To secure your booking we require 50% of the session fee ($95), and balance is due on the day of your portrait session. We accept cash, money transfer or credit card payments.
It’s best to start on a full belly so feeding her right before you put her in the car seat to head my way is best; please make sure your baby has a good burp before placing her in her car seat so gas doesn’t settle on the drive here. Please dress her in a button down outfit (pajamas are preferred, no onesies, please) so I’m not having to pull anything over her head while undressing her. We will do parent shots at the end of your session.
Your images will be ready approximately two weeks after you place your order.
For posed sessions, all you need is your baby! No clothes are needed unless you have something you would like he or she photographed in. Mom and dad should dress natural. Bring two outfits as one may get pooped on. For siblings dress them in natural colors as well. Jeans, white shirts., etc. Ask me for more details about this and we can discuss more options. I have everything in the studio you can possibly imagine for your newborn session. No need to bring anything unless there is something you really want photographed. Please take a look at my portfolio so you know what to expect with the simplicity of the session. I do not use many objects in my photos besides a simple basket, etc., as I believe the baby need to be the focus of the photo and not a prop. I tend to use more neutral colors, with of course the fun color pop or pretty headband, bonnet etc (which I have a ton of). I of course am happy to photograph something if you have something in particular you want to bring, just let me know before our session.
If you are breastfeeding and your baby has gas issues (most do), please abstain from eating the following 72 hours before your session; dairy products — milk, cheese, yogurt, pudding, ice cream, or any food that has milk, milk products, casein, whey, or sodium casein in it. Other foods that may cause gas and fussiness include anything with caffeine, soy, fish, peanuts, chocolate, wheat, beef, nuts, eggs, corn, citrus fruits and prenatal vitamins containing iron. –Courtesy Babycenter & ModernMom Parenting
Please file the baby’s nails to ensure that they don’t scratch their little faces. The best files are the cheap emery boards you can get Walmart, Target or Walgreens. Because baby’s nails are so thin and fragile, I don’t not recommend you clip them with clippers.
Bring a change of clothes and some spare nappies – we also recommend you bring a change of clothes for yourself as surprise accidents can happen if you are holding your newborn during the nappy-free part of the photo shoot.
Newborns are best photographed on days 6-17 after birth, when they have been out long enough to loose a bit of their startle reflex, but young enough that they are still super sleepy and bendy.
I have water bottles there for you as well as granola bars but you may want to bring more food in case we are there for a bit. Sessions typically take 3 hours even with a very sleepy baby. I work VERY slowly with your baby to ensure she is always cozy and comfortable. There is a sofa in the studio for you, outside of the shooting room and all of our parents take this time to sit back, relax and enjoy having a babysitter for a few hours.
What to Bring to Your Session Pacifier – Please bring a Soothie brand pacifier (no animal pacifiers, please). We recommend a Soothie pacifier so it does not leave red rings around baby’s mouth. Even if your baby does not take one from you (specifically if you are nursing, they can smell you and will want to nurse over soothing with a pacifier), they will usually take one from me.
A baby’s natural born instinct is to pacify and typically not having a pacifier to help your baby soothe off the breast, will make or break a session. Don’t worry, they won’t get nipple confusion as it’s not a food source.
Diapers Wipes Gas drops – To ensure your baby remains comfortable throughout their session, please pack a bottle of gas drops just in case, safe for the newest of babies. I will only ask for gas drops if baby is very uncomfortable and cannot release gas thru self-release or burping.
Bottled Milk (not required) – If you have introduced a bottle to your baby, this is the preferred method of feeding during the session so we are certain how much baby is receiving (babies tend to wake a lot and root, and they really want to be pacified, not fed, so this way we know we are not overfeeding which causes extreme gas and discomfort).
If you are pumping, feel free to bring your pump to the session. We have outlets located near the sofa for your comfort and convenience. If you’re exclusively breastfeeding, that’s perfectly fine.
We will take breaks as we need to.
We recommend wearing simple clothes in plain colours. Avoid clothes that have bold patterns or logos as these can detract from the images.
The newborn photography session usually goes for about 2 to 3 hours. There is no time limit to the photo session, allowing your newborn to set the pace, so you and your baby both stay relaxed and have fun together. There is plenty of time to take a break whenever your newborn wants a feed or needs to be settled.
