If you’re thinking about booking a newborn photoshoot for your new baby but you’re not quite sure what to expect, then here’s a glimpse of what happens at a newborn photography session with Moments by Katie Mitchell.
Before you book
Once you’ve had a look at my newborn photography page and you’ve decided that you like my work and are interested in what I have to offer, then it’s time to get in touch! Just fill out the contact form on my page and I’ll give you a call back at a time that suits you.
This telephone consultation is where we start to get to know each other. We’ll have a chat about what it is that you’re hoping for from a newborn photoshoot, find out the colours and styles of photography that you’re looking for and the type of wall art that you are drawn to. This will help me to plan your session and make sure that the photographs I take will be exactly what you’re hoping for and will look amazing hung up in your home.
Hopefully by the end of the conversation, you’ll have a good feel for who I am and what to expect, and I’ll have answered all of your questions. Then, if you feel that you’re ready to go ahead and book, I’ll send you over the contract and deposit information to look over in your own time. Once the contract has been signed and the deposit paid, you’ll receive a confirmation email letting you know that your session has been booked!
At this point, you’ll have a provisional date for your newborn photography session. Of course, we don’t know exactly when your baby is going to arrive, so I’ll make sure there’s some flexibility in my schedule around the time of your due date. Then it’s just a case of letting me know as soon as you can after your baby has been born to confirm a time and date for your photoshoot.
Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as just turning up to your photo session with your new baby; there’s some preparation involved to try and maximise our chances of a really good photoshoot. About a week before your appointment, I’ll send you over a simple guide of some dos and don’ts to remember in the run up to the day. If you’d like to get a head start on the sort of prep that’s involved, I’ve written a blog post that should help!
On the day
When you arrive, you’ll be welcomed into my home studio where you can relax and make yourself at home for the next 2-4 hours. Although that may seem like a long time, it just means that we can go entirely at your new baby’s pace. We can stop for feeds and cuddles at any time without worrying that time is ticking away from us and we won’t get the photos we need.
We’re always aiming for your baby to have a full feed on arrival, as this will hopefully mean that they’ll go into a nice, deep sleep and we’ll be able to sail through the session easily. Once they’re fed and starting to get sleepy, we’ll get straight onto the family photographs so that once they’re done, you can sit back with a nice hot cup of coffee while I get to work because, for most new parents, that is a dream!
During the rest of the session, I’ll go through a series of adorable poses with your baby on my posing beanbag and in some super cute props to make sure you have lots of variety in your gallery. Some of the poses take a lot longer than others and you’ll find that I spend a lot more time making sure your baby is comfortable and content than I do actually taking photographs.
I’ve been trained by some of the best newborn photographers in the UK so you can rest assured that every pose I do is safe for your baby. At no point will they ever be put in a position that could hurt them nor will they be left alone at any point. I also monitor the temperature carefully to make sure your baby will be comfortable and won’t get too hot at any point – although that is still likely to mean it’s a bit toasty for us.
Once I’m happy that you’ve got a gallery full of gorgeous photographs, we’ll wrap things up by figuring out when you’d like to come back and see your photographs; I don’t like to keep people waiting too long, so you’ll be offered an appointment within the next couple of weeks. If you’re too excited to wait that long, you can have a sneak peek on Facebook that very evening if you’d like!
I hope this has given you a useful insight into what a newborn photography session with Moments by Katie Mitchell looks like. Please let me know if you think I’ve missed anything that you’d love to know about my newborn photoshoots – or, if you’re ready to go ahead and book – please get in touch!