My newborn sessions are a mixture of lifestyle and gentle posing. Bringing you the best of what you'd hope to get from a studio session, into the comfort of your home.
Knowing first hand just how hard yet equally precious those first few weeks can be, I believe an in home newborn session is one of the best ways to document your new baby.
There's no added stress about being anywhere on time, and you can fully relax being in your own space.
Your images will be nostalgic, a forever reminder of all your little ones precious details and features, before they quite literally, change overnight.
A forever reminder of the first home your baby was bought home to, or better yet, born in!
A forever reminder of all the love.
“Cat came to our place to take photos of our newborn baby and family. She is a lovely, warm person and super professional! The photos are stunning and captured our family so well, even our doggo.”
what to expect
I will bring my posing beanbag, wraps, blankets and sheer curtains and will set this up in your home next to a big window with good natural light.
I'll discuss in further detail after booking how to prepare your space before I arrive, but I will usually only be working with 1-2 spaces.
This will usually be in your lounge or bedroom, so no need to stress about cleaning the whole home!
We'll usually start the session with my beanbag and get some beautiful 'naturally' posed images of your little one.
I do like to include Mum, Dad and siblings in some of these photos too, but the majority of this part will be focused on your baby.
After we've finished with the beanbag, we'll move on to capturing some images together as a family. I like to document you in a more relaxed way for these images,
usually in the bedroom or lounge, capturing you as a family in a way that reflects you all as you would naturally be...
snuggling, laughing, with maybe a little bit of chaos in there for good measure (hello toddlers).
You can expect a newborn session to last anywhere from 1.5-3 hours. Although all babies are unique and while some will settle super easily, some babies will need a lot
more time to feed and settle. I'll always block out a 3 hour window in my calendar so you can relax knowing there's never any need to rush.
We'll just go with the flow and work with however your baby is on the day.
When is the best time to book in?
Due to the nature of working with babies and their unpredictable arrival times, I limit the amount of bookings I take on each month to ensure flexibility in my schedule. This means you're best to book in as soon as possible to ensure you don't miss out. We'll book you in using your estimated due date and we'll finalise the date of the session once your baby has arrived. (Please note that session availability is limited to weekday mornings. Weekend mornings may be arranged upon special request however may mean that our session will need to fall outside the 14 day window).
WHEN IS the best time to do a newborn session?
The first few weeks are best - if possible. As baby is usually a little more sleepy and easier to settle meaning we can get more wrapped and close up detailed shots. However - sometimes this isn't possible. And that's okay, because EVERY stage of your babies journey is worth documenting. They will always be growing, so you will always look back and be glad you captured this time no matter what age your baby is. (You can also view some of my newborn galleries in my blog to see what a session with an older baby might look like)
how long does the session take?
I don't set a specific time frame on my sessions, as all babies and families are unique. But you can expect the session to last anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours. It all depends on how your baby is feeding that day and how settled they are. I'll always allow for the maximum amount of time in my calendar so you never have to feel rushed.
I don't have the prettiest home, is there anywhere else we can go?
I can hire a studio or you're more than welcome to use a family or friends home if they are happy to host you and you prefer the space. However, you definitely don't need a pretty home. I will provide you with plenty of tips to help prepare your space and essentially just need a big window and clutter free area to work with. Remember, this is also your babies first home, and that in itself makes your space worth documenting.
Do you use props?
I like to keep things minimal and timeless. These will be your forever photo's. So when I'm taking the photo's of just your baby, I will use a very neutral colour palette so the focus and details are of them. I'm definitely more than happy to include some special taonga/blankets in some of your images though, so just let me know if this is something you would like when filling out your questionnaire.