Please DO NOT drink caffeine 72 hours prior to your session if you are breastfeeding. I have photographed MANY newborns and have seen a difference in those that are getting caffeine thru mother’s breast milk. Babies who are affected by caffeine tend to be very jumpy, tense and alert.
I photograph all newborn sessions on Monday-Thursday and we start at 10am or 1030am. This is the time where you can keep your baby awake long enough before you come to ensure they are sleepy for the session. I do not shoot newborns on weekends as those days are reserved for my family as well as newborn sessions where people are coming in from out of town. About half of my clients have older siblings which are in school. While I understand you do not want your child missing school, I just ask that you pull them out for the end of the day for your session. I will for sure work around exams, etc. I just can not accommodate everyone on weekends and we can not shoot later in the afternoon as we loose light. Thanks for understanding and your cooperation.
If you are rushing out the door, I would much rather you be a tad late and feed your baby before you come instead of right when you get there as it helps the gas settle over the drive. Just text or call me and let me know.
I have two types of newborn sessions. We can either do a posed session, which is held in my studio. Lifestyle sessions are held in your home. All posing must be done in the studio though, where I have everything set up.
From 14 days to 12 weeks, your baby still has the distinctive newborn look but is gradually becoming more alert and aware of the world, building a connection with you through smiles, eye contact and physical bonding. In this phase, your newborn is often awake for a lot of the photo shoot although we can also capture some gorgeous sleeping shots as well.
I ask that you call or email me in the first 2 days of life so we can pick the best day for your session. There are certain times of the year that I have an influx of newborns and I want to make sure I book them on the best day possible from when they were born.
Feel free to bring your laptop or iPad to watch a movie or play on the internet. We have Wi-Fi for you to use. Once you get there, I will totally take over, and only need you for skin to skin during the times your baby may not want to sleep, or for nursing.
If at all possible, try to keep her stimulated and awake an hour or so before the session (CRITICAL); a bath usually helps in keeping them awake. It’s very important your newborn is sleepy so the session goes smoothly and I’m able to capture lots of adorable images.
Shoots typically take 2.5-3 hours. I always say quality over quantity with newborn sessions. Some babies like to sleep, some do not! We just go with the flow. The sibling portion lasts about 15 minutes. I like to grab the one epic sibling shot, the one great family shot, 1 or 2 mom and dad shots and the rest we focus on the baby.
Newborns have the gift of sleeping with intense concentration regardless of their surroundings, so we can pose them in a range of natural positions – snuggled within a textured wrap, on big brother’s lap, over your arm or across your chest. Throughout the shoot, we will capture those fleeting dream-like smiles, contentment, yawns and chuckles.
The portrait session can take place at my Avalon photography studio on Sydney’s Northern Beaches or in your own home. My studio is designed to keep your newborn cosy and comfortable throughout the session and you can sit back and relax and enjoy watching the beautiful photo shoot unfold.
When you arrive at your session, I will have the studio set up to start with the posed shots. It’s VERY important to read the below info before you come. We will do all of the posed shots of your baby then move onto family and sibling shots at the end. Typically, mom will call dad about an hour before we need him so he can grab the kids at school or leave work for a bit. My studio is tight and we like it to be super quiet and calm in there during the posing session.
The room will be set between 80-85 degrees for baby so please dress accordingly. I will also play a white noise machine to mimic the sound of the womb.
The best time to capture your baby as a “true” newborn is usually between 5 and 10 days, so I recommend you book your newborn photo session during your pregnancy, basing the appointment on your due date, and then call me soon after your baby is born to confirm the time. Of course your baby won’t have much consideration for appointments, so if you give birth early or late, I will give you priority for an alternate time. If you prefer the newborn portraits to be taken while the baby is between 2 weeks and 12 weeks old, we still recommend making the appointment during pregnancy. The session can also include siblings, parents and grandparents.
Your images will be ready to view approximately one week after the shoot. Your images will be uploaded to a private password protected online gallery for you to view and choose your images.
If your baby has jaundice or is still yellow from jaundice it is best we wait until it is out of her system. Jaundice is very hard to edit out of skin due to the yellow/red blotchiness it causes as it is leaving their system. Jaundice is typically gone by week 2.
FAQs to Help Your Session Day Go Amazing What is the best age to photograph newborns?
All stages of babyhood have their own special brand of magic. The first stage is the true newborn from birth to about 14 days. At this stage, the baby is fragile yet miraculous and still retains its womb-like behaviour of curling tightly and sleeping anywhere.