Why you should have an at-home Newborn shoot!




I don’t have many regrets in life….but one thing I do bitterly regret is not having professional photos of my eldest when he was a newborn. I wasn’t a professional photographer then, and whilst I took thousands of snaps of him on my phone, I hardly have ANY of me and him when he was tiny.


1. THOSE EARLY MEMORIES

I don’t have many regrets in life….but one thing I do bitterly regret is not having professional photos taken of my eldest when he was a newborn. I wasn’t a professional photographer then, and whilst I took thousands of snaps of him on my phone, I hardly have ANY of me and him when he was tiny.

The thing is, they change so quickly as newborns. They grow by the day, and suddenly those tiny first size babygro’s no longer fit, and they’re rocking a 3-6m before you know it!


And where are you during those hazy first few days and weeks? At home, getting used to your new normal, and that's why I believe your home is the best place to capture those special memories.


I did have professional photos taken when my youngest came along, because I knew she would be my last baby, and that I’d never get the chance again. She was 2 weeks old, and whilst I wasn’t feeling at my very best back then, I LOVE looking back at those tiny features, fingers and toes. It’s almost with a sense of disbelief that she was ever that tiny because now she’s a raucous threenager with her own personality, sense of style and opinions about the world around her!




2. HOME COMFORTS

What’s lovelier than having the backdrop of your own home to work with? Your own living room, bedroom and the nursery you’ve carefully decorated for your little one. It’s all to your style and taste, not mine!

Plus….more practical things like, emergency outfit changes in case of sick (for both you and the baby!), not having to leave the house, and you can collapse on your sofa for a rest whilst I photograph your little one.

Also, let’s not forget – as a new mum you’ve just been through a lot physically and it’s super important that you’re comfortable and have everything you need to hand!

That said, you really don’t need to worry about having your house pristine. I’ll NEVER judge another parents house (plus, you haven’t seen mine – did I mention I have two kids and a dog?) All I’d say is to have the main areas clear (sofa, bed, cot) and anything else I spot, I’ll either move it, or carefully edit it out of the photo later, if really necessary.



3. BABY’S NEEDS COME FIRST

Newborns don’t tend to have a routine yet, they’ll feed on demand, cry, puke and need their nappies changing. THIS IS ALL COMPLETELY FINE! I’ve been there….twice, and I remember it well. I always plan way more time than I need to for a newborn shoot to account for all of this stuff.


I’m more than happy to pause the shoot whilst baby has a feed or a change (some Mum’s want photos of their baby feeding and this is fine by me!) I take the odd crying photo too, because it is a moment in time, soon their little faces won’t crease up like that anymore and it will be a barely there memory.



4. SIBLINGS OR PETS

People often ask me if I’d include the older sibling(s) in a newborn shoot and the answer is….YES, OF COURSE! The beauty of doing the shoot in your own home means the older kids have plenty of entertainment to hand, and they’re not going to get bored in an unknown environment waiting for me to take the perfect shot. Plus, older siblings like to feel important too once a new baby is on the scene, so I can make a fuss of them and snap lots of pictures of them both at play and enjoying cuddles with their new baby.



5. NO PRESSURE

They might be tiny, and still not really aware of the world around them…but having a photoshoot really does take it out of little ones. I’m quite good (I like to think!) at spotting the signs of when they’ve had enough or need a break. I’ll work quietly and efficiently to do what I need to do BEFORE they get to that point though, and if they need half an hour to nap or calm down, then it really isn’t a problem for me – I’ve built that time in to my day already!



So….when is the right time to have a newborn shoot?

Ideally within the first 4 weeks. The older the baby, the more alert they’re going to be. The ones that are a few days old are still furled up and likely to be snoozing. A lot will depend on how you’re feeling too and that’s completely understandable.


If you miss the first 4 weeks, its really not a problem - I’d just recommend leaving it to 12 weeks or after if we haven’t managed it in the first 4 weeks. Your baby will be able to hold his/her head up by then, will be more alert, and will definitely be smiling! Older babies are totally gorgeous too - like this 3 month old gorge-pot below!


Want both moments in time capturing? Well, why wouldn’t you – I know I did! I have some amazing packages available to capture those tiny milestones on a repeat basis.

If you miss the first 4 weeks, its really not a problem - I’d just recommend leaving it to 12 weeks or after if we haven’t managed it in the first 4 weeks. Your baby will be able to hold his/her head up by then, will be more alert, and will definitely be smiling! Older babies are totally gorgeous too - like this 3-month-old gorge-pot below!


Previous clients have said:

“Hannah did a newborn baby shoot for us when our little girl was just 6 days old.  Hannah was very patient (Emilia was a little grizzly!) and managed to get some fantastic pictures. She even got the dog in on some of the shoots! It’s great to have pictures of them both. We had a really fun morning and it was a great way of celebrating our new arrival. We absolutely adore the pictures and will be recommending Hannah to everyone!  We will treasure our gorgeous pictures forever” (Vicky and Glen, Wetherby)


“Hannah put me at ease straight away and produced the most natural and amazing pictures of me and my newborn baby boy. Thank you so much.” (Nicola, Yeadon)


I don’t have many regrets in life….but one thing I do bitterly regret is not having professional photos of my eldest when he was a newborn. I wasn’t a professional photographer then, and whilst I took thousands of snaps of him on my phone, I hardly have ANY of me and him when he was tiny. Can’t recommend Hannah enough!” (Becky and Steve, York)


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