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Newborn Session Information

Experience Newborn Photography with Canberra Newborn Photographer Bronwyn Parsons, specializing in Posed Newborn Photography for babies and infants up to six weeks. We pride ourselves on offering clients a warm and welcoming experience coupled with professional photography and beautiful Newborn Portraits. We are a full service business providing Canberra families with something to suit all lifestyles. Sessions are held in our purpose built, dedicated newborn studio located in Kambah A.C.T.

Bronwyn Parsons Photography proudly supports Life's Little Treasure's Foundation as a volunteer photographer for the Canberra Walk for Prems Event in support of families with sick and premature babies.

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Newborn Packages

  • Mini Session

  • $550
  • Studio Session (1 hour)

    10 high resolution digital images

    Pre-session design consultation and session guide

    Private online gallery with up to 15 images to choose from

    Wrapped newborn portraits in props

    Parent portraits (2 adults)

    Use of our existing collection of props, accessories and backdrops

    Professionally edited with standard natural skin re-touching

    studio capacity limits apply

    .*Excludes unwrapped posed newborn portraits and sibling portraits*

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  • Full newborn session

  • $850
  • Studio session (up to 3 hours)

    20 high resolution digital images

    Corresponding 5" x 7" prints

    Pre-session design consultation and session guide

    Private online gallery with up to 30 images to choose from

    un-wrapped posed newborn portraits (for babies up to 16 days old)

    Newborn portraits in props

    Family and sibling portraits (2 adults and up to 2 siblings)

    Use of our existing collection of props, accessories and backdrops

    Professionally edited with natural skin re-touching

    studio capacity limits apply

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  • Luxe newborn package

  • $1250
  • Studio session (up to 3 hours)

    All edited digital images (30)

    (15) 10 x 8 matted prints in a boutique timber box frame

    Pre-session design consultation and session guide

    Private online gallery

    Non-wrapped posed newborn portraits (for babies up to 16 days old)

    Newborn portraits in props

    Family and sibling portraits (2 adults and up to 2 siblings)

    Use of our existing collection of props, accessories and backdrops

    Professionally edited with standard natural skin re-touching

    studio capacity limits apply

Printed Products

Fine art prints with art mount start at $85.

Fine art canvas wall mounts start at $165.

Premium metal wall mounts start at $215.

Traditional famed fine art wall mounts start at $290.

Acrylic wall mounts start at $400.

Additional Digital Images:

Single digital images $50 each

5 additional digital images $ 200

10 additional digital images $ 320

When to Book

Posed newborn photography is time sensitive. Best posed results are achieved in the first 16 days of life with less posed results expected from 16 days - 6 weeks.  We recommend booking in your second trimester to secure availability in our calendar within the optimum window of opportunity for posed newborn photography.  When babies are still this fresh we can comfortably sculpt them into the classic posed newborn photography positions you see in our portfolio.  Newborns under 16 days are less aware of the continuous micro adjustments made in posing them, are easily settled and are still flexible enough to hold their legs curled up to the chest in fetal position thus keeping them modest when unclothed.  This makes the experience much more comfortable for them, gives you the opportunity to pay in installments or even let friends and family know they can contribute to the cost as a gift.

We welcome older babies up to 6 weeks old with the understanding that our sessions are baby led.   The reality of posing an older unwrapped newborn into the same curly newborn positions as a 16 day old baby significantly decreases with age.  Older newborns are more responsive to interrupted sleep during micro-adjustments to position them into a pose, they stretch out rather than curl, general newborn discomforts are well established and they are considerably less settled.  For safety reasons, some poses require a newborn to be deeply relaxed and fully asleep.  Parents of older newborns can expect beautiful awake moments, back laying wrapped portraits in props and less posed minimalist portraits in less posed positions suited to a baby over 16 days old.  We incorporate the same newborn props and styling into older newborn sessions, adapting the session to your baby's level of alertness, comfort and safety.

About the session

Newborn sessions are scheduled in the morning on set days per week. Our cozy studio is kept toasty and warm for your baby's comfort with the soothing sound of white noise playing in the background.  Our photographer gently removes your baby from the car capsule and undresses them ready to be photographed.  Our sessions are baby led and take into consideration each babies individual temperament in determining what works best for each baby on the day .  A full newborn session allows time to photograph newborns in classic posed positions, in props and with family.   A mini newborn session allows time for swaddled photographs of your baby in props and photos with parents only. We use a special surface specifically designed for newborn posing and adorn your baby with beautiful flowing wraps, hair flowers, beanies and accessories.  A full newborn session averages between 2 - 3  hours stopping for smaller top up comfort feeds throughout to keep your baby very sleepy, comfortable and settled.  A mini newborn session is fast paced and takes around an hour. We welcome siblings in the last 15 minutes of a full newborn session for photos with their new sibling and family.  This is a perfect amount of time to capture the connection between siblings and family.

