Your Newborn Photo session
Congratulations on the arrival of your new family member! I am so looking forward to meeting you all!
Here's a few tips to help the session run smoothly:
* I plan Newborn sessions in the morning because I find that most babies are at their happiest at that time. Aim to finish feeding your baby right before I arrive. This *should* result in a happy, sleepy baby - hopefully!
* Your session may go for anywhere between 1.5 - 3 hours depending on how baby settles. Generally I like to go with the flow of how baby is feeling. Sometimes we start with family photos, sometimes we will start with baby-only photos.
* I will bring a range of blankets/wraps/headbands/baby clothing etc, but if you have anything at all that you would like included, please let me know.
* Babies like to be warm... make sure your house is heated really well. Yes, even in summer (or at least don't turn the cooling on).
* Happy adults = happy kids. For newborns with older siblings, it is very likely that the older sibling(s) will want to show-off or push for your attention. Don't worry if they're running around or a little crazy. Embrace it and go with it - we're more likely to get a few laughs if everyone is relaxed. It can be hard to come back from an upset child. Also try to ensure siblings aren't tired/hungry etc. Having said that, once we are done with family photos, it's helpful if Dad can take the other kids out or let them play outside. (This is also so Mum can relax too).
* Talk it up - tell everyone this is going to be fun, you're going to be spending some quality family time snuggling together and maybe there might be something special for everyone after! (Ice-cream/maccas are usually winners!)
Neutrals are always a safe option and look beautiful, particularly for newborn sessions.
Keep fabrics to more naturals like cotton, linen or waffles. Knitwear in winter is perfect. I love texture!
A pop of floral, pattern or colour can add interest but I suggest keeping the pattern or floral to only one family member -it's hard to mix patterns well.
Now I know everyone thinks that black is slimming but actually the opposite can be true, so ideally steer way! Black can actually make you look bigger if, for example, you're standing with your feet together, as you can't decipher one leg from the other in the photo.
Yes we are probably the pickiest so it's best when deciding on everyone's attire to start with you first. I love to see Mum's in long, flowy dresses as they are so feminine. The movement in them photograph beautifully. I want you to feel beautiful in what you're wearing. If you’re not keen on dresses that's ok - keep it simple with pants/skirt and add some texture with a cardi or scarf. Also just a tip to check whether your underwear can be seen - go for nude if you're worried. You want something that is easy to feed in as well.
All in one outfits work better than two-piece - when we're playing around, lifting the baby etc it's best if we can't see the nappy and don't have to worry about keeping it covered. It's much easier to have babies in a one piece or nappy covers/tights for girls in skirts/dresses.
I have some pinterest ideas you can have a look at here. I'm happy to help you choose clothing too. Please text/message me with photos of clothing beforehand (ideally lay out everyone's outfit together in the one photo) and I can help you decide which items would work best. I am also starting a client wardrobe so please ask if you're interested in borrowing one. (no additional cost). See available dresses here.
A pair of tan coloured chinos is my favourite (jeans/shorts ok too). A knit also will look great or a plain, light-coloured t-shirt.
No big logos/loud colours pllllease! We want the images to be timeless. Finding great kids clothes is usually not too hard and it doesn't have to cost the earth. Girls love dresses to spin in. My current fav stores for kids are: Best n Less, Target, Cotton on Kids, Seed, Country Road. I love to see boys in tan-coloured shorts/pants and a plain tee.