Newborn Photography Sessions in Gloucester

It’s so true what they say about time flying when you have a baby. Your precious sleepy newborn will become an alert, moving mini-you in no time at all! Newborn photography is the perfect way to cherish the memories of those first few weeks in your baby’s life – in all their sleepy, snuggly glory.

I know how precious those first few weeks are and how much courage it can take to leave the house with your new baby. When you come into my studio, I’ll do my absolute best to make you feel at home and offer you the chance for some well-earned rest while I work my magic with your little one.

I wouldn’t trust my baby with just anyone, and I wouldn’t expect you to either. I like to speak to my clients on the phone before booking so that you can get a feel for who I am and to make sure that we’re a good fit for each other. However, you can rest assured that I am fully trained and insured to safely handle and pose newborn babies. I am also trained in paediatric first aid so your baby will be in safe hands.

Highly recommended! When we arrived I was a little apprehensive as it was my first outing with my newborn, however Katie greeted us and showed us into her studio. I felt at ease immediately, she asked if I was happy with the colours and props used and then began to work her magic. My baby was trying to fight going to sleep but after an hour she finally went to sleep thanks to Katie’s patience. A couple of weeks later she called us back to view and choose the pictures we wanted, we were speechless with all of the pictures she took! I would like to thank Katie for her excellent service and for capturing the moments we will cherish for the rest of our lives.

Shannon

What to expect during your newborn photoshoot

Newborn photoshoots are for babies aged 7-28 days. If your baby is a little older, you might want to take a look at an older baby photoshoot.

BEFORE

I recommend booking in for your newborn photoshoot as early as your 20 week scan. We’ll book a provisional photoshoot date approximately 7-14 days after your due date which we can move if needs be. A £100 deposit is required to secure your booking, which will be credited towards your final order. Then we can get to the fun part of planning your photoshoot!

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ON THE DAY

Newborn photoshoots are scheduled for up to four hours, giving us plenty of time to feed and settle your little one before we get to work on all the cute poses and wraps that we’ll be using during your session. We’ll be sure to get some photos of the rest of the family too. Please don’t worry about getting in front of the camera so soon after birth, everything we do is designed to make you look at your best.

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AFTER

A few weeks after your photoshoot, you’ll be invited back to the studio to see your beautiful gallery for the first time. You’ll get to see and touch the unique pieces of wall art on offer and see exactly how they’ll look on the walls of your home. This is when you’ll choose the packages and products you’d like to buy and make your final purchase.

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For more information, take a look at the newborn photoshoot FAQs.

Newborn Baby Pricing

The newborn photography packages available to you are listed below but please don’t get too caught up in them now. You don’t need to make any decisions until after you’ve seen your photographs. All I ask on booking is that you pay £100 as a deposit to secure your appointment and this will be credited entirely to your chosen package at your View and Order Appointment. If you’d prefer to make a bespoke order, you’re more than welcome to do so, however there is a minimum spend of £299.

Newborn Photography Gallery

Curled up, sleepy and oh-so-precious.

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Newborn Photoshoot FAQs

If you would like to understand more about the process, or have any concerns, please see my frequently asked questions about newborn photography below.

Before your photoshoot

Can I pay for my session in instalments?

Yes! You are more than welcome to pay for your preferred photography package in monthly instalments in the run up to your session. Please let me know if you’d like to take advantage of this when booking your session. Payment plans can also be used to pay for your products after your view and order session, however no photographic products will be received until your invoice is paid in full.

ME/MY PARTNER/MY CHILD ARE POORLY, CAN WE STILL COME FOR OUR APPOINTMENT?

I have to be really careful not to pass on any nasty germs to the small babies that enter my studio so, please get in touch to reschedule. You won’t be charged and it’s much better to be safe rather than sorry.

WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY Newborn PHOTOSHOOT FOR?
Newborn photography sessions best take place between the ages of five and 28 days. Some photographers might only accept babies in the first few weeks and others might allow a bit later, but generally, the best time to photograph a newborn is in those first few weeks of their life. Because that puts us on quite a tight timescale, I would highly recommend booking your session well in advance to avoid disappointment. In fact, as soon as you’ve had your 20 week scan, I would recommend getting in touch to put a date in the diary.

Of course we have no idea when your new arrival is going to, well, arrive, so we’ll aim for about 5-7 days after your due date. Then if we need to move things around, it’s no problem.

WHAT IS THE DEPOSIT FOR?
A £100 deposit is payable for all photo sessions to secure your booking. This is then used as a credit towards whichever package or products you would like to buy. The deposit is non-refundable in the event of a no-show.
DO I HAVE TO BUY FROM ONE OF YOUR PACKAGES?
No, you are welcome to make a bespoke order. There is, however, a minimum spend equal to the relevant silver package.
DO YOU USE FLASH FOR NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY?

Yes! Although there are lots of photographers who choose to use natural light for newborn photography, I prefer the control that studio lighting gives me to really create the style of image that I love and am known for.

You needn’t worry though, the very short duration and unfocused nature of the flashes make flash photography perfectly safe for your newborn baby’s eyes.

DOES IT COST ANY EXTRA FOR TWINS/MULTIPLES?

No, not at all! I’d love to welcome you with all your children into the studio!

