How to Prepare for your Newborn Session

How long will the Session last?

I set aside up to three hours for your baby’s newborn session, often we don’t need that much time but this allows for feeds and short breaks to settle baby.

How do I prepare?

One of the most important things to remember is to give baby a BIG feed just before you arrive so he/she has a nice full tummy. If your baby uses a dummy PLEASE bring it along. I know some parents aren’t fond of these but I have noticed that a lot of baby’s are way more relaxed with one, even if you choose to never use one again it can really help the session run smoothly and get the gorgeous images we are after. 

What should baby wear?

Newborns are best photographed naked, please do not worry no ‘parts’ will be exposed in the photos. I have a variety of simples wraps, bonnets etc that I use. I ask if you can bring baby dressed in a plain simple Onesie (the kind that show their bare arms and legs). This way if baby wakes upon arrival I can get some lovely close ups straight away with their eyes open. It is important that the outfit be fitting for baby, oversized or too big outfits do not photograph well. If you do have a special blanket or wrap you would like to incorporate into the session you are welcome to bring it along on the day.

What should I wear?

I know some parents aren‘t excited about being in the portraits...please know that I can photograph around not having a full frontal and still capture the bond between parent and baby! Simple casual is best, I’d steer away from stripes, or anything too bold such a blacks, pastels. My recommendation would be a long flowy neutral coloured dress as this would ensure your images have that timeless look. Dads look best in neutrals, chinos and a nice casual shirt. Any siblings attending, neutral colours look great, you can also add in a few textures too.

May we take photos during the session?

Generally speaking, I prefer that you don’t take any photos during your babys session, although I understand with social media being a big part of our lives these days you may take a ‘behind the scenes’ shot and if you do I’d love it if you tagged Jenny Ruddle Photography in it.

What happens if I need to reschedule the session?

I understand from time to time life or the unexpected happens, I kindly ask that if you do need to reschedule you let me know as soon as possible so I can make the time avaialble for other bookings.

What happens if my baby has a ‘accident’ on your props?

Please do not worry, this is all part of the process and everything is laundered after the session.

When do I see my photos?

Generally with 48 hours after your session I post a sneak peek from your session on my Instragam & facebook business page, please let me know if you do not wish for me to use any of your images in advertising. Your final gallery should be emailed through to you within the week for you to make your selections from.