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What to expect

I know you will have a lot of questions regarding choosing a photographer for your newborn session.  Here is a list of some frequently asked questions I have put together to help you get a feel for what its like at a session with us.

How do we schedule a date for our newborn session?

I really do recommend you book your session soon well in advance of your due date to guarantee my availability. Due to the flexibility required for early and late arrivals I only book a limited number of newborn sessions per month. This ensures that I can capture every baby as soon as possible within 14 days of birth. All bookings are based on your due date and the actual date of your session is not confirmed until your little bundle has arrived.

When is the best time to have a maternity session?

A maternity session is best held around 27-35 weeks, when you already have a lovely round baby bump, but still comfortable enough to to move in to poses. It’s never too early to schedule your maternity session. Sometimes I can accommodate last minute requests so please do email us at photographybyfiona@live.co.uk If you would like a weekend appointment it is important to book early as Saturdays  and Sundays book up well in advance.

Will my baby be safe?

Yes of course, your baby’s safety is my top priority. Nothing will be done to put your baby at risk at any time. The images you see where baby is ‘holding themselves up’ or ‘ hanging’ is all done using clever editing trickery to avoid putting your baby in harms way. Some set ups and poses will involve my assistant to help keep baby safe and she will be nearby and keeping an eye on your baby at ALL times. I have had training and a hold a lot of experience so your mind can be put at ease.Absolutely! The father of your child and siblings are welcome and encouraged to join.

When is the best time to have a newborns session?

Newborn babies best to photograph in the first two weeks of their life, preferably between 5 and 10 days. Why so early? Because at this age they sleep deeper, don’t really mind being unclothed, and are still flexible enough to curl up in those cute little poses how they used to sleep in mummy’s tummy.

How long does a newborn photography session take?

Photographing a baby takes time. A newborn session can take up to 4 hours, but it’s all worth it if you want to get the most amazing pictures of your little one. I always work around baby’s needs, if it’s feeding time or there is a nappy needs to be changed, it’s fine! No rush.

Where is the session held?

The majority of my sessions take place in my studio in Bristol, but some session types can also be done at a chosen outdoor location. When you book your session you can select which one would you prefer.

Can we be included in the pictures as well?

Of course! I know not everyone (including me) feel comfortable to step in front of the camera only a few days after giving birth, but those early days pass by in a blink of an eye and it will be great to look back later on how tiny they were in your hands!

What do I need to bring?

You don’t really need to bring anything, I have a large selection of props for both boys and girls.

I can even provide nappies, wipes and NICU grade dummies.

What happens if my baby cries or will not sleep?

This is normal for at least some of the session. Fairly often, l don’t take a single photo for the first hour or so. Each session involves settling baby when you arrive, sometimes this takes a minute (if we’re lucky), and sometimes it takes an hour. On average your baby is likely to wake during the session twice, and will need a top up of food and cuddles. Patience is the key ingredient to getting those perfect pictures so it’s never rushed. I book out whole days for newborn sessions so there is plenty of time.

Why do you use wraps?

Wrapping is a tool used by most newborn photographers. There are varying degrees of wrapping, from a full potato sack with just head and hands on display to a loose wrap that just holds baby’s legs and arms in place, but shows more of baby’s torso. These tools are much used to settle baby and take them back to the feeling of being warm and compact like in Mama’s belly.

Will you be handling my baby?

Yes, l will be cuddling, soothing and posing your baby the entire session, and handing back to you if l feel they need you, this is often less if baby and other is breastfeeding as baby can smell the milk on mum. I am trained to handle your baby in the safest way so it is vital you have trust in me as your photographer. If you feel at all uncomfortable with the thought of me handling your baby then a newborn photoshoot may not be for you. You will always be present during the shoot and baby is supervised at all times. It really is a lovely chance for you to relax with a drink whilst we work our magic.

What happens after the photoshoot?

About two to three weeks after your session once I have finished editing them you will be emailed a link to download your images. After we will also send out a USB with the high resolution images and print release. If you LOVE your images please feel free to share them on social media and leave us a google review.

How do I book?

You can book online via the booking form at the bottom of this page here. You will be required to pay a £95 deposit to secure your chosen date and time and the rest of the chosen package will be payable 24 hours prior to your session by bank transfer. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

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