Most of my new mums and dads generally have the same questions about their newborn session, so I thought why not put it all in a blog so you know how the session works, what to expect and when to book.
When to book?
The best time for newborn photographs to be taken is within the first 2 weeks after birth, ideally around the 7-10 days. While this might seem very daunting, this is the time where newborn babies are at their sleepiest and most flexible allowing us to position them into those lovely curled up poses you see. Don’t worry if your baby is already past this stage, we do still have some flexibility, but as a general rule this is when best to aim for.
I always recommend to mums and dads to book their newborn session before baby arrives to ensure you get a date in my diary as I get booked up quickly months in advance. However please don’t let this put you off if you already had baby, just give me a call as I’ll always try my best to fit you in where possible.
So once you’ve had your 20-week scan, give me a call, and we’ll book you in for the week of your baby’s due date, which can be moved as and when baby arrives. Just send me a quick message to let me know once baby arrives and then we can schedule your session within the next ten days. I always hold extra space for my expectant mums that have booked their newborn session ahead to guarantee they’ll get a space once baby is born.
If you are inquiring about a photoshoot with me, you are offered a free pre-session consultation to discuss your ideas, the style of images you are after (whether you wish to have lots of props to be used during the session or if you would prefer to go for a more natural look), colours and clothing. This can be over the phone or at the studio in person.
How long will the session take?
Most newborn photo sessions will take around 3 hours – this all depends on how settled baby is, I always allow plenty of time for you to feed and settle your baby and make sure they are comfortable.
The room temperature will be between 25 and 28 degrees during your session, so it is ideal to wear layers so you can be comfortable. It is to ensure baby is warm enough as he/she will be posed naked for some of the photos, so most of the time the parents and I are already sweating, but as always, baby comes first!
It is normal to stop during the session for various reasons, babies poo, need a burp, get a hiccup, they pee and the list carries on. Please don’t be worried or nervous about these things, it’s all part of what we do and please believe it when I say, we do not mind at all.
What to bring?
If you are breastfeeding I always recommend to have a substantial meal the night before and the morning of the session. Baby might want to feed more often during the session and it will help if you yourself have had plenty to eat to keep your energy levels up. Feel free to bring along a packed meal as well.
If your baby is bottle fed then please bring plenty of formula and bottles in case baby needs a bit more food to help to settle.
Please pack plenty of nappies – I’m sure by now you have figured out newborn babies pee and poo a lot! I often start the session with baby’s nappy on, but always recommend to change it as soon as baby has done a poo to avoid nappy rash.
If you are using a dummy please bring this along as often dummies can help to soothe an unsettled baby. If you are not using one but are happy for me to use one to aid the session then please let me know. If your baby has never had a dummy, don’t worry, using one for a couple of minutes won’t cause any confusion with feeding, however they are your baby, so if you’d rather we didn’t use one then this is absolutely fine too.
After Your Session
Around two weeks after your photoshoot you will be invited back to view your images. This is where you will choose what package you’d like to purchase and if you would like to add any extra wall art product to your order.
Once you have chosen your images, most photographers will want to share your little bundle of joy either on their website, and/or social media. This is the best way for them to advertise and for people to find out more about them. However, if you are not comfortable with your images being shared, make sure you discuss this with your photographer at the start of the session.
I look forward to seeing you for your newborn session!
Newborn Photography West Sussex | Maternity Photography Sussex
If you are interested in booking a maternity and/or newborn photoshoot with Reka Choy Photography please call me on 07774536525 or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org