NEWBORN SESSION - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

When should I call to schedule my newborn session?

Before your baby is born! It is so important to plan ahead. Capturing your newborn within the first two weeks of life while they still sleep deeply for the majority of the day can make all the difference in your newborn portraits. Ipswich Newborn Photography appointments are usually filled at least 2 weeks in advance so please call to schedule your newborn appointment before your baby is born. Since we never really know when your little one will arrive, you will be put in the calendar to hold a spot for you. Then when your baby is born i can move your appointment accordingly.

If your baby came early or if your baby is already born, don't stress! I will always do my best to squeeze newborns into the schedule. As an AIPP accredited professional photographer,  I can take beautiful portraits of your baby at any age - however if they are awake the entire session this will greatly impact the variety of poses I can achieve with your child because I will never put them in a position where they have the potential to hurt themselves, therefore an appointment time and date can obviously not be guaranteed for last minute bookings. 

Is one week to early for my newborn session?

Definitely not! Newborn babies are best to photograph between 5-10 days old. At this point they are still incredibly sleepy and like to be wrapped & curled up as if they were still in the womb. A newborn session can take up to 4 hours, including plenty of time for multiple feedings, nappy changes and breaks for mummy and baby. Come as soon as you are ready. I can’t wait to meet your new little one.

Can I be photographed with my baby?

Absolutely! I wouldn’t have it any other way! I love capturing the emotion of those special first days and having a mummy or daddy cuddling with their newborn child. Skin on skin images are a beautiful way to capture the purity of the relationship, but i do ask parents to please bring a light fabric, but long sleeved neutral colored shirt so that they may serve as a backdrop for baby in some of the images. The baby's siblings are welcome also as this is a joyous occasion for the entire family. There is a short term play area in the studio to entertain young children while the session is getting started. 

During a session with additional children, the family portraits are completed first so that Dad may take the older ones home to nap or to a nearby park to run around once their part is completed. This reduces stress on parents trying to control their small children in the studio as well as ensure that the newborn is not disturbed by excitable big brothers and sisters.

How should I prepare for my newborn session?

I recommend that you bring baby to the session ready to feed as soon as you arrive. Sleepy babies photograph perfectly, I  undress and swaddle baby before the feeding so as to not disturb them too much afterwards. Newborns usually require feeding even more often during a session to ensure that baby is happy and has a full tummy. I ask that you not be too concerned with scheduled feedings during the session and that you feed baby on demand or when they get a bit fussy to ensure their comfort and a smooth session.

The studio is fully equipped with nappies, wipes, lotions, nappy-rash ointments, disposable nursing pads, and even take home pacifiers in the event that something is accidentally left at home. There is a short term play area for siblings while things are getting started. Due to the fact that sessions are often held over the lunch period, snacks such as seasonal fruit and anzac biscuits and lunch consisting of various sandwiches are also provided as a courtesy to clients. You can also view other information about things to know before your newborn session in THIS blog post.

What should baby wear?

Newborns photograph best without any clothes at all. I love to photograph newborns swaddled in wraps with lots of texture and all snuggled up buckets & baskets, so if you have a special blanket or two, please feel free to bring them along. The studio is equipped with an extensive supply of newborn hats, bows and headbands that coordinate beautifully with the blankets and props I will use to style your images. You are welcome to bring any hats or props that you would like to have the baby photographed in. I encourage clients to bring special, personal items which make the session and images especially meaningful.

Can I have my son circumcised before the session?

NO! Please wait until after your session. Your little boy will be tightly swaddled in scarves and delicate fabrics. The fabrics are soft, however a fresh circumcision is very fragile and often uncomfortable for a newborn. When being wrapped  & unwrapped, along with changing position or pose, the circumcision can become irritated even further which leads to a VERY unhappy baby who is not able to be photographed. I do not want to hurt your baby or make him uncomfortable in anyway. Please note, I feel very strongly about this and WILL send you home if your baby arrives at the studio and has been freshly circumcised.

 


For more information Contact Emma on 0404 461 810 or at emma@ipswichnewbornphotography.com