What to expect…
The majority of the shoot will be us, working together, to get your baby asleep or calm enough so I can attempt to move them into some simple poses. My photography style is very natural & in the moment. I am unable to offer any poses where your baby is manipulated into unnatural shapes. I prefer to capture what is in front of me rather than create a false image after. All attempts are dependent on the baby. Some babies simply don’t like some poses. Others decide that this is the day they will be staying awake all day! – Do not worry I have a few Plan B’s for non-sleepy babies. Please also do not spend time worrying about me – no newborn session is the same – I am not expecting your baby to come in, sleep the entire time, stay in a perfect position, not wee on me or throw up on something. Come to the studio relax and have fun, enjoy my awful tea making skills and try to not to fall asleep with the heat! The room will be warm; this is to ensure your baby is comfortable as the majority of shots are natural. So please wear layers so you are also comfortable.
What should I bring?
Please bring your changing bag. I do have nappies, and wipes should you need. I can also provide hot water. The majority of shots will be natural – but you are more than welcome to bring special outfits. Please bear in mind though that many newborns are not keen on numerous outfit changes and this may change their mood. Please bring if you can your hospital bracelet and any teddies or special items
A baby with a full tummy is a happy baby so please be prepared to feed during the shoot. I will usually ask that you feed your baby at the beginning of the session to give us the best chance of capturing some beautiful memories – I will give you the privacy, should you need, to do this. If your baby needs to feed at any point during the shoot we will stop to do this
What should I wear?
As I have mentioned it will be hot so please wear layers. Please wear block colours and avoid pale colours, such as reds and yellows. Your hands maybe in some picture so please clean those nails :)
I have several props that include hats, baskets and blankets and all have a natural feel to them. If there is anything you would like to bring that is special to you or your baby then please feel free to do so, eg one family loved music so they brought in a guitar and we took images of this at the maternity session then placed the baby on this during his newborn, 6 month and 1st birthday session. Please discuss any ideas with me.
Seen something you like?
If you have seen one of my images or another image that you would like to recreate, let me know before the shoot, if possible by email and I can see if I can recreate this for you. If you have any ideas please let me know. I am here to make sure you get what you want and if I can – I will!
Siblings are more than welcome to join us. I have toys, colouring and some films that will occupy them. I do start with the family shots; this is good for several reasons. 1) Usually baby needs settling, this means they can still being reassured by you whilst I take shots. 2) Siblings can be involved straight away, and if you think it is then easier they can be collected from the session rather than wait for 2 hours and lastly, you are less likely to have sick or poop on you (because you will at the end!)
What do I get?
You get the session and all the digital images made available through an online private gallery enabling you to download to a device with a hard drive.
How many images do I receive?
The number of images you will receive after your shoot will depend on your baby during our session. I expect there to be a minimum of 20+ digital images. There can be sessions where only a few can be taken if baby is not obliging. You can expect to receive colour and black and white images. These will be uploaded to a private online password protected gallery. Once the images have been slightly edited and uploaded I will give you the password – you can then pass this on to other family members/friends who may also have access. Once in the gallery you can download every image available simply by right clicking on an image and following the instructions. THERE IS NO EXTRA CHARGE. You will need to download to a device with a hard- drive – phones or tablets will not store them as they have no hard- drive facility You will also notice a price list offering other products in your gallery. Please don’t feel obliged they are just there as an optional extra. I may wish to use images from your session to showcase my work please let me know if you are not comfortable with this.
A £25 deposit is required to secure the date. I just ask that if you need to cancel or change the date please let me know so I can get that slot filled again, thank you. For all sessions you are able to pay on the day by cash – or before the session by BACS, PAYPAL or cheque. Watch me grow sessions, must be paid upfront you will be given a receipt and instructions on when to book the future sessions.
I look forward to meeting you!
Other Packages that may be suitable for you in the future….
Watch me grow…..
A newborn session, 6 month and a cake smash!
Your first session will be as a newborn under 21 days, then around 6/7 months when they are sitting and then returning for a cake smash to mark their first birthday. Each session you will receive all suitable images from that session. These will be edited and uploaded into a private online gallery where you and anyone you give the password too can download them.
These sessions are great fun for everyone involved, to celebrate your child’s milestone first birthday.
All images provided high resolution in a private online gallery.