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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. 

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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) |

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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! 

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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

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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!

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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 |

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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 |

baby boy with dark hair asleep under a white blanket

If you are expecting a baby- congratulations! You are probably here reading this because you are considering which Newborn photography session is right for you! I am going to explain the differences between them so you can make the most informed choice. I know how precious these Newborn moments are! They pass by in the blink of an eye. Preserving our memories is so valuable.

I currently offer two types of Newborn photography sessions. There is the Mini Newborn session and the full session. They are quite different sessions in every way.

The Full Newborn photography experience

This full Newborn session is the full experience. There is no time limit on this session but it usually lasts around 2.5/3 hours. The full range of swaddled images is included in this session. Only with the full Newborn session do you get the full range of posed images as well. These are the classic undressed, baby led, posed images that I capture. There is a lot more variety with this session in terms of poses. You will also get lots of images to choose from.

The full Newborn photography session also includes 10 digital images on a USB stick plus those 10 images as 6 x 4 prints too! This means that you will have printed images ready to frame and enjoy straight away. You are welcome to make further prints and enlargements from the digital versions on your USB. If you do not have a USB drive these can be sent via web transfer too. You are welcome to upgrade your package to include more images after the session. I have 3 simple packages to add on if you wish to.

So to conclude, the full session offers a wide range of poses and lots of varied images to choose from, 10 digital images and 10 prints!

If you are looking for a Newborn photography session in Peterborough that includes digital images plus prints this session is perfect for you!

The mini newborn session

The mini Newborn session is perfect for you if you are looking for a shorter session (1.5 hours of studio time) with less images included and to choose from. The Mini session includes swaddled images only. I will achieve a beautiful gallery for you and lots of variation for you but it doesn’t include any of the undressed posed images. 

This session includes 6 digital images provided as digital download. It doesn’t include a USB or prints. However, you are welcome to buy a USB and prints in additional if you required them. As with the full newborn session you are welcome to purchase additional images from your gallery too.

Family and sibling images

With either session family and sibling images are more than welcome! I absolutely love taking family images during Newborn sessions. I know being in front of the camera isn’t always the easiest thing to do. But trust me, you will thank yourself! You will be so pleased you did!

Siblings are more than welcome to join too with either Newborn photography session that you choose!

Additional images

No matter whether you choose the full or mini Newborn photography session you are able to upgrade- if you wish. I have 3 very simple packages that you can add onto your existing package to create the package the  perfect package for you!

You are welcome to make prints and enlargements from your digital images provided. I know how hectic life gets with a Newborn baby, so I also offer a professional print service. You can shop for prints and wall art from your gallery and have them delivered straight to your door for your convenience!

Which is best for you?

I hope this helps you when choosing the perfect session for your Newborn images! I know how precious those first moments are. I would love to be your Newborn photographer and help you to preserve those memories!

Click here to read the feature Mother & baby magazine did on one of my Newborn sessions!

If you are looking for a Newborn photographer in Peterborough and need any further guidance please feel free to email me and I will be happy to help!

Emma xx

| Olivia Rose Images in a photographer in Peterborough Cambridgeshire specialising in Maternity and Newborn photography |

emma@oliviaroseimages.co.uk

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Discover my best parent poses

8th June 2020

My best and my favourite go-to parent poses for creating simple, timeless and beautiful images for you and your family

 

 

These are not the only parent poses that I do- but they are the ones I really love capturing!

I wanted to say at this point, I never insist that parent poses/images are part of your Newborn session, it is very much optional. I always advise that you have them taken, even if you choose not to have them as part of your package, at least then you have no regrets of not having them taken at the time. But as I say, they are completely optional!

As you will see in this selection, there are options where your hands and arms can be in the photos with baby instead of your whole self, if that feels more comfortable to you.

First up,

1. Baby in Parent Hands

I love this shot because parents hands are such a great size reference! When baby grows you will never believe they used to squish that small and fit into the palms of your hands. When baby is older and you show them the image they will never believe that is them- in Mummy and Daddy’s hands!

 

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This is a great image for getting siblings hands included too

This image is really sweet when baby is awake and is looking up at me too!

