We always send out a guide for people booking a newborn photography session with us containing advice and tips about how to get the most out of the session. A few tips for helping us get some amazing images of your newborn baby are:
- Loosen baby’s nappy about 20 minutes before coming to us to avoid red crease lines on their skin.
- Ensure baby’s nails are clean and trimmed as we often take ‘detail’ shots of little hands and feet.
- Your baby will almost certainly wee and / or poo on us and our equipment – please don’t worry about his at all, it happens all the time and really isn’t a problem. Everything is thoroughly cleaned between sessions.
- If you wish to have photos with your baby we find that solid colours without logos works best – please try to bring both light, dark and neutral in order to give us plenty of options.
- If older siblings are to attend, please either arrange to have an activity planned for them or for them to arrive later in the session.
- We will often utilise a partner / family member / friend to help us during the session for safety, time and convenience. Please don’t take offence that it’s not mum we’re getting to help – there’s a couple of reasons for this: a) It’s your time to relax and have a rest and b) if you’re close by your newborn baby may well smell you and decide it must be time for a feed!
- As most of the sessions are with baby nude please ensure that baby isn’t dressed in anything with elastic cuffs for at least 2 hours before the session.
- Nurse / feed your baby as close to the start of the session as possible. This will ensure they’re full and (most importantly) sleepy.
- Aim to keep your baby awake for 2 hours before the session – this isn’t easy but will greatly assist in a getting some great sleepy images.
Products usually take a couple of weeks to prepare and deliver to you – there may be some variations on this but it’s a good rough guide to time scales.
Sessions are paid for at the time of booking, products are paid for a the time of ordering. We can accept debit and credit cards in person or over the phone, bank transfer, send a secure payment link, cash or cheque.
When you come back to us for your viewing & ordering session where you’ll sit back and relax and have some time to view a slideshow of your images. Then you can see our products up close to see quality and size after which we can go through all the various options with you.
This session usually takes place about 2 weeks after your photography session.
There is never any hard-sell during these sessions – it’s all about providing what’s suitable for you and what you want, with no minimum spend and all the time you want to ask questions and decide what products you’d like.
We don’t guarantee a particular number of images. This is because, especially with newborns, there are many factors which can affect the final number of suitable images. We always aim to provide around 20 images from a newborn session for you to choose from – this is a good rough guide to the final number in our experience.
We produce both colour and black & white images. The ratio between them in any shoot is dependent on many things – there are some images which are just better in black & white, and some that only ‘work’ in colour.
Part of our terms and conditions is that we have artistic licence over which images are in which format.
We generally archive images older than 6 months, although we never delete those that you see as finished products – they are available at any time for as long as you want after the session. If you wish to see them we can certainly arrange that at a time that’s convenient for all.
Loose fitting clothing on the day helps avoid elastic marks on the skin. We have a selection of sheer and lace materials and clothing to help capture the intimate and emotional nature of your pregnancy. Poses are designed to document the pregnant form in a tasteful and graceful way. We also recommend that you bring along:
- Nude, white and / or black underpants
- Nude, light-coloured and / or black bra
- Matching underwear set if desired
- Tight fitting t-shirt or vest top in black or white (or a plain colour)
- Anything floaty or sheer you wish to include
- A white mans’ shirt
At our home studio in Yeovil. Here we have a fully equipped studio setup with professional equipment and a multitude of props, blankets, hats, headbands and other delightful things to enhance your photography experience.
As soon as possible! We get very busy and are often booked up well in advance so it’s best to book early. Obviously the uncertain nature of due dates means that we don’t hold a specific date (unless you have a section booked) but what we can do is take your due date and work from that to give us something to put in the diary – we can shift it as necessary but at least the session is booked and paid for to ensure that’s one less thing to think about!
Our baby photography sessions are designed to give you lasting memories of the early months after the newborn phase is over. To that end the ideal time for these sessions are between 6 months and a year old – when baby can sit unaided but isn’t crawling around like mad!
Yes, please feel free to bring any props you would like included in either your maternity or newborn photography session. Popular things are scan pictures, booties, handmade blankets and shawls, hats and cuddly toys.
We never guarantee a particular shot, especially with newborn photography as our priority is always the welfare and comfort of the baby, but we promise to attempt to include whatever we can to make it more personal.
There are many styles of image for maternity – from simple bump shots to fine art nude. The simple answer is that we will produce whatever images you’re comfortable with. What is guaranteed is that all images will be personal, discreet and tasteful – this is an amazing time of your life and we can provide some beautiful memories of it by utilising light and shade artistically.
We have several items of clothing, all designed to accentuate your bump and make you look amazing. It is definitely worth not ruling out a style of image – we very often find that as you become accustomed to the camera and get comfortable with the session and us, more personal images are possible and these are always the most popular and artistic.
You are welcome to have a partner, family member or friend attend if it helps you feel more relaxed and comfortable.
Yes of course – partners and family are welcome. We recommend that for newborns, young siblings are brought along later on during the session to avoid boredom – we find that towards the end of the session is best for ‘family’ shots. For your maternity photography session, family, partners and children are again welcome and can add to the experience and the memories.
The best time to have a maternity photography session is between 36 and 39 weeks. We can of course do the session outside of these but this period is when your bump is at its’ best and you’re not too uncomfortable and stressed!
There are several ways in which we ensure the safety of your baby, which is always paramount during a photography session.
We have extensive experience in handling newborn babies, from soothing them to sleep to transitioning from pose to pose in the safest manner
We have undertaken training with one of the top UK newborn photographers which includes safe handling, transition posing and soothing techniques
We employ a ‘one hand on’ rule throughout the session. This basically means that if the baby is not secure in such a way that it is impossible for him or her to move positions then there is at least one hand on them at all times unless a shot is actually being taken.
Many shots you see where baby appears unsupported are in fact composite images i.e. two or more shots combined into one where supporting hands / fingers/ apparatus are edited out using software such as Photoshop like the example below:
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The best time to do a newborn photography session is between 5 and 14 days as this is when baby is at their sleepiest and is still quite ‘curly’ from being in the womb, resulting in those gorgeous curled-up asleep shots.
We can of course do a photography session after this, just be aware that some poses suited to young newborns may not be possible. We will always get a good variety of shots whatever the age!