Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY SESSION?
Newborn session are relaxed & beautiful. When I arrive, baby will be awake and ready for a big feed so we can have a nice sleepy baby! We will then do a selection of posed & wrapped images in both props & beanbag for a lovely variation of images.
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY NEWBORN SESSION?
I recommend booking your newborn session once you have had your 20 week scan & know your due date! We will then pencil in for 7-14 days after your due date.
WHEN WILL MY SESSION TAKE PLACE?
Within 4-14 days is a perfect age for newborn sessions!
MY BABY HAS ALREADY BEEN BORN, CAN I STILL BOOK A SESSION?
Of course! I have photographed newborns up to 6 weeks old, they may not want to participate in certain poses but we will still capture their cuteness no matter what!
HOW DO WE PREPARE FOR A SESSION?
Keep baby awake as possible until I arrive, once I have arrived, then give baby a nice big feed ready for a deep sleep! If you are breastfeeding, please avoid spicy, acidic or gassy foods for 24hrs to avoid baby having an upset tummy or gassy on the day. Make sure to dress baby in easy to remove clothing, no socks, over the head clothing. Also please keep nappy as loose as possible to avoid marks on the skin.
DO WE NEED TO HAVE ANYTHING AVAILABLE FOR YOU?
As a newborn photographer, I have a vast array of wraps, props, outfits & headbands/ bonnets which you will choose from in your questionnaire. If you have any sentimental props, please let me know in advance and I can see if I can incorporate them! Please make sure that you have nappies, wipes, muslins & dummies available.
WILL YOU USE A DUMMY?
Dummies are very useful when moving baby from one pose to another to avoid disturbing their sleep or helping them settle. Using a dummy during the session for a few minutes at a time will not cause nipple or feeding confusion but if you would like me not to use one, that is perfectly fine!
HOW LONG DOES THE SESSION LAST?
Sessions can last anywhere between 2-4 hrs. This includes the time time for me to set up in your home. I only schedule one newborn session per day to make sure we get everything you were hoping for with no pressure! Babies do not stick to a schedule so neither will we!
WILL I GET TO CHOOSE THE COLOUR SCHEME?
Definitely! I have a huge range of colours to choose from, which will be in your newborn questionnaire once you have booked.
WILL YOU BE HANDLING MY BABY?
Yes, I want to make sure your baby is comfortable with me soothing them, changing them & posing them. I have been photographing newborns & children for years so am very capable of looking after them safely.
WHAT DO WE DO WHILST YOU ARE LOOKING AFTER OUR BABY?
Relax! Kick your feet up, have a cuppa or a snooze! Catch up on some cleaning or watch a movie. I am going to be with your baby throughout the duration of the session so unless he/she needs a breastfeed, then just sit back & chill!
WHAT IF MY BABY MAKES A MESS ON YOUR PROPS?
I've had many parents embarrassed when their baby has an accident on my backdrops..or myself! But do not worry, this is normal & I am completely used to it! All my props are hand washed to make sure they are clean & ready for next use.
WHAT IF MY BABY CRIES OR DOESN'T SETTLE?
This is natural & usually does not last too long. If nothing will soothe them, then we will decide to reschedule to another day.
MY BABY HAS BABY ACNE/FLAKY SKIN- IS THAT A PROBLEM?
Do not fret, with my editing style, I remove any blemishes to the skin which are not part of their personal little details. I tend to leave them on hands & feet as I find them very cute but if you would like them removed, that is fine.
CAN I TAKE MY OWN PHOTOS?
Absolutely! You are welcome to take a few behind the scenes of me photographing your baby, but please no close ups of only your baby as this is what I am here for! Phone photos never do them justice & you will have your professional photos available soon to share with the world!
ARE YOUR NEWBORN SESSIONS SAFE?
Yes, your newborn is my number one priority. I will never put your baby in a pose that it is not comfortable with. Any elaborate posing where baby looks like they are holding their own weight is done as a composite so that your baby is completely safe. I constantly keep an eye on their colouring, breathing & circulation to hands & feet to ensure they are safe & happy.
CAN MY OTHER CHILDREN BE INCLUDED IN SESSIONS?
Of course! I love including siblings in the photos. This can be added to your package for £50! This will be photographed first so that the siblings can then go & play whilst we carry on with the session.
DO YOU EDIT THE IMAGES?
I, on average, take 200 images from your session. This is because I create a variety of poses, angles & compositions to make sure you get the most from your session! I then cull to around 20+ images for you to choose from (don't fret- I only delete any duplicates, eyes closed or unflattering angles). I then delicately edit the final images, colour correcting, detail enhancing & removing blemishes so that you have perfection.
HOW MANY IMAGES WILL I GET?
You will receive 5 high resolution digital images in your package, if you would like more, I have a range of packages available to purchase after you have seen the final images.
DO I HAVE TO CHOOSE AN IMAGE PACKAGE BEFORE I BOOK?
Not at all! I always say wait until you have seen the images to decide. I have great payment plans or see if the family want to join in on a package!
DO YOU SHARE IMAGES ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
Yes, I love sharing my work to other parents! I share a sneak peek of your session on Facebook. I also may use images from your final gallery for promoting, publishing & on my website. If you would prefer your baby's images to not be used, please just let me know before we create the contract.
HOW LONG UNTIL WE GET TO SEE THE PHOTOS?
Within 14 days from your session, I will send you a link to your online gallery where you can view the final images. These will be watermarked until purchased.