Full newborn photography session and one hour wrapped newborn session comparison
A question asked often is what’s the difference between a full newborn photography session and a wrapped newborn photography session? A full newborn session includes posed newborn photography, portraits in props and family newborn photography. This requires much more time at the session, experience and skill in posed newborn photography and time after the session editing In comparison to a wrapped newborn session. A wrapped newborn session involves swaddling a newborn and placing them in back only positions for the entire session. Our newborn short and sweet wrapped newborn session is just one hour in duration in comparison to a full newborn photography session which averages 3 – 4 hours. Our short and sweet wrapped newborn photography session includes images of your baby placed in props in back only positions fully swaddled and does not include posed newborn photography or family newborn photography. As a limited introductory offer, ONE family portrait is included in our wrapped one hour newborn photography session for bookings secured by the 31st July 2019 only.
Posed newborn photography full session inclusions:
- Studio session between 3 – 4 hours including re-settling and top-up feeds. Full newborn photography is a permanent product and open to babies up to four weeks with the understanding that less posed results can be expected for babies over 16 days old.
- Posed Images of your baby. Your baby is sculpted into the most beautiful posed positions in a minimalist way without props taking the attention away from your babies little details. The photographer works on a posing surface specifically designed for newborn photography and to maximize a baby’s comfort. The photographer captures images of your baby unclothed and also incorporates flowing draped wraps, hair flowers and bonnets.
- Images of your baby posed in a parents hands, on a parents arm, or in a sling. These types of images are created using illusion and are a product of several images edited together to remove hands safely supporting a baby. A professional newborn photographer who has been trained in posed newborn photography and safety will never ever actually suspend a newborn in mid-air or force a baby into a pose they are uncomfortable with.
- Images of your baby in props (bowls, nests, beds, wreaths, rustic crates, buckets) posed into forward-facing poses (baby-led) and posed back laying positions both naked and semi wrapped to conceal the nappy. Prop portraits also incorporate hair flowers, bonnets, backdrops, artificial flowers, accessories, prop layers, hand felted wool layers, soft unspun wool, blankets, wraps, lace and are styled in your preferred colours.
- Sibling /Newborn Images
- Mother/Newborn Images
- Father/Newborn Images
- Couple/Newborn images
- Family portraits (2 adults and siblings)
- Newborn session guide
- Personalized and customized. We provide you with a client questionnaire to design your session and follow this up with a one to one email communication and phone consultation. Tell us what colours you like, the images in our portfolio you love and we plan and style the session around your own personal taste from our existing collection of props and accessories.
- Editing. A greater amount of time is invested. The more newborn skin visible, the more editing required. On average a gallery of 25 images can take over 16 hours to hand edit. Newborn skin is not very flattering in that first month and does require work post-process to remove little skin flakes, baby acne, correct purple under the nose, correct red splotches, even out skin tones, reduce the appearance of jaundice and edit out hands supporting the baby in select poses.
- A greater number of fully edited images are presented for you to choose from in a private online gallery or in person coupled with a print design consultation if you’ve chosen to invest in pro-printed fine art products rather than just digital images.
- Optional Al a carte premium pro-printed fine art products are available to purchase separately or a customized package can be created for you
- A full newborn photography session in 2019 is $490 and includes 15 high-resolution digital images (30 in total including the duplicate black and white version corresponding to your chosen colour selections) with 25 fully edited images to select from. Prices in effect at the time of booking apply.
Short and sweet one hour wrapped newborn photography inclusions:
- One hour studio session
- Open to babies up to six weeks
- The short and sweet one hour wrapped newborn photography session is a limited time offer and is not a permanent product. A set number of places are open for booking until the 1/9/2019 or until sold out. This offer will not be repeated in the near future.
- No posed positions of your baby
- No images of your baby in outfits or unclothed
- Your baby is fully wrapped (swaddled) from start to finish
- Your baby is placed in back laying positions in props
- No mother/newborn portraits
- No father/newborn portraits
- No sibling/newborn portraits
- No couple/newborn portraits
- One single-family portrait (2 adults and siblings) is included for bookings secured by 31 / 7 / 2019. No family portrait is included for bookings secured after 31/ 7 / 2019,
- No customization. The photographer determines the styling, props, colours and the types of images to be included.
- Your session details are emailed along with a date, time and a newborn prep checklist to help you prepare. No phone consultation or further Q&A is provided.
- Editing: Less visible skin means less editing required. We individually hand remove skin flakes, baby acne, and lightly retouch the natural texture of newborn skin. Natural features and personal presentation is edited “As is”.
