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What age is best for a Newborn photography session?

If you are looking for a Newborn photography session in Peterborough you might be wondering what the perfect age is. 

Newborn photography session is just that- a photography session to capture your Newborn as, well, a Newborn. As of those little details and features that make your baby “Newborn”. The way they curl up just like they were in the womb, their dry skin from adjusting to life outside the womb, their sleepiness and not to mention their tiny fingers and toes! It is no wonder why Newborn photography sessions are so popular. Who wouldn’t want those adorable features documented forever? All of those things that are unique to your baby in those first few weeks- photographed for you to remember forever. 

a close up image on newborn baby fingers

What age is best ?

Many Newborn photographers say 2 weeks and under is the best age. But I am, in many ways, not like most Newborn photographers! I have photographed so many different aged babies in the last 8 years. I never refuse to photograph a baby just because they do not fit in my ideal age range. I am confident that I can get a beautiful gallery of any baby no matter how many weeks they are.

Whilst this information is my ideal from my experience of being a Newborn photographer for the past 8 years, it is always worth checking with your Newborn photographer for their ideal age.

A sweet baby girl I photographed at 8 weeks old- full of smiles!

With that being said…

If you are looking for curly, posed, more likely to be asleep images then anywhere between 1-4 weeks is my definition of the “ideal” age for your Newborn photography session. You will be amazed at how different your baby looks at 3 weeks old and 6 weeks old! Trust me! Ideally 1-4 weeks old is perfect.

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What if my baby is older?

Beyond 4 weeks baby might tend to be naturally less “curly” as they have had more time to adjust to being outside of the womb. You might also find they are awake for longer periods of time and not as sleepy as they were in those earlier weeks. 

None of this is an issue- it is just important to highlight the differences between bringing your baby in earlier and leaving it a little later. Letting you know what to expect is important.

To conclude

At any age, no matter how many weeks old your baby is I can create a beautiful gallery for you. If you are looking for the very Newborn images between 1-4 weeks is the best age to bring your baby in for their Newborn photography session. If you missed the ideal window 4 – 6 weeks is also fine for a Newborn session as long as you are aware they might not be as curled up and sleepy. 

Beyond 8 weeks the session is no longer classed as a Newborn session and will then be classed as a family session.

When is best to book my Newborn photography session?

It is best to book your session whilst you are still pregnant. Many women book once they have had their 12 week scan but anytime is perfectly fine. Due to babies arriving early or late it is often the case that I have last minute availability too. Also feel free to get in touch to see what is possible even if you have already had your baby!

Upon booking you will receive a session guide which goes over the session is lots of detail so you know what to expect.

“I would recommend Emma to people who want to capture their newborn in the early weeks with some beautiful photos. She was very professional and very very kind and great with the babies!”

– The Avory Family

If you have any questions or would like any information on booking a Newborn session please feel free to get in touch. I am always happy to help! I would love to be your Newborn photographer!

emma@oliviaroseimages.co.uk

Emma xx

| Newborn photographer based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire | Olivia Rose Images is also a Maternity photographer, family photographer, child photographer and cake smash photographer (first birthday) |

newborn baby girl laying on a ruffled white blanket swaddled

If someone said to you “describe the colour white” (ok I know technically white isn’t a colour but go along with me!) the words that might spring to mind would probably be “pure, innocent, fresh, perfect, new”. If someone then asked you to you “describe a newborn baby” the words you used to answer the first question would probably be the same! 

newborn baby girl laying on a ruffled white blanket swaddled

the colour white is the most perfect fit for a newborn baby

I believe that the colour white and newborn babies fit perfectly together- as though they were made for each other! 

A simplistic approach to my Newborn photography enables me to ensure the baby is the whole image. Nothing added- your baby is all that is needed to create a beautiful image. The white colour palette lends itself perfectly to the natural essence of a newborn baby

newborn baby toes wrapped in a knitted white blanket

Aesthetically pleasing to my creative vision

When I first started out as a Newborn photographer I would spend a long time going through google images and pinterest looking at professional Newborn photography for inspiration for my own work. The images that always caught my eye and stood out were the pure white ones. Aesthetically, it is what my artistic vision likes the look of. Once I start incorporating all white set ups into my work, that was it, I was hooked and never went back! I fall in love with my galleries all the time just as much as my clients do!

newborn baby girl swaddled in a white material laying asleep on a white blanket wearing a headband

A stress free environment to create your Newborn images

I had to let go of the belief that I needed endless props and bean bag material in every colour to create the “perfect photo”. Truth is none of that is needed at all! Just your already perfect newborn.

