Please do not adopt the “all in white t-shirt and blue jeans” wardrobe of the 1990’s era! Please feel free to bring along a few things and we can quickly chat at the beginning about what would look best.
I supply all blankets and props for the session – bring your baby in simple clothing (no singlet preferred) and a loose nappy for easy undressing when I start.
Getting out of the house can be a daunting experience, coupled with the pressure of hoping your baby will sleep for their session – this is aimed to help alleviate that pressure and look forward to what will be the very first documentary of your baby after they have been born into your family.
We will be in touch via email and/or text on the morning of your shoot: I always say a rough start time of 10:00am – if you need to feed as soon as you arrive this is of course more than ok. The room we work in is private and comfortable.
Below are some examples of what people wear to my newborn sessions:
I personally love feminine and floaty style of tops on a mum, as it seems to compliment my style and the mood of the images. To see some ideas of styles I absolutely love, see this Pinterest Board I created.
If you have an older child and plan on bringing them along too, I do understand that this is a long time for them: the best way to manage this is to have Dad take them for a drive to a local park or play centre (we have Silly Seahorse across the road if it’s cold or rain and a lovely little park in Third Avenue with plenty of shade) to help break up the time. I’ll aim to get family portraits first up so you are free to come and go as you please after that. In saying that, I let older siblings settle in and become comfortable before I start photographing them if they are a little shy. I’m not about pushing small children into getting their photo taken, I prefer to get them interested and involved so that they are willing participants. I adore interacting with older siblings and getting their portrait too.
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I can almost guarantee you that siblings may be reluctant participants. Bribes are a necessary evil, so have a think about what currency works for your children!
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If your toddler still has naps, then the early start time of 9am should be ok to get images in time for them to have their sleep afterwards.
The same applies to children. With little girls, please be aware that skirts and dresses ride up easily – I personally prefer a cute pair of shorts and a pretty blouse as it’s one less thing to worry about. However if you prefer a skirt or dress – totally ok.
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One thing to keep in mind is that I always shoot flattering angles and positions (for Mums AND Dads). In light of you just having had a baby, I will shoot from the chest up mostly. Having had a baby myself, I remember the feeling of trying to look my best with a newborn.
Chelsea Heights is easy access from Nepean Highway, Peninsula Link and Eastlink.
Thank you for your understanding on this very important matter.
Feeding your newborn baby will become your biggest priority once they are born. You may find yourself in a semi-regular pattern of feeding by the time it is time for your session (generally every 2-4 hours).
If you are bringing older siblings, their regular favorite snacks and a water bottle are essential. I mentioned above that it’s recommended that they be taken out for a play after I have captured the family: however some toys or an iPad to see them through if they will be in the room with you is a great idea.
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Here is some advice to help you prepare for your maternity and/or Newborn portrait Session with Emily King.
This may mean that you decide to arrive at my home and feed once you get here: perfectly ok! However, if you give your baby a nice bath at home, then a feed and then hop in the car and drive here, this gives us a really good chance that they will sleep well after their feed, and I can get straight to work once you arrive!
The room is very warm to make sure your baby is as comfortable as possible. Please wear layers, as you will get hot!
When you arrive, please park in the drive way so you have nice and easy access to the front door while carrying your little baby.
* A FRIENDLY YET IMPORTANT NOTE * Please be advised that I do not reschedule appointments due to general Maternal Health appointments made after we have already booked in a date. I only shoot limited days per week (2 days per week) and as you can imagine a great deal of work goes into juggling families to make sure everyone gets a place within the desired timeframe for newborn portrait photography. Maternal Health nurses operate on full time hours and are much more flexible – they can change their appointments to another suitable time where I can’t. I also would not recommend you trying to fit in an appointment of any kind before 2:00pm on the day of your session as this may put unnecessary pressure on everyone to be finished by a certain time (an impossible feat given the star of the show – your baby! – will determine the length of the session). If you have health & safety concerns for your baby then of course a health check up takes first priority!
If you have a dress or a top that you love and would like to wear, I encourage you to bring it, it is your session so you can wear what you like!
Please bring a water bottle for yourself, your nappy bag and anything else you’d take with you for an outing. You will need supplies to see you through for a few hours.
First and foremost, it’s a great idea to wear layers. Even if it’s chilly outside it will get really hot in the area I shoot in.
I will have emailed/text you my address. If you can’t find it, please text me on 0407 114 882 and I’ll happily text it back to you.
Plain white or solid colours work really well. Please avoid obvious logos on t-shirts, however for the dads, taking the shirt off always looks amazing in your portraits. If you don’t wish to (this is fine!) then just a plain white or grey tee looks great.
Please feel free to bring your own reading material to help pass the time while I’m working.
Please don’t bring outfit changes for yourself or your children (as in, having different clothing to be photographed in), as the session is heavily focused on the newborn baby and whilst it might not seem like it, its incredibly time consuming and a lot of time and focus goes in to getting the very best for you. Outfit changes will extend the session time which puts unnecessary pressure on all parties.
Please note that I am up to date (last booster was June 2017) with my whooping cough vaccinations and I also have had the flu shot. I do not photograph newborn babies if I am even remotely unwell, so if I contact you to reschedule, please know its in the best interest of your baby.
HANDY HINT: If possible, bathe your baby before hopping into the car – it really relaxes them. Place a flannel over babies tummy whilst bathing to allow them to enjoy their bath more.
On that note – please keep in mind that your session will take up to 3 hours. Yes you heard right! Please don’t make any other appointments to follow your session, as you may become anxious and put pressure on yourself to rush through. My whole aim for your duration is to maintain a calm environment and to enjoy watching your baby in their very first photo shoot.