Nova’s Newborn Session

I had the pleasure of meeting Nova and her family for her newborn session with me. Nova was born weighing 4lb 7oz, the smallest baby I have photographed so far, but that didn’t stop her. She let us know all about the big personality she has hidden under all that tiny! She had the most beautiful, delicate features, and was adored by everyone- especially big sister Mia.

Thank you for coming to see me little lady! Here are just a few of my favourites from her session:

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Newborn Photography Sessions- How do they work? Jess Evans Photography

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“Little boy, when you speak, I can’t help but kiss your cheek, I love the way you grab my hand, tell me all about your plans”

Oh this song just gets me every single time. I listen to the words, and i’m thrown straight back to 2014, the year my son was born. I reminisce his life so far, and I am just so proud of the little boy he is today. The newborn stage goes by SO fast. You blink and they are sitting up, crawling, walking, talking. They need you less and less each day, and the moments spent rocking a crying baby to sleep at 3am seem like a distant memory. All we have to look back on these memories are photographs. Photographs are such a precious gift we have been given- without them our children wouldn’t know just how tiny they were, once upon a time…

 

I believe having a Newborn session is the most important session you can have. They are so bespoke, and hard to recreate at home safely. I have had extensive training in newborn safety and posing. I know how to curl your tiny little bundle up, to get beautiful photographs of them at their smallest. I know how to wrap them, so they feel comfortable and secure enough to drift off into a peaceful sleep without any fuss. I know the poses that require composites, or spotters, in order for your baby to be safe at all times. Newborn photography is something I am very passionate about, and I want you to have the perfect images of you and your family. My sessions are very much baby led. Your little one calls the shots. We go at their pace, and I aim for everyone to feel relaxed from the moment you walk through the door.

“So how do your newborn sessions work?” is a question I get asked all the time. Most people are surprised at how little they actually need to do. I try and make the sessions as easy for parents as possible. I want you to be able to sit back and watch your newest addition looking oh-so-cute. I’ve even had a few parents nod off before, to catch up on their Zzz! Those first few weeks are so exhausting, and I think its nice to be able to sit and just take a minute sometimes!

I usually start by wrapping your baby, because it is the cosiest way for them to fall asleep, and they will feel very warm and secure. If you have other children, this is typically when I will do sibling poses, so then they are free to sit and watch a film, colour in or go to the park with grandma! If this is your first baby, I will go straight onto my props first. I have a beautiful range of different things I use to photograph baby in- from bowls, buckets, beds and hammocks. These are mostly all handmade, and bought from various venders all around the world! They are designed with newborns in mind, and thats what I love about them. And obviously, safety is the most important element of any newborn session, so I have taken extra measures to ensure props are secure (whether that means they are weighted at the bottom, or I have a spotter to hold it in a safe position).

 

Once props are over, I will then go onto the beanbag. This is where your baby will be unwrapped in stages, to get a variety of beautiful images with lots of textures, before they are unwrapped completely. I love the images I produce on the beanbag, because they are the most timeless photographs you can have. They are simple, with your baby being the star of the show. There’s no fuss- just them and all their little details, at their tiniest.

 

Finally, I always try and get everyone to have a few photographs as a family. You wont believe the amount of times I get a message after a gallery has been viewed, saying something along the lines of ‘thank you for persuading us to have photographs together’. I know, especially from experience, that the last thing we feel like after having a baby, is having our photograph taken. But you just can’t get that moment back. It is so important to exist in your children’s photos, because they will be the ones looking back at them in years to come. I usually take some of mum and baby individually, and then the same for dad and baby too. Then you can have some altogether, as a family. And if siblings are involved, then we will get these images at the beginning instead!

 

Sessions can take anywhere between 2 and 4 hours, and it is all dependent on your baby. Some take longer to settle, some like to feed more often, and some just don’t like to be disturbed whilst they are sleeping (and I’m a bit of a perfectionist- if it takes me longer to position their fingers correctly, then so be it!). But that is OK. I will take my time, and ensure your baby is always content.

I hope this has given you a little insight into how a Newborn Session works. I want all of my clients to enjoy the experience, just as much as I do, because the images I deliver to you are so very important. If you are thinking of booking a Newborn Session, please don’t hesitate to contact me, and we can discuss it further. I hope to see lots more newborns in 2019!

 

 

 

Newborn Sessions

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Congratulations! Having a baby is such an exciting time in your life. It does not matter if this baby is your first, second or even your fifth, it is still a very exciting time for your family, and those special moments deserve to be treasured.

There is so much to think about when expecting a baby. Those 9 months pass by very fast, and all of a sudden you are greeted with this perfect, teeny tiny human. You will want to remember every single little detail, and this is where I come into the picture. I would love to help you document those special memories. My job as a photographer is to capture your bundle of joy, and turn the photos into something you will treasure forever. I understand that your baby is the most precious thing in your life, and handing over your baby to anyone can be daunting. But please don’t worry- I am fully trained in ensuring your baby is completely safe in my hands. Above all, I too am a mother, and i’ve had lots of practice!

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I feel very passionately about capturing you as a family too, so parent and sibling images are included in my package price. I know your baby will look back in 10, 20, or even 50 years time, and treasure these photos the most.

The ideal time to photograph a newborn is between 5-14 days, as this age is perfect for the curly, squishy, super sleepy images. I will, however, photograph babies up to 4 weeks old, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if your baby is already born!

You can book in with me as soon as you know your due date, after your 12 week scan. I will then add your due date to the diary, and wait for the arrival of your little one. Once they are born, we can schedule your session. Baby’s are unpredictable, so please don’t worry if they arrive early/late. I will always ensure I can fit you in.

If you are interested in booking with us, then please get in touch via our contact form and I can send you over a more detailed booklet which includes everything you need to know about your newborn session. If you have any further questions, I am always available for a chat so don’t hesitate to send me a message or give me a call!

To view more of my newborn work, please follow the link here to my gallery.

Want to see how a Newborn session works? Click here to read my recent blog post!

 

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