The early days are so precious, blink and you might miss them. Which is why I encourage bookings for maternity and newborn shoots as early as possible.
For maternity sessions I usually say around 28- 36 weeks is ideal, though each bump is so different if you do book in advance and get to 30 weeks only to feel a little on the small side, get in touch, we can have a chat and look at moving your date if you need to delay a little.
For newborn sessions most families book in advance for a week after estimated due date to be certain the appointment is ensured, these advanced bookings can be moved if needed, I fully understand that little ones don't always make their appearance when expected so usually check in with you a few days before the session booking if you haven't got in touch already to discuss options and see if little one has arrived or we need to re-arrange the booking date.
I can create stunning artistic shots with mum and dad included in the shoot and siblings too, so small family groups are welcome, although the main focus of these sessions is usually on your baby so I do strongly suggest for newborn shoots immediate family only. Investment-
Current offer- £99 sitting fee for both newborn and maternity session when booked at the same time
Plus a 15% discount on wall art and full gallery digital products.
The sitting fee for a maternity shoot is £50 and includes up to two hours shoot time, this can be in your own home or out on location depending on the weather, plenty of time for changes of outfits and I can provide a selection of maternity gowns, and lovely soft drapey fabrics to make you look fabulous.
The sitting fee for a newborn session is £75, this covers around 3 hours shoot time and my time and expertise preparing your beautiful images which you will see at your in person viewing session usually around a week after your photo shoot.
Your beautiful images will last you a lifetime and will bring you so much joy in the years to come. Investing in a professional experienced and trained in newborns who understands their and your needs at this sensitive time will be so worth it, which is why I strongly recommend getting in touch early so we can discuss any ideal poses you are looking for and I can meet & exceed your expectations.
What to expect during your maternity shoot:
In advance we'll chat about which images you'd really like to aim for, if you've seen something somewhere else I'll look at meeting your expectations on those images.
Depending on your choice of location or home session I either come prepared with all my kit, backdrops and dresses, or if outdoors I'll arrive with my changing tent, dresses, and all important camera.
I work with you, so if you're struggling with hip pains, getting in and out of some positions we will avoid those, and work to get your ideal photos.
Soon to be dads and siblings are always welcome, and can enhance the session not only in the portraits but off camera too being fantastic helpers for you.
With home sessions we can also look at doing milk bath shoots if you desire, there are lots of options, but we can talk about those in advance.
You don't have to be fully dressed throughout, but also you don't have to be naked or semi nude if you don't want to,.. these are images for you, so there's no pressure either way.
What to expect during your newborn shoot :
All my work is done in your home, so you don't need to go anywhere, or worry about having what you need with you.
I arrive with lots of kit, backgrounds, posing props, wraps and much more. It takes around 15 min to get set up, and once we are ready I work with great care posing your baby ensuring safety is paramount at all times, any images of babies hanging or being lifted unsupported are composite images, so no babies are ever put at risk. I try to keep this nice and relaxed so there is no pressure on you or your child. If they need a feed, or changing (inevitably this happens at some point) usually around 3 hours provides plenty of time. So you can stay relaxed throughout. Newborns need a lot of snuggles, and cuddles, and between background and prop changes a nice cuddle with mum wrapped in your favourite blanket will help keep them relaxed and happy.
I would suggest where possible having your baby as ready as can be for the session really helps me a lot, stripped down to a nappy only and wrapped in a nice warm blanket will help reduce markings on their body from clothing. Having your home a little warmer than usual is helpful too (particularly in winter), as I do focus a lot on naked and lightly wrapped newborn photography and new babies can't regulate their body temperatures like we can, so having the room warmer than usual for them when they're going to be lightly dressed is so helpful to ensure they're content and comfortable.
I bring a range of props and posing kit with me, which is growing all the time but if you have something you would like in the photos too just let me know. And do have a think before the shoot about keepsakes that you could include or special outfits that really mean something to you and your family, while I do focus mostly on nude/ wrapped if there is something you want included in the shoot I will always do my best to encorporate it, if it is something a little more unusual do let me know in advance so I can have chance to come up with some creative ideas.
Do feel free to let me know of any colour preferences as well, neutral browns and creams have been extremely popular along with floral images as well.
Don't forget family members are more than welcome in the photographs, skin to skin photos, and more can be done in any session so if you have any ideas or photographs that you really want please let me know either on the day or before hand in an email.
I can include pets in the session too, but these will normally be a composite image for baby safety.
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