I absolutely loved this beautiful 10-week old baby girl who had a home visit with my mobile studio setup. It’s generally true (but not always), easier to photograph babies as newborns, as they do tend to sleep more soundly, therefore making them easier to pose, however, it’s absolutely possible to get the same kind of newborn images with older babies. This big bundle of joy was very much awake during her session, but the most important factor was that she was content, calm and happy, and like a newborn, she did eventually drift off to sleep allowing me to get those lovely, peaceful, sleepy shots.
I never not take babies because they are past their “newborn stage”. In fact, I do love the older baby as there is more opportunity for lots of eye contact and smiles.
If you never got the opportunity to have your baby’s first professional photos done because they are past the popular 2-week mark, it’s not too late. Just like any newborn session, there are no guarantees on any type of images, but there is still a good chance we can get those sleepy shots of your precious bigger baby with enough variety to fill your gallery.
Beautiful newborn baby boy photographed in his own home with his gorgeous big sister, Mummy and Daddy during his Simple newborn session! I love the opportunity home visits give for unique, one of a kind backgrounds such as in the master bedroom of this family home. My bean bag set up was also right near the bed, so it was just a matter of moving my studio light around a little bit without the need to break it down and set it back up again in another room. Easy!
When newborn sessions have older siblings, I always try to do those siblings and family shots first. Even the shyest 2 to 5-year-olds warm up to me quite quickly and once the family and sibling shots are taken, they are free to go play elsewhere, nap or just hang around and watch. Even the keenest children quickly run out of steam once the novelty of me being there runs out. It’s just a good idea to get the most unpredictable shots out of the way first 🙂
Here is a small sample of my favourite images from one of my Simple newborn sessions with an exceptionally handsome and very happy baby boy taken in my home studio in Ellenbrook. I do love the simplicity of these types of images, although I am slowly trying to add a bit of colour and more props to add onto this simple package to give parents the option to add in a prop photo or two in their sessions.
My style, however, will still always remain mainly baby focused. I do appreciate props but I still want your galleries to be filled with timeless images of your precious baby that won’t become outdated in years to come.
I love encouraging parents to bring baby in a plain onesie in whites, creams, ivories or pastels to start the session off in a few natural unposed images. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get a few extra images of baby in their own outfit.
Mum wasn’t sure if she wanted her handsome little baby to have his newborn marks edited out or not. As she was unsure, we decided that I would upload his gallery without any skin retouching and then she could decide from there what she wanted to do. She ended up choosing her gallery without any skin edits <3.
It can be a hard choice for parents whether to edit or not. Almost all newborn skin has little spots, flakes and red marks, and I am totally okay with having them left in if that’s the parent’s choice. It’s what makes each baby unique. My clients can choose to have their newborns skin left alone or cleaned up a bit. My full gallery editing style is to clean up major spots and flakes but leave any smaller ones on baby’s face. I like to leave their skin with as much natural texture as possible. Flakes on hands and skin, I generally leave alone or remove the large noticeable ones. I actually really love flaky hands and feet on a baby.
Along with my client’s edited gallery (skin cleanup or not), I also offer a set amount of digital images for a full cleanup and skin polish of their favourite images. These are for parents who love that full airbrushed look on newborn images however I find the majority of my clients are more than happy with just my natural edit.
Classic session taken in baby’s own home with my mobile studio setup 🙂
Meet gorgeous Christmas baby Mister C! Born on Christmas Day. Now isn’t that the most wonderful gift you could ever possibly receive! And he was just the most calmest. sweetest baby boy who slept peacefully for almost the entire duration of his session! I was in baby bliss 🙂
For this Classic mobile home session, his utterly cute older cousin was involved in the session as well. I did wonder how it was all going to go with an almost 4 month old and newborn baby being posed together. I’m used to older siblings at least one year and older. And guess what? It was so so easy to photograph them together. Mister cutie cousin couldn’t run off when laying them down next to each other 🙂 It was perfect. Of course it did help him being such a happy boy, he was all smiles. He even had a nap while I was taken photos of his newborn cousin so I saw it as an opportunity to get a sleepy shot of a 4 month old! A bit of a rare pose in an older baby session. How adorable is he?
