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5 things to consider before you book your Newborn photographer

Are you expecting a baby? Congratulations! I know what a wonderful and exciting time this is for you! Are you considering a Newborn photographer to capture those precious first few weeks? Read on for my best guidance when it comes to that all important decision

These images are going to be there to serve your memory for years to come. Anytime you want to relive all of those fleeting moments you will refer back to these beautiful images. You want to make sure you make the best choice.

Here are some helpful points to consider when choosing the perfect Newborn photographer

Availability

If a professional Newborn photography session is something you’d defiantly like once your baby arrives it is a good idea to start doing your research whilst you are still pregnant. Many Newborn photographers in Peterborough and surrounding areas can be booked well in advance. Once you have found your perfect Newborn photographer contact them to schedule your session. Most Newborn photographers will use your due date as a preliminary date. Once your baby is born we will schedule your proper session date. 

Style

Consider the style of Newborn photography you are looking for. Once you have the style of photography in your mind you can easily narrow down your options.

You will want to consider where you want to display your images and the overall look you imagine. There are so many styles of Newborn photography. This can include elaborate posing or a baby-led Newborn posing. Images of baby on colourful or dark backgrounds or Newborn photographers who use no colour at all (like myself).  Newborn photographers that use a lot of props in their images or photographers that do not. Photography styles that have a specific style of editing or those that have a more natural approach to editing. 

You will want to think about where you plan to display your images. If you have a bright and colourful home your Newborn images are going to look perfect with bright and colourful colours incorporated into the images. If you have a neutral home, you might want to consider a Newborn photographer that focuses on neutral styling and colours.

newborn baby posed in a bowl with lots of textured white fabric  in front of a bright window
I am known for my bright, white, clean, simple, modern and timeless style of photography

Location

Do you want to use a local Newborn photographer? Or, would you take into account photographers further afield? If you are traveling you might like to take a quick look at what amenities there are near by. You might like to eat a meal after the session before the long journey home. So in this case consider a studio that has some suitable restaurants near by perhaps.

Not all photographers have a dedicated studio space like I do. Everything in my studio has been chosen with you in mind! My Newborn photography studio supplies everything I need to create beautiful images for you and your family. I supply nappies, wipes, cotton wool, nappy bags, muslin clothes, snacks and water for your convenience. I want the experience to be as relaxing and stress free as possible.

If you were hoping to have photographs taken in your own home you will want to search for mobile Newborn photographers. 

Safety and experience

So now you have narrowed down your Newborn photographers based in the style of images you want for your memories and the location where you want to have them taken. It is time to start thinking about what you want your photographer to offer in terms of experience, knowledge and insurance etc. 

The Newborn photography industry is unregulated and therefore anyone can “be a Newborn photographer” without any training. Your Newborn baby is the most precious thing in your world right now. I understand that you want to sure you choose a professional you can trust to handle your baby with care and patience.

Reviews are fantastic way to research what other parents who have used the photographers services before are saying about their own experience.

How much experience your Newborn photographer has might be something else you will want to consider and if they have any training from another more experienced photographer. We all start somewhere and I wouldn’t disregard a new photographer as long as they are posing babies safely.

I have 8 years of Newborn photography experience and have had the privilege of photographing hundreds of Newborns, babies, children and families in those years. I have also had several training sessions with other experienced photographers and have trained other photographers too.

Behind the scenes of me using one of my techniques to comfort baby

What is included

It is important that once you have chosen your Newborn photographer you take a look to see what is included for your investment. You will want to consider what is important to you in terms of having your images as digital files, as prints, as wall art, provided on a USB etc. 

Some Newborn photographers will have a session fee that is taken like a deposit. It can sometimes be used towards a package and sometime it cannot. Other newborn photographers might have packages whereas others will be all inclusive. It is really important you check you fully understand what is included and what isn’t when you are viewing Newborn photography packages

There are Newborn photographers In Peterborough and surrounding areas to suit everyones budget. 

If you need any further help

If you need any further guidance then please do get in touch and I will be more than happy to help assist you in choosing the perfect Newborn photographer for you and you family. Your baby will grow and change, but you will always have these images to look back on. Make sure you love them!

