Newborn & Maternity
What to expect with newborns
Ideally we need your baby to be milk drunk and very sleepy. Please can you keep them awake for about 1 hour before you leave to ensure they are tired. If you’re struggling to keep them awake then a bath sometimes helps. Please don't dress them in anything we will have to take off over their head as this will normally wake them up. A front fastening babygro would be fine with blankets to keep them warm if needed. Depending on how far away from the studio you live it may be advisable to either feed just before you leave or once you arrive. I will discuss this with you just before your session. Most newborn babies have tiny scratches, baby acne or dry skin to varying degrees. Don’t worry about this as we can remove it after the session in post production to give them the perfect baby skin you see in our images. However to help reduce dry skin sometimes a bit of olive oil or other moisturiser suitable for newborn skin can help to reduce it.
I only photograph one newborn per day to make sure they are very relaxed I am focussed around making both the baby and new parents comfortable. They normally take about 2 - 3 hours to include lots of time for feeds, cuddles, winding, soothing and crankiness. There will be times when I ask for your help during a session but it is worth bringing something to do. During the session we hope that you will feel as comfortable as possible and will provide you with refreshments. During a typical session I will aim to capture images using a variety of different setups and poses to ensure you have a great selection of images. There is an almost endless variety of images and setups we can create. Before the session we will have a chat about any particular colours you like or props you’ve seen us use and would like us to use. During any session it is inevitable that your little angel will wee and poo on our blankets and baskets. Please don’t be embarrassed by this as it is perfectly natural and expected. We have a very active washing machine so everything gets washed.
I think it’s really lovely to be in a couple of the photographs yourselves. Your life has changed beyond word and it’s such a special emotional time that it’s lovely to capture that. Becoming new parents is such an amazing, scary and emotional time that passes all too quickly and there’s nothing like an image of a baby cradled in their dads arms to show that emotion and just how tiny they are. I am very aware that as new mum’s you’re probably not feeling very photogenic and that is why we make sure we position you in flattering ways, take a look at the gallery, lots can be done using just mummies arms hands etc.
If you have an older child that you would like to include in the images I can capture some very beautiful images of your children together. Having a new baby brother or sister can be a very unsettling time for a young child. That is why as part of your session I will spend time playing games and photographing your older children to make them feel special as well. It is inevitable though that older children will get bored during the session so please bring some toys to help occupy them. I do ask though that if siblings attend another adult comes too. This means that if necessary someone can take them outside into our field or a nearby playground to blow off some steam.
What to bring
For the family shots I advise neutral coloured clothing and avoid patterns as we want the focus to be on the relationship and intimacy between you and not a distracting checked shirt. It works really well if you’re all in black tops (when I would photograph you on a black background) or all in white (when we would photograph you on a grey background). For men something with a collar works well too as it can help avoid a double chin if you’re looking down at your little one. For mums we can also wrap you in material if you like the idea of a very natural skin on skin image. Please bring a change of clothes as family shots are quite often when the baby is naked and unfortunately that does come with some risks…. It will also get quite hot during the session so please wear light clothes. If you have any special blankets, hats, teddies or sporting hobbies and would like to use them in your session please feel free to bring them with you. If you would like to have a chat though your ideas please just ask. Please also bring anything you may need for a day out. This includes plenty of nappies, wipes and a dummy (if you’re using them) and if your using formula (enough for 2 – 3 feeds). Sometimes a photography session can make a newborn think they are hungrier than normal so additional feeds are necessary.