What to expect
Oh the joy of holding your new little loves - but they grow up so fast and you will not want to miss this chance to capture gorgeous portraits of them, ones you can truly cherish forever! Even those little details, the eyelashes, lips, dinky fingers and toes, they all change so quickly!
As a mum of two, I understand how overwhelming those first few days can be. Great communication between myself and my clients is key, so I have created this little guide to help you prepare for our session.
Newborn sessions take place during the week and always start at 10am. Depending on which package you have chosen, I can be photographing newborns for up to three hours - this is to ensure I allow enough time for feeds, changes and any messes that may need cleaning.
Please wear light, layered clothing (parents, siblings & baby, it will be very warm through out the session as there may be times I photograph baby nude.
I recommend to bring baby in loose clothing such as sleep suits - ideally ones that be easily removed and leave no marks on their skin.
Try to interact with baby as much as possible 1-2 hours before the session.
It is also ideal to schedule babies feed about 2-3 hours before the session so baby can be fed again just before the session begins. This feed can be done at home or at the studio - depending on travelling time.
Newborns sleep best with a full tummy, making those sleepy poses easier and safer to achieve. Once baby is fed, I like to help baby drift off to sleep so they can get used to my voice and smell whilst I photograph them. If baby uses a dummy, please bring them along. Dummies also help to settle babies in certain poses.
Please ensure you bring plenty of formula/milk if baby is bottle-fed and nappies.
If you are planning to breastfeed, bringing a bottle and/or formula for the session can be easier. Babies tend to need more comfort through out the session and tend to breastfeed slightly more than usual - but this is completely at your discretion.
You are welcome to bring along any drinks and/or snacks with you.
If you have preferences on colours, themes and props please discuss this with me before the day of your session as all sessions are planned in advance. Upon booking, I will send you a questionnaire so I can get to know you a little before the session and will help me to prepare in advance!
For colours, its always handy to have a look around your home. You want your prints to compliment your home decor!
*This is just a guide with tips I have found useful and help sessions run smoothly, and is not to replace any doctors advice given to you.
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