• Professional Wedding, Newborn and Portrait Photographer
  • FAQ'S - Newborn's

    Please try not to leave things until your baby is born, spaces can ve very limited at times, so please plan ahead so I can guarantee you a slot. I recommend booking your newborn photography session once you've had your 12-20 week scan. I can then pencil in a date based on your due date, this can be tweaked as needed when your baby arrives.
    If your baby is breastfed, I advise Mum's to avoid spicy/acidic/gassy food for 24 hours before the session. Also, try to keep your baby awake for as long as possible before the session and ready for a big feed on arrival. Please dress baby in something easy to remove and keep their nappy as loose as possible to avoid marks on their skin.
    Your baby's safety is my number one priority. I will not put your baby into any poses that seem uncomfortable and always following safety guidelines such as creating composites of images that look like the baby is supporting their own weight (which they never will be). I will handle your baby gently throughout and will not rush them at any time during the session. Not all babies are comfortable in every pose. They can 'squeak' a little during some poses which are natural, however, if the baby shows any signs of discomfort, I would immediately disregard that pose. I maintain a watchful eye on their colouring, circulation and breathing to always ensure they are perfectly safe and happy.
    Professional newborn photography is a lot more than just the camera, it's about patience, detail, styling and safety and requires years of experience. My expertise naturally translates to capturing the tiny and defining features of your baby that camera phones just aren't able to. I use the best lighting and angles to enhance your baby's features in a beautiful way, I use special lenses to capture the tiniest details. I spend hours soothing your baby, straightening their fingers, crossing their feet, positioning, Mums and Dads suffering from sleep deprivation don't have the energy or awareness to do this. As someone who takes thousands of photos on my phone (I love photos) I know they are invaluable in capturing those fleeting or funny everyday moments, but they cannot replace quality, beautifully crafted imagery that is meant for the walls and albums and this is what professional photography will give you, without you having to lift a finger, they will wow! you in a way that your phone can't.
    I will have seating in my studio and also lots of blankets that can be used to make you comfy should you need them. If you need to raise your feet, I can provide a footstool or if you have a special cushion to sit on to alleviate pressure below please bring this with you. If mobility is an issue please ensure you bring someone to the session with you.
    If we can, It is best to bring a dummy with you, even if your baby is not using one as some babies require the comfort of a dummy whilst being moved into position and this can really help cut down the time taken to soothe your baby. If you haven't used a dummy with your baby yet, rest assured that using one for a few minutes during your session is highly unlikely to cause nipple or feeding confusion but if you really don't want me to use a dummy, of course, we won't.
    Newborn sessions are relaxed and slow-paced as I work around your baby. Ideally, your baby will be awake when you arrive and eager for a big feed so they are ready for a nice long sleep! My style is a combination of posed and more natural images of your baby using wraps, bonnets, hairbands, soft animals and hearts, I also have bowls and buckets. I will aim to photograph the baby in props and on my beanbag in a variety of comfortable and safe poses.
    I have a vast array of wraps, outfits and props which help create my style of imagery, which is presumably why you are thinking of booking me, so I will predominantly use these to create images you will love. I like to keep it quite simple and avoid using bigger probs, but this can be discussed before your session. If you have a sentimental item, something someone has brought you or perhaps something from your wedding day, a teddy or a favourite outfit/blanket please bring them with you as we may be able to incorporate them into the shoot to create unique imagery will be special to your family.
    Absolutely! I love involving siblings in the photos, no matter how many babies have! The studio is only a small space, so we can discuss your individual situation upon booking as it may be preferable to have someone bring your other children towards the end, or at the beginning of the session to minimise disruption to the baby.
    You are welcome to take a couple of behind the scenes photos of me photographing your baby during your session to remember this special time in your baby's life, however, these shouldn't be close-ups of just the baby in a set up as these are the images you have paid me to take and a phone photo will not do them justice! Please do not take any photos of any other elements within the cabin, both for privacy reasons but more so as seeing the cabin for the first time is all part of the experience of booking a session with Rachael Phillips Photography, so we like to keep some details a nice surprise for future clients.
    As babies aren't usually interested in their due date my calendar is pretty flexible, so when your baby arrives please get in touch as soon as you are able and we can look at suitable dates. If your baby is older than 6 weeks I'd suggest you book them in for an older baby session rather than a newborn session. It's a little different as we won't be able to pose in the same way and takes less time too.
    If this was to happen it doesn't tend to last the entire session, but if the baby does cry and no amount of soothing, changing, feeding and winding changes this, we can simply reschedule your session as it may be that they are coming down with something. More often, with some time, patience and perseverance all babies will settle and we will be able to create beautiful images - awake or asleep.
    I don't have a stopwatch on your session and I don't want you to feel like you being rushed either. Sessions can last anywhere from 2 - 4 hours (on occasion it has been longer) these sessions are completely baby-led and your baby's every need will be attended to in order to ensure they are comfortable and happy throughout their time in the studio. I only schedule one newborn session each day to allow time to ensure parents and baby are completely relaxed. This may be one of the first times your little family will have left the safety of your own home, so if you take a bit longer to leave the house or get stuck in traffic I don't want you to worry about being a tiny bit late, just as long as you keep me updated and I will be ready for when you arrive. Also, if your baby takes a bit longer to settle during your session, I don't want anyone to clock-watch and worry, we should all be focusing on the baby and having a lovely time.
    It is so important that you love your images which is why, when you book your session, you can choose from my muted colour schemes so you can ensure you are happy with the colour tones used and that they will blend into your home when it comes to wall art too! and of course, you're welcome to bring something from home to give it that 'personal touch!'
    Although it may take longer to edit out any marks from their delivery such as forceps, scratches from little baby nails or flaky/spotty skin this is all part of the newborn editing process and will be delicately removed during post-processing. I do tend to leave hands and feet with some flakes if they are quite flaky as I believe these are sweet details that are unique to your baby that will be lovely to look back on. When we meet we'll discuss which elements of your baby you might want to show in the images and any you might want to be removed or softened.
    If you're happy for me to pose them naked then there is always a high chance of accidents. It has happened many times before and it will happen again so it really isn't a problem and you don't need to feel guilty! sometimes we know its coming and can act quickly other times it takes us completely by surprise if the baby doesn't have a nappy on then there will be a pad of some sort under the layers.
    I won't lie, sometimes this is a tough one, I have a few packages that are available to you with beautiful wall artwork to have in your home, there are many options to showcase your images and I shall talk you through and also show you products.
    Yes, any images you choose will be edited. During your session, I will likely take around 20-200 photos. This consists of numerous angles of each pose and often very similar images, re-takes due to blinks/eyes opening, focusing on different areas and so on. Some photos are a composite and will be two or three photos made into one image. Using my creative discretion, I delicately edit the images you have chosen, these are edited at my discretion and in my style, it will including removing unsightly blemishes, colour correcting, detail enhancing and creative development to create the final photo which you will be able to then showcase in your home.
    I would love to share a sneak peek of an image or two from your session within 48 hours of the shoot where possible. If it used on social media you could win that image and get it as a FREE print. I may also use any images from your final gallery on my social media pages as well as my website or blog as a promotional tool and most parents love to see their baby being featured in this way. If you would prefer your baby's images not to be used in this way that's fine too, please just let me know before your session. I will always get you to complete a consent form before your session and this option is in that, you can opt-in or out.
    This all depends on the specific products ordered and individual timescales however I would generally say between 4 - 10 weeks and your order will be fulfilled. All can be discussed further at your viewing appointment and I will keep you updated along the way too.
    Once your order has arrived and been checked I shall then get in touch with you to arrange collection by appointment. It may be possible for me to hand-deliver larger orders (if you are local) to prevent any damage. All will be discussed with you individually upon ordering