If you are expecting a new arrival and have considered newborn photography, you may be put off for a number of reasons. Speaking to our clients at the enquiry stage gives us a really good insight into the common fears that expectant parents have. Firstly, you are certainly not alone - with so many unknowns, especially for first-time parents it is perfectly normal to be fearful of a situation that you have no experience of. At Newborn Love, we have worked with hundreds of new and expectant parents just like you and we know how to put your mind at ease and offer an incredible experience so that you don't miss out on capturing those special memories that you only have one chance to preserve.
So here are the most common reasons expectant parents worry about newborn photography and how your experience with us at Newborn Love will hopefully alleviate those fears
1) What if my baby doesn't arrive in time for the session?
Most of the families that visit us book in well before their baby arrives which in itself can be an odd concept for an expectant parent. The diary of a newborn photographer is a complicated place as of course, only about 4% of babies arrive on their actual due date. That is why we keep things flexible. We will have a few potential sessions in mind just in case your baby arrives earlier or later than planned. The initial date/time we give you is not set in stone so you don't need to worry. It is our job to find you a suitable time once your baby has arrived and you have both been given the all clear from hospital.
2) I don't think I can travel to a studio so soon after my baby arrives
Again, this is a perfectly normal concern. You have no idea how you are going to feel after giving birth or what will be involved in leaving the house for the first time. Most of the clients that visit us are making their first trip out since arriving home from the hospital - we know that this is going to seem like a challenge for you. Firstly, we always expect first-time parents to be running late because we know that preparing to come out of the house with a newborn requires planning and needs to account for those unexpected situations (think a nappy change needed as soon as you walk out the front door.) Once you are at the studio, we have everything you will need: wipes, changing mat, nappies, muslin clothes, nappy bags, tea, coffee, sweet treats and even two big comfy sofas should you need a little nap! Don't worry if you forget something as we have everything here for you. Many of the clients that travel out for the first time remark that they feel really proud of themselves and it gives them the confidence to go out and about more.
3) I don't want to be in the photos - I look and feel awful!
Most new parents can expect to look tired or mum might be feeling a bit conscious about her post-baby body and so they often say they don't want to be in the photographs. We know that you will never get an opportunity to have a family portrait with your newborn again so we believe it is really important to capture you and your new baby in a flattering way so that you feel confident and happy. We have access to a hair and makeup artist if mum wants a makeover for her pictures but this is optional and not for everyone. The portraits we take are taken from shoulders up and with baby snuggled in nice and close to your face. You don't even have to look at the camera if you don't want to as you will want to gaze adoringly at your new baby. These images are for your baby when they grow up because they will want to see what you looked like when they first entered the world.
4) What if my baby won't settle?
Every baby is different so there is no single way we can guarantee a settled baby throughout the session. However, there are lots of things that we can do before and during the session that will definitely help. We send a detailed 'Preparation Guide' to our families once the baby has arrived that give helpful hints and suggestion to try and make the session go smoothly. Our studio sessions are baby-led so it is your baby that will schedule the session, not us. If that means they need a few comfort cuddles/feeds that's fine with us. We are not going to rush or push things. It is very rare that a session needs to be abandoned altogether and if it is, we will always offer a complimentary re-shoot.
5) Is it safe?
Newborn photography is safe as long as it is carried out by a trained professional. Sadly not all newborn photographers have been trained or have a lot of experience. At Newborn Love, we hold a Newborn Safety Certification awarded by the Master Photographer's Association - so our health and safety practices have been scrutinized and are reviewed every few years. We are also trained in pediatric first aid. From controlling the temperature of the room to ensuring your baby is well supported in poses, to working with an assistant to washing the materials/blankets with gentle, Eco washing powder - your baby is in safe hands with us.
So are we right for you?
Your family story deserves to be told in a way that you can enjoy for many years to come. Your baby only stays tiny and new for a short time - in fact, it's almost unfair how fleeting this special time is. We deliver a safe and memorable experience for the whole family to enjoy so that you can beautifully preserve your family memories.
To see if we have availability around your due date, complete this contact form and we will be in touch to explain how everything works.