Newborn Photography Session Information
Congratulations on your pregnancy or the arrival of your baby. What an exciting time, there's so much to do to prepare for the arrival of a new baby. If you've had your baby already, you've experienced the mystery of missing time and have come to realize just how rapidly your newborn is changing as each day passes. You want beautiful newborn photos to keep those memories close and you've realized your baby isn't going to be a newborn forever. We're so happy you're here to see what we can create for you. Bronwyn Parsons Photography is a family and newborn photographer in Canberra who also caters for older newborn photography and family newborn photography in our purpose build newborn photo studio in Kambah, A.C.T. We pride ourselves on offering clients a welcoming, professional experience and are one of the best most affordable Canberra newborn photographers offering simple newborn photography, posed newborn photography, styled newborn photography and creative newborn photography.
Do you need newborn photos
Absolutely! your newborn isn't going to be a newborn for much longer. You'll need something a bit nicer than a picture on your phone and while it may take nice snapshots it can't pose your baby, correct newborn skin or control the relationship between light and exposure to produce a gorgeous image. If you've ever attempted to cut your own hair you'll understand that posing a baby is best left to an established professional newborn photograher who has been trained in newborn safety and has spent countless hours perfecting a specialized skill.
When to book
It's best to secure your booking while you're still pregnant, ideally before the end of your second trimester. We take a limited number of newborn clients per month to ensure dates are set aside when your bundle of joy arrives. Sometimes babies arrive much later than expected and limited dates do become available at the last minute. If you've had your baby already, it's worth contacting us to ask about availability.
What's the best timing for newborn photos
The best timing for those cute newborn photography poses is between 5 to 16 days after birth. When babies are still this new, their bones have not yet fused and we can comfortably sculpt them into the classic posed newborn photography positions you see in our portfolio. Newborns under 16 days have limited awareness, are very sleepy and find posed newborn photography less uncomfortable than an older infant. If your baby is over 16 days old that's ok! While it may not be possible to sculpt older babies into newborn positions anymore we still attempt posed newborn photography for older newborn babies one month and offer styled newborn photography for babies who are between 1 - 2 months old. For older babies you can expect less posed shots and more wrapped shots with the same newborn feel to the styling of your newborn session, taking advantage of your baby being awake to capture their beautiful intense gaze, their facial expressions, their smiles and when they do fall asleep we make the most of it by placing them in positions that are more comfortable for older babies.
Where are sessions held
Newborn photography sessions are held at Bronwyn Parsons Photography Canberra studio located in Kambah, A.C.T. Our cozy climate controlled studio is perfect for those cold chilly Canberra days and specifically designed for newborn photography and equipped with everything we need to produce beautiful photos. After having a baby, you'll be severly sleep deprived and the last thing you need is the stress of preparing your home for a photo shoot. We understand leaving the house with a newborn is a huge undertaking but don't worry, we'll make sure you're fully briefed and prepared to make the experience as effortless as possible. Our clients enjoy the opportunity to have a complete rest and even pick up some invaluable settling techniques by watching us sooth your baby. For parents with siblings, you'll appreciate a couple of hours apart to relax, nap, enjoy some complimentary wi-fi, eat with both hands, center your mind or just soak up the beauty of a new baby.
Are family included
Of course. We include family and newborn photography, photographing a small selection of immediate family newborn photography either at the end or the start of the session including mother and newborn photography, father newborn photography and sibling newborn photography with the focus of our time spent on your newborn baby. We encourage parents to step in front of the camera, while you may not feel much like having your photo taken, these photos are your legacy and one day your child will cherish seeing you in them more than anything in the world. We work with siblings and toddlers all the time and are prepared for the adjustment they may be going through with having a new sibling. We are able to get beatuiful shots with siblings in a very short timeframe to produce authentic photos you'll want to hang in your home. The session works best with fewer people present and for this reason we welcome siblings for the last 30 minutes of the session for morning sessions or the first 30 minutes of the session for afternoon sessions This is so we can maintain a safe environment with minimul distration and stimulation for your newborn. Where possible, we encourage you to make alternative care arrangements for siblings so that parents can relax and enjoy the experience. Newborn session attendance is an intimate experience open to immediate family appearing in photographs. Mini family sessions are available to book seperately if you would like to have photographs taken with grandparents or other extended family members.
What to wear and what to bring
A welcome email containing comprehensive session information will be emailed on completing your booking. As part of our pre-session service, we schedule a phone consultation to go through any questions you may have and to provide you with information on what to wear, what to bring and how to prepare your newborn for the session. For best results we cannot stress how important it is to follow the newborn preperation guide.