If you feel that Olivia Rose Images could be the perfect Newborn photographer for you then I would be delighted to capture these memories for you! Send me an email and we can get you scheduled in! emma@oliviaroseimages.co.uk

Emma xx

| Olivia Rose Images is a specialist Newborn photographer based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire | As well as Newborn photography they also offer Maternity, older baby, sitter, family and first birthday sessions | to view my portfolio please click here |

Newborn baby with blue eyes awake on a white blanket

“Will my baby’s eyes stay blue” is often a topic of conversation that often comes up in my Newborn photography sessions!

I thought I would do some research into this popular question. I was surprised with the answers I found, perhaps you will be too!

There is nothing better than looking into your baby’s big, beautiful, glossy eyes. It is easy to be curious about what whether their eyes will remain the colour they were born with, or if they will change and if so, when.

What determines a baby’s eye colour?

Genetics from mother and father determines what colour eyes your baby will have. The colour itself is made by a protein called Melanin. Melanin also determines babies hair colour and skin colour!  

Are all babies born with blue eyes?

I believed that all Newborn babies were born with blue eyes but according to this article from pampers this is a myth! They say that babies can be born with a range of different eye colours with brown being the most common but can range from grey to black!

When will my baby’s eye colour change?

The most noticeable change will happen when your Newborn baby is between 3-6 months. By the time your baby is 1 years old you should know what colour eyes they will have. However, some children’s eyes can change right up until the age of 6! Olivia has hazel colour eyes and have changed shades so many times! They used to be more hazel/green and now they are more light brown (she is 11).

What is the most unusual eye colour?

The answer to this varies by where you read but many sources seem to suggest that green eyes are the least common.

Can you tell what colour your baby will have before they are born?

There is a tremendous about of informative information on how parents genes can influence eye colour. I found this article by all about vision and they say-

“At one time, brown eye colour was considered “dominant” and blue eye colour was considered a “recessive” trait. But modern science has shown that eye colour is not that simple.

Eye color isn’t just a blend of the parents’ eye colours, as in mixing paint. Each parent has two pairs of genes on each chromosome, and multiple possibilities exist for how this genetic information is expressed in terms of eye colour”

Was your baby born with blue eyes? When did their eye colour change? Did they stay blue?

| Newborn photographer Based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire | To find out more about my newborn sessions click here

If you google “how many per hours per day does a Newborn sleep”, the answer will be between 14-19 hours per day! You can almost guarantee those awake hours are going to be during the night- naturally! You might be interested in a Newborn photography session but question what happens if baby does not sleep

It is natural to worry that your baby won’t sleep- especially when most of the newborn images you see are of sleeping babies. Most babies sleep, some babies have an awake period and a few babies like to be awake the whole session! I am here to reassure you we can still achieve a beautiful gallery no matter what!

Recently, I photographed little Piper who decided to close her eyes for around 10 minute of her whole Newborn session. We still got a beautiful gallery and I would love to share a few of my favourite images from the session.

Newborn babies always have the most glossy blue eyes!

Capturing memories of your Newborn to remember how small they were, and to relive these moments in the future, is the aim of your session. That can definitely be achieved no matter if baby is awake or asleep!

If baby is awake it is a wonderful opportunity to use your hands as props to keep baby settled and secure, as opposed to flaring their arms and legs. Your hands are such a useful, not the mention beautiful, way of portraying just how small your baby is!

If baby needs some comforting during their awake period, this is a nice time to capture a memory of that special bond whilst breast feeding your baby, if you would like it for your gallery.

Awake Newborns are almost guaranteed to give some funny facial expressions for their gallery!

As with asleep babies, I like to capture all of those precious details including fingers and toes!

Newborn yawns also make for the most adorable images!

I have many techniques I use to soothe baby into a lovely sleep for their session. I hope that this post has reassured you that even when they are not sleeping I am still creating the best memories of your Newborn for you to treasure for a life time!

To view my Newborn portfolio please click here

Emma xx

| Maternity and Newborn photographer based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire |