Newborn Photography London

EvaGud

London Newborn Photography 

In the 1990s, Anne Geddes started a beautiful trend, photographing newborn babies in stunningly creative poses and created a book called Down in the Garden. Her book sold more than 9 million copies worldwide, and also led to the beginning of the era of newborn photoshoots.

Today, it is common for proud parents to hire professional photographers to do newborn photo shoots, so that they will have unique and precious memories of the first few days of their children’s lives.

And when you are looking for newborn photographer in East London, there is no better photographer than EvaGud  Photography. The home photo studio in East London, I pride in providing you with timeless and professional photographs. These newborn images are specifically meant to cherish with your forever. I do not just capture them for sake of being a job – but because I’m mum to. I truly understand the need to hold on to these precious moments for eternity!

 

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Why do people commission newborn photo shoots

There are many reasons why newborn photo shoots have become so popular in recent years.

  • Social Media

Newborn photo shoots owe their massive popularity to social media. Parents obviously want to post the most beautiful pictures of their precious little ones. These beautifully crafted and edited photographs bring out the best in babies, and the proud parents love showing off those images.

There is nothing cuter than an image of a few-days-old baby nestled in a fairy tale-like setting, sleeping peacefully, and such images have become more popular than any other on the internet.

  • Celebrity Newborn Photo Shoots

It has also become common for celebrities to have photo shoots done of their new born babies, helping build the trend.

  • Beautiful Memories

On a deeper level, for parents, there is nothing more exciting and precious than that little life that has come into this world. Therefore, capturing those first days of their baby’s life holds more meaning to them than anything else.

The first few months of a life with baby can be bewildering and stressful for new parents; there are so many sleepless nights, and so much happening that that period seems to pass by in a haze.

  • For Parents

Who already have children, the pressure can be even greater. Dealing with another child and his or her feelings when the new baby comes along can be quite challenging when you are exhausted and sleep-deprived. But a properly planned photo session of the whole family can actually relieve some of that stress. The joy of seeing those pictures – of the little baby with his or her elder sibling, the family photograph along with your special pet, the joy in your faces as you look at your new baby – makes you realize that all of the stress is worth it.

  • Keepsakes

Prints of your newborn are valuable gifts for family and friends. Digital photos are wonderful to share on social media, but it’s the prints of these photo shoots that are even more precious. Families mount these beautiful photographs on the walls of their homes, a keepsake of a very special time that will be remembered forever.

  • Birth Announcements

When you get prints of your newborn shoot, you can choose from a range of photos to send out birth announcements to all your family and friends. After all, this is one of those moments in life when you have license to brag about the most wonderful baby in the world!

As a newborn photographer, I understand all of this and I consider it my privilege to capture that special time and help you celebrate that new life you have created. For me, it’s a wonderful feeling to be a part of creating something so beautiful.

When Should You Get Your New Born Photo Shoot Done?

 

If you are planning to get a photoshoot of your newborn baby done, then you need to consider getting it done as soon as possible. Contact me EvaGud photography newborn photographer in East London. This way, it is easier to create those deliciously cute and curly poses that are so lovable. Added to that younger babies don’t mind their clothes being take off as long they are warm and snuggly.

Getting a photo shoot done before your baby turns two weeks old is ideal, since your newborn baby will sleep a lot, is feed on a regular (usually!) 2-hour schedule and doesn’t mind being dressed up (or not) during the shoot. Added to that, at this age, babies are more malleable and you can put them in various safe poses and get some really adorable photos taken.

This does not mean that you cannot have a photoshoot done if your baby is more than 2 weeks old! It’s just that a new strategy needs to be used. Babies older than 2 weeks object to their clothes being taken off, tend to stay awake longer and so you cannot expect them to get into those curly, newborn baby poses.

Many parents just want photographs of their newborn infants taken, so they are not particular about getting those specific poses. They are more interested in capturing the joy and wonder of their little darling having entered the world.

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Types of newborn portrait photo sessions

There are basically two types of newborn photo sessions – the posed and the lifestyle. 

Newborn posing photo session

Photo shoots are the ones that we see a lot of on social media. Your newborn baby is looks perfect in a costume, or in a blanket, headband, or other props that you can dream up.

These photo sessions are recommended for babies that are less than 2 weeks old, and they can last as long as 4 hours. This is because feeding times, potty breaks and posing take that much time.

Most posed photo sessions take place at a studio, but they can also be arranged in your own home or even outdoors (with proper precautions).

You also need to keep in mind that the pictures from these shoots need to be edited and photoshopped (especially if your vision of the shoot has been extremely creative), so it would take time for your to get the digital and printed copies.

