CHATTING THROUGH THE LITTLE DETAILS TO HELP CAPTURE THOSE ONCE IN A LIFETIME SINGLE DIGIT DAYS OF YOUR LITTLE ONE.
POPPY PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY
WHEN TO BOOK?
My first word of advice is that there is no such thing as being too prepared for your newborn session - if you know you love a newborn photographer then its best to try and book them in advance. Much like in the wedding world of photography, newborn photographers can book out fast. I will always do whatever I can to happy snap a last minute booking, so don’t be shy to drop me a line to double check on availability. I would recommend you book your due date around your 20 week scan to avoid disappointment (I have even received bookings from 8 weeks pregnant- so feel free to say hi at any time!).
WHEN SHOULD I HAVE MY SESSION?
Once you are home, settled and loved up in that bubble of newborn fog, we start chatting about what date best suits you all within the first 10 days of your little one’s life. My ideal time is between 7-10 days old. The reason for this is that your darling little one is still quite sleepy and naturally their body curls up just as it did in your belly. This means we can capture your little one in some stunning womb-like positions, blissfully asleep and as an added bonus, the milk spots have yet to arrive so we can capture their amazingly, perfect skin. The belly button may or may not have fallen off and your little one may have just started to peel off their first layer of skin (call me crazy - but peeling feet and hands are one of my favourite little pieces to capture during our macro photography componant). I have an incredible macro lens that magnifies your babies beautiful smoochy lips, fresh-out-of-your-belly soft feet and curly, long fingers.
After the first two weeks of life, your sleepy little neck nuzzler may suddenly wake up! Wind and restlessness can sometimes poke it’s head up in your lives (never fun..!) along with baby acne starting to appear. Also, the 6 week shots can throw another curve ball your way. We can certainly happy snap within the first 3 weeks of life - we just run the risk of snoozy images becoming less likely (though definitely not impossible). However, those bright eyes staring straight down the camera can be pretty incredible - it’s really up to what you are after.
If you are worried you have missed the boat entirely when your bubba is 8 -10 weeks old and you suddenly wished you had arranged a newborn session, do not worry! These sessions are amazing - you have generally recovered from the extreme exhaustion, feeding has been well established, you have survived your first round of immunisation and your little one will be showing oodles of personality and heart-bursting smiles. Sleepy, curly images become just that little bit harder to capture - but smiles and sparkly eyes make up for that.. dont you think?
HOW MANY PICTURES ARE INCLUDED IN A GALLERY?
The total number of images within an album really depends on the shoot and how your baby is going on the day (hence timing can be so helpful when it comes to capturing a settled bubba). - this will determine how many set ups we can achieve. My guilty pleasure is overshooting a session so I will likely come out of a shoot with 700 - 900 shots. I pull these back to the top 50 - 100 images so you can make your selection from there. Have a look at this dishy little album for Baby Tilly who was divine in her session - this whole album went home with her parents as it was simply too hard for them to choose. Upgrades are easy to do with your package and I try and help you achieve your dream package with payment plans and flexile arrangements.
A lovely note from one of my beautiful families.. see more kind words here.
"Thank you so much Poppy for your tender touch when photographing our baby boy, Asher. You were so calm and seemed so much at ease with him… it was really beautiful to watch… we had tears streaming when we saw the images... It’s important to get the right person- and that is definitely you- the baby whisperer! Much love and thanks!"
WHEN CAN I SEE MY ALBUM?
I get a little crazy excited about your album so I get a sneak peak over to you within 24 hours and I edit your whole gallery within 3 weeks. I know there are a number of excited family members busting to see your beautiful new family member so I try and get it out to you as fast as I can!
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY BABY IS EARLY?
Early birds are a dream to capture - we still wait until you get home and I will approach the session as I would a usual newborn. I will ask you about your little ones health - if there are any complications I need to be aware of having only just made it home from hospital. We will always try the posing portraits which usually will be fine, some early bubba’s are still quite sleepy. However if your litttle one just wants to be in your arms, we will create a session that completely facilitates what your little one (and no doubt you) need.
SAFETY + WHOOPING COUGH LOCK DOWN
It is becoming more and more common for parents to request the whooping cough vaccine be had prior to meeting their precious baby for the first time - I get it completely. And yes - I am completely up to date with my vaccines! I am also trained in infant CPR and have created my work flow in consultation with an antenatal nurse. Your baby’s safety is always my primary concern before creating a perfect image and with my years of baby handling experience I have a workflow that is both beautiful and safe.
DO YOU COME TO ME?
Yep! I sure do!!! I will never forget the planning and packing (pretty much the kitchen sink went in our car) the first time we left the house with my first born. I wouldn't wish that upon another Mother of a newborn.. so the solution was simple.. I pack up my car and jump on the road and come to you! I request that parents don’t touch their house, I hope they answer the door in their PJs and trust that I have eyes only for your baby (not the pile of washing in your laundry). I also have two young children under five and a ten year old step son.. so I am no stranger to domestic chaos. This year I have shot from Shellharbour to Sydney, Coogee, Ryde, Alexandria and Five Dock as well as Canberra, Wagga Wagga and jumped on a plane and ventured to sunny Brisbane!
WHAT IF I DON'T WANT TO BE IN THE PICTURES?
You may not feel like getting in front of my big camera at the time, and I completely understand that you may not be feeling your best. However, years from now I can assure you that your little one will want to see images of them with their Mum and Dad.. trust me. I have a number of ways to capture your little one in your arms with the main focus on your little one.. you are in the picture however the way we create the moments for you, you will barely notice. I am more than happy to only focus on your baby if you would wish though - you just let me know how you feel on the day.
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?
Well - I have just written a fun little blog which you can see here - it should start to paint a picture for some style ideas.. otherwise let’s start styling a look together! The bonus to being at home for your sessions is that if something doesn’t quite work - you are only metres away from your entire wardrobe!
HOW DO WE GET STARTED?
Drop me a line and let's start arranging the details for your perfect newborn session. Have a look at my gallery, insta or facebook and let me know what your wish list images are that we can add to your shot list. Don't forget I have milestone packages and maternity+newborn packages depending on how much of your journey you would like to capture.
I genuinely love capturing your stories and my families seem to genuinely love capturing them with me.. and for this, well.. I still pinch myself!