SAFE NEWBORN PRACTICE
Your little one will always be treated with the highest level of care. The room I work in will be very warm and there will be lots of time for feeding and cuddles. I do not use props or poses that would put your baby at risk and I will always pose your baby with the utmost care. I choose simple poses that your baby would naturally hold and be comfortable in. Your precious little bundle's safety and well-being is my absolute number one priority throughout.
I belong to a worldwide organisation - Banpas - that exists to support newborn photographers and to have access to safety training and resources so that I can provide you with a safe and better service.
As a sign of my commitment to this genre of photography, I hope it reassures you that I have also undergone two separate 1-2-1 full training days with two of the U.K's top leading, award winning newborn photographers, in 2016 and again in 2017. I have also completed over ten online training courses in safety and posing with some of the worlds best newborn photographers.
A few commonly asked questions and session information below.
DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?
Yes, absolutely! It's vital to not only protect myself but also you, the client too. It should be a necessity for all newborn photographers, unfortunately it is not. Please do check when shopping around for your newborn photographer.
WHAT IS THE PERFCT AGE FOR A NEWBORN SHOOT?
It is best to photograph newborns under 2 weeks of age as they are still sleepy and hold those adorable curly, womb-like poses. All babies are different but I find between 5 and 9 days most sleepy but under 14 days in fine. I do however, photograph newborns up to 6 weeks. Please bear in mind that after 3 weeks babies become more alert making it difficult to get them into the deep sleep needed to create the images you see on my website. They are also far less curly!
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY NEWBORN SESSION AND HOW DOES THAT WORK WITH BABIES NOT ARRIVING ON TIME?
It is advisable to book as soon as you can during your pregnancy. I will pre-book 7 days after your due date, this is not your actual date but just a rough guide. I only book 3 sessions per week to allow for early and late arrivals. Once baby arrives, get in touch as soon as you are home and settled, we will then arrange your actual session date.
HOW LONG ARE THE NEWBORN SESSIONS?
If baby is nice and sleepy sessions are usually 2 hours long. I do like the sessions to be relaxed and baby-led so please allow up to 4 hours just in case baby needs lots of feeding and more time to fall asleep. I can only work during school hours. All newborn sessions begin at 10:30.
CAN I CHOOSE THE STYLING OF THE SESSION?
Please make sure you have looked through my gallery and you like my new more simplistic style. Please be aware that old images of mine in my blog posts and on older social media that include certain props, will no longer be available. The images in the gallery on this site is in line with what I now offer.
Not all of the poses you see on my website are included in my usual session flow. I have chosen a flow with minimum disturbance to baby and also the poses that are the most popular with my clients.
Once the deposit has been paid, I will send you a link to my online questionnaire, where you can let me know colours you like and dislike, if you like headbands, if you would like a colourful floral composite image and if you are having parent photos etc. Alternatively, we can arrange a phone call to discuss your session.
IS THERE A MINIMUM SPEND?
Yes. The Bronze collection is the minimum spend. You may add prints or extra digitals after a collection has been purchased.
ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN COSTS?
No. Everything is included in the collections. All prices are as seen.
DO I HAVE TO CHOOSE A COLLECTION CHOICE BEFORE THE SESSION AND STICK TO IT?
No. You can decide after viewing your online gallery. However, the outstanding balance of the Bronze collection must be paid before or on the day of the session. No images will be edited until the Bronze collection has been paid for in total. You may upgrade to the Silver, Gold or Platinum collection after viewing your images in the online gallery.
WHAT IF MY BABY DOESN'T SLEEP?
All newborn babies under 2 weeks should fall asleep sometime within the 4 hours. I have the room very warm to help them feel sleepy, that combined with lots of top ups of milk should send them off to sleep for at least some of the session. There are still lots of images we can get if baby doesn't fall straight to sleep. The posed images however, will need your baby to be asleep for, so the session prep below is very important to help towards a sleepy session.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR NEWBORN SESSION
The sessions begin at 10:30am.
