Congratulations on your upcoming arrival. I have put together the following frequently asked questions so that you know what to expect during your newborn session.
Your session will be held at my home studio at Green Point Estate Belmont.
When should I schedule my newborn session?
Newborn sessions are held in the first two weeks of life, preferably between 7-10 days old. I ask you to notify me within 48 hours of baby’s birth so I can schedule you in and give you a few options on session dates and times. A quick text or email is fine, no need to call.
All babies are beautiful now matter how old, so if you have missed the two week window dont worry, give me a call and we can still work something out.
How long will the session last?
I only book one newborn session per day, so you will have my undivided attention. Newborn sessions are best held in the morning, when baby is settled and sleepy. I usually start newborn sessions at 10am and they last between 2-4 hours depending on how cooperative and sleepy baby is. I don’t rush through sessions we want baby to be happy so if that means a 40 minute feed, then that is what we do! Please feel free to bring a snack incase you get hungry. I suggest you don’t make any other appointments on photo day as sometimes baby could be having an unsettled day and we may need a little longer than usual.
Do I need to feed baby before the session?
Please don’t stress if you are having “one of those mornings” but if it is possible please give baby a nice big feed just prior to your session. I find a nice big feed and a warm car ride puts baby in a nice deep sleep. We can also expect a few top up feeds during the session so bring extra bottles if bottle fed, otherwise bring your boobs! Don’t stress too much about timing if baby needs a top up when you arrive that is totally ok and we just do what baby needs.
Please don’t apply the nappy to tight on the morning of the session this helps reduce nappy marks. If you have time, a morning bath can also help settle them for their session however please don’t feel this is a must do.
Siblings are welcome to have their photograph taken with your new arrival, it is my policy that these photographs are taken in the first half hour you will then need to have made arrangements for siblings to be picked up or for hubby to take them so the room remains quiet and safe for the remainder of the newborn session. I am located 2 minutes away from central belmont and the waterfront. Where you can enjoy the park or local cafes. I am also only a few minutes away from Warners Bay and Speers Point Park.
What to wear
Please wear cool comfortable clothing, the studio will be warm to help keep baby asleep. If you wish to be included in photographs then bring neutral, soft and/or cream/white colours for the "cream room". Siblings & older children I recommend soft neutral colours also. i. If you wish to use the black back drop please bring a black top t/shirt for yourselves, siblings can wear what they are already dressed in. Please no busy patterns, or visible licensed logo, plain solid colours work best. It is also a good idea to throw in a change of clothes in case of little accidents
I have plenty of props to choose from and I like to get you involved in the session, if you have something special like a blanket or soft toy please feel free to bring them along and we can incorporate them into the session. Many of my props are unique and sourced from overseas.