What do I need to know?
- If you can dress baby in an outfit that is easy to take off at the session this will help keep baby asleep.
- Bring a pacifier, even if they haven't used one before it can make a huge difference to keeping baby calm while doing different poses.
- Baby will usually fall asleep on the car ride to the session. When you arrive bring baby in the car seat to keep them settled and asleep.
- If breastfeeding, watch what you eat 24 hours prior to the session, this makes a huge difference to having a settled baby at the time, bland non spicy foods and no coffee as a suggestion.
- The room will be kept very warm as baby loses body heat very quickly, so wear layers yourself so you don't get too hot.
- During the session we will do a few different poses, I will start with a few in what they are wearing when they come maybe, then in wraps with nappies underneath. If you would like some with no clothes we will do this last, as messes are inevitable.
- I use a shusher machine which can help keep baby calm and sleepy and soft music in the background.
- Be prepared to feed baby during the session, we like to keep baby happy and settled. Getting rid of wind is also pretty important to keep baby comfortable for longer.
- If you have any posing ideas you would like or colours you wish used just let me know in advance. Pinterest is fantastic to give you some idea of poses. Planning ahead helps make the session run smoothly.
- If you are doing some no clothes poses, I can pretty much guarantee a mess will be made, have nappies ready and don't panic it's all part of the job.
- No cameras are allowed in the studio, no cellphone pictures please.
I have successfully completed my newborn safety course through APNPI
Photographing your newborn is quite a privilege, and I take it very seriously. Your baby is very vulnerable at this age and safety is paramount in my mind. Babies blood flow, keeping airways open, their spine and bones are all forefront in my mind. Some poses are fine while baby is asleep but not when they are waking and alert, a babies natural reflex is to startle with arms flinging out, and they do this out of the blue, so they must be spotted at all times. There are some very cute poses being done, and a lot of these poses require more than one pair of hands, and also baby needs to be completely asleep so they don't jump out of the pose and hurt themselves. You are very welcome to bring me images you wish to replicate but I am completely baby led and if baby is not happy to do it, we won't be doing it. If I feel it may be unsafe for your little person I will let you know. The most important person in the room is your baby :)