Maternity photography at 38 weeks and newborn photography at 2 weeks
When I met this couple for their maternity shoot, they were quite nervous about being photographed, and in fact both told me that they weren’t photo people. Pre-shoot nerves are very common, so rather than getting these two to pose too much as it would have made them even more uncomfortable, I asked them to interact with each other and of course the bump until they felt more relaxed. The key to looking great in photos (in my humble opinion) has nothing to do with looking like a model and everything to do with enjoying the process of being photographed.
Once we got going with the photos, Mommy and Daddy-to-be both relaxed and we got some beautiful shots. Granny’s crazy Boston Terrier and Panda the cat running around the garden throughout the shoot were also great ice breakers!!
Baby Ethan arrived two weeks later and I went to their home for his newborn shoot. As we’d already worked together, the baby shoot was very relaxed and little Ethan slept through most of it (clearly he hasn’t a care in the world when it come to being photographed). He woke up momentarily to have a wee on his Dad and then promptly fell straight back to sleep, letting us pose him in my vintage suitcases, basket and with his proud parents.
Photographing babies is always a challenge as I never really know what’s going to happen during a shoot. Sometimes babies sleep through the whole thing, sometimes they are wide awake and content, sometimes they cry for an hour before they settle down, in any case, here are a few of my tips for making life easier during a newborn shoot:
Make the room as warm as possible – babies get cold quickly which upsets them, so closing windows and putting a heater on can work wonders (all the grown ups will have to suffer through the temperature).
Feed them beforehand, this also minimises the risk of accidents if they have been burped and changed before the shoot starts.
Keep additional people in the room to a minimum – babies pick up on the energy of the people around them, so the calmer the environment, the calmer baby will be.
Allow plenty of time for a newborn shoot. Sometimes I can complete a shoot in 45 minutes, on other occasions, it can take 2.5 hours. It all depends on baby’s mood and schedule, so patience is an important virtue here.
Plan outfits beforehand and have baby ready in outfit number one at the start of the shoot. Being undressed generally upsets little ones, so keep the outfit changes to a minimum. I like to plan this with parents at the start of the shoot.
Having photos with your new baby is a once in a lifetime experience, so relax and enjoy.
Please contact me for more information about maternity and newborn photography packages. I recommend taking maternity photos between 34 and 37 weeks and newborn pics within the first 14 days of baby’s arrival.