If you are visiting my website blog today because you have booked a newborn session with me and want to know what happens next then you are in the right place. If you haven't booked yet and are just researching then I am sure you will also find this helpful.
So, your gorgeous baby has finally arrived after a long nine months of waiting. The newborn phase passes so quickly so you want to capture it perfectly - before you know it your baby will be smiling, crawling, walking and talking! You’ll probably treasure the photographs from your baby’s first year the very most since they grow and change so much during this time.
You may have spent a long time researching and chatting with different photographers in Somerset and I feel honoured that you have chosen me to capture memories of this very special time. You’re now probably wondering what happens next.
Firstly, please let me assure you that your baby is in safe hands. I have completed extensive training in Newborn photography and the safe posing and handling of newborn babies. I take newborn safety very seriously. This is always my number one priority during the session.
I have been photographing newborn babies for over 4 years and have literally photographed 100’s of newborns in this time.
I am a member of a professional body called BANPAS (Baby and Newborn Photography Association) They heavily promote safety in newborn photography. They have a great website with information on there aimed at parents of babies. You can view their website here.
I am a Mum to 3 children myself so I understand that handing your precious baby over to someone you have only just met can be a rather daunting experience.
I encourage the parents to sit close by and watch me work. Occasionally I may ask for one of you to help me. This is because some of the props I use for your session might involve me being more than an arm’s length away from your baby and I’ll need one of you to sit very close by and watch while I take the photographs I need.
You can help the session run more smoothly too with some planning.
Please pack your bags in advance. You will be less likely to forget something you need. Please remember to bring plenty of nappies and some spare clothes just in case.
If you are breast feeding, then I advise avoiding certain foods before the session. The list of foods below can sometimes make newborn babies windier and cause colic like symptoms.
Please avoid the following foods on the day before the session:
Foods containing Citric Acid such as:
Tomato based sauces
Please also avoid the following vegetables:
Please interact with your baby 1-2 hours before your session time. This will help your baby feel nice and sleepy when you arrive.
Please loosen your baby’s nappy and dress your baby in something that is easy to remove. If your baby is sleeping when he/she arrives and we can remove the clothes without waking them then we can start more or less straight away when you get to me. If you’re comfortable to and if the weather allows, bring your baby wearing just their nappy and cover them well with blankets so they don’t get cold. Clothing causes lots of marks and creases in the skin and we want your baby’s skin to look lovely and smooth in the photographs.
The session will last somewhere between 2 and 4 hours so you’ll need you make sure you allow enough time to come to the session without rushing.
Please bring some snacks along to keep you going. Hot drinks and bottled water are complimentary and will be provided throughout the session.
If you’re bottle feeding, please make sure you bring plenty of milk with you. The readymade milk cartons and bottles that you can buy are ideal but I also have a Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine for your convenience if you’d prefer to bring powdered milk instead.
Settling your baby enough to pose them and take photographs may take time. A good 50% of the session will involve feeding, soothing and settling your baby. It will all depend on your baby’s mood and willingness to sleep. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that can be predicted so since your baby will pick up on any frustration in the room, please don’t worry about it. It’s super important that everyone in the room remains calm and relaxed. And if sleep doesn’t happen at all then providing they are settled we can photograph them in some poses suitable for an awake baby instead.
Some babies are extra fussy and sensitive to touch, these babies will always be harder to photograph but not impossible. Please don’t worry if your baby isn’t co-operating. I have picked up several tips over the years that will help to settle even the most unsettled baby. The session is entirely baby led, we will go with what your baby is most comfortable with, occasionally this might mean that some poses will be missed out and replaced with poses your baby is happier and more comfortable with.
Please don’t panic if your baby decides to use my props, blankets or me as their own personal potty. As you can imagine, this is something that happens at nearly every session so I expect it. Please don’t be embarrassed. All props and blankets are washed after each session anyway.
If you have older children that you would like photographed with the baby, then this is fine but due to the length of the session, please if possible, arrange for another family member to take the older one’s home once we have done their photographs with the baby. This will usually be done at the beginning of the session. Children do tend to get bored and to get the best from the session noise would need to be kept to a minimum.
Once I have received your contract back, you will be booked in for your viewing appointment. This is when you will see the photographs taken at the session and place orders for any products you would like. More information about the viewing appointment is available here.
If you have any questions at any time, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.
Bye for now