6 Reasons why my newborn photography sessions are now held outdoor instead of in studio. | Mildura Newborn and Family Photographer
As I was sipping my coffee from Nash Lane for my Tuesday morning ritual, I had a lightbulb moment.
I was thinking about photography & my business, as I often do, of course. I thought about future sessions & what direction I wanted to head in, in regards to newborn sessions.
I knew that I loved capturing newborns. Their little wrinkles, long lashes & chubby cheeks make me goo and gaa for days. I felt so honoured to be able to see and snuggle brand new babies, sometimes before the most important people in the family's life had even met them.
Here are the main reasons I now only accept outdoor newborn sessions:
An element was missing.
Nature. Purity. I guess it made sense -after all, my business name is Purely Taken. My Art and imagery needs to reflect my passions, my soul
It looks amazing on your wall.
I want to create those perfect family portraits of you with your new squish in the most beautiful backdrop there is. - Pure nature! Why would I want to shoot onto a plain backdrop when I have miles of gorgeous sunlit backdrops available.
I know I would much rather have my portrait taken with space and fresh air instead of feeling cramped & awkward in a studio. I have found dad's especially LOVE the idea of going outdoors for their portraits.
I can still offer Newborn Props.
When I first thought about it, I had very black and white thinking. "I would need to choose between continuing to offer styled newborn sessions, or sell all my amazing props and shoot outdoor lifestyle imagery instead." Thankfully though, I realised I can have the best of both worlds! When shooting outdoors, I can make it more relaxed, more fun and a lot more creative AND you can have a touch of lifestyle portraiture whilst bub is wrapped in a gorgeous rayon wrap & matching headband!
I want to give my clients the BEST!
Newborn Sessions In-Studio would usually take 4hrs. This was purely shooting/feeding time so didn't include setting up and packing away. By the time the last of the blankets were hung out to dry, the day was over. By moving outside and focusing less on blankets and props, I have more time to give you- not only during our portraits, but prior to and after.
Cleaning my entire house
Ok, maybe this was one of the perks- it actually forced me to make my house presentable. haha. But in all seriousness, I would spend hours prepping the house in case someone went outside/in the kitchen/bathroom/toilet. I don't know about you but with 3 kids, a spotless house doesn't really exist.
I photographed Luca's big sister when she was a newborn and feel so honoured to be able to capture this next chapter of E & C's lives.
We spent a lovely afternoon together taking turns to snuggle Luca (although if I'm honest I would have loved to hog all the cuddles the entire time)
Together we designed the most beautiful album that I am sure will be treasured for many years to come.
Below is a selection from Little Luca's Newborn Portrait Session.
I actually met Willows mum for her Maternity session, which you can find HERE!! So when it came time for Willow's session, I felt like I had known her mum for years!
Miss Willow and her beautiful family were such a pleasure to photograph! Mum and dad opted for neutral tones with a dash of soft pinks & that's exactly what they got! :)
Big sister Indi seems like such a gentle little soul, looking after her baby sister. Was so beautiful to see!!
Little Willow slept so well during her newborn session, so much so that we had finished up earlier than expected so we tried out a few extra props. One of my favourite newborn / family sessions for sure!
Time to play a bit of catch up on my blog!
This little girl was the BEST sleeper so we got to play with a lot of setups!
I was super excited to try out my new fabric dream catcher I made only the week before.
This little cherub's great grandmother knitted her a gorgeous blanket which we added into a few shots!
What's your favourite image? I can't decide!!
Lauren Southwell | Mildura Newborn Photographer
Little Miss Ruby is actually my newest little niece. Ruby, her mum & sisters travelled to Mildura within her first 2 weeks of life so I was lucky enough to have a newborn session with her! She was a great little sleeper for us so we got through a few setups and got some gorgeous shots of Ruby with her two sisters!
Tully's mum contacted me a couple of weeks after his birth to book me in for a photo-shoot. She was hoping for some simple, natural images of Tully so when the day came, we opted for less props & used natural tones for the blankets. We popped in a bit of colour with wraps & hats & ended up with some gorgeous, natural images.
Tully was a very healthy 9lb 10 at birth & by the time I got to meet him, he was just so gorgeous & squishy!
As some of you may know already, I really love parents bringing along something personal to their shoot.
Tully's dad is a bit of a Cats fan, so we snapped a few simple shots of Tully with a itty bitty Geelong scarf.
