One of the most common fears I hear from parents before they book a newborn shoot or before I start a session is "what if my baby doesn't settle?". Mummy's and Daddy's worry that their baby will choose the day of their photos to be unsettled, not sleep and turn into 'the one' baby who doesn't want to play ball for their shoot. Parents also feel that it is their responsibility to ensure that their baby is asleep for the session and the thought of this puts them off booking, meaning they miss out on capturing such a special time. If this is you then I hope to be able to reassure you that there is no need to worry.
The first thing to say is that I can understand why parents may feel this way, because they don't know what to expect from a session as they've never had one before. They are just getting to used to life at home with a newborn baby who cries, maybe has colic or reflux and only sleeps when cuddled in someone's arms. They cannot imagine how I am going to manage to get those sleepy curly images that newborn photographers 'show off' on social media.They think all these babies look settled, angelic and very sleepy, therefore parents believe that this happens to every baby naturally and therefore the expectation that their baby has to do the same makes them anxious.
The truth is, not every baby is 100% perfect for the duration of their shoot, (they are babies after all), some will fuss, be more sensitive to me touching and moving them, some will wee and poo their way through the session, soiling every prop possible and some just like to show a little defiance by fighting their sleep. Whatever I am presented with it is my job to settle them, work with them and use my training and years of experience to get you a lovely full gallery of images no matter what. I will never allow a session to become a stressful experience for parents nor have I ever had to ask a family to return due to an unsettled baby and not being able to achieve a gallery of images.
When you book a newborn photoshoot with me, you are paying me to do so much more that just photograph your newborn baby. You are paying me and trusting me, as an experienced expert to settle, soothe and safely pose your newborn baby and then photograph them. All you need to do is sit, relax and catch up on some well deserved rest and let me do all the work.
I have been specialising in posing newborns for over 3.5 years now and I have settled well over 300 babies in this time. Over the years I have understood the 'ideal' times to work with a baby and the days and weeks to avoid, so ensuring an effective session starts from the point of scheduling your session date. I will also provide a full and detailed preparation guide which asks parents to do a few simple things with their baby, before the session which will also make a huge difference. Most importantly, due to my experience I know so many tricks and tips for getting a baby settled and keeping them this way. My experience has also made me resilient to unsettled and fussy moments and I pride myself on working through these challenges to ensure I still get the desired outcome of a beautiful gallery. Parents often leave their shoot with some tips themselves and often message me several days after to tell me how valuable my advice was.
It also helps that I am a Mummy to two very little girls and therefore my own experiences of them as babies are still quite fresh.
So, if this has been worrying you, then I hope this helps to reassure you. Take a look at the many reviews on my facebook page too and see what other parents have said as this may also help to confirm that your baby is in safe hands and you will find the session nothing but a positive experience. I am also at the other end of the phone so we can talk through any worries you may have in person at any time. Just go to the Contact Us page and drop me an email and we can chat as much as you need.