What To Expect When You Are Expecting Me Too!
The diary of a newborn and baby photographer is a complicated place! Nobody told your baby that they are expected to be ready for their portrait session and while some can’t wait to get started, some are fashionably late. This makes my diary a wonderfully fluid place!
When you first book your session I will pencil in your due date. I take a limited number of newborn sessions each month so that I can ensure I can fit everybody in and work around midwife and health visitor appointments once baby is here. Once your baby arrives and you have settled back in at home just give me a call or message and we can then confirm the best date and time for your session.
Your portrait session will take place in the comfort of your own home and I don’t need that much space at all. Usually the Sitting Room/Lounge is best and usually where you will be most comfy! I want you and your baby to feel relaxed and comfortable so you are able to feed on demand and put your feet up with a cup of tea or coffee (I even have some new dads who take a quick nap!)
So that I can capture your baby perfectly while they are still so brand new, for most of the session your baby will be in their birthday suit. Newborn clothes never fit correctly so we don’t get to see all those beautiful details that say ‘hey I’m brand new!’ I mostly request that the last change you do before I arrive, that you kindly leave baby in just a nappy and wrapped in a blanket instead. I always bring a little heater with me to keep the air around baby warm so that they settle nicely.
However, one of the downsides of this, is your baby is guaranteed to poop and/or pee on props, blankets, perhaps even me or you! This is just par for the course, something I’m used to dealing with on a daily basis and something I allow for. All of my blankets and props are washed after each session and I have plenty of cloths and wipes to hand. You might want a change of clothes for yourself handy just in case the worst happens.
Your newborn portrait session can take up to 4 hours and the reason for this is your newborn will need feeding, cuddles and changing throughout the session which is baby led rather than photographer led!
I hope this article answers the many common questions but if you would like to book or discuss a session please contact me.
Zoe Little Bluebell Photography