Here's a few shots from our shoot. :)
Lauren Southwell x
Newborn photography shoots are best done when a baby is anywhere between 5 & 10 days old. At this age babies don’t have colic yet & usually haven’t started developing baby acne or cradle cap. They also feed a lot and consequently sleep a lot at this age. When a baby is very full, they get a little bit 'milk drunk'. This state is a photographers dream when it comes to photographing them. They are so sleepy and happily full that they can be posed into all sorts of gorgeous positions without disturbing them.
The best time to book a newborn photo-shoot is when you are past the 3 month mark in your pregnancy and you have been given a due date. This date is easily changed - (if bubs decides to stay a bit longer, or arrives early)
Once you have given me the due date, we will keep in touch, allowing you to let me know of any changes or to answer any questions you may have. When you have your precious bundle in your arms, you (or someone you delegate) can email, text or call me to let me know your exciting news & we can book in a time.
I like to start rather early so that I can work around your baby's routine. If you are coming to my home studio, I will get you to feed your baby (the bigger the better) as soon as you arrive - keeping her awake while she feeds so she gets a good amount.
If it is more convenient for you, I can come to your house. This helps mothers who may have needed to have a C- section. When I arrive, I will get you to start feeding your baby. It will take me a bit of time to organise my studio setup, so by the time bubs is finished feeding it will be action time.
I am often told by mums how nice it is for them to sit back and just watch their baby, while I am busy rocking, singing or hushing them to sleep. It's a nice time for mum to relax a little. I usually get dads to help me out if I need them. It could be to hold the baby while i set up the new scene, hold the baby's head to ensure her safety while doing a certain pose, or passing me more wipes when I need to clean up little accidents. (Not my own don't worry haha)
I love to include mum and dad, siblings and even any fur babies into the shoot to capture the relationships and bonds that have already formed in those first several days.
I also like to personalise each newborn photo-shoot & incorporate something from mum & dad's private life into the shoot. Perhaps dad plays basketball or is a builder, mum likes to knit or is a police officer, or maybe there is a special heirloom that has been handed down generation after generation. How special would it be to hang a photo on the wall of your baby in your grandmother's antique pram or gripping your grandfathers pocket watch?
Some mums don't feel too keen to model after giving birth, but you can get some special moments in those early days; Moments that you can look back on forever. I generally only take photos of mum & dad with bub from their hips upward (meaning you don't need to get out of those beloved PJ's if you don't want to :) but in the end it is completely up to you!
I would never force anyone to be in a photo if they weren't totally comfortable.
Expect the session to last 3-4 hours, so that we have plenty of time for baby to get relaxed and happy. This allows for plenty of time for cuddling, feeding and nappy changes.
For sessions in your home, I set up near a window or glass door with lots of indirect light. I may move some furniture around to make room. Since babies are usually photographed naked, we need the area WARM! Please have the room set to 27 for
my arrival, if we are not sweating, it is probably not warm enough. :)
Now as we all know babies don't stay babies for very long. That's why having a professional newborn photo-shoot can be so rewarding. You get to remember 'those lips' or how tiny their feet were for many years simply by looking at the wall, or photo album. Unfortunately these important (and oh so cute) little details often gets missed.
If you have missed the 5-10 day timeframe, don't stress. I am still able to capture this special time for you. The baby may not be a sleepy, but with a bit of gentle persuasion we can get a sleeping bub :)
I really feel honoured that I get to meet a new addition to the world so early on in their life,
sometimes even before important family members or friends who live far away get a chance to meet them.
What a lucky 'job' I have!! (Although it doesn't feel like a job at all!!)
Isabella was a treasure at just 7 days old when I met her for our photo-shoot.
She was the sleepiest baby I have photographed so far & was just so easy to pose!
I recently purchased a few more cute little props & was delighted to use some of them on this little darling!
Thanks so much to Isabella's parents for welcoming me into your home for the shoot.
I am looking forward to seeing you all down the road for a family shoot.
Mace was 10 days old when we had this shoot.
I got so many cuddles from him - I just wanted to keep the little guy!
We opted to have the photo-shoot at my home studio. It was a stunning day outside so we were lucky enough to have some shooting time with some beautiful natural light before we had to bring out the studio lighting.
I love to personalise newborn photo-shoots, so with Mace we decided to show his dad's love of basketball within the session. Now there is only so much you can do with a humungous basketball and a teeny newborn that can't sleep, but I think we came up with a winner. :)
Thanks so much to Mace's mum & dad, you have such a beautiful little boy, I wish you all the very best.
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