- Clients receive the number of digital images in high resolution that can be attained within the hour commencing at the scheduled time. Fewer images can be expected in the remaining time of that scheduled hour if late. The number of images achievable is subject to newborns arriving fully fed and settled. On-time arrivals with a fully fed and settled baby who have followed the newborn prep checklist can expect at minimum ten images delivered in an online private gallery for self download. Additional images captured in this time (excluding near-duplicates and images not meeting quality standards) are also included.
- No printed products are included. Al a carte premium pro-printed fine art products are available to purchase separately for an additional cost and are optional
- The newborn short and sweet one-hour session is suited to clients seeking snapshot style photography rather than polished fine art photography.
- A one hour short and sweet newborn photography session is $350
- Examples of swaddled newborns fully wrapped and placed in physical and digital props for a one hour short and sweet wrapped newborn photography session are available here
Full newborn photography session examples captured by Canberra newborn photographer Bronwyn Parsons
The following images are examples of the types of images included in a full newborn photography session starting at $490 for a 15 image digital-only collection.
Welcome Baby Florence
Photographed by Canberra Newborn Photographer Bronwyn Parsons Photography
Ten day old baby Florence dreamed away the morning oblivious to being placed into the most scrumptious newborn poses. Florence was still so new, she naturally folded and curled her legs as she would have done in utero. I love capturing minimalist newborn photos that focus on those beautiful little details without too many busy props, My warmest Congratulations to Florence’s Mummy and Daddy. How adorable is she!
How to prepare siblings for a newborn photography session
A newborn photography session with a brand new sister or brother can be challenging for siblings. Some siblings adore their new brother or sister while others take a little longer to warm up to the idea.
The majority of my clients have a two year gap between the first and second child. Adjusting to a new baby brother or sister can be a rough road for children under the age of three. Developmentally lots happens between age 2 – 3 years. Part of them desires the connection that they remember having with Mum as a baby and another part wants autonomy and independence.
So how does a newborn photographer manage to get the most heartwarming newborn and sibling images during such an emotional time for siblings? The best newborn photographers:
- Don’t just take photos, they create an experience for everyone.
- Plan in advance and ask for information about the people they will be photographing.
- Have a well oiled game plan.
- Have the necessary editing skills to combine separate newborn and sibling images together if your child is having difficulty adjusting to their new brother or sister.
- Provide parents with insight of what to expect behind the scenes and help families fully prepare for the experience.
Newborn photography with family is a collaborative effort between photographer and client. My top five tips for parents thinking about combining family and newborn photography are:
- Book early rather than after your baby is born. Booking early presents opportunity to also have family maternity photography. The take home isn’t just beautiful images of your pregnancy, it’s the experience siblings get. Familiarizing little ones with what happens and having a fun time as a family with a photographer sets them up for future photography experiences and helps everyone feel comfortable. By the time your newborn session rolls around, I already have valuable insight into what approach works best with your child. These relationships are immensely important to get the most out of our time together at your baby’s newborn photography session.
- Share information in your client planning questionnaire to give the photographer insight on individual personalities, family dynamics and personal tastes.
- Take the time to read through all the information your photographer sends you. Our session guide is designed to fully prepare you and make the experience as effortless as possible.
- There’s something to be said for actually picking up the phone or dropping by before the session. As part of the Bronwyn Parsons Photography experience we provide clients a pre-booking consultation and a pre-session consultation. This is an opportunity to communicate any specific images you’d like, to talk about siblings, for the photographer to share the planned workflow for the day and to ask any questions you may still have.
- Make advanced care arrangements for siblings to arrive just for the family portion of your baby’s newborn photography session. They respond MUCH more favorably when things are kept short and sweet. 20 – 30 minutes is the perfect amount of time to capture family and sibling connections at your newborn photography session.
- Try not to use other peoples images or rely on other peoples experiences as an indicator of what to expect from your newborn and siblings. Family moments are unique and each newborn and sibling is different.
To get you excited about the possibilities ahead, here are some examples of proud big brothers and sisters from past newborn photography sessions.
By Bronwyn Parsons Photography
Newborn Photography – Tips for expecting parents
By Bronwyn Parsons Photography- Canberra Newborn Photography
Posed Newborn Photography – You’ve picked out a cot, bassinet, change table, pram, car capsule and have started clearing the spare room to make way for a nursery. You’re probably starting to notice images of adorable newborns coming up in every online search you do and you’re thinking I’d love some photos of my baby as a newborn.
If you’ve just had your 12-week scan and you’d like some beautiful photos of your baby sculpted into those adorable squishy positions, NOW is the time to browse the portfolios of local newborn photographers. Find a few styles you like and start making some calls.
It pays to be organized. I’ve lost count of how many new parents call me in desperation trying to find an available newborn photographer weeks after their baby has already arrived only to find out family’s book months ahead, you weren’t the only one due and everyone is fully booked. The disappointment continues when parents learn just how time-sensitive it actually is to pose a baby into those adorable fetal like positions.
