These new little people are best photographed in the first 2 weeks, preferably in the first 5-10 days. They are very sleepy in the first 10 days meaning that I can move them without waking them up. It becomes much more difficult to create those sleeping shots after this time. If possible, please contact me before your baby is born and I’ll pencil in your due date. Your session is then reserved for you as a priority within 10 days of their arrival. Just give me a call or send a quick text to let me know he/she has arrived and we’ll schedule in the session. As newborns rarely arrive when expected I try to keep a couple of slots open around due dates for early or late arrivals and will always do my best to fit you in.
It’s not uncommon for a newborn session to last up to four hours. We need to allow plenty of time for feeding, nappy changes and plenty of time for the baby to fall into a deep sleep. As your baby will be in their birthday suit for the majority of the session I do ask that before I arrive you get your house nice and warm. It’s a good idea to feed your baby prior to my arrival. If you undress your baby (down to their nappy) and swaddle in a blanket before feeding it reduces the possibility of waking baby up by removing their clothes if they fall asleep during the feed. Please know that if your baby is unhappy at any point during your shoot we’ll take a break and continue once you feel he/she is ready.
Newborn sessions will be conducted in your own home. I only need a small space to work but the room we shoot in needs to have plenty of natural window light. I may ask to change the chosen room if I think a different area in your house will work better. Please don’t worry about any mess either, I completely understand those hazy first days at home with a newborn.
Below is a collection of the most frequent questions I get asked prior to or during any newborn shoot. If you have a question that isn't covered here please don’t hesitate to contact me.
If your baby is warm and fed he/she will fall asleep. It may take a while but this is the reason why shoots can take up to 4 hours!
Of course, this actually makes things a little easier for me as I can arrange to arrive during a feed and be setup and ready to start when you finish. Feel free to wake your baby for another feed at any time.
This is one of the main concerns new parents have during the shoot. Babies are very, very flexible at this age and can be positioned very easily while asleep without even stirring. I take great care to move slowly and will not try anything that looks like it might disturb your baby. I’m very careful with the umbilical cord stem when putting babies on their stomachs and am always mindful of their head. I realize that your baby is extremely precious so if you are anxious about having a shoot I’m more than happy to put your mind at ease.
If there are any particular images you've seen in my portfolio that you want me to try and achieve please let me know beforehand so I can bring the relevant bits & bobs. I will do my very best to achieve this for you, if your baby is amenable to the idea of course!