How can I schedule a newborn session when I don’t know when my baby will be born?
All bookings are based on your estimated due date. This serves as a place marker in my diary. Then all you have to do is call me once your precious bundle arrives and we’ll finalise a day for your shoot.
How old should my baby for a newborn photo shoot?
For a newborn photo shoot it's generally recommended that your baby is under two weeks old. Having said that, it's different for every baby, and as I look back on the babies that I have met over the last 11 years I can safely say that each baby is unique – the wonderful thing about newborn photography is that we tailor each shoot to your baby and how they are on the day. If they're having a day when they want to feed a lot then that's what we do!
In cases where parents have contacted me when their baby is over two weeks, I find that they are the best judge of how deeply their baby will sleep. As there’s really no telling in advance what your baby will be like in terms of wakefulness, if you are desperate for sleepy shots, please do be sure to book your shoot before your baby is three weeks old!
Why do newborn shoots take place in the first two weeks?
Newborn shoots take place in the first two weeks because during this time the sleepy curled-up poses can be achieved; after this time babies tend to sleep less and are less flexible, so it will be less likely that we achieve these poses.
Most of the time a baby under two weeks is completely oblivious to what's going on around them, and they quite often sleep through the entire session. If your baby was premature then there is a slightly larger window of opportunity.
When should I book my shoot?
I highly recommend contacting me at around the time of your 20 week scan to book your shoot. All bookings are based on your Estimated Due Date (EDD) and this will serve as a place marker in my diary. The actual date of your shoot is not confirmed until your little one has arrived.
Advance booking is the only way to ensure I will have space for your baby's shoot after they are born. I limit the number of newborn shoots each week to accommodate the fact that babies are rarely born ‘on time’, as this ensures I can be flexible with dates within their first two weeks. Session fees are payable at the time of booking.
What is included in the newborn creative fee?
The £100 covers your session time, the preparation of your proofs, and your viewing appointment – it does not include any products.
If you baby is suffering from Jaundice I would suggest that it might be a good idea to leave your shoot until this has settled down – it’s normally gone by 14 days. Please do keep me informed of any other such issues that might affect your shoot.
What should a baby wear for a newborn shoot?
In my opinion the best thing for your baby to wear is nothing. If you are in my studio it will be kept warm so they won’t get cold – please do remember to wear light layers to your shoot!
It is also worth mentioning that having taken off their nappies I am quite prepared to have some cleaning up to do after photographing a newborn. I have lots of baby blankets and spare props, and everything just goes in the wash after the shoot. It’s not a problem and I’m used to it, so please don’t feel embarrassed!
How long will the shoot take?
During your newborn shoot I suggest that you sit back and relax. I won't need much assistance, so take advantage of this time to rest. Newborn shoots generally take up to four hours, so please plan for that. Seating is limited in the studio, so I recommend bringing no more than yourself, and your partner.
It’s best not to rush newborns, as they need time to settle and relax to get the best shots. Happy babies have full tummies, so I make sure to allow plenty of time for feeding and cuddles, and I take care to create a relaxed atmosphere where parents never feel pressured. I quite often play white noise, which also helps babies to settle.
Do you just photograph newborns?
No, I don't just do newborn photography, I also do maternity shoots, and portraits of children of any age, in the studio or on location.
Can I have photographs of my newborn with their siblings?
Yes of course you can, how this works would all depend upon how old the siblings are – if they're at school, just let me know you have other children and we can work out a suitable plan!
Can we have parent shots with out baby?
I actively encourage you to have images taken of you with your baby, it's such a lovely memento to remind you have how tiny they were. Most parents opt to wear black t-shirts and I use a black background. The black on black is very flattering, which is especially reassuring if you are worried or self-conscious about your post-baby figure.
I offer all clients an in-person viewing session. This normally takes place about two weeks after your shoot. You'll simply view your images and tell me what you'd like to purchase, but I will of course be there to help with any questions on products, and keep an eye on your newborn (and any other children) whilst you choose.
Can I purchase digital files?
Yes of course! Digital files are sold through my ‘collections’. Each collection comes with complimentary bespoke fine art prints, and depending on which one you purchase there is also a discount on wall art. The minimum number of digital files you can purchase is five, right through to all the images in your gallery. If you are simply looking for a frame with images this isn't a problem either.
How can I pay for my session and my products?
I can accept credit or debit card payments, and bank transfer.
How long does it take to get my photos?
I’ll contact you within two weeks of your photo shoot to organize a viewing session. You then choose which products you want to purchase, and once payment is received I’ll start to process your order – this will include the design of any customised items. Prints usually take 2-4 weeks. Products and framing can take longer, but I can give you an individual estimate when you place your order.
What happens to my files after my session?
After a session I spend about time downloading and backing up files, I will then spend a few days processing them and getting them ready for your viewing. Any digital files you purchase will be sent to you on a USB.
What is a digital file?
A digital file is the equivalent of the old-fashioned negative (in the days of film cameras), but in a digital format – it’s what I give to the lab in order to get your pictures printed.