My vintage suitcase prop has been with me for a while. I picked it up from a seller on eBay quite a few years ago in a very shabby state and worked to restore it so I could use it for photo shoots.
It’s actually really solid as was evidenced by the shiner it gave me when I was moving it while it was open and it shut, clocking me right in the eye. Well you have to suffer to create I guess! All was forgiven when I’d finished with it and could put it to use in the studio however, as it’s a really versatile piece.
As it has a wooden frame, I can use it for all ages of children without fear of it buckling and I regularly use it for older babies as well as for newborns as it’s pictured here. It works perfectly with all backdrops – you’ve got to love a neutral ivory – and you can accessorise it however you’d like it to make it fit in with your style. I’ve used it with my birth announcement set, with travel themed props, with teddies and of course with many colours of silk flowers. It literally goes with anything!
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.