Cora James Photography
Newborn Session Information
Congratulations on your pregnancy and thank you for deciding to book with Cora James Photography..
I absolutely love working with Newborns and families at these precious moments, creating and capturing memories that will last forever. I take pride in the Art of photography, from the amazing journey of pregnancy, to the awe of a new baby and the elation of their first achievements with their family.
Newborn Sessions will need to held as soon after birth as possible. Therefore, the best time to capture Newborn portraits is within the first 14 days of your baby arriving. From day 5-12 is the best time to capture those little details. This is to ensure your baby responds to soothing techniques, as well as being the most sleepy that they will normally ever be. During this early age they are still very flexible from being curled up in the womb all those 9 months. After two weeks babies go through a growth spurt and will start stretching their arms and legs and will not be as amenable to moulding for a picture or sleeping as soundly as they did during their first 2 weeks, which is needed for some of the poses and photographs using the props.
It usually takes up to 4 hours, depending on baby sleeping and settling. The sessions are completely led by your baby. 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 content as possible for the portraits. You will not be rushed as baby's safety and comfort is paramount.
All my sessions are Monday to Friday and start at 9:30, as the morning session are normally the most sleepiest time for babies and a less stressful part of the day. I only have one session within each of those days. This is to ensure that there is sufficient time in order to get the best images of your little one.
When is the best to book my session?
Shortly after your 12 week scan, as this is normally when you get your due date, but please do call me if you are requiring something immediately.
What if my baby comes early or I go over on my due date?
I keep a 4 week window around your due date, 2 weeks early and 2 weeks late, that covers most eventualities.
When is the best time to have my Newborn photographed?
From day 5-12 day is the best time, although I do shoot up 14 weeks. To get some squishy and curly amazing shots.
Can my other children attend?
Yes, I ask any other sibling that wants to be a part of the shoot, to come along during the last 40 minutes of Newborn session. The reason I ask for the siblings to attend at the end of the session is that we need to have baby in as quiet an environment as possible and it would be a long time for the sibling to wait around. If both parents want to included this would be a Lifestyle Newborn shoot.
What do I need to do prior to the Newborn session?
Wipe the little ones face and body, this will help take off any flaky skin or talcum powder that maybe still on his or her skin. If you can feed baby 2-3 hours before the shoot, and again upon arrival this helps baby's tummy be nice and full and ready for another nap. Don't worry if baby feeds frequently, this is one of the reasons for the length of the session. Both of my children were quite greedy little things whilst breast feeding..
What should I bring to the Newborn session?
If you are bottle feeding, please bring along more bottles and milk powder than normal, as little ones tend to feed more during the sessions and it also helps to settle them. Babies find comfort in their own personal smells, that could be their own blankets, mummies or daddies T-shirt etc, This is very useful to bring along as it will help baby settle throughout the session. Some good things to bring are pacifiers, a change of clothes for yourself (if you're going to be in the photos holding a naked baby you might get tinkled or pooped on. I will also ask you to hold baby for some of photo styles), some extra nappies and any special blankets or toys that you want included in the photos
What does the session involve?
Don't be surprised, to hear the session can sometimes last up to 4 hours long, depending on baby. Babies definitely rule the roost. Not every baby will want to be posed, or sleep, I go at your babies pace.I will have variety of props and backgrounds in which will be used during the session. I only shoot one session a day, making my time constraints less pressured, enabling me to focus on your little one. The studio will be warm, as its important to keep the little one at the right temperature, please wear something comfortable.
Your newborn cannot regulate their own temperature and will be spending a lot of time in nappies or naked. This means the studio will be very warm. please come with layers you can take off, as you will become warm.
What if my Newborn baby does not sleep during the session?
If you follow the tips I will discuss with you during your consultation phone call, where your baby is fed, warm and content they should fall asleep. If not I will use some of my soothing techniques, to help settle the little one. It may take awhile, this is why the sessions can take up to 4 hours. I will never force a pose as their safety is my number one priority. Babies do rule the session, and I work at their pace. If the baby does not want to sleep during the entire session, and we can not get the poses we want, you will be invited back free of charge. So Relax and enjoy.
What if my Newborn Baby has a toilet accident?
Don't PANIC, its Very NORMAL.. and to be expected. Your Baby is naked on most images, so we do expect the little one to wee and poop occasionally! It adds to the memorable fun of the session. :)
I have seen a particular photo on your gallery that I like, can I have something similar or can I bring along some props of my own?
If there any pictures that you have seen that you would like me to replicate, please let me know beforehand. During the consultation call is a good time. If there is anything in particular that you want to bring along to the session, such as a family heirloom, you are very welcome to do so.
What happens after the session?
I will deliver you the USB stick and album if purchased.
Please allow up to 2 weeks post session.
I look forward to meeting you very soon, and capturing those special images of your precious little baby.