Your little one will always be treated with the highest level of care. The room will need to be very warm and there will be lots of time for feeding and cuddles. I do not use props or poses that would put your baby at risk and I will always pose your baby with the utmost care. I choose simple poses that your baby would naturally hold and be comfortable in. Your precious little bundles safety and well-being is my absolute number one priority throughout the session.
A few commonly asked questions and session information below.
Do you have insurance? Yes, absolutely! It's vital to not only protect myself but also you, the client too. It should be a necessity for all newborn photographers, unfortunately it is not. Please do check when shopping around for your newborn photographer.
What is the perfect age for a newborn shoot? It is best to photograph newborns under 2 weeks of age as they are still sleepy and hold those adorable curly, womb-like poses. All babies are different but I find between 5 and 9 days most sleepy but under 14 days in fine. I do however, photograph newborns up to 6 weeks. Please bear in mind that after 2/3 weeks babies become more alert making it difficult to get them into the deep sleep needed to create the images you see on my website. They are also far less curly!
When should I book my newborn session and how does that work with babies not arriving on time? It is advisable to book as soon as you can during your pregnancy. I will pre-book 7 days after your due date, this is not your actual date but just a rough guide. Once baby arrives, get in touch as soon as you are home and settled, we will then arrange your actual session date.
Do I have to pay a deposit? What happens if I am ill on the day? Yes, there is a 50% booking fee required at the time of booking to reserve your spot in my diary. The booking fee is non-refundable. If you, or your baby is ill on the day of your session, please let me know at least 2 hours before your session begins. We can then move the session to the next available day.
How long are the newborn sessions? If baby is nice and sleepy, sessions are usually about 2-3 hours long. I do like the sessions to be relaxed and baby-led so please allow up to 4 hours just in case baby needs lots of feeding and more time to fall asleep. I can only work 10:30-3.30pm.
Is there a minimum spend? Yes. The minimum spend is £50. You can choose from digital files, prints, acrylic wall mounts and more. You can choose these after viewing the gallery.
What if my baby doesn't sleep? All newborn babies under 2 weeks should fall asleep sometime within the 4 hours. With the room very warm to help them feel sleepy, that combined with lots of top ups of milk should send them off to sleep for at least some of the session. There are still lots of images we can get if baby doesn't fall straight to sleep. The posed images however, will need your baby to be asleep for, so the session prep below is very important to help towards a sleepy session.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR NEWBORN SESSION
Sessions typically last 2-3 hours if baby is sleepy on my arrival, I allow plenty of time for feeding and comforting. Most of the poses are of your baby lying on their back or side with either a wrap or your arms around them for maximum happiness and comfort. I will be working to get approximately 20 shots for your gallery (this will increase with black and white versions).
The session will be held in your own home, usually in the living room (until I get my dream studio!!).
The room will need to be very warm so that baby is comfortable without clothes on. Dress yourself in layers that can be removed if it gets too hot for you.
I will be playing white noise from an app in the background to help get baby off and hopefully stay in a deep sleep.
The session will be baby-led and I only do one newborn session a day, therefore, there will be no rush.
Newborn safety is my top priority. I will not put your baby in any unsafe props or poses.
I may ask you to ignore a strict feeding schedule rule for the couple of hours at the session! The only way we will achieve these images is if your baby is happy, full and sleeping deeply.
PREPPING YOUR BABY BEFORE THE SESSION
Here are a few little things that will help prepare for the session & help things run smoothly:
1. If your baby has slept solidly for 3 hours prior to your session then we may spend too long trying to get baby to sleep and not get many posed, sleepy shots. If you can, on the morning of your session, try and keep little one awake for a bit with a little interaction and try also to time a feed just before my arrival at your home. Obviously this may all go out of the window as these things are always easier said than done! But this little bit of prep really can make a difference to your session if they are nice and sleepy when I arrive.
