The birth of your baby is one of the most special moments of your life. Those little fingers, tiny toes and eyelashes. That little face that you have longed to see for 9 months has finally arrived. Those first few weeks can pass by in a blur with your baby changing almost right before your eyes. Newborn photography is a way to capture the memory of these first few weeks. Memories that you can keep for a lifetime.
Newborns are best photographed at around one week of age (ideally between 6 and 12 days old). After this small window of time has passed, newborns tend to lose the ability to curl into the sleepy poses that you see in my portfolio.
Newborns are very unpredictable and require lots of time and attention for feeding and comforting. I never rush my newborn sessions and will follow your baby’s lead at all times. Typically newborn sessions take between 2 and 3 hours to get a variety of different setups as well as parent, family and sibling images. (There is no extra charge for siblings).
WHEN TO BOOK
To secure a booking for your newborn, it is very important that you contact me to reserve a session while you are still pregnant. I only schedule a maximum of 2 newborn clients per week to allow lots of flexibility for babies who arrive early/late. As I typically book out months in advance, I encourage you to book in early to avoid disappointment.
WHAT IF I MISS THE OPTIMUM TIME?
Many people don’t realise until it is too late that newborns are best photographed in the first 2 weeks of life. If you miss this small window of time, I still offer newborn photo sessions up until 6 weeks of age. It is important to understand however that if your baby is older than 2 weeks, it is extremely unlikely that they will go into the sleepy poses. For babies 2 to 6 weeks of age, I aim for a more relaxed session and lifestyle-style images.
If your baby is older than 6 weeks of age, you may like to check out my 100 days sessions.
KEEP YOUR NEWBORN SAFE – WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER
Regardless of whether you book me or someone else, please be sure to do your research when choosing a newborn photographer. Check that your photographer has specialist training in handling and photographing newborns, that they have insurance, and that they are up to date with their whooping cough vaccinations. During your baby’s session, safety must be the number one priority. Babies should NEVER be left unattended, placed in or on anything unsafe (e.g. in glass props), and should be fully supported in more complex poses. If you feel uncomfortable during a session, please tell your photographer! Your baby’s safety is more important than any photograph.
WHEN AND HOW WILL I ORDER MY IMAGES?
After your newborn session with me, I do a soft edit of the best images from your session (typically 30 – 35 images, but always a minimum of 25) and upload them to your password-protected online gallery. You can choose your digital package or products from the comfort of your own home and check out using my shopping cart system. Payments can be made via direct deposit, or by credit card using Paypal. After you select and pay for your images, I then do a full hand-retouch of each image you have selected. When your products are ready, I will package them and post them to you.