Newborn session times are usually around 3 hours (more or less), so please allocate this time for the shoot. This allows plenty of time to feed and settle to sleep. The ideal time for newborn photography is when the baby is between 3-9 days old. After 12 days of age they are not as curly and sleepy for those modern posy shots, so you would expect more ‘lifestyle’ images for your session is the baby is 12 days or older.
Please contact me as early as possible in your pregnancy and I will pencil in 7 days after your due date.
Newborn sessions are held at the client's home, which allows parents to feel comfortable in their own environment. I bring all of my studio equipment to you including props, blankets, wraps, headbands, lighting etc. I just ask if it is at all possible to be able to set up near a nice light room near a window if possible, if not I can work with my portable studio lighting
I ask the parents to give the baby a good feed just before arrival so that they have a full belly and ready for a good sleep. Please put on a loose nappy so that no marks are left on the skin, and wrap the baby in a wrap or dress in loose clothing. It is best not to have other appointments on the day of the session to avoid disturbing the baby.
After a good feed they are likely to stay asleep when they arrive. The shooting space is nice and warm, the fan heater will be turned on/off as required. I use a white noise machine and a womb heartbeat sound to help keep the baby asleep. I do the settling myself but hand over to mum when they need a top up feed as required.
After each session I normally have a basket or two of washing, so please don’t worry if bubs has accidents over the blankets or props. If you would like to be photographed with your baby during the session please let me know, as well as any particular props or poses that you love. Parent shots are complimentary in a newborn package