Frequently Asked Questions, Answered
You are not alone if you have a million questions about what happens
at a newborn or new baby portrait session.
Here are some of the questions that have been asked before
and if yours are not here then please drop me an email.
How do we book a session when we don’t know exactly when our baby will arrive?
You can book your session with me anytime after your 20 week scan. I only take 6 newborn bookings in a month so that no matter when all the babies I have booked are born I know that I can fit each and every one of them in to my schedule.
Where will the session take place?
Studio sessions will take place at my home studio in Epsom, KT19.
My full address will be sent once your booking is confirmed.
My home studio is set up so that you can come and relax and enjoy the session in a comfortable environment.
There’s a sofa, tea, coffee, water & cake but you’re also welcome to bring any refreshments of your own if you’d prefer.
There are also options to have Lifestyle sessions in your own home. Check out a real life lifestyle session here.
What will happen if my baby is unsettled?
Most very new babies sleep a lot especially those under 10 days old. However if you have an older baby who is not sleepy on the day or a baby who wants to cluster feed, or even a baby who only wants to be held, do not worry. There are options and I will always give you the option to reschedule or we can shift the style of the session to a more lifestyle approach with mum and dad holding the baby for many of the photographs.
Do we have to come to your studio so soon after the birth?
If you would like the posed portraits of your little and portraits using props then the session does need to take place in my home studio. My home studio is relaxed with a sofa so you can put your feet up and relax during the session.
If you would prefer to have a session in your own home then this is possible with a lifestyle session. A lifestyle session is done in your own surroundings with natural light. I just need enough space to pose your little one near a window, usually, a bed will do. Please do not worry about having your home immaculately tidy for my arrival, you have enough on your plate in the early days and I really don’t mind.
What will happen if I have to have a section and don’t want to leave the house?
If you’ve booked a studio session but later decide you’d like to change to a lifestyle session at home then that is absolutely fine. Any difference in session price can be used against purchases of packages, products or digital images.
Does my baby have to be naked?
Your baby does not have to be naked. Some people love to have portraits of their little one just as they are and as naked as the day they come but other prefer if baby is wrapped or dressed in a beautiful newborn romper. This decision is completely up to you and all you have to do is let me know before the session so that I can prepare your session just the way you want it.
Please know that if your baby is naked for any of their portraits their modesty will be protected and the most you will see is a chubby little bottom.
I don’t want my baby to be placed in certain poses. Do I have a say on the day?
This is completely understandable. I don’t actually offer to do some of the poses which many people worry about being unsafe (such as the “froggy pose”) because I think it is unnecessary to place any baby in a situation which is even remotely risky or unsafe. It is entirely possible to create beautiful images for your gallery with baby completely safe and comfortable.
Most of my poses are of baby laid on a very comfortable beanbag with layers upon layers of blankets to make them extra cosy. Any photographs with a baby placed in a prop are done so with mum/dad’s hands still securely supporting baby, which are then removed in the editing process.
If there is anything you know you don’t want before the session please let me know and if there is anything on the day you’d prefer to skip then please please just say. The session is tailored entirely around you and I want you to be happy both during the session as well as with the images produced afterwards.
What if my baby has jaundice, red patches or temporary skin blemishes?
All of the above will be edited away during the professional retouching stage. If there are any blotches or skin marks/scars/discolouring that you want to still see in the photographs please let me know as I will automatically remove anything unless I know it’s something you wish to keep.
Do I have to be in the photographs?
If you don’t want to be then of course not. BUT I would say that one day in decades to come you or your son/daughter might really want to see a photograph from this very special time. Photographs are memories and a way for you and all your future family members to remember a time in history.
If you don’t want to show the world, you don’t have to. You can keep them locked away somewhere just for you. But I would recommend you have something to remind you and your little one that you were actually there at this magical time. It won’t matter one bit to you child how you looked but it might make them incredibly sad if they have no memory of you at all.
