Baby Ekam had a full service newborn session at Chandra Lee Photography. We included all members of his family including mom and dad and his proud big sister. Newborn sessions should never be rushed and are always tailored to each baby’s unique needs. We captured the sweetest images of baby Ekam and his sister together. Memories I hope this wonderful family will cherish for all of their lives and share with generations to come. This family was referred to me from a wonderful past client who has been to see me for both of her two sons for newborn session and a newborn posing workshop. I am always honoured to receive referrals from clients. Thank you to this wonderful family for coming to see me for a newborn sessions. Thank you also Farrah for trusting me enough to capture these memories for your friends and family.
Click YOUTUBE on the slideshow below to watch directly from Youtube and view Ekam’s newborn session in the best quality possible because the detail in his images is amazing!
Beautiful baby Kassia came to visit me yesterday for her first professional photo session. She was a gorgeous baby. Actually, she was one of the prettiest babies I think I’ve ever seen and I have photographed a lot of babies – nearly 1000 newborns over the course of just over 9 years.
Sometimes babies are not so sleepy during their newborn sessions. And this was the case for baby Kassia yesterday. More than running a business, I love capturing moments and memories for the moms who visit me with their brand new babies.
Our memories fade as the years go on. All the tiny details of our babies of when they were just born fade with us over time. I’m not one to rush my clients out the door because time is up for a photo session. I know it can be hard getting out the door with a new baby. We make the most of our time together during a newborn session. If baby has been awake a lot during a newborn session, you can’t force them to go to sleep. Sometimes all the baby shushing techniques in the world won’t make an awake baby want to sleep.
Although baby Kassia was alert and awake yesterday, we did capture so many beautiful sleeping images. We also captured amazing bright eyed newborn pictures. When Kassia was awake, she was calm and happy just looking around so it was a perfect opportunity to capture her with her eyes open.
I want to capture images for my clients that they will love for their entire lives. Images you can look back on and remember those first few days with your newborn. Those days when you were sleep deprived and just getting used to this new addition to your family.
We probably captured enough images to fill a gallery to be presented. In my mind, newborn sessions should never be about capturing “enough”. Newborn sessions should be to create images for mom that she envisioned having for her baby. Images that she will look back on fondly years down the road to help her remember everything that was new about her baby just days old.
I look forward to seeing baby Kassia again on Wednesday so we can capture a couple more newborn set-ups. She will look adorable in the hot air balloon set-up and we’ll get to use the fairy wings mom ordered that didn’t arrive in time for her newborn session yesterday.
This October I will be entering my 9th year of photographing newborn babies full-time. Wow! I just cannot believe almost an entire decade has gone by since I left my past career behind and started living my dream of photographing babies and families.
Thank you to all the families who choose me to photograph these tender moments of when their baby is just born.
I am noticing lately that everyone seems to be in such a hurry everywhere they go. My newborn sessions are never rushed. Part of the art form of my work comes from taking my time to connect with your baby and family. Each tiny babe is different and has their own unique needs and personality.
We spend 3 to 5 hours together each and every newborn session. Usually we spend closer to 5 hours to allow for whatever time your baby needs for feedings and comforting.
It is helpful if you give your baby a bath about an hour or so before leaving for your newborn session. This helps baby to spend a little time being awake before spending hours sleeping for their newborn session. Baby lotion after bath time helps helps smooth away some of those baby flakes.
Feeding baby before getting in the car to drive to your session also assists in a successful newborn session. Most babies love being in the car once the car starts moving. The movement of the vehicle usually lulls baby to sleep.
Dressing baby in a sleeper with a front zipper with no undershirt underneath is also recommended. This helps to not wake baby up while they are being undressed.
Following the three suggestions above saves us about one hour of time and allows us to start right away when you arrive. By saving time, this means more time can be used for extra newborn poses. I can usually work with a newborn that arrives following the preparation suggestions for 2 to 3 hours without baby waking.
When inquiring about a newborn session, we usually spend at least 30 minutes to one hour on the phone talking about what goes into a newborn session. You have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
Parents and other children are always welcome to be part of your newborn session. This takes extra time, usually an additional one to three hours on a separate day within one week from your newborn session.
When your baby first arrives, Mom sometimes does not feel up to having her pictures taken. Usually, we have a lot of swelling right after giving birth. By the second week, the swelling has usually subsided and we feel a lot better! If we feel better, our pictures will look better.
If you wish to visit my studio prior to booking a session, you are always welcome to do so. You will find my studio space is about 1250 square feet, open concept with lots of windows and nice and bright. There is a washroom and two hand washing stations.
It is always a good idea to view a full newborn session from beginning to end prior to booking. This gives you an excellent idea of how sessions ensue and how many set-ups are able to be captured during a session.
Most of my clients always want images of mom and dad together with baby to be included in their portrait session. If clients have other children, they always want beautiful imagery of their older children with their new baby. We take our time for these images to be captured. Sometimes older children can be shy and they need time to warm up before they have their pictures taken. When you first walk in the studio with your children, I will spend time taking to mom and dad so your older children can see us interacting. There are toys, books and colouring books available for your children to play with. Always I spend time with your newborn first setting up the pose for the sibling set-up. This gives you an additional set-up of baby; however, it also gives your other children some time to see me holding their baby brother and sister.
My favourite sibling pose is of a child with their arms wrapped around their new baby brother or sister. Usually children will need to be about 3 years to sit still long enough to capture this image. Every child is different and I have photographed 18 month old children who have enough patience for this pose with a newborn. Mom and Dad are always close by. In fact, they are usually so close by that their arms and legs or entire body is removed from the image in the post processing process. This ensures baby’s safety as there is always someone right there if your older child moves quickly.
