“We had a newborn photo shoot with Emma. She was creative, patient and professional. We were also grateful for her flexibility – working around frequent breastfeeding time outs and toddler tantrums.
She had a way of making everyone feel so at ease. Even our 2 year old loved having his photo taken for some family shots – she magically had him rolling around laughing and smiling!
Overall Emma made the whole experience feel so easy and fun despite having a 2 year old in tow! Needless to say we love all the photos she took. We feel her style of photography allows personality to shine through without distraction from props and backgrounds that you often see in other newborn shoots.
We cannot recommend Emma enough.”
To learn more about booking your at home newborn session in the Cheltenham area or beyond, be sure to get in touch for session details!
As a Cotswolds newborn photographer something I get asked a lot is when should you book your newborn photographer? It’s a great question, and the answer has two sides!
When is the best time to book your newborn photographer?
The ideal time to book up your newborn session is while you’re still pregnant – after your 20 week scan. This allows plenty of time to secure a spot in my diary, since I can only accept a limited number of bookings a month. Also, there are so many things to organise and plan during your pregnancy and this ticks booking your session off the list and allows you to relax.
When is the best time for the session to take place?
I find the ideal time to have your newborn pictures taken is when baby is between 7 – 10 days old. This gives mum some time to adjust and recover from her time in hospital. It also gives baby some time to settle into life at home.
As a baby passes the two week mark, he or she starts to become more awake and alert – and often fussier. I tend to find that 7 – 10 days old is something of a sweet spot. Baby is still sleepy and settled. A newborn’s skin can often be a little bit red in the early days after birth, so this also allows time for baby’s skin to calm down too.
Planning what to wear
It’s an idea to plan your wardrobe before your baby is born, while you have a little bit of time to yourselves. I recommend choosing outfits which are light or neutral in colour, in soft, muted tones. Avoid busy patterns or slogans as these can detract focus away from your newborn. The simplicity of this approach ensures the focus is on your baby and the connections between you and him or her. It also give your photos that timeless quality and helps ensure they will be treasured for years to come.
While some photographers will have a studio set up, here is why your newest addition deserves to be photographed in your home. As a Cheltenham newborn photographer I want to share with you 6 reasons why you should consider in-home newborn sessions.
1. You don’t need to travel.
Having a baby is pretty life changing – from my own experience as a new mum I know that some days getting out of my pyjamas honestly felt like a genuine achievement! Other days it would take us four hours to leave the house, and getting anywhere for a specific time felt like the impossible task. By your photographer coming to your home it makes things as EASY as possible for you!
2. You have everything you need for your newborn.
Nappies, change of clothes, milk, soothers, blankets. There are so many things you need to take with you when going out with a baby. Having your session at home means that’s one less thing (or perhaps more accurately 100 less things!) to worry about.
3. You have everything you need for you.
Change of clothes, hot coffee, your own familiar environment, space to get yourself ready. Tick, tick, tick, tick.
4. You’re in your comfort zone.
Having photos taken can be uncomfortable for some. But a session in your own home takes the pressure off – we photograph the early days as they are – bare feet, coffee and plenty of cuddles – surrounded by your home comforts.
5. Brothers and sisters are relaxed and comfortable.
A new baby in the house can be very exciting but can also take some getting used to. Keeping older siblings happy and involving them is so important, and if necessary they have their toys and books to keep them occupied between photos. Plus we have the flexibility of taking a break whenever you need to.
6. It’s your baby’s first home.
Your home is tied up with so many early memories. The home you brought your baby home to from the hospital. Your first night as a brand new family. Your home is part of your family’s story and provides the backdrop for these early memories. For that reason alone it’s special. It also makes every session unique!
Are you looking for a Cheltenham newborn photographer? If you’d like to book your newborn session, or would like to talk it through, I’d love to hear from you! Please get in touch here!
All images in this blog, are taken by Emma Jackson of Emma Jackson Photography unless stated otherwise. Feel free to repost or share images for non-commercial purpose, but please make sure to link back to this website and its original post.
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