Suffolk & Essex Newborn Photographer
Life really is a whirlwind especially when your whole world is about to change introducing a new little person into your family – these are some of the frequently asked questions about newborn photography.
Precious new baby, sent from above to fill up our hearts with
- Newborn photography is best done at under 14 days of age
- It can be attempted later on but the session usually takes longer and baby will loose some of his/her suppleness and be more alert
- all babies are different and so sessions are baby led
- Your newborn session should be calm, relaxed and safe at all times
- Babies will feed more than usual
Beautiful baby photography in Suffolk, Essex, Cambridge & London
I’ve specialised in photographing children and newborn babies for the last 8 years. I offer newborn photography across Suffolk, Essex, Cambridge and London. I live at Sudbury, Suffolk, which is literally on the Essex border. I am within 20 minutes of Colchester and Bury St Edmunds, 25 minutes from Ipswich, with Chelsmford, Witham, Maldon, Great Bentley, Feering, Romford & Ilford all within an hour to an hour 15 minute drive. I also will travel to families homes to do newborn shoots/lifestyle newborn photography and posed studio type baby photos.
Newborn Photography Colchester, Witham, Chelmsford, Great Bentley, Feering, Romford, Ilford – Essex baby photographer
I have put together a list of frequently asked questions before a newborn shoot – however please feel free to contact me! I’m happy answering any questions you have and like to ensure I have your complete confidence handling the most precious thing you will ever have. I adore children I have 3 and a grandson, and honestly life absolutely passes in a blink when you have children. Newborn photography is a way of capturing that fleeting newborn look, they way they snuggle into your skin, they grow so fast. I am passionate about providing beautiful and artistic newborn photography in a safe, relaxed and warm manner, and most importantly that my lovely families that choose me to capture their memories, enjoy relaxing and sitting back and marvelling at this perfect little being they have created. I regularly photograph twins & triplets too, as you can see from my portfolio.
NEWBORN BABY PHOTOGRAPHY IN ESSEX & SUFFOLK Q&A’S
Some of the questions parents ask when planning a newborn photo session
WHY DO BABIES NEED TO BE UNDER 14 DAYS?
Babies are still sleepy at under 14 days, they are still curly in preparation for birth and from crammed into a tiny space for possibly 9 months. Once baby is born, they start to stretch out, their bones start to set and become more alert. Awake babies wriggle and move and posing is so much easier to do when asleep. Shoots can and are done in a newborn style after 14 days – I tend to wait until about day 9 and onwards for a typical shoot, when the clamp has fallen off and baby has a belly button. I have photographed 10 weeks old sucessfully – session times can take longer and not all poses may be achieved the older the baby is.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE SHOOT?
Upon booking I provide you with a pdf that can be viewed on pc/mac/ipad or phone which explains how the session works, what to expect and what to bring! The session is relaxed. We wait until your baby is happy and settled, and then you can sit back, relax, and watch just how gorgeous your little bundle is whilst I expertly pose them, and record every little detail for you.
ARE THERE HIDDEN COSTS?
I pride myself on providing a bespoke service to my clients, one thing I would hate more than anything is to lull you into a session and at the end of it, pressure you to buy images or spend way more money than you intended just to get an image you truly love. I send a complete price list beforehand so you can see if you can afford me. There are no catches after this, I expect orders to be placed within two weeks of your gallery being finished, I don’t negotiate on my pricing but I am happy to arrange a payment plan for you. There is a small charge for travelling to clients more than 30 miles from my home to cover fuel costs.
WHAT TYPE OF SESSION SHOULD I BOOK?
I ask clients to look at my portfolio before they book me, I have a portfolio of images I have lovingly crafted for many many families over the years. If you love someone elses work – then try to book that photographer, my style and creativeness very much work on what I love to produce. It really is worth shopping around and booking with a creative whose work you love.
Lifestyle sessions are taken in your home, and can include posed newborn photography too, herbal milk baths can also be included, siblings & parent images included as required.
Posed newborn sessions – posing on a beanbag and with props. Siblings and parent images included as required.
Fresh 48 is a newborn session taken at your home/birth center if approved by them and is a natural session within the first 48 hours of babies life, this is not a posed session.
CAN YOU INCLUDE A HOBBY OR INTEREST?
Yes! I frequently am asked to incorporate a hobby from a parent. And can create beautifully artistic images including props or heirlooms handed down in a family. Just please ask.
HOW SECURE ARE MY IMAGES?
