A lot of the work involved in newborn photography takes place after you’ve left the studio and I’ve got your images back into my editing suite.
Newborns routinely suffer from a lot of skin issues as would we all if we’d been underwater for 9 months and so, in order to present your new arrival looking their absolute best, there’s quite often a bit of editing work required. Baby acne is one issue that is really common – it usually comes on after your baby gets past the two week point and most newborn photography is done before then but in this little fellow’s case, it came on quite early. The editing isn’t a criticism of course, all babies are perfect just as they are, but the spots are just a temporary feature and so the photos look a lot nicer if we can get rid of them in the finished images.
Some photographers really smooth the heck out of a baby’s skin and leave them looking totally ‘perfect’ but I don’t really like this approach as I think it makes them look a little bit artificial and waxy. So my goal is to remove any temporary blemishes but preserve the texture of your baby’s skin so that you can still see them looking natural. For this young man, I’m not going to lie, it was quite a lot of work to smooth away some of his little spots and red patches but I think the effort was totally worth it when you see the finished images.
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.