The Experience

BEFORE THE SESSION

My passion is creating a lovely gallery of images that you can choose from. Sessions are held you your own home. I never schedule more than one session per day so that I’m able to work at your baby’s pace. You’re welcome to feed, change and hold your baby as much as you both need. 

 I’m a mum myself, and I know how hard it is to get up and out on those earlier days, so that’s why I come to you. Pop your feet up and relax with a cup of tea while I capture your baby’s first moments.

If your kiddies are a little older lets head outside on an adventure! 

    • During booking:  I will explain how to prepare both you and your baby for the upcoming shoot. I will send out a prep guide to clarify all the details.

    • We will have a meeting in person or on zoom. 

    • £99 deposit is due at the time of booking. 

  •        We will discuss:

    • Any special requirements you have.

    • What you want to do with your images, i.e. create wall art or prints

    • Answer any questions you may have about your session, i.e Times and dates.

    • I provide many props, such as:

    • Wraps* Hand-dyed

    • Wooden props, beds, baskets and bowls. 

    • Knitted bonnets

    • Handmade headbands 

    • Large selection of colour backdrops. 

AFTER THE SESSION

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This where the magic happens, I will go away and edit your beautiful portraits into a fabulous collection. So basically, when I say editing what I mean is I will choose the best images to go in the final selection, trust me you won’t want to sit and view 100 images of dad blinking. I have many years of experience in choosing these images, and I’ll show you only the best of the best, I promise.

 

I do a small amount of retouching, i.e. small blemishes, however, babies are born natural, and this will be reflected in the final images, I love the flaky skin of a newborn so I’ll be keeping it. Collections can take up to 3 weeks to edit, so please be patient while your images are being worked on, I’m adding a lovely Lux signature style to your pictures making them one of a kind.

 

When your collection is ready to be viewed, I will contact you to arrange a viewing and ordering appointment. You can then select the images that you would like, and only the photos want! You will NOT get any pushy salesman act from me. Just buy what you love, and I’ll be there to hold your hand and guide you on what looks great, and you will feel at ease! There is something so unique seeing your images enlarged on a screen, so sit back and relax and enjoy.

“What a wonderful experience. We worried our newborn wouldn’t settle but Ellie was wonderful with him- there was no pressure at any point to hurry things along. She had a fantastic way with him and with us, and the studio is just perfect …"

- John Owst -

Here you can see a behind the scene edit of an image. I edit around 25-30 images for your gallery.

Every photographer’s editing style is different, I would recommend you have had you a good look at the gallery to get a feel of what kind of images to expect from your session

Here's a little behind the scene video of a Little baby session. It was so much fun. Six months is a great time to get your baby photographed as they are of such lovely expressions and full of personality 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

When to book a newborn photography session?


As long as you and your baby are in good health and are passed the 20-week you can go right ahead and book your newborn baby photography session. I recommend booking at this early date as it gives you time to think about and prepare for professional photography. I make tentative bookings that are based on your due date and arrival home with your bundle of joy so you don’t have to worry if there need to be changes or adjustments to our sessions. Whenever you’re ready to go ahead, we can discuss all the details and arrange an appropriate day for your little one’s time in the spotlight.




How old should my baby be for a professional photography shoot?


Newborn photography sessions are best undertaken in the first three weeks of there arrival. This is beacuse baby is still accustomed to the womb position and still sleep alot. Although this is only a guideline. Newborns can be photographed at any time, even when awake. It just means the final out come of your images maybe different. If your little one is a preemie they’re in good hands, as although I would attempt to photograph them before the three-week mark, it will largely depend on weight and health. I may suggest we reschedule for a later date.This is to ensure you are both as comfortable as possible. I will never turn away and older new born so please get in touch .Newborn sessions are around three hours long.




Who chooses the style?


During booking, I will find out your colour preferences and the style you want for the session. I will also explain how to prepare both you and your baby for the upcoming shoot. I will send out a prepguide to clarify what colour palette will work best in your home.




What to prepare for the day of the shoot?


This part is easy, as many of the items used during sessions are everyday items your baby uses or plays with. For example, your sweetheart’s first teddy, blanket etc, are very welcome at the session and I will try my best to incorporate them in the photos. Other items to think about if we are shooting on location: – Plenty of nappies – Bottles and milk (if bottle-fed) – Dummy/ Pacifier ( I recommend bringing one even if your baby doesn’t generally use them, just in case we can’t calm your baby with other methods. However, don’t worry about it if you’d rather not use one)





What to wear for the photo shoot?


It may get very warm during sessions so that babies are cosy while naked. I would suggest wearing layers in case you get too hot and where possible, choose neutral-coloured outfits with no pattern. Therefore the main focus isn’t taken away from your baby. Note: I willl send you a prep guide to help with this.




Six months plus session information


We will have a general chat either by email or phone about your colour preferences and creative needs. Please let me know at this point if you have any requests. Sessions can last up to 60 minutes. These sessions are a lot more energetic. I never want to force children to smile. I hope to photograph them naturally.
Kids will be kids and they will pull those funny faces but I say let’s embrace them and have some fun! However, if they’re really not happy, don’t panic. Little people are unpredictable, and we can re-schedule at no extra cost. Please feel free to arrange a change of outfit for everyone involved and keep outfits simple, solid colours with no logos. Children will be photographed with bare feet, so avoid tights if possible.
I’m happy to take shots with mum and dad too along with siblings, however, this may take extra time so please allow for this.




What if my baby or child doesn't cooperate and you don’t get any good pictures?


I use white noise which reminds babies of their time in the womb so this is not generally an issue and helps with settling the baby down. To relax older children I will allow them to play and ease into the session. Although rare, if your baby just doesn’t feel like sleeping or older child does not calm down, we can simply reschedule for another time at no extra cost.





EDUCATION AND TRAINING

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO YOU HAVE?


I have studied:
BTEC national diploma in photography and video (Triple Distinction)
First-class BA Honours in Photography and video
BTEC National Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (Double Distinction.




WHAT NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINNING HAVE YOU HAD?


Currently there is no offical qalifactions for newborn photography, however, over the years I have trainned with some amazing photographers. KAREN WILTSHIRE IN DORSET
https://www.kw-photography.co.uk/ CLAIRE ELLIOT
https://trainingbyclaire.co.uk/ NATALIE LEECH
http://www.natalieleechphotography.com/ STACEY NATAR
https://littlecheshire.com/ NINNA MACE
https://www.ninamacephotography.com/ Bex Pidgeon https://www.bexpidgeon.co.uk/




ARE YOU INSURED?


Yes, I am currently insuranced with Hiscox




WHAT EQIUPMENT DO YOU USE?


In kit bag you will find: Nickon D810 Camera Lens: Sigma Art 35mm 50mm 100mm macro 70-200mm 24-70mm





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