My newborn sessions are all about the true essence of a newborn baby and all of the love and excitement that comes with it . I aim to capture special moments of the baby with each family member and the family as a whole (pets welcome!). If the newborn has siblings, I am to prioritise these photos as they can often lose interest pretty quickly and are then able to go and play. I also take plenty of photos of the baby alone, both awake and asleep, and posed in ways that you´d find babies naturally. These photos can include the baby swaddled, undressed or wearing cute outfits that could be meaningful gifts from special friends or family members.
Where does the shoot take place?
Shoots take place at the client´s home, usually using the baby´s bedroom, the master bedroom and living room areas. We can also take some outdoor photos if the weather is suitable. Please do not worry if your house is not as orderly as you would like – you just had a baby! All you need to do in preparation is open the curtains and allow as much light in as possible, as natural light is far more beautiful and soft than flashes which I prefer not to use for newborn shoots. I´ll move things around throughout the shoot so that photos are clutter-free! The only ask is that you use neutral bed linen for the master shoot if possible, as it makes a great place for cuddly family photos!
How to prepare your baby for the shoot
Newborns are unpredictable and this shoot is all about them, so please do not worry about your baby needing nappy changes, feeds, etc. It´s a good idea if possible to try to feed your baby right before the session so they are sleepy and content.
What should the family wear?
Keep it simple and comfortable. I recommend neutral, light colours such as creams, whites, greys and pastels so as not to take away from the natural beauty of your baby. A nice way of adding some colour, if you wish, is by adding some accessories or jewellery to your outfit. I love textures such as knits and lace, and solid or floral fabrics work best. Try to avoid prominent logos and text on your clothing where possible.
What should the baby wear?
Remember that the essence of this shoot is to capture the baby´s natural, newborn beauty without distracting from that with overpowering outfits. I´d usually suggest onesies, swaddles or even just a nappy. However your baby is most comfortable! Some families like to use some cute newborn props and outfits – this is of course welcome.
Do you bring props or use stylised newborn poses?
I specialise in lifestyle newborn photography. Rather than posed newborn shots, I love to focus on the relationship between the baby and his/her family. This includes plenty of individual photos of the baby and some special detail shots of their little toes, fingers, eyelashes etc. Your ideas are of course welcome, and by all means please include any items of sentimental value such as blankets that may have been passed down, etc.
How long do sessions last?
The baby will dictate the duration of the shoot. If your baby is content and sleepy, we will likely be done between 1 and 1.5 hours but this can sometimes take longer depending on how many nappy changes and feeds might be needed.
How do we prepare for the shoot?
The most important thing for me is that you enjoy the experience and relax as much as possible. Some mums can stress out because this is all new and they of course want everything to turn out “perfect”. Relax, enjoy your baby, don´t stress about the baby crying, pooping or needing to feed. The baby is in charge and we will work around his/her needs to create beautiful images that you will cherish forever!