2. Kisses from Mama

I absolutely love capturing this shot and this memory for you! It is the part of the session where you haven’t got all the other stresses of your world- it is just you and baby in the moment and you get to look down and love on this little miracle you have created without any distractions- it is always a special and beautiful moment for me to capture that I am very grateful for!

 

3. In Dad’s arms

The babies always feel safe and secure in Daddy’s hands they always relax right into this pose!

 

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newborn baby girl swaddled in a white material held by dad kissing her

4. Back lit

This is where the light is behind my family instead of to the side. I love capturing the side profile of baby and the way the light falls to illuminate all their little features. Back lit images also look especially beautiful in black and white to really emphasis the contrast!

 

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5. Classic family portrait

This is an image that everyone gets at their session if they request family images! I always do these images swaddled and at the beginning of the session- I find that the combination of baby being swaddled and held by their parents really helps to make them feel comfortable and relaxed and starts the session off on the right note!

The classic family pose is also great for siblings

 

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I hope that you have enjoyed looking through some of my favourite parent poses that I love to take during Newborn session! I think I will share my favourite sibling poses next!

Are there any here that you would request for your session? 

Take a look at my Newborn portfolio here

I cannot wait to see you all 

 

Emma xx

| Newborn Photographer | Maternity photographer | Peterborough, Cambridgeshire |

Your free guide to stunning Newborn photographs at home

7th April 2020

Your free guide to creating beautiful images of your baby at home!

I have put together this simple, free guide to capturing some beautiful photographs of your baby at home. Whilst these images are never going to replace the ones you would get with a professional photographer- you will look at these images in years to come and love seeing how small they were. You will be so glad you captured them!

Depending on how soon you are due your baby, it is worth bearing in mind that babies even up to 6 weeks can “pose” very much like newborns and 12 week sessions have been some of my favourites in the past- they can smile and have such character! Do not rule out a professional photo session- even if it is a few weeks later than you had originally had in mind

Sitter sessions (when baby is sitting unaided) are another wonderful milestone session you might consider. I absolutely adore sitter sessions. 

This is a guide to create a simplistic set of images- with one, simple “pose” and it doesn’t matter if baby is awake or asleep! You could even try the series of images with baby both awake and asleep- why not!

I am using my stand-in-baby little Rosie to show you how to create these images. I am using my bean bag that I use in all my sessions and I purchased this from Dunelm. You might have a bean bag, or a foot stall, your bed, a sleepy head pod, even one of your sofa seat cushions on the floor- the surface area needs to be quite large to get enough of the “back drop” behind the baby” and so that the baby can safely be laid down without the worry of them rolling anywhere- you’d be surprised at how strong and wriggly they can be!

 

Items you’ll need to gather before your at home session

– a surface to use- bean bag, foot stool, sofa seat cushion

– some thick throws/non textured blankets/material

– A hand towel

– A blanket to wrap around baby

– A teddy

– Any little accessories if you are using them such as headbands or hats

How you have baby dressed for this is really up to you- a plain white vest would be my suggestion as it still shows a lot of their skin, the nappy is on so you do not need to worry about accidents and it makes a nice timeless image- babies- in white- there is nothing better!

 

How to set up your bean bag

The placement of your bean bag ( I am just going to call it a bean bag for the sake of the blog post!) is very important. It needs to be near a window as show in the photo above. I am using my patio doors- in the next few days take a note of where the sun comes into your home and which windows are the brightest. The light does not need to be directional (by that I mean, the sun doesn’t need to be shining directly through the window) the window just needs to be bright and your “bean bag” quite close

You will need to use a few thick throws/fleecy blankets over the surface you are using- in my case my bean bag. This made a nice smooth “back drop”. If you throws are big enough, fold them so you have a double layer from one throw

You will then need a rolled up hand towel under the layers of throws/blankets as a little cushion for babies head- to raise the head up ensuring it is the main focus of the image

 
Where to begin
 

-Ensuring that baby has a full tummy and is nice and warm is going to give you the best chance of capturing these images successfully

-You will want to gently lay baby down on their back on your make shift bean bag making sure their head is resting on that pillow we just made!

-At this point it doesn’t matter if baby is awake or asleep but we will assume they are asleep (I will talk about what to do if they are awake further down).

