For many parents coming through my door, this is the very first time they venture out of their home with their new baby... It is totally normal to feel a bit anxious about booking a newborn session and to have queries.
I will arrange a phone call so we can discuss your session in details and answer all of the questions you may have. In the meantime, I have put together below some of the most frequent concerns parents to be have raised over the years.
When is the best time to schedule my newborn session?
Whilst I am happy to photograph babies of any age, it is best to schedule your session before your baby is 2 weeks old, the ideal age being between 5 and 10 days old. Why such a small window? Babies under 15 days tend to sleep better and still have the natural curl from having been in the womb. This age therefore works best for sleepy and curled up poses.
After 5 days, your milk will have come in and it will be easier to get him or her full and contented. They are only this little for a little while… you will want to remember them just like that.
My baby is already 2 weeks old, is it too late for newborn photos?
While under two weeks is ideal so that babies have kept their curliness from the womb and achieve the poses you have seen here, I have achieved very similar results with babies up to 6 weeks.
Past 6 weeks, baby may not sleep for her session and the curly poses won’t be possible but this doesn’t mean that you cannot get wonderful images of her. Please do give me a call to discuss the type of portraits we can create for your baby.
I don’t know when my baby will be born, so when should I book?
It is ideal to book prior to your baby’s birth as my schedule can fill up quickly and those first 2 weeks of your baby’s life will fly by. However I understand that it is not always possible and I am very flexible in my schedule so please do not hesitate to contact me if baby has arrived and you don’t have a session scheduled.
Once you book your session with me, I will pencil your due date in my diary. I ask that you send me a quick message once baby has arrived so we can schedule your session at a convenient date.
How long does a newborn session last for?
Sessions typically last around 3 hours, depending on how hungry or sleepy your baby is. I want my sessions to be relaxed and enjoyable for you and baby so I never rush. I only book one newborn photography session a day, so that there is no pressure to wrap your session up.
I always follow your baby’s lead, with plenty of time for milk and cuddles; if you are bottle feeding please bring extra bottle of milk as babies tend to feed a little bit more during their session.
What if I’m late?
I completely understand that leaving home with a newborn is a bit like an expedition, so please don’t worry if you are going to be a bit late. Babies don’t work on a schedule. I only book one newborn session a day to allow flexibility.
Can siblings and parents be part of the session?
Absolutely! I always recommend to new parents and siblings to take part in the session, as these are often the most cherished photographs. It is often best if siblings are only present for the time they will be photographed. Newborn sessions can be long and the studio is kept very warm for your new baby and this is not ideal for toddlers.
How many photographs can I expect?
Galleries usually contain around 30 photographs.
Can I purchase the digital files?
Of course you can. I offer a choice of all inclusive sessions (which include your time in the studio or at a location of your choice and high resolution files from your session) or an a la carte service where you simply pay your session fee and decide afterwards which products you would like.
I have booked my session – What to expect?
Once your session is booked, I will contact you to discuss your requirements. I have plenty of props and backdrops and I discuss with clients their tastes and preferences in order to ensure that they get the type of images they are after. I will also email you your welcome pack which will include all you need to know about your session and how to best prepare for it.
What if my baby makes a mess?
Accidents do happen when you keep a newborn naked, so please don’t worry! I have everything needed on hand to clean your little one up and carry on with her session.
What if my child cries or isn’t too happy to have his photo taken?
Please don’t worry, it is normal for babies and children to need time to adapt to a new environment. I keep the session fun and will get to know your little one before I even take a single image. My home studio is cosy and it is the perfect space for a child to feel at home and at ease.