Newborn photography

Preparing for your newborn and baby photo shoot

 

These are just some helpful tips, so please don't worry if you forget to do any of them, I know what it's like when you have just had a baby, so please relax and I will work around you and your baby. 

 

  • To secure your booking, I advise booking just after your 20 week scan, so not to miss out on getting the photos taken in the first few weeks. All I need is £50 to secure your booking, which will be deducted off you chosen collection once you have viewed the images.

 

  • If you are booking a posed newborn session then babies are best photographed between 5-10 days old, as they are at their sleepiest stage and able to do those lovely curly poses, although this is not essential and we can still do the session with much older babies up to 6 weeks of age, just some of the poses would be adapted. Please phone or email me if you have any queries.

 

  • Newborn portrait sessions can last anywhere from 3-4 hours. This time allows for prop changes, feeding, nappy changes, and letting baby settle if they need and cuddles of course.

 

  • If you have chosen to have your baby photographed at home, then about an hour before the session, please turn your heating up quite high, as they won't be wearing much, this will keep them nice and warm. I do bring a small heater with me, to blow a gentle warm air in the area I'll be working.

 

  • If it is at all possible to keep baby awake for an hour before I arrive (I know this sounds mad) and then feed them while I set up, this will mean they are nice and sleepy at the start of the session. Giving them a bath may help keep them awake before I arrive. Please DON'T worry if this doesn't happen, I know whats its like! If you are coming to me, then keep them awake as long as possible, and then give them a good feed before you get to me, a top up feed can be done when you arrive as well, while we have a little chat.

 

  • If you would like any photo’s taken with siblings or yourself while I am there, please wear neutral clothing, with no patterns or logos, as this will distract from your faces. It also gives the photos a lovely natural look.

 

Equipment I use

 

I bring everything with me to your home for the shoot. I do have quite a lot of equipment but I don't need a large space to set up, I like to bring a nice variety of props with me for you to choose from. Baskets, blankets, hats, wraps, headbands. When I am not posing baby in a prop I use a posing bean bag which I bring with me. I also bring a light, as this gives me great control over the lighting, and I don't have to depend on a bright sunny day. Or worry about the time of day either, and means I can be more flexible. The shoot is very calm and relaxed and a lot of fun. If you have any questions, please email me at gemmagarley.photography@gmail.com