The diary of a newborn and baby photographer is a complicated place! Nobody told your baby that they are expected to turn up for their portrait session and while some can’t wait to get here, some are fashionably late. This makes my diary a wonderfully fluid place!
When you first book your session you will be required to pay the session fee to reserve your place in my diary. I take a limited number of newborn sessions each month so that I can ensure I can fit everybody in and work around midwife and health visitor appointments once baby is here. Once your baby arrives just give me a call or email and we can then confirm the best date and time for your session.
Your portrait session will take place in my home studio in North Leeds. My studio is not like a traditional photography studio - it has been designed to be warm and comfortable. I want you and your baby to feel relaxed and at ease so you are able to feed on demand and put your feet up with refreshments (I even have some new mums and dads who take a quick nap!) Music will be playing and I often pop the television on so mum and dad can watch a bit of tv during the session.
So that I can capture your baby perfectly while they are still so brand new, for some of the session your baby will be in their birthday suit. Shop bought newborn clothes never tend to fit correctly and we don’t get to see all of those beautiful details that say ‘hey I’m brand new!’ I have a range of custom designed newborn clothes, sourced from all over the world that you are welcome to borrow during your session. I also have an extensive range of props such as iron beds, baskets, tins, buckets and boxes that i love to use too. I like to make every session a unique and memorable experience for you to enjoy. I will ask you if you have a particular colour scheme in mind for your session. Blankets, outfits and wraps can then be individually chosen.
During the session your baby is guaranteed to poop and/or pee on props, blankets and more than likely on me and possibly you! This is just par for the course, something I’m used to dealing with on a daily basis and something I allow for. All of my blankets and props are washed after each session and I have plenty of cloths and towels to hand. You might want to pop a change of clothes for yourself into your changing bag, just incase the worse happens. Your newborn portrait session can take up to 4 hours and the reason for this is your newborn will need feeding, cuddles and cleaning throughout the session which is baby led rather than photographer led!
I hope this article answers the many common questions and if you would like to book or discuss a session please contact me on: