The set up and approach to Newborn Photography is very different to a family photo shoot session. Family sessions are lively, fun, and in many cases, rather loud. Newborn photo shoot sessions are to be kept very calm, relaxed and super cosy warm.
The key to a successful newborn shoot is the preparation, for both the parents and photographer. The ideal time to shoot a newborn is in the first 10 days. Baby is more content being naked, and less reluctant to wriggle out of position. If baby can be fed 30 mins before the session, this will (hopefully) make them sleepy, and then just need the odd top-up feed. Dressing the baby is also important, avoid clothing that goes over their head to reduce disturbing the baby. We always send out a guidance sheet to our parents before the session to help them prepare.
At our studio, we allow two hours for the photo shoot session, as baby will need some comfort and feeds. The ideal temp to heat the shooting space is approx 26 degrees celsius. Perfect for baby, a little warm for everyone else, so dress for the Bahamas. The key point for everyone involved in the session is to be calm and relaxed. Baby picks up on everyone’s emotions. Babies wee and poop, this is inevitable, so no need to worry about this. Note to parents – bring a change of clothes for yourself. Note to photographers – plenty of cleaning wipes.
We recently welcomed the Seabright brothers to the studio for a photo shoot experience. Mum had won a Family Photo Shoot gift voucher at their school’s Christmas fete, that we had donated to.
The brother’s, aged 7 and 5, stepped out in front of the camera looking very dapper indeed in bow ties. Phil had great fun with the boys, even getting shots of them hugging (not strangling) each other. Whilst they changed in to a more casual outfit, we changed the backdrop to get some great shots on the blue.
When mum, dad and the boys returned to view the photos, they were all over the moon. After a lot of debating, they managed to select their absolute favourites to take pride of place on their wall at home.
January is notoriously a very quiet month for photographers, but January 2019 seems to have taken a busy turn for us – happy days! Here’s an update of what we (Phil and Vicky) have been up to.
Taking Image Viewings to a New Level
It’s taken some time, 2 years to be precise, but we have finally moved Vicky (me) in to the 21st century!! I am the first to admit I am not very technical savvy, and doing image presentations on the big screen used to drive me nuts. I would get so muddled up and angry with the software during image viewings that I wanted to throw the laptop against something hard (mainly Phil). So I decided to move to a more traditional approach by using proof prints. Which had its advantages – main one being no confusing software – but it was still not versatile enough to really demonstrate how amazing your family portraits will look at home. So, after lots of research we have finally found a user-friendly ‘Vicky-friendly’ software. The big screen TV is back, with slideshow to music, easily select your favourite images, and even see how your images will look in you own room at home. The first family to test it out on was the Clifton family. They chose a stunning 4 image multi-frame and were able to see how it will actually look.
Photo Shoot Session with the Hall Family
One of our first shoots of 2019 was with the Hall family, who came to the studio on 7th Jan. The shoot was a Christmas gift for the grandparents with their two grandchildren aged 7 and 4. When they arrived, straight away mum made Phil aware that one of the children is on the Autism spectrum. This allowed Phil time to talk to mum to find out a little more about likes and dislikes, and how to get the best out of him. The shoot was great fun and a great experience, which showed in the final images. Grandma and Grandad were over the moon.
Wedding Fayre Season
Wedding Fayre season is upon us. With newly engaged couples over the festive period, starting to plan the most magical day of their lives. On Sunday 20th January, we exhibited at the beautiful Middleton Hall. Along with great local wedding suppliers, we were greeted by loads of excited Bride’s and Groom’s to be. We’re looking forward to being at Lea Marston Hotel on 3rd March, and Ramada Sutton Coldfield on 24th March. For our top tips on how to ‘survive’ wedding fayres, click here .
Photo Shoot to Celebrate Family Special Birthday Year
We recently welcomed the Essex family to the studio for a family photo shoot session, to celebrate their special birthday year.
Both mum and dad turned 50 this year, and their daughter turns sweet 16. To mark this mile stone year, the family came for a photo shoot session for some beautiful family portraits. The session was really relaxed and great fun. When they returned to view their images, they selected a 4 image multi-frame that will take pride of place in their home.
Special Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Dad to Cherish
Don’t forget, this year’s Father’s Day is Sunday 17th June 2018.
If you are looking for something different and more special to give Dad this year, a family photo of his little cherubs (or monsters) is sure to bring a tear to his eye.
You can bring the family along in secret and surprise him at the studio just before the shoot, or you can give him one of our Gift Vouchers. Our photo shoot sessions are fun and relaxed, with plenty of laughter. Even the most camera shy will enjoy the experience.