Baby photo sessions are good fun, there are a couple of things you can do to ensure that your session runs as smoothly as possible and that we are able to capture the best photographs of your little one.
After you have had your newborn photographs when baby is about 2 weeks old you may not know when is the next best time for photographs.
I recommend a couple of different stages in your baby’s development, at around 14 weeks when your baby is happily holding their head and neck whilst laying on their tummy.
Secondly is when your little one is confidentially sitting, this happens at different speeds for each baby, usually around the 7-8 month mark, but some babies do it faster and some need a little more time.
The third milestone for photographs is when your little one is standing and starting to walk, roughly around 14 months. You might want to consider an outdoor photo session at this stage.
Its important that your little one is in a happy mood, my session times are flexible so we can book your session in at a time where your little one is at their best. I offer a morning, afternoon and late afternoon session depending on the time of day your little one is most happy.
If you have booked your session in advance, and closer to the time your little ones routine has changed, please let me know we maybe able to rearrange the time to make sure we are able to capture the best photographs of your baby.
Outdoor photo sessions work a little differently because of the lighting, during the spring and summer months my outdoor sessions take place early morning around 8am, during the autumn and winter months session takes place around 9.30am and 2pm.
Before your photo session try to keep your routine as normal as possible, if your little one usually has a nap at a certain time try to stick to this time so that they are well rested for the session.
If you are having an at home photo session, I will need a bit of space about 2m X 2m to set up my equipment I can usually fit my equipment in to most homes, but sometimes we may need to move a table out of the way. The more space you can provide the better.
If possible a non-carpeted floor would be best, but not a problem if not.
I recommend that for your baby photo session that your little one is in just their nappy, we can cover the nappy so it isn’t viable in the photographs. Clothes tend to date your photographs quickly, to ensure your photographs look great for years and years to come I recommend baby is undressed.
It is possible to capture some photographs of your little one in an outfit, I would recommend no more than two outfit changes to ensure your little one stays as happy as possible throughout the session.
Any outfits should be light or neutral in colour, avoiding text, bold patterns and bright colours as these will help to date your photographs quickly.
Sometimes its helpful to have some small snacks to hand, if your little one is crawling or walking a small snack will help us keep them on the backdrop as they will happily sit and eat their snack.
I recommend something small that baby can hold, sometimes small snacks can be hidden in the hand whilst we photographs keeping baby happy and not spoiling the photograph.
Is there something that makes your little one smile or laugh? such as a funny video, a soft toy or even your cat? Have these to hand before the session.
If your baby has had a bump before their photo session please do not worry, cuts and scrapes and bruises can be edited out after the session. If you are worried before your session because your baby has had a little bump please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I carefully edit through the best photographs from the session, and its is very common for babies to have spots, dribble rash and dry skin, these can all be edited out after the session.
Before your Baby Photo Session have a little think about where and how you would like to display your photographs. Do you have a particular spot in your home where you would like them displayed? If so what type of print would you like? a tradition frames print, a canvas or acrylic wall piece.
You may want to create a photo book, if you have an idea of how you would like to display your photographs let me know before the session so that I can make sure to create the perfect photo(s) for that space.