When is the best time to book the session?
The best time to book your newborn session is just after you have had your twenty-week scan. This gives us all a very good idea of when your little bundle will make their grand entrance into the world and allows for maximum availability when booking. If your baby is born a little earlier or later than expected, we can rearrange the session date to suit. However, if you are further along than this in your pregnancy, or if your baby has already been born, please get in touch as soon as possible to enable your session date and time to be arranged and reserved.
How does the reservation process work? – Once your session is secured with your session fee, I will pencil your due date into my diary. Your session is secure no matter when your baby arrives. Once baby has arrived, all it takes is a quick message or call to me to let me know of their arrival (how exciting!), and I will arrange your official session date and time with you. It’s that easy.
Your pregnancy shoot is best to take place when you reach around 35 weeks pregnant. As for when to make your booking… just after your twenty-week birth scan is a great time to allow for maximum availability when booking. However, it really is a case of when you feel comfortable to make your booking. If you would like to book your session earlier or later, that is absolutely perfect too.
At what age should my baby be on the date of their newborn session?
Your baby will be between around 5 days to 2 weeks old on the date of their newborn photoshoot. The best possible age for your newborn session is as close to 5 days old as possible. This is because baby is much more sleepy and curled up at this stage, allowing for maximum opportunity for beautiful, curled up sleepy portraits and close-ups.
Not sure how you will feel so soon after the birth of your baby? Don’t worry – as a mother myself to my one year old little girl Bella, I can certainly empathise with you. The beauty of having your Simplicity photoshoot in the comfort of your own home means that you get the chance to sit back, relax, enjoy a hot cup of tea (for a change) and let me work my magic.
Where will my session take place?
Simplicity sessions can take place either at the Simplicity Photography Studio – Scunthorpe, or in the comfort of your own home. It is important to consider the style of images that you desire before deciding to have a studio or lifestyle shoot. If you’re not sure, simply get in touch and I can talk through your options with you.
Newborn sessions have an additional charge for on-location sessions to cover the additional time it takes to travel and prepare the equipment needed for the session.
What is included?
Included in your newborn session are the following:
- A pre-session consultation
This is your chance to discuss your preferences with Alex, such as; your choice of newborn backdrop colours & accessories, if you would prefer solely gently posed newborn images, or family lifestyle images, or a mixture of both. There is also the opportunity to let Alex know about any particular shots that are of the upmost importance to you and if there are any special items such as toys, blankets or other keepsakes that you would like to include on the day. This will ideally be an in-person consultation (either in the comfort of your own home or at the studio), so that we get to meet each other for the first time and get to know each other a little.
- Session guide – to help you to feel fully prepared.
- Full choice of Simplicity’s backdrops, props and accessories to be used during your session, such as; wraps, outfits, bonnets, headbands, and crates.
- Dress for mum/daughters and t-shirts for dad (it is up to you to decide if you’d prefer to arrange to wear an outfit from the studio or if you’d prefer to wear something of your own).
- Up to four hours of creative session time with Alex.
- The photographs taken may include; gently posed newborn images, close-ups, family images, and other special images to truly capture this precious time (such as photographs of baby’s nursery and special gifts.)
- An in-person viewing & ordering appointment, when you will have the pleasure of viewing your beautiful gallery for the first time in a special bespoke gallery video, This appointment can take place at the studio or in the comfort of your own home.
Pregnancy and Portrait sessions also include;
A pre-session consultation, session guide, 1 hour of session time, a choice of maternity dresses and pretty cover-ups, an in-person viewing & ordering appointment, when you will have the pleasure of viewing your beautiful gallery for the first time in a special bespoke gallery video. This appointment can take place at the studio or in the comfort of your own home.
How long is the session?
Your newborn session may take up to 3 to 4 hours. However, the average session takes around 1-2 hours. Your session will be completely baby-led. What baby needs, baby gets. So I always allow 3-4 hours of session time to make sure there is plenty of extra time for cuddles, milk, nappy changes and everything in-between.
What should I expect to happen during the session?
A relaxed, personal and professional experience… A chance for you to sit back, put your feet up and watch your beautiful, tiny new baby be captured in time, forever…
At home newborn session:
Upon arrival, I will firstly pop inside for five minutes or so to introduce myself and meet you, your baby and your family. We will discuss how the session will run and what to expect and you will have chance to ask any questions you may have. We will confirm any particular shots you would like to include, and if there are any special teddies, blankets or other items that you would like baby to be photographed with.
After our initial discussion, I will have a quick look to find the best spot with natural light to set up my equipment for your baby’s portrait images.
The session will be completely baby-led from start to finish. So, if at any point your little one needs a cuddle, milk, changing or anything else they might need, I adapt the session appropriately. Patience is my middle name!
Towards the end of the session, I will make sure that you feel happy with the images and moments that I have captured so far.
At the end of the session, I will talk to you about your gallery viewing appointment and answer any questions you may have. I will then pack up my equipment and be on my way, full of excitement at the thought of editing your beautiful gallery.
What happens if my baby doesn’t sleep?
They don’t call me ‘The Baby Whisperer’ for nothing… I have bundles of patience and I am an expert at getting babies to sleep. However, it is also very special to capture your baby’s beautiful open eyes, so don’t worry if baby doesn’t sleep the whole time.
What should I wear and/or dress my family in?
I have a selection of wraps and accessories to style your baby for their session. For outfit choices for yourself, your partner and older children you may have, it is best to keep them simple and complementary of one another, whilst avoiding visible logos and patterns which may be distracting to the eye. I want your faces and smiles to be the focus of your images – not your outfit. White/grey/beige/black are always stunning – but at the end of the day – it is important to be yourself and feel comfortable in your own skin. If discussed at your pre-session consultation, I can have outfits available at the studio for you to wear for your session.
When and how will I be able to view my gallery?
*To be updated*
What prices and packages does Simplicity offer?
Newborn Session Studio – £95
Newborn Session On-location – £145
Birthday session – £95
Maternity Session – 95
Child & Family Sessions – 95
Creative session fees are to be paid upon booking to secure your session and cover Alex’s immediate session time and are non-refundable.
There is no obligation to purchase any images after your session. However, I am so confident that you will fall in love with your images at first sight and will simply not be able to walk away empty handed. There is also no obligatory minimum spend or obligation to purchase a set package. Investment at Simplicity Photography ranges anywhere from over £1000, to £175.
When and how will I receive my final products?
Your photographic products will be personally delivered to you by myself between approximately 1-2 weeks from the date of placing your viewing & ordering appointment.