NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER IN WEST BERKSHIRE
Your Newborn Photography Session - What to Expect
Reading Basingstoke Newbury Tadley Windsor London Chiswick Chelsea
I would be absolutely honoured if you choose me as your newborn photographer and thrilled to be able to capture the first days of your sweet little one! Newborn sessions are held in my studio in Aldermaston Reading RG7 4LH West Berkshire and are typically 3- 4 hrs long to ensure that there is plenty of time for feeding, soothing and changing your baby. I only book one client per day so your session is not rushed and baby has all the feeds and cuddles he/she needs.
WHEN TO BOOK
The best time to book your session is just after your 12 week scan or a little bit later if you wish. Once you've booked I will pencil your due date in my diary. Please do not worry about your baby being early or late as I will reserve some time before and after your due date to ensure plenty of availability for you. Newborn sessions are best within the first 14 days of baby’s life (5-10 days ideally) therefore it's SUPER important that you contact me within 48 hours after your baby's birth so I can plan and make myself available for you.
If you missed on booking early please still contact me as soon as you possibly can since due to some babies being late or early I might have last minute availability. Although it is not my usual preference I could still take babies up to 12 weeks old to make sure that you do not miss on your memories. However, you should be open minded about more wrapped, awake and less posed shots in case your little one does not like to sleep a lot due to their older age.
Can I choose the colours and styling?
Please look through my work on my website so you can see if my style matches what you are after for your session. I only shoot to my own styling and keep it to my own workflow to ensure the session is smooth and that the baby is safe and happy. If you wish anything else to be included in your session this is best discussed in advance so I can let you know if/how we could introduce it in your session.
Is my baby in safe hands?
It is natural to feel worried especially if you are a first time parent. We are happy to answer any questions you might have so please do not hesitate to contact us for a quick chat - we will be happy to help.
How much does it cost?
Newborn session/booking fee is £150 and it is due at the time of the booking. This covers your newborn session time, equipment, props, photographer's creativity and editing of your final gallery. The session fee does not include any products or images. After your session you will be able to choose your package and favourite images from the session. There are 3 packages starting as low as £249.
Can I bring a younger sibling?
Please also kindly note that I usually work during the weekdays (school hours) with all sessions happening in the first part of the day so I may not be able to work around older siblings' nursery/nap/school times. Newborn images are once in a lifetime and for years to cherish. I therefore ask for your flexibility with work and school times when comiting to a newborn session.
Do I need to bring anything?
Absolutely not! We have plenty of cute newborn outfits and props to choose from. We only ask that you bring some extra milk if baby is bottle fed, few extra nappies and a dummy if you use one.
Are the outfits cleaned between the clients?
Of course! We always end up with a pile of washing after the session. Anything what has been used or touched gets washed. If the outfit or heaband is sensitive and can't be washed than we use special baby safe sanitisers and/or steamers to get the item cleaned. The hard surface props are wiped or sprayed and are left to air for at least 24-48 hours between the babies.
Can we include other images?
Where will the session take place?
All newborn sessions are held in my studio in Aldermaston, RG7 4LH. It is a calm rural area and has plenty of parking. We have a separate entrance and you can park right in front of the door. There is water, tea, coffee and some snacks available throughout the session but please feel free to bring a small lunch if you need. We also have a fridge if baby's milk needs to be kept cool.
How long will the session take?
Newborn photo session usually takes 3-4 hours. This includes feeding, cuddles, changing of the baby and soothing back to sleep. We only book one session a day so there is no rush or stress to feed and to settle the little one when needed. However please do not plan anything else for that day as if the baby is very unsettled we may need some extra time in order to achieve a full gallery.
Can we bring other people with us?
The studio is hot for baby's comfort and the session is long and boring. We also need to focus on baby's safety and your beautiful gallery. For these reasons only the people whose pictures will be taken on the day are allowed to the studio.
Due to covid restrictions we only allow 2 adults per baby to stay during the session (which would be either baby's parents or one of the parents and a second adult from the same household).
It is also strongly advised that the siblings come for the time of their images only and leave with a partner or grandparent.
How do I prepare before my session?
You will be sent a prep guide some time before your session with tips and advice.
Do you allow pets in the studio?
We adore them but babies and pets from different households do not always mix well so we'd rather take extra precautions than not to.
Is your studio covid safe?
We have a separate entrance so you don't meet other people on the way.
The studio is deep cleaned and sanitised between each client.
We ask that all client's wear masks where applicable (if not exempt and when your pictures are not being taken).
We have always sanitised a lot and had a no shoe policy in the studio so as before you will be provided with disposable slippers or shoe covers upon arrival.
*Set up is a change of backdrops, beanbag blankets, decorations, outfits, pose, people in the scene
How do we book?
Please check the availability and BOOK ONLINE or CONTACT me with your due date if you have any questions.
What happens after the session?
Following your session your images will be edited to the highest standard and in about 1-3 weeks (excludes holidays and off sick days) you will be invited back to a studio to an in person viewing of your final gallery where you will be able to choose your package and any additional images or wall art / prints / albums you would like - there is no hard sale at all and the choice is entirely up to you.
If you are booking your session last minute the editing of your final gallery and your viewing appointment may be delayed as we would have already arranged other viewing appointments before your booking and your session.
Once booked I will pencil in your due month (as per your due date) and we will set the date for the session when your baby arrives. Please do not leave the booking until the last minute as sessions get booked well in advance and it is important to fit the baby in within the first 2 weeks. While we wait for your baby to arrive we will discuss the colour choices for your session and if there are some specific images that you are drawn to.
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes, please enquire.
Do you offer prints, wall art and albums?
I only work with the best printing photo labs and suggest you print via your photographer (me) for the best quality display since your newborn images will be cherished for years to come and we wish to provide you exactly that - only unique, bespoke and the best quality product!
Terms and Conditions
Dream Artsy reserves the right to change the offered products and prices at any time without further notice. The change in prices or products will not effect those sessions which have their session/booking fees paid already. No current sales or discounts can be applied to the sessions that were booked earlier and at different conditions.