A newborn photo shoot doesn’t end when you leave the studio – not for me at least. The photos then need to be taken into my editing suite and given a good dose of digital magic to show your new baby at their perfect best. Here you can see one example of newborn photography – before and after the edit.
I’m not one for over plasticising the baby’s skin – I don’t want them to look like wax dolls but most (if not all) newborns do need a little skin work. Whether it’s to tone down the little red hands and feet, grey top lips or just to smooth out the lumps, bumps and peeling skin that come from having been underwater for 9 months. So that’s a good portion of what happens to each image when it gets onto my screen.
Then it’s a case of making some creative decisions and balancing the image so it is pleasing to the eye (plus quite often taking out little specks and missing parts of backdrops – you always seem to run out of background space no matter how you arrange things!)
This process of perfecting each and every image typically takes longer than the actual newborn photo shoot which is why you have to wait a couple of weeks before you get to see them all. It’s not because I’m just sitting round the office – honest! It’s worth the wait though…
A newborn photo shoot is best when your baby is between 5 and 10 days old as this is when they are at their maximum sleepiness and poseability to capture those dreamy shots. For this reason, I definitely recommend that you book when you are pregnant as this is one less thing to worry about scheduling when you’ve just got home from the hospital. We make an appointment for your due date plus 7 days and then adjust it as needed.
My newborn shoots include your three favourite digital images which you select from your online gallery a few weeks after your photo shoot – I don’t make you attend a sales or viewing session. Sessions take place in my warm and cosy studio in Crawley Down and cost £95.