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Questions answered on newborn photography | by Heart & Soul Photography

Sandton Newborn PhotographerAnswers to questions regarding a newborn photo session

Since the birth of my son, I have fallen in love with newborn photography. There is something so special about a little baby that is only a few hours or days old. This time is so incredibly fleeting and there is such a limited time that you can only count your child’s age in days!

When do I book the newborn shoot?

Some of the newborn poses are only possible in the first few weeks; up to 15 days, maybe 20 days at a push. The first 10 days are really ideal. Many moms are not aware of the fact that you need to book your newborn shoot during this very early period, meaning you want to book the shoot while you are still pregnant.

Babies spend most of their time sleeping during these early days and they are easily posed into positions similar to how they were positioned when in the womb. After two weeks they get more alert, stronger, easily stimulated and very interested in their surroundings, especially if something is happening that is outside of their routine.

Newborn Photographer Sandton

Will the newborn shoot take place at home or in studio?

From my own experience when my son was born, I was horrified at the thought of leaving the house in the first two weeks! Many moms tend to spend the first month or so at home with limited visitors, never mind the fact that moms can’t drive for the first 4 – 6 weeks after a C-section.

I found the thought incredibly daunting, not knowing what to take with me, the thought of leaving something important behind, whether there is be a place to breastfeed, change nappies etc. It was for this reason that I decided to offer new born photo shoots at your home, so you are in your comfort zone, with everything around that you might need for any given circumstance. If your preference is to come to the studio, this can also be arranged, but I find that most parents would prefer to stay at home for the duration of the session.

Newborn Photographer Bryanston

How long is a newborn shoot?

The new born package is for 2-3 hours. The time your shoot will take is actually really up to baby. If the baby is a good sleeper, the shoot can easily be done in around 2 hours. If baby is older or a little niggly, we spend a lot of the time feeding, soothing, rocking, changing and well… pretty much doing whatever it is that baby needs at the time.

Newborn Photography with props

Are mom and dad able to join the photo shoot?

Yes. I usually split the photo session up into two sections: A few posed shots and then also a family session. Everyone is welcome, granny and grandpa too if they happen to be present, siblings and of course cats and dogs if they are part of your family!

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What do I need to do to prepare for my photo shoot?

Once you have booked your session with me, I send you a detailed document with preparation notes for the photo shoot.

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My baby is older, can I still book a photo shoot or is it too late?

My new born package is really up to around the age of 3 weeks, but this does not mean you can’t book a photo shoot if you missed this period and baby is older. There are many reasons and circumstances that can cause you to miss this period, even if you were planning it way in advance.

Babies are sometimes born premature; they can suffer from jaundice etc. This may mean they will be in hospital a little longer than planned, but this doesn’t mean you have to cancel your photo session. It just means we change things up a little. If baby is older (in other words between 3 weeks and 2 months) – we do a more natural style of photos: snuggling with mommy, daddy & siblings, hands and feet, as well as awake photos with baby on the bed etc. We do usually get a few posed photos in as well.

Newborn Photography

I really love seeing the little ones grow up. These days I often get booked for a new born session where the once day old baby is now the older sibling, holding their little brother or sister in their arms.

 Contact me if you have any more questions or want to book me for your newborn photo shoot:

Sigrun Engelen

cell: +27(0)72 505 5209
email: sigrun@heartandsoulphotography.co.za

Dainfern Newborn Photographer| Lwange’s Newborn Photo Session

Dainfern Newborn Photographer

Sweet little Lwange was incredibly well behaved, even though she was almost out of the ‘newborn’ phase, she was such a perfect poser. She slept like an angel and posed like a cherub while I talked about travel around Africa with her father, who shares my passion for travel in and around Africa. What a perfect way to spend an afternoon! I can’t complain. 🙂

Newborn Photographer Johannesburg

 Book me for your new born photo session:

Sigrun Engelen

cell: +27(0)72 505 5209
email: sigrun@heartandsoulphotography.co.za

Newborn Photographer Bryanston | Big Brother Logan with Oliver

Bryanston Newborn Photographer Johannesburg

I was particularly happy to meet little Oliver. This little guy had a bit of a rough start and we ended up having to postpone this newborn photo session a few times before he was ready for the big event! But Oliver proved he really wanted to play along with big brother Logan who is a real brother bear and completely in love!

Sandton Newborn Photos

Newborn Photographer Sandton

 Book me for your newborn photo shoot:

Sigrun Engelen

cell: +27(0)72 505 5209
email: sigrun@heartandsoulphotography.co.za

Katelyn with her new brother Jack | Newborn Photography Fourways Gardens

Fourways Gardens Newborn and Maternity PhotographerMeet Katelyn and her brand new baby brother Jack! I started this shoot with Katelyn, as is was almost her nap time and we had to hurry before the smiles faded! I had lots of fun with Katelyn, she was full of smiles – probably because I let her jump on mum and dad’s bed. She is lovely and so in love with her little brother, which made my job easy. 🙂

Newborn photography with sibling

Fourways Newborn Photographer

Contact me to book me for your newborn photo shoot:

Sigrun Engelen

cell: +27(0)72 505 5209
email: sigrun@heartandsoulphotography.co.za

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Maternity and Newborn Photo Shoot, Fourways Sandton | Maternity and Newborn Photography

Maternity Photographer Fourways Johannesburg

Maternity Photographer Fourways Sandton Johannesburg

 

We shot Linda and Khalid’s maternity photos in Jukskei Park on the river, down the road from where Linda grew up. It was a beautiful afternoon and we had the most perfect light pouring through the branches of this weeping willow.

