As a Donegal and Sligo Newborn Photographer I know that nothing melts the heart of a parent more than the first time they gaze upon their newborn baby. These days should be captured and always remembered. Newborn baby photographs will help you to remember their tiny features, fuzzy hair and all that is new about them. They will bring back those amazing memories of when you first met. The best time to capture these moments is when the baby is between 7 and 14 days old. The earlier we can do the newborn session the better, when they are still curly and sleepy. Newborn’s under two weeks tend to be very sleepy and easy going and they don’t mind the camera at all. Babies lose the newborn look very quickly and it’s wonderful to capture those all too fleeting moments. I hope you enjoy browsing through my newborn photography gallery and if you would like to arrange to have you own newborn photography session please use the contact me page of this website to get in touch. You can also visit my Photography Facebook page and YouTube Channel to see more of my work.
SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO HAVE NEWBORN PHOTOS TAKEN?
When the baby is between 7 and 14 days old After 14 days old it is nearly impossible to get them to sleep as deeply and it is very difficult to get them into the scrunchy newborn poses as they now love to stretch.
HOW LONG DOES THE NEWBORN SESSION TAKE
The Newborn session usually takes between 1.5 and 3 hours and patience is the key as baby calls the shots. I only take one Newborn per day so there is no time restriction.
IS THE STUDIO WARM?
Yes I keep the studio warm, around 25 degrees to ensure the baby is very comfortable and this also aids the baby to sleep.
CAN I BRING SOME PROPS?
Yes you can bring props like the babies first teddy or maybe something with babies name on it and I will try to incorporate it into the photos. I supply all the hats and wraps and other props used in the images.
CAN WE INCLUDE SIBLINGS?
Yes of course. Take into account the newborn session can take between 2 and 3 hours and be mindful that the studio is small and it is sometimes better to bring the siblings for the start or end of the session as we may not be able to keep the baby asleep when we have bored toddlers or kids in the room.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO PREPARE FOR THE SHOOT?
The best advice is to try to keep the baby awake for 30 minutess to an hour before the session to ensure they are ready for a deep sleep. Don’t stress if this is not possible as it is only a suggestion and babies have their own ideas when they want to sleep and that is ok. Getting your baby into that milk drunk state is what we shoot for so try to feed your baby just before we start the session and of course we will stop for as many feeds as the baby requires during the session. Try to have loose easy to remove clothing on the baby on arrival so we do not disturb them getting stripped down. A nappy with a loose baby-grow and a warm blanket is great.
WHAT IF I MISS THE NEWBORN STAGE AND MY BABY IS OLDER THAN 14 DAYS?
If you miss the Newborn stage and your baby is older than 14 days the best advice I can give you is to wait until the next photographic stage which is when your baby can sit up unaided (best done before they can walk). When your baby can sit unaided you can join me behind the camera and be as animated and goofy as possible to get the biggest and cutest smiles from your baby. They have their own personalities and all the emotions shine through which makes for fantastic photos.