10 Frequently Asked Questions about newborn sessions

When parents call to enquire about a newborn session, they often ask the same questions. They’re really relevant to anyone wanting to book in so I’ve listed the 10 most frequently asked ones here.

When should I book my newborn session?

I’d recommend booking your newborn session after your 20 week scan. It might feel like a long way ahead, but that time will go fast and once the baby arrives, there’s suddenly a lot of other things to do! If you haven’t booked, then don’t worry, you can book in anytime up to or even after your little one arrives.
If you’re worried that you’ve missed your opportunity, please don’t. I offer shoots at other stages in your baby’s journey. Read about what else I offer here

What happens if my baby arrives early or late?

The date we have in the diary is not set in stone. If your baby arrives early or (more likely) late, we can shift the date.

Is my baby too old to have a newborn shoot?

I prefer to photograph newborns when they’re between 5 and 14 days old. This is because your little one will be more likely to be asleep and also in the gorgeous curled up stage. However, it isn’t set in stone, I have photographed newborns older than this successfully. This photo is of a 5 week old baby. The shots we took at this session were slightly adapted for an older baby but we got lots of cute images like this one.

Sleepy newborn boy on grey blanket in grey woollen hat

What age should I have a newborn photoshoot if my baby is born prematurely?

As long as your baby is healthy and home from hospital, I can go ahead with a newborn session. The good news is that the window for photographing premature babies is longer. These gorgeous twins were ten weeks old before they were well enough to have a photography session.

Newborn twin girls on dark background

How long is a newborn photoshoot?

Newborn shoots usually last 3-4 hours, depending on your little one’s sleeping and feeding needs. It’s very rare for a newborn to sleep through the whole of our session. In fact, it’s often an hour or more before I even pick up my camera. There is no rush, I prefer to work at your baby’s pace. 

Should I bring my own props and blankets?

I’ve got lots of blankets, props, headbands and backdrops that I’ll use for our shoot, I love collecting props! However, if you have something special you’d like in the photos, perhaps a toy or a blanket, bring it along and I’ll aim to include it in a shot. If it’s something particularly unusual then please let me know before so that I can plan how to include it. 

What packages do you offer?

My newborn session price comes with your choice of two digital images from the shoot. Most parents use these for their announcement and thank you cards. It’s great to have some digital images you can send to friends and family and make as many prints from as you want. After this, you can choose from a variety of products and purchase them in any combination you wish – much like an A La Carte menu.
You can see my product guide here

Can my baby’s sibling take part in a newborn photoshoot?

Absolutely! I love involving siblings and parents in newborn sessions – recording the connections in your family is one of my favourite things.
Some siblings are more reluctant to join in than others, so we take things slowly and play it by ear.
I wrote a blog about this if you’d like to take a look

What if my baby is awake/asleep/hungry in a newborn photoshoot?

Rest assured, your baby will be all three of these things at some point during the session, it’s perfectly normal. I have lots of tricks to help your baby settle into sleep but we also spend time waiting for baby to be ready too. You can’t force a baby to sleep, so if your little one isn’t happy to doze, I will take some unposed shots while they’re awake – which are always a favourite with parents.

How does a newborn photoshoot work?

Our newborn session will be in the morning of the day we have booked in. Babies are often awake during the night (sorry, probably not what you want to hear!) so I schedule our sessions for the morning, when your little one is sleeping off the night before. If you can keep your baby awake for a while before our shoot starts and delay their feed, until you arrive at the studio or I get to you, it will help them to settle faster.
Once your baby is asleep, we (me and my assistant) will pose and photograph your baby. You can relax, check your emails, have a hot drink that’s still hot, doze or enjoy watching your baby from a different angle.
Once the session is over, I will edit your photographs and then come and see you at your home, with my products and go through the images with you. Together we can discuss exactly how you want to display and use the photographs. My clients love to buy digital copies of the images but also treasure having frames and albums to show of their gorgeous family.

Sleepy newborn boy on grey blanket with cute fox hat

Now that you know what’s involved in a newborn session, I’m sure you’ll want to book.
Send me a message on my contact page and book up today.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you.