This quite a common worry for parents when they come to a newborn photo shoot at my studio. It is especially so when a baby arrives unsettled and if I had a pound for every time a parent has apologised on behalf of a crying newborn, well, I wouldn’t be writing this because I’d be too busy sucking back Mojitos somewhere exotic.
So let’s tackle the issue head on.
Yep, they probably will cry at some point during the session. I can count on my fingers the amount of babies that have turned up asleep and stayed that way for the duration of their photo shoot. It’s a pretty rare phenomenon. Most babies will have at least one unsettled patch in their shoot whether they want feeding, a little reassuring cuddles form mum or generally just to let us all know that some secret baby grievance is troubling them.
When I say that I don’t care one bit, I don’t mean that I’m not bothered if you baby is unhappy obviously. Your session will always be dictated by your little one’s comfort and safety but what I mean is, it doesn’t bother me if they cry. I expect it. We work through the scratchy patch and just carry on when we come out the other side. I don’t have little ones myself any more (I’m onto the grandkid stage at this point) but that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten how to settle a crying baby. Actually I’m probably better at it now than when I actually had one of my own – I’ve picked up all manner of soothing techniques along the years. I’m not going to simply hand them back to you and call an end to things at the first whimper.
What happens if your baby cries at their newborn shoot? Well it’s more of a ‘when’ than an ‘if’ and we simply sort them out, settle them down and carry on creating your newborn photos. It’s that simple.
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.