This week alone, I have had to turn down 2 enquiries for newborn photo sessions, so I thought that I would write a quick blog post with all you need to know on booking your baby photos with me.
You see, age really matters when it comes to newborn photography, if you want those lovely curled up sleepy shots, you really need to be quick off the mark. I know that some people might think that photographs will be the last thing on your mind post birth, but this first few days are so special and your little newborn will change so quickly, so if you want to remember them as they entered the world then the photographs need to be done almost as soon as you get home.
The best time, I've found, to photograph a newborn is in the first 6-10 days after birth. By this time, there is usually a 2-3 hour feeding routine established, baby is still very sleepy, easy to settle after a feed, happy to be naked and will still curl up naturally into 'womb-like' poses.
With this in mind, the best time to schedule your newborn session, is anytime after your 12 or 20 week scan. By this stage in pregnancy you will know your approximate due date, which allows me to schedule your session in my diary. I will make a tentative date for your newborn photos, then once baby arrives we will schedule a time that is suitable for you.
All of my newborn photo-shoots take place in my dedicated studio space in Kilmacolm. Clients come to see me from all over Glasgow, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and all the surrounding areas. I operate out of The Cargill Centre which is a beautiful community building right in the heart of the village. There is ample parking at the rear of the building and a lovely little cafe on site, perfect if you fancy a slice of cake while you watch me photograph your pride and joy.
The session itself is completely dictated by your newborn. Some babies will naturally curl up into poses, while others will not. I always follow the babies lead and will never make them uncomfortable by forcing poses that don't come naturally to them. I do use a variety of props in my session such as headbands, hats and wraps. I will also, on occasion, use posing buckets and baskets, however this is down to the baby again. Some are happy to be popped in a prop, while others prefer to be curled up on a cosy blanket :) I've got to say though, that I really, really love prop-less baby photographs. There is nothing nicer than a newborn baby and I sometimes feel that too many props can be fussy and take away from the simple beauty of a baby child. I love to photograph babies, just as they are and create images of those fleeting first days for you to treasure forever.
Sometimes a baby will cry or be slightly unsettled at the start of a session. This is completely normal and no cause for concern. New environments, sounds and smells can all effect how your baby settles into the photo-shoot. Please don't worry if this is the case for you, nothing phases me with babies (I had 3 of my own in just over a year!!!) and have been photographing newborns for many years, I really know what I'm doing and can generally soothe the crankiest of characters. :) There are lots of the little tips and tricks to help prepare for a successful newborn photography shoot, and once you have booked your baby photographs with me, I will send you information on how to achieve best results on the day.
So, if you are reading this blog and expecting a baby, congratulations, now is the time to contact me. You can enquire via the contact tab on this website or pop over to my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/julievancephoto) and contact me via messenger.
I can't wait to hear from you soon, and look forward to photographing your new little bundle of joy.