Got a question? Hopefully you will find some answers below, if not, pop me a message!
When you book in for a session, you will receive a session preparation guide covering clothing tips, location ideas and prep tips. I will be on hand to guide you and answer any questions you may have.
Where will my session be held?
We have two general options for the location of your shoot; in your home or at an outdoor location. Both of these options are beautiful and you should make the choice based on what you’re hoping to get out of your images. If you choose on location, I have a few favourite spots or we can discuss a place that has particular meaning to you.
What should I wear?
The idea of picking out a wardrobe for you and everyone else who will be part of the shoot can seem a little overwhelming. I completely understand and have put together some helpful tips that will be sent to you when your session is booked to make selecting outfits easy and enjoyable. Get some inspiration here
When do maternity and newborn sessions occur?
Newborn sessions are best being booked in within the first two weeks of life when they are at their most squishy and sleepy however the wonderful thing about lifestyle photography is that we don’t have to be within a strict window like traditional newborn photography. Make sure you book your newborn session whilst you’re still pregnant to ensure a space for your session!
Let’s book in your maternity shoots for the 32-36 week mark for maximum comfort and a nice big beautiful belly.
What is a lifestyle newborn session?
At-home lifestyle newborn sessions are about capturing the connection and love for your new arrival. They are very relaxed, which, when you’ve just given birth is ideal.
The session is spent documenting natural interactions between you and your baby (snuggles, kisses, loving gazes) and the good news for the more camera shy is, you will rarely have to look at the camera unless asked!
If siblings are involved, we usually take care of those photos first so that they can go and play during the rest of the session, just one of the joys of shooting in your home!
How long will the newborn session last?
Sessions typically last 1-2 hours and are flexible with time to allow you to take breaks, feed your baby and change if needed.
This is such a special time in your family’s life. There will be so many emotions during the shoot—love, excitement, wonder, amazement. It will be tough, but try to relax! Mums tend to stress out because this is a new experience and because they want things to be “perfect.” I will take your baby’s lead and allow him/her to be the focus of the shoot.
My house is a bit messy and not very bright
So you‘ve just welcomed your bundle of joy to the world, the last thing I want you to do is worry about cleaning your house for photos! Don’t panic, we usually shoot in the main bedroom and nursery (if you have one) or the living room if it has the best light. This will all be discussed beforehand and chances are, you’ll only need to clear off your bedside tables and have your bed made with a neutral quilt/comforter on top. Your bed makes for a great place for cuddly family photos!
You do not need to have a spacious bright and airy home, all we need is a bedroom or living room with a good window.
Is there anything I need to do before you get there?
My biggest tip, breathe and relax! Let’s give bub a feed beforehand and keep the house a little extra toasty, these two things help keep babies sleepy and happy while being photographed.
What if my baby is fussy?
Believe me, not all babys are super sleepy the whole session, in-fact, it’s quite rare! Having a gallery with both awake and sleepy shots is so special, you get to see their full personality even if they’re only 7 days fresh. We will allow plenty of time for feeds, nappy changes and as you’ll be snuggling baby for most of the session, so soothing them is all part of the shoot!
You mention shooting at Golden hour, when is this?
Golden hour is around an hour before sunset. Great lighting is truly transformational and the evening light is so warm and beautiful, it always makes for stunning family or newborn photos. If it’s an overcast day, that works too, we will still shoot around the same time so the light isn’t really harsh and no one is left squinting! If you would prefer to shoot at a different time, let me know and we can find a time that fits, but I promise, having your kids awake a little longer will be so worth it, after all, it’s only for one day and the photos will last forever