Your Newborn or Baby Photography Session
Newborn photography sessions - booked during the first 2 weeks of your baby’s life. These photos will show your baby in all its newness. Bub’s are typically still also curled up and sleepy! We can also incorporate some family shots with both mum and dad (and siblings) enjoying their new little bundle of joy.
Baby Photography sessions – these are best done at several ages. Firstly when bub can hold their head up easily when placed on their belly, and then also when bub is strong enough to sit up on their own – usually around 7 months of age. We can photograph bub on their stomach, sitting up if they’re over 6 months old and use a variety of props. These sessions are often all about capturing the facial expressions! Also a great time to get shots of all the family.
Before your newborn / baby session
Feeding - A well-fed baby is a sleepy, happy baby! I’m more than happy for you to feed your bub upon arrival. It will give you (and bub) time to get used to the surroundings, and ensure bub is happy!
It is no problem for you to supplement feed during the session – bub’s often need a top-up during sessions to keep them happy and sleepy.
THE NIGHT BEFORE: Some foods that you eat can have an impact on whether or not your bub has wind or belly pains. Consider avoiding ‘gassy’ foods including cabbage, garlic, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, capsicum, strawberries, pineapple, kiwi fruit, chocolate, caffeine as well as spicy foods.
Clothing – many of the poses we do of bub will be either naked, or specially wrapped (swaddled), so in order to keep bub either asleep or settled, it’s easier to dress them in clothes than can be easily removed (ie. nothing that you have to remove over their head!) The best item of clothing to have your baby dressed in when you arrive, is a onesie that buttons up at the front.
If mum and dad (and siblings) are getting photographed as well, you don’t have to all match in your clothing, but think about the colours and tones that will work well together. Try and avoid shirts and clothing with busy patterns or logos. ALSO NOTE: pinstripes and finely striped shirts and clothing can sometimes create distorted patterns in digital photograph, and if possible should be avoided. Black is an especially slimming colour. If you would also like to bring an additional change of clothes – so that some of your photographs look different, that’s fine. Keep your hair and makeup simple – just as you would every day. Jewellery should be kept to a minimum.
Try and have the bub’s nappy a little looser than usual (not too loose to let anything out though), just to eliminate any additional marks on the skin. Socks also create red marks, so leave them off.
I have a HUGE range of props (bonnets, headbands, baskets, buckets, wraps etc), so there’s no need to bring any special clothing along for bub, however if there is a sentimental item you would like incorporated into a shot, please bring that along and let me know at the beginning of the session. I also have a range of blankets, backdrops and wraps, so if there is a colour scheme that you would prefer, please let me know.
How long will it take? Sessions last from 2 - 2.5 hours. I don’t like to rush and I want to be able to get the best shots I can.
Where? Sessions are best done in my studio, as I have lighting equipment and a range of props. The studio is heated to ensure bub’s comfort.
Other Children – I welcome bringing in older siblings to your session to capture the entire family. There are some toys at the studio that can keep kids amused. Feel free to also bring along an ipad/tablet with a kids movie if this will entertain your child.
Do I need to bring anything else? – A change of clothing is always recommended (for parents/siblings as well as bub!). If you are able to put some extra breastmilk or formula in a bottle, this can sometimes be used to settle bub when in position (if need be). Please also bring along a dummy, even if your bub doesn’t seem to like them, as they can assist with the settling process.
The most important thing is that this is a really happy time for you all – enjoy yourself and relax! Most of the time, I will position bub and move them around as I photograph. If at any stage they awaken and become unhappy, I will ask mum to settle and feed bub.
At times, it will take some minutes to get bub comfortable in a certain pose or position, and this is completely normal.
Be assured that any skin blemishes or rashes can be corrected in photoshop. (This can be done for everyone too, not just bub!)
Don’t worry about any little accidents that might occur during the shoot – I’m used to it and everything will be cleaned afterwards. I’m a mum too, so I’ve been there and have seen it all!
I want you to be able to see a sneak peek of some of your photos as soon as possible and try to post a couple on facebook before the end of the day. I am able to ‘tag’ you in the photos, but can only do that to ‘fans’ of my facebook page, so make sure you ‘like’ the page so that you can be notified straight away of when your photos are up. Feel free to share the photos with your friends!
If you do not want your images posted to facebook, just let me know.