Mary – Great Baddow – The perfect way to capture your babies early days and we were both delighted by Amanda’s ability to use her imagination and capture our baby at his best. Amanda worked with our son so gently and professionally that we were quite comfortable letting her get on and work her magic.
Newborn photography is incredibly challenging, but it’s so amazing to be a part of baby’s life when they are just a few days old. There’s a bit of prep and planning that needs to go into these sessions to make them more successful though. So to help you feel relaxed coming into the studio so soon after bringing your baby home, here are a few tips to help us get the very best out of your upcoming newborn session.
So…….Let’s get started!
I recommend that you schedule your newborn session PRIOR to your baby’s birth to secure a slot in the diary. Due to the flexibility required for early or late arrivals, I only schedule a limited number of newborn sessions per month. By limiting the number of advance bookings, it guarantees that I will be able to set aside a time for you whenever your baby is born. Your baby’s session is best done within the first 14 days of life.
Please call as soon as you have had your baby so I can confirm a date for you. The earlier we can get you booked in the better. The reason for this is that not only are they more sleepy, but they are also happiest when curled up in cute comfy positions. Somewhere around day 8 they discover the joy that is stretching! Once that happens …… they like to put up a fight!
I need your baby to be as sleepy as possible to get these fabulous newborn images. My advice is to bathe and then give baby a good feed before you leave home. Depending on your travelling time, I might suggest you ‘top up’ baby on arrival at the studio. This is to ensure they are ‘milk drunk’ and therefore very sleepy. Newborn sessions can last anywhere from 2-4 hours. It all depends on baby’s mood and willingness to sleep. Unfortunately ….this isn’t something we can predict! There is no rush; this allows lots of time for feeding, winding, soothing cuddles and any crankiness. Fingers crossed your baby will sleep through most of the session, but certainly all the stimulation of being posed, held and wriggled around increases their appetite! Regardless of your current feeding schedule with baby, planning for an extra feed or two, during our session is recommended.
Let me say it again …..Relaxxx!
I am extremely comfortable handling and posing newborns. I am City & Guilds qualified and a member of the Baby and Newborn Photographic Association (BANPAS), as well as the International Association of Newborn Photographers. I have trained with some of the best Newborn Photographers in the UK and continue to do so. I am also Mum to 3 grown up boys and have 9 Grandchildren. I am used to handling Babies! So yes, relax! Feel free to rest, have a cup of coffee and a biscuit or have a nap! That’s happened to me before! Mums tend to stress out because this is a new experience. They see their baby being fussy or having a difficult time getting settled and panic. This isn’t going to happen! We aren’t going to get any good photos! I take the lead from the baby; getting them to sleep before posing takes time and they may need to be fed or cuddled a few times first. In fact, the largest part of your session will involve feeding and soothing to get baby comfortable. If baby still doesn’t want to sleep, then we work with what we’ve got. Sometimes the best photos happen unexpectedly. Just remember: Babies can sense stress and anxiety (especially from their mummy). It’s mega important that everyone remains calm and relaxed during the session.
Having a new addition to the family can often be unsettling for a young child so including them in some of the images will make them feel special as well. Older children often get bored quickly and newborn sessions take a long time and require quiet and patience, so it’s advisable to take any images involving them first. I recommend that another adult, Dad maybe …. comes to the session to be able to take them out after we have captured their images, or they can play, be taken home or for a walk, leaving you relaxed for the rest of the session.
As new parents it would be lovely for you to be in one or two of the photographs with your baby. I am aware that as a new mum you will probably not be feeling very photogenic at this time but I promise that your images will always be flattering.
What to Bring:
No clothing is preferred so outfits are not necessary. However, a special heirloom or sentimental outfit, accessories that equate to the family’s personality can also usually be accommodated. * It is advisable that you discuss these items with me before your session.
Extra feeds, nappies etc. and a change of clothing for you might be advisable!
Please make sure that whatever you dress your baby in for travelling here, that it is very loose so as to prevent those little texture marks appearing when I start to strip down your baby.
What should I Wear?
Keep it simple. For family images neutral colours are best so try to avoid patterns, as I want the focus to be on the intimacy and relationship between you and your baby and not a distracting patterned shirt. For men, something with a collar such as a polo shirt works well. I’m also a big fan of skin-on-skin portraits with you holding your baby against you. They’re so simple and timeless! So if you want some portraits like this with your newborn, consider a strapless top or tank top as an alternative.
Most images will be taken of your baby without clothing. To accommodate baby and get those sleepy newborn shots, the studio temperature is kept nice and warm. Make sure you dress in layers so you can keep cool! I also recommend having a change of clothing available for everyone … just in case!
One Final Point!
I understand that this is an exciting time for your family and that you want to document everything with video and photos, however, Cameras and other recording devices are not allowed in the studio. My images are protected by Copyright Laws that safeguard artist’s work. If you wish to take a photo of the session on your phone, this is only permitted with prior permission and ensuring I am clearly visible in the photo with your baby. Thank you for understanding.
Thank you again for choosing Amanda Jayne Photography! Please feel free to contact me anytime with any queries you may have about your session. I can be contacted via email, phone or via my website contact me button. If I am unable to respond to you immediately, I am probably with a client so please be patient and I will respond immediately I am free.
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