F A Q’s

Frequently Asked Questions

newborn photographer stockportNewborn Baby Photographer stockport – Most mummy’s book their session around their 20 week scan to avoid the disappointment of not having the space when baby is here.

So you’ve either just found out what your having, or your keeping it as a suprise… Baby names are flowing through your mind,.. Gathering baby items so your all prepared..  This will one day all be a distant memory. your little one will be born, go through all their milestones and eventually grow up (scary thought) but whilst having a baby photography session with me you are not only capturing those tiny details and those windy smiles, you will also have some beautiful images you can hold dear and look back on for years to come. (Maybe even those funny faces for their 18th birthday party.)


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What to expect from your Newborn Photography session..

A time for you to relax in the comfort of my beautiful studio, chill out with a hot drink and a few snacks while you watch me create timeless images for you. Newborn photographer Stockport.


When shall I book my newborn session?

Most mummy’s book their newborn session on or around their 20 week scan, This ensures I have availability for your due date month, Your due date is provisionally booked into my diary as babies can arrive any time around your due date so i only allow for a limited number of newborn bookings each month and keep the day free for your baby as i like to go at their pace and work around you as a family. Don’t worry if your baby has already arrived when you decide to book your newborn session please do still get in touch and we can discuss your requirements.

What do i do when my baby arrives? 

Babies can be unpredictable and arrive at any time, it is therefore your responsibility to contact me as soon as you can when your little one arrives so we can arrange your session date.

Where will my newborn session take place?

Your newborn session will take place in my purpose made beautiful studio in Gatley, come and make your self newborn photography stockport studio
at home in a cosy environment and relax.As a new parent you will be overwhelmed with emotions and will already be aware of what a world wind this tiny bundle is and how they have an impact on your life. This is an opportunity for you to leave everything at home and take some time out in my studio while you watch me take baby photos and create timeless images for you and your family. Having your newborn session in my studio means you have full use of all my props and
equipment and will allow me to take the best possible images for you

When is the best time to photograph my newborn?

These first few weeks will fly by and your baby’s tiny details  will be changing so quickly its important to capture these moments as early as possible. The age of your baby will make all the difference as to what positions or poses they will be comfortable in or whether they will like it or not. Every baby is different and i will ensure that baby guides me throughout our session. Younger baby’s usually between 5-14 days are ideal for getting into those squishy curled up positions as it wasn’t that long ago they were still safe and snug in the womb. which helps create beautiful memories whilst ensuring a happy comfortable baby. Baby’s in the earlier days are much happier being undressed as long as they are kept snuggly and warm , which they will be at all times in my studio. It is still possible to capture these moments upto 28days so don’t panic if you haven’t arranged anything straight away . It is just preferred earlier as baby’s are happy to curl up and stay asleep longer and don’t mind being undressed.

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How do I prepare for my newborn session?

You will have already received your questionnaire which will give me a little insight about you and your family which will then help me plan your session. There are a few things i will advise you to do to prepare for your session. If you have chosen to breast feed i would advise to avoid gassy, spicy or acidic foods for at least 48 hours prior to your session. This prevents your baby having tummy upsets and will make them easier to settle during our session.  If you have chosen to bottle feed or breast feed i will ask you to schedule baby’s feed before your session so your baby is due a feed as you arrive at my studio. I would also advise that you keep baby awake for as long as possible (this is not a necessity) This helps baby go into the feed sleep cycle and prepares your baby for his\her session.

What do i need to bring with me ?

As sessions can take upto 4 hours make sure your bring extra feeds as baby’s usually have more feeds than they would usually have at home. Please also bring along a dummy (even if baby doesn’t use one at home, baby will not get attached to this after the session.) This will help soothe baby, a blanket spare nappies wipes and a change of clothes. also bring a spare pair of clothes for your self as I’m sure you will already know  sometimes little ones like to have accidents. If you  could dress your little one in a simple baby grow to make getting them undressed easier and to prevent baby from being disturbed more than necessary. In general i would advice parents to wear light clothing as it can get quite warm in the studio as it is set at a temperature that suits baby, for parent photos something plain and flattering that you feel comfortable in, natural colours are best, no logos or busy clothing and its usually best that dads clothes compliments mums in style or matching colours. If there are any specific items that are of sentiment to you that you would like incorporating into your session please feel free to bring them along with you.

Who can I bring with me to the session?

