Here are the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) I often receive before a newborn photography session. So, I thought to myself why not summarise these here to give you much more in-depth and easy to read information, when you are browsing my website. This should give you a good overview of what to expect during your newborn photography sessions.
However, please feel free to contact me if I have left any questions unanswered for you.
When is the ideal time to have a Newborn session and how long before birth should I schedule this in?
The ideal time to have a newborn session is within the first 10 days (max up to 14 days) from your baby’s birth. During this time, your little one still has the “curl”, which simply means her arms and legs still curl up easily. After two week he or she will make a big jump in growth and her arms and legs will stretch out more. Also within the first 10 days, your baby falls into this so-called “choma sleep” after being fed. That way we can wrap him/her easily into blankets or move her arms and legs around without disturbing her too much. They sleep for much longer periods as well. After a few weeks your baby will start to be more active and tries to look around as it is starting to develop her sight more and more. Don’t get me wrong, after 2 weeks you can still get gorgeous images, however, the typical newborn poses most likely won’t be possible. But there are other ways advantages to photographing a slightly older baby and your images will be equally as beautiful.
To schedule a session it is recommended to call/get in contact during your pregnancy. That way we can pencil book in your due date and see closer at the time whether you will be early or late to re-arrange the exact timing of your session.
How long will the Newborn session last? If a session takes longer, what happens then?
A single Newborn session normally lasts around 2-3 hours. As you simply cannot direct a small newborn, we adapt to his or her schedule. So if she doesn’t want to sleep or is a bit cranky and you will need to attend to his/her needs, then that is more than ok. We will have plenty of time to capture your precious one. In the rare occasion that the session does take longer than three hours, we will need to make a decision ahead of time. Usually after 2 hours we know where we stand and how much we have managed to capture up to this point. So we can discuss whether another hour after the 3 hours is necessary. We will make this decision together. In general, an extra hour costs £100.
Where will the photoshoot take place?
At your home.
Even though I could easily set up my own home studio and despite the fact that I have to carry around all my props and equipment, I decided on purpose not to do these shoots at a studio for two reasons: 1) being in a familiar environment will keep your newborn in a much more relaxed state and 2) also capturing you, the parents, and/or any other siblings in your own home will be much easier and make the images more special. The warmth of your home and the love for your family will show in the images and has a much more intimate feel than in a studio set up. And that is more the essence of my style.
Travel costs of 20mi (40mi return) of Leigh-on-sea is included.
What is included in the price?
Depending on what package you choose, you will receive different things, however, all of my price packages have the following things in common:
– A first telephone date – the initial consultation. This will be via the phone or skype to discuss any questions, details or just also to get to know each other better.
– DVD with all JPEGs (50+) in high resolution, without watermarks. However, when sharing online, please ensure to always tag in the photographer’s, Name, FB page and/or website.
– Editing – each image will be touched individually to make the basic adjustment of enhancing the colours, the contrast, or any other necessary fine-tuning to ensure the optimal quality for your photos. Lastly, I will apply my own unique look to all images. Baby’s skin blemishes will be retouched out. However, any additional retouching of other family members will be charged at £5 per image
– Complementary password-protected online gallery – this will only be visible to you and anybody with whom you would like to share the link and password with. That way your aunt from New Zealand can easily have a look as well.
Travel costs of 20mi (40mi return) of Leigh-on-sea is included.
For further details on each of my packages, please refer to my pricing section.
What should I pay attention to prior to the session? How do I prepare?
There are several little things to pay attention to before I arrive such as, please do not feed your little one before I have arrived and am setting up, otherwise she/he will fall asleep before and it might be hard to settle her down again when we are ready to shoot.
Similarly, please do not dress him/her in anything that needs to be pulled over her head, otherwise she/he will wake up when we try to undress her.
Another very important thing to remember is to turn up the heating in the house before I arrive. Babys’ body temperatures drop very quickly when they are undressed, so we need to make sure he/she is warm and cozy. I will also bring a fan heater and an electric heating blanket to keep your precious one warm. For a further read, please also refer to my little blog post about this, 8 tips on how to prepare for a newborn photoshoot.
What kind of props/equipment will you bring and what will I need to provide?
I will bring all the necessary equipment such as backdrop stand, fabrics to use as backdrops, a bean bag to lay your baby onto, a wicker basket, an old apple crate and much more. These are for the basic set up. Whenever I find a new prop to use in my sessions, I might exchange one of those basic props with a new one as I do not wish to use the same props for all of my shoots. That way you can rest assured that your image will be unique.
I will also bring a fan heater and a heating blanket to keep the little one warm and cozy. This is one of the most important things, as babys’ body temperatures fall very quickly and that will wake her up.
Further I will also bring a small selection of throws, little blankets and hats, we can dress your newborn in. However, again, these will only be a basic selection. I would like to encourage you to also bring along a few wraps/hats/blankets/scrafs or similar. Anything crochet or knitted or something with texture like fur usually looks best in the final images.
Lastly, I will pack baby bed mats, wipes and paper towels in case of little accidents. This is just normal as we are shooting the baby naked most of the times. It is not a question of IF this will happen but rather WHEN, So between fabric layers I will put some baby bed mats, so when anything happens, we can simply change the fabrics for the backdrop and continue shooting. All of my fabrics are machine washable and can easily be cleaned afterwards. So not to worry.
Also please have a think about any kind of prop that might have sentimental value to you and that you would like to incorporate into the images. Maybe an old family heirloom. This could be a specific blanket your grandma made or an old jewellery box that could act as a prop inside the image…anything really. Have a think about this.
Newborns often have skin problems i.e. dry skin or spots/blemishes, will you be retouching these out? Or will this cost extra?
I will attend any retouching needs for the images of your newborn. In addition to that any basic colour enhancement and my signature look will be applied to all images. Additional retouching to other family members however will need to be charges extra at £5 an image.
How long after the session can we expect the images?
You will receive the disk with the high res images roughly 4-5 weeks after the session. This depends on the amount of images and when the session is held (during the summer months it might take a bit longer than during the winter months due to the increased workload during the wedding season). I will try to get images out to you as soon as possible. However, I will provide you with one or two sneak peek images shortly after the session, so you have something to share with your family and friends immediately.
I would like to use an image or two for my birth announcement card, would this be possible?
Of course! If you let me know in advance that this is the case, I can make sure to retouch and provide you with one high res image for your birth announcement cards shortly after the session. I will generally provide you with one or two sneak peek images shortly after the session anyways, so you can use those as well.
I would like my older son/daughter to be part of the shoot, is this possible?
Of course, absolutely! I do encourage this even. I want you to see this photoshoot as a potential family shoot as well. Capturing the interaction of your first born with your newborn can be quite emotional and unique, so this is a very important part of my style.
Do we, the parents, need to be in the photographs? I don’t feel ready to have my picture takes as yet.
I completely understand that so shortly after giving brith, you might not feel ready to have your picture taken as yet. However, I do encourage you to think about this anyways. The images in which you and your husband are interacting with your little baby can be the most precious images of them all. You might regret it afterwards not having taken any images with your child. Despite the fact I completely understand that you might feel a bit uncomfortable, I do would like to encourage you to throw on a little make-up and choose a nice outfit. We can just capture a few here and there and you will have them regardless. You might be surprised how much you grow to love them in the end.
What are your terms and conditions?
Please have a read here for my newborn photography terms & conditions.
If you have any other questions or would like to have a first date, please feel free to contact me. I will update this page regularly to add any new questions that might come up.
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