Sessions typically last 2-3 hours if baby arrives sleepy, I allow plenty of time for feeding and comforting.
Most of the poses are of your baby lying on their back or side with either a wrap or your arms around them for maximum happiness and comfort! I work on angles, composition and light and shade for variety.
1. I begin with your baby awake or asleep on a colour blanket of your choice.
2. I change the blanket to white/cream for a few natural, timeless baby portraits. These can look gorgeous in a simple white vest if baby is still awake and is not happy being undressed. If you prefer, you can choose a different colour.
3. I then slide on the black blanket backdrop for the black and white portraits of baby in parents arms/hands.
4. I then add a fluffy background with baby wrapped for a few more and add the fluff for the extra composite images that I work on during post production.
5. Finally finishing off with the parent portraits on a black background.
Sometimes the order will change if baby remains awake or is unsettled. If there is a sibling, I aim to get those photographed at the end of the session, so if you are planning on not having the sibling there for the entire session, plan for the family member to drop them off toward the end.
I usually stick to the same posing flow throughout a session. If there is an image you have seen on this website that you particularly would like to try and get, please let me know ahead of time, thank you.
The session will be held in my living room (until I get my dream studio!!) Please sit back and relax, make yourself at home! My space unfortunately, is very small, so extra family members, I’m afraid will not be able to accompany you. You may wish to organise a family member to drop siblings off later on through the session.
It will be very warm so that baby is comfortable without clothes on. Dress yourself in layers that can be removed if it gets too hot for you.
I will be playing white noise from an app in the background to help get baby off and hopefully stay in a deep sleep.
The session will be baby-led and I only do one newborn session a day, therefore, there will be no rush.
Newborn safety is my top priority. I will not put your baby in any unsafe props or poses.
I may ask you to ignore a strict feeding schedule and a ’no rocking or shhhhhing” rule for the couple of hours at the session! The only way we will achieve these images is if your baby is happy, full and sleeping deeply.
PREPPING YOUR BABY BEFORE THE SESSION
Here are a few little things that will help prepare for the session & help things run smoothly:
1. If your baby has slept solidly for 4 hours prior to your session then we may spend too long trying to get baby to sleep and not get many posed, sleepy shots. If you can, on the morning of your session, try and keep little one awake for a bit with a little interaction and try also to time a feed just before you leave or on arrival at my home. Obviously this may all go out of the window as these things are always easier said than done! But this little bit of prep really can make a difference to your session if they arrive nice and sleepy.
2. Dress baby in a simple loose sleeper that doesn’t have to be lifted off over the head just incase baby is sleeping soundly on arrival. No tight socks to avoid lines on their skin.
3. If you are using or considering using a dummy please bring it along. It can be a huge lifesaver when baby continuously wants to feed/suckle for comfort. Sometimes it really is the difference of getting that shot or not.
4. Any eye gunk or boogers are to be removed where possible please.
5. If you are breast feeding, it may help to not eat spicy or acidic foods or drink caffeine in the 48 hours prior to your session as this could possibly make baby unsettled.
A full baby means a sleepy baby so a top up of milk before we begin is usually a good idea.
If baby is awake when you arrive, it is best to undress them first, loosen the nappy and then wrap them in a blanket before that extra top up. Otherwise your baby may get upset at being undressed when they are nice and cozy.
OUTFITS AND PROPS
I will be mostly photographing your little one in his/her birthday suit. I will pay careful attention to ensure babies privates are not exposed in any photos. If at any point you feel uncomfortable with a pose or position, please let me know straight away and we can move on to the next pose. If you would rather your baby wasn't naked, we can wrap baby in different wraps or in some of the specially made newborn outfits I have sourced. Please let me know if you would rather baby was covered at all times before the session begins.