Siblings are more than welcome to be included in the session but as you can appreciate four hours is quite a long time for any child so sibling shots are either done at the begging of the session or at the end depending on how settled baby is. There is a park across the road and many cafes and shops on the street that you can take the other little ones to whilst i ensure baby gets all the time and attention that is needed to create these timeless images.

with the size of the studio it is not ideal to accommodate extended family so two adults is only necessary, so please be mindful of this when planning who is going to attend the session with you.

What happens if i arrive late or early to me session?

We all can understand the military operation it takes to leave the house with a newborn, this is why i only schedule one newborn session a day. This gives you enough time in the morning then to get ready, I do like to prepare and make sure everything is ready for when you arrive, the studio needs to be at a certain temperature for your baby and i appreciate you arriving on time for your session. This ensures your session runs smoothly and if you arrive late this will eat into your session. Please allow time for travelling and parking at the studio, there is parking outside the studio and is also a car park across the road. If for any reason you will not be on time for your session please let me know.

Will i need to help with anything during my session?

While this is the time for you to relax and enjoy watching me work with your baby cuddling, soothing and posing them, there will be times i need your help, your baby’s safety is my main priority and for this reason i use a spotter at all times, this maybe an assistant i have or parents themselves or even grandparents enjoy doing this part. Some of the images you see are composite images, (These are images with the spotter holding the baby and images are put together in post production.) Throughout the session your baby will need lots of attention, i will pass your baby back to you regularly for cuddles and feeding.

Are you trained and insured to handle my baby?stockport newborn photographer

YES, i am fully insured, and have had various newborn posing and safety training and keep this topped up regularly. I am also a member of BANPAS (Baby and Newborn Photography Association) This is primarily for baby safety. You can take a look at their website to understand more about what they do and how they support and guide us as photographers. As stated baby’s safety is my number one priority.

Am i allowed to use my phone to take photographs myself?

It may seem silly but there is a reason you come to me to take these beautiful images for you, many of times i have clients ask me if they can take images on their phones, Primarily the answer to this question is no, but i know how excited you are about your baby being here and can’t wait to show your images off so during the first set up at your session i will then give you an opportunity to take a mobile phone image, i could even do this for you. This image will contain the set up of where baby is and i will ask you to tag my Facebook page if you are using this images on social media. I am then going to ask you to turn your phone off during the rest of the session so i can have your undivided attention as your baby’s safety is the main priority.

Why does a newborn session take up to 4 hours?

Your newborn session can take anywhere between 2 to 4 hours, the reason for this is i like to have a nice calm atmosphere so baby is relaxed, i do not rush my sessions and like to go at baby’s pace to ensure their comfort and safety. There will be lots of soothing and settling baby into each pose. I will aim to do 5 different set ups including parent and sibling poses, which i do towards the end of the session.

Can i choose what propnewborn baby photography stockports and set ups i like during the session?

While your newborn session is completely tailored to you, my knowledge and creative mind are what makes your images. You will be given a questionnaire before your session so you can tell my a little more about you, your new baby, and your family. This gives you the opportunity to tell me what kind of style of images you like and any images you have seen of mine that you want me to recreate. You can also tell me the colour schemes you prefer and the colours of your home where your images will be displayed, This is not a problem if you don’t know what you want, i have various props and set ups that we can discuss on the day of your session or you can leave this blank to let me use my creative mind. Whilst reading this please bare in mind that i am your photographer and i will shoot what i see fit and right for the image, you baby will be the centre of your images and use props, headbands, bones to compliment this.

What will happen after my session ?

I know how much  you will be excited to come back and view your pictures, we will schedule your ordering appointment on the day of your session for no more than two weeks time. in this time i will be creating your  timeless images and preparing a stunning presentation video (this video is included in the top package) for you  when you come for your ordering appointment we can discuss the packages and i will help you create your images for your chosen package ,design your wall art and help you choose which products are best for you and your family. Payment is to be made on this day and i accept cash or debit or credit card payments. We will discuss when your packages and products will be ready and turnaround time  is no longer than four weeks. I assure you i will have your products ready for collection from the studio as soon as possible.

What are digital images and what can i do with them ?

Digital images are electronic files which you can use to print your images yourself on which ever product you wish. Copyright of these images remain with the photographer but you will be granted print release which will allow you to print these images. This does not allow you to edit,crop or alter the images in any way, or enter into competitions without my consent. I would always advice you to print your products through me to ensure you quality and correcting colouring from my  professional printing labs i can not be made accountable for quality and colour loss from high street stores.

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To book in your newborn session pop on over to the contact page and send me a message.

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