2. Dress baby in a simple loose sleeper that doesn’t have to be lifted off over the head just incase baby is sleeping soundly on my arrival. No tight socks to avoid lines on their skin.
3. If you are using or considering using a dummy please bring it along. It can be a huge lifesaver when baby continuously wants to feed/suckle for comfort. Sometimes it really is the difference of getting that shot or not.
4. Any eye gunk or boogers are to be removed where possible please.
5. If you are breast feeding, it may help to not eat spicy or acidic foods or drink caffeine in the 48 hours prior to your session as this could possibly make baby unsettled.
A full baby means a sleepy baby so a top up of milk before we begin is usually a good idea. If baby is awake when I arrive, it is best to undress them first, loosen the nappy and then wrap them in a blanket before that extra top up. Otherwise your baby may get upset at being undressed when they are nice and cozy.
We will be mostly photographing your little one in his/her birthday suit. I will pay careful attention to ensure babies privates are not exposed in any photos. If at any point you feel uncomfortable with a pose or position, please let me know straight away and we can move on to the next pose. If you would rather your baby wasn't naked, we can wrap baby in different wraps. Please let me know if you would rather baby was covered at all times before the session begins.
You do not need to bring any outfits with you unless there is something special you would like me to try and include in the session, however every day clothes do tend to swamp babies, look bulky and awkward. I do have a few wraps that look so sweet if you would prefer your baby in something. Newborns really do look best photographed in very little.
If you have a special knitted blanket or a first teddy (that's not too big) with sentimental meaning, if you want, please feel free to bring it along and I will fit these into the session.
I'm afraid due to my small space, large family portraiture is impossible. But mum & dad and two other siblings with baby is fine.
All parent portraits will now be photographed around the home, such as in the living room and the babies nursery.
Please keep your clothing simple. Personally, I think plain tops work best, skip bright and busy patterns & large logos where possible. Please also avoid white tops if you can.
Please know that I do not mind waiting for you to nurse or for nappy changes, or just taking a break to soothe your baby at any point. You and your baby's wellbeing is more important to me than getting a shot. If you are bottle feeding your baby, please bring along more than you think you’ll need!
When doing the poses where the baby is undressed, it is normal (and okay!) for baby to poo or wee on my throws and props... or anywhere else. I can assure you this happens all the time and I am not bothered by it in the slightest! Please have close to hand baby wipes, extra nappies and a towel. After each newborn session I launder all of my throws/blankets and wraps.
An extra set of clothes for the parents is a good idea, just in case. Someone always gets wee'd or pooped on, it’s usually me, but sometimes you!
A reminder on what to bring!
Babies change bag with extra nappies, wipes and a spare baby grow.
Extra formula if bottle feeding.
Babies first blanket and/or teddy.
Spare clothes for you just in case your baby poops on you (Yes, that's happened too, many times!).
If you use or are considering a dummy, please bring it along, it can be a HUGE life saver during the session. Some babies just need to suck something for comfort.
A towel and/or blanket, possibly two of each to wrap baby for in between photo setups (these may get dirty).
A simple white vest (smaller the better) for if baby is awake and does not like being without clothes on and one spare in the bag just in case of poop explosion (It's happened!)
AFTER YOUR SESSION
The remaining session balance must be paid on the day of your session. Once this has been paid, I will begin editing your images. If you have given permission, a sneak peak will be posted on social media (Facebook), later the same evening of your session.
Approximately 3 weeks after your session you will receive notification via email that your online gallery is ready. Instructions will be sent on how to use the gallery.
Please let me know when you are ready and have some time set aside to view/order and I will only then activate your gallery.
Galleries remain active for 48 hours after going live. After this, there will be a £10 per day fee for re-opening your gallery so please do only activate once you are ready to sit and look through with your partner.
Any extra prints or canvases will not be ordered until the extra payment has been received.
Your digital images will be available to download shortly after I receive your order and the order has been paid.