All these images were taken in my clients own home with my newborn baby mobile studio setup complete with studio lighting and props. I love going to clients homes for newborn sessions. Parents feel so much more at ease in their own home, coming and going as they please. Relaxed parents equals relaxed baby (not always, but a good chunk of the time).
Meet sweet Miss S who I had the pleasure to visit, in her own home for a mobile newborn studio session. She was just 8 days old and such a darling! And her older sister, who I met during Mums maternity session, was so full of beans and totally adorable too!
These are a few of the images you may expect to get from a Classic session done in the home. These particular ones were done in the guest bedroom. We only had room for the newborn setup in there so we did family photos on the bed. I love incorporating a bit of the family home in photos for that personal touch and, it works especially well for smaller rooms where I am unable to use an existing plain wall, or set up my backdrop stands.
How sweet is little Miss at just 8 days old. She was just perfect in every way with the most beautiful thick dark hair! She managed to give me sleepy shots and awake shots which is what I like to aim for in a newborn session. Her big brother wasn’t keen at all to be photographed with her so I had to perform a bit of photography magic and composite the two of them into one image. There was no way he was going to get a photo taken with his new little sister so we had to make it happen after the photo session 🙂
Absolutely gorgeous little 10 week old in my Ellenbrook home studio. She was not much bigger than a newborn due to a rather earlier than expected arrival, but she did a fabulous job just being her and allowing me to pose her in all my usual newborn poses 🙂
Newborn photos can be done with older babies. While its easier to do them as tiny little 10 day olds, the older babies give me so much personality. This pretty, sweet baby girl was 2 months old and she was VERY awake and did not want to be touched, moved, or put down at all. We had to come up with some creative ways to settle this sweetie into a short nap so we could get a few sleepy shots, which involved my prop bowls, some rather strong arms and a bit of rocking action!
I never say no to photographing an older baby. All babies are the sweetest subjects to photograph no matter what their age. My usual style is very relaxed anyway so I don’t often do complex poses so this means my style can often be achieved at any age. There does come a time though when baby just will not feel sleepy at all and we just have to work with that.
My suggestion, is if you were hoping to get a few newborn looking images for your older baby, to have a Simple or Classic newborn package. This gives me a little time to help settle baby for a range of shots, including (hopefully) a sleepy shot or two.
The short and sweet session is perfect for those not particularly looking to have newborn style images, but who are just wanting a few professional natural looking photos of their chunky cherub 🙂
This sweet little one came with her own blanket and special hat that Mum and Dad brought with them. I love including babys own items in some shots as they make the photos that much more meaningful to the families. She was a dream and very sleepy during her short and sweet session, only waking up at the very end as she was getting dressed to go home.
At just only 8 days old, this little fellow was utterly perfect. We managed to get a nice range of sleeping shots because he was just so chilled and relaxed. As the session was near the end, I realised that we had not had any baby awake shots, so thought we would try for some. This little cutie was a little hard to wake up, he was so sleepy, but after a bit of coaxing from Mum and Dad, we were able to convince baby to open his eyes for us, resulting in a few last minute natural style images at the end, including him in his going home clothes. Simple Newborn session taken in my home studio in Ellenbrook 🙂
I was so in love with this little baby boy. Can you believe he was 12 weeks old on the day of his session! Just a tad bigger in size than a newborn but so smiley and happy. He gave me all the newborn feels but with the charming personality of a 3 month old <3. Isn’t he just gorgeous. I first met Mum and Dad for their maternity session a few months ago, and I am so glad they brought their little man to me. He was so well behaved during his short and sweet session, we had time to include a blanket change.
A handsome big brother and his gorgeous 9 week old sister, who managed to doze off to sleep for me for a few minutes. I don’t go into sessions with older babies expecting them to go to sleep,but this little princess did. What a cutie! Taken in my clients own home with my mobile studio setup. All images were taken in my clients own home as a Simple Newborn mobile session.
Meet tiny Miss A, just 12 days old and so so lovely. She gave me lots of of the cutest little faces before drifting off into a short nap. She was such a sweetie, I loved her session very much. She was way too interested in me to fall asleep at the start of the session, which is great as we got some gorgeous awake shots. She eventually gave in and settled into snooze land for the remainder of the session, waking up for a little yawn here and there ( and to check that Mum and Dad were still there ) 🙂 xx