Sleepy Newborn Photoshoot 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.
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 going for the Baby & Me session instead or the Tummy Time session. Please ask me for info on these shoots.
On the day of your shoot, I will be ready from 10am and you can come anytime between 10am - 12pm, depending on your baby's feeding schedule. Your shoot can take between 3 - 5 hours, depending on how well your baby settles, so allow plenty of time. I allow the full day, without scheduling any other shoots so we are not under any time pressures. 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 parents 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.
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. If you'd like your baby to be awake in the session, the Baby & Me shoot would be a better option.
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.
You don't need to bring outfits, as your baby will be either undressed or swaddled for the images. I do all my newborn images in just skin or with swaddling. Aside from that, bring plenty of food and plenty of nappies! If you want to bring any specific props, please let me know in advance, so i can plan this into the session.
Can my other children be involved?
As the sleepy newborn shoot requires so much patience, I do not recommend you bring other children, especially other young ones as they will get very bored, very quickly. If you would like other kids involved, I recommend going for the Baby & Me shoot instead, as this shoot is all about the interaction between parents, siblings and baby. I also 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.
How much is the session?
You can take advantage of a 25% saving with my all inclusive newborn shoot bundle...
Includes your shoot, all 36 digital images (plus the rest for free if we get more than 36) and your 20 page Baby-Book for just £352.50 (saving £117.50)
Alternatively, see my price list below
Newborn shoot only: £120
Due to the time & patience involved in a newborn shoot (it can take up to 5 hours so I always allow a full day), the session fee is £120. This pays for my time only. You can purchase prints or products after you have seen your gallery. I normally edit a minimum of 36 images for you to choose from - sometimes there will be more than this, it depends how well your baby settles.
1 digital image: £25
12 digital images: £96
24 images: £168
36 images: £200
(with this option, if there are more than 36 images, the rest are supplied for free)
8' x 8' sized Baby-Book album with 20 pages £150
Your Baby Book can be personalised with an image on the inside lid and can have name and text on the front of the book too. The books are available in a variety of colours and are supplied in a cute matching box, as shown.
Want to know more?
Just give me a call on 0800 246 1986 / 07834 912507