What to expect from a Newborn Photo Session

August 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Over the past couple of months I have been getting an amazing number of enquiries about booking newborn photo sessions. This is fantastic news for all involved and it makes my photography diary a little bit crazy! Nobody told your baby that they are expected to turn up for their newborn photo session and while some can’t wait to get here, some are fashionably late.  He he.

When you first book your session you will be required to pay the session fee to reserve your place in my diary. A perfect time to do this would be just after your 20 week scan. I take a limited number of newborn sessions each month so that I can ensure I can fit everybody in and work around midwife and health visitor appointments once baby is here. Once your baby arrives and you have settled back in at home just give me a call and we can then confirm the best date and time for your session. Under 10 days old is always a brilliant time, as baby will still be very sleepy and curly, allowing us to capture some amazing photographs. Your portrait session will take place in my home studio. Newborn studios are not like traditional photography studios - they are designed to be warm and cosy. I want you and your baby to feel relaxed and comfortable so you are able to feed on demand and put your feet up and have a cuppa (I even have some new dads who take a quick sneaky nap!)

So that I can capture your baby perfectly while they are still so brand new, for most of the session your baby will be in their birthday suit. Newborn clothes never fit correctly so we don’t get to see all those beautiful details that say ‘hey I’m brand new!’ However, one of the downsides of this, is your baby is guaranteed to poop and/or pee on props, blankets, perhaps even me or you…..and believe me when I say that we have had some very ‘entertaining’ newborn sessions recently.  All of my blankets and props are washed after each session and I have plenty of cloths and towels to hand. You might want to pop a change of clothes for yourself into your changing bag, just incase the worse happens.

Your newborn portrait session can take up to 4 hours and the reason for this is your newborn will need feeding, cuddles and cleaning throughout the session, which is baby led rather than photographer led! I hope this Mini-Blog gives you more of an insight into one of my newborn sessions. I’d love the opportunity to give you more information if you would like to contact me.


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