PREPPING FOR YOUR NEWBORN PORTRAIT SESSION
What to expect
When you first arrive at the studio, you will have plenty of time to change and feed baby before we start. I will then hold baby while we chat, giving him time to get used to me as well as settle to sleep naturally. At this point we can go through anything you'd like included in the photos and any print options you might be interested in so that I can keep that in mind while photographing baby. Once baby is nice and sleepy, we will begin the photo session. Often times, parents use this as an opportunity to have a cup of tea on the sofa (some even have a kip!).
In The Studio
Please be aware that baby generally spends a lot of these sessions unclothed to capture those cute back rolls and squidgy thighs. Because of this I make sure the studio is nice and warm at 27◦ to keep baby settled and happy so please do dress with that in mind.
If you would like photos of baby unclothed, please keep the nappy loose to avoid any marks on the babies skin. When you arrive at the session there will be plenty of time to change and feed baby & if awake, we will take some time to comfort baby off to sleep naturally. No need to hold off on feeds or keep baby awake prior to the session.
If you would like to be in the photos, I advise smart-casual dress with neutral colours, however the most important thing is that you feel comfortable. This is also a perfect excuse to get yourself glammed up for probably the first time since having your little one. Taking some time for yourself to do your hair, make-up and nails before the session can help you feel at ease in front of the camera. Some of my clients even book themselves into a local salon the morning of the session to make the occasion extra-special.
Prepping your home
If you are having life-style photos in your home, it's best to have as few distracting objects out as possible - while these photos are meant to look like real life, you don't want to be drawn to that colourful, plastic toy or TV remote in the corner of the photo. Declutter - put everything in a cupboard or even in the corner of the room, change your bed sheets to a plain, neutral set.
We will be relying on natural light in the house so open up your curtains, turn on lamps and fairy lights.