What is posed newborn photography
Posed newborn photography differs from lifestyle photography or a styled prop session in that your baby is actually meticulously sculpted into posed positions. If you like this style of photography, It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and you’ll need to act soon to secure availability. You should absolutely do your research to find an experienced professional newborn photographer who specializes in posed newborn photography.
What should you consider besides the cost?
The first question I’m generally asked is how much? Sure, the cost is a determining factor to any purchase, I get that BUT this is your baby. I’ve been there, three times! and as an expected parent, I know how much time goes into researching all the safety recommendations for the essentials. Newborn photography is no different.
Here are some more pressing questions to ask when considering who’s the best fit for you.
- Is your newborn photographer safety trained and do they practice composite editing for safety purposes?
- Do they specialize in posed newborn photography and how experienced are they?
- What safety precautions do they practice?
- Does your photographer have a health and safety policy?
- Are there any reviews or ratings available to read?
- Have the photographers work been peer-reviewed? An indication of this will be awards and/or membership to professional bodies
- Has the photographer provided you with a pre-booking consultation?
- Is the photographer up to date with immunizations?
- Does the photographer operate a registered business?
- Does the photographer have a public liability certificate?
- What services are provided?
- Does the photographer have a portfolio available to view?
- Do you like their style of photography?
- Do you feel at ease and comfortable with the photographer?
Like an artist, photographers have a unique style to creating, capturing and retouching images. It’s therefore important that the style of photography in the photographer’s portfolio aligns to your taste. Just because they are a photographer it doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to convince your baby to replicate images you found on Pinterest. The largest portion of newborn photography is spent post-processing images. Most photographic artists like to post-process there own work rather than outsourcing it. There is no one-click process that magically produces the finished product. Each image is meticulously re-touched by hand in a process that can take 12 hours or more per client.
DIY Newborn Photography – Expectation V’s Reality
While it may be tempting to save a few dollars by having a friend with a good camera do your photos for you, a good camera makes you no more of a newborn photographer than a stethoscope makes you a doctor. Firstly, there is the risk of causing your baby a serious injury by not being experienced in posing or knowledgeable of the safety precautions that happen behind the scenes. Secondly, you will inevitably feel a sense of loss after seeing the beautiful images mothers in your circle of friends have had professionally done. I am almost 100% certain you’ll be seeking the services of a newborn photographer for baby number two.
There’s a lot that happens before, during and in post-process after the session to produce the finished product. Professional newborn photographers invest time and personal funds into their own professional development. This ensures they are constantly updating their skills and have the necessary knowledge and experience to:
- safely handle, pose and support your baby
- create soft flattering light for tricky newborn skin
- produce images of a professional standard
- use composite editing to remove hands supporting your baby, to produce an illusion of a suspended baby and for sibling/newborn safety.
- use specialist skin re-touching methods to tackle tricky newborn skin
The investment in professional newborn photography
An investment in a newborn photographer doesn’t just include their time at the session or what you get at the end, it includes the whole experience. On average this is 16 hours or more. That experience starts well before you even pick up the phone and continues beyond the delivery of your images.
Pick up the phone and talk to the photographer
The best newborn photographers are only too happy to share their knowledge of best industry practice. They will go above and beyond to answer any questions or concerns you have before you even book. Potential clients who seek my services receive an obligation free pre-booking consultation. These conversations not only answer any questions you may have; they also establish if your needs fit the services a photographer provides. Canberra has a wonderful community of very talented professional newborn photographers. If I can’t squeeze you in at the last minute or my services are way off your needs, I’d much rather give you a referral with another photographer than give you something that doesn’t meet your expectations.
Best time to book
Returning clients and clients who missed the best timing with baby number one book with within the first few months. Booking early has the advantage also scheduling maternity photos which is a beautiful keepsake to display in your home alongside your baby’s newborn photos.
Best timing for posed newborn photos
I love a good challenge and accept newborns up to six weeks with the understanding that sessions are baby-led. Those curly posed positions are best achieved between 5 – 16 days with less posed positions and wrapped positions expected for babies over 16 days. It’s important to understand that your expectations mean nothing to a newborn and while you may desire a particular image not every baby is comfortable in every position and some just prefer the security of being snugly wrapped. This doesn’t mean the photographer won’t be able to capture beautiful images of your baby. It just means it’s best to come with an open mind and trust your photographer has a well-oiled contingency plan into place to cater for babies who are not having the best day. Your baby’s safety and needs are the first priority, cute pictures come second.
Why is posed newborn photography time-sensitive?
