Questions answered on newborn photography | by Heart and Soul Photography
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.
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 will 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.
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.
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 furry babies if they are part of your family!
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.
My baby is older, can I still book a photo shoot or is it too late?
The newborn 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.
I really love seeing the little ones grow up. These days I often get booked for a new born session where the once week 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:
cell: +27(0)72 505 5209