As a professional newborn photography business we take newborn safety very seriously and our first priority during your session is the comfort and safety of your baby. The best newborn photos where we are able to comfortable sculpt your baby into newborn positions occur between 5 - 16 days. Specific poses require the hands of an assistant supporting a newborn at all times with composite editing used to remove hands post-process. Hanging basket shots are done at ground level, using the same composite editing techniques to produce an illusion. Each newborn is unique and not all babies are physically cabable of doing all poses with age being a major contributing facor to what we will and will not persue in posing your baby. Our photographer is trained in all aspects of newborn safety, having completed one to one in person training and is a graduate member of the International Newborn Photography Association. We undertake regular professional development to ensure we keep up with best industry practice, newborn safety and to ensure we consistently provide our clients with quality photography. Bronwyn Parsons Photography is insured, registered, fully immunised and has an established health and safety policy. A seasoned experienced newborn photographer will:
- never leave a baby unattended in a prop, on the posing bag or with a young sibling.
- never force a baby into any pose
- will use composite editing and an assistant or parent
- 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 and in most cases will recommend siblings do not attend the full session to enable the photographer to focus entirely on the newborns comfort and safety free from distractions.
What happens at the session
After a big feed before leaving home, your baby will arrive sleepy from the car ride. Our studio is kept toasty warm for your baby's comfort with the soothing sound of white noise playing in the background. After everyones hands are sterilized, we gently remove your baby from it's car capsule and undress them ready to be photographed. We pose your baby into a variety of classic newborn positions working at your baby's own pace to determine which positions they are most comfortable in. We pose them on a special surface specifically used for newborn posing and adorn your baby with beauitful flowing wraps, hair flowers, beanies and accessories alternating various styles and poses as we photograph them at different angles. We then photograph them in some our our specialty sourced props and finally we do your family photos. Session vary between 2 - 3 hours stopping for smaller top up feeds throughout to keep your baby comfortable and settled.
How we help you prepare
Our first step is to provide you with a comprehensive session guide explaining how the session works, what you need to bring, when to notify us of your baby's birth, what to wear and most importantly how to prepare your baby to increase opportunity for squishy newborn poses to maximize our time together. We then go through any questions you may have and discuss the finer details during your pre-session consultation so that you have everything prepared before your baby arrives and can concentrate on welcoming your baby into the world.
When will our photos be ready
Most of the magic happens before and after the session with the largest portion of your session spent post-processing your photos. We custom hand edit everything rather than use a one click process to retouch your photos. We individually correct tiny skin imperfections, adjust colour and light then enhance the overall artistic feel of each individual photo consistent with our portfolio. Proofing galleries are presented in an online proofing gallery approximately 20 business days after the session for you to make your final selections.
What products and pacakges do you offer
Bronwyn Parsons Photography is one of the best affordable newborn photographers in Canberra offering just the essentials right up to full service photography, For information on newborn pricing packages please visit our pricing page . We offer digital only collections or a combination of print and digital collections. Clients may also purchase add-on printed products form our wide selection of standard prints, fine art prints, torn edge fine art prints, matted art-mount with print, framed prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, albums and canvas.
Our fine art prints are printed on museum quality Hahnemühle Photo Rag made from 100% cotton using archival pigment inks making them incredibly detailed. Our standard prints are printed on premium paper offering amazing colour, exceptional quality, durability and longevity. In our digital world today, often the starting point of the desire for the digital product is higher than that of the desire of the printed product and while you may be able to print them yourself (if they don't stay on a usb forgoten in a drawer), you simply can't buy many of the products at the same quality retail. Digital files are not the best representation of our work or of your investment and while digitals might seem convenient, the longevity of the devices you store them on, the data contained in a jpg file is unknown.
Do you provide pregnancy newborn photography
Yes we offer a bump to baby package, providing value and savings by bundling maternity photography and newborn photography together. For information on our bump to baby package prices please click here
Can I see examples of your work
You certainly can. Examples of our work can be found under the newborn section in our portfolio. We also post sneak peeks on our facebook page as we are editing client sessions. Our facebook page is a lovely welcoming community of Canberra parents, we sometimes advertise last minute discounted newborn session openings on our page and welcome you to join.
How to book your session:
When you're ready to secure our sevices with an initial payment, simply complete our online booking or contact us to express your interest and discuss your needs. We respond within 24 hours to establish dates. On receiving your initial payment to secure our services, we confirm your session by email, sending your comprehensive session information. We then commence planning and pre-session services with you.