Hello and thank you so much for booking your newborn photography session with me, I am really looking forward to meeting you and capturing some special memories of you and your family. I have included some information below to help you prepare for your session and hopefully answer any questions you might have.
What can I expect from my newborn session?
Once you have had your baby and called me to arrange a suitable date, I'll meet you at your home at the time we have agreed and introduce myself to your family. I tend to do my newborn sessions in the morning as this is when everyone is most relaxed and the baby is less likely to be too tired and hungry. The reason I ask you to block off two hours for your newborn session is because I let the baby set our schedule. So if the baby is sleeping, I take photos of them asleep. If they are awake, we capture lots of lovely interactions with you and your tiny bundle. We take breaks for feeding and nappy changes and I make sure you are all feeling comfortable and relaxed!
If you have older children, it's helpful if you tell them that a friend will be coming around to take photographs of you all with the new baby so they know what to expect, it is best not to surprise them.
I am a natural light photographer, which means, when I photograph in your home, I use light coming in through your doors and windows to take my photographs. When I arrive I may have a look around your house just to see where the best light is. It would be helpful for me if you can make a note of which rooms have big windows or sunlight coming in the windows at the time when we will be having our session. These tend to be the best rooms to photograph in.
Do I need to tidy up for an in-home session?
You do not need to de-clutter your entire home before a session, (after all your house reflects your unique personality which is what makes in-home sessions so great) but you just need to be aware that whatever is in the room will end up in the frames I shoot.
I'm worried my children will not want to smile for the camera or misbehave
Please rest assured that I don't want your children to be anything other than themselves. I don't need them to sit still or 'be good', I have a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old who point blank refuse to pose for me, I've become an expert in taking photos on the run and I have a lot of tricks to make sure that I get those lovely, connected family photos that you are after. Please do not bribe your children to behave for me, I find this never works (especially if sweets are involved). Of course, you know your children best, and if you want to give them something as a treat at the end of the session, that is entirely up to you.
I find it helps (especially with toddlers and older babies) if they have had a nap prior to our session and are well rested. It's always a good idea to have snacks and a drink on hand if we need to take a break for little ones to refuel.
When will I get my photos?
I promise to get your full gallery to you within 7 days of your session. I normally do an initial edit and I like to post some of my favourites on my social media accounts as this helps me promote my business. If you do not want me to share your photos, please do let me know. Your gallery will be live for three months so that you can download, save and print your photos.
One last thing before you go...
If you haven't already done so, please would you email me with your mobile phone number, the names of your family members and (if you have the time) a little bit about your family. Knowing these things in advance helps me to get the most out of your session and capture unique images that reflect who you truly are, right now.
If you have any further questions or want clarification on anything mentioned above, please do not hesitate to message, call or email me. I can't wait to meet you and photograph your family!