If this pose doesn’t work for your older child, we modify the setup. My second favourite sibling set-up is of baby posed on a prop on his or her tummy low to the floor with mom or dad right beside. Older brother or sister will almost always come up to give their new baby sister or brother a kiss on top of their head or sit next to baby.
I have a few tricks up my sleeve while photographing your children. I’m not afraid to look silly in front of the children. I have stuck rubber duckies on my face, made bird noises, smacked my lips, played counting games, what does this animal say and more.
Moms and dads also always love a picture of baby in dad’s arms. We try to capture this pose each and every newborn session.
My sessions are never rushed and that is just how I am as a photographer. Repeat clients love this about me and it is why they have returned with their second and third children. I am unable to “squeeze” in one or two family pictures. It doesn’t take 5 minutes to accomplish this it takes at least one hour or longer. I am not the right photographer for people who are in a hurry.
I also take great pride in images that are perfect and a lot of time goes into making things beautiful.
I have been doing this job for nearly a decade with 900 newborns now photographed. I have seen so many babies over the last 9 years and I have learned so much from the babies and families who visit the studio.
I look forward to reaching 1000 newborns being photographed in the following year and seeing many more newborns and families.
Every day I have the amazing experience of doing what I love and photographing beautiful pregnant mamas and their new babies. Newborn photography sure has come a long way in 8 years since I started this journey. This fall marks my 9th year in business.
This year has been a tremendous year of growth and development. I am always striving to find ways to set myself apart from others as there are so many choices out there when it comes to choosing a newborn and maternity photographer.
It is probably safe to say that I spend 3 full days or more working on each newborn session. Time to prep and clean/sanitize the studio prior to each session. Spending between 3 and 5 hours with each client for their babies first pictures, a second day for sibling and family photos lasting one to three hours and then a third day for editing and processing images.
Once clients arrive at the studio, they never want to leave the studio. The walls are filled with canvases and samples of newborn imagery is everywhere. Your newborn session is your day to capture the images you’ve been dreaming of for your new baby.
Sometimes babies are having a day that they don’t feel well with gas or tummy trouble. They may be cluster feeding on the day of your session. I’m often asked if I can just squeeze in sibling and family photos on the day of a newborn session.
I know the newborn photography industry is headed in a direction where almost all of us are looking for ways to cut down on our session time.
Whenever I have looked for ways to try to be more efficient with time for a newborn session, something always seemed to come up. I’ve learned to just go with the flow of whatever transpires during a newborn shoot.
My sessions are long and always have been. I have transitional posing that speeds up posing working from one pose to the next. Sometimes my plans for a session aren’t baby’s plans for the day and we work around baby’s needs always.
Over the years, the sessions just seem to be getting longer. It’s true that there’s a lot of amazing talent out there. We’ve all worked hard to get where we are. My clients have been expressing wanting more basket poses, prop poses and poses in daddy’s arms.
When I first started my newborn photography business 8 years ago, there were no prop poses or family poses. Sessions took 2 to 3 hours and they were simple and easy.
The years went by. Newborn photography evolved and placing baby in beautiful baskets and stylized setups developed. Families began wanting to be included in the newborn session. I won my first award for a black and white image of a baby boy resting on his father’s arms and I hung a 24×36 gallery wrapped canvas of this award winning image on my studio wall. Ever since, all families that visit the studio have wanted that pose of their babies in the same pose.
Families started to grow and families came back to the studio with their second and third babies. I love capturing sibling images. These images take time to capture especially with a very energetic toddler.
Time limits just don’t work for newborn sessions. They don’t. Mamas have their hearts set on an image in their mind of how their session will look. It’s up to me as a photographer to make that vision come to life.
I have wonderful clients. This past year I had a wonderful client drive all the way from Oakville to see me. I had another wonderful family drive from Niagra Falls. That’s so far away – thank you!!
One mama started to cry during her newborn session. She had drove so far to see me. Her beautiful toddler, a very busy boy just didn’t want his picture taken with his new baby brother. I said to mama, “that’s okay”, “you can come back another day”. That family did come back another day and guess what, her son took beautiful pictures with his new baby brother! Moments to be cherished forever!
Trying to squish a full newborn session, pose in daddy’s arms, sibling images and family images into one day really is like “squishing”. The end result is that your images may look “squished”. Newborn photography shouldn’t be rushed. It takes time and patience and dedication to create beautiful imagery.
I dedicate a second day for family and sibling images lasting anywhere for 1 to 3 hours. This gives us the time we need to create beautiful pictures and the variety you are wanting from your session.
Newborn sessions don’t last longer than 5 hours because more than 5 hours is just too long for mom and baby. I don’t want to find ways to reduce my session time by removing poses from my sessions or swaddling baby up tight for an entire newborn session. Don’t get me wrong, I love and adore swaddled up baby imagery. I try for one swaddled pose each newborn session. Most of the remaining time during a newborn session is working on detailed posing.
Macro imagery is important too. Capturing up close images of baby’s face, their tiny hands, their feet and the baby fuzz on the side of their cheek. I love looking at newborn images where you can almost feel the baby in the pictures. Every little detail captured and preserved forever, never to be forgotten.
Thank you to this mama for coming to visit me for maternity and newborn pictures. She wore some of the new maternity gowns available at the studio. There are over 30 gowns to choose from now.
For her newborn pictures, we used mostly whites and cremes for baby’s photos with a little bit of turquoise blue. I love that you can see the baby’s fuzz on the side of her little cheeks. You can see this and more in the slideshow I put together below. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
We are now booking newborn sessions for October through January 🙂