This is such a special time in your life but also very emotional and stressful.
I don't want to add to your stress. I fact I want to do the opposite. I want you to come to my studio and relax knowing your baby is in safe hands. I want you to be able to trust me knowing that I will get some beautiful images of your new baby.
Safety and Babies Needs
Utmost care and safety are my priority for every session.
The photoshoot is baby led. What does that mean?
They are the STAR of the show.
If your baby likes to be swaddled then they will be swaddled for most of the session.
If your baby is happy with no clothes then we can aim for those gorgeous naked baby shots.
If your baby needs a feed we will stop and feed.
If your baby is unsettled we will wait until they are settled.
If your baby needs to be held and doesn't like being put down then most of the shots will be in your arms.
My whole philosophy is documenting the love you feel for your little one so I definitely want to include you.
But please don't stress about what to wear.
Neutral tones and colours always photograph well. Try and avoid logos and pattens on shirts and just in case of small accidents bringing a spare set of clothes is always a good idea.
I love to include Siblings
Their whole world has been turned upside down with the addition of the new baby. They need to know that they are still important too.
I am always conscious of safety and would rather photoshop a parents hand out than risk the safety of the baby. Sometimes it's actually nice to keep it in. A toddler needs full supervision and support with their new baby and I make sure that happens. With older children it depends upon their maturity and I will always discuss it with you and make sure a parent is close.
I have toys, a TV and a Xbox for the older children. I have snacks and water but please bring some as well.
Preparation for the shoot
A Newborn Photoshoot can take 2-3 hours. This is because I always allow time if we need to stop and feed and change the baby. I have coffee, tea, water and snacks.
Time of Day: I prefer to photograph your baby in the morning. Babies are typically more fussy in the afternoon.
Before you arrive....
If you can please keep your baby awake for a little while prior to the shoot (maybe a bath) so they are nice and sleepy. But if they are awake we will do awake baby shots.
What to Bring
If you have an outfit you really want your baby to be photographed in then put it on before you arrive otherwise just a nappy and a wrap. Babies don't enjoy being dressed and and undressed. I have lots of wraps, blankets, caps and headbands for you to choose from. If you are going to put your photos on the wall it's a good idea to choose colours that will match your home.
If you baby uses a dummy PLEASE bring it. It is a great tool to settle baby.
What should you wear?
Wear neutral colours, white or a bold statement colour such as burnt orange or mustard. Avoid busy patterns and big logos. Try and avoid black if you can. Black adds a lot of dark contrast to your images. Thats ok it's the look you are going for, but generally it is not ideal for newborn photography.
If you have any meaningful props feel free to bring. I am open to try anything as long as it's safe and the baby complies. For example a shawl that grandma has knitted, an instrument that Dad plays, fun outfits etc
Consider what you will do with your Photos
I offer professional quality prints, canvas and albums at a very reasonable price.
The Wood Print Collection
A Final Word
I love babies. This is such a special time in your life. Your baby will only be this little for a few short week. Enjoy this time. Relax and try not to worry. I want your session with me to be a relaxed and enjoyable experience. I love it when parents feels so relaxed that they take a nap on the couch or bed in my studio. I look forward to cuddles with your little one.
NB I am vaccinated and I will wash my hands before touching your precious baby.