Q. When should we book a newborn session?
A. As soon as possible! It is best to book your newborn session while you are still pregnant. I take a limited number of newborn bookings per month to allow for the unexpected arrival of each baby. Newborn photography is also highly specialised, requiring longer sessions than most.
Q. Where are newborn sessions held?
A. Most newborn sessions are held in my studio in Holgate, minutes away from Erina Fair. I have a huge assortment of props, beanbags, blankets, wraps and backdrops to choose from which makes the studio an ideal choice. Some clients prefer me to come to them – this type of session lends itself well to a Lifestyle Baby Session, incorporating your home and family life.
Q. What should we wear?
A. Please feel free to contact me to discuss what is best for you if you are unsure. Generally speaking, I advise soft neutral colours and pastel tones for newborn sessions. Try to avoid bold prints, bright colours and logos. Most importantly, wear something comfortable that would also be suitable in a framed enlargement. If you wouldn’t want to be seen in it in a wall portrait, don’t wear it.
Maternity Sessions: I have a few options available for you to use during your session. Please contact me for a wardrobe consultation.
Q. Do we need to bring anything?
A. If you have something of sentimental value, like an heirloom blanket that you would like to incorporate into your session, then you are most welcome to do so. I suggest popping a dummy in the bag, just for the session, even if you are not keen on them. Always bring extra bottles of milk, spare nappies and snacks for children,
Q. When can we expect to see the images?
A. You will receive an email with a link to a private gallery about 2 weeks after your session. You have 10 days to choose your images and products. You will be kept up to date on the status of prints and products that have been ordered on your behalf.
Q. Why is it best to photograph newborns under 12 days of age?
A. For this style of newborn photography, it is recommended that babies be under 12 days of age, with the optimum time being between 4-10 days. This is because babies are sleepiest, and easiest to settle during this time. Photo sessions held after 12 days can run longer as babies are harder to settle and more alert/awake, so please be prepared for this. Also, babies like to curl up beautifully before 12 days so many of the images in baskets or on posing backdrops work best during this time. Babies need to be very relaxed and in a deep sleep to achieve these poses. My priority is the comfort and safety or your baby, so we follow the baby’s lead.
Q. What about the safety of the poses?
A. Your baby’s safety and comfort is of utmost importance. I encourage parents to sit in hands-reach of their baby while I am positioning them or snapping away – which often causes them to startle. Not all images are as simple as they appear to be – many are composites to allow for mum or dad”s hands to support their baby. When choosing your newborn photographer, make sure your photographer puts your baby’s safety first. It’s important that baby’s well being is not compromised in order to get a shot. Even during a session with a professional newborn photographer, you are your baby’s number one advocate.
Q. Can I purchase all of the images taken?
A. I carefully select and edit your session images at my own discretion. I do not sell or provide RAW files or unedited images as part of my services.