NewBorns

 

Thanks so much for your interest in The Baby Studio in Hemel Hempstead by ArtbyClaire Photography.   I cover Pregnancy, Baby Reveal and Newborn shoots.

I decided to set up The Baby Studio (which is my cosy log cabin in the garden) when so many friends had babies! From this, my interest grew and I joined Banpas (Baby and Newborn Photography Association) and my passion intensified.   I also do location shoots at home or outdoors if preferred.  For me shooting newborns is an absolute privilege and honour.  I am really passionate about it – it is a constant learning curve and I am always looking for new ways to photography your little ones, keeping it original, fun, natural and beautiful.   I love the fun of baby reveals and the anticipation and excitement of pregnancy shoots. With bump shoots you can come to the studio or we can even do a woodland setting for your shoot with long floaty dresses…..!

I request payment in advance of the shoot for two reasons

  1. To reserve the date in the diary
  2. And to prepare the studio before you arrive/or equipment if a location shoot.

If you need any more information or help don’t hesitate to ask.

Look forward to seeing you soon, Claire x

Studio or Location Shoot Options

 Studio Shoot

  1. My Log Cabin Studio in Apsley, Hemel Hempstead with professional studio lights.

This has a people limit so please let me know the numbers involved before booking.

Location Shoot

  1. A location of your choosing OR at your home with a hand held camera and flash if required. I do not bring props to these shoots or backdrops.

Please note: A location fee will be added depending on where the shoot is to incorporate petrol and additional time & expenditure.

Session Shoot Options

Gold Session

60 minutes£200

Includes DVD of unlimited digital photos Ie without logo, and yours to keep.

No Expensive Reprints.

Plus Post production edit and retouching.

Complimentary set in Black & White.

Password protected web gallery for viewing and sharing with friends.

 Silver Session

30 minutes – £150

Includes DVD of up to 30+ digital photos. Ie without logo, and yours to keep.

No Expensive Reprints.

Plus Post production edit and retouching.

Complimentary set in Black & White.

Password protected web gallery for viewing and sharing with friends.

NEWBORN BABY SHOOT FAQ

 Photo Session options

Please note for Newborns I only offer Gold or Silver Sessions.

What type of newborn shoot to book?

If this is your first baby then, I totally recommend a Gold Shoot £200 with unlimited hi res images, so you can concentrate exclusively on your newborn for those intimate, gorgeous baby portraits.  These are just photos of the newborn in a variety of wraps and props etc.

I can do a bespoke Gold Shoot with siblings/parents photos combined, but remember you will get far fewer photos of your newborn and the general success of your entire shoot will be limited to the mood of your children & newborn.  Scenes/backdrops etc cannot be changed so easily either.

Also be aware that combining all family photo combinations is not a given and certain parts of the shoot may have to be omitted in order to make a success of the newborn shoot.

Families & Newborns

I recommend booking a totally separate Gold (£200) with unlimited hi res images or  Silver Shoot £150 with 30 + hi res images if you want to do the following:

Mum and baby photos,

Dad and baby photos,

Baby with a sibling/siblings

Concentrating on these family photos  will not include photos of the newborn on its own.

A word about Toddler Shoots

Toddlers are notoriously tricky to photograph with young babies.

This is because they can’t hold them responsibly – ie they will  not be able to support them/may even drop them,  and they may also be suffering from sibling envy.

Their attention span is very poor and they won’t want to be at a newborn shoot for a full hour.

I suggest toddlers come in the studio to do a few photos then play in my conservatory/garden/watch tv in my house for the duration of the shoot with one parent and return at end to do a family group shot.

Sometimes bringing a favourite teddy/toy along helps too for the siblings..

Or a favourite iphone/youtube video

Oh and definitely a  treat (snacks and drink for bribery!)

*Older siblings are generally fine!

Sibling Shoot clothing tips

If you are bringing a sibling please bring them ready in the outfit to start the shoot.

Feel free to bring siblings/newborns in matching outfits if you prefer or similar colour tones works well.

Jeans on older children and stripes look good.

Don’t bring shiny fabrics as they bounce off the camera.

Don’t forget baby will be wrapped up during the shoot or semi naked and can look very nice for a toddler to hold baby wearing a plain white vest or without a top on at all.

With two or more children changing outfits is increasingly difficult so I don’t tend to change clothes/outfits. Apart from removing a top/swapping a top if everyone is happy!

However my main focus will be on getting both children in the right mood for a photo over parental outfits choices.

When should I bring baby?

It really depends what you want to get out of your baby photos.

Ideally I love a newborn within the first two weeks. They will be at the very sleepy stage & are much more flexible to bend and curl up in a ball.

If you bring from  6 weeks onwards you might get a smile out of them but their legs will be stiffer and they start to lose their reflex action.

At three months they start becoming more alert.

At six months they can be gurgling and able to prop up their heads very nicely.

At nine months they might be able to sit unaided.

And at 12 months you can do my First Birthday and/or Cake Smash shoot too!!

Booking in advance of baby’s birth?

You can book your baby in before your baby is born but the date will obviously have to be flexible and is easy to change so no problem if baby is early or late.  There is no penalty fee!

Which days can you do?

