Lockdown inevitably delayed my chance to meet some lovely little newborns who had booked into the studio and I’m very much enjoying catching up with all of them now. They are a little older so it’s not a newborn session but there’s no reason why we don’t add in a little newborn detail flavouring – after all, they’re still really tiny!
To get those sleepy tucked up shots, your baby needs to be ideally between five and ten days old and definitely under two weeks old. After that point, they really being to engage with the world around them and it becomes much more tricky to move and pose them as they sleep peacefully. Past the four week mark, it’s pretty much impossible. So when newborn sessions were delayed due to lockdown, it means that we’ve had to take a different approach as they come and visit me for their first official photos at 8-10 weeks old. They won’t hold a tummy tuck position at this age and they are certainly a lot more wriggly and alert so those poses and wrapped poses in general aren’t going to work. However, what they do have at this age that they don’t have when they are brand new is the ability to engage with you and favour you with some baby smiles. So it’s kind of a swings and roundabout affair really.
One area where we can imitate a newborn session is in the capturing of all the little details while they are still really tiny. Long lashes, shell like ears, fluffy baby hair, tiny fingers and perfect little toes can all get immortalised for your memories.
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.