Newborn posing photo session

Photo shoots are the ones that we see a lot of on social media. Your newborn baby is looks perfect in a costume, or in a blanket, headband, or other props that you can dream up.

These photo sessions are recommended for babies that are less than 2 weeks old, and they can last as long as 4 hours. This is because feeding times, potty breaks and posing take that much time.

Most posed photo sessions take place at a studio, but they can also be arranged in your own home or even outdoors (with proper precautions).

You also need to keep in mind that the pictures from these shoots need to be edited and photoshopped (especially if your vision of the shoot has been extremely creative), so it would take time for your to get the digital and printed copies.

Live style newborn photo session

Photo session are a lot more casual, and the aim is to capture the more natural images of your baby and your family, usually in the comfort of your own home or even outdoors. This type of newborn photography is perfect for babies that are more than 2 weeks old.

The beauty of lifestyle newborn baby photography is the very real wonder and love on the parents’ faces as they take pictures with their little angel. Photos reflect daily life with your baby (of course, there is some posing, but it doesn’t detract from the sincere happiness I see on my clients’ faces as they gaze at their newborn child).

Since these sessions are a lot more natural, they don’t take as much time as a posed session does, but they can still last up to a few hours.

Getting Prepped for the Photo Session

Newborn photography is very different from other types of photography simply because of the subject involved – a new born baby. And there are many times, there are also toddlers and even pets involved in these sessions, making them even more complicated!

A lot of parents want to get those perfect pictures, but don’t quite know how to go about it. As an newborn photographer  in East London, here are a few tips I have compiled for parents who want me to do a photoshoot for their bundle of joy and the family.

  • Talk About What You Want

It would be best if you tell me in advance if you have specific creative ideas about how you want the photo shoot done. We can discuss how we can realistically recreate that vision to your satisfaction, while also keeping all safety factors in mind.

I have a wide range of props in my photo studio in East London, and you can choose what you like from them. But if you have specific preferences then you may need to bring your own props to the studio.

Before we start, I would also suggest that you go through my portfolio so that you know the kind of photographs I take and that they are what you are looking for. That way, you know the high quality set up you will get when you have a photo shoot for your newborn baby with me.

  • Pick a Location that will be Comfortable for Not Just Your Baby but also for You

You can have your newborn photo shooting in East London at my studio, EvaGud photography. This photo studio has been created keeping in mind such photo sessions. I have a very comfortable area where the set up can be done with whichever props and backgrounds you like best.

However, if you feel that you would be more comfortable having the shoot done in your home, then as newborn photographer in East London I can travel to your place too.

The point of the shoot is to get the best pictures for you and your baby. These are precious memories for the future, so we want only the best pictures possible while also ensuring that you treasured little one is comfortable and at peace.

  • Before the Photo Shoot

As a parent, you want to have the perfect pictures for your baby and the family. However, if you don’t prepare for the shoot, chances are it is going to be very difficult. Here are few things you should do to make the shoot as easy as possible.

  • Keep your baby awake for at least an hour before the shoot. Or time the photography session when the baby is due to sleep. When a baby is fast asleep, during a session, it is easier to get the poses we want since they are completely relaxed.
  • Just before the photo session starts, feed your baby. This way, the baby is more relaxed during the session. However, if you feed your baby before you come to my studio, the baby will want to sleep, and if you want pictures of your baby awake, it might be a problem.

A good idea if you want your baby awake for the photo shoot is to come over to my studio, and then take your time to feed your baby. I usually arrange photo sessions with a buffer added, since such photo shoots cannot be rushed. This way, you will be able to get pictures of him or her both awake as well as asleep.

  • Ensure that you keep all your extra nappies, baby wipes, trash bags, blankets and so on close by so that you can do quick clean-ups during the photo shoot.
  • A thing that parents need to remember is that a newborn photo session seldom goes as planned. So, you need to be prepared to change the plan depending on how your baby is feeling. However, it doesn’t matter whether your little darling is awake or asleep; I promise that you will walk away with beautiful pictures of your baby.
  • If a photo session doesn’t go as planned, it’s okay to reschedule it for another day. It doesn’t happen very often, but I understand that not all days may be perfect when you have a new born baby on your hands. Some days just aren’t good days, and I understand that very well.

What to wear?

