Beautiful little Shyla came to visit the studio on the recommendation of a friend of her mum and dad’s who’d brought along their new baby been to visit.
She was a very sleepy little thing, content to snooze whilst I gently moved and posed her about – the perfect little model. Of course, this isn’t always the case (in fact it’s pretty rare) so we took full advantage. Newborn photo shoots are scheduled for at least two studio hours so we have plenty of time for feeding and settling and I never take back to back session so we have a little extra cushion of time should we need it. The whole thing is designed to be as relaxed and stress free as possible as this is what gives us the best chance of great images – your baby is already so in tune with you, they will know if you are feeling stressed or rushed and they’ll react accordingly. So from the comfy sofa in the warm and cosy studio, you can relax and enjoy watching your images being created.
In fact, that isn’t entirely true of this particular session as the image on the stunning wrought iron rose covered baby bed, wasn’t actually really created in the studio at all. The bed is a digital backdrop and this was an experimental test of how that concept could work within my newborn photography. Obviously, if I had my way, I’d have a room full of props, beds, and every single beautiful thing that has caught my eye to put a baby in or on over the last five years. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough space and I value my marriage (I share the studio with my husband and I don’t think he’d be thrilled at being squeezed out by newborn props, however beautiful). So a digital option seems like a good one to me as it allows me to expand my collection without making myself single and also to create images using props that wouldn’t be safe to work with an actual baby on (watch this space for some lovely ‘suspended’ work).
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.