How Do I Book A Newborn Session if I Don’t Know When Baby Will Arrive Exactly?

“How do I book in a date for my newborn photo shoot if I don’t know if baby will be born early or late?”

This is the most commonly asked question when someone contacts me to enquire about booking a newborn photo shoot at my Sheffield Rotherham studio.

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Did you know that only 5% of babies are born on their due date, yes really ...only 5%! So you needn't worry, I am so used to this as an experienced newborn photographer and mum of four myself....and it's really not a problem at all. There is an easy solution....

The trick is that when i book you in for your newborn photography session, I reserve your approximate due date as a 'guesstimate date' and then I ask you contact me within three days of giving birth.(I recommend to all my mummies and daddies to be that they pop my photography studio number into their mobile phone contacts so that they can let me know really easily.) Once i get that news, we then arrange the actual date for your newborn photography session based on how you are feeling and when you are likely to be back home with baby.

I'll let you into a little secret....i absolutely love it when i get that message or phone call to say baby has arrived! Especially if baby's gender was unknown! It's so lovely to find out! Sometimes my clients are so excited that they message me immediately to let me know...If i have a mummy to be who is due any day...I just know if my phone buzzes in the middle of the night that baby is here and can't resist looking to see if it was a boy or a girl and check that everyone is doing well!

Due to the way we have to book newborn sessions into the studio diary, I can only schedule a limited number of newborn photo shoots per month so that I can be flexible with dates for you, as some newborns arrive 8 weeks early or 2 weeks late. I have to be ready for absolutely anything with newborns! Therefore, it’s best to book your as session early as you can following your pregnancy scans, to make sure you do get into my diary for the your due date month otherwise if you leave it quite late you might find i can't fit you in. I will always try to help you if i have mums who are overdue or have a space because of early arrivals but this is only a small chance so please don't take that risk if you definitely want pictures of your newborn as we only have a very small amoutnt of time after baby is born in which we can capture true newborn photographs. Why?? Please read below.

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When Is The Best Time To Do a Newborn Photography Session?:

Petite Portraits newborn sessions are typically done from 5-10 days old. This is the best time because at 5-10 days old baby has often got into a better feeding routine and if breast feeding mum's milk supply has increased so baby will sleep more soundly and pose without waking. When babies are that tiny they spend a lot of time sleeping and still curl up into very sweet poses similar to the positions they were in when they were in the womb. Close to two weeks old babies go through a growth spurt and will start stretching their arms and legs and will not be as amenable to curling up for a picture or sleeping as soundly, which is needed for some of the poses and photographs in props like the buckets.

On a practical level, After 5-7 days there is a good chance that baby's umbilical cord will have fallen off, so we won’t have to compromise poses to try to hide the cord and also baby should be mostly clear of any early jaundice or baby acne. However it is important to point out that my newborn photography is baby led...I will not force a baby into any pose which make them uncomfortable so there is no guarantee that I will be able to get your baby into every pose you may wish me to achieve. I always try my best for every client but baby's safety and comfort is paramount above all else.

This may be the first time that you venture anywhere with your newborn, but please don't worry if you feel really tired and disorganised or a bit sore still. I ask all mummies to bring a helper to the studio with them, most bring daddy or their mum with them. During your session, I want you to relax and rest after all the hard work of labour and feeding constantly...your partner or mum will help me with baby throughout your session, whilst you relax on our lovely comfy sofa drinking nice brews and watching TV. Don't worry if you fall asleep, lots of mums do as it's so lovely and relaxing in the studio, we will wake you when it's time to get ready for your photos with baby or if baby needs to breast feed. Oh forgot nappies...don't stress we have everything in our baby room for you including personal hygenie products and breast pads too incase you need them. We've even got a kitchenette area set up for you to treat as your own, make yourself a nice brew or make baby's bottles up using the Perfect Prep machine.

As an experienced, professional newborn photographer, I am very good as soothing and comforting newborns. I don't get called the 'Baby Whisperer' by a lot of my clients for nothing! Being a newborn photographer is not simply about the photography but knowing how to handle babies safely and properly and keeping them settled and comfy. So come and join the many families I've photographed who say how much they enjoyed their newborn session and found it to be the most relaxing day they've had with their newborn since leaving hospital. I can't wait to meet you and your new addition!

Contact me here to book in your due date month!

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