What to expect during your newborn photography session
I like to help my clients prepare for their newborn photography session so they can relax into it rather than worry about the unknown. With that in mind, I’ve answered some common fears below. If yours isn’t included, please drop me a line and I’ll add it to the list!
Newborn photography is all sleeping babies - what if mine won’t sleep?
This is by far and away the most common concern from everyone enquiring about a newborn photography session. We tend to worry that our new baby won’t sleep and the photoshoot will be a disaster. It won’t!
Let me explain. Whist it’s more than possible your baby doesn’t love sleeping yet (mine didn't either, so if this is your reality, you have my utmost sympathy!). Most do though.
I’m completely baby-led so they can snuggle with you and feed until they’re content. When they have nice full tummies I start working with them. I’m gentle, slow and soothing. I’ve been called a baby whisperer for my ability to help little ones sleep. Whilst I can’t promise yours will, I’ve never had a baby not sleep of they’re warm, fed and in full health.
Do naked babies get cold during their newborn photoshoot?
Conditions here are perfect for babies in the studio. It’s EXACTLY the right temperature for a newborn baby. When they’re naked the temp goes up, when wrapped it goes down. It’s carefully controlled so that they’re perfectly comfortable at all times. It’s HOT for us, so I’m a wreck by the end of a newborn session, they however are perfectly comfortable and that’s what matters.
Are professional newborn photographs of naked babies ‘decent’?
They are, but that doesn’t mean everybody likes them. Newborns are positioned VERY carefully to protect their modesty, so all of my image are completely ‘decent’. That said, your preference may be that your baby remains wrapped or in one of my specialist outfits and that’s fine too. Each and every newborn photography session is individually tailored to your tastes and preferences.
The majority of families request most of their images to be wrapped/clothed with a few ‘must have’ naked shots added on. ‘Bottom up’ or ‘baby in hands’ poses are by far the most frequently requested options and the baby is naked in both of these, although they don’t need to be. They could also be clothed if that is your preference.
You photograph naked newborn babies? What if they wee everywhere?!
They probably will! They’ve just been fed after all and it’s fine. Yours will not be the first newborn to relieve themselves on either myself or my fabric backdrops. It’s all washable for a reason!!
I plan sessions carefully so that any soiled items are at the end of the session to ensure the planned ‘essential’ shots on your list are captured before we enter the danger zone!
Did that answer your questions? Let me know if I’ve missed something you’re curious about and I’ll add that to my list! You can also read how to plan for your newborn photography session if you’re close to scheduling yours, but if you’re earlier in your pregnancy and still not sure who will be right for you, why not learn how to interview a newborn photographer in this series? With hundreds of newborn photographers in Bristol it pays to do your homework and make sure you pick the right one for you, as you’re not spoilt for choice! If you’ve already decided you’d like to find out more about working with me, please get in touch. I’d love to hear from you.