Images are never shared without signed consent, I provide a contract outlining my services upon you booking, and there is a tick box for you to sign if you are happy with me sharing your images – I provide a fine art print on top of the package you order as a thank you. If you don’t want images shared that is absolutely fine, your gallery is password protected and unless you share your images and password, nobody else will see them. I use a camera with dual memory card slots during your session, and backup to a separate hardrive and to my Imac, the photos are then also backed up to a secure online cloud storage system. I keep images for a year after a session, however if no purchase is made, they will be deleted.
WHAT TIME OF DAY IS BEST FOR A NEWBORN SHOOT?
Babies generally are so much more settled in the morning, and so I try to do newborn shoots starting at around 10.30am. You should allow 2-4 hours so you can just sit back and enjoy looking at the awesome little person you have just created and how beautiful they are, while I do all the work!
HOW DO I KNOW MY BABY IS SAFE?
I have been photographing babies for many many years, I have also had training to put babies safely into poses. If a baby looks like it is propped up in any photo or in a prop – they will have a hand in place and then I edit out the hand in photoshop, no baby is ever left in anything without a hand in place, babies have a startle reflex and can jump at any time. Some of my work is composite work so baby doesn’t even leave the beanbag, they are just photoshopped into the prop after. I know just how precious children and babies are, your baby will receive the utmost care during their newborn shoot. Babies are never left screaming or hungry, and never put into any pose that is uncomfortable for them.
WHAT IF BABY IS ILL ON THE DAY?
Sometimes things are beyond our control – if you are really poorly or baby is ill we will simply reschedule.
DO YOU PROVIDE HATS/HEADBANDS & PROPS?
Yes we do! I have been extensively collectiong specially made newborn props, beautiful soft hats which come from across the UK, Europe America. I have beautifully made felted hats (Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland inspired hats, crowns for boys and girls, handmade wooden props), and soft luxurious and kind to skin fabrics to lay your precious bundle on. If booked in advance I can often order in bespoke made pieces to make your newborn photoshoot truly unique.
CAN WE HAVE SIBLING & PARENT SHOTS?
Absolutely! Siblings tend to photographed towards the end of the session and Mum & Dad, if baby is very awake, I may move to prop images first or baby being wrapped, and may swap round the order of the session if a toddler is maybe not so keen on their new sibling or thrown, then I tend to work with them when I consider it a good time for the child.
WHAT COMES WITH THE SESSION FEE?
The session fee covers my time on the day, it does not cover the many hours that go in afterwards to edit your gallery. A typical newborn shoot takes 2-4 hours. And I use my wealth of props, hats, headbands and beautiful fabrics to enhance your sweet precious sleepy baby. The real time comes with the editing of the images. A full price list is given before I take any booking.
WHY IS NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY DEEMED EXPENSIVE?
Very often parents have seen photographers offering a session and all images for a very small amount of money. A typical newborn session can last 2-4 hours on average. The majority of my time is actually spent after the session creating beautifully edited art of your precious little baby. I offer very competitive pricing for the amount of hours that goes into creating a beautiful gallery. I use the finest materials that are gentle on your babies skin, and offer safe newborn posing. There are cheaper photographers, it depends on your budget, if you want safe and beautifully posed and edited images it is worth looking around. Sometimes potential clients will go to someone else who provides a massive amount of images on a disk. Newer photographers often produce quantity over maybe quality. And often earn less than minimum wage. I may not be in everyones budget but I am affordable, you may not be able to afford all the images but you need to consider what you want to do with them – i.e. are you going to print out 60 images or would you rather have maybe 5 beautifully edited images that you can display. I am an artist as well as a photographer, and I create beautiful artwork of your precious baby. Most of my time will go into editing your images beautifully.
DO I NEED TO BOOK IN ADVANCE?
I am frequently booked months in advance – I never overbook myself and allow for baby being early, late or having to stay in hospital, you can rest assured if booked in I will be able to move you around. I can sometimes fit in sessions at the last minute so if you haven’t looked for a photographer and are desperate for newborn photos I may be able to fit you in, or refer you to other photographers in my area that are also insured, safe and create beautiful work.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR ME TO SEE MY PHOTOS?
I usually manage to send a preview image in a gallery on the day of your shoot. Editing can take 2-3 weeks dependant on how many images are required from the session. And how much work needs to be done to skin/skin tones. Babies often have poor circulation and look blotchy, a considerable amount of time will go into removing purple hues and baby acne, and yes I am a kind editor to tired and worn out Mum’s and Dad’s!