My best Baby Studio Days are:

I run the Baby Studio on Mondays and Thursdays.

However If you are really struggling I can sometimes do a different day of the week and very occasionally a weekend so let me know..

Bringing my partner or friend/family member

That’s totally fine and you are welcome to bring whoever just let me know as I have limited seating.

What happens if my baby cries during the shoot?

 Normally mum’s know before 24 hours before a  shoot whether baby is in a good mood or not and would take the opportunity to postpone it to another time if they were at all concerned. It is perfectly reasonable  though to expect some degree of crying at various times throughout the hour and very few babies sleep straight through although some do!

However this is why I recommend the Gold Shoot for all newborn shoots because if/when baby cries (which all babies do!) –it is normally only for a few minutes at a time generally and would be part of the shoot time.   This is all factored into my props/scenes change time and is when I take the opportunity to change the set, and the scene during cuddles and feeding time. Some mums like to use this time for breast feeding shots (if they are breastfeeding )

It just means we have less prop/outfit changes but does not mean quality of photos is reduced.

Often babies ‘perform’ for the camera in literally nano seconds.  So in one hour they actually give you ten minutes – it’s actually all I need in terms of good shoot time.

Some babies will be able to sleep right through the hour, and I will be able to do lots of prop changes and outfit changes.However some babies will protest more and we will  do fewer ‘scenes’.  This does not mean you won’t still get some wonderful shot but we do need to be realistic that not all babies will perform the same on their shoot day.

I have never yet had a baby turn up and cry for the entire hour.

However occasionally shoots end before the allotted time because I am a) satisfied we have got enough shots b) because baby has had enough.

Some photographers will insist you come for a three hour shoot with baby  – for me this has always felt a very stressful and long drawn out experience for both new parents and baby and has never felt necessary.

If your baby was hysterical on arrival for 15 minutes then you can make decision to leave and we will reschedule your shoot. No refunds are made in the event this occurs but will only be done once for you.

However if your baby cries towards the middle/end of the shoot hysterically we would not be reshooting the entire hour again.

Mum and Baby Photos

It can be really nice to have mum in a very long floaty skirt or dress holding baby for instance.

Breast feeding photos

If you want to incorporate some nice stylish breast feeding photos (if you happen to be breastfeeding) then we can do that no problem – sometimes it’s good just to bring a nice black or white vest and we can do an off the shoulder look, or a wrap…

Dad and Baby Photos

Great to have dad holding baby in the tree position and cradling babys head etc.

Dad in jeans and plain top, or with top removed and baby on chest also look nice.

Mum, Dad and Baby Photos

It is lovely to have a variety of photos of all three together. We can do wrap baby and place between both parents in a variety of poses.

Should I come multiple times or a one off?

It is completely up to you but you may decide you wish to record them 6 times in the first year of life spread out from eg and use the Mini Session Shoot £80 to come for ‘top up’ sessions.

Age 2 weeks/3 months/ 6 months/9 months/1 year.

Studio or location

I would recommend coming to the Studio for your shoot only because I have lots of props and backgrounds we can use plus it will be nice and warm in there!

However if your baby is colicky and not too well I am more than happy to come to you. Also if you have had a C section you may prefer to do the photos are your home too.

Props/Backgrounds

I have multiple props and backdrops for baby including scarves/hats/rugs/etc.

But feel free to bring along a change of clothes and any items you might like to be incorporated.

Bring baby’s scan if you like/or hospital wrist tag.

Favourite teddy bear etc.

Mummy and daddy’s wedding rings to put on their little toes etc.

What should my Baby wear?

If you want your baby photographed in the first outfit they are wearing when they arrive let me know and will shoot them in this first.

I will be undressing your baby and putting them in a wrap.

If baby is good then multiple wraps.

Also different backgrounds and props if baby can handle it!

Sometimes different hats/hair bands are possible too  – some babies hate hats on their heads in which can we abandon this idea immediately.

Then I will undress baby completely and get them naked.

They will then be redressed in your going home outfit.

This is your opportunity to put them in a different outfit at the end but time constraints and baby’s mood may mean it is not possible to do this shot.

It depends  if baby has had enough by the end.

The above information is intended as a guide only and is intended for the Gold Session shoot only.It always depends on the baby on the day and how they are.With shorter shoots all the above will not be possible.

A note about Social media

All images remain the copyright of ArtbyClaire as such no image may be used in a commercial sense without first gaining permission of ArtbyClaire.  ArtbyClaire Photography reserves the right to use your wedding & portrait photos to promote her website/design/flyers on social media sites etc or for business promotion This is entirely reasonable to expect as without being able to promote my visual photography work I would have nothing to show people – this means your images could be used for website and promotional material.

All Portrait Packages are automatically discounted already by £50 for all clients who opt in.  If you specifically OPT OUT I will have to charge you an additional £50 on top of the cost of your Portrait Session Shoot for privacy rights as this will directly affect my business due to lack of promotional material being available.

Refunds

No refunds are given in the event you do not like your finished edited photos.

My time has already been spent on the shoot itself plus post editing production.

 

 

Cancelling

Money is not refunded should you cancel but the date can be altered for you with no additional fee if you give 24 hours notice.

 

 

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