You do not need to bring any outfits with you unless there is something special you would like me to try and include in the session, however every day clothes do tend to swamp babies, look bulky and awkward. I do have a few special little newborn prop outfits that look so sweet if you would prefer your baby in something. Newborns really do look best photographed in very little.
If you have a special knitted blanket or a first teddy (that's not too big) with sentimental meaning, if you want, please feel free to bring it along and I will fit these into the session.
Im afraid due to my small space, large family portraiture is impossible. But mum & dad with baby is fine.
All parent portraits will now be photographed against a black background.
Please keep your clothing simple. Personally, I think plain tops work best, skip bright and busy patterns & large logos where possible. Please also avoid white tops if you can.
I’m a big fans of skin-on-skin portraits with you holding your baby against you. They’re so simple and timeless.
So if you want some portraits like this with your newborn, consider a strapless top or vest, alternatively I could wrap you in a scarf, wrap or other stretchy material I have available. These can make for some very tender images.
For more artistic shots, dads may choose to remove their shirts if they are comfortable in doing so.
Your hands will play a major role in these sessions even if you do not want to be in the photos. I will ask you to remove any watches or bracelets that do not have any special sentimental meaning for the photo.
Please let me know ahead of time if you would like to include another child in the photos. I’m afraid due to my small space I can only accommodate two other persons, three at a push with the baby at any one time for a photo.
The sibling photo is done with them laying on a cream fluffy rug.
A simple plain top in white or muted colours without patterns or logos work well for little boys or T-shirt off can also look lovely. A simple pair of jeans look great.
Girls again, pale, muted colours work best. Pretty dresses without busy, colourful patterns look adorable. The more texture the better, lace, frills and knit work particularly well.
We won't see the feet so no need to look for clean shoes.
Again please check for grubby faces, boogers and eye gunk!
Please know that I do not mind waiting for you to nurse or for nappy changes, or just taking a break to soothe your baby at any point. You and your baby's wellbeing is more important to me than getting a shot.
If you are bottle feeding your baby, please bring along more than you think you’ll need!
When doing the poses where the baby is undressed, it is normal (and okay!) for baby to poo or wee on my backdrop... or anywhere else. I can assure you this happens all the time and I am not bothered by it in the slightest! Please bring with you baby wipes, extra nappies and a towel. After each newborn session I launder all of my backdrops and wraps.
An extra set of clothes for the parents is a good idea, just in case. Someone always gets wee'd or pooped on, it’s usually me, but sometimes you!
A RECAP OF WHAT TO BRING
Babys change bag with extra nappies, wipes and a spare baby grow.
Extra formula if bottle feeding.
Babies first blanket & or teddy.
A simple white vest (smaller the better) for if baby is awake and does not like being without clothes on and one spare in the bag just in case of poop explosion (It's happened!)
Spare clothes for you just in case your baby poops on you (Yes, that's happened too!).
If you use or are considering a dummy, please bring it along, it can be a HUGE life saver during the session. Some babies just need to suck something for comfort.
A towel and/or blanket, possibly two of each to wrap baby for in between photo setups (these may get dirty).
AFTER YOUR SESSION:
The balance of the bronze collection must be paid on the day of your session. Once this has been paid, I will begin editing your images. If you have given permission, a sneak peak will be posted on social media (Facebook), later the same evening of your session.
Approximately 2 weeks (this can be up to 3/4 weeks at busy times) after your session you will receive notification via email that your online gallery is ready. Instructions will be sent on how to use the gallery.
Please let me know when you are ready and have some time set aside to view/order and I will only then activate your gallery.
Galleries remain active for 48 hours after going live. After this, there will be a £10 per day fee for re-opening your gallery so please do only activate once you are ready to sit and look through with your partner.
Any extra prints or canvases will not be ordered until the extra payment has been received.
Your digital images will be available to download shortly after I receive your selection choices and your full balance has been paid..
Professional Newborn\ Baby photographer based in Wellington, Somerset / Devon border, serving Taunton, Bridgwater, Tiverton, Chard & the surrounding areas.