Newborn sessions - what to expect
My newborn sessions are a mixture of lifestyle & posed
This means I'll be capturing your new addition to the 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 🤪). Documenting your space as it is. But i'll also give you simple cues and guidance where needed, and once we have baby asleep on my posing beanbag - We'll get a beautifully 'naturally' posed image of your newest little one too. Bringing you the best of what you would hope to get from an in studio session, in the comfort of your home.
How this will work -
Once I arrive i'll have a look at the lighting and look for the areas I think we'll utilise the most. We'll start with a few lifestyle based images, usually in the lounge or your bedroom (more on how to prepare for that below) You can then spend some time feeding baby, I love to get images of your babies feeding journey, however that may look, for you to look back on. (These images can stay 100% private, but if you're not comfortable or interested in images like this please let me know). After babies feed, spend some time burping and we'll then move baby to the posing beanbag to finish off with some posed images once your little one has fallen asleep .
How to prepare your space
No need to stress about cleaning your whole home! Lighting is key, so I will be mainly looking for one main space in your home that is well lit. Somewhere in the home that you can all hang out as a family. This will normally look like your lounge or master/main bedroom. (Although i'll totally include any other special or exciting areas in your home if you wanted too!)
To prepare this space before I arrive, try and remove as much clutter as possible. & If you have a plain duvet, i'd recommend using that on your bed. This is because bold prints and clutter can be distracting and take the focus away from you and your family.
We will likely undress your little one down to show off their cute skin wrinkles when using the posing beanbag, so it's important to make sure the temperature is warm and comfortable. A white noise machine may be helpful to have going in the background too if you have one to help create a calm sleeping environment.
Deciding What to wear:
It's important that yourself and your family are comfortable more than anything. And as you may still be tender and sore, something loose and flowy may be ideal. Think lounge wear or a floaty dress. Possibly something you can breast feed from easily too.
I love to work with warm, earthy and neutral tones. Think cream, oat, olive, rust, beige, dusty pink. However, these are your images, so if your favourite top is bright blue, wear that! Where possible, try to avoid large prints and logo's unless of course you want to have them noticed in the photo's. Also, for family portraits and larger groups, my advice is to colour coordinate tones but not to all wear the exact same colour.
If there's something special you want included in the photo's (e.g. Family blanket, Pounamu) keep it aside and let me know in your questionnaire notes.
If you would like to capture a few images to celebrate your postpartum body, let me know! I would love to document this insanely beautiful and vulnerable time for you (no one has to see) We would likely do this at the end of the session, and some plain bra and undies are usually best to keep the focus on you x
I have a small range of garments that you're welcome to borrow for the shoot. If you see something you like, please let me know before hand and I will make sure to bring it. The garments I offer to use are okay to be used in the sand and to get wet.
Lend Me The Dress offers an amazing range of beautiful garments you can hire in a variety of sizes and colours. Use the discount code 'photographer20' for 20% off. We can use these at the beach, but need to keep them out of the sand and water.
Hair & Makeup:
If you'd like to look into having hair and make up done, these are a few of the gals I recommend that I know will 100% look after you and have you looking your best. Each will have their own individual prices and availability so please contact them to organise along side your session if it's something you would like.
Any other questions?
If you had any other questions, or even if you wanted to send me photos of your space, add them into your email reply otherwise feel free to contact me on 021424263 at anytime.