What to expect on a Newborn session?

Newborn sessions are my joy. Those sweet brand new little angels are my muse and photographing them simply and genuinely makes my day. I spend some time every day learning to perfect my craft.  Hopefully this little guide will help you to prepare for your baby's session and help answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Before the session

When to schedule a session?

 

Newborn sessions are designed for babies 14 days and younger. The best day to photograph your little one is from day five to day ten. During this time newborns tend to be sleepier and retain that fresh newborn curl. After 14 days, newborns tend to develop things like colic and baby acne, they also tend to be more alert and stay awake longer. I will set your newborn session on a temporary date (usually your due date). Once you have given birth, simply give me a call in the next 72h, we will select and solidify a date for your newborn session within the first 5-10 days.

 

 

Photo ideas to think about?

 

When we schedule your session, we will have a conversation about what you are looking for.  Do you want only pictures of the baby?  Are you more interested in your infant being photographed with family than in some of my props? Are you bringing siblings?  Will Dad be there?  Do you want some skin on skin shots?  All of these questions will help me to build a session that is a perfect fit for you.

 

 

Feeding the baby?

 

Please do not feed your infant before coming to see me.  I will give you space and time to feed the baby and sooth your newborn to sleep once you arrive. The reason this works best is that if you feed your baby before you come they will start their sleep cycle a little too early. Our studio is kept warm to ensure that your newborn is comfortable.

 

What to bring with you?

 

Spare shirts for both of you as babies do pee/poop and accidents happen. Please bring a pacifier as they help to get babies to sleep and soothe them. If you have one (even if your child won’t really take it) please bring it to the session as it may help. You can also bring a blanket that have been previously used with a baby as they can smell it and feel more safe. Nappies for a change and if your baby does have a formula then take some with you please. 

 

What To Wear For Parents?

 

I know! You just had a baby and aren’t feeling your best. But we think this is the perfect time to pamper yourself! Go have your hair + makeup done (or better yet, have someone come to you!), schedule a massage or have your nails done. Looking super relaxed and at your best will make you feel more comfortable during the session. This is an exciting time in your life and we want to capture all of that…so take care of yourself first! And feel free to tell your husbands that we’re making you if they need a little convincing! As far as clothing? Keep it simple. Throw in a little color if you’d like, but skip the busy patterns. For moms, we suggest cotton knit camis and knit tops. I'm also big fans of skin-on-skin portraits with you holding your baby against you. They’re so simple + timeless! So if you want some portraits like this with your

newborn, consider a strapless top or tank as an alternative.

During a session

Relax, be calm & enjoy the moment

 

Once you arrive I will give you some time in my studio to feed and sooth your baby.  As soon as baby is happy and sleepy we can get started.

During your session, I will pose and handle your baby with the utmost care. There is no need to worry if you are not feeling 100% yet. I will soothe, swaddle and ensure baby is kept happy.

 

If the baby is really wide awake and does not want to sleep, I will swaddle the baby to get some photos, and use the parents as a prop, holding the baby over the shoulder or in your arms.  A fussy baby almost always settles down when held by mom or dad. I encourage all of my parents to take part in the session. I love capturing relational type photos with moms, dads and siblings.

 

I start my sessions by taking some portraits of your baby on a beanbag.  I am looking for some great body shots and capturing some of baby’s bits and pieces like her hands and feet. After that we will move on to some relationship poses.  I will get my pictures with Mom, Dad and Siblings at this time. Once we have these  more important poses under our belt,  I will move on to photographing your newborn in the props that you have chosen.

 

Your newborn session will last approximately 4 hours long. This ensures we have enough time to pose and take whatever breaks necessary such as feedings. You are more than welcome to bring along a few snacks or entertaining items such as a book or an iPad.

 

No outside cameras, videos or cell phone cameras are allowed to be used during the session. Before you leave, I will ask you to sign a model release.  This allows me to use your images to promote my business without compensation.

 

After the session

Now comes the best part ...

 

Now you can go home and relax and dream about all the beautiful images that will soon be yours.

I go through the images from your session and select the best.  I am looking for the cream of the crop.  I usually narrow it down to 20-30 images. Once I have the “final cut” selected I go through each individual picture.  I look to correct any blemishes. Tiny details  like baby acne or hairs on shirts once corrected can make all the difference in an image!  My process also includes looking for images that would shine with a special touch like a vignette or a special color application.

 

Your images will be ready for delivery within four weeks. All selected images will be delivered to you on USB device. I will provide a print release so that you can print your images at the lab of your choice without any hassle. You will need to have it with you when you place your order and / or when you pick it up.  The license does not give you full copyrights to your images.  It simply allows for printing and using your images in products you might want to purchase.

 

Getting your photos printed

 

You have two options to get your images in print. You can either order prints directly from me or have the option to order your own prints. If printing yourself here's some things to keep in mind. I have processed your pictures and I think they are perfect as they are. If you forget to tell your lab to not

''auto-correct'' (often times it is a box on the form that is automatically selected), then they will add saturation and contrast to your images. They will not resemble the professionally edited images I have provided for you. Please be carefull which lab you chose. We recommend a professional photography printing lab.

 

     Contact me

Lullaby Photography

Tel: 07710514392

 

I'm normally shooting during the day, so the best way to contact me is to send me an e-mail to:

info@lullaby-photography.co.uk

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