COVID-19 update - impact on sessions
Sessions are back up and running with safety measures in places. I have suspended home visits due to not being able to control the environment and guarantee safety to all of my clients. Newborn sessions are taking place in my studio only and older baby session can be int he studio or in the park.
Where are the sessions held?
Newborn photography sessions take place at my home studio in East London, the postcode of which is E3 2ZB. I do offer sessions in the comfort of your home too, however there is an additional charge of £75 and you will need to commit to a minimum of the large package.
When do I need to book?
I only book in a maximum of 10 sessions per month so in order to make sure you don’t miss out I advise you to book around the time of your 25 week scan. If you are looking for a last minute booking i.e. your baby has already been born it is worth getting in touch with me as I do sometimes have a slot come up last minute if babies are early/late.
Do you do maternity photos/Bump to baby sessions?
If you are booking a newborn session with me then I can also offer you a maternity photo shoot, it is £200 which includes a session and 10 edited digital images. I can send you examples of my maternity sessions upon request.
Why do the photos need to be taken in the first 14 days?
Your baby will change so much in the first few weeks and months of their life, so this early stage is particularly special to capture before they grow. Many of the images you will see of newborn sessions, the baby has been posed into position. Posed newborn photography can only be achieved if the baby is in a deep sleep, which after 14 days becomes less and less. Saying this, it is still possible to take newborn photos up until around 4 weeks (longer if the baby is premature)
How long will the session last?
Typically sessions will last around 3 hours. On rare occasions, if baby is unsettled this may mean we will extend the session at no extra charge. I ensure I keep the afternoon free after your session in case this happens, as the most important thing for me is that we get the outcome that you are hoping for. During the session you will get the chance to have a much deserved rest on the sofa whilst i do all of the hard work!
How many people can come to the session?
In order for me to maintain a calm environment for the session, a maximum of 5 people can attend on the day in addition to the baby. If you have older children too then I would ask you to bring some things to entertain them as well as least 2 adults so if the older child needs to be taken out there is always one left in the studio.
Does it cost more for twins?
I offer newborn photography sessions for twins at the same price as for one baby, the only thing I will ask is that you will support when necessary during the session as I only have 2 hands! The only time the price will increase is if you have triplets or more as I will need to hire an assistant for the day to support the session.
Can we have family photos during our session?
I actively encourage parents, siblings and extended family (whoever is attending the session) to be involved in the photos. Even if you aren’t feeling at our best because you haven’t slept much, capturing you with your new baby is so special and you might regret it if you don’t! I can also take photos of baby in your hands, these make fantastic black and white newborn images.
How can you book in my session when you don’t know when baby is going to arrive?
I book you in by your due date, and in order for me to deliver you a high level of service, I will only book in 2 people each week. This means if baby is late or early I should still be able to fit you in within the first 14 days. Because I have such limited availability I would recommend booking as early as possible in your pregnancy.
What do I need to bring with me?
I will provide wraps, outfits, hair bands, hats and everything required for the photos. I will also send you a guide of what to bring to your session before hand, but don’t worry it won’t be anything you don’t have already!
How will I view the images from my session?
At your session we will schedule in an ordering appointment for approximately 1 week after the session, this can take place at your home or at my home studio. At the session I will present you with approximately 25-30 images, you will decide which package and images you would like and you will receive the digital copies on a USB stick on the same day. You will receive your printed images 2-3 weeks after the session. You will see in my price list, you are able to purchase additional digital images which come with a free print out, or you can purchase just the printed images without the digital.
Can I have the unedited/RAW images?
After the session I will spend a lot of time carefully editing your photos to a high, professional standard. The edited photos will then reflect my style and brand which you see on my website and social media.
RAW/Unedited files will not be provided under any circumstances.
Can I get just the digital images with no prints?
All of my packages come with printed images and high resolution digital copies. You might not realise, but when you go to most online and high-street photo printers, they don not offer you high quality, professional printing. High street printing can reduce the quality of the image as well as change the colours, which means the final result is not how your image was intended.
I use professional printing labs, which I have tried and tested to ensure the best quality. Not only does this give you the image the way it is intended to look, but it also ensures you don't leave your images on a hard drive and never look at them. As we live in a digital world, one of the unfortunate impacts of this is on professional photography, it's great that we can capture so many moments and keep them on our phones and in the cloud, however when your kids grow up, think how special it will be when you can look through a physical album together!
Why is professional newborn photography so expensive?
Professional photography is an investment, and when done right you will receive an exceptional experience and product at the end which is worth more than any price tag.
My clients are extremely important to me, to give you the best result I need to spend time with you understanding what you like and want, preparing and delivering your session and editing your images. I spend on average 2.5 days on each of my clients. I understand that you have just had a baby, I want to give you the time and the space you need, and deliver the highest quality result. I will always prepare for your session and not rush on the day, I will also deliver your images in a timely manner (you will view your images within a week).
I invest my time making sure that I am the best for you, this means continuous professional training, from first aid to technical skills and newborn safety. I also source hand made props, head bands and outfits, as well as the highest quality fabrics and backgrounds. I invest in the purchase and upkeep of top of the range photography and computer equipment to capture and edit your images.
As a professional business, I also have public liability insurance, professional software and subscriptions, website fees, advertising costs, tax, national insurance etc etc.
When booking a newborn photographer I would encourage to check what specific newborn photography and newborn safety training they have had, as well as checking that they have public liability insurance and use professional photography/studio equipment.