look your best. However, I would advise that you keep it as natural, simple and fuss-free as possible, with a neutral, soft colour palette. (Please refer to my “what to wear” guide). It is also a good idea to have a change of clothes to hand, in case of any accidents!

What happens after the shoot?

After your session, I will select the best images and take my time editing them to the highest standard. Your finished images will be ready for viewing within three weeks and they will be produced in a mixture of colour and black and white.

We will schedule a suitable date and time for your personal viewing session, where you can view and select your favourite images and decide on your package and/or products. I will provide professional advice and guidance, where needed, on choosing the images that will work best together and wall art options to ensure they are displayed beautifully in your home. All the products I offer are archival quality to ensure that they will last a lifetime and beyond.

Have I answered all your questions?

If you have any more questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me, either by phone, email or using the contact form here and I would be very happy to talk with you further to ensure you get the most from your session.

I look forward to creating some wonderful images for you!