Natural bohemian newborn photography Melbourne
Natural bohemian newborn photography Melbourne
Congratulations on the newest member of your family! Newborn babies are such a pleasure to photograph. I feel honored to be a witness to this special time in a family’s life. My approach to photographing newborns is one of calm and gentleness. I use natural light when I can and natural poses. I do not force your little baby into any unnatural awkward poses. I use a huge selection of lush soft fabrics that I have collected over the years from all over the world. A baby is a precious and wonderful gift and I thank you for the opportunity to capture your new little one’s most precious moments. Newborn photography is an incredibly challenging task that takes, passion, patience, and preparation and I am grateful that you have trusted me with these precious moments. In order to get the most out of your newborn session, please use this guide and information to prepare accordingly and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, or ideas.
Natural newborn photography – $700 (includes 30 – 50 digital images)
Your session includes:
• up to 3 hours of photography in the comfort of your home – I use natural light and natural poses
• I bring along a selection of lush fabrics I have collected from all over the world and beautiful bohemian lace head ties, bonnets and natural rompers
• close communication via email, phone or skype to discuss our plans for your shoot
• high resolution images are supplied in a beautiful downloadable online gallery through my website
• sneak peeks almost instantly and emails filled with photos as I edit your album
• for babies up to 3 months of age – the best age to do these sessions is 5 – 9 days old
Sessions are held on Monday’s, Wednesdays & Friday mornings with some exceptions for weekends
I require a $100 booking fee to secure your session, bookings are essential especially for weekend
I add an additional $50 to the final cost if I travel over 25km or use the paid highways. I google map the whole distance traveled from my home in Caulfield South
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Other important information for your newborn session
Your Newborn Session should ideally take place in the first two weeks after your babies arrival in order to get those super sweet newborn poses before they learn how to stretch out and wiggle too much. 5-8 days old is ideal. However, we all know that babies don’t always arrive as scheduled. Book your Session with me as soon as possible so I can pencil you in for as close to your due date as possible. If baby comes early, I will do my best to be a flexible with your session as possible. Please put me on your “Baby is Here” announcement list so that I can celebrate your little one’s arrival and get ready for his or her session. The more notice, the better.
What to expect
These delicate and beautiful sessions can last up to 3 hours depending on feeding and settling. As you may know, keeping baby happy is a big job. And keeping baby happy enough to get those perfect newborn photos is a complicated process that involves a lot of love, training and patience. As much as your baby needs my patience, I will also need yours. Your session may take a few hours and your patience and trust is needed to get the best photos possible.
At some points during your session, I may need you to act as my assistant to help settle your bubba, hold props, and blankets or to assist when baby makes a mess during a diaper-less shoot. Please don’t feel embarrassed if your little one “makes a mess” when his or her nappy is off. It’s just a part of newborn photography. It is, however, a good idea to have wipes and/or towels at the ready. I may send mummy to another room to rest as new little ones can sense your presence and may want to eat instead of sleep. Daddy may act as my assistants during this time.
How to prepare myself and baby
Sessions are scheduled in the mornings when babies are sleepiest (usually around 10am). Please try to keep baby awake for a few hours prior to their session. A morning bath is a great way to keep your little one awake prior to your session. It is important that you feed and burp just before I arrive at your home. A happy, sleepy, and “milk drunk” baby is key to a successful shoot. I am happy to allow for as many private feeding breaks as needed during the session. It is very important to keep your house warm during your newborn session.
Prior to your session, dress your little one in lose fitting, easy-to-remove clothing and loosen their nappy to avoid marks on their skin.
If breastfeeding, please avoid spicy foods prior to your session as these foods can bother baby’s tummy and keep them awake and fussy.
Some parents have personal items and preferences for backgrounds and props. Please discuss these with me prior to your shoot so that I can plan accordingly. You may even have a unique idea that inspires me to get a one-of-a-kind shot! Please do not hesitate to share inspiration photos with me but please be aware that I may not be able to copy a photo exactly, I do not pose babies in a way that they would not naturally lie or sleep themselves.
Most of the photographs I take of your baby, will be nude shots. Please know the more outfit changes we do, the more we are likely to unsettle your sleeping baby. So I aim to do as little outfit changes as possible.
One other thing worth mentioning, as I take a few photos of you holding your wee baby close up, and of you holding their hands, its best if you have clean fingernails.
I will do my best to get as many shots as possible but please keep in mind that too many changes can overwhelm your little one. Please also keep in mind that the number and quality of your photos will ultimately depend on the temperament of your little one.
How to prepare my home
You will need to keep your home much warmer than usual during your session as babies are used to being bundled up and I will have them naked for a good part of the session. A general temperature to keep your home while I shoot is around 28 deg. This sounds hot…..and it is, generally its Dad who suffers most! So he is welcome to hang out in the lounge and watch TV! Keeping babies warm is very important to the success of your session. I will also need access to power outlets to plug in professional lighting. Pets, family members, and other distractions will need to be removed from the session area.
I have older children, can they be included in the session?
I am happy to photograph older children as part of your session, but please know that toddlers can be quite distracting during these sessions and it is imperative to maintain a quite serene space for this session. It is also quite boring for a toddler to hang out in a hot room for a few hours. For this reason I suggest parents make alternative arrangements for older children, having them present at the session for the last 30mins. Some parents decide to send Dad out to pick up older siblings from childcare towards the end of our session, or some parents have grandparents take them for a long walk while we photograph your baby, whatever works for you best.
What should I bring and wear?
For Mum and Dad, its best to wear something comfy for our shoot as my studio or your home will be warm. However if you would like to bring some clothes for our portrait session I recommend a t-shirt or shirt that is neutral and not too baggy fitting. Nothing too bulky like a big black jumper or sweater. We don’t want to drown out your little bubba. Some comfy jeans or pants are suitable and a nice light coloured top will be great. A plain black or white singlet that is quite snug may come in handy for some shots.
I will be taking quite a few shots with your hands in the photo, holding babies head, hands and feet, so it is a great idea if your finger nails are nicely pruned for our session too.
Relax….. Your little one can sense when you are nervous or anxious. Remaining calm and patient even if your baby is fussing will be very important to getting great photos. I have lots of experience with newborns, babies and children. I will take every measure to ensure that you and your baby is safe and comfortable throughout the session. Please feel free to use this time to have a seat and relax or even take what may be your only chance for a nap in the near future. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to ask!