This is little Robert and his very proud mum and dad at their recent newborn photo shoot. Sometimes parents aren’t keen to get involved in their newborn photos but pictures like this always make me happy when they do.
There’s a saying in photography which is ‘connection rather than perfection’ and it is particularly true when it comes to newborn photos. Basically it’s an acceptance of the fact that you don’t always have the control over a little person in order to create the technically perfect pose or expression but that doesn’t make the photo any less lovely. So my photographer’s eye tells me that it would have been nicer to have Robert held slightly differently so that he was closer to his mum and dad’s face in order to make a tighter grouping. My photographer’s experience told me that he was getting very restless with being moved about and he had just settled in his mum’s arms and moving him about was 99% likely to wake him up and generally make him agitated. So we worked where he was happy to create this image with his justifiably proud mum and dad looking down at their new arrival. My mum’s eye loves the fact that you can see the love and bond between them all already. Connection rather than perfection.
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.