Not needing to have and store an abundance of props means that I have a clutter free spacious environment. It makes me feel so calm, centred and allows my mind to be free to be creative. My clutter free studio is the ideal stress free environment for parents and baby. I know that my studio is often one of the first places parents will visit with their baby and I want it to be as relaxing as possible!

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Without all the added extras in terms of props and colours the attention is all on the baby- how the baby is posed, the composition of the shot, how the light is falling and the pureness of the white. There are no distractions so everything has to look good- otherwise it is really going to stand out! I ensure I get creative with light, pose, angles and textures to add an element of artistic interest to the image.

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Ensures images remain timeless

My bright white, airy, minimalist photographs would beautifully compliment a modern home interior design. In 50 years time when trends have moved on and something else is modern and fashionable- these images are still going to look classic and timeless! There is nothing in the photo to make it dated or old fashioned. There is no time stamp on these images. You cannot tell what year they were taken by anything that is used in the image. Photography trends come and go so quickly but these will remain timeless. You can enjoy and display them forever! Plus, no matter when you come back for updated images in the future the style of all your photography sessions with me will be the same! Meaning that all of your images compliment each other beautifully next to each other!

What do you think of an all white minimalist style? Is it your vision of the perfect photo of a newborn baby? I would love to know your thoughts in the comments

Emma xx

| If you are due a baby in Peterborough (or surrounding areas) I would love to be your Newborn photographer! Please feel free to email me if you have any questions- I would be more than happy to help! emma@oliviaroseimages.co.uk |

newborn baby yawning laying on a white blanket photographed my Newborn photographer Peterborough

You have just given birth to your beautiful baby. Now it is time to enjoy the Newborn baby bubble. Those first few weeks of bringing home your baby is pure joy. You cannot stop staring at them, amazed at how wonderful the human body is. In awe of yourself for creating such a perfect little human! You are in complete and total love!

newborn baby yawning laying on a white blanket photographed my Newborn photographer Peterborough

Is that how it went for you?

If not, you are not alone. For many, many women, that is not the reality for them. There are many reasons as to why this might be the case. From the obvious reasons such as sleep deprivation, to a traumatic birth or a difficult postnatal journey.

Jo from “Love parenthood” says-

“Birth doesn’t always go to plan. When we’re traumatised we’re left in a constant state of stress which is draining and damaging. It’s not your fault and you deserve to enjoy parenthood. 3 Step Rewind can help you to feel like yourself again”.

Examples of how birth trauma can look –

  • The type of birth you had (if it didn’t go how you planned)
  • Things being out of your control
  • You felt frightened
  • The pandemic
  • You felt unsupported
  • Baby/parent health
  • You were overwhelmed
  • Not treated with respected or listened to

These are some examples of what postnatal trauma could look like

  • Sleep deprived
  • Your health
  • Physical healing from birth
  • Relationship changes
  • Overwhelm
  • Not being listened to
  • Returning to hospital
  • NICU

If any of these trauma’s resonate with you, it could be time to consider a birth trauma coach. All too often women who have experienced birth or postnatal trauma have been told “that is just part of it” “Things don’t always go to plan, stop being dramatic” “well I had to go through x, y, z, what are you moaning about?” “what did you expect life with a newborn baby was going to be like?” “at least you have a healthy baby”. You do not have to live with the effects of your trauma because of any of those reasons!

My story – very briefly

I had my daughter 11 years ago. I had the easiest pregnancy and birth. It was when Olivia was 3 weeks old everything went wrong. I was a first time parent with nothing to compare my birth or postnatal journey with. Going through a very difficult break up and completely over whelmed. Looking back, I realised I was suffering with postnatal depression. Although at the time I knew I didn’t feel right and I was finding being a mum extremely difficult, I felt it was my fault. I felt so guilty for not enjoying motherhood. In truth, I don’t remember much of Olivia being a baby. My brain has worked really hard to block it all out. Which I could never understand because I always wanted to be a mum.

