Hi there,Today I wrote answers for some common questions which usually parents asking before the session.This is my few thought about the session and booking process.Maybe you are a parent who is expecting a baby and that may be helpful, if so I hope you will find some answer for yourself. 💕I believe in simple, clean, organic, classic portraiture, a style that focuses on your beautiful baby. I do have simple props available at the studio, hats and headbands, lots of textures and wraps.Our session will be relaxed and is entirely baby-led in order to capture every detail and allow for baby feeding, fussing and sleepy times. To provide my clients with the highest quality, I am only taking a limited number of sessions per month. It is important to schedule your session while you are still pregnant to avoid disappointment. After you have your baby, we will pick the best time that falls within the first 14 days. However, if you just came across my website, and have a baby under 14 days, please contact me, I will do my best to fit you in. I invite you to get a look with my portfolio - I hope that the photos will encourage you to capture these special moments in your family life.
1. Ideal Age For A Newborn Session;
For studio photography the ideal age is between 5-14 days, when babies are that time tiny, they spend a lot of time sleeping and still curl up into very sweet poses - similar to the positions they were in when womb. After those days babies go through a growth and will start stretching their arms and legs and will not be able to curling up or sleeping as soundly which is needed for some of the pose and photographs in props like the buckets, bowls etc.
2. How far in advance should you book your newborn session?
You should book your session as far out as possible, as early second trimester. I usually book sessions 3-4 months in advance and for busy photography seasons. It's quite often when I've receive call from parents who just given birth, who want to book an session and I have no availability left. Then they get very sad because its such a short time window of time to take those special portraits and they missed it.
3. What if babies don't arrive on their due dates?
I hold time before and after do the parents are guaranteed a space, no metter when their baby arrives.
4. How long does a session take?
Studio sessions typically last 2-4 hours which includes portraits of the baby on his or her own and then with each parent and then the whole family together. That may seem like a long time, but usually about half of that time is spent feeding and comforting the baby to get him or her as sleepy and happy as possible.
5. What Should your baby wear to a newborn session?
Newborn photography is done naked and in special outfit to capture the tiny body of newborn baby, so something that is easy to take on and off. Baby dressed in a zippered/ buttoned sleeper it's much easier to take it off, so baby will stay calm during changing clothes for special outfits.
6. What else should you bring?
Extra diapers and wipes, extra formula or bottles if you are not breastfeeding, and any special blankets or toys that you want included in the photos.
7. How do you do to make sure the baby is comfortable?
One of the most important things is to make sure the room is very warm. I keep the heat turned way up and have a space heater next to the baby. I also will play white sound or soft music depending on what the baby responds to better. This keeps babies calm and asleep (sometimes parents too— I have had many a father fall asleep on my couch). I also never force a baby into a pose he or she is uncomfortable in and let the baby indicate to me which poses he or she is most happy curled up in.
8. How should you choose a photographer?
There are a lot of photographers out there with different levels of experience and different styles so first I would see if you like the photographers style- their props, poses, lighting, positions, etc.
9. What are the safety precautions used during a session?
The buckets and props is a big one so a baby doesn’t tip over and get hurt. Another is the pose itself- newborn necks are very delicate so you want to be very careful with positioning. If the pose comes undone, you don’t want the baby to fall or hurt his neck. I use a very large beanbag that was designed specifically for newborn photography so if the baby does tip to one side they are very protected and are on a soft surface. Also, everything used from the blankets to the hair bows are all washed between every session to keep everything very clean and germ free.
10. What a parent can do during a session?
The worst thing a parent can do is be nervous. If your baby is crying, you have to trust the photographer to be able to comfort her. Continuously swooping in and handing the baby back and forth can make an infant even more distressed. My advice is to take a deep breath and relax. I know its easy to be nervous, especially when it’s your first, but the best thing a parent can do is sit back and take a couple hours to check their email, listen to music or just enjoy watching their newborn in all these adorable poses.
Ewa Rapciak Photography