What to expect from your Newborn Photography Session - Stephanie Chapman Photography
So your beautiful baby is here and you want to capture those precious first weeks. Before you know it, your little one will be crawling, walking and talking so your newborn images will be those you will treasure forever.
You’ve done your research and booked your newborn photography session but I suspect you are probably wondering what happens at these type of sessions, so here is a little blog to hopefully answer any questions you may have about a newborn photography session with me.
First of all, let me reassure you that your baby is in very safe hands. I have completed specialist training with newborn photographers and even posed babies in front of a midwife to ensure I completely understand their comfort. I have also been a specialist newborn photographer for over 3 years and have had the pleasure of photographing over 200 babies.
I am a member of BANPAS, a specialist newborn photography association that promote the safe handling and posing of newborn babies.
Finally, and probably most important, I am also a Mum too, so I completely understand how alien it can feel to hand your brand new baby over to someone you’ve just met, and I always encourage both parents to sit close by and watch the session.
So the day has arrived!
How do I prepare my baby for the shoot?
On the morning of the shoot it’s preferable to try and keep baby awake as long as possible. A bath and lots of play is always good stimulation. Let him/her kick in her nappy.
If at all possible, delay the feed until I arrive. I will take about 20 minutes to set up my equipment so you can feed baby and we can chat about any images you may have seen on my site you particularly like etc.
If you could also have baby in a front fastening babygro (no vest) that would be great as I can easily undress baby when ready.
Once baby is in a nice deep sleep (normally about 15/20 minutes) I will begin posing and creating your beautiful images.
I will bring everything for the photoshoot, and as you are in your own home you should have anything you need to hand. If however there is a special toy or item that you would like included in the session please do let me know. The final images are yours to enjoy and I want to make them as personal to you and your family as possible.
How long does a newborn photography session take?
A session can take anywhere between 2 and 3 hours. I am completely guided by baby and they are in charge! If baby needs a feed, settle, wind etc, we stop and ensure that he/she is completely comfortable before we start again. Most of my sessions take about 2 hours, but as I only book one newborn session per day there is no rush. It takes as long as it takes to ensure I have a selection of images you will love.
It’s always very relaxing and means that Mum and Dad can put your feet up and have a nice relaxing cuppa while I pose and photograph your precious bundle.
What if my baby cries or is unsettled?
There is a chance your baby may cry. I don’t smell familiar like Mummy and Daddy, and their sleep is slightly disturbed when I move and pose them. Rest assured I will never continue if your baby is distressed but I can generally placate a baby quite quickly and can read the signs if they are just grumbling at me or if they need some settling. Sometimes they just need a cuddle!
Not all babies are the same. Some drop off to sleep in 5 minutes, so take a little longer. It will also depend on their age and if they are approaching a growth spurt.
What if my baby poops or pees on your blankets?
Not a problem at all. As baby will be nappy free for most of the session there is a high probability that there will be a little accident. This happens at 90% of my sessions and when I arrive you’ll see I have a huge bag of blankets with me. These are all spares and once baby is finished their business I will simply take the soiled one away and replace with a fresh one for them to lie on.
All of my blankets and props are washed after each session (in non-bio) so even if there is no mess, they still go through the machine.
What should I wear?
I generally advise Mum and Dad to wear white or black tops and preferably without any logos on them. Depending on Dad’s comfort level, it is lovely to photograph a newborn against bare skin, especially if Daddy has a nice tattoo.
I also have lovely soft fabrics and wraps that we can use for the Mum and baby poses.
Any other questions?
If there is anything else you would like to know, or have any questions or concerns, please do contact me. I am more than happy to answer any questions you have.
I look forward to seeing you soon!