Newborn photography is a wonderful thing to be able to create for families and I offer some newborn digital options to enhance their experience if they’d like it.
Obviously digital manipulation of images has been pretty commonplace since digital cameras and desktop software have been in existence (and darkroom manipulation existed before that – I actually have a picture of my grandfather where his eyelashes have been enhanced!) but I was on the fence about it for a number of years when thinking about incorporating into my business. Generally I prefer to create things in real life and make that part of the experience of the session for the parents that come to visit. However, a couple of things changed my mind.
Firstly, I can’t possibly own everything I want to own – I’d love to have the bed in the picture above along with every other beautiful thing that my little heart covets but I just don’t have room in the studio. Not if I want there to also be room for people to visit. So digital options offer me a way expand my range of props and accessories and enjoy owning some very beautiful set ups vicariously at least. They can be a fun addition to a session and in some cases offer the chance to create images that would take too long, be impractical or even pose a bit of a safety risk if we did them in reality.
Secondly, Lockdown 1.0 happened and I had time to focus up and increase my training in my editing suite. This enabled me to be able to more confidently produce quality results – I know you can do it quite easily on a lot of mobile apps but when it comes to studio based images, it was so important to me for my clients to have the best possible quality and that meant upping my skill level. Lockdown gave me the gift of time, if you’re trying to find a positive out of the whole sorry situation so I literally plundered training courses and got better at Photoshop. It’s a massive piece of software and I think I still only use about 25% of it but at least I’m happy now that the finished images are up to the standards I expect of myself.
When you attend a newborn photography session, you’ll receive an email before you come that lets you choose a digital backdrop to include in your session if you’d like to from my carefully chosen range. It’s not obligatory as not everyone likes them but the option will be there if you need it. We then take some time in your session to create the base image to create the final digital composite and voila – a little fun extra for your newborn image gallery.
A newborn photo shoot is best when your baby is between 5 and 10 days old as this is when they are at their maximum sleepiness and poseability to capture those dreamy shots. For this reason, I definitely recommend that you book when you are pregnant as this is one less thing to worry about scheduling when you’ve just got home from the hospital. We make an appointment for your due date plus 7 days and then adjust it as needed.
My newborn shoots include your three favourite digital images which you select from your online gallery a few weeks after your photo shoot – I don’t make you attend a sales or viewing session. Sessions take place in my warm and cosy studio in Crawley Down and cost £95.