Ellie J Photography | First Blog of 2015! Important Newborn Information

First Blog of 2015! Important Newborn Information

January 05, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Well - I'm starting my New Year's Resolution to blog more and eat less!  As I've had so many enquiries lately I thought I'd post my Newborn Information page here.  New parents booked in for a newborn session with Ellie J Photography will also receive a PDF booklet of important information prior to their session, which has been written to help ensure, as far as possible, that their sitting runs as smoothly as possible. 

So - 2015 Blog No. 1 down.......The eating less thing might happen tomorrow......or the day after!

Important Newborn Information

When to Book - To avoid disappointment, please book your newborn session with me as early as possible, ideally whilst still pregnant.  I will then reserve time for your sitting based on your due date, allowing flexibility in my diary should baby (as they often do) decide to arrive early or late.  It is important that you contact me as soon as possible after baby has been born to confirm your session date.

Safety -  I am proud to be a certified member of the Baby and Newborn Photography Association (BANPAS). Our members are amongst the UK's leading baby and newborn photographers.  The Association promotes safe working practice and is dedicated to ensuring your baby's comfort and safety whilst we create beautiful images for you to treasure.  I hold full insurance and have had my work assessed to ensure that I will always work safely with your precious newborn.  In order to ensure baby's safety during a session, I will ask mum or dad to assist with some photographs for example, to safely support baby to create 'composite' shots, an example of which can be seen here.  As you can see, this tiny baby was fully supported by daddy and the resulting images put together carefully in Photoshop to create the final photograph.   

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AgeThe age of your baby will determine what poses I am able to use. In order to create those gorgeous, curly poses, your newborn session ideally needs to take place within ten days to two weeks of baby's birth. After this age, your baby will begin to  lose their newborn appearance and be less likely to fall into that deep newborn sleep that allows me to gently position them into the poses I use.    

Please don't worry however if we miss that window of opportunity! All this means is that I may not be able to use some of my 'tiny' newborn props and your session could take longer as little one will be more alert and less inclined to sleep. 

Personally, I love 'wide eyed' newborn photographs and am always amazed at a young baby's ability to give me some amazing eye contact. Even in sessions where little one has absolutely refused to sleep for more than ten minutes, mum and dad have still ended up with a set of gorgeous photos!

Session LengthYou need to be aware that newborn shoots take time.  I will always work around the needs of your baby allowing for feeds, nappy changes and cuddles to soothe your little one to sleep.  It’s not unusual for a newborn session to last four hours and it is for this reason that my newborn sessions all start at 10.00 am. Once we have confirmed a date for your newborn shoot, you will receive an advice booklet designed to ensure your session runs as smoothly as possible.  It is very important that you read this booklet carefully to prepare for your session. 
Older Siblings - As important members of the family, older siblings are of course welcome to be photographed with their new brother or sister at no extra charge. However, please let me know if older children are involved, as I will need to arrange for the sibling and family portraits to be taken at the start of the session.  If your older children are at school, please inform me at the time of your initial booking and I will do my best to keep a weekend free for your newborn session, however this cannot be guaranteed.
As the newborn part of your shoot requires a calm atmosphere and will take some time, I ask that in order to avoid boredom for your older child and disruption to the session, arrangements be made for siblings (especially younger children), to be collected from the studio after their photos.  Luckily I live in a lovely country village with plenty of pubs and am based right next door to a park with childrens' play area which is always worth a visit!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Clothing Choices - As very young babies are so easily swamped by clothing and in order to show off your baby's flawless skin and tiny features, I photograph newborns in the nude or in my lovely simple wraps.  Of course if you have a favourite outfit you really want your baby photographed in, bring it with you and we will work it into the session. 

For adults/siblings choose clothes that are not heavily patterned or brightly coloured - such clothes will draw attention away from your faces (and of course baby) in the finished photos.  Family groups look great if you are all dressed in complimentary colours.

Mums are often concerned about their post-pregnancy shape and having had three children myself, I can associate with that!  The most flattering thing to wear for those lovely mummy and new baby shots are dark colours with long sleeves. 







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