This is little Noah, sleeping peacefully through the vast majority of his newborn session. This is more unusual than it is usual if I’m honest so it’s certainly worth enjoying when it happens.
We had plenty of time to gently move and pose Noah with a variety of backdrops and accessories, and his mum and dad has asked that his birth details be incorporated in one of his shots so I designed this gorgeous little bowl set up featuring his name, weight, birth time and date. Just love how it turned out.
Like I say, most babies will be awake for a portion of their session and we have plenty of time to feed and settle them into a dreamy sleep (that’s why my newborn sessions are booked for an unhurried two hours). Here’s some quick and easy tips to get ready for your newborn photo shoot to make it as easy as possible to get those dreamy shots (none of these are guaranteed of course – the newborn baby might be the smallest person in the room but they’re definitely the boss!)
Try to keep them awake for an hour or so before their session
If you live more than 15 minutes away, try to time feeds so they are due when you arrive for your session. If you’re nearer then feed them before you leave. Of course timing feeds with a newborn is almost impossible so I throw that one in there in the spirit of optimism!
Just dress your baby in one layer and use blankets to keep them warm for the journey – that way it’s easier for me to strip them off when they’re asleep on the beanbag (selfish yep, but it does make it easier to keep them asleep if there’s not too many layers to remove)
Leave extra time to get ready especially if it’s your first family outing – then you won’t be stressed out and rushing when you get here. For the record, I’m not going to worry if you’re a few minutes late, it’s to be expected when you have an extra family member to cater for!
This is the most important one – relax. Yes your baby might well cry when they’re in the studio. They might well want feeding and all sorts of settling. They will almost certainly pee or poo on something. I don’t care about any of it. We just address each issue as it arises and work through them until they are ready to sleep. They’re already super in-tune with your emotions so if you’re chilled, they will be too!
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 five 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. You can choose to have your session in my warm and cosy studio in Crawley Down (£95) or I can come to your home (£125)