My style with newborns is very natural. I like to get in 1 or 2 lightly posed photos on the bean bag but then I move into a more natural/baby led session with lots of cuddles and holds.
When? I like to photograph newborns in the first 7-14 days.
Heat! I’ll be bringing a space heater to our session so expect the room to be nice and toasty. This helps baby to stay nice and sleepy/relaxed during the session, particularly if we are undressing and lightly wrapping. Due to this, I come dressed for a warm few hours and suggest you do too!
Light: I will be setting up in the room with the best light (good window light). This is generally in the main bedroom or lounge. If you have questions about this, I’m happy to tour your home to find the room with the best light for shooting once I arrive.
House: As a mum of two I remember the weeks following each of my births, the last thing I wanted to do was keep a clean house. Please don’t feel as though you need to pick up for me at all. If things need to be re-arranged or moved aside we can easily do this! Keep in mind I will mainly be shooting in the one area (main bedroom/lounge).
For Baby: Before the shoot, please feed baby around 30 minutes before my arrival. Also, please do not let him sleep beforehand, instead try giving him a bath, let him kick with only a diaper, tickle his toes, and even let him fuss for a little bit (no pacifiers) for the few hours beforehand. This will ensure I am able to capture a few squishy, sleepy newborn pictures!
How long? Sessions last between 2-3 hours, sometimes longer if baby is a light sleeper, or is hungry! The easiest way to ensure a smooth session is the willingness to nurse/bottlefeed off and on. I allow plenty of time for breaks and am in no rush – Happy baby and mum is most important thing.
For Mom & Dad you are a big part of the show. Photographing the connection between you and your baby is one of my all time favourite things. Dads: I ask that you wear a tight fitting plain t-shirt to wear. Neutral in colour with no logos, slogans or collars. Mums: Keep the colour neutral and design simple. Be aware of chipped nail polish, as your hands will make their way into the images. Texture photographs beautiful so think lace, knit & linen.
Where to buy? Click on the links below for my favourite baby shops!