Frequently Asked Questions
Q – When is the best time to schedule my newborn session?
A – 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. After 2 weeks, they tend to be more aware of the world around them and stretch out. They sometimes also get milk spots, become colicky or get a growth spurt and don’t sleep so well. They are only this little for a little while… you will want to remember them just like that.
Q – I don’t know when my baby will be born, so when should I book?
A – 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 provisionally book your session for around a week past your expected due date and, depending on when the baby decides to make his or her debut, we will either keep this date or reschedule. I limit the number of sessions I take per week to allow flexibility as most babies do not arrive on their due date!
Q – How long does a newborn session last for?
A – If you ask past clients, they will tell you how calm and relaxed I like newborn sessions to be. Babies are unpredictable and the length of your session will depend on how quickly your little one settles. I never rush a session and always follow your baby’s lead, so I prefer to ask parents to allow 4 hours for their session. On average newborn sessions with me last around 3 hours but this always depends on the baby.
Q – Can siblings and parents be part of the session?
A – Of course they can! 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.
Q – How many photographs can I expect?
A – Galleries usually contain around 30 photographs.
Q – Can I purchase the digital files?
A – Of course you can. Your session fee already includes 10 digital files which you will be able to choose at your viewing and ordering session. Having 2 young daughters, I know how difficult it is to choose a few photographs to display when you love them all. This is why I have included 10 digitals in your session fee. I however also offer the option to purchase further images, as well as the full gallery in high definition, albums, bespoke frames and wall art that you will not find anywhere on the high street. I will guide you through what products are best suited to your need during your viewing and ordering session.
Q – I have booked my session – What to expect?
A – Yay! I can’t wait to meet you and your new arrival! 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.