What to expect from your newborn session

  • 16 Jan, 2020
  • author: Katy Jordan
  • category: Uncategorised

Firstly, congratulations! Chances are you are scrolling through goggle to try to find the right photographer to take pictures of your newborn. Its a minefield really, and as expected, there is lots of things to consider to ensure you find the ‘right’ photographer for your family.

Hopefully you have narrowed down your search and I have added some information below which will help you make the right choice.

 

 

  • How far in advance should I book my newborn photography?

Its best to book in soon after your 20 week scan. I book newborns in my diary months in advance and take a limited number of bookings per month, giving me space to shuffle things around when babies are early or late.

  • How do secure my booking?

Your session is secured with the £65 session fee at the time of booking. This covers exclusive use of the purpose built studio, full use of props and backdrops and post production of images. Once the session fee is transferred, you will be given a ‘provisional’ date around 8 days after your due date. I just ask that you let me know when baby has arrived, and we then confirm a date to suit you, preferably under the 14 day mark.

  • Where is the studio?

The studio in at my home in Warrington, Cheshire. Previously a double garage, now fully converted to a cosy studio with everything you will need to make your experience a happy and relaxed one. There are snacks and hot/cold drinks available as and when you need it throughout your session. It is also equipped with baby changing table, bottle warmer, nappies & wipes.

  • How do I know my photographer is trained?

This is a tricky one as there are no specific guidelines to ensure you’re photographer is safely handling and posing your baby. Do your research, take recommendations from friends who have used your particular photographer. Take time to look at their social media/website and the quality of images they are showing. Invest in your memories, your baby’s photographs start to tell their story..this is important.

  • How can I prepare for my session?

On the day of your session, try to keep baby awake. (Easier said than done in those first few days I know!) Try to stimulate baby, maybe give them a bath. I ask that you try to hold baby out for a feed until you arrive at the studio. Ideally baby would be tired and hungry on arrival. Once you are here and settled, I ask that you strip baby to his/her nappy, wrap them in a warm blanket and give them a full feed. This way, if they fall into a deep milky sleep, we don’t have to disturb them too much by getting them undressed…we all know how much they hate it! The studio is heated up to a warm 26 degrees so don’t worry about baby getting cold.

  • What should I bring with me?

Bring along plenty of milk and nappies, a dummy if you have used one as sometimes this can help getting those advance poses and settling baby.

  • I have an older son/daughter, can I bring them along for some sibling/family shots?

Yes! I LOVE to capture newborns with their families and this comes as standard in all of my sessions. Please bear in mind that newborn photography can be quite a long shoot, so its better to bring along siblings at the start or at the end of your session.  Newborn sessions take place on weekdays only.

  • What should I wear?

All the neutrals! Cream, beige, white photograph really well and compliment the light backdrops I use in the studio. Try to avoid any clashing colours or prints as these can date.

  • How long will the session take?

It depends on baby on the day, anything between 2-4 hours, with plenty of breaks for milk and cuddles as needed. he lights are dimmed and there will be ‘white noise’ playing.

  • What if my baby is awake for some of the session? 

This is a question that is asked a lot! Please do not worry, I have a workflow I stick to but this isn’t always relevant with every baby. It can be lovely to capture those wide awake eyes and emerging personality. Time and patience always wins and we usually get sleepy poses in the end! Wrapping baby can help.

  • When can we see the pictures?

You will be invited back to the studio around a week after your session the view/purchase your images.

  • I really want to display my images in my home, do you sell wall art?

YES! Seeing your images as wall art is the best feeling! I have lots of studio samples for you to see, along with various different frames and finishes.  Just measure up before you come for your viewing session and you will be guided through the best art for your space.

  • Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, I offer a 3 monthly payment plan.

  • How do I book? 

Drop me a message via the contact page here on my website. Alternatively, you can fire a message over Facebook or Instagram and I will do my best to fit you in.