Most newborns have patches of flaky skin, particularly on their feet, after they’ve been born. I’m pretty sure we all would if we had been under water as long as they had!
There’s nothing you can do to prevent this. It’s going to flake and come off to reveal their new ‘out in the world’ skin. It tends to be more pronounced when babies are overdue and / or when you are a little later in getting to the studio for you shoot (in newborn terms, late is between two and three weeks – it’s a pretty short window!).
So when newborn skin is flaky, the short answer is yes it will show. In fact I’d be a bit worried if it didn’t – my camera is designed to capture the details. However, most of the flakes are removed when I get your images into my editing suite. I say ‘most of the flakes’ for a reason – it does depend a little on the amount as to whether I can give you total skin perfect. There’s a fine line between removing flakes and creating a waxy, unnatural feel to the finished images by removing all your baby’s natural skin texture. I don’t like the type of photos that make your baby look like a plastic doll so I steer clear of the level of editing but I promise that, if there are few patches left, your baby will still be pictured at their natural perfect best.
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.