FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Newborn Photography Sessions

 

WHY CHOOSE ELLIE J PHOTOGRAPHY?

AT WHAT AGE SHOULD I HAVE MY NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHED?

WHEN SHOULD I BOOK?

HOW DO I BOOK?

HOW LONG WILL MY SESSION TAKE?

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

DO YOU ONLY OFFER POSED NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY?

CAN I BRING OUR OLDER CHILDREN?

CAN I BRING OUR DOG?

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO OUR SESSION?

SHOULD WE BRING CLOTHES FOR BABY?

WHAT SHOULD WE/OUR OLDER CHILDREN WEAR?

WILL YOU RETOUCH OUR PHOTOS?

HOW LONG BEFORE WE CAN SEE THE FINISHED PHOTOS?

HOW DO WE ORDER?

WHAT PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?

 

WHY CHOOSE ELLIE J PHOTOGRAPHY?

  • I have been a professional newborn photographer for 17 years, so I have plenty of experience!
  • My sessions are always relaxed and, because I work around the needs of your newborn, never hurried.
  • I am trained in the safe handling and posing of newborn babies in addition to photographic techniques, lighting and post processing.
  • I am professionally qualified with both the British Institute of Professional Photography and the Guild of Professional Photographers.
  • I have won awards for my work.
  • I have written and had articles published on the importance of newborn safety during photography sessions.
  • Each session is tailored to suit your preferences; I have a wide range of props and coloured fabrics and cloths that I use so we can match your images to your home decor.

 

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AT WHAT AGE SHOULD I HAVE MY NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHED?

The absolute best age for me to photograph your little one is between five and fourteen days old, as baby will still be very sleepy and flexible at this young age. Don't worry if we miss that window though; I regularly photograph older newborn babies of up to six weeks in instances where (for example) they've had a longer than planned hospital stay, were born early, or mum hasn't been feeling 100% after birth.

 

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WHEN SHOULD I BOOK?

As my diary gets so busy I always recommend that parents book as early as possible, while still pregnant, to guarantee a session. I can sometimes fit a session in last minute, so if your little one has already been born it is always worth giving me a call in case I've got a space.

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HOW DO I BOOK?

Simply contact me through this website or on 07765 718415. If I am able to accept your booking I will ask for an email address to which I will send a booking email. The £60 session fee is due in advance to secure your booking and I can hold provisional bookings for one week. You pay for your chosen package after you have seen your finished images and decided what you want to buy.

Once I have received your session fee I will reserve time in my diary around your due date to accommodate your session should baby arrive earlier or later than expected. I ask that someone contact me within 48 hours of baby's birth and it is at this point a date for your newborn session is set.

 

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HOW LONG WILL MY SESSION TAKE?

Your newborn session can take anything between two and four hours, depending on how your little on is on the day. I only ever book one session per day to ensure I can work around baby's needs and that you don't feel rushed.

 

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WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

My studio is based in the village of Fillongley, near the centre of England with easy access from the M42, M5, M1 and M6. Over the years I have photographed hundreds of clients from Coventry, Warwickshire and the West Midlands. My studio is fully equipped and has baby changing facilities, comfy seating and off-road parking. 

 

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DO YOU ONLY OFFER POSED NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY?

No, I also offer more relaxed, lifestyle type sessions. Just let me know what style you prefer at the time of booking.

 

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CAN I BRING MY OLDER CHILDREN?

Of course! Where older siblings are involved I will take the family and sibling photos right at the start of the session so big sister or big brother can then be taken out of the studio while we concentrate on baby.

 

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CAN I BRING OUR DOG?

Yes! I've become well known for my newborn and dog photography. I just ask that you be sure about your dog's behaviour and that he/she be housetrained, vaccinated and wormed. Please see here for further information.

 

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WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO OUR SESSION?

You will be sent a detailed PDF before your session giving more information but in brief please bring:

  • Lots of milk if baby is bottle fed (babies usually want to feed more than usual during their photography session).
  • Everything you need for nappy changes
  • Any personal items you want included in the photographs
  • Snacks/drinks for yourself.

 

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SHOULD WE BRING CLOTHES FOR OUR BABY?

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 just their nappies with a skin toned cover or my lovely simple wraps. Having said this, if you have a favourite outfit you really want your baby photographed in, bring it with you and we will of course work it into the session. 

 

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WHAT SHOULD WE/OUR OLDER CHILDREN WEAR?

Adults/Siblings - Choose clothes that are not heavily patterned or brightly coloured. Complimentary colours look great in family photographs. 

Mums are often concerned about their post-pregnancy shape and, having had three children myself, I can associate with that! If this applies to you, the most flattering things to wear are dark colours with long sleeves.

My studio will be lovely and warm for your newborn session so I suggest wearing layers for your comfort. It might also be a good idea to bring a change of top, just in case your little one has any accidents mid-nappy change or post feed!

 

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WILL YOU RETOUCH OUR PHOTOS?

Yes.The majority of newborn images will be professionally processed to ensure the subtle removal of any little imperfections and remove excessive redness or jaundice. With regard to birth marks, I will always ask whether you would like the mark removed completely, left as it is or simply softened slightly in the final image. 

 

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HOW LONG BEFORE WE CAN SEE THE FINISHED PHOTOS?

Due to my busy diary my processing time is up to four weeks. You will then be sent a link to a password protected viewing gallery which is live for two days from which to choose your images.

 

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HOW DO WE ORDER?

Once you have chosen your images you simply email the file numbers back to me and pay for your chosen package. Your images are then sent to you either via digital download or on USB (depending on which package you choose). At this point you will also be emailed a link to download your mobile gallery app of your chosen images and, dependent on package chosen, your animated slideshow link.

 

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WHAT PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?

I use the Nikon D850, a professional high resolution full frame DSLR so you can be sure your images will be of a very high quality. In the studio I use professional Bowens lighting equipment with modifiers to ensure very soft lighting that won't disturb your newborn. 

 

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Ellie J Photography 

Newborn Photographer Coventry