HOW LONG IS A NEWBORN PHOTOSHOOT?
A newborn photoshoot typically lasts between 2-4 hours, but can sometimes take longer. Babies are all different – some might comfortably sleep through their entire session whereas others might be in a phase of cluster feeding which makes it difficult to get a good sleep period for me to work my magic. It just all depends on the baby and how they’re feeling on the day. The pace is set entirely by them. And if that means I need more than four hours to get you a beautiful gallery full of photographs, then that’s absolutely fine. Please don’t plan anything else for the rest of the day – then we can all relax and enjoy the experience without any outside pressures.
HOW MUCH IS A NEWBORN PHOTOSHOOT?

Prices for newborn photoshoots vary wildly. And whilst I understand that cost is likely to be a factor in choosing your photographer, I would highly recommend that you do not base your decision solely on price.

  • Safety is paramount. You’d be shocked by how many people buy a ‘proper’ camera and call themselves a professional newborn photographer, without ever having completed any training on how to safely handle and pose a newborn. Newborn photography training costs hundreds of pounds; make sure your photographer has invested in theirs.
  • Your baby will never be this small again. If capturing this precious time is important to you, don’t scrimp on your photographs. Because if you make the wrong choice and find you don’t like them, you may never get the opportunity to retake them. Choose a photographer who has a great, consistent style that you LOVE.
  • There’s a lot to be said for gut instinct. Meet or at least talk to your photographer before booking and make sure you get a good feeling from them. After all, you’ll be handing over your most precious creation!

If you’d like to know more about how much my newborn photoshoots cost, head to my newborn photography section.

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On the day

Where is your studio?

My studio is located at my home in Longlevens, moments off the A40 and M5 motorway, making it ideally situated for clients in Gloucester, Cheltenham and further afield.

Can I have my hair and make-up done?

Yes absolutely! I work with a fabulous hair and make-up artist who specialises in beautiful, natural make-up. Simply let me know you’d like to book when you get in touch.

What should I expect from the session?
After the formalities of booking are over and done with, you’ll get an email confirming everything you need to know about your maternity photo session. You’ll be invited to my purpose-built garden studio in Gloucester where your session will last between 45 and 90 minutes, depending on whether you chose the full maternity session or opted for the shorter mini session.

You’ll likely feel nervous when you arrive, but honestly, we’ll soon be having a laugh (at my expense probably) and you’ll start to feel at ease. I’ve got a selection of outfits available to make you look and feel at your best… and if you’re feeling brave towards the end of the session, we could try some nude silhouettes too because they really do make a beautiful piece of art. You don’t have to do anything that you feel uncomfortable with. And if you want to bring a chaperone, that’s absolutely fine. Extra helpers are always handy!

I’ll aim to have your photographs ready for you in about two weeks but if you don’t want to wait that long, you’ll get the option of a sneak peek on Facebook that very evening. If you booked a full maternity session, you’ll be welcomed back to the studio to view your photographs and take home your beautiful prints and USB. For the mini session, you’ll simply receive a link to an online gallery so you can download your photographs from the comfort of your own home.

If you’d like to read a more detailed account of what it’s like to have a maternity photoshoot with Moments by Katie Mitchell, click here.

After your photoshoot

When will my photographs be ready?
After your photoshoot, your photographs will be edited to my highest standards before being presented to you. This process typically takes three weeks, however may take a little longer during busy periods. As soon as your photographs are ready, you’ll be invited back for your personal view and order session, where you’ll be able to view your photographs and choose the packages and products that you would like to purchase.

Please note that some mini sessions and event photography packages may not include a personal view and order session; in these cases you will be provided with an online gallery from which to download your photographs.

What happens after my photoshoot?
As your photoshoot draws to a close, we’ll arrange a convenient date and time for you to return to the studio for your view and order session. I don’t like to keep clients waiting too long, so I normally aim to get you back within a couple of weeks of your photo session.

If you can’t wait that long, you’ll be offered the opportunity of a sneak peek of one of your photographs on Facebook the evening of your photoshoot. Please note that I need your consent to use your images in this manner, so if you have not already opted into this within your contract, you may be asked to complete a model release form.

At your view and order appointment, you’ll be shown a beautiful, customised slideshow of all of your photographs. You’ll be reminded of the packages available and shown the art of the possible when it comes to wall art. And then it’s up to you to choose how you’d like to proceed. There’s never any pressure and, of course, if you don’t fall in love with your photographs, I will happily refund your deposit. Thankfully I can report that 100% of my clients have loved their photographs!

Orders are to be made at the view and order session so please make sure all decision makers can attend. I accept cash or debit card and can also offer payment plans if necessary.

Do I have to decide on my final order at the Reveal appointment?

Ideally, yes. The purpose of the Reveal session is for you to sit back and enjoy your photographs and decide which collection is right for you. Additional Reveal appointments may be requested, however a booking fee will apply.

What is the charity donation?
I am passionate about helping families across Gloucestershire to celebrate family life but I know that not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to afford a luxury such as professional photography to help them do this. From an early stage in my business, I decided that I would do my bit to support those who can’t, so I chose to donate a portion of all standard packages sold to three charities in Gloucestershire that resonated with my values, Gloucestershire Bundles, The Family Haven and Footsteps Counselling and Care.
Will you use my images?
I’d love to! But I will never show your photographs to anyone without your consent. When you sign your portrait photography contract, you’ll be asked permission to use photographs from your session for marketing purposes. I know that some people feel uneasy about this until they’ve seen their images and that’s fine. You’re welcome to make up your mind at your view and order session and, if you’re happy for me to share your beautiful images with the world, I’ll simply fill ask you to fill in a model release consent form. And of course, if you’d prefer they stayed private, then that’s absolutely fine as well.

I wrote a blog post which goes into a little more detail about this here.

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