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NEWBORN SESSION PREPARING FOR YOUR SESSION

"Let me love you a little more, before you're not little anymore..."

Our little people aren't very little for long and our photographs are timeless memories. Thank you for choosing me to capture the pure and simple newness of your brand new arrival. Perfect keepsake images to look back on when you realise your sweet babe has grown far too quick!

The session

Newborn sessions take place in the comfort of my new East Lothian studio. Sessions are around 1-2 hours and can include breaks for feeding, changing and settling.

The best time for a Newborn session is when your little one is around 7-14 days old. This ensures they are still super sleepy and small. Once your due date is booked into the diary, If you can contact me as soon as possible after baby arrives, this gives plenty of time to get a suitable date for the session.

Workflow

During the session, my workflow consists of 3 different 'set-ups'. Traditionally, this includes a neutral/ simple set up with baby wrapped all snug, moving on to a set using simple props/ baskets/ boxes etc and finishing on the beanbag.

I begin all sessions with baby wrapped in posing wrap material, this helps baby settle quickly to sleep. The studio is kept nice and warm and I also use white noise. I keep all naked poses to the end of the session.

Before your session

It helps if baby is recently fed before your session, to allow for maximum shooting time and images. If baby needs to break for an additional snack then that is completely fine of course! But being fed before your session ensures that baby has a full tummy and we can start straight away.

It also helps to do your best to keep baby awake. Try giving a bath, let baby kick about for a little bit before you leave for your session. (If baby falls asleep in the car though, don't worry!)

Bring baby dressed in something light and easily removable. A sleepsuit with buttons down the front is best.

What does baby wear?

'Nothing' is the best outfit for a Newborn. No outfits fit a Newborn well and they often look swallowed in clothes! So don't worry about bringing any outfits.

I do have a selection of Newborn rompers in various colours that you can choose from if you wish, along with accessories including hats, headbands etc.

Siblings

Siblings are always welcome to join in my Newborn sessions!

If siblings are still of napping age, make sure they nap before the shoot. Sessions can be up to 2 hours depending on baby, so please keep this in mind for young siblings. Young children don't have the best attention spans and sometimes 2 hours can be a little long for them in an unfamiliar place!

Clothing for siblings should be kept fairly neutral. I advise avoiding any bright/ deep colours if possible. Bright yellows, greens and oranges (and some reds and fuchsia pink) don't tend to look great on camera so suggestions include: Creams/ beige/ whites. Light blues/ pinks and pastels. Denims and navy blues also look great. Avoid Black if possible.

What to bring

For your session you will need:

  • Baby changing bag with all your usual essentials! (nappies/ wipes/ muslin etc)
  • Extra bottles and milk (if baby is bottle fed)
  • A dummy/ pacifier. Even if you haven't used one yet or baby doesn't seem to take it, just for the 2 hours that I am posing baby it can really help (especially the naked poses at the end of the session). However if you really prefer that we don't use one, that is fine as well.
  • I have a selection of headbands, bonnets, wraps, rompers, boxes and baskets so no need to bring anything from home, unless there is something special or important to your family that you would like included (just let me know ahead of time.)
  • The studio can get quite warm and toasty so please dress in layers!

It is my hope that you come to my home studio feeling as comfortable as you do your own home. I am truly honoured to be able to document this incredible time in your lives and look forward to getting to know you and your sweet baby!

Grace x

Created By
Grace May
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Credits:

Puddle Lane Photography