Newborn Sessions - What to Expect...

During our time together I'll  photograph every detail of your baby and capture the beautiful bond that is beginning to develop between your baby and all the members of your family. For the full newborn sessions siblings are welcome, however it's a good idea to bring them some form of entertainment and snack/lunch as sessions are very warm and quite dull for little ones.

Newborn photography sessions are designed for babies ideally between 5-14 days old, although I am happy to photograph babies at any age.  However after 14 days, newborns do tend to develop things like colic and baby acne, they also may more alert and stay awake longer therefor making the session a bit more challenging. This doesn't make it impossible just requires a bit more patience so please bare this in mind.


To get you booked in I will set your newborn session on a provisional date (usually your due date) then once you have given birth just simply give me a call and we will agree a date for your newborn session within the first 5-14 days of the wee ones birth, or as close as possible.

The session will take place in my home studio in East Kilbride where I have access to all my props, lighting and can control the temperature so it is pleasantly warm for baby (normally around 28°).  With the use of white noise and a heated area for the baby to lie on, this allows for a relaxing atmosphere and helps make the photo shoot go smoothly.  

The best way to prepare the baby for a photo session is to stick to your normal routine.  Getting yourself and a newborn out of the house is hard enough so keep everything as normal as possible and once you arrive at the studio if baby does need fed or changed we can deal with it then.  Once we start please feel free to change,  feed  or just give your baby a cuddle at anytime during a photo shoot if the little one or you need it. 

When you arrive I'll undress and wrap your baby in a swaddling blanket to keep them comfortable.  Whilst I understand that it's very exciting to buy beautiful clothes for your precious one, newborn clothes rarely fit well and fail to show the delicateness of every detail that is your new baby.

For the rest of the family simple, mid-tone clothing is best; cream, white, soft pink or even light grey. Textured items, lace and layers add a great touch.

Have a think about your hair and makeup. There's no need to go overboard here, but a little special touch here and there can go a long way in creating stunning portraits.

I will occasionally photograph baby in your hands so remember to remove any chipped nail varnish from yourself and any other member of the family.

For Daddies, I suggest a pair of jeans with a plain white or tan/oatmeal t-shirt or a button up shirt with the sleeves rolled up and untucked.

If daddy is prepared to go topless in one shot the result can be incredibly beautiful and is a very powerful image.

For young siblings I will ask boys to go topless or wear a simple white vest and will wrap girls in a simple light fabric. Older siblings could choose from the following:

plain white t-shirt

neutral coloured sundress

light, floaty, neutral/mid-tone coloured party dress

Please avoid any clothing with logos or designs as we want the focus of your portrait to be on your little baby.

I've hopefully covered everything however if you have any questions at all please do ask.  





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