Capturing a newborn babies first professional photo can create some truly stunning shots and capture some special memories of the tiny new addition. At A S Photography we love newborn sessions and believe with good planning the results can be even better. Here is a quick guide / FAQ for parents thinking about booking an A S Photography Newborn Session.
When should I book my newborn portrait session?
The very best time to photograph a newborn is nice and early when they are around 3 – 7 days old. While the idea of being out and about with your new baby may seem daunting, A S Photography creates a safe and comfortable environment for both baby and parents. During this early time the baby is very flexible and able to curl up to create some beautiful poses. They also sleep very deeply meaning you can position the baby into some stunning sleepy baby scenes without the baby getting upset. After around 2 weeks these newborn style poses can get very difficult and often not at all possible so it is very important you book in right away.
It is a good idea to book a provisional session in for around the due date. Of course you can never predict exactly when the baby will arrive so put A S Photography on your call list for as soon as the baby arrives and we can book in a confirmed session. Some parents even call us from the hospital room to really make sure they get them lovely early baby shots.
How long will a session last?
A newborn session takes a minimum of 2 hours and at A S Photography we actually book out 3 – 4 hour slots to make sure we are never rushed.
Babies are unpredictable and extra time may be needed for feeding, changing and posing. Patients is the key here and if the baby is with us during the early period they will always settle and pose in the end no matter how long it takes. It is important to note that A S Photography is a 100% breast feeding friendly zone and you are welcome to feed your baby at anytime in anyway. If you would prefer some privacy just ask and the photographer will be happy to leave the room while you feed.
What will happen during the session?
A newborn session at A S Photography is a very calm and often relaxing experience. The photographer will take their time in getting the perfect photos of your baby. Much of the time will be spent with the photographer posing the baby and moving them into the perfect position. Don’t be afraid to let the photographer handle the baby as we are very experienced and safety is always the first priority. Most newborn shoots involve a naked baby and the use of props and blankets. The studio will be very warm with several heaters running, this is vital for a happy baby especially when we strip them down. With such a warm room you may find it very sweaty for both parents and photographer and I actually always say that if we are not sweating it is not hot enough for the baby.
With naked baby shots at some point during the session the baby will pee and poop on something. Do not worry it all cleans up and everything is washable. Nappy’s are ugly things and a bit of mess is worth it for the perfect shot.
Babies may cry. If a baby is crying, needs changing or wants a feed then that is absolutely fine. Don’t be afraid to feed the baby up and get them nice and full as this can really help send the baby off to sleep. For Breast fed babies once they are full it is often worth letting the photographer handle them as even a full baby may react to the smell of mums milk.
During the shoot the photographer will take a variety of poses and use a selection of sets and props. If you have anything you would like to include in the images please let us know and we would be happy to do so.
Can parents and older siblings also be in the photos?
Everyone is more than welcome to be in a selection of shots and we tend to do a mixture of just baby and groups if desired. Please bare in mind that with a long newborn session brothers and sisters can get very bored so it may be a good idea to have someone along who can take them away for a while during the solo shots. This means we can maintain a calm environment and keep the little one relaxed at all times.
The key to a great newborn session is planning, patients and trust in your photographer. A S Photography have many years experience in Newborn photography and everything we do is tried and tested. As parents ourselves we truly understand the importance of these early days and capturing this time with an A S Photography Newborn session is a great way to remember this period.
If you are expecting a baby soon why not contact A S Photography now on 01908 315282 and we will be more than happy to book you in.