All stages of babyhood have their own special brand of magic. The first stage is the true newborn from birth to about 14 days. At this stage, the baby is fragile yet miraculous and still retains its womb-like behaviour of curling tightly and sleeping anywhere.
From 14 days to 12 weeks, your baby still has the distinctive newborn look but is gradually becoming more alert and aware of the world, building a connection with you through smiles, eye contact and physical bonding. In this phase, your newborn is often awake for a lot of the photo shoot although we can also capture some gorgeous sleeping shots as well.
Newborns have the gift of sleeping with intense concentration regardless of their surroundings, so we can pose them in a range of natural positions – snuggled within a textured wrap, on big brother’s lap, over your arm or across your chest. Throughout the shoot, we will capture those fleeting dream-like smiles, contentment, yawns and chuckles.
The newborn photography session usually goes for about 2 to 3 hours. There is no time limit to the photo session, allowing your newborn to set the pace, so you and your baby both stay relaxed and have fun together. There is plenty of time to take a break whenever your newborn wants a feed or needs to be settled.
Booking your newborn portrait session
The best time to capture your baby as a “true” newborn is usually between 5 and 10 days, so I recommend you book your newborn photo session during your pregnancy, basing the appointment on your due date, and then call me soon after your baby is born to confirm the time. Of course your baby won’t have much consideration for appointments, so if you give birth early or late, I will give you priority for an alternate time. If you prefer the newborn portraits to be taken while the baby is between 2 weeks and 12 weeks old, we still recommend making the appointment during pregnancy. The session can also include siblings, parents and grandparents.
The portrait session can take place at my Avalon photography studio on Sydney’s Northern Beaches or in your own home. My studio is designed to keep your newborn cosy and comfortable throughout the session and you can sit back and relax and enjoy watching the beautiful photo shoot unfold.
What to wear
We recommend wearing simple clothes in plain colours. Avoid clothes that have bold patterns or logos as these can detract from the images.
Bring a change of clothes and some spare nappies – we also recommend you bring a change of clothes for yourself as surprise accidents can happen if you are holding your newborn during the nappy-free part of the photo shoot.
After the Session
Your images will be ready to view approximately one week after the shoot. Your images will be uploaded to a private password protected online gallery for you to view and choose your images.
Your images will be ready approximately two weeks after you place your order.
To secure your booking we require 50% of the session fee ($95), and balance is due on the day of your portrait session. We accept cash, money transfer or credit card payments.