What’s the difference between a Newborn Simple Session and a Timeless Session?
I have 2 main sessions for newborns. They are the Simple session and Timeless session. What’s the difference you may ask?
Simple Newborn Session:
If you are looking for more posed sleepy images of your baby then the Simple session is for you. Even though they are considered “posed”, those images are still very much relaxed and I let baby decide what poses they are happy for me to do.
I usually start baby off on a white blanket with a loose white wrap for a completely natural look which I love. Then I move on a tighter swaddled wrap and start with family, sibling, then parent poses on the white seamless paper background. The swaddle enables baby to feel comfortable and secure. If I can I love to have their little hands peeking out from the wrap.
From there I may do some prop shots and hopefully if baby’s really sleepy, will try to slowly unwrap on the posing bed and do all those sleepy shots. I like to try and get baby into 3 positions, a side, back and tummy pose. As each baby is different and may or may not like specific poses, no particular shot is guaranteed. It is however very rare I can’t get at least 2 good sleepy poses, sometimes unwrapped, sometimes wrapped, depending on baby’s comfort level.
If baby is really not happy, or won’t go to sleep, the best thing to do is to put them in one of my long sleeved, long legged rompers. I have a small selection of outfits suitable for this purpose. Some baby’s just do not like the feeling of not being clothed, no matter how warm the room is.
Either way, regardless if baby is clothed or just has a wrap covering the nappy, the focus is on baby solo shots with a few additional family and sibling shots in standard poses
These sessions are completely natural. Unposed and unwrapped. I use parents hands to position baby into “poses”. These sessions give off a more lifestyle, candid, connected feel, but still in a studio setting where lighting and props are controlled. For that light and airy look that focuses primarily on family connection, I do those shots on a backlit background. We then move onto the white seamless paper background for a few traditional poses as well as some more fun candid playful shots.
Clients tend to receive more images in the Timeless session than the posed Simple session as there is a lot more family involvement and candid moments and we don’t spend time trying to get baby to sleep. Sessions can go a little shorter too depending on baby’s mood but I still do allocate the same amount of time as my Simple sessions in case baby is a bit unsettled or needs a feed. If baby is rather unsettled I will wrap in one of my loose white wraps.
I have simple regular onsies in all sizes up to 000 in white if you wish to use my outfits for baby. I also have a few in some colours in certain sizes if you prefer a subtle pop of colour. If you wish for baby to wear their own clothing, please do make sure they fit correctly and are not too big.
As the session is shot in a white setting, and involves the parents/siblings much more than the Simple session, plain, lighter coloured clothing works best for work best for these sessions. I have simple regular onsies in all sizes up to in white if you wish to use my outfits for baby. If you wish for baby to wear their own clothing, please do make sure they fit correctly and do not bunch up around the shoulders.
What’s great about these sessions, is that they can be done at any age. If you think your baby is past the sleepy stage or you prefer very natural, unposed images, then this session is for you. It’s very much a go with the flow session and lots of fun!