George came to visit the studio, along with his mum of course, and he was a gorgeous sleepy little guy for the whole of his session.
His cousin had been to visit more than five years ago and was apparently a lot less settled (so I’m told, I don’t remember so she can’t have been that bad!) so there was a bit of trepidation from his mum prior to his session that he would be the same. Well he was a chilled out little guy who gave us lots of opportunity to move and pose him pretty much as we wanted.
There can often be a bit of parental anxiety before a session about how their new arrival will be for their photo shoot. The first thing to say is that they are not normally super settled for the entirety of their session – waking up, needing food and cuddles is all perfectly normal and accounted for in the time that we have together. If they sleep all the time, great – but it doesn’t happen very often. Secondly, I’ve been photographing newborns for a really long time and I don’t think I can think of a session where were haven’t got any images at all so the best advice that I can give you is to put aside your worries. It will all be fine.
That said, there is one really important part about getting great newborn sleepy images and that is to get them into the studio within the first two weeks that they’re with you and preferably between five and ten days old. That really does make all the difference to how much they are prepared to snooze and tuck up on their tummies. If they are late, then the window becomes a little smaller and, conversely, if they are significantly early, we have a little longer to work with. For this reason, it’s really important to book while you’re still pregnant – that guarantees availability during the limited period of time where it is possible to capture them at their sleepy 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.