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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 1 month. 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.

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 and 2019, 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. This means 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.

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 , is very experienced, insured, registered, fully immunized and has an established health and safety policy to ensure our studio is kept illness free.  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.

When to Book

Posed newborn photography is time sensitive with best posed results achieved in the first 16 days of life and less posed results expected from 16 days onward.  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 newborns up to three months with the understanding that our sessions are baby led.   The reality of posing an older 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 can only be attempted when a baby is deeply relaxed and asleep.  Parents of older newborns can expect beautiful awake moments,  a larger portion of portraits in props, snug wrapped poses and less curly positions after 16 days.  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.

Inclusions

Newborn sessions start at $490 for a 15 image digital only collection.  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.  Sessions include a selection of images with immediate family (2 adults and up to 3 siblings).  An ordering appointment is held immediately after your session.  During the appointment we sit down together, preview and select your images.  Your chosen images are individually hand retouched and provided for viewing in a private online gallery prior to delivery.   We welcome sibling attendance for the family segment in the last 30 minutes of the session.  This is a perfect amount of time to capture the special connection between siblings. 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.

About the session

Our studio is kept toasty warm for your baby's comfort with the soothing sound of white noise playing in the background.  Our photographer gently removes your baby from it's car capsule and undresses them ready to be photographed.  Your baby will be posed into a variety of classic newborn positions working at your baby's own pace to determine which positions they are most comfortable in.  We use a special surface specifically designed for newborn posing and adorn your baby with beautiful flowing wraps, hair flowers, beanies and accessories. We will then photograph your newborn in a selection of specialty sourced props and lastly capture newborn images with Mum, Dad and Siblings.  Sessions average 3 hours stopping for smaller top up comfort feeds throughout to keep your baby very sleepy, comfortable and settled.

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.

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Newborn Packages

  • Digital Image Package

  • $490
  • Studio session (3.5 hours)

    15 high resolution digital images

    The same 15 images watermarked in low resolution for social sharing

    Pre-session consultation, design questionnaire and session guide

    Image preview and ordering on the day, straight after the session

    Professionally edited with natural skin re-touching

    Private online preview of your retouched images prior to delivery

    Private online preview gallery and Private online product delivery

    Private online preview gallery and Private online product delivery

  • Print and Digital Package

  • $850
  • Studio session (3.5 hours)

    20 high resolution digital images

    The same 20 images watermarked in low resolution for social sharing

    (20) 5 x 7 prints in a personalized keepsake box with USB

    Pre-session consultation, design questionnaire and session guide

    Image preview and ordering on the day, straight after the session

    Professionally edited with natural skin re-touching

    Private online preview of your retouched images prior to delivery

    Private online preview of your retouched images prior to delivery

  • I Want It All

  • $2300
  • Studio session (4 hours)

    30 high resolution digital images

    The same images watermarked in low resolution for social sharing

    Artisan album presented in a personalized keepsake box with USB

    One 18 x 18” circular premium high gloss metal print

    Pre-session consultation, design questionnaire and session guide

    Image preview and ordering on the day, straight after the session

    Professionally edited with natural skin re-touching

    Private online preview of your retouched images prior to delivery

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Newborn Photography FAQ's

When should newborn photos be taken

Newborns are best photographed in the first 16 days of life.  During a newborn photography session a newborn 16 days and under has limited awareness of being moved and adjusted into posed newborn positions.  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.

What is posed newborn photography?

Posed newborn photography involves transitioning a newborn into a series of posed newborn positions.   In comparison, lifestyle photography is a documentary style of photography.  Lifestyle photography documents everyday moments from an observational perspective with minimal instruction.  A wrapped or styled prop session involves placing a baby into back laying positions in props.  This type of photography is a blend of lifestyle and involves minimal variation in posing.

What is the cost of a posed newborn photography session?

Digital collections start at $490 for 15 high resolution digital images with 25 individually hand retouched images to select from. $150 is due on booking, the remaining balance is due on the session date.

Are family included?

Of course.  Our posed newborn photography sessions include images of siblings and newborn, newborn and mother, newborn and father and immediate family together.

Is the session fee an additional charge?

Pricing is inclusive of the $150 session fee payable on booking to secure dates,  This is not an additional fee and is subtracted from the balance of your package.

What's included?

Our focus is creating unique artful images photographed with purpose rather than providing bulk snapshots with minimal difference between frames. We provide a personalized and fully guided experience.  Posed newborn photography sessions include:

  • A design questionnaire to personalize your session
  • Pre session planning, design and client communication
  • Pre session consultation
  • Newborn session guide and preparation checklist
  • High resolution digital images (determined by your choice of package) in both colour and black and white and if you've chosen a print/digital package the products as specified in your package.
  • The same images in web resolution for sharing on personal social media pages
  • A greater number of individually hand edited images to select from in a private online gallery
  • Delivery of your chosen selections in a private online gallery or USB if opting for a print/digital package
  • 3 hour studio session
  • In person viewing and image selection immediately following your session (approximately 30 minutes)
  • A gallery of your re-touched images for feedback prior to delivery
  • Posed newborn portraits
  • Portraits of your baby in props
  • Family/Sibling/Newborn portraits
  • Use of our existing collection of props, prop layers, soft hand felted wool layers, blankets, newborn wraps, hair flowers, bonnets, artificial flowers, backdrops and accessories
  • Immunized, insured, registered, experienced, reviewed and rated specialist newborn photographer trained in newborn safety, newborn lighting and newborn skin retouching
  • Specialist newborn skin retouching (individual hand removal of blemishes, baby acne, colour correction to over saturated red and purple pigment in newborn skin) and composite editing to remove hands supporting newborns into select posed positions.
  • Light natural skin retouching for adults and siblings

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.   Two dates are scheduled based on your due date.  Dates factor in newborns arriving slightly early to on time and late. The date closest to your baby's arrival, becomes your session date.  This ensures we have availability already blocked out to work with your baby in the window of opportunity to pose a newborn into those beautiful curly squishy positions.

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 are welcome for the family segment in the last 30 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?

Digital collections include digital images only.   Professional high quality printed products are available to purchase separately or as otherwise included in print/digital packages.

Do you provide in person consultations?

If you have purchased a package with this inclusion, yes. Otherwise, an optional in person gallery presentation and ordering appointment and print design consultation is available for a small fee.  This fee is credited towards any print purchases made on the day at the appointment.  A product guide is forwarded to clients expressing an interest in printed products on booking.

What happens at a gallery presentation and design consultation appointment?

Your gallery is presented to you un-watermarked as a slide show on a screen rather than online. On selecting your images, I present your images to you in virtual rooms both individually and in wall clusters to assist you visualize images grouped together and to assist you visualize size.   Purchasing decisions regarding add-on products or digital's should be discussed privately in advance of the consultation My role is to assist you design how your images will be displayed in your home, not to deliver awkward high pressure sales pitches.

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.

Can I have a discount?

We are priced competitively at the entry point of the market for a high quality product.  The time at your session is not the total time we've worked on delivering your end product. A LOT more time is invested behind the scenes.  Like any business, there are 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 is up to 20 business days (excluding weekends and public holidays).  If you have opted for a digital only package, your images are presented in a private online gallery.  If you have opted for a print/digital package, your images are presented during your viewing and ordering appointment.

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