Having a baby is the most amazing time in your life, and one that most people want to capture for a lifetime.
So is it any wonder that newborn photography sessions in the sutherland shire are on the rise?
But knowing when is the best time to book a newborn photo shoot can be a worry for many parents-to-be. Below are some guides that I prepare my clients with when discussing a photo shoot with a newborn.
1. How long after my baby is born should I book my newborn photography session?
Don’t be weighed down by these approximations of time. We can not rush you, or you beautiful baby, to be ready. Depending on the style of newborn shots you are going for, can depend on when I recommend booking in your session.
For those cute, posed, sleepy shots, within the 10 day mark is a good time period. And for more natural, eye’s open and some soft smiles, up to six weeks is preferable.
We then recommend the next time to capture your baby is at 3 months, 6 months and then their first birthday. That first year is the most exciting as they grow up and change so quickly.
2. What do I need to do to prepare for the newborn shoot?
I will be in contact with you leading up to the photography session, and will gauge from you when is the best time to visit. The shoot can take between 1-2 hours, and I can come to your home, where you and your baby are the most comfortable. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, we can take on the outdoors for a sunrise or sunset photo shoot.
Don’t go out of your way to change your routine, I understand that you can not really plan your day when dealing with a newborn, and I will do my best to fit in with you. If you have your baby fed and washed, I find they are the most relaxed by the time I arrive. Then they can easily drift off to sleep while we move them into the most adorable looking poses.
We find that each baby has it’s own favourite position, so certain poses work better then others. If you have short listed any nice photo references we can mimic various poses on the day and see how the baby responds.
3. Do I need to supply any photography props?
This is up to you. Whilst I can provide the basics like blankets and cane baskets, if you’re going for a more specific look we would recommend finding sentimental items as props. Be as individual as you like, and we can generally make anything work. Gather any items that sum you up as a family or that represent your baby in a certain way.
Once again, this will be a topic that we discuss leading up to the appointment so that we are all on the same page.
4. What if we want family photos and on the day, I am not prepared to sit in front of the camera?
I recognise that as a new mum you may not be feeling your best on the day I arrive for your newborn shoot. This is why I will never insist that you have to be in the photos.
Though in another breath I would like to say, that even if you feel that stepping in front of the camera is a very daunting aspect, I can include you in the photography in a more subtle way. This may include a photo of your new baby in your hands, or a shot of your little one over your shoulder. We can be very creative, and still make your family the centre of your images.
5. What about a pre-baby or pregnancy photography session?
Arranging a pregnancy photography session can give and your partner an opportunity to capture before and after photos. This is especially wonderful if you already have other children in your family, and want to record a few family images pre and post your new arrival.
Having a new baby enter your world can be a big change. Whilst the team at Kat Stanley Photography want to be able to capture these precious moments for you, we also want to make sure you are as relaxed as you can be during our session. This will ensure that the beauty we witness can be expressed in your images for a lifetime.
If would like to enquire about a booking, do not hesitate in contacting Kat on 0434 129 427 or [email protected]