Newborn

The Hidden Services of a Newborn Photographer



I’m going to let you in on something that most people don’t realise - being a newborn photographer is not just about the photos.

When you come in with your 10 day old new baby, you are bringing your story with you. Your birth story, how you’re coping with a new baby, with breastfeeding, your relationship, and your experience so far with motherhood.

I’m often one of the first people you’ve seen since you left hospital, and you come in vulnerable, exhausted and having just been through one of the biggest milestones of your life. And you’re about to spend the next three hours or so letting me handle your precious baby, telling me about your birth and experiences, and feeding in front of me.

And so with this in mind, I want to point out a few things that become part of the EXPERIENCE.

1. Listening to you.

Yep, a good part of the 3 hours is spent really listening to you and your experiences, letting you vent, sharing my own experiences and just giving you the space to unload about becoming a mother for the first or second or third or fourth time! Empathy is paramount.

I’ve had parents come in almost at the point of tears and leave feeling they will be fine - because as a mother and also someone who has seen many many parents of newborns, I know just how difficult, stressful, amazing and overwhelming it can be and that sometimes you just need someone to listen.

I love this part of my job and I am grateful that parents feel comfortable enough to open up to me.

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2. Newborn Safety and comfort.

I often get parents asking if their baby’s breathing is normal, or is this sleep normal and so on. I’m not qualified to give you medical advice BUT I do have a pretty good idea now of what is normal and I definitely keep an eye on this during the session.

I know that babies breathe erratically or faster sometimes as they enter the first stage of sleep - and I’ve calmed many a new parent’s mind about this.

I know how to hold and handle babies so that they feel secure and have been trained in safe posing.

I know to follow a workflow that is the least disruptive to a baby - such as wrapping over an outfit so that i can work my way from wrapped to dressed to naked shots in a way that doesn’t constantly upset baby.

I know hunger signs and watch for signs of any tummy distress or whether they simply need a cuddle from mum.

I know that babies cannot regulate their temperature so that when they do get undressed, I need to keep the studio warm and at the right temperature.

I know to watch and care for your baby at all times because there is nothing else more important.


3. Your safety and comfort

I’ve told a mum to go to hospital once the session finished, because I noticed she was shivering in my warm studio and I strongly suspected mastitis. She let me know she did have it and thanked me for noticing so quickly.

I try and give parents a little break - they can sit down and relax for a few hours while I settle the baby. It’s just a tiny bit of pressure taken off.

I provide all my parents with clear pre-session guidance and a What to Wear guide, so they aren’t stressed out or confused.

I’m aware of the signs of PND.

And I can recommend amazing and qualified lactation consultants, pre/post natal yoga teachers, massage therapists and other services so you know where to go.



Being a newborn photographer means I am going to spend a few hours with brand new parents in their most vulnerable and exhausted period and I am 1000% aware of this and take it seriously.

They truly aren’t just photos, they are an experience and service and you should always book someone you are confident and comfortable around.


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Sleep Family Newborn Simplicity Session | Newborn Photos Ocean Grove

My newborn simplicity sessions are so different than my usual style but still feel so much like 'me'!  I love the focus on the family and the interactions, and it especially helps with gorgeous siblings like these two!

Finley is such a loved little baby and it shines through here.  Her family were after a light and airy lifestyle feel, so these sessions were made for them.

Leave them some love :)

 

Baby Bailey | Ocean Grove Newborn Photographer

Oh Bailey, you were the biggest smiler I've ever had!

I'm not exaggerating - this little one was literally smiling away half the session.  Not just little ones, but huge big grins!    

This happy, content little boy has two big brothers who will look after him and some very devoted parents, so no wonder he was smiling away!

Email me at hello@nataliem.com.au to discuss booking your own newborn session :)

 

Baby Chloe | Newborn Photos Geelong

Baby Chloe had her session a couple of weeks ago, and was just the teeniest, sweetest little girl. 

If you scroll down to her beautiful images, you'll see she has a rather large hairy big brother, who also tried his hand at being in front of the camera!    

Need to book your own newborn session?  Booking a few months in advance is the way to go! 
 

Geelong Newborn Photographer | Baby Ethan

Oh my gosh - I know we all say this a lot but baby Ethan was definitely high in the cuteness stakes!    Such a tiny bubs, he LOVED a good stretch of his arms, waving them about like he just don't care!  So of course - we found him the most adorable little toy to cuddle :)

Enjoy!

 

 

Simple Baby Sessions Geelong | Baby Hazel

I love my newborn sessions - with their rich, beautiful colours and organic props.  I love being able to give every parent a unique setup that no other baby has, I love making the memories from that time a piece of art they can hang on the wall for many years. What I ALSO love though,  is the complete bubble of love that new parents are in when they bring their baby in.  Yep, it's a bubble of sleep deprivation as well, but any of us who have had kids know how all absorbing and magical that first month is.  It's the only time in your life that you literally spend hours staring at the person you love.

So these new sessions, they have a whole different focus.  They aren't just about baby, they are all about family.    The focus is shifted towards capturing that love bubble,  and baby is photographed each time with connection - in the arms of their mum and dad or their sibling(s).

These sessions are for those parents who truly want me to capture the essence of those  first few weeks and the birth of their new family in whatever shape it is now in.   Individuals of baby are included, but these too, are simple and natural.

Baby Hazel came in a few weeks ago and these guys are the perfect example of what the Newborn Simplicity Sessions are all about.     They loved the shorter session style and how relaxed it was, and it wasn't a drama that baby Hazel didn't particularly feel like sleeping that day!

If this is what you want from your session,  book me :)

Enjoy baby Hazel and her beautiful family.