You may have noticed from my Instagram feed that little baby Sophie arrived on the scene recently. We've been totally overwhelmed by the generosity of friends and family with the gorgeous cards and gifts that have arrived. My sister broke the mould from the toys and cute outfits and bought us a newborn photography shoot. You may have seen the maternity shoot I did with JoJo Maman Bebe and Laura Beth Photography in the last month of my pregnancy which I loved as it captured such a special time, so I was delighted to be able to do this with my tiny new bundle.
There are so many different newborn photography styles, so researching and finding what you want is key to not being disappointed. Simply Newborn Photography based in Pyford uses posed arrangements of sleeping newborns with a range of props which are gorgeous for thank you cards, photobooks and prints to frame and I love the black and white versions of these super cute shots.
Photographer Natalie got in touch a fortnight before the shoot and gave us an overview of the session and detailed what we needed to bring so we knew what to expect and didn't have to over pack. The time slot for the shoot was about 4 hours, so gives plenty of time for feeds and cuddles to get the little one dozing. Natalie was really flexible and when Sophie just wasn't settling we reorganised to come back a few days later when she feel deeply asleep right on cue.
Safety is really important in newborn photography and you need to make sure that you choose a trained photographer, as many images you see on the Internet (such as the frog pose) are composites made of more than one image edited together and trying to put your precious bundle in these poses would be dangerous. Photography sets do have lots of props and equipment, do again having an experienced photographer will ensue it is a safe environment. Natalie, being a member of Banpas, (baby and newborn photography association). They promote safety in newborn photography
Getting the photos back was obviously the funniest part of the experience, cooing over our baby girl and choosing which pictures we wanted. Do your research into what pictures/products cost in addition to the shoot itself (a shoot with Simply Newborn Photography is £70), as you will no doubt want at least some of the photos and you don't want a nasty surprise! (Packages at Simply Newborn Photography start at £250 including some digital images and prints, or prints on their own are available)
If you are indecisive about having a newborn shoot, I'd totally recommend as the pictures we have are do special to me as my six week old baby is even now so different to the sleepy bundle and I'm so glad we captured those first precious few weeks.