Newborn Session

[ TIPS FOR PLANNING YOUR NEWBORN SESSIONS ]


1. WHEN SHOULD I SCHEDULE MY NEWBORN SESSION?

It is best to schedule the newborn session to take place when the baby is 7-10 days old. During the first 7 days, this is when the baby sleeps alot, and can tolerate posing / changing into different clothes without waking him/her up. This is also a time when all of the newborn characteristics are very apparent: the wrinkly skin, curled up body, and the fresh new innocent look. After 7 days, the newborn would be more aware of his/her surroundings and would not be as sleepy. After 14 days, many newborn characteristics would start to fade as newborn’s development is very fast. Thus, it is best to schedule the newborn session as early as possible. To have the first weeks of life captured would be a very valuable imagery for the parents and the baby to treasure. We suggest the newborn shoot to take place within the first 21 days of birth.


2. WHERE SHOULD THE NEWBORN SESSION TAKE PLACE?

The newborn session would take place at your home. It would be an in-home session in which I would bring in portable background stands and backdrops to your home along with studio lighting equipment to create the studio look inside your home. The portable lighting equipment I used is very soft and indirect. Thus, it would be perfectly safe for your little one’s eyes. Besides using the backdrops, I would also make use of your home environment (eg: furnitures, beds, chairs, sofas, cribs, towels, blankets) to create the portraits.


3. MY HOME ENVIRONMENT IS NOT TOO BIG OR BEAUTIFUL TO PHOTOGRAPH, WOULD IT STILL WORK?
In Hong Kong, where spaces are so limited, I understand not all homes are suitable for in-home sessions. To give you an idea, I would required at least one of the following:
(A) a minimum 8 ft by 10 ft rectangular space that I could use to setup the background stand and backdrops;
and / or
(B) a double size bed with white bedsheets + a large window
If I can setup a backdrop inside your home, your home environment does not need to go into the picture (if you do not prefer). I would bring in 2-3 different colour backdrops for the shoot. If your bed can be used for taking pictures, we could pose your newborn on the bed to take some close up portraits. I will also bring in extra props as needed.


4. HOW LONG DOES THE NEWBORN SESSION TAKES?

The newborn session would take roughly 2-2.5 hours with breaks in between. It is going to be a very relaxing session and my aim is to take as many beautiful portraits of you and your newborn as possible, with no definite time constraint. It is best to schedule the session at a time when the baby is well fed and most happy. You could also feed the baby upon my arrival or during my setup. Please try not to schedule an outing immediately following our session as the event requires to be relaxing and not rush. During the session, the father takes an important role of posing and holding the newborn most of the time. The mother could relax and rest during the shoot as I understand the mother would get tired easily after delivery. Please don’t hesitate to let me know when you needed a break to change diapers or feed.


5. WHAT DO I HAVE TO PREPARE?

Here are some items you may prepare for the shoot:

  • a bed with clean, light coloured sheets / bed coverings (eg: white, beige etc)
  • 1-2 baby blankets / fluffy towels in solid colours or patterns (colourful stripes / pokadots etc) that we could use to swaddle him/her around or make a background setting
  • any furnitures (eg: bench, cribs, moses baskets, cushions, sofa, cabinets, consoles) or props that you think would be good
  • a heater / heated blanket to warm up the room for some of the bare skin shots so that the baby is nice and warm throughout the shoot


6. WHAT SHOULD THE PARENTS WEAR?

The mom & dad should have a black long sleeve top ready. This is required to make your hand diffuses into the black backdrop to create the classic newborn B&W portraitures when holding the baby. You may have some simple basic tees or shirts (with no text / logos, prefers white / light coloured) ready. Simplicity is best! If the mom will go into the picture, it is suggest to put on some light makeup.


7. WHAT SHOULD MY NEWBORN WEAR?

You may prepare the following:

  • plain white basic onesies (fit sized)
  • bold or solid coloured onesies / pattern onesies / rompers / jumpsuits / fitted overalls that can be easily unbutton
  • for girls, cute simple dress, tops with cute lace collars, hair bows, or hats
  • baby hats / tops with hoods / cute bibs / leggings
  • towels / blankets to wrap around the baby (bold solid colours /patterns look best)

Besides taking photo of your newborn with clothes, I would prefer to take some photos of your newborn without clothes to create the classic bare skin newborn portraits. Bare skin is best for newborn portraits (as they are so new, fresh, innocent, and beautiful!!!) We could take photos of the newborn’s belly button, bottoms, hands and feet. To take bare skin shots, a heater is required at your home and we would need to warm up the room HIGH UP 20 minutes prior to the shoot to ensure the newborn is warm and comfy! I also prefer the baby to have a plain white diaper (no cartoon prints) on, or no diaper on.


8. WHAT WILL YOU SHOOT?

As your newborn portrait photographer, I would capture all the beautiful details of your new baby. The following are some shots I will take:

  • closeups of your newborn’s little hands and feet
  • portraits of your newborn
  • daddy holding the newborn in his arms
  • mommy holding the newborn
  • family portraits
  • newborn portraits without clothes (optional)


9. WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM THE SHOOT?

The Session:
Upon my arrival, I would first look around your home to find the best photographing spots and the best lights. Then, I would setup the backdrop at your home (this would take 15 minutes). We would then do some family portraits against the backdrop; followed by some closeups portraits of your newborn. Afterwards, we would find various spots inside your home to do more portraits using a combination of natural lights / studio lights. Please note that for photos using natural light, I would require to open up the curtains / blinds to lid up the whole room on a sunny day.

Please note that during the session, there may be several clothes change, and that we would try out various poses (thus, please expect some changing hands).

After the Session:
In a couple of days, I will send you around 5 photos as a quick preview and would share some on my blog. Then, we would spend roughly 4 weeks time to carefully select and post-process the photos from the session. An online private gallery will be send to you for your preview and selection for your session package prints, photos or additional order. Upon receiving your order, it would take us roughly 2 weeks to have your session prints and CD ready. For custom items such as gallery canvas, custom framing, or albums, it may take 3-8 weeks (depend on the ordered item).

If you needed the photos ready earlier for special event (eg: printing your birth announcement cards, or sharing at full-moon party), please talk to me in advance PRIOR to your booking . I will check my schedule to see if such date can be achieve and feasible.

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