Newborn Photography Session - FAQs


How long do the Newborn Session normally last?

Normally around 3-4 hours.  This includes time for feeding, settling and changing.  Every baby is different and unique so I always leave plenty of time incase baby is unsettled. Babies are very sensitive and can pick up on stress so I encourage parents to relax and chill during the session and let me work my magic.  I also only book one session per day. times some extra time is needed.

When is the best time to photograph baby?

Ideally, when baby is around a week old as they tend to be more sleepy and flexible at this stage.  However, this isn’t always possible if baby or Mum aren’t feeling up to it.  I’ve worked with a lot of babies around 2-3 weeks old and they do just fine, sometimes even better than the young little ones.  Every child is different and I work with baby to provide you with beautiful images whatever stage they are at. 

When should I book in?

Most clients tend to book in once they know their due date.  We get a provisional date in the diary and I ask that clients contact me as soon as baby arrives to firm up the date.    If Mum isn’t feeling up to getting in touch, their partner or a family member can contact me to finalise the date. 

Are you qualified to work with newborn babies?

Your child’s safety is my main priority during the session.  I am a member of Baby and Newborn Association (BANPAS) and have attending numerous training courses on posing & safely techniques.  As a Mum myself, I understand how precious your child is and take my work very seriously at all times. 

We try a range of positions and poses – some babies don’t like certain poses and if this happens we just try something new.  I also use ‘composite’ shots for some of the more elaborate images – this simply means I edit the images in Photoshop to make it appear that baby is lying on a bed or in a bed of flowers for example. 

How do I prepare for the session?

It’s a great idea to feed baby a couple of hours beforehand.  This means you can feed baby on arrival at my premises and get them off to sleep, which is essential for some of the poses.  It’s best if baby can be kept awake too that morning to help aid sleeping whilst at their session – however if baby is very tired, do let them sleep.    

I keep the temperature in my studio quite high to help keep baby lovely and warm and sleepy.  It’s best to dress accordingly so I would suggest wearing loose layers that you can take off when it gets too warm. 

Remember to bring along additional feeds (if bottle fed) and nappies.  If baby uses a dummy don’t forget it as it can help settle them and send them off to sleep.   

Feel free to bring along snacks for Mum & Dad – I can provide you with water or a hot drink

I encourage parents to be involved in the shoot at some stage.  This is a beautiful part of your lives together so it would be a shame not to have some images of you all together. 

Advice for Dads: Babies love skin to skin contact so a lot of Dads will remove their top for the shots together.  If you prefer not to then that’s totally cool.  You might consider wearing a plain, fitted t-shirt along with jeans. 

Advice for Mums: A black, white, nude or grey top works well.  Avoid patterns and logos.  Tops can have spaghetti straps or even strapless works.  Remember your hands will normally be visible in the images so ensure nails are clean and polish isn’t chipped.  A great excuse to treat yourself to a manicure 😊 Feel free to bring a hair brush and make-up bag along to touch up before your shots.  Don’t be worrying about any little baby bump remaining – I will work my magic to ensure everyone looks fabulous. 

Should I avoid any foods before the shoot if breastfeeding?

What you eat and drink fuels your breastmilk production and small amounts of what you eat and drink can pass through your breastmilk to your baby. Sometimes, certain foods can make baby more unsettled so it’s best to avoid prior to the session (for 24 – 48 hours): -

  • Citrus fruits and juices
  • Foods with laxative effects (e.g prunes)
  • Wind-producing vegetables (cabbage, sprouts, onion, cucumber, peppers etc)
  • Caffeine drinks (including coffee)
  • Too much sugar – chocolate
  • Spicy foods containing garlic, chillies, curry etc
  • Fizzy drinks

How do I book in for a session?

You can book your session by contacting me via the website , my Facebook page or by phone 07525 900885.  A £50 non-refundable booking fee is required to confirm your session with the balance payable on or before the day of the shoot. 

Do I have to purchase anything after the shoot?

You are under no obligation to purchase anything and I don’t believe in the ‘hard sell’.  You are invited back for your ‘Reveal Session’ where I show you baby’s images and you can decide on your purchase.  For larger items, the option to break your payment into 2 instalments is available.  1st payment on the day of the Reveal Session – the balance on collection of your products. 



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