Having a baby is one of the most exciting, special and sometimes scariest things you will ever do in your life.
At Claire Upton Photography my aim is to capture those beautiful little features and special first days of your baby’s life with stunning photography in a stress free, calm environment.
Time flies by so quickly and before you know it your baby is crawling, walking and talking.
Newborn photographs will be something you will truly treasure forever.
Please be rest assured that your baby is in very safe hands. I have attended specialist newborn photography training courses which focus on posing newborns safely. The most important experience I have is that I am a Mum to 3 of my own children, which I’m sure most people will agree is the best and most relevant type of experience.
Newborn Photo Session FAQ’s
PLEASE NOTE: I would ask that parents/families do not take photographs of baby in my set up/props, as that is what I am there to do.
When is the best time to book my newborn photo shoot?
I would advise that you book your newborn session at the earliest opportunity possible, I always recommend after your 20 week scan. I never book in too many of the same due dates in the one week to ensure I can be flexible if dates change (which usually happens with due dates)
I will take note of your due date in my diary and ask that yourself or a member of your family contact me as soon as you have had baby so I can schedule in an available session date and time.
When is the best time to do a newborn photo shoot?
Newborn sessions are best done within the first 2 weeks of baby being born (preferably between 5-10 days old) Babies are much sleepier in the first couple of weeks, which makes them more settled and sleepy which is perfect for a newborn session.
How should I prepare my baby for the shoot?
On the morning of the shoot it is advisable to try and keep baby awake for as long as possible before the shoot. After their first morning feed when they first wake keep baby stimulated and awake by bathing them, letting them kick in their nappy and keep them moving around. Delay the next feed until just before you leave, leaving yourself enough time to feed baby before travelling to me. Babies take around 20 minutes to fall into a deep, settled sleep, which is perfect for arriving at the studio.
To really get the best out of your newborn session the main aim is to keep baby happy, sleepy and settled therefore I would advise you change baby prior to your visit. Please dress baby in a baby grow with no vest on and then cover them in a blanket to keep them cosy. This will allow me to take baby out of their car seat with minimum fuss.
It is really important to maintain a quiet and peaceful environment to ensure baby stays in a deep sleep. I would also ask that a maximum of 2 adults observe the photo shoot for the same purposes and to help ensure the session runs as smoothly as possible.
What do I need for the session?
There really is very little you will need for the photo shoot, except your gorgeous newborn! Bring the usual things you bring when going out with your baby, such as bottles if bottle-fed, nappies, a dummy if they use one (even if they don’t usually take it please bring it as it can be very useful for using just for a few minutes at the time to help settle a restless baby into a sleepy pose). Also please bring a flat blanket with you just for wrapping the baby in for comfort times if needed. I have a wide variety of beautiful, tasteful props, which will incorporate different themes and colours for me to create a variety of different looks.
Most photographs are done using my props or nude but if you have a particular outfit you would like me to photograph baby in I will be happy to do so.
I use a space heater to keep baby’s body temperature warm throughout the shoot, therefore it can be pretty toasty in the room so I would advise you wear something lighter or some layers yourself as it can be really warm!
If you are bringing another sibling with you please feel free to bring something to keep them amused. Newborn sessions can take up to 4 hours so it would be advisable to allow Dad or another family member to take your older child out once we have photographed them, as they can get restless.
How long does a newborn session take?
Newborn photoshoots can take anywhere from 1 hour to 4 hours depending on how settled baby is. I always allocate at least 3 hours for each newborn photo shoot to ensure there is plenty of time to stop for feeds and changes. Your newborn photo session should be a relaxed and enjoyable experience, baby will always lead the session, as with all my photo sessions. If you follow all the advice on here you will maximise the success of your newborn’s photo shoot.
What if my baby cries or won’t sleep at the session?
It is very possible that your baby will cry at some point in the session. This is because they are babies and babies do cry when they are tired or hungry. I will always take my time to settle baby to ensure they are in a deep settled sleep. My knowledge of baby sleeping patterns and experience with babies has allowed me to build up my own soothing methods which are really effective to help baby to sleep. It is very normal for the first hour of the session involving settling the baby. Some babies sleep within 2 minutes, others can take a little longer.
Will you be handling my baby for the whole session?
I will always lead the session with baby to ensure we get maximum results from the session. I have found through my experience that baby settles easier if they are put to sleep with me and not their mummies, as they associate Mummy with feeding (bottle or breast fed) If baby is extremely unsettled I will hand them back for a little cuddle or a top up feed.
I always take the upmost care when handling your baby to ensure they are completely safe at all times. I have attended specialist newborn posing courses. I will pose baby in lovely poses and will always ensure baby is safe and happy at all times. If you are unhappy or uneasy about any poses please let me know at the session.
I may ask you or your family member to take part in supporting baby during certain set ups to ensure maximum safety.
What if my baby makes a mess on your blankets/set up?
As most poses are done with baby’s nappy off it is highly likely that they will have a little wee or poo on my blankets. This is completely normal and happens at most newborn shoots. I layer special pads under each set up and all of my props/blankets and set ups are washed after each session.
Any other questions?
I hope I have covered everything you would want to know about newborn photography sessions. Please feel free to ask about anything you are unsure about.
Thank you for allowing me to be part of your baby’s special first few days. I look forward to meeting you and your new baby.