How does a newborn session work?

How does a newborn session work?

If you are expecting a baby soon, then you have probably asked yourself: ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ๐›๐จ๐ซ๐ง ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค?

You are mostly likely already considering a newborn photoshoot (because you a reading this of couse!) to ๐œ๐š๐ฉ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐š๐ ๐ข๐œ of that brief newborn stage.

So you probably have a couple of questions about how it all works.

  • How do we get these adorable poses?
  • Why does it take longer than a normal shoot?
  • Can we have our photo taken too?

To name just a few!

Let me tell you all about it. I will walk you through the whole process from booking, to receiving your finished artwork so that you can be as ๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐š๐ฑ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ as possible.

Before I start, let me assure you that ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐›๐š๐›๐ฒโ€™๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐š๐Ÿ๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ง๐ฎ๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ข๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ.


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How does a newborn session work:The booking process.

Iโ€™ve tried to make this as easy as possible (but I am open to suggestions if you have any ideas to simplify it even more)

You can contact me by phone, or by ๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ฅ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐ง๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ซ๐ž, or if you feel ready you can ๐ ๐จ ๐š๐ก๐ž๐š๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค on the website.

If booking on the website, itโ€™s ๐’๐”๐๐„๐‘ ๐„๐€๐’๐˜. You just pick the month you are due from the drop down menu, fill in your details and make a card payment for your session fee.


If you want to chat first, then Iโ€™ll ask when your due date is and check my availability.

My diary tends to ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐š๐๐ฏ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž, as I only take 6-8 due dates per month – this is so that I can be totally flexible with you once your baby arrives. Plus, imagine the state of me if I didnโ€™t limit this and I then had all my babies arrive in the same week!

If there is availability for your due date and you want to get your session secured, I can either invoice you via email for your session fee or I can get a link over to the booking page on the website (much easier!)

How does a newborn session work:After you have booked.

After you have booked, Iโ€™ll email you a small pdf document that will tell you ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง, how best to prepare and get the most out of your time in the studio.

We will also schedule a ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง – this can be done in person at the studio or over the phone, depending on how much time you have. I highly recommend coming along to the studio for this, as its a great way to break the ice before your shoot PLUS you get to see the space and the props. So ๐ฐ๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ง ๐ž๐ฑ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž on the day – and then I can make sure they are available to you.

Then all thatโ€™s left is for your baby to arrive – exciting! Youโ€™ll just need to ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐จ๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐›๐š๐›๐ฒ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž and you are both home. Once youโ€™ve let me know, we will book the date of your session avoiding any of your appointments (there are several in the first days and weeks!)

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How does a newborn session work:The session itself.

Your newborn session will be scheduled ๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐๐š๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐…๐ซ๐ข๐๐š๐ฒ only – but please donโ€™t worry if this is not your first baby. If you have older children and they are at school I will invite you back on a ๐’๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ซ ๐š๐Ÿ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฌ๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฅ to get those adorable ๐ฌ๐ข๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ ๐ž๐ฌ and some of all of you as a ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ. I wonโ€™t let you miss out!

During the session we will use a variety of different poses and props to ๐œ๐š๐ฉ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ฒ ๐๐ž๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐ฌ of your new baby. This process usually takes around 2-3 hours to complete, as often baby will need to feed halfway through or simply just need a break and a cuddle.

And of course, these setups will have been put together with your preferences in mind

Sometimes a session can be much quicker, and sometimes they can take a little longer as every baby is different. 2-3 hours is around average though, so please take that into consideration when we are planning your session into the diary.

The studio will be warmer than your home, as your baby will be wearing very little. I keep the studio nice and toasty not to make your baby sleepy, but for their comfort. They are not able to regulate their body temperature like we can.

Please be prepared for this and wear layers, so that you can stay a comfortable temperature during your shoot.

After your shoot.

After your shoot, I will carefully review your images, discarding any that donโ€™t meet my high standards (trust me, I will not nail it every time – even pros get it wrong sometimes!)

All ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ž๐ and I will aim for a minimum of 20 high quality, adorable image for you to order from.

Your final images will be lightly edited.

I donโ€™t over edit.

๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐›๐š๐›๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐›๐š๐›๐ฒ. And I am sure you do too!

Iโ€™ll edit things like large flaky areas of skin, little blemishes/scratches. If your baby has a touch of jaundice I will balance this out too.

Iโ€™ll do this for you guys too, as itโ€™s just bad luck if you get a spot on photo day!

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Your viewing and ordering appointment.

I will aim to have your photos ready as soon as I possibly can, usually within ๐Ÿ“-๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ ๐๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ.

You will be invited back to the studio to review your images with me and select the most appropriate package for you.

Most clients tend to go for the Heirloom package, ๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž between one adorable image or another.

We will also look at what wall art you like the most and make plans for that – youโ€™ll receive a ยฃ50 wall art credit with your Heirloom package that you can put towards a ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฉ๐ข๐ž๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š๐ซ๐ญ for your home. With so many options, you are sure to find something that you love.

Once you have made your decisions I will handle the rest and get everything ordered and prepared for you. Iโ€™ll let you know when everything is ready.

Hopefully that will give you some clarity on the process and what you are getting when you choose to book in with me.

I do try to make the whole process as stress free as possible, as I know from experience what a hugely overwhelming experience becoming a parent can be.

๐Œ๐ฒ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ ๐จ๐š๐ฅ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐š๐ฉ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐๐ข๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ž๐ž๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐›๐ž๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐›๐š๐›๐ฒ.

If you have any questions then please do feel free to ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐จ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก or if you would like to book your newborn session ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐œ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐ค ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž.


Sweet Baby Photography is a specialist newborn photography studio based in Sawtry, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

To learn more about my newborn sessions head over to Newborn Photographer Huntingdon | Sweet Baby Photography