Newborn Sessions are the ultimate way of capturing those precious early moments in your baby’s life.
Your baby will change so quickly in their first few weeks, so its lovely to capture those special early days
Newborn sessions take place in baby’s first 10 days to get the most varied photos and best positions. Babies sleep very deeply at this early stage so they are still able to maintain that lovely, tight curly position
It is never too early to book a session, most people tend to book just after their 20 week scan. I will then add you to my schedule around your due date. As soon as you are able, after having your baby you can contact me and we will then arrange your session. If you have already had your baby and you have not already booked please get in touch as soon as possible as I may still be able to offer you a slot.
Bespoke newborn photography is very different from that of which you would experience on the high street. The session will be tailor made towards your taste and preferences. It is always a good idea to think about where you would like to display your photographs in your home. So think about colour that you would like to be used in your session. I plan and prepare my session in advance so it is very important to let me know of any particular preferences that you would like in good time well before the session. When you book I will ask you to send me your preferences for props and colour schemes that you would like. I like to prepare the session a little bit like a teacher would prepare a lesson plan. I have each blanket and prop set up and arranged in an order that is easy for me to transition baby with minimum disturbance. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail! It is important for me to work quickly and efficiently whilst baby is sleeping peacefully, meaning time is spent wisely and not wasted searching for other props during the session.
The Session may last up to 3 hours
This is because I work solely around the baby’s needs, nappy changing, feeding, cuddles to help sooth and settle them all take up quite a lot of time but don’t worry you will not be bored, the session will fly by. I work in a relaxed and informal setting, the studio will be very warm as baby will need to be kept cosy and comfortable ensuring they will sleep like a baby! I will soothe and position baby, enabling you to put your feet up, watch and relax.
Parent and sibling shots.
If you would like parent and sibling shots it is important to let me know when booking so that I can prepare the studio before hand for family shots. If you would like other children in the session please be aware that 3 hours is a long time for young children. Arrangements may need to be made for young children to either attend towards the end or the beginning of the session so that they will not get bored and disturb baby throughout the session. This is particularly important with very young children under five. Sometimes this is where Grandparents really come in handy!
Preparing for the session.
If possible try and keep little one awake before the session. You can do this by bathing, massage, nappy changing or simply trying to engage baby prior to the session. Just before you leave your home it is advised that you give baby a feed. Our aim is for baby to fall into a deep sleep throughout the session and keeping baby active and feeding just before will encourage this. Dress baby in loose fitting clothes that you will be able to easily remove, this will ensure there will be no red marks on baby’s skin.
What will I need to bring?
You will need to bring plenty of milk, more is better than not enough as baby will probably feed more than usual during the session. Spare nappies, wipes, baby blanket and of course dummies if they use them. It is advisable to bring a little oil/vaseline and cotton wool if baby tends to have flaky skin, this can also be done before you leave home. I have a wide range of props and hats that I will use although you may want to bring a special toy or blanket that you would like to be featured in some of the images. If you are planning on having pictures taken with your baby I would suggest bringing a change of clothes. Plain colours work well particularly black or white. If you prefer colour then I suggest you colour co-ordinate, no patterns or printed T-Shirts.
Even if you do not give your baby a dummy/pacifier it is a good idea to bring one to the session. This is a huge help to sooth baby during the session, and can make the session quicker and more straight forward rather than constant feeding that can sometimes occur. As it is used for such a short time baby will not become reliant on it if you prefer your baby not to have one. Some babies just settle better with a dummy/pacifier during the session.
The newborn session fee pays for the following;
Up to 3 hours session time.
The choice of a number of unique quality props and backgrounds.
My creative talent and learned experience, also fully covered with the relevant insurance.
A watermarked sneak peek preview on facebook usually with in two days.
Preparation and planning for the session, mountains of washing of soiled blankets and props.
It takes quite some time to edit a full gallery, I erase any imperfection that baby may have. At this age little milk spots, scratches and rashes are quite common. I will also ensure you have a selection of colour, sepia and black and white images to choose from.
A personal viewing approximately one/two weeks after your session. Viewing appointment will be made at the end of the newborn session.
Approximately 30 to 40 images images to choose from.
A facebook banner, the perfect way to introduce your little one to family and friends.
You will find the studio warm and inviting. Coffee and tea, and cold drinks are also supplied.
Session fee is required when booking, this will secure your date in my diary. There is a minimum spend of £200 this will be due on the day of the session. This will then go towards a package of your choice. Due to cancellations having a huge impact on my diary 48 hours must be given when cancelling.