Newborn Photography FAQs

This should answer the most frequently asked questions about newborn sessions and how they work. If you have any other, please do get in touch

NEWBORN FAQ
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WHY DO I HAVE TO BOOK IN ADVANCE?

The only way to ensure you secure a place is to make your booking after you've had your 12 week scan.

AT WHAT AGE DO YOU DO NEWBORN SESSIONS?

I only photograph newborns up to 14 days old. Younger babies are more bendy and sleepy and we want to remember them so new and tiny! Furthermore chances are better at achieving the best results when baby is this young.

HOW DO I MAKE A BOOKING?

To secure your session I require the full booking fee and your completed questionnaire – only then is a session considered booked.

DO YOU HAVE A STUDIO?

No, newborn sessions are done at the comfort of your own home or studio space can be arranged - contact me for a quotation if studio space is required.

WHAT TIME OF THE DAY WILL THE SESSION BE?

Mornings ONLY - around 9AM - 12PM. Your baby is likely to have had you up half the night, and so will usually then sleep well in the morning. Baby must be sleepy to pose, so if you bring him in the afternoon when he has been sleeping for hours, this is more difficult. Please keep this in mind when making any appointments.

CAN I BRING MY OTHER CHILDREN TO THE SESSION?

The session will focus mainly on the newborn baby. If I can fit in parents & sibling shots, I will do that too... (time & space permitted)

CAN I BRING MY OWN PROPS?

Yes, by all means, if possible I will try and incorporate props. Not all babies are the same and sometimes certain poses are not possible. I will always put your baby's safety and happiness first.

DO YOU USE FLASH?

Yes, I use lighting in addition to natural light to ensure perfect exposures.

WILL MY BABY BE SAFE?

Your baby's safety is my top priority. The images where you see a baby hanging in a sling or on top of a swing are all done using clever digital trickery and your baby's safety is never put at risk. Some set ups and poses will involve you giving me a helping hand to keep baby safe.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY BABY POOPS ON YOUR THINGS?

This is normal, and happens most of the times. All my throws are washed. Babies pee and poop when they need to, it is all part of the job...

DO YOU USE A DUMMY?

I find using my own sterilised dummies really helps. l am moving baby while asleep in ways he won't be used to at home, and how he reacts to that will vary from baby to baby. Some are fine, some benefit from a little extra soothing using a dummy. Using one just while l pose will not cause any confusion in feeding, but if you are really against it, let me know.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY BABY CRIES AND WON'T SLEEP?

This is normal for some parts of the session. Each session involves settling baby when you arrive, and sometimes can take only a couple of minutes, and sometimes it takes longer. This may need to be repeated after a top-up feed that is likely to be required too...

CAN I REQUEST A SPECIFIC POSE?

Not all babies are suitable for all shots, therefore l am never able to guarantee to do any specific pose for you. Your baby runs the show, and if I feel that your baby is comfortable / happy to be posed in that way I will certainly give it a try, however your baby's safety is my top priority and will not attempt any poses that the baby is not suitable for or puts his safety at risk.

DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING WITH ME FOR THE SESSION?

Please bring your usual nappy supply and enough for extra feeds.

WILL YOU BE THE ONE HANDLING MY BABY?

Yes, l will be cuddling, soothing and posing your baby the entire session, handing him back to you if l feel he needs you. Rest assured though, he will be safe and happy at all times.