This is one of the most common questions parents of new born babies ask me. As newborn photographer in East London I usually advise them to wear what makes them feel most comfortable, but something that is also a little dressy. Having said that, there are a few tips that will make your photographs look even better:

  • Avoid wearing patterns, as that can make the picture look too busy, and may even distract the eye from your lively little baby (who is, after all, the star of the show!). Solid colours are best to give your pictures a more composed look. Fabric that are soft and neutral are the most flattering.
  • For your baby, be prepared with 3 to 4 outfits for the photo shoot. You can lay them out neatly nearby so that they are easily available during the shoot. To give more variety to the photos, you can cover your baby’s diaper with a pair of bloomers or something like that.
  • Mothers especially struggle with what would look best. They have been through a really tough time giving birth, and most of them still have their pregnancy weight on them. This makes them feel so self-conscious. I recommend to most of my clients to come dressed comfortably but slightly dressily. They will thank me later when they see their newborn portrait!

This is one of the most common questions parents of new born babies ask me. As newborn photographer in East London I usually advise them to wear what makes them feel most comfortable, but something that is also a little dressy. Having said that, there are a few tips that will make your photographs look even better:

  • Avoid wearing patterns, as that can make the picture look too busy, and may even distract the eye from your lively little baby (who is, after all, the star of the show!). Solid colours are best to give your pictures a more composed look. Fabric that are soft and neutral are the most flattering.
  • For your baby, be prepared with 3 to 4 outfits for the photo shoot. You can lay them out neatly nearby so that they are easily available during the shoot. To give more variety to the photos, you can cover your baby’s diaper with a pair of bloomers or something like that.
  • Mothers especially struggle with what would look best. They have been through a really tough time giving birth, and most of them still have their pregnancy weight on them. This makes them feel so self-conscious. I recommend to most of my clients to come dressed comfortably but slightly dressily. They will thank me later when they see their newborn portrait!

Dealing with siblings

Getting pictures with older siblings is the most challenging part of any newborn photo session. Parents of the new born baby would love to have those perfect picture of siblings, but their toddler may have other ideas!

So, if you are planning a photo shoot that involves your new born baby’s elder brother or sister, then here are a few tips to help you prepare for that session.

  • Bribery!

When you are bringing your little toddler for a photography session, then I recommend that you bribe them unashamedly! Bring along his, her or their favourite toys, or a favourite treat as an incentive to smile for the camera or to snuggle with their new baby sister of brother!

  • Patience!

This is the most important part of newborn photo shooting with a toddler. I understand that you are already sleep deprived and dealing with a toddler at this time can be difficult.

You don’t need to feel bad if you need time to settle your little toddler during the photo session. It’s okay. I’m fine with you taking a break to give your child a snack or a drink or even a potty-break. It’s tough being a parent. As newborn photographer in East London I also know how important it is for you as parents to get those heart-warming pictures with the two (or more!) siblings.

As a professional photographer, I know that these types of sessions will take time, and that is baked into your schedule.

  • Finish the Group Photos First

Toddlers are just not capable of sitting quietly and waiting for their turn when they are excited about the whole event! It’s natural. Which is why my priority is to finish the group photographs first.

This way, they can go play, explore and satisfy their curiosity and feel more relaxed. Usually, by the end of the photo session, they are willing to participate once more, and that is when we can do the rest of the shots – especially the lifestyle ones with their new little brother or sister.

Safety of Newborn Photography 

As a professional newborn photographer in East London, my first and foremost consideration during a newborn baby photography session is your baby’s safety. I ensure that the shoot, wherever it may be, is done in such a way that your precious little one is safe and secure at all times.

Here are some of the things I do to ensure that your bundle of joy is absolutely safe during our newborn photo session:

  • I wear no jewellery of any kind during a photo session.
  • I also ensure that my nails are filed and smooth so that there is no chance I could scratch the baby when I am handling him or her.
  • I ensure that my hands are frequently sanitized during the newborn photo session.
  • If I am using props, I always ensure that they are sterilized and safe for a baby to use. Especially if I am using buckets or baskets for the shoot, I ensure that that a weighted sandbag is placed at the bottom so that it doesn’t tip over.
  • I am also aware of the fact that infants are easily startled, so I keep a sharp eye out on their reflexes, especially when they are placed in props.
  • I always ensure that I wear a neck strap when I am using my camera.
  • I never leave a baby untended. If I have to take my eyes of your newborn baby, then I ensure that one of the parents is keeping an eye on the baby at all times.
  • I always ensure that my studio is comfortably warm so that even if your baby is unclothed, he or she will not be cold.
  • My first consideration is your newborn baby’s comfort. So, if there is a pose that seems to cause your little one discomfort, it will be adjusted immediately. I never force a pose. If you request a pose that will be uncomfortable for your baby, or could even pose a danger to him or her, I will not put the baby in that pose.

A guide to booking your newborn photography session

It’s a time of anticipation, excitement, and above all: posing question on how to tread this untrodden territory. First-time parents, experienced parents – it simply doesn’t matter. As long as the word expecting is included, there will be turbulence and worry. Fortunately, every fret is underlined by the overwhelming love and an unwavering bond that can get you through even the most difficult of times.