Mum and Dad were SO excited about Imani’s arrival, i knew it was going to be a special one, and it surely was!

 new born baby photography Sandton Linda and Khalid booked our maternity and newborn combo photo package. The package includes a one hour maternity location photo session, as well as a 2-3 hour newborn photo shoot. When you book them together you receive a discount on each photo shoot.

Contact me to book me for your maternity and newborn photo shoots:

Sigrun Engelen

cell: +27(0)72 505 5209
email: sigrun@heartandsoulphotography.co.za

Maternity and Newborn Photo Shoot for Chloe Rose | Broadacres Johannesburg

Maternity Photo Shoot Johannesburg

Maternity and Newborn Photographer

Newborn photographer Braodacres

Are you pregnant for the first time? Would you like to record this special time as well as have photos of your tiny baby in the first week of it’s life? This time flies by so fast, we often miss it and within two weeks you can’t believe how small your bundle of joy was right in the beginning. Those tiny feet, hands and beautiful little face…

When booking your maternity and newborn combo photo package with me, you get a discount on the combined package.

The maternity shoot is typically done around 36 or 37 weeks and is usually shot outdoors in a park like setting or location of your choice. You can get really creative with this if you have something unique in mind!

I do my newborn photo shoots in the first 10 – 15 days and I come to your home with my studio lights, props, furs and everything needed for the shoot. This way mom and baby are in their comfort zone. I know from my own experience with my son, the idea of packing up baby and driving somewhere was daunting – never mind knowing and remembering everything you might need or any occasion or emergency. This way everyone is more relaxed and comfortable!

Newborn Photography at your home

 Book me for your maternity and newborn photo shoot:

Sigrun Engelen

cell: +27(0)72 505 5209
email: sigrun@heartandsoulphotography.co.za

Lady P’s vintage calendar studio photo shoot | Vintage Photo Shoot Johannesburg

Vintage Calendar Photo Shoot
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Classic vintage photo shoot themed studio photography

classic vintage calendar design and photography

personalised vintage calendar photo shoot
Classic vintage photography and design


10 October (Large)Vintage Photos by SigrunVintage

Lady P gave me a call on a previous vintage studio photo shoot i did, wanting to do something different for her husband for Valentine’s Day this year, and what a fabulously romantic idea, to print a vintage calendar for your hubby to look at the rest of the year! We had a lot of fun in studio, and hubby was apprarently delighted with the resulting photo calendar. Who wouldn’t be?

Would you like to do a classic vintage calendar photo shoot? Book me as your photographer:

Sigrun Engelen

cell: +27(0)72 505 5209
email: sigrun@heartandsoulphotography.co.za

Joshua’s newborn photo shoot, 11 days new | Hartebeespoort

Newborn Photographer Hartebeespoort Dam Little Joshua’s Newborn Photo Shoot, 11 days young

I got to do a newborn shoot for Little Joshua and his big brother Ryan. We had to spend some time waiting for Ryan to eat and get settled, in which time Ryan and dad had an absolute blast playing around and jumping on Mommy and Daddy’s bed. 🙂

 Book me for your little one’s newborn photo shoot:

Sigrun Engelen

cell: +27(0)72 505 5209
email: sigrun@heartandsoulphotography.co.za

Nihal’s Newborn Photo Shoot, 1 month new | Newborn Photography

Newborn photo shoot at home

This is beautiful baby Nihal.

Nihal was already 1 month old when we did his newborn photos, which is a little older than my usual newborns. In a perfect world, I would do all newborn shoots within the first 10 days of babies life, but of course this isn’t always possible. Older babies tend to become much more aware and interested in their surroundings – especially when I come along, remove clothes and setup big lights in the room. It all becomes very interesting for an older baby, to the point where they have absolutely no interest in sleeping whatsoever! This was definitely the case with little Nihal. We spent a long time waiting for him to settle – during which time i got to look at photos and learn about traditional Indian weddings, whilst drinking coffee and eating delicious Diwali snacks! All in all, it was a morning well spent, and the wait was definitely worth it once sweet Nihal eventually settled. 🙂

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 Book me as your newborn photographer:

Sigrun Engelen

cell: +27(0)72 505 5209
email: sigrun@heartandsoulphotography.co.za

Tattoolya, Travelling Tattoo Studio: Africa Roadtrip – Cool Inc Tattoo Convention 2013 | Event Photography

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Pinu Up Photography

Alternative Event Photography

This particular trip was to the 2013 Cool Inc. Tattoo convention, where Marisa and Chelsea  from Tattoolya set up their temporary and traveling tattoo studio in their awesome little vintage caravan called ‘Peanut’!

‘Our cute, vintage, caravan is solar powered and designed for a hygienic tattoo environment, taking the dodgy right out and replacing it with a whole lot of charm, and a whole lot of fun!
Fueled by some good ‘ol fashioned music, a zest for adventure and 2 girl tattoo artists, aswell as our pup named Savage!
Many Squirms and many laughs and the occasional whiskey from tea cups for glass!! ‘

click here to read more on the Tattooly blog

Pin Up Event Photography

Book me as your event photographer:

Sigrun Engelen

cell: +27(0)72 505 5209
email: sigrun@heartandsoulphotography.co.za

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