I think one of the most common worries new parents have when they bring their baby in to my Point Cook newborn studio for their first newborn photography session, is whether their baby will even settle.
It is definitely a difficult feeling when you see all the newborn photos on Instagram and Pinterest looking serene and sleepy - and your little bubba just wont stop crying or wanting to feed.
Considering you have been a parent for all of maybe 11-14 days, you are definitely in amongst the hardest time. You are all tired, overwhelmed and full of a love you never knew could exist! But also, you might have a bit of a worry that you might not get the photos you love..
Babies are pretty unpredictable little things. Sometimes they just want to sleep, sometimes they are super active and kicking their legs out at only 6 days old. Some, want to cluster feed all day long whilst some might not want to be put down.
Let me assure you, dear first time parent. This, is, completely, normal.
So, what should you do if your newborn photography session is starting to look like a scene from last night at 3am?
Trust your Photographer.
In my 9 years of my newborn photography in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne I can tell I have yet to have a baby that I haven't been able to get beautiful photos of. Sometimes, it has taken me 2 hours of the 3 hour session just to get a baby to settle and take even one photograph. It takes skill, expertise and a lot of patience. Just know that when you are with an experienced newborn photographer, we have seen it all and know what to do.
2. Be Prepared
If you have a dummy for your baby, bring it along. If you have special music you play while they sleep, bring that along too. But mostly prepare yourself to breastfeed, cuddle and soothe your baby throughout the whole session. Generally I will take your newborn baby photos in between feeds and settling. An experienced newborn photographer will be able to capture the images they need fast.
3. Relax Mama
Babies are really good at picking up on their parents emotions. If you are able to be calm then they will sense that. Often I will soothe the baby with you right there beside me. I think if you know that your baby is safe and in good hands with an experienced mum and photographer you will feel at ease and eventually so will baby.
4. Trust in Photoshop
Being a newborn photographer, I understand that some days some infants don't like to be moved around. So it's my job to get creative so that I can deliver you a variety of images you will love. Being proficient at Photoshop is really important in this industry, and has led me to be able to design beautiful newborn photography - regardless of how unsettled baby is.
Here are two examples from a newborn session with a wee baby who was very unsettled for the duration:
Looking at these you would never think that this little bubba wasn't settled in their session right? She looks happy, settled and the photos are absolutely stunning. In all of my Point Cook Newborn Photography sessions, this Photoshop speciality is just part of the service you will receive in your newborn photography shoot.
But as I said before - 80% of babies that come to my home studio are usually pretty unsettled. It's completely normal, and I want you to know that it is absolutely fine.
So in summary, just know that booking an experienced newborn photographer is really important. Someone who knows how to handle these often stressful situations and has a plan in case baby simply doesn't want to be posed in different props. You might pay more for the experience of your Melbourne Newborn Photographer, but you can be better sure that you will get the images you will love and treasure forever.
Sera Williamson is a Melbourne based family photographer that specialises in maternity and newborn photography for first time parents.
She has been working as a professional Melbourne newborn and baby photographer for 9 years, in various studios and within her own business as an in-home baby photographer.
Sera has expanded her business recently, by opening her Point Cook Newborn Photography Studio recently, to service all the newborn babies expected after the Melbourne lockdown!
Sera travels for Newborn Photography and Maternity Photography and & is serving the Williams Landing, Yarraville, Williamstown, Newport, Hoppers Crossing, Tarneit, Werribee, Truganina, Rockbank, Melton, Seaholme, Altona, Altona Meadows, Keilor and Sunshine areas and has been called the best Newborn Photographer West Melbourne.
To book or enquire about a Melbourne pregnancy photoshoot, In-home newborn photoshoot or come try out her new newborn photography studio in Point Cook please enquire here!