Where and what if
This is largely your choice and it does help to be somewhere familiar to your children. Ideally this will be outside as I work mostly with natural light. This could be your garden, local park, woods or beach. It’s worth bearing in mind (for those occasional hot England days we have) that shade is very useful to avoid squinty shots of everyone – or worse still sunglasses and hats so I can’t see your faces. We can also do some lovely shots inside your home – something we can discuss when you book. Obviously for a newborn shoot we would always be inside.
Most shoots last between 1-2 hours. I’ll know when I have the shots, and after a few hours it’s more than likely your children will have had enough. Most importantly I won’t rush you and will be guided by your children.
What to wear
A question I always get asked and my advice is keep it simple. It’s important your child is comfortable with what they are wearing, but simplicity will ensure the focus isn’t on your clothes and it will keep the photographs timeless in years to come. Try and coordinate, but not match. If you want to wear patterns, use sparingly and avoid big logos, words or cartoons. Wearing white can be too bright and overpowering in photos – especially as I use a lot of natural light and edit in a light style. Loose stripes/checks are fine. For newborns, bare skin is ideal, or a plain vest or baby grow. Think about blankets we could use too.
Best time for a newborn
I suggest they are photographed within the first two weeks of birth as this is when they are at their tiniest and often most settled.
Bad weather and illness
In the lead up to your shoot I will keep a close eye on the weather forecast. If it looks to be wet we have a few options: change the location to your home and stay warm and dry indoors, make a feature of it – think welly boots and jumping in puddles. If you really want shots outside, but the weather is very bad, I am more than happy to re-schedule for another date (please note this is subject to my availability – you may have to wait a few weeks). Please do not worry if the day turns out to be grey and cloudy, overcast skies produce beautiful soft light which is very flattering.
I am happy to offer one re-schedule free of charge due to illness. Please note that further re-schedules are subject to a re-booking fee (50% of the original session fee). It’s important that we get your baby or child at their best in order to capture happy and joyful images.