A newborn is technically a newborn for 28 days. Newborn’s cluster feed around day 2 and between day 14 – 21. For a breastfed baby this increases the amount of fore milk a baby receives. Fore milk is largely comprised of lactose (sugar). When a baby receives an increased amount of lactose the enzyme present in the stomach responsible for breaking it down cannot keep up. The lactose then ferments and causes gas. This can be very uncomfortable for baby’s during a newborn session and posing them into certain positions can cause further discomfort. The result is an unsettled baby that requires much more soothing than a younger newborn. This can be upsetting for new parents who are still learning what all those cry’s mean. It also prevents the photographer from being able to pose a very alert baby who is pushing their entire body forward by digging little feet into the posing surface (otherwise known as breast crawling).
Did you know that a newborn baby is born with 305 bones compared to our 206? Lots of this is cartilage. Cartilage provides the flexibility and softness to the body so that infants are able to curl up in the uterus and later pass through the birth canal easily. Around week two, the bones start to fuse together to provide more rigidity to the body and continue to fuse until adulthood. A newborn baby can hold its own legs into a curled position up to their chest for approximately 14 days after which time they discover stretching and become less flexible. Folding ridged legs into a curled fetal position to keep them modest whilst nude becomes much more challenging and the result is less of a newborn look to the final images.
Alertness and Safety
Newborns under 14 days are easily settled into poses and remain asleep for much of the session. Newborns will move to get comfortable after being placed into a posed position and the photographer must then make micro-adjustments to get them back into position. This happens several times for a single pose. Generally, infants over 14 days are much more aware of being transitioned through poses, have other discomforts happening and do require more settling.
Let’s reverse the roles for a minute. If you’re planning on breastfeeding you will likely experience cracked nipples and indescribable pain as your uterus contracts while you feed. Nothing and I mean nothing prepares you for sleep deprivation. You need to sleep, you want sleep and just when you finally get to sleep your baby wakes up and needs another feed. You tense and cringe at the thought of the pain your about to experience again. Unlike adults, babies can’t self-sooth and much more time during the session is dedicated to soothing infants over 14 days back to sleep.
Those lovely little spots on your baby’s skin become more prominent around day 14. Baby acne is the result of hormones transferred between the mother to the baby in the last few weeks of pregnancy. These hormones stimulate oil glands in the baby’s body causing acne. While this doesn’t seem to affect overall temperament Mum’s generally desire clear skin for their baby’s newborn photos.
The benefits of booking early
Booking early is essential to making sure the photographer has an availability set aside for when your little human arrives. It also has the added benefit of paying in instalments or even letting friends and family know you’d love the idea of them chipping in towards the cost of a session or something a bit swish to display in your home.
Contact us for a complimentary pre-booking consultation
If you’ve fallen in love with the beautiful images in my portfolio and are considering a Newborn Photography session in my Canberra newborn studio, I’d love to answer questions you may have before booking. Contact Us to request an obligation free pre-booking consultation.
To get you excited, I’m going to leave you with some gorgeous images of seven-day-old Lulu who was almost effortless to pose.
A very Special Thank You to those over at RiotACT for the mentions and great reviews.
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Canberra’s Best Photographers
“Bronwyn creates fine art photography specialising in newborn and maternity shoots. Her calm professional approach makes all her clients feel at ease and contributes greatly to the final product. Google reviewer Brandon says:
‘Very very happy with the service, very patient with our newborn. Highly recommend Bronwyn parsons photography.’”
Baby Johaan Newborn Session. Early Christmas presents don’t get much better than this. Johaan’s name is so close to my own Son’s that I for the life of me could not spell anything else whilst photographing a very special shot for Johaan’s Mummy and Daddy. Johaan was very interested in the studio lights, his mummy sings like an angel and his Daddy was so helpful (thank you!) My warmest congratulations to your beautiful family on the arrival of your gorgeous baby boy.
2018 babyinfo Top 10 Award
— Canberra Newborn Photographers
Welcome to all my new followers. For those of you who found me through a recent award, I’m Bronwyn the person behind the lens. I’ve been immersed in the newborn photography industry for close to five years and have been a photographic film and digital artist for many many more. Nothing brings me more joy than to create the most exquisite newborn imagery for the families of Canberra. Having something so beautiful that perfectly captures that fleeting newborn phase is a pleasure to be part of and absolutely something you want to research and get right.
I’m honored to have be recognized as one of Canberra’s Top 10 Best Newborn Photographers, awarded by babyinfo. A huge congrats to my amazingly talented colleagues in Canberra and around Australia who also received this honor. I just wanted to say thanks to my wonderful clients who understand and value the time professional photographers invest not just at the session itself but behind the scenes from start to finish to create something truly meaningful for you.
If you are expecting a baby or have recently had a baby I’d love to create something beautiful for you. If you’ve not experienced posed newborn photography before, I’m here to answer all your questions and welcome you to contact me for a complimentary pre-booking consultation. Newborn Photography