WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY SESSION?
Newborn sessions are relaxed and slow-paced as we work around the needs of your baby. Ideally, baby will either be awake when you arrive and ready for big feed or have just been fed so they are ready for a nice long sleep! Our style is a combination of posed and more natural images of baby using wraps, hats, headbands and soft animals and hearts and we will aim to photograph baby both in props and on our beanbag/tabletop set up in a variety of comfortable and safe poses.
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY NEWBORN SESSION?
We recommend booking your newborn photography session around when you have had your 20 week scan so we can book you in based on your due date.
WHEN WILL MY SESSION TAKE PLACE?
Let us know as soon as your little one arrives and we can confirm your session date! This is due to our 14 day age limit for newborn sessions if possible.
MY BABY HAS ALREADY BEEN BORN, CAN I STILL BOOK A SESSION?
As babies aren't usually interested in their due date we can be flexible to some degree, so when baby arrives please get in touch as soon as you are able and we can look at suitable dates. If your baby is older than 6 weeks we would book them in for a sitter or family session rather than a newborn session.
HOW DO WE PREPARE FOR THE SESSION?
If baby is breastfed I advise Mums to avoid spicy/acidic/gassy food for 24 hours before the session. Also, try to keep baby awake for as long as possible before the session and ready for a big feed on arrival. Please dress baby in something easy to remove and avoid tight or ribbed socks/cuffs
DO WE NEED TO BRING ANYTHING?
We have a vast array of wraps, outfits and props which help create our style of imagery, which is presumably why you are thinking of booking us, so we will predominantly use these to create images you will love. If you have a sentimental teddy or a favourite outfit/blanket, please bring these with you as we may be able to incorporate these into the shoot to create unique imagery that is special to your family.
WILL YOU USE A DUMMY?
It is best to bring a dummy with you, even if baby is not using one as some babies require the comfort of a dummy whilst being moved into position and this can really help cut down the time taken in soothing baby. If you haven't used a dummy with your baby yet, rest assured that using one for a few minutes during your session is highly unlikely to cause nipple or feeding confusion but if you really don't want us to use a dummy of course we won't.
WILL I GET TO CHOOSE THE COLOUR SCHEME?
Yes! We definitely want to hear what your preferences are for colours etc! You can let us know in the booking form, or choose on the day in person!
WHAT DO WE DO WHILE YOU ARE LOOKING AFTER OUR BABY?
During your session, you can take some time to relax, put your feet up, catch-up on work/social media/tv shows, or just sit and admire how cute baby is getting posed! It will be warm in the studio for baby, so be prepared to get cosy!
WHAT IF MY BABY MAKES A MESS ON YOUR THINGS?
We'd be more surprised if it doesn't happen! Babies pee, poop and throw-up. It's what they are known for so we fully expect it every time, so please don't worry!
WHAT IF MY BABY CRIES OR DOESN'T SETTLE?
This is completely natural and doesn't tend to last the entire session. More often, with some time, patience and perseverance all babies will settle and we will be able to create beautiful images - awake or asleep.
MY BABY HAS SCRATCHED THEMSELVES/HAS FLAKY SKIN/DEVELOPED BABY ACNE - IS THIS A PROBLEM?
Although it may take longer to edit out any marks from their delivery such as forceps, scratches from little baby nails or flaky/spotty skin this is all part of the newborn editing process and will be delicately removed as much as possible during post-processing. We do tend to leave hands and feet etc with flakes if they are quite flaky as we believe these are sweet details that are unique to your baby that will be lovely to look back on. I'll often discuss with you when we meet your baby which elements you might want to show in the images and which you would want removing or softening.
CAN I TAKE MY OWN PHOTOS?
You are welcome to take a couple of behind the scenes photos of me photographing your baby during your session to remember this special time in your baby's life, however these shouldn't be close ups of just the baby in a set up as these are the images you have paid us to take and a phone photo will not do them justice!
ARE YOUR NEWBORN SESSIONS SAFE?
Your baby's safety is our number one priority. We will not put your baby into any poses that they seem uncomfortable in or without following safety guidelines such as creating composites of images that look like baby is supporting their own weight (which they never will be). We will handle your baby gently throughout and will not rush them at any time during the session. Not all babies are comfortable in every pose. They can 'squeak' a little during some poses which is natural, however if baby shows any signs of discomfort we would immediately disregard that pose. We maintain a watchful eye on their colouring, circulation and breathing to always ensure they are perfectly safe and happy.
THE CAMERA ON MY PHONE IS REALLY GOOD, WHY SHOULD I HIRE A PROFESSIONAL?
Professional newborn photography is a lot about patience, detail, styling and safety and having had year's of experience photographing family relationships, wedding details and blink-and-you-miss-them-moments my expertise naturally translates to capturing the tiny and defining features of your baby that camera phones just aren't able to. We use the best lighting and angles to enhance your baby's features in a beautiful way. We use special lenses to capture the tiniest details. We spend hours soothing your baby, straightening their fingers, crossing their feet, positioning accessories that Mums and Dads suffering from sleep deprivation don't have the energy or awareness to do. As people who takes thousands of photos on our phones, we know they are invaluable in capturing those fleeting or funny every day moments, but they cannot replace quality, beautifully crafted imagery that is meant for the walls and albums and this is what professional photography will give you, without you having to lift a finger.
DO YOU EDIT THE IMAGES?
During your session, we will likely take around 200-400 photos. This consists of numerous angles of each pose and often very similar images, re-takes due to blinks/eyes opening, focusing on different areas and so on. Using our creative discretion, we only delicately edit the very best images including removing unsightly blemishes, colour correcting, detail enhancing and creative development to create the final photo which is what you will see in your gallery.
When will i receive my gallery?
We aim to have most client galleries with them within 2 weeks of their shoot date. Depending on the time of year and our schedule they may take slightly longer or be with you in a matter of days!
Do i have to order prints through you?
No, you are free to order your own prints from any other vendor, however, when doing so we cannot be held liable to any printing errors that may arise. We highly recommend purchasing all of your printing via us to guarantee the photo retains its full resolution and the products you receive are of the highest quality.