Why you need to be in your newborn's photos | Geelong Newborn Photographer

I often get mums (and dads) who tell me up front they DON’T want to be in their baby’s photos when they come in for their newborn session.

I know how that feels. I had a 37 hour labour (yes really!) and lost a litre of blood so I felt like a pale ghost that had been dragged around by a tractor for a while.

But to this day I regret not having even one nice image of the two of us together when he was an actual newborn, when he was brand new, and i was feeling all the brand new mum feelings as well.

The few photos I do have trigger all those memories but imagine how it would feel to have just one beautiful shot of us together, a tiny bit independent from the blur of the newborn period. A kind of testament to the real feelings we have underneath the overwhelm of becoming a parent. I wish I had that photo.

So when I do have mums come in reluctant to be in the photos, I do try and explain it’s for your baby and future you - the you that will realise it doesn’t matter if you have a few bags under your eyes or you haven’t had time to go to the hairdresser. The photo matters more.

if I still haven’t convinced you, here’s a few points to consider before you make the decision not to be in the photos.

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l can Photoshop You

Yeah I know, I might get a few people saying you should just accept how you look right now and be empowered. And that’s all good, but I tell you what - if you’ve lost a litre of blood and you haven’t slept for a week, it’s OKAY to get a bit of a digital boost! I’m not going to leave your jaundice baby yellow and I’m not going to leave your skin looking blotchy either!

Can you do all those with the selfies you are taking without using a snapchat with bunny ears? Nope, probably not. So LET me do it for you.

What do you have to lose?

If you truly don’t like the image of you, at least you have it. You don’t even have to show it to anyone. If you change your mind in a few years, you can display it, gift it to your partner, gift it to your child or mother or whoever is going to appreciate it. You can look back on it, and love it.

If you don’t take it, you’ll never have it, and you can never go back in time to do it again. There are no re-dos over your baby’s newborn weeks.

It’s Not About You.

I know it’s harsh, but it’s not. Your child truly won’t care if your hair isn’t bouncy. They won’t even SEE all the things you see. They just see their mum, holding them and looking at them the way the mums below are looking at their children.

It’s worth it, believe me.

So what happens If you regret it now?

You can’t go back in time, but you can do something even better and honestly - just start now.

Book a family session or book something I love - Motherhood Sessions. They are perfect for any aged child and are simple and beautiful.

And don’t forget, payment plans are available and totally flexible!


Torquay Family Photography Session | Schmidt Family

I LOVED this session.

They do say never work with kids and animals and yet I often combine both and expect it to be a tiny bit difficult! But this session was pretty magical as we had this gorgeous little 10 month old and his big pooch and they were both…um, pretty AMAZING.

Even with the slightly cold, overcast day this little one was all smiles!

It’s always a serious pleasure to photograph laid back, happy families on the beach and this is a totally perfect example.

This session was a Christmas gift for grandma so I hope she loved it!

Leave some love for little Finn, his mum, dad, aunty and pooch.

Morgan's Family | Geelong Family Photos

A year ago or so I met Morgan and her mum at one of my Mother’s Day mini session events - and here they are back in tow with dad to celebrate their little family.

I love sharing family sessions because each family is so unique that I always know I’ll get something wonderful for them, but you never know exactly what! Morgan was a little patient star that day - which is a big ask for a 2 year old.

I also love sharing these sessions because even though this is just half their session, you get to see all the different images you can get in just 30/40 minutes and a whole love of love.

Wilson Family | Ocean Grove Family Photographer

I caught up with this family before the weather turned cold, so the beach was windy but the light  pretty stunning.   I'd love to shoot at the beach all year round but not many fams are willing to brave it when it's been this cold!

This particular spot in Ocean Grove means a lot to the family, so it was pretty special to be able to photograph them here and include this part of the beach and their story into the session.