The No.1 fear my newborn photography clients have is that their baby won’t sleep
Whilst it’s true that the beautifully posed newborn images that you’ve seen are when the baby is sleeping soundly, that doesn’t mean there’s a pressure on you or your new baby for that to happen. Quite the opposite.
Some babies just don’t sleep for long, no matter how new they are. I know this because I had one! Sadly this didn't work well for the newborn photoshoot I had planned with him. One photographer turned us away as working with him would be “too difficult as they need to be asleep” and the large studio we went with tried to usher us through a 1-hour time slot. Naturally, a fixed timeframe and a cluster-feeding newborn do not mix well!
Most do though. It may just not be right away, and thats why I do things differently.
A newborn photography session with me is different
I set up what was then Little Pickles Photography with the mission “your experience matters as much as your images”. The experiences we’d had weren’t what we’d hoped for and they certainly weren’t of a standard that I’d offer you.
Having a newborn can be tiring, overwhelming and emotional as well as utterly amazing.
You’re encouraged to sit back and relax whilst I photograph your precious new baby. You can be as hands on or as hands off as you prefer. We can chat and I can talk you through each pose and set up or you can catch up on social media, read a book or even have a nap. The choice is yours.
“How will you photograph my new baby if they don’t sleep?”
Don’t worry. They will, eventually. Granted some take a while to drop off but there is plenty we can do in the meantime, parents and sibling shots are perfect when baby is awake. Usually by the time these have been completed and they've had a feed they’re ready for a doze.
I’ve worked with lots of babies at this point and unless a baby is unwell (in which case we wouldn’t go ahead with the session) I’ve not yet had one that wouldn’t sleep.
I’ve been called a “baby whisperer” on many an occasion and have received lovely invites to move in for a few days (or weeks!) to help baby on the night shifts!! Sadly, this isn’t a service I offer but I’m always flattered to be asked!
Bristol’s baby-led, gentle, posed-newborn photographer
I think I’m one of a kind. So far! Being baby-led means I can put them at the centre of everything. If your precious new baby is happy, you’ll be relaxed and happy. When you’re all happy, so am I.
I love the quintessential squishy newborn photography poses showing off all their tiny details - little toes, squishy cheeky and delicious rolls. Capturing them for you to treasure forever is my absolute pleasure.
Thats why a session with me usually lasts a few hours. We don't rush. We work at the pace of your baby to ensure they’re comfortable and content.
Get in touch if you’d like to discuss your ideas for a newborn photography session
Naturally I’d love to hear from you if you’d like to find out more about how I work or if you’d like to have a chat to see if we’d be a good fit for each other, so please get in touch if you’d like to arrange a call.
I might be one of the first people to handle your new baby and you want to be sure that you like me, trust me and feel comfortable with me. It’s so important, honestly.