A SESSION GUIDE – This guide is a to help you prepare for the newborn session.
I offer sessions at Studio 58, which is based in The Yards in Kettering. Read more about that here with recent safety updates. I will offer you a warm or cold drink on arrival, but please feel free to bring snacks for what may be a 2 hour session. Arrive for your session at 10.00am.
Most images will be taken of your new baby without clothing or newborn clothing I have, unless otherwise requested or with outfits as planned. this is because very little fits them nicely at this age. I usually begin by
wrapping them up to get them to sleep. The temperature in the room will be set to the same heat the baby is used to before they left the womb. Please bear this in mind when choosing your own clothes as you may feel a little warm yourself. More on parent clothing below.
If possible it helps to have baby to be as sleepy as possible so that the session runs smoother. For this reason your baby would ideally be
between 7-12 days old, however I have had sleepy babies at 4-6 weeks so this is possible. If the baby won’t sleep, I achieve the lovely awake images, this is best when they are wrapped up so arms are not dancing about covering their little faces.
Newborn sessions are around 2 hours, longer with a sibling. This allows time for you to feed, change nappies and for me to change sets and props if requested.
Occasionally an extra top up of milk during the session can help so bring milk if you are bottle feeding. Or if the baby has pacifier/dummy
please bring this too. Sometimes people use them just for the session and never again, but don’t feel you have to.
While your session could be up to three hours long we aren’t actually shooting the whole time. It’s important for me to monitor how baby seems to be in the positions and with the props, but it helps for you to read your child too.
Anything that that you or the baby went through during birth would be important for me to know.
Although I photograph baby as they are, I have newborn hats, ties and headbands as well as outfits. These will still be kept to a timeless look. I prefer not to use buckets and will only use bowls or a small prop bed for some set ups. I tend to prefer to wrap up your baby to settle them first before I try any naked poses. If you are after the natural and less prop approach or have specific colour preferences, then please let me know before our session.
Please feel free to bring a special toy or blanket. I have placed a baby in a mothers special bowl and wrapped another in a wedding sari.
Siblings /family images
I will capture sibling/parent images first as young children get bored fast. I aim to do these first so that the rest of the session is focused on capturing the other details of your baby. Please feel free to bring any entertainment for siblings. There is a TV room and outdoor play area with swings and trampoline which can be used after the images with them are taken.
What to bring/clothing
Simple outfits work best and do not distract from the overall image of the baby. Please avoid patterns and bold or bright colours.
If possible, stick to plain block of colours; black or white, brown or grey always works well as I tend to use a grey or white backdrop. It also keeps the images timeless.
After the session
It can take me around two weeks to edit your images. I pay particular attention to skin and colour tones. If there is anything at all
which you would like me to correct in photoshop or if you prefer no photoshopping please let me know before I begin editing.
I will book in another date for you to view the images (if sometimes via an online gallery). During this session you will be asked to select your favourites to purchase and pay on the day via BACs or paypal. This may be one of the collections and or individual bespoke prints or wall art.
The chosen products are then ordered and delivered to you within 5 weeks. Any digital images purchased within the collection will be
sent to you for download the same or next day. The USB is delivered with the prints.
I hope the information above is useful. You are welcome to contact me at anytime with further questions or to discuss your requirements.
I very much look forward to welcoming you into my studio and making some very special memories into beautiful pieces of art for