Not All Is Lost My Little Newborns

Today I want to share a blog post on the amazing opportunities I have for baby photography when little ones are 3-4 months old, the window for newborn photography is short, ideally within the first couple of weeks after your baby is born and so, at the moment, is less of an option.

Lockdown restrictions currently prohibit family photography and while, like everyone, I’m hoping for a situation where restrictions can be safely lifted sooner rather than later, I’m aware that it’s not likely to be in the next few weeks. Each day I’m speaking to, or replying to messages from, new parents who are keen to have their babies photographed and who hadn’t considered that photographers would have to close. I wanted to write this blog post for them, to share some of the wonderful opportunities that I will have available for photographing their baby once restrictions are lifted and to reassure them that missing those newborn moments won’t mean they miss out on glorious photographs of their baby.

 

 

 

 

I love photographing newborns, there is something absolutely wonderful about those first weeks as families get to know their new arrival. But I also love it when babies are a little older, are smiling, and their personality is really shining through, so I’m happy to fly the flag for photographing babies at 3-4 months old or beyond.

 

 

 

What can we expect at this point? It’s hard to imagine how the tiny baby in front of you will change and develop, especially in such a short period of time. We know they will be bigger physically, but I think it’s hard to envisage the difference that smiles will make, and at 12 weeks babies are all about the smiles. Big grins, that look of absolute delight as they see their parents, the wide-eyed curiosity as they look at the ‘baby in the mirror’. These expressions will be with them for all of their lives and I’ve found that photo shoots from three months onwards capture those lifelong features to a much greater extent than a newborn session where little ones are often asleep for the majority of the time.

 

I know how popular beautiful details shots are when photographing newborn babies and we can still take these glorious shots when your baby is 3 months old or more. Long eyelashes, tiny fingers clasping your hand, these are all available when your baby is a little older.

 

 

 

 

 

It’s not just three to four months old that is delightful for baby photographs. After about twelve weeks it just gets better and better as your babies grow and develop and discover more about the world around them. By a year then they are obviously bigger and becoming the little people that will soon be toddling about and causing glorious havoc in your home. Before that when they are not yet moving around, they still feel very much your tiny baby and so whether it’s three months or six months or nine months we can take pictures which will transport you back to these early days.

 

 

 

As your baby grows the opportunities for photographs grow with them. I hope that this blog post will fill you with excitement for the pictures we can take together after lockdown ends and will go some way to reassuring you that you haven’t missed out even if you are unable to have professional pictures taken while your baby is newborn. I will go above and beyond to provide you with pictures to treasure whether your baby is 3 months, six months, nine months, a year, or anything in between.

 

 

 

 

For more information contact me on my photography page Beaus & Belles Photography.

Missing you all so much

Joanne x

 

Newborn Shoot With Beaus & Belles Photography

From the first moment the you see, hold and smell your new born child, your whole world changes instantly.  You will be overcome with love that you never knew possible.   These Precious moments are wonderful to capture in your own home and will leave you with images to treasure forever.

 

 

 

 

 

As a mum myself, I know how fast this time goes by and I assure you, you will not regret in investing in beautiful portraits of your newborn baby.

My style is quite natural, I only use subtle colour combinations as my props and I like to keep these simple for a timeless look and keep the focus on your precious baby, those little toes, button nose and tiny fingers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I only do ONE newborn shoot a day and I like to schedule my newborn sessions for first thing in the morning.  This is a time when most babies sleep more soundly.

 

My Top Tips For Parents For A Newborn Shoot.

  1. I would recommend that you send me a message as soon as you can after your baby is born and we can set up your date.
  2. To achieve those really cute poses , the baby needs to be sleeping soundly and should be photographed ideally within the first 14 days and the only reason for this is that after 2 weeks old, they tend to be disturbed more easily while sleeping.
  3. Stimulating the baby with a bath is a good trick maybe an hour beforehand and will help make them sleepy for their shoot.
  4.  Crank up the heat for an hour before I arrive for the newborn shoot. Newborns can’t regulate their body temperature so it is important that the room where the pics will be shoot is nice and warm so your baby can be comfortable when I remove their clothing.
  5. A full belly = a happy baby, so you can feed baby just before I am due to arrive.
  6. Dressing your newborn for the shoot.  Comfort first, keep it simple, avoid bold prints and stick with neutral tones, such as whites creams and greys.

 

Parent Portraits

 

I always encourage parents to have a portrait taken with their new baby . These can make for some tender images and as a parent myself, these moments you will treasure forever. I know us mammies don’t feel particularly photogenic after giving birth BUT I will photograph you in flattering angles so please don’t worry.

 

Sibling Portraits

If you have older siblings that you want photographed with your newborn, I tend to do these shoots first. I would recommend sticking with neutral colours, white, ivory or greys.