A Newborn Photography London Ontario session is just as essential as wedding photography. Your baby is only that small for such a short time and it is so important to capture that in a meaningful way.
Typically you would come to our studio which makes it easy as we have access to all of our props and accessories or in some cases where it is hard for you to come to the studio we will come to your home, however this incurs an additional fee. Unlike our usual 1 hour sessions, there are no time restrictions because the best shots are taken when the baby is sleeping or at least very content. That can take some time, however the session usually ends up being 2 -2.5 hours long but we just take as long as needed to get the shots needed.
In the newborn package you will receive 15 of the edited high resolution images so that you can print them as many times as you like and whenever you would like. Throughout the session we will capture at least 20 different poses. If you then decide that you would like all of the images it is an additional $100+hst or each additional image is $10+hst. We do it this way as we understand everyone is on a budget, but also want to give you to option of getting all of the images if you would like.
If you would like, some of the shots can include you, your partner and of course other children and pets in the family. This is a chance to really celebrate this special time in your life and have some beautiful photos to remember it by.
As mentioned above, in most cases you would come to our studio which makes it easy as we have access to all of my props and accessories but newborn sessions can be done in your home if it is not possible for you to come to my studio- there is a staircase to get into the studio. If we are doing the session in your home we will need to chat about a couple of props you would like me to bring. In either case (studio or home) I will send you a questionnaire to get all of your preferences including if there is a certain colour scheme you have in mind, for example, what you will be decorating the nursery in or if there is a certain theme (rustic, modern, vintage etc) which will go best with the decor of your home.
The earlier you are able to do the session and the more sleepy or content the baby is, the more poses that can be done and the easier the session will be. The average age of the newborn we photograph is 7 days old but we realize that this is not always possible. We still make the best attempt to do a newborn session for a baby up to 3 weeks old, but generally by this age the baby will not go into the bendy poses or will open their eyes more, which is not a bad thing, we can certainly still capture your newborn while they are awake but it’s the easiest if trying to get those sleepy baby poses. The best time of day for a newborn session is when the baby is most likely to be sleeping, likely after a big feed. Keeping the baby awake for an hour before the session can make a big difference. Make sure you have calculated driving time to the studio, so that you can be sure to feed baby fully before departing from your home, but you can certainly top the baby up when you are at the studio.
Clothing will depend on season but in general if you are doing family photos during the newborn session we recommend not to be too matchy-matchy but certainly colour co-ordinate and be aware of not wearing many or clashing patterns. Strong, rich colours photograph better than pastels. We recommend not to wear any slogan tshirts or any really ‘fad’ fashion as it will age your portraits and most of all wear something that fits well and you are comfortable in. Unless incorporating a shot where you specifically want to see shoes, you will generally not see them on the adults.
Our newborn sessions tend to be very prop based but range anywhere from laying in their birthday suit on a simple background to incorporating a nursery theme. Using items that friends and family have given you can make the session more personalized, but we recommend choosing your favourite three outfits. Any more than that leads to too much changing to keep the baby sleepy enough for the best photos. You can add variety without disturbing the baby as much by incorporating different hats, bibs, booties and props. Other items that are fun to include are foods that you craved before the baby was born, things associated with your favourite hobby, sport, or your profession.
What to do with the images
A really nice idea is to have your favourite image enlarged on canvas; there is something about seeing a newborn on canvas 10 times the actual size, which I think looks amazing in a home.
Another idea is to purchase a collage frame for the baby’s room. Insert a picture from the newborn session and then add a new picture from each subsequent photography session as your baby grows. We can also make a professional album which is both a wonderful way to preserve the photos and a great gift idea. Whatever you decide to do, you don’t want these images looked at once digitally and then buried under a mountain of food or pet pictures!
– Nothing is worse than being sick for your session so if this happens chat to me as soon as there are any signs so that rescheduling the session can be a possibility
– Bring along a soother and anything else that seems to be comforting.
– Get your nails done, it looks a lot better in photos that show your hands and you deserve the pampering!
– Relax! Your baby can sense when you are nervous or frustrated. We find that when parents of newborns that are very anxious about the session and if their newborn will be sleeping etc, the feeling rubs off on baby and causes a bit of restlessness. Our job is to keep baby happy and content, so we encourage you to relax and enjoy our session. Sit back and take a moment to hang out, relax, help yourself to the keurig and let us take over for the next hour or two.
In-home Newborn photography Testimonial
After we had the pleasure of working with Erin during our wedding we knew we had to have her to capture our newborn on camera. It was so convenient having her come to the comfort of our home with all her gear! She was beyond patient with our newest addition who felt like she needed to eat just as Erin arrived! Erin encouraged us to take our time, she was creative, gentle and so talented at documenting our beautiful new baby girl. Her pictures will forever be a part of our family and we would happily recommend her to anyone.
The best value way of doing a newborn session with me is the ‘First Year’ package-
Erin and I have been working together professionally for over 2 years now and I have always been impressed with Erin's work. Our most recent opportunity to work together was just a few days ago when she provided my family with a newborn photo session and took photos of my second born daughter, Amelia (only 3 days old!). Erin was extremely professional, patient (with my two year old & my constant breast feeding to keep Amelia sleepy). She was kind, funny and very interactive with our family. My husband and I are very impressed with her work once again and plan to work with Erin again and again in the future---professionally and personally. I recommend Erin to anyone who wants high quality photos that include artistic integrity and premium customer experience. Thank you, Erin!