So you have booked your newborn session and very excited about what will happen next or just on a verge of booking a session but your head is full of questions? Have you ever wondered what is going on during a newborn session? Why does it take 3-4 hours to take some photos of your newest family member? Why are babies being photographed wrapped? I will answer all your questions and worries…
When you arrive to the studio…
On the day of your session I am arriving to the studio a couple of hours before you to set up the equipment, design the style and pick the props and layers I will be using for your baby. This is based on our previous conversations and the questionnaire you have completed. I am designing 4-5 different set ups with the colour scheme of your choice to ensure the end result (your images) are what you will truly love!
Upon your arrival to my studio in Wigginton, York I will be waiting for you at the entrance and show you to the studio. Currently, I am working from a spare bedroom which is very stylishly designed for a cosy little studio. While we are having a small chit-chat before your session you can enjoy a cup of tea or a cold drink.
Let’s start the session…
While we are getting to know each other i will ask you to undress your little one and that is the moment when I start to get to know your baby. You will notice that I will start with settling him, feeding (if he is due for a feed) and slowly start to wrap him. This is firstly, because I want him to get used to my touch and secondly, wrapping ALWAYS helps to calm the babies down and settle them easier. Distressing your baby and at the same time you is the last thing I want to do!
Poses and props
Before arriving for your session you already know which type of poses you like the most. I always ask clients to pick 5 images from my website or social media that they like the most so I can understand what type of images are closer to your heart.
While I will try my best to reproduce those images for you, it is entirely up to the baby which poses he is comfortable in and which ones just not going to work. By this I mean, some babies absolutely love laying on their tummy so poses like baby in bucket and crates will work well and some babies absolutely hate that so we will need to pose your baby the way HE prefers. It doesn’t mean we won’t be able to create some really beautiful images at all.
Safety is above all!
During a newborn session my main goal is to produce some lovely images that you will treasure for years to come BUT this does not mean that I will compromise on safety at any point of the session. Newborns are extremely delicate and vulnerable so it needs knowledge and expertise to photograph them in a safe way. You will see me keeping my hand on your baby all the time and sometimes even asking you to help me to support your little one when necessary. For images like “Safe in Dad’s hands” I photograph your baby on a posing bed and by using clever tricks and of course Photoshop magic I create the image with illusion that your baby is in the air held by dad while he is safely laid down all the time while I am photographing him.
Parent and sibling shots
All newborn sessions include parent and sibling shots! Capturing a new baby in a family without the family is just not right. I understand that you might feel a bit uncomfortable after giving birth to your ray of sunshine, but these family portraits are irreplaceable. Even though if you don’t wish to be in the photo I encourage parents to participate in images like the above, where only your hands will be visible.
With proud big brothers and sisters I try to involve them into the session as we go along and capture siblings together in every possible set up.
Before you leave…
Once we’ve finished with photographing your little one I will hand him back to you so you can get him dressed or feed him (babies are always hungry after their photo session????). That is when we arrange a suitable viewing appointment where you will view your photos and select the package and wall art you like the most.
To get in touch or enquire about your newborn session please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org