Thank you for visiting my web site. One of my photography passions is recording and capturing those first incredible but very fleeting first few weeks of a new life. Tiny, tiny, hands but with perfect finger prints and nails. Chubby arms and button noses, eyes that are looking out onto the world for the first time. These are the things that I aim to record for you to keep for the future.
Sessions can be shot in a studio but clients often prefer a home visit as this is easier for them and less stressful for baby. Where possible I prefer to use natural light, this is made possible by using high quality “fast” lenses and cameras. If needed artificial lighting will be used.
Posed vs Lifestyle:
There are two types of newborn photography – posed/studio & lifestyle. I love both for different reasons. However, it is important that you understand the difference, so that you get the images that you want and are expecting.
Posed/studio sessions – Typically must be done within the first 2 weeks of birth when the baby is very sleepy and “mold-able”. The focus in this type of session is on shots of the baby looking perfect, usually in blankets, wraps, hats, & headbands. The session can last up to 4 hours with feeding, changing breaks, and posing. Editing this type of session also takes quite a bit of time as each image needs to go through Photoshop individually to get a polished end result. Due to the extra time the cost is higher for this type of shoot.
Lifestyle newborn sessions – Are a bit more casual approach to newborn photography. There may be some posing but the intention is to capture more natural images of the baby and their home. These sessions can be done up to 6 weeks old and usually last 1-2 hours max. My favorite thing about lifestyle newborn photography is capturing the wonder and amazement between the family members. Newborns are incredible but so is the love in the air. Memories of this time-frame often become fuzzy for new parents and that is precisely why I feel these types of shoots are so important.
Older babies - Are a very different matter. Once beyond the first few weeks babies have learnt to stretch and move their limbs, this means that they can no longer be posed and a more documentary shoot is needed recording the baby as it moves and reacts to its surroundings. This type of shoot usually takes 1 to 2 hours and the shots are more informal.
Be prepared - A baby of any age is unpredictable and all babies can have an off day. The mood of baby on the day will have a major effect on the photographs that can be taken. To help make sure the session is a success it is important that Mum makes sure that everything possible is done and prepared to make her baby happy.