Frequently Asked Questions
Newborns are truly GoPhotography's favourite subjects to photograph and our passion for capturing the newness of life shows in the way that we comfort, soothe and carefully pose them. Newborns stay new for such a short time, so we realise that we need to capture all of the special details of your little one before they begin to change.
During your pregnancy, you may have filled in forms via Bounty [see their website www.bounty.com], which works together with Cherubs and the Master Photographers Association to provide a safe and professional service to mums and their newborn babies. In providing this information, you may have already received details of our services in the post or by email, or even via our Facebook site
WHEN SHOULD I CALL TO SCHEDULE MY NEWBORN SESSION?
Before your baby is born! It is so important to plan ahead. Capturing your newborn within the first two weeks of life while they are still sleepy and curled up, can make all the difference in your newborn portraits.
Our schedule fills up about four weeks in advance so please call to book your newborn appointment before your baby is born.
Since we never really know when your little one will arrive we will put you on our calendar to hold a spot for you.
When your baby is born we will move your appointment accordingly.
If your baby came early or if your baby is already born, don’t panic! We always do our best to squeeze newborns into our schedule and older babies take beautiful portraits too.
IS ONE WEEK TOO EARLY FOR MY SESSION?
Absolutely not! Newborn babies photograph best between 4-8 days old. At this point they are still very sleepy and like to curl up as if they were still in the womb. We take up to three hours for a newborn session and leave plenty of time for feedings, nappy changes and breaks for mummy and baby. Come as soon as you are ready. We can’t wait to meet your new little one.
WHAT SHOULD BABY WEAR?
Newborns photograph best without any clothes at all. We love to photograph newborns swaddled in blankets with lots of texture and snuggled up tight, so if you have a special blanket or two bring them. We have an extensive supply of newborn hats, bows and headbands that co-ordinate beautifully with our blankets and props that we'll use to enhance the style of your images. You are welcome to bring any hats or props that you would like to have your baby photographed in. We encourage you to bring in special, personal items which make the session and images especially meaningful. However, please be aware that strong colours can often distract from the beauty and detail in the photographs, so the more simple the outfits are, the better.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY NEWBORN SESSION?
We recommend that you bring baby to the session well rested and plan to feed baby as soon as you arrive. Sleepy babies photograph perfectly, so we'll ask you to undress and swaddle baby before the feeding so as to not disturb them by undressing them after the feeding.
We take several breaks for feeding baby during the session to ensure that baby is happy and has a full tummy.
We ask that you not be too concerned with scheduled feedings during the session and that you feed baby on demand or when they get a bit fussy to ensure their comfort and a smooth session.
We have a full baby changing facility here at the studio, with every thing you need, from nappies to wipes. We will provide refreshments for mum and dad, so you too can feel comfortable.
CAN WE BE PHOTOGRAPHED WITH OUR BABY?
This is our specialty and we wouldn’t have it any other way!
We love to capture the emotion of those special first days with your new little one and believe that there is no greater image than a new mummy or daddy cuddling and admiring their newborn child.
Skin on skin images are a unique way to capture the purity of these relationships, but we also ask parents to bring a long sleeved neutral colored shirt so that they may serve as a backdrop for baby for some of the images.