I don’t do a lot of digital work on newborn photos as I’ve looked at in the past and canvassed my clients on whether they would like it or not and the consensus has been that they prefer to have photos that really happened. However, I couldn’t resist this little beauty – would look perfect as newborn wall art.
It was actually a gift for a client that I know had a really bad week and who had also told me that she really liked hot air balloons. It was too good an opportunity to miss and so I rifled through her newborn photos (they were a few months ago now) and luckily there was one that worked with the digital backdrop. Generally speaking, if I know I’m going to do digital work, I will shoot to create the image specifically for it as that works best in terms of creating a realistic image. Although in all fairness, I don’t know if it’s possible to create a ‘realistic’ image of a newborn floating in a hot air balloon in the night sky :) Still the end result is very pretty indeed!
There is a cost attached to this type of work as the digital backdrops are normally a purchasable item and as I say, you need to shoot for it specifically to get the best results so if you think it’s something you would be interested in for your newborn photo shoot, then it’s worth having a chat with me beforehand so we can plan for it.
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.