What if my baby has a fussy day and won't settle? What if my baby cries all the time and I end up with photos of an unhappy baby? What if my baby has accidents during the session and it ruins the photos? Will it be stressful if my baby won't do want you want them to do? What happens if they never settle?
These are some of the comments I hear from many parents just before a session and probably ones that go through the minds of every parent before they book or arrive for their session, even if they don't say it to me.
Now, there is no point in me trying to say that every baby is a perfect sleeper for their session and that every baby is a total dream to photograph. This simply isn't the case. They are little human beings and they experience the same 'off' days or moments that we do. In fact, even more so than adults as they are experiencing the first few days of 'life' and that is so different from what they've known for 9 months in the womb.
What I can however ensure, is that no matter how your little one behaves on the day, the experience will NOT be stressful to any parent.
As you have hopefully read by now, I have been trained to photograph Newborn babies by three of the UK's leaders of newborn photography and pioneers of safety, Maddy Rogers, Rob Mank and Shellie Wall. My training was 'hands on' not via a video or book. Not only was I given expertise on safely posing but also on how to soothe, settle and spot signs and patterns and be able to work around certain situations.
BUT the most important thing is that I have a large amount of experience on my side and this is what makes the difference. I have posed and photographed A LOT of babies and whilst each one is different, I have encountered most situations. Whatever the situation, whether your baby is fussy, constantly needs feeding, has a medical issue which has implications to how they settle, I will calmly deal with it whilst you continue to relax. We all have to start to somewhere, just like I did, however I know that back in my early days, it can be easy to become flustered when a baby starts to fuss and it takes experience and knowledge to work through it.
I have several 'tricks' of the trade which starts even before the session. I will give you guidance and advice to prepare your baby before the session and talk through any known concerns or medical issues. When you arrive for your session, I take time to find out about your baby, their behaviours and then I use this knowledge, combined with other techniques as I work with your baby to pose them. A lot of my clients say I 'have some kind of magic", "she is the baby whisperer", I like to call it experience and expertise. I have patience in abundance and the camera will not click until I am satisfied your baby is settled, safely posed and correctly posed, making sure they are and look comfy and happy. I want to stress that this, as it is so important. I get that every parent has their parent goggles on when they look at their baby. I am one of them. I would look at any image of my babies and love them because of who they are. BUT, you want to look at them when the fog of a newborn has lifted and be able to see that they looked comfy, happy and nicely posed rather than lying awkwardly on a blanket or in a container as the photographer made an attempt to get 'something' whilst your baby was being unsettled.
It might be that your baby, despite all I do, decides that they don't want to sleep. They seem to be inquisitive to their surroundings, stubborn (i swear they know my intentions) so I begin with beautiful awake shots too but in my experience, this will not last for the whole session so I aim to provide you with the best of both worlds.
Lastly, let's talk wee and poo! It happens, babies do it all the time. It's the unglamorous side of what I do for sure, however it does not phase me in the slightest. It happens over my props, outfits and even me but never feel embarrassed. I simply have a giggle, clean up and move on. Every props is washed after each session and no-one will need ever know than us.
If you would like to know more about my Newborn Sessions or if you are interested in booking then please visit the contact page.