When should I book my newborn session?
Booking in advance (at least 6 weeks) is best so as not to miss out on a date. I'll be in contact to plan your session and to tell me when your little one arrives!
When will my session take place?
The best time to photograph newborns is within 6-10 days of birth. This is when babies are mostly sleepy, have settled into life outside the womb a little, and all those fingers and toes are all still tiny.
Where will my newborn session take place?
As I like to capture a mixture of posed and lifestyle photographs, sessions can take place in your home and your nursery.
I usually set up in a tiny spot by a big window/sliding door to use natural light and I bring my lighting + backdrop set up so don't worry if you have no 'bare' walls.
Please don't feel like you must 'tidy up'. I don't expect your home to be tidy or clean (I mean you just had a baby) When I arrive I'll ask you to show me around to see where the best window light is and I'm happy to move things around and may re-arrange a few things to make space but I'll put everything back before I leave.
How long will my newborn session last?
Due to the delicate nature of newborn sessions I recommend to set aside at least 2-3 hours in the day for your session. This gives us some leeway and time for feeds, changes and in case they are restless so there's no need to rush.
What can I expect from my session?
My aim is to keep everyone relaxed, working with baby's needs. So your newborn will dictate the session and that's perfectly okay. You can expect some candid photographs as well as some natural, gentle poses.
What can I do to plan and help my session go smoothly?
Our mission is to keep them warm and sleepy, that's how we can achieve those cute "milk drunk" photos. I recommend baby to have a full tummy and feel content so we will determine when the best time for a session is based on their feeds and sleeping patterns and that way I can time my arrive just before/after their feed.
Some other tips to help prepare are:
- During the session we may need to take a break for feeds, so it's best to keep a bottle on hand for this time (as well as some lunch for yourself!)
- I'll need to keep your space warm (around 27 degrees Celsius) to keep baby snuggly and warm, so it may get toasty for us grown ups.
- If possible try not to dress your little one in over-the-head clothing as it may disrupt them too much when taking it off. A nappy and a snuggly warm blanket can be perfect!
- The most important thing you can do before your session is relax! Take this time to sit down, observe and enjoy your new baby. Wee, poop and tears always happen so there's no need to stress out if any or all of the above happen during your session (this is why I bring lots of towels!)
What should we wear if we're in the photos?
Babies are photographed wearing minimal to nothing at all clothing. For parents I recommend sticking to simple clothes and things you feel comfortable in. Neutral colours work best, a flowy shirt, maxi dress or jumper can look flattering when photographed. Kids should wear what they're comfortable in, avoiding logos or big prints. I'm also always here to help with choosing outfits so feel free to message me your choices!
Another tip is to have your fingernails clean or painted as I'll be getting some close-up photos of them with your little one.
Lastly, if you're getting photographs with you baby you're probably feeling nervous and not your best after birth, or you haven't gotten any sleep or your hair doesn't look just right - please don't worry and let this stop you from being in these photos with your new bub! I can help with flattering angles and poses. I don't want you to miss out on having these special photos with your newborn because of any of these concerns.
Do you bring props to the session?
I love to capture newborns in their natural state that's why I work with minimal props and clothing. I think your baby is most beautiful as they are in this moment, this also helps the session run smoother without a lot of clothing changes and disruptions. I'll be bringing along a a few blankets, wraps, some head bands and some natural items like flowers to choose from but you can let me know if you have any items you'd like to include in your session.
Can you tell me about your style of photography?
I love to photograph natural, light and minimal photos, a mixture of candid, lifestyle portraiture (in your home and nursery) and a few poses with just baby. I find simple is best and these are the photographs you'll treasure the most and will stay timeless.
Working with children, safety always comes first so I don't like to photograph them in unnatural or potentially harmful positions.
You can expect some light retouching, basic colour enhancement and my signature look to be applied to the images for no extra charge.
When will I receive my photos?
Your images will be ready to view in about 2-3 weeks from your session. Please allow an extra 2 weeks for any print or product orders.
Do I receive high resolution files and can i print canvases + art with you?
Yes, with every package. You will also receive a second folder with Facebook Resized images ready to share with your loved ones! I'll email you through a catalogue of prints and wall art to have a flick through after your session - I recommend printing through my professional lab if you'd like wall art and prints that are of high quality, true to colour and archival (will last for generations)