What You Need To Know
- Newborn babies are often best photographed between 7-10 days of birth. We are entirely flexible around your needs and the session will take place in the comfort of your own home rather than a studio.
- Session Length, Poses, & Props. There is no telling how long the session will take. We usually try to keep it under 3 hours but have had to go to 4 hours in some instances. Like we said, the baby is the boss, please just remember that we are not in any hurry. We only book one newborn session per day and never double up. Please don’t feel the need to apologise if the session is on the long side, it’s totally ok. As far as poses/inspirational images go, we cannot guarantee that we will get any specific images but we will surely do our best to get the images that are of most importance to you and your family. If baby allows, we will start with your priority shots (baby in a wrap, baby on tummy, etc) and then fill in the gaps. We typically get between 3-5 different setups. We will bring enough blankets, wraps, hats, & headbands for the entire session but if you have something you'd like to use, please feel free to show us when we arrive. We love using family heirlooms and homemade blankets to personalise your session.
- Style: Posed vs Lifestyle Posed sessions are more formal in nature and work best when the baby is very sleepy and “co-operative”. The focus in this type of session is on shots of the baby looking perfect, usually in blankets, wraps, hats, & headbands. With lifestyle sessions, there may be some posing but the intention is to capture more natural images of the baby. Our favourite thing about lifestyle newborn photography is capturing the wonder and amazement of your prefect baby. Personally, we value both types of styles so we approach it as a posed session but use the breaks in between poses to get lifestyle shots. The breaks do not have to be wasted time for you. Have the feeding take place in the best light and you have yourself a great opportunity for some lifestyle shots.
- Before we arrive We will get the best images when your baby is sleepy and full. Please plan on feeding your baby close to our arrival time, either right before or during our set up. We’ve found that it is easiest if you loosen baby’s nappy and wrap the baby in a blanket (vs clothing) for this feeding. That way we won’t have to bother the baby with undressing before we start. It is also important that the house is a comfortable temperature. Although we will bring a space heater, the baby is usually more relaxed when the whole house is warm since we will be moving around for feedings, etc.
- Setting-up. When we arrive, we will make a few trips to the car to bring in all our goodies. With us we will have: a bean bag, a backdrop stand, various lights, a bunch of blankets, a basket or two, a space heater, a big box of wraps/headbands/hats, and our camera equipment. We try to be as non-intrusive as possible but there are times we may have to move a few chairs or a coffee table to find the best lighting conditions in your home.
- During the Session Since the baby will spend a lot of time undressed, we will most likely have an accident or two. It’s totally ok! We use a waterproof cover under each of our set ups so only one blanket gets soiled if that happens. Please also expect plenty of snack/feeding breaks. You may need to feed the baby more often than you've become accustomed to since we might disturb baby's sleep with posing and that is the quickest and most effective way to get baby back to sleep.
Terms And Conditions
- Throughout the shoot We will be using a white noise machine which is to assist your baby to attain a deep sleep during poses. Babies love white noise. Let’s start with looking at it from baby’s perspective. They’ve just spent their entire life in the womb. And the womb is deafeningly loud. It is just slightly less loud than a lawnmower. Loud is normal to a baby. Life outside the womb is uncomfortably quiet. White noise sounds like “home” to a baby.
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