[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When I started out as a photographer I felt a great desire to photograph newborns. I still love it. There’s something so exciting and yet so peaceful about newborns. Their tiny finger nails, long eyelashes and utter innocence just get my heart melting, and its in these sessions that I’ve taken some of my favourite photos. Over time, I’ve been able to see what kind of newborn photography I prefer doing, and what is absolutely not my style.
A Relaxing Session In Your Home
I don’t use a photography studio – instead I visit you in your home in the first few weeks of your baby’s life. I know just hard daunting getting out of the house with a newborn can be. Let’s face it – those early days are a haze of nappies, broken sleep and lukewarm dinners. I remember trying to simultaneously breastfeed and eat meals, and I understand what it’s like to have a baby you can’t put down. I get it. All I require is good light and a little space to pop my bag down.
Some babies are peaceful and can be on their own, asleep on a beanbag for short bursts. Some need the closeness of a parent to feel secure. Some are a bit refluxy and won’t settle if laid down. Every baby comes with different challenges, so I’m prepared to adapt my work flow to what your baby is happy with. Trust me, it’s easier for us all if we let the baby call the shots.
My newborn photography sessions last up to two hours, which is plenty of time to take photo and have ample time for breaks. Feel free to feed, cuddle and change your baby throughout the session. Some babies will cry when put down, in which case I am more than happy to take photos of you comforting your baby.
Lifestyle newborn photography is way more fly on the wall and unposed than a lot of newborn photography. It allows me greater creativity than easing your baby into poses and putting headbands on. Lifestyle photography’s great strength is that it tells a story – that you guys have become parents, and you have this awesome new little person in your lives.
Let Other Family Members In
I think that when a baby is born, they’re born into a family. That family is forever changed because they have this new addition. If you’re having your first baby you might find that you’re nervous, excited and perhaps a little scared. You might find that your bond as a couple is stronger because of this huge event. Maybe you’re talking to your own parents more. Perhaps you’re curious to see how your new baby will bond with your siblings. These fledgling relationships are so important, and I love taking photographs of this. If Granny wants to get involved then I’m totally cool with that.
As a mother and photographer, I do have this bit of advice – mothers are always taking photographs of their kids, but are rarely in them. So take this opportunity to be photographed with your new baby. Own that mum tum (you earned it) and don’t worry about eyebags, because your love will shine through.
As well as taking photos of family members with the baby, I also take time to take photographs of all the different things we love about babies. The long eyelashes, little fists, tiny feet and gorgeous button noses. These are the things that change quickly, and it’s awesome to have photographs to look back on.
I bring a few different lenses, a flash and a reflector. I do have a beanbag that can be used with a blanket over the top for some very simple posing.
Babies are beautiful so I don’t go overboard with editing, but I do tweak the colours slightly to make everything as harmonious as possible. I can smooth out skin and deal with any scratches and milk spots you’d like me to clean up (although I personally find milk spots to be so cute). If you don’t want me to do those things that’s absolutely fine too.
Newborn sessions follow the same pricing format as my family sessions (click here to view). This means a session fee of £60, which covers planning, the session, editing and a proofing gallery, and then you choose which package you’d like to purchase. To book a newborn session you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]