Sleepy Newborn with Fyshcreative Photography
New Born Baby photography is an art - you have to have lots of patience to get the perfect shot! This patience will be well worth it though, as your baby is only a baby for a very short time! You'll want to remember his or her tiny fingers and tiny toes, as well as their wrinkled skin folds and tiny button nose. I do all of baby shots, with baby just in their skin, undressed, without nappy too. I have a range of props including plant pots / boxes & blankets to make some cute set-ups!
How much is the session?
Just the shoot ...... It is £80.00 for the shoot. I charge this to cover my time as the average baby shoot can take between 2 to 3 hours, depending on how well your baby settles. The fee is based on an average of 2 hours, at £40 p/h. This fee is payable when you book, to reserve your slot. This price pays for the shoot only & one 5 by 7 print. After your shoot, I'll then edit a gallery of a minimum of 36 photos for you to order from and you can choose extra prints from £6.50 or choose some digital images, which range in price from £40 for one image to £180 for all 36 images.
The Buy-in-advance option ..... Or to make things easy, why not opt for my Buy-in-advance package, which includes your shoot, your 5 by 7 print and all 36 digital images, available to download straight from my website. This package has a total value of £260 - but you'll pay a discounted price of just £200. This must be pre-paid before your session & saves you a massive £60 overall.
How old does my baby need to be for the shoot?
I usually only do newborn baby shoots up to 2-3 weeks of age. The perfect age is around 10 days old when your baby's umbilical cord has dropped off and your baby has his or her belly button. Exceptions can sometimes be made if your baby is born prematurely. Please ask me. Generally, once your baby has passed 3 weeks old, they will be too alert for the sleepy newborn shoot, so I recommend waiting until your baby is around 3 months old and can lay on their tummy, lift their head by themselves and give us big beaming smiles for the camera.
How long does the shoot take?
Typically, I'll book your baby in for around 10 am-ish in the morning and we then have as much time as needed to pose your baby on my various props. I do newborn shoots every day from Tues to Fri, so you can choose the best day to suit you. Once we have completed your shoot, Ill then typically edit your photos that same afternoon, so you'll receive your images on the same day as you come.
I allow a full day for your newborn shoot so we aren't under any time pressure. It's not unusual to spend the first hour settling your baby, before we even take the first photo. It's important that you come prepared to be patient and that you are relaxed too. Often new mums feel worried that their baby wont settle, or won't like being undressed for the shoot, which adds pressure to your baby as I believe they can pick up on your tension. I spend plenty of time settling your baby and ensuring they are comfortable and safe before we take the first shot. We never leave your baby unattended in / on any prop. You can stay right by your baby, just out of camera-shot to give cuddles, should you need to.
Why does my baby need to be asleep for the shoot?
When newborn, your baby is exceptionally cute. Although babies can't do much, they can grab your finger in their palm and turn their head rooting for breast or bottle, they can see about 10 inches in distance and by two weeks old, will recognise your face. But when your baby is awake, he or she might stretch out, wriggle or cry, which aren't great poses for the camera. So, at this age, its works so much better if your baby is sound asleep for the photos, so we can transfer them from prop to prop without disturbing them, and put them in some really cute positions too.
Preparing your baby for the shoot
Bring your baby fed and content, with extra food too as being a top-model is hungry work! It also helps if you don't dress your baby before you come. Instead leave them undressed, with just nappy on and swaddle them in a blanket so they are nice and warm on their journey here. This is because the act of undressing your baby will disturb your baby once you arrive, and if this can be avoided, your baby may settle quicker for their photos. If you are breast feeding, stay away from strong flavoured foods before the shoot too.
What should I bring with me to the shoot?
You can bring props yourself too, like headbands or nappy covers. If you have any other specific props you want to be included, just let me know what you are going to bring prior. I have done newborn shoots with golf bags, daddy's shoes and tyres before, so let your imagination run wild! You don't need to bring outfits, as your baby will be undressed. I do all my newborn images in just skin. Aside from that, bring plenty of food and plenty of nappies!
Can my other children be involved?
As newborn requires so much patience, I do not recommend you bring other children, especially other young ones as they will get very bored, very quickly. I recommend the Tummy-time shoot at around 5 months as the perfect time to get sibling photos. At this age, your baby will be able to interact with his or her siblings for some perfect family images.
Want to know more?
Just give me a call on 0800 246 1986 / 07834 912507