Inclusions

Full newborn sessions start at $850.  Mini newborn sessions start at $550. Pricing is inclusive of a $150 non-refundable session fee due on booking.  All newborn sessions include use of our existing range of specialty sourced wraps, blankets, backdrops, hand felted layers, wool layers, prop fillers, hair flowers, bonnets and accessories.  Mini newborn sessions are fast paced and include wrapped only portraits of your baby in props plus parent portraits. Full newborn sessions include both posed non wrapped portraits (for babies up to 16 days old), portraits in props and a selection of family images with numbers in attendance subject to covid-safe studio capacity limits.  Images are individually hand retouched and presented for selection in a private online viewing gallery.  We are a full service studio and provide clients a pre-session consultation, comprehensive session guide, ongoing communication and a design questionnaire to personalize your experience.

Newborn Safety

Safety and the comfort of your baby is prioritized above everything else at your session.  We follow each baby's lead with what they are and aren't comfortable doing and will never force them into a pose that causes them distress or compromises their safety.. Specific poses require the hands of an assistant to support a baby into position with the end result achieved through advanced composite editing techniques to remove hands post-process.

Our photographer Bronwyn, is trained in all aspects of newborn safety, having completed one to one in person training and workshops.  Bronwyn is a graduate member of the International Newborn Photography Association , has 6 plus years experience, is insured, registered, fully immunized and has an established health and safety policy.  In addition, Bronwyn has completed Infection Control Training for COVID-19 with the Australian Government Department of Health and has an established covid-safe plan.  We adhere to best industry practice for newborn safety during sessions and will:

    • never leave a baby unattended in a prop or on a newborn posing bag
    • never force a baby into pose
    • use composite editing for poses, props and positions that require an assistants hands supporting the baby
    • will always use the safety strap on the camera
    • will never put a baby inside a glass prop or inside a prop that could break
    • will never leave a sibling unattended with a newborn
    • will recommend that siblings do not attend the full duration of a session to enable the photographer to focus entirely on your newborns safety.

Newborn Photography Tips for Expectant Parents

Posed newborn photography is a once in a lifetime opportunity in a very small window of opportunity.  To assist you prepare and time your booking for best results we've put together some helpful tips for expectant parents.

Top 10 reasons to choose Bronwyn Parsons Photography

    1. We are a professional full service business which means we fully re-touch all images presented, photograph with a finished print in mind and invest much more time with you behind the scenes than just providing a photo session date and photos.
    2. We invest a considerable amount of time in planning your session, talking with you throughout the process to personalise your session and ensure you're fully prepared.
    3. Awarded the babyinfo top ten newborn photographers award in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, named by the RiotACT as one of Canberra's top photographers in 2019,  we also have many happy client reviews available online to back this up.
    4. Our extensive experience in the technical aspects of photography and lighting means you can be confident the images we produce are of a consistently high standard.
    5. We've invested in specialized training, countless workshops and professional development to ensure we have the skills and knowledge to safely handle and transition a newborn through a series of poses. We are fully immunized, operate a registered business, insured and a graduate member of the International Newborn Photography Association. having completed one to one training with one of Australia's most talented and best photographers Hello Baby Photography
    6. We care about the little details, about the things that are meaningful to you.  Our design questionnaire and pre-session consultation is a two way opportunity to share information and jointly design your session.
    7. We practice composite editing during post-processing to remove hands supporting newborns positioned on an arm, in a parents hands, to create the illusion of suspended slings and baskets, for outdoor and creative edits or in poses that require hands supporting the baby at all times.
    8. We've invested time in developing advanced post-processing skills allowing us to undertake specialized newborn skin retouching and produce a custom signature look without the use of actions or automation.  We take time to correct common newborn skin conditions post-process including baby acne, newborn skin flakes, uneven skin tones, jaundice and area's where the skin is highly saturated in reds and magenta.
    9. Our photographer specializes in newborn photography, we don't use several photographers specializing in other forms of photography.  With over 7 years experience and hundreds of newborn babies photographed,  you can expect safety, quality and consistency.  Our photographer consistently produces amazingly beautiful work that exceeds our clients expectations.
    10. Our sessions are baby led.  This means you can be confident we will not force your baby into a pose they are not comfortable with, that we will be respectful, gentle, patient and treat each baby with kindness and love.

Frequently Asked Questions

Newborn Photography FAQ's

When should newborn photos be taken

Newborns are best photographed in unwrapped posed positions in the first 16 days of life.  Apart from being very sleepy and easily settled, babies this new can hold their legs curled to the chest which keeps them modest when being photographed nude.  Less posed results can be expected in unwrapped positions (available in full or luxe newborn sessions only) for older babies (17 days to 6 weeks).  A newborn mini session is done with your baby fully wrapped and can be done up until six weeks by which time most newborns grow out of newborn props.

