guest blog post by Katie of Posie Photography, Newcastle West
You’ve been carrying your miracle for months, feeling little flutters to big kicks, falling more and more in love with your baby as your due date approaches. You’re already picturing who they’ll look like, whose features will they have? Maybe your eyes? Will they be born with a head full of hair? It’s amazing to think!
As soon as my baby was born, I saw he had my partners eyes and couldn’t get over the similarities between the two of them. He had my head of blonde hair, too! Every little detail I wanted to soak up. From the fluff on his little ears, to the way his lips form a pout or the way his brow creases. I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of just soaking in all of these little details.
Every day my baby boy is changing, he’s filling out and getting stronger by the day, it is true what they say that time really does fly! What I am so thankful for is that I have gorgeous images of my baby taken at 12 days old. I’ve preserved how small he was, how he easily curled up, reminding me of all the times he’s lying on my chest and curling up into a little ball.
It is such a significant time, bringing a new life into the world. Days will pass in a blissful blur. What I have to hold onto from this, is the gorgeous images to adore for life.
When choosing a photographer, here are three things to consider:
Have a good look through their portfolio, do you like the style of the photographer? Do you like the colours they use, the props (or lack of) and most important the quality of their work? A photographer is an artist and you can see their passion through their work. Asking an event photographer or a landscape photographer to capture your newborn photos is like asking a fast food chain to bake your wedding cake. Yes, they might have the tools, but don’t you want someone who specialises in what they do? You won’t get this time again. Which brings me nicely on to…
WHEN TO BOOK
As you have probably seen, newborn images are taken when baby is between 5 - 15 days new. This is purely because your baby will naturally curl up in to the gorgeous little poses and stay asleep. It is vital that baby will sleep through these poses, as if they’re awake they will stretch and move around. Most photographers will take bookings based on your due date, and usually a few months in advance, as we will only take a minimal amount per month to ensure we can see each new little client within the small window of time that we have. It’s best to book after your 20 week scan, and once your baby is born usually within 24-48 hours of birth, you’d get in touch with your photographer to book in an actual date for the session.
CAN ANYONE TAKE THESE IMAGES FOR ME?
Newborn photography is a specialised form of art. It takes a lot of patience, dedication and skill to create the poses that you have seen. As well as on going mentoring, many photographers including myself have taken dedicated training workshops, including 1-1 in person workshops, mentoring and online courses all designed around newborn safety, safe posing skills and styling. You wouldn’t trust just anyone handling your brand new baby, so why would you trust just anyone to pose your miracle baby? Each pose that is created requires time and most importantly follows important guidelines to ensure their safety and comfort.