If you really don’t want to be in the pictures and I can’t convince you otherwise then at least consider having your hands available for the camera….
Can you make me look better in the photos?
Yes, I have many tools available to me as a professional retoucher. I can remove circles under the eyes and give skin a bit more of a glow. I can even subtly slim down a waistline. But only if you want it. Please let me know if you’d like me to help you look a little more like you pre-baby pre-sleep-deprived self, I’d be more than happy to help.
Do all sessions last 4 hours? I’ve heard some last even longer?
Hopefully not! The reason I offer up to 4 hours is in case your little one is cluster feeding or needs a lot of settling with mum. Some babies can cluster feed for periods of 45 minutes or longer so I like to make sure you are not being rushed. I won’t have anything booked in for at least 4 hours after your session is due to start for this exact reason and I never have 2 newborns booked in the same day (mainly because EVERYTHING needs to be washed after each session so there is not time to fit two sessions plus washing into a day).
With a very settled and sleepy baby, I can finish a session in just over an hour. The rest of the time is for you to feel relaxed and know you have as much time as you need to feed and cuddle your little one.
If baby is not settling at all and we can see that the session is going to be difficult to tie up within the 4 hours I will offer for you to either proceed as a lifestyle session where baby is held more or offer you another date to come back for us to try again. In some cases we have done all the photographs which include dad while baby is unsettled and then invited mum back for the rest of the session on another day. This means if dad is about to finish paternity leave we have the photographs we need of him.
Can I bring siblings?
Yes, you can bring siblings along and I would highly recommend including a sibling portrait as well as a full family portrait to be included in the session plan.
My best advice is that siblings come along either at the start or the end of the session so that they don’t have to stay for the duration if they are likely to get bored or would prefer to be elsewhere. A photography session where they are not the focus can seem like a very mundane and frustrating way for a sibling to spend their afternoon.
What happens at the ordering appointment?
The ordering appointment is set up for you and your partner to come and view your gallery of images so that you can make your purchasing choices and place your order.
The benefits of an ordering appointment…
- You get to see the photographs on a high-resolution colour corrected screen. Viewing galleries on a mobile phone can be incredibly disappointing as they usually have terrible colour casts and the resolution is poor.
- You can see and feel prints and products which makes choosing what you want much easier.
- You place your order there and then, and it’s done, you won’t have “print baby photos” on your to-do list for the next year. It’s so easy at such a busy time with so much going on to forget to do what you intended with your images.
- You get to see what your images look like printed via a colour correct professional lab. Many high street printers produce truly awful colour accuracy in their prints. I’d hate for you to get your images printed and think it was the standard of my images that were the reason for substandard prints. If you wish to purchase digitals and print them yourself then this is completely fine and you are more than welcome to purchase the digital images for this reason. I would just like you to see how they should look before you get them printed to you know how they should be when you get them back from the lab.
Can we just buy digitals?
Yes of course. This is why I have my session fees and packages set up the way I do.
Every single person has a different idea of what they intend to do with their portrait images. Some want large wall art, others want a collage of smaller prints, others an album to treasure and some want the digitals to save in a folder on their computer. So you can either choose from my three most popular product packages or you can create you own. And if you only wish to buy digitals then that option is there for you too.
There are big discounts on my most popular packages and these do include digital images so please take a look before making your decision.
Will you put our pictures on the internet?
I don’t put all of my sessions on the internet and you will be asked on my client agreement whether this is something you would be happy with prior to the session. If you do not want the images online I will not put them there.
If you just don’t want pictures of yourself or any naked baby pictures online then please feel free to say.
Please also know that I never mention a babies name (other than my own) when I post images either to my website or on social media and I never tag a parent in an image for the same reason. To the general public, the images are just another baby. No-one knows their name or who their family are to protect their privacy. By all means, tag yourself or tag me if you upload any to your own account but I like to ensure you of the privacy of your nearest dearest from my side.
I hope these Questions & Answers help you a little when making your decision about your newborn photographer. If you have any other questions, please drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org