What to wear to get the look you love...
I suggest whites and neutrals as these colours are effortless and timeless go so well together. Keeping baby in a simple textured (ribbed cotton, knitted, muslin) romper or body suit will keep the focus on their perfect little faces, and prevent distracting outfits that don't fit correctly or cover their features. These fabrics create beautiful textures and add to the look of the images, I prefer to avoid bold colours as it can clash with babies fresh skin. We can use wraps, blankets, bonnets and booties to add some colour in a creative way to your images. I have a selections of wraps & outfits I bring along to every session. Another option, if you love babies fresh skin, is to swaddle baby in only a nappy cover. Once we have done all the cuddle shots we can gently lay baby down and gradually up wrap baby and capture those gorgeous chunky legs, tiny feet, and beautiful round belly.
Mixing and matching the rest family so that there is a similar colour pallet but we are still our individual selfs. Keep the textured fabrics like linen, muslin, lace and knits as they photograph beautifully. Casual shirts or knitted jumpers are great for dads.
Don't be scared to dress nice, investing in your clothes is investing in your family photos. Knee length or longer items look beautiful on mum and can make sitting and cuddling so much more comfortable. It's usually best to choose something for yourself first, something that makes you feel amazing and special, and work on everyone else from there.
Not everyone likes to dress the same. And it's very important to me that the way YOU like to dress, and the kinds of things that represent your family are shown. Colours are very important to maintain the vibe you see in my work. However I am happy to workshop with you ways to get the tones and look you love while maintaining your authenticity.
If you have chosen to do an outdoor sunset session with your newborn please remember to dress baby in an extra layer on a cooler nights, as well as having blankets and wraps available. If we are cold, baby will be cold too if we don't plan accordingly. Ring slings are a cute option for baby wearing if your worried baby may get unsettled, and they look great in photos.
I also have a variety of clothes in the client wardrobe you are welcome to use for your sessions, you will find a link to the client wardrobe at the bottom of this page. If you are looking to purchase something special & you are on instagram, check out my highlights for a selection of my favourite brands!
Something a little more intimate...
Skin on skin, nursing and baths can make magical memories. It is not for everyone but if you think you are interested in incorporating any of these moments into your session, all you have to do is let me know before hand so I can help you plan.
Before the session
Your newborn session will take place between 1-2 weeks old. Having babies myself I understand this is a lot to ask of you, however after the 2 week mark babies can develop baby acne and become a lot more unsettled & in my experience it's much better to be a little tired for your session rather then having an unsettled baby.
If you miss the 1-2 week old time frame, taking images of older newborns (8 weeks plus) is also beautiful as we can capture smiles, and interactions with parents and siblings. Please be mindful that when I book you in I book for 1-2 week mark unless you specify otherwise. If you choose to postpone to the 8 weeks mark please be mindful that my availability may be limited.
If your doing an in-home session, your home doesn't need to be spotlessly clean. Neat and tidy is all we need.
The room we usually spend the most time in is the main bedroom, cuddling on the bed & laying baby down for some shots alone. Putting away things like cups, phone chargers, papers and small items is an easy way to make your space less cluttered!
Keeping the linen on the bed lighter and plain is a great idea to prevent distracting patterns taking over the photos.
In a darker homes I suggest wearing lighter colours, that will help keep your images nice and bright.
If you don't mind using a pacifier you can keep one close by, or bring it along with you to help settle baby.
To achieve this beautiful candid documentary style of photography you see on my social media & website page all you have is be ready to cuddle, love and enjoy yourselves.
I want to emphasise that I do my best work when you allow me to take the lead. Sometimes I'll be fairly quiet and be snapping away while you kiss and cuddle.
Other times I will offer gentle directions to help everyone feel comfortable & get a variety of shots.
I will chat and engage with any older children when I'd like them looking at the camera & this will encourage natural, beautiful smiles. Avoiding saying over and over again "look at the camera" because this tends to frustrate the children and lead to unnatural or forced smiles. If you have any older children it's a great idea to get them practising holding the baby before our session, this can create excitement in the lead up to the photos.
Quite often partners may not be keen on photos. This is where we can remind them that they will mostly just be asked to play. It will usually be you partners job to engage with any older children and try to keep them happy and playful while we take shots of just baby, or mum and baby. They will also be our spotter for sibling photos with baby.
It can be a great idea to have something special for your children, to give them after the session to show your gratitude for their hard work in participating.
Becoming a big brother or sister can be a wonderful but difficult time, so I will happily follow their lead on the day to help them feel special & encourage a stress free session.
If you are doing an outdoor session you are welcome to check out the Family preparation guide which talks specifics about the outdoors.
Link just below.
On the day
Firstly mama, you've just had a baby, so you just let me know how you're feeling and what you need on the day. Becoming a new mother is hard, and also managing older children can really take it out of you. We take our sessions nice and slow and do exactly what you need. If baby needs a feed or change, a cuddle or a walk around to settle, we can work it into our session. I will usually take shots of you nursing your baby if baby needs a feed during the session, these are such difficult and absolutely precious moments that deserve documentation. I am more the happy to keep breastfeeding images private, just for you, if that makes you most comfortable.
It is an honour for me to be welcomed into your space, and I want to be my most creative self while keeping true to your story.
Our first priority is your family enjoying yourselves.
If you can, try and keep baby awake for a little before I arrive. It's a great idea to feed and change baby (into their outfit if your not using one of mine) just before I arrive ( or if nursing shots are something you know you want we can do this when I arrive) and that way baby will more likely be calm and sleepy and full. Cranking the heat up if it's a cool day will keep baby nice and snug as well.
Let your partner know that during the session they may be in-charge of older children, grabbing dribble bibs and blankets, rearranging small items and helping you on and off the bed if needed.
It can be tempting to have technology available with an in-home session, but I highly recommend trying to switch off and being fully present with each other.
I will gently guide you with posing suggestions during the session, to keep it natural & candid but just enough to help you all feel comfortable.
Pet's are absolutely welcome during your in-home session.
I say sessions usually take 60-90 mins. This is a just a guideline. I have a variety of shots I aim to capture, and sometimes we get all the shots in under an hour, and other times it can take a little longer. This is all relating to how baby is feeling on the day and if there are older siblings as well.
If you are having a sunset session, please click the family link above for location options & also preparation for your session.