Your Maternity Session:
I know how excited you must be to meet your new baby boy or girl and I would love to commemorate that special love and excitement for you!
I suggest booking your maternity session between week 32 and 36, unless you are expecting multiples then the maternity session should be scheduled earlier.
Booking your NEWBORN session:
It is best to book your newborn session whilst you are still pregnant as newborn sessions MUST be done in the first 15 days of life, preferably (if possible) within the first 5-7 days. Babies are so squishy, sleepy and co-operative at this age that it allows for better posing. My sessions book up very quickly, to guarantee your session please book at least 2 months in advance of your due date. When your bundle of joy arrives let me know straight away and I can schedule the exact date and time of the session with you.
We will chat together beforehand to discuss which type of session is right for you and your family. I like to run through your ideas and wishes and we can discuss any props you may like to include. I will also send you a few tips and pointers on how to prepare for the big day.
NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGES:
Your baby will only be THAT little for a very short time in his/her life! This will be a very special time in your life and I’m sure you would like to capture these precious moments!
My sessions book up quickly so please get in touch about 2 months before your due date to guarantee your session. When your baby arrives we can juggle the date and time to suit. Please get in contact with me immediately from the hospital once your baby has arrived to confirm the date of the newborn session. It is best to schedule a newborn session within the first 15 days of your baby’s new life – day 5 to 10 proves to be best. I have however done successful newborn sessions up to 6 weeks – unfortunately, the older the baby gets the more alert he or she will be and fewer poses will be achieved.
I offer 2 different types of Newborn Packages, namely POSED SESSIONS (sleeping baby sessions) or LIFESTYLE NEWBORN Sessions.
Posed sessions (sleeping baby session) are the perfect choice when you want the focus to be more on that sweet little baby of yours. The whole session will be about them and making them comfortable. The session usually takes about 1-3 hours (depending on package booked) with a lot of that time taken up with settling and soothing them into a deep sleep. I use a very warm room in which to photograph the baby to make sure they are super sleepy and comfortable. I have a variety of props, wraps and blankets to choose from to get the most adorable results. Even though I concentrate on the little one, I do take a few family and sibling portraits.
Lifestyle Sessions are typically very unposed and focus on the relationship between family members and the new addition to the family. I love to focus on the beautiful relationship between parents, siblings and even pets to capture you all just as you are as a family. Lifestyle sessions can be scheduled in the studio, the hospital or at your home. When we shoot at your home, we will capture the newborn baby in his/her new environment e.g. the baby’s nursery, toys, etc. Please note that Lifestyle Newborn Shoots does NOT include posing of the baby and I do NOT travel with props to your home. Studio Lifestyle Newborn Session will take place in my natural light studio. Most of the interior are soft, white or cream coloured. Amongst other things, I even have a double bed in the studio, especially for studio lifestyle sessions. I also have some white and cream coloured outfits for mom to wear for a soft romantic look. I recommend Lifestyle Sessions for older newborn babies (older than 21 days) and fussy babies.
On the day of the session:
The whole session will be about your little one and making him/her comfortable. The session usually takes about 1-3 hours (depending on package booked) for a posed session (and 1 hour for a lifestyle session), with a lot of that time taken up with settling and soothing him/her into a deep sleep. I use a very warm room in which to photograph the baby to make sure he/she is super sleepy and comfortable. I have a variety of props, wraps and blankets to choose from to get the most adorable results.
On the day of the session you will arrive at the studio. It is best if you feed your baby just after you arrive and I allow plenty of time for this. This will ensure baby is super sleepy and contented when we begin the session. We follow your baby’s lead during the session and stop if baby needs soothing, changing or feeding. Oh! and please expect that your little newborn will make a few little messes during the session. It’s totally normal, please don’t worry, it happens every time!
If you would like any photos with siblings I will do them first as older children can get bored if waiting around. I then can spend the remainder of the session just on your beautiful newborn.
I will be handling your baby less than a week after birth and therefore I insist that safety and comfort is paramount during the shoot.
I do not engage in any poses that may be uncomfortable for your baby and will only use poses that have been perfected in the safest way.