– FAQs for a NEWBORN PHOTOSHOOT –
What you need to know about your newborn photo shoot
Many families who book a newborn photo shoot do so for the first time. I’ve found the frequently asked questions below helpful for people who want to know more about what happens during a newborn photo shoot.
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HOW OLD SHOULD MY BABY BE?
Newborns are at their sleepiest around 7-10 days and that’s when it’s best to photograph them if you’d like delicately posed photographs. It’s still possible to take pictures after this time, but the images will be a mix of sleepy and awake images rather than mainly sleepy pictures.
I am happy to photograph newborns up to around 12 weeks, particularly if you want more awake images.
WHAT STYLES OF NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY DO YOU DO? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 'posed' and 'lifestyle'?
You know those photos where the baby is on a little nest or basket? Those are carefully posed images. For these posed newborn photography images, I use natural light with the baby carefully posed on blankets, baskets, bowls etc. This type of photography focuses almost exclusively on the baby.
Lifestyle newborn photography brings in other members of the family. My goal is to capture the tender interaction with the baby’s family, particularly mum, dad and brother/sister.
WHAT IS YOUR POPULAR 2-STAGE NEWBORN PHOTO SHOOT?
Some families are very keen to have beautiful studio newborn photos when the baby is brand new, but also want some natural photos at home. That’s why my 2-stage photo shoot is so popular. Here are the 2 stages:
- Studio shoot when the baby is about 10 days old – you do a regular studio newborn photo shoot when the baby is brand new. This includes natural light photography, studio light photography, with the baby on it’s own and also with parents/siblings.
- At home session when newborn is about 2-3 months old. This second session takes place when the baby is between 8-12 weeks old and is much more alert than their 10 day old self. This means you can get beautiful photos of the baby interacting with the family and I include all the edited photos. I would normally charge up to £325 for this so it’s very good value when added for only £150 to my top package (SEE MY FEES HERE)
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY NEWBORN SESSION?
I suggest booking the newborn session after your 20 week scan. I only do a certain number of newborns a month so booking early will ensure your spot.
WHAT IF MY BABY IS BORN EARLY OR LATE?
Don’t worry! I am used to being flexible because unless you have booked a c-section, babies decide their own due date. Since I only do a certain number of newborns a month, I allow for some flexibility. I ask parents to get in touch within a day of their baby being born so we can find a suitable date. Photoshoots typically take place in my studio on a weekday morning.
DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH OLDER BABIES TOO?
Yes! It will be a slightly different experience for you, so if your baby is older than 12 weeks, please see my FAMILY FAQ section. You may also want to take advantage of my puplar 2-stage photo shoot (see below).
TELL ME MORE ABOUT YOUR STUDIO?
I have a beautiful bright and large studio on Twickenham Green, southwest London, England. Studio sessions have the advantage of having access to a greater number of props and predominantely use natural light, which creates soft beautiful images.
CAN YOU COME TO MY HOME?
YES I CAN! The days following the birth of a baby can be quite tiring and I am happy to bring my mobile studio to your home. I charge an additional home visit fee of £100 and I will be bringing a car load of equipment and props to set up the carefully posed newborn pictures. In consultation with you beforehand, I will bring a large bean bag and one or two baskets/buckets/nests. I will also have a range of blankets, hats, wraps and swaddle blankets to choose from. I also love using items that parents may want me to photograph, such as special stuffed animals, blankets or knitted hats.
- WHAT DO I NEED TO DO IF YOU COME TO MY HOME?
If you would like posed photographs (SEE ABOVE), I request a clear space about the size of a king sized bed. This is typically in the living room with the coffee table moved to the side.
- A COUPLE OF USEFUL ITEMS TO PREPARE THE SHOOT
There are a few things families can have on hand to help me on the day. Specifically, an iron and ironing board.
- LIFESTYLE SESSIONS, ROOMS WITH GOOD LIGHT
If you’d like lifestyle images (SEE ABOVE) of the baby with other family members, the photoshoot can take place anywhere in the house, but normally centres around 2-3 rooms. These are typically the ones with the greatest natural light since I tend not to use lighting equipment if possible for lifestyle photos. These rooms tend to be the main/baby bedroom, the living room and sometimes the kitchen.
- CLEAR SURFACES AND FLOORS IN YOUR CHOSEN ROOM
The big tip for preparing these areas is to remove ‘clutter’. For example, remove any small items etc from the side tables beside the master bed. Don’t worry if you don’t get a chance to do this. When we start doing the shoot, we will inevitably start moving some things around, but it will help if the rooms are as clutter free as possible.