When to book a newborn session?
It is never too early to book your newborn photo session so please book while you are still expecting to guarantee a session. Because I also offer other types of photography sessions, I have bookings sometimes up to 1 year in advance. I take on a limited number of newborn photo sessions per week to allow for the fact that some babies arrive early and some arrive late. If you know your due date and you like my style of photography, book it in as early as possible.
When to book a maternity session?
This is up to the individual, however I recommend between 30-36 weeks for maternity sessions.
What to wear to a maternity session?
A floaty dress in a solid colour, chiffon, or other floaty fabric works brilliantly. Otherwise, wear what makes you feel great! Try to avoid bold patterns and distracting logos.
Why is it best to photograph newborns under 12 days of age?
Worldwide, newborn photo sessions are recommended for babies under 12 days of age with the optimum time being 4-10 days. This is because babies are sleepiest, and easiest to settle during this time. Photo sessions held after 12 days frequently run for an hour or so longer as babies are harder to settle and more wakeful/aware of Mum’s absence etc. so please be prepared for this. Also, babies like to curl up beautifully before 12 days so many of the images in baskets or on posing backdrops work best during this time. The “head in hands” or “froggy” pose composite images are almost always of babies under 12 days of age. Babies need to be very relaxed and in a deep sleep to achieve this pose which involves adult support and compositing 2 images in Photoshop post production.
Time to complete the work:
My current time is around 3 weeks from the session date to finish editing and provide an online gallery for you to view. Once the secure gallery is online via this website, you may choose your images for your USB. The gallery will remain visible for 7 days. I may release files at my discretion earlier if the balance of the work is complete and so long as it is understood that those files are part of the final selection. If I have not had any communication from a client after I have edited the work, provided an online gallery and have emailed/communicated that it is ready, I will remove the gallery after 2 days and charge $30 to re upload it.
Payment is due by the day of the photography session unless otherwise agreed in writing prior to the session.
What to Wear and Bring?
For all of my sessions, I recommend clothing that is neutral, without logos or heavy patterns. I provide all that is necessary for newborn baby sessions, so unless you have a special item you would like in your images, you do not need to provide anything. Sometimes people like to bring a special toy/blanket or prop and that is ok. During each session I run heating (sometimes both ducted reverse cycle and a portable heater). It may be hot for us as adults but I regulate the temperature to keep baby happy. Please dress accordingly.
Safety and Hygiene:
Your baby’s safety is paramount to me. Some of my images are composites in Photoshop (for example all “head in hands” poses are composites) which means that the baby has been supported entirely and the supporting parent’s arm or hand is erased in Photoshop when editing. When choosing your newborn photographer, make sure your photographer puts your baby’s safety first and does not compromise on this in order to get a tricky shot. I will never place your baby in an unsafe or uncomfortable pose. I always ask that a parent or assistant is beside the baby on each surface. I have the experience with newborn babies and to composite images in Photoshop where a particular shot is required. After each session, I wash fabrics and props used. Safety and hygiene are paramount to me.
Can I purchase all of the images taken?
I do not sell or provide RAW files or unedited images as part of my services. One of the reason clients love my work is due to my photographic skill, artistic vision, use of fabrics and textures and editing style. I spend between 5-6 hours editing each session which includes meticulous attention to detail so as not to over edit (correcting skin tones/colours and enhancing lighting). During this time I also convert RAW digital files to high resolution, printable formats and decipher the image file size and document size. Editing enhances and finalises each photograph as a piece of art. Included in this time is the transfer of files to a USB in both high and low resolution as well as designing your album (for album packages). No images displayed on either my website or Facebook page are unedited.
Where to Print:
All of my printed products are printed on the highest quality of professional paper at a professional printing lab. The computer and software I edit with is calibrated to print exactly as it should at this lab. Taking your USB to other printing companies may not produce the work as it should be printed. I will consult with clients on this after the session and advise where to take your USB for prints/canvases or books etc.
Why do photographers charge what they charge?
If you admire the style of imagery you see by a particular photographer, pricing should not be the primary consideration to book your session. There are many overhead costs associated with running a photographic business including the high cost of advertising, purchasing and maintaining professional camera equipment and computer software for editing, props and materials, insurances, running of a vehicle to locations and photographic companies, the time it takes to photograph, edit and organise delivery of finished work, training/workshops that is ongoing and always evolving with the art of photography not to mention the time it takes to clean a studio/home studio and props used after each session. There are also additional costs for utilities ie running heating during baby sessions etc. Anyone can take a photo but it takes a professional photographer to create a piece of art so consider the skill, style and expertise of the photographer.