My short newborn sessions are becoming super popular! I understand what it is like being on a tight budget as your baby is born, and so it is a wonderful feeling to be able to offer affordable professional photos to all of Melbourne. Like my full newborn session, my short newborn photography sessions are photographed entirely in your home. I bring my small portable studio to you and supply everything required. I am often asked what these session entail and their length so have dedicated this blog to give you an outline of everything that went into Mateo’s short photography session.
Mateo’s Mummy contacted me as she loved my photos, this should be one of the number one factors in picking a newborn photographer! She was wanting a short session because while she did want to document this age she really wanted family photos done at a later date when Mateo was older. After Mateo was born we booked in a time where I would come to her house to take his photos. I discussed with her what her likes and dislikes of colours as well as the images of mine she was drawn to. Mum’s only feedback was she wanted it to be classic and to be able to create a large canvas artwork for her wall. I spent the night before preparing what setup I would do with Mateo and getting it ready in my suitcase.
There was only a small amount of preparation I had Mateo’s Mum do, she was to turn her heaters up an hour before I was due to arrive, undress him down to a nappy, wrap him in a warm blanket and offer him a feed. Too easy!
I arrived to a lovely warm house and was greeted by Mateo’s proud parents! I chose to do the photos in the master bedroom, which had the most lovely light. I set up my bean bag in a small corner of the room (about 1.5m square!), I only need a very small space to shoot in, what matters most is the light! While the house was warm I plug my little space heater in, this helps the room get extra toasty, baby is usually naked and it’s very important that they don’t get cold, sure I am sweating by the end but as long as the baby is comfortable I am happy!
At this point Mateo, who was wide awake, was bought in. Mum had followed my instructions to the letter, which means that Mateo was used to being naked, fed and had been awake for a little bit of time before I arrived, ready to be rocked to sleep. I always try to take a photo of baby with their eyes open and Mateo did not disappoint! Next comes the best bit of every session, I rock and cuddle him into a deep sleep. Every baby is completely different, some it takes 5 minutes and some it takes 20 minutes BUT eventually they all sleep. I don’t mind if it takes a bit of time, I enjoy my squishy newborn cuddles. I actually get a little disappointed when they fall asleep quickly! I wait until they are in a deep sleep then gently mold them into a sweet little position, in Mateo’s case on a blanket on my bean bag.
Very quickly I pick up my camera and start shooting, I add in a hat, wrap or headband to mix things up. I change my lens to my macro lens and document little baby details like their gorgeous lashes or cheeky pouts and from this one set up I am able to secure at least 5 stunning images! The actual shooting usually takes far less time than the rocking of the baby to sleep. During the whole process Mum and Dad were taking my photo while I was taking Mateo’s photos, unlike other photographers I welcome you to take photos during your session, feel free to upload them to facebook and instagram and tag me!
Afterwards Baby is handed back to mum or dad to be dressed, I pack up say goodbye and take everything home. I usually put a load of washing on as all blankets are washed between children and upload the images to my computer. If Mum and Dad want a sneak peek on facebook or instagram I edit and upload an image straight away. My editing time is usually under 2 weeks. The online gallery is sent to the parents where they can choose images for the birth announcement file, I customise the birth announcement and place it in the gallery with the rest of the images. Only thing left to do is for mum and Dad to print them, while I do offer a printing service its perfectly acceptable to print the images elsewhere. I do provide some hints and tips on printing and share with you my favourite places to print (the ones accessible to the public anyway!). Which of Mateo’s images would you put on the wall?