newborn photoshoot


Your Welcome Pack


 

Hey!

 

Whether you’ve just brought new life into the world and are reading this through the bleary eyes of sleep-deprivation, or you’re excitedly anticipating the arrival of a new tiny family member, I just wanted to say congratulations!


I am beyond honoured to be able to capture this incredible time in your lives.

Carving out the time to document and recognise this transition is one of the best things you can do. And, as your photographer, I am here to support you in any way I can.


This guide is my way of saying, “I’ve got you.” I’ve crafted it to answer your questions, calm your fears, and address your uncertainty.



I can’t wait to meet your little one.


TIMING



Week one and two of your baby’s life is magic. Of course all of the weeks are magic, but during these first two weeks, newborns are squishy, flexible, sleep more, and are still adjusting to the world outside.


In order for us to get organised for a shoot this soon after their birthday, I’ll need your due date. In a lot of cases, babies will arrive whenever they want to and I couldn’t possibly expect them to abide by our schedule!

If your baby arrives earlier or later than expected and they will be either more than 2 weeks old or not yet born on our planned photoshoot date, let me know as soon as possible and we will do our best to rearrange the date.


If you, understandably, have been spinning too many plates on the roller coaster ride of pre- and post- birth to lock in a date before the second week of your baby’s life, please don’t worry. Older babies might be a little more awake during their photoshoot but the results will be just as beautiful.


HOW TO PREPARE



Expect to snuggle! And, be prepared to be in some of the shots. Now, I know that in your postpartum haze you’re probably not feeling like a supermodel, but trust me you should feel like superhuman!


Your photoshoot will involve very little posing and is more focused on how you would normally interact as a new family. So lots of cuddling and looking lovingly at your perfect new baby. Am I right?

I will give you prompts on certain ways to hold your baby or position you with the best light and will be there to guide you whenever it is required.


Your baby is still trying to figure out where they are and what they’re doing in this big bright world.

Sometimes, they’ll get a little upset and need a bit of extra loving. We may have to stop for a little feed, to change a nappy, or to give them a little pep talk before continuing on. But this is all a part of it.


 

HOW TO DRESS

 

Gravitate towards gentle colors: pastels, light colours, or neutrals. These colours are the most flattering on the delicate complexion of newborns and also look great in the final images.

And as for the rest of the family...try to complement, not match the colours baby is wearing. Wear neutrals with texture, like knits, linen, or cotton. But most importantly, be comfortable.

Above all, I want you to feel your best and be comfortable during your photo session.


SIBLINGS


If you’d like to capture your little one with their proud new bigger siblings, I will aim to capture photos with them included first so that once the siblings have done their bit, they are free to go and play!


It can sometimes be hard for the older siblings when all the attention is on their new baby brother or sister, so I like to make them feel involved right from the start!

LOCATION


The easiest location for a newborn photoshoot is in the comfort of your home. It doesn’t need to be Instagrammable, it doesn’t need to be perfect, it just needs to have a window and some natural light.

Natural light is so important to achieving good quality images that you will want to print and hang on your walls, so at the beginning of your photo session (if it is okay with you) I would love to have a wander through your home and find the best possible light and spaces for us to take your photos.


As long as the light allows, good rooms to photograph newborn sessions in are the baby's nursery, parents bedroom and living rooms.



AFTER THE PHOTOSHOOT


Your full gallery will be available to view within four weeks via a private, password protected web gallery.


You’ll be able to create favourites lists, share online, or download your images to use for baby announcements or gorgeous framed prints for your walls.


You will have access to an online ordering system within your own private, online gallery where you and your loved ones can order prints and albums, which I will be on hand to help you with.


Price list available on request.


Frequently Asked Questions

How will we receive our photos?

Your full gallery will be available for you to view on your private, password protected online gallery, 4 weeks following your photoshoot.

Do I have to order prints through you?

I highly recommend ordering prints through the professional printing lab that I work with, but it isn't required. The difference in quality is huge when it comes to ordering through a professional lab, so I always love to help with prints!

I have an online ordering store right within your gallery to purchase prints or albums which I am happy to help create for you with a selection of your favourite photos.

Are you willing to travel?

Yes! Definitely! Travel fees are applied if I'm travelling more than 20 miles from the area BN14, which is charged both ways.

When is the best time for me to book?

My newborn photoshoots are suitable for babies up to the age of 6 months old.

If you would like to have your photoshoot within the first 2 weeks of your baby being born so they are still curled up and very sleepy, I would recommend booking as soon as you can (around your 20 week scan).

However you can still book a newborn photoshoot, even if your baby has already been born.

How Do I Book?

A 50% deposit & signed contract is required in order to get a provisional date booked and secured on my calendar. The remainder of your balance is due two weeks prior to your photoshoot date.

What happens if my baby is born after their due date?

That is okay! Babies tend to arrive on their own schedule.

When you book, we will pencil in a provisional photoshoot date around 1 week after your due date.

However I give myself some flexibility on dates around newborn photoshoots so that we can rearrange if we need to.

Can my dog be in the photos too?

That is a definite yes from me! If you have a dog and they are part of the family, then absolutely we will include them in many of the photos too.

You may just need to remind me that it is isn't a pet photoshoot as I can get carried away if your dog lets me.


Thank You


Thank you so much for your booking and trusting in me as your Newborn Photographer. I cannot wait to capture this special time in your lives!


If you have any questions at all between now and your photoshoot, please let me know. Plus, if your baby isn't here yet, remember to keep me in the loop and let me know when they are.


 

 

contact details


amy@amyclairebarnesphotography.co.uk


07746 345242