What to expect at your Newborn Session with Ellie J Photography
I've had a lot of newborn bookings recently (thank you lovely people!) and also several few phone enquiries from people who were wondering exactly what to expect during a newborn session at Ellie J Photography.
First of all, I always advise booking early - around the time of your 20 week scan is ideal. I do get very busy and have had to turn a few people away this year due to a full diary. I can sometimes squeeze people in, so its always worth a call - but if possible, its best to plan in advance.
Once I know your due date, I will then reserve time for a couple of weeks around that date (because newborns might be lovely but they are notoriously unreliable when it comes to time keeping!) Once your little one has arrived, I ask that you phone me as soon as possible in order to confirm a day for the session (ideally before baby is ten days old). Once a date has been finalised, I will email you a confirmation together with some important pre-session advice and we're good to go!
On the day of your sitting the studio will be toasty warm and I'll ask you to undress little one as soon as you arrive. I will then get to work cuddling and posing your baby and taking some wonderful photographs for you while you put your feet up. If you've followed my pre-session advice, the sitting should run smoothly, allowing me to use different setups and effects/props. I always like to include family photos too.
Safety is of the utmost importance during a session, and I will ask a parent (usually dad because I think mum has earned a rest) to help out by supporting baby for some of the shots or simply being close at hand to ensure baby is secure at all times.
Once the session is ended, I'll reluctantly give up my cuddles and wave you off before putting all my blankets and wraps in my poor over-worked washing machine.
Then I get to work on the photos. All the 'keepers' (i.e. where dad hasn't got his eyes closed etc!) will be individually processed. This takes time, as newborns very often have overly red skin and milk spots or rashes which need airbrushing away. I also use 'composite' shots for certain poses to ensure baby's safety - so there will be lots of Photoshop work required to remove the supporting hands from such shots and produce the final image. I ask parents to allow me two weeks to process their photographs, but always upload a Facebook preview within 24/48 hours as a little taster, so they don't have to wait too long.
Once your images are finished, they are uploaded to a secure gallery on my web site and you are emailed a password. Your gallery remains live for a few days during which you can view your photos and decide on your order.
If you are thinking of booking a newborn session with me and would like to discuss anything, please don't hesitate to contact me on 07765 718415 or through the 'contact' page of this website.
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