However, with the hundreds of thoughts zipping through your mind every day – it can be difficult to focus on just one thing. That’s why we’re here to help. We’ll ask the questions so you don’t have to – and we’ll answer them too! We know that it’s almost impossible to even envision a time when your precious little bundle has arrived, never mind plan an exact date for their photography session, so here are a few guidelines to put your mind at ease.

We’ve got the planning thing down to a tee for you. All you have to do is contact us during the beginning of your third trimester and we’ll help you to set an appropriate date from there. Once the perfect date is set, all that’s left to do is ensure that date by placing a booking fee on it. And don’t worry, we understand that capturing your adorable little bundle within its wee days is of the utmost importance to all parents. This is that almost enchanting stage when the newness of your newborn to the world is beautifully visible. We can thus put your mind at ease with our 14 days policy. This means that we will schedule your newborn’s photography session within two weeks after its expected grand arrival into the world.

We, as family photographers, consider it a blessing to capture this tender stage of ‘barely-able-to-open’ eyes, adorably curled hands, puffy cheeks, and lines of soft skin that has yet to be filled out. 

We’ve got the planning thing down to a tee for you. All you have to do is contact us during the beginning of your third trimester and we’ll help you to set an appropriate date from there. Once the perfect date is set, all that’s left to do is ensure that date by placing a booking fee on it. And don’t worry, we understand that capturing your adorable little bundle within its wee days is of the utmost importance to all parents. This is that almost enchanting stage when the newness of your newborn to the world is beautifully visible. We can thus put your mind at ease with our 14 days policy. This means that we will schedule your newborn’s photography session within two weeks after its expected grand arrival into the world.

We, as family photographers, consider it a blessing to capture this tender stage of ‘barely-able-to-open’ eyes, adorably curled hands, puffy cheeks, and lines of soft skin that has yet to be filled out. 

However, we all know that some newborns like to hang around a little longer while others are eager to get the show on the road. There’s nothing anyone can do about it – simply a newborn’s prerogative. To accommodate any unpredictably and lessen unnecessary stress on expecting parents we allocate two backup session dates. So, no need to put a rush on, take it easy and enjoy this delightful time to the best of your abilities. Whenever your little nugget decides its time, we’ll be ready for them. If questions of how to dress your little bundle are also at the forefront of your mind, we recommend that you don’t deliberate too much upon it. Yes, props do have the ability to add depth to a photo and enhance its appeal, but your precious bundle is the centerpiece and will always steal the show! So, whether it be anything from a beautiful wicker basket to a cute headband – be sure that it’s meaningful to you. Not to forget, comfortable and secure for your baby. If you’re still not sure, remember that we’re here to help! We’d be happy to give you advice on your chosen props. And remember your baby’s first portraits will be breathtakingly beautiful simply because your precious bundle is in them.

And to finish, all you’ll need to do until your newborn’s session is keep in contact with us. This is just to keep us up-to-date on any changes or arrangements that may need to be made and so that we can be properly prepared for when the big day comes. We know you’ll be preoccupied after the birth of your baby, so a simple quick call or short message of notice will suffice for us. This alert gives us the time we need to check which preset date is appropriate and to get things in order.

We hope these simple guidelines help alleviate any stress you may be under during this time. Preparing for a newborn that will eventually grow into a bustling ball of energy may seem overwhelming but there will always be those moments that you to capture and keep close to your heart forever. We hope that our newborn, baby and photography sessions help to seize a little bit of this magic to be looked back on or  displayed around the home. So, cherish this time and make the most of with, we’ll take care of the photography side of things! We hope to see you soon!

And to finish, all you’ll need to do until your newborn’s session is keep in contact with us. This is just to keep us up-to-date on any changes or arrangements that may need to be made and so that we can be properly prepared for when the big day comes. We know you’ll be preoccupied after the birth of your baby, so a simple quick call or short message of notice will suffice for us. This alert gives us the time we need to check which preset date is appropriate and to get things in order.

We hope these simple guidelines help alleviate any stress you may be under during this time. Preparing for a newborn that will eventually grow into a bustling ball of energy may seem overwhelming but there will always be those moments that you to capture and keep close to your heart forever. We hope that our newborn, baby and photography sessions help to seize a little bit of this magic to be looked back on or  displayed around the home. So, cherish this time and make the most of with, we’ll take care of the photography side of things! We hope to see you soon!

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If you want to organize a family photo shoot, please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time.

I shoot these sessions right across the London, Essex and beyond. Sessions can be organised for midweek, evenings or school holidays.

Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you and your family.

Tel.  07828 038411

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