Thank you for choosing me as your newborn photographer. I look forward to working with you. I realise that we are in unprecedented times right now and you might be feeling a little nervous for your session, but rest assured, my studio is kept covid safe and we will take the upmost care in protecting your little one during the session.
In order to help me create a successful session for you, please carefully read through the following information and try to follow it the best you can:
The Dairy, Brockhampton Offices, Brockhampton, Hereford. HR1 4SE
Tel: 01432 678919
Please park in the village hall car park. It’s free all day. Opposite the car park entrance are a set of wooden gates. I’m through those gates, first on the right (behind the hedge)
Before you leave
- About 45 mins to an hour (no longer) before you leave your house, please try to keep baby awake and alert as best you can via stimulation & playtime (baths work great). Let your baby fall asleep in the car on the way to the studio. Should baby still be awake when you arrive then I will get you to give him/her a top-up should they need it.
- Ensure baby has a VERY full belly for the session. It is advised to feed baby about 20 – 30 mins before you leave the house.
- Please bring extra bottles of formula and/or pumped breast milk to help fill up baby faster and get them into a sound sleep.
- If breast feeding, please try to avoid eating the following foods 24 hours prior to the session as it may upset baby’s tummy: Spicy or gassy food (such as broccoli, beans etc), heavy dairy, caffeine & chocolate.
- If your baby has a tendency to be gassy then please bring Infacol drops with you.
- Dress baby in ONLY a button or zip up sleeper (no onesies underneath please). This is to avoid any clothing having to go over the babies head and potentially disturbing them.
- When you arrive at the studio please leave baby in the car seat. I will take the car seat from you and start preparing baby right away. During the session I will take care of your baby if he/she gets fussy or starts to wake up as I have many soothing techniques that will help settle baby down, I try to allow very little handling with the parents during the session as it can often make baby more irritable especially if they can smell ‘mummy’. I will only hand your baby back to you if I feel he/she needs feeding.
- Due to social distancing rules, I kindly ask that when you come in to sit back and relax in the comfortable seating area and allow me to work with your newborn safely without standing over me.
**PLEASE AVOID DRINKING COFFEE ON THE MORNING OF YOUR SESSION IF YOU ARE BREASTFEEDING**
What to bring:
- Extra bottles, wipes, muslins, a blanket, gripe Infacol drops (if your baby is gassy) and a dummy (very important). Even if your baby hasn’t taken a soother, I still request you bring one as this could make or break your session. My goal is to help keep baby happy and calm during your session and is only used if assistance is needed to capture certain poses and won’t create any habit forming behaviours.
- Please also bring your lunch and refreshments so you don’t go hungry. I provide tea, coffee, bottled water and biscuits.
- If you are using or considering using a dummy, please bring it along. It can be a huge lifesaver when the baby continuously wants to feed/suckle for comfort. Sometimes it really is the difference between getting that short or not! A dummy can help to avoid contact with mummy while we are in the “rhythm” of a session. Baby can smell mum and hear her voice and this triggers their instinct to feed. It can be quite a distraction for a little newborn. Using a bottle or a dummy for a couple of minutes can help to maintain the fluidity of the session and helps the baby settle easier.
- Your session starts at the time it is scheduled for so please do your best to be on time. Newborn sessions generally last between 3 – 4 hours so please plan for that. The studio will be VERY warm in order to keep your baby comfortable and sleeping. Please dress in layers so that you don’t get too hot. Bottled water will be provided but please also feel free to bring your own lunch/refreshments. I try to emulate a ‘womb’ like environment for your baby to keep them calm and soothed so I will have white noise playing loudly in the studio
- As my studio doesn’t have a lot of seating room and is kept VERY warm, I kindly ask that you do not bring extra family members/friends with you to the session who are not involved with the shoot.
- Accidents happen and your baby may pee or poop during the session, but you don’t need to worry. Everything is washable however I ask that you please bring extra wipes for such incidences. It is also a good idea to bring a change of clothes for yourself incase baby has an accident on you during feeding.
- I have a workflow of poses that I go through during the session. I will try my very best to get every pose and prop possible with your baby, however some babies don’t like to be touched or moved around too much. Should your newborn become unsettled then I will move onto some simpler posing/props. A re-shoot will only be offered should your baby not settle at all and we haven’t gotten enough images.
Family photo’s & siblings
- If you would like family photos done with your new baby, please wear a simple top or t- shirt. Siblings should also wear a plain top with no logos/motifs (Girls can wear a dress, keep as simple as possible). Due to the nature of the session workflow, we will do family shots and sibling towards the end of the shoot so that we get all of the beanbag poses and props done first while baby is sound asleep and has a full belly.
- If you are bringing an older sibling to the session, I kindly ask that they stay out of the studio until we are ready for them. As toddlers are very busy and still adjusting to a new baby in the home, most won’t want to pose next to their new sibling for a photo, so please be prepared for that.
I have a variety of props, headbands and hats that fit within my style to use during the session that have been sanitized ready for use. Due to Covid safety, I kindly ask that you don’t bring any of your own props/hats etc into the studio.
- Nappies and wipes
- Parent and siblings outfits
- Dummy (optional but very helpful)
- Baby go home outfit
- A baby blanket
- Your lunch
Anything to make you comfortable (iPad, books, nursing pillow, sleepers). I will provide cold and hot drinks and biscuits!
Thank you again for choosing me to document this magical time in your life. I’m truly honoured and view photographing your newborn as real privilege. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me prior to your scheduled newborn session.