Baby Photography – Newborns
Tiny toes, sleepy poses and in some cases wide-eyed curiosity – newborns have such different personalities and an amazing range of expression even at 7 days old. Baby photos at this newborn stage are so important as these new features change so quickly and in a matter of weeks your baby will begin to fill out and lose that unique newly born look.
When your baby arrives you will spend time getting to know your little one and adjusting to the new routine. To make it easier for you I bring my mini-studio to your home – setting up in whichever area has the most natural light.
Natural, Organic Style
I have a beautiful collection of handmade blankets, wraps and hats knitted in the softest of yarns for you to choose from. You can also think about any sentimental items that you might like to use during the session such as a homemade blanket knitted by a relative, special soft toy or booties. I also bring a selection of bowls, tubs and signature nests which can be used for creative fine art style images.
Your Baby’s Safety
The safety and comfort of your baby is always my number one priority. Although you will most likely enjoy a cuppa during the session I only ever drink cold water as this is one of my safety rules in place to protect your baby; I never work around babies with hot drinks. My safety considerations in place include counter-weighting all backdrop stands and props to make them sturdy, washing all wraps prior to each session, keeping my nails short, using a spotter to assist in shots which use props, and using only safe natural poses. I swaddle most babies to keep their hands from scratching their face and also to make them feel more secure. The room is warmed to around 26 degrees and I pay attention to the baby’s comfort at all times. Read more about how I safeguard your baby here.
Relaxed and Calm
We follow a relaxed pace and never rush so that we ensure your baby is content and comfortable (to allow for changing, feeding and settling these sessions usually last for 2-3 hours). I have lots of experience in soothing and settling newborns and have completed specialist training by worldwide leaders in Newborn Photography in order to consistently deliver outstanding images for my clients. I use baby soothing noises (a heartbeat recording) and prop the baby using towels and blankets so they feel snug and secure.
Usually the only tears I have from my clients are ones of happiness when you see your slideshow for the first time! If you are worried your baby might cry please don’t be concerned, first of all the babies rarely do cry as my aim to is anticipate their needs to keep them very content but also I have two children of my own and completely understand what it is like to be a new Mum. During sessions the room is so warm and the blankets so comfy that babies are usually very settled which means you might even get a hot cup of tea!
During your baby’s photo session we will include Mum & baby, Dad and baby and also a family group shot too so that you will have plenty of images you can share with your family as well as the ones you want to put up on the wall. Sibling photos are also possible but please let me know ahead of the shoot so I can prepare age related treats for the older sibling to help them enjoy participating a little bit more.
For more information about these sessions have a look at my Newborn Notes.
I’m based in West Sussex in a village near Haywards Heath. Echo Baby Photography sessions take place in your own home and I cover the following with my mobile studio : Haywards Heath, Lindfield, Burgess Hill, Bolnore Village, Burgess Hill, Horsham and surrounding areas.
Click here to find out if your due date is still available (I can only take limited bookings to allow for babies being born early or late). Feel free to ask any questions you might have too.
Text NEWBORN to 07780 462516 to make an enquiry
This beautiful song is called “In My Arms” from the album Crooked Lines by Corrinne May – the wonderful Singaporean singer/songwriter and musician www.corrinnemay.com. This lullaby was the very first song that Corrinne wrote for the album. Her inspiration for the song came from her experience as a new mother:
“I spent a lot of time in the first few months of Claire’s life, just holding her and nursing her till the wee hours of the morning. And in the stillness of the night, the idea for this song came to me. It still brings me back to those moments, where the nights were sweet and long and filled with the scent of milk and the sound of Claire’s breathing while I held her in my arms and soothed her to sleep.”