I vividly remember standing in my kitchen and phoning the health visitor at breaking point. She answered and I said “I can’t cope”. She asked me what I meant. I told her “I just cannot cope with my baby. She won’t stop crying and I am finding it really hard”. Now, I don’t know what I thought she would do. I don’t know what she could of done. She told me that this sounded like something the doctor would be better helping me with…

I had just used up every ounce of anything I had to phone a “professional” and tell them that I cannot cope with my own baby. I felt ashamed, embarrassed, guilty and scared. There was absolutely no way I was phoning someone else and telling them as well. So I didn’t. And yes, we muddled through. I am here to tell the tale, things got better and Olivia and I have a wonderful relationship. But I cannot help but think perhaps I would of had some more children by now if I had been able to get the support I had needed at the time. During my Newborn photography sessions clients always ask me if I plan to have any more children. I always reply “oh goodness me no, I am still traumatised from the first time”. Those are the exact words I use and this was before I knew birth trauma was a thing!

Birth trauma coaching

This is where a birth trauma coach can really help. Jo from love parenthood has a program called 3 step rewind. During the 3 step rewind program you get the chance to talk to Jo about the journey and the traumas you encountered. She then uses a guided relaxation to play the memories from start to finish from a disassociated place. You repeat this together rewinding to the beginning and slowly coming back into your body. Eventually, you watch the memories from you own body again. Jo recommends 4 sessions during the last one she teaches you how you can build on this and how to maintain your wellbeing day to day.

Jo is so warm and friendly. If there was anyone I would feel happy to talk to about my own traumatic postnatal journey it would be her!

If you feel that you could benefit from the 3 step rewind sessions I highly recommend getting in touch with Jo. You can also take a look at her Instagram (@love_parenthood) where she shares so much valuable information. In her recent blog post Jo says that 200,000 parents a year report that some aspect of their birth was traumatic. You can find out more about her coaching here. That statistic doesn’t even cover the postnatal part of birth trauma! You are not alone and there are people out there who can help! My inbox is open to anyone who wants an impartial person to talk to.

Emma xx

| Olivia Rose Images based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. I specialise in Newborn photography but also photograph Maternity, older babies, children, families and first birthday sessions. I would love to be your photographer! You can view my work here |

The complete guide to what to bring to your Newborn session

13th March 2020

The best thing about my style of photography is that I do not need a lot at all to produce a beautiful Newborn gallery for you and your family to cherish forever!

I would say, all I need to produce a beautiful, full newborn gallery for you is a piece of white material, a smaller piece of white material, something to pose baby on, 1 prop and your baby.

Luckily, out of those 5 items- you only need to provide one! And that (I hope it goes without saying but I will say it anyway!) is the baby!  …and milk if you are bottle feeding. This is quite essential!

Honesty, if you just turn up with baby in one arm- that is enough! – just be sure that if you are bottle feeding that there is a bottle of milk in the other hand!

However, you might like to bring:

– spare nappies

– wipes (if you use wipes)

– a dummy (if you use a dummy definitely bring it along)

– muslin cloths

– a special teddy or blanket (if these are special items that you particularly want in the images)

– snacks and drinks for yourselves (and siblings)

– entertainment for siblings (the session can feel like a long time for them!)

– spare clothes for yourselves (yes, there have been times that baby has wee’d etc on parents during the parent and baby poses!

*extra milk (if you are bottle feeding) is a must*

Sometimes babies need a little extra top up (or a full feed) and I am always baby led. If baby needs to feed- we feed baby!

As you see the things you might like to bring are mostly items you would usually carry in your changing bag with you anyway so do not stress about the things you “need” to bring.

If you forget anything I have the following items in the studio for you to use for your convenience

– spare nappies

– cotton wool

– water wipes

– nappy bags

– muslin cloths

– hand sanitiser

I hope this information makes you feel at ease about your session! Do not panic if you forget everything! ……

 

JUST DO NOT FORGET THE BABY!

 To view my Newborn photography portfolio click here

Emma xx