Ideally, we like to photograph newborns within the first two weeks of life, but rest assured we can get cute photos at any age. We just find that after the first two weeks babies tend to be more awake and active and look less like newborns.
We love to book our newborn clients while mum is still pregnant so now would be a fabulous time to book if you'd like to. Because we obviously don't know exactly when the baby will arrive we take note of your due date and then pencil book some options within the next two weeks following that. Once baby is here, you just get in touch and we can firm up a time for the photoshoot. Already had your baby? No problem, just get in touch and we will fit you in as soon as we can.
Our newborn session takes place in your home. I will bring an assortment of props and backgrounds with us and find the perfect place to set up. Our aim is to make these sessions as simple and painless for you as possible. I totally understand that having a newborn is all-consuming, so there is no need to add the stress of having to get packed up and leave the house for a strange environment. I also find that older siblings are much more comfortable in their own home and are able to go and play with their toys etc until we are ready for the full family to get involved and have their photos, with the baby.
The golden rule of newborn photography: babies are unpredictable! At just a few days old, a regular feeding, sleeping, and potty schedule is out of the question. I understand this, and as a result, block out roughly a 3 hour period for our newborn sessions. Although we have our bag of tricks to make the process efficient and fun for everyone, it really all comes down to how baby’s feeling.
Most of our newborns are photographed either naked or wrapped in one of our many wraps and blankets. Therefore baby does not need any special outfit for their photoshoot. We ask that you dress baby in a zip-up onesie with just a nappy underneath before your photo session. Please do not put any singlets or anything else underneath the onesie. We do not want to have to remove clothes over the babies head and unsettle them.
If you have a special outfit you'd like baby photographed in I are more than happy to do this and ask that you have it nearby. I will send out a questionnaire before your photo session and will ask if there is anything you wish to have included so please do let us know in this.
When it comes time to the family photos, we like our families to be dressed in similar tones. E.G. All light or all dark. We want to avoid mum in a light top and dad in a dark, as you eye will always be drawn to the lighter tone. We also advise our parents to avoid anything with big logos on it. I will cover what to wear in more detail when we have a consult before your session - also the joy of being in your home means we can easily access your wardrobe for a quick change and are happy to go through it with you before the session to help you pick out the perfect outfits.
I love to photograph the whole family, including any fur babies. I am also more than happy for grandparents to come along. If grandparents are going to be there we will ask that they arrive nearer the end of the session in order to avoid too many distractions while I am photographing baby by themselves. Our session price includes photos of the baby by themselves, as well as photos of the whole family together. There is no additional charge to add extra people (within reason).
Our session fee includes a pre-session phone consult, the photoshoot at your place, an in-person viewing and ordering appointment following the session, and $100 product credit to get you started.
Once your photos are ready to show you, I will arrange a time to come and do the viewing and ordering appointment. At this time I will bring all of the photos on an iPad with special software for you to view and select your favourites. I can even show you what your favourites would look like printed and framed on the wall. I know having the digital files is really important for our clients, but so is printing your images. We want you to be able to view and share these photos for many years, and unfortunately, digital files are just not archival, like a print is - therefore we have created our "create a collection". This gets you the best of both worlds and ensures you walk away with EVERY image from your session. You can view more about our products and pricing here. And remember no matter what you decide you have your $100 credit, and there is no pressure to purchase anything more unless you want to.
Should you wish to book a session, we will go over all the costs and answer as many questions as you have at the pre-session consult. You will be emailed the full product guide before you confirm your booking. I am a big believer in being open and honest about cost - I do not like price surprises when I am shopping, so don't wish for that to happen to you either. Fun surprises on the other hand are a completely different story and you never know we may have a couple of those up our sleeves.
I know you are eager to see the images from your session and will do my best to get them to you as quickly as possible. I re-touch each individual image to ensure its perfect so this does take some time. Generally around 2-4 weeks following your session I will have your images ready to show you at your ordering appointment. I know waiting this long can be hard, and we also can't wait to share your photos, so please do keep an eye on our facebook and Instagram pages for sneak peek in the few days after your session.
The ordering of your images is done at the viewing appointment following your session. It is important that all decision-makers are present at this appointment as the product credit included in your session fee is only valid for this date. Should grandparents or aunts and uncles wish to order images after the viewing and ordering appointment we are happy to create an online website that they can order through. Of course if you order our create a collection and get all of the images from your session, then you can just share these with the extended family at no additional charge.