 

Capturing the first shot

The first image to get is of baby laying just as you’ve placed them- their hands might naturally rest on their chest or tummy, they might naturally pull their hands to their face, they might draw their legs up, or relax them out- however they naturally pose themselves when you lay them down- capture that shot. Start by standing on the left side of the bean bag with the window on right and take a full body shot from this angle

Next move in and get a close up of just baby’s face. This is a particularly lovely image that I love to get in all my newborn sessions. I love how the light comes in and highlights their side profile detailing all their little facial features

At this point, depending on how their hands naturally fell, you could try and gently reposition their hands. Babies will naturally want to clench their fists but if they are relaxed enough they will open up their fists and lay their hands flat- try stroking the back of their hand- when their fist uncurled lay their hands flat on their chest- gently hold your hands or fingers over theirs for a few moments whilst they adjust to the new position. If they move their hands- do not stress about it- it isn’t what is important and you can always try again at a later stage (or another day) if you really wanted to!

With their hands newly positioned (or not), whilst still standing to the left side, come further above baby and capture this angle

At this point you could add a teddy- something that has been given as a present or that you have brought baby. You could use this teddy to do a month photo and see how baby grows next to this teddy over their first year!

Gently open out their arm and place the teddy in close to them. If baby has a little squirm just gently hold them in place and give them a little shush

Ta-da! Simple, stressfree and timeless

So there is a basic set of 9 beautiful keepsake images that capture your baby as a newborn- simple, stress-free and timeless!

Do not forget to add your little accessories if you wish to- head bands or a little hat for example and capture different angles if you want to get creative! Close ups of the swirl on the back of their head, their fingers curled around your finger and their fuzzy ears could be extras you might like to include

If baby is awake (or you want to try a different look)

If baby is awake, or you want to get the set with baby asleep and awake- it might be best to use a little basic swaddle. This isn’t my full swaddle that all the parents are amazed by in the studio. This is just a basic one to keep those arms from flying around! Babies have no control over their arms or legs as newborns so by giving them some security from a swaddle helps to keep them settled and ensures you can get some lovely images of their face without the windmill arms! However, if you wanted to add some of baby having a stretch and waving their arms about you should defiantly do that!

So you will need a long (ish) piece of material, or a blanket (something you’ve brought or made for them would be a nice sentimental touch), even a scarf would be suitable.

-Lay the material/blanket/scarf out on your bean bag, place baby in the middle with their arms by their sides, and then simply criss cross the material over baby and tuck it under them to hold it in place. Do not worry about their legs- just concentrate on containing the arms!

-Take a full length and close up of their face, the side profile we captured in the first set

-Then wrap the material round the babies feet and grab some close ups of their feet- from above so you can see all their toes and from below so you can see their soles would both make great images

Place their little teddy next to them and take the images with the teddy

 
 

Siblings

*Always ensure safety of the baby when asking siblings join their baby brother/sister. Make sure you have someone to “spot/watch ” the baby ensuring they can’t make their way off the bean bag whilst your helping their older sibling into position*

My Olivia came and helped me for the next few images!

If you have siblings then leave baby in the position on their back and ask the sibling to come and kiss baby on the forehead. It will make a lovely “silleuette” type shot against the bright window.

You can see the back ground here- and that is not important- do not worry about that. The main focus of this image are the children (or stand in baby in this case!)

Editing

I personally wouldn’t worry about editing. For these images I have made no edits- I didn’t think it would be fair to show you editing DIY newborn session images! These are all straight from the camera.

If you are using your phone then I would advise just using your cameras “Editing” functions to play around with the brightness and perhaps crop the edges if you need to- like I need to in some of these.

If you are using a DSLR or a compact camera then I am sure there are some free editing programs out there (but cannot recommend any because i haven’t used any) but cameras usually come with a editing program. I would not try and adjust the photos any further than just playing with exposure, white balance if you need to and cropping. The more natural the better!

I really hope that this little guide was useful to you and gives you some inspiration and confidence to capture these Newborn images. If you did find this useful it would be amazing if you could leave me a comment and share this with anyone else you think might be interested in reading! It would mean a lot to me!

If you have any questions let me know in the comments, email or DM me and I will be happy to help

Also, feel free to share your images with me afterwards too! I would love to see them!

Thank you

 

Emma xx

 
 To view my Newborn portfolio click here