We found that most parents, old and new, looking to book a newborn photo shoot didn’t know what to expect, when to book, what to do before attending a session and much more.
I feel it’s my responsibility to you and your new addition/additions to give you as much information as you can get, so you are prepared if you do decide to capture this magical time with a professional photographer.
The last thing we want is for you to miss out on that optium squishy baby time (within the first 2-10 days) or panic about what sort of things you need to do before hand to prepare for your session.
Below I have outlined a few of the most common questions and a few hints and tips we have come across over the years, and I hope that they serve you well when planning your photography experience, whether you choose us or not.
Tip 1 - You can book in as early as you like.
I know that not everyone would agree with this, and there are the superstitious among us that wouldn’t dream of booking (or even announcing) before your 20 week scan, but if you are excited and happy to book, then go for it. Most photographers will have a diary open for a year in advance anyway. If you want to wait until your midway scan then that’s a perfect time to get in touch, as it still leaves plenty of time to hunt about for the right photographer and for them to check availability.
This leads me onto…..
Tip 2 - Don’t leave it until you’re 35+ weeks to start looking for a photographer.
Many photographers as I said in the last tip, have their diary open for anywhere up to a year in advance, so if you do leave it too long, you may find your dream photographer is fully booked and you don’t want to miss out if you have your heart set on someone in particular.
Pro tip add on - The best book out the fastest, so get in touch as early as you can.
Question - What happens if I book and baby doesn’t arrive on time, or arrives early?
Answer - I can’t speak for all photographers but we at Jenny Giles Photography only book a set amount of newborns in a month.
This means we have set times each week left open and waiting for those babies on their own time schedules.
We understand that you can’t ‘plan’ these things, so we just like to keep in touch over the coming weeks and as soon as little ones arrives we move to the next available slot if the one we originally booked is no good.
Tip 3 - Don’t worry if you’re exhausted, emotional and haven’t brushed your hair for 5 days.
Having a new baby at home is tiring work. They don’t yet understand that night is for sleeping, and of course they like to make new funny noises that have you jumping up to check on them every 20 minutes! If you pick the right photographer they should have already made you feel completely comfortable with everything, and you should be able to use your session for a well deserved rest with a warm cup of coffee, while they take over and work their magic.
We often offer up our cosy top floor studio and sofas for a little nap for those that need it. Got to take it when you can after all!
Question - Do I need to bring along outfits for my session?
Answer - It depends on the photographer and the style of photos you want. We tend to have a wide range of wraps, blankets, headbands, hats and bonnets for babies, so you don’t need to bring anything along for them when you choose a newborn studio experience session with us.
But if you choose a more natural lifestyle themed session, like our home experience sessions for example, then the natural baby grows in neutral/light colours look beautiful and they are timeless in images too.
It depends on your style and the style of the photographer you choose. Ask to see their portfolio if you are unsure of what to wear. If you want family photos, we always recommend clothing with no logos, motifs, or patterns. Light neutral colours and a similar colour pallet if you don’t want to all match.
Question - Can siblings or pets be in the photos?
Answer - I don’t know of any photographers that would say no to this question myself.
A newborn baby is an addition to a family and I personally love to capture the whole lot!
Some photographers may charge more for additional members, but just ask the question before hand.
This leads me on to my final tip…..
Tip 4 - BE IN THE PHOTO!
I really do understand how shattered you all are at this time, and I know that having your photo taken is the LAST thing you want to do, but I also know that you may well regret it if you don’t do it.
Photos are a way to look back at the past when it is gone.
All too soon your teeny tiny baby will be a fully fledged toddler, threenager, sassy six or stubborn severn year old, teen and eventually an adult.
They tell you that time goes so fast, just as I am telling you now, but honestly it’s not a lie.
Don’t miss out on those moments that you waited nine months for, be present, be you, be in that photo regardless.
I hope this has helped you with a few go to questions, or has given you some inspiration for your own newborn photography shoot.
If you want to know any more about us and how we do it, we would love to hear from you.
All the best in your search and I wish you a happy healthy pregnancy, birth and baby.
Much love. Jen xx
I feel compelled to add a side note -
If your birth hasn't gone as planned, maybe you had an emergency c section, maybe baby was poorly and had to stay in longer than you had hoped, maybe they decide to come so early they spend a long time in hospital getting strong enough to meet the outside world.
None of these tips will apply to you and I don't want you to feel like you have missed out or even worse..... that you have 'failed' if you haven't achieved these things.
A phone snap, a selfie, a photo of their tiny hand in yours no matter the quality are all precious memories that you will cherish forever, regardless of if you had a professional take them or not.
If life has thrown you and your family a curve ball, I want you to know you are enough, and if you don't manage to get a 'pro' photo of them during this stage in their life, thats ok.
I pray you have many more years to capture them and I would be honoured to see them for their first birthday to celebrate in style if you like!!