What is posed newborn photography?

Posed newborn photography involves transitioning a newborn into a series of non-swaddled posed newborn positions.  In comparison, lifestyle photography captures real-life moments, is less posed, less staged with a larger portion of images with parents holding the baby.  A wrapped mini newborn session is a mix of lifestyle and styled. It involves fully swaddling a baby and photographing them in back laying positions in styled prop scenes.

What is the cost of a newborn photography session?

Mini newborn sessions start at $550. Babies are wrapped (swaddled) for the full duration of the session.  A mini session is fast paced and allows time for photographs with parents only. Full newborn sessions start at $850.  A full session includes unwrapped posed photos, photos in props and photos with parents and siblings.  A Luxe session includes all edited digital images presented in the viewing gallery plus a boutique level heirloom print product.

Are family included?

Our Full and Luxe newborn sessions include family photos of immediate household members (i.e.2 adults, up to 2 siblings and your baby).  Newborn Mini sessions are fast paced and allow time for photographs with parents only (i.e. 2 adults)

Do you charge a session fee?

Pricing is inclusive of a $150 non refundable session fee payable on booking to secure dates,  This is not an additional fee.  It is however not refundable in the event of cancellation. .

What's included?

Our focus is creating unique artful images photographed with purpose rather than providing bulk snapshots with minimal difference between frames. All newborn sessions include use of our existing range of specialty sourced wraps, blankets, backdrops, hand felted layers, wool layers, prop fillers, hair flowers, bonnets and accessories.  Mini newborn sessions are fast paced and include wrapped only portraits of your baby in props plus parent portraits.  Full newborn sessions and luxe newborn packages include non-wrapped portraits (best posed results up to 16 days old and less posed results for babies over 16 days old), wrapped portraits in props and a selection of family images with indoor capacity attendance subject to covid-safe studio capacity limits.  Images are individually hand retouched and presented for selection in a private online viewing gallery.  All clients receive a  pre-session consultation, comprehensive session guide, ongoing communication and a design questionnaire to personalize  the experience.

What is a print release?

A print release provides the artists permission to reproduce digital images in printed form.  A print release does not transfer copyright or provide permission to modify images.

When is the best time to book a newborn session

A limited number of posed newborn sessions are scheduled per calendar month.  Booking up to 3 months in advance is recommended to secure availability.   We generally schedule around two weeks after your due date and adjust as necessary if your baby arrives outside of this time frame.

Can I have the RAW images

Many hours are invested into planning, designing, artistically editing and presenting your images. We do not supply RAW unedited images, as is the case with most respected professional photographers.

What should I dress my baby in?

Your newborn will be unclothed for much of the session.  Our studio is kept very warm for your baby's comfort.  Flowing wraps and careful positioning of legs keep our little clients modest at all times.  No outfits are necessary, unless you have a special outfit or family heirloom you'd like included.

Are siblings welcome?

Siblings participating in a full newborn session are welcome to attend the family portion of the shoot in the last 15 minutes of the session.  This is a perfect amount of time to maintain their enthusiasm and to capture the connection between siblings and family.

Are prints included?

Gift prints are included in full newborn sessions and the luxe newborn package.  Wall art is available to purchase separately if desired.

What products do you offer?

We offer fine art print enlargements, personalized boxed sets of fine art prints in acid free mount boards, personalized artisan albums, personalized boxed sets of prints, floating premium metal wall mounts, floating acyrilic wall mounts, traditional framed fine art prints, fine art canvas stretched over a hardwood frame and budget friendly poly composite canvas stretched over a pine frame.

Why do photographers wrap babies?

Newborns are curled up tight and snug in utero rather like having the security of a big hug around them at all times.  When a baby is born, that constant hug is gone and they spend that first couple of months adapting to the sounds, senses and spaces around them  When a baby is startled it feels much like they're falling.  They will suddenly fling their arms and legs out, arch their back and then curl everything in again.  Most babies will cry and wake in response to being abruptly woken from being startled. In a photography context when there is a limited time to capture variety of images to choose from, wrapping hugs your baby and is soothing and calming for them.  This enables the photographer to progress through the session in a set timeframe and allows your baby to sleep undisturbed.

Can I have a discount?

Capturing images at the session is a smallest portion of the overall service and time spent on each project.  Like all business, there are also several ongoing costs involved in delivering a service and we are unable to negotiate pricing.

When can I see my images?

Images are individually hand edited by the photographer and presented fully retouched. Processing for on time payments is up to 20 business days (excluding weekends and public holidays).  Digital images are delivered in a private online gallery.  Printed products are delivered by collection from the studio.

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