Rebecca Fitch photography | My newborn baby shoots by Rebecca Fitch

My newborn baby shoots by Rebecca Fitch

March 07, 2017  •  4 Comments

Photographing newborn babies is such a privilege and I absolutely love it. It takes so much patience but the reward is totally worth it - amazing portraits of that babies new life. My newborn photo shoot usually takes around 3 -4 hours, this allows time for feeding, nappy changes and getting the baby settled into a nice deep sleep. Every newborn shoot is different because every baby is completely different. I absolutely love not knowing how the shoot is going to go. My aim is to make your baby look perfect and I always let the baby be my inspiration. I believe the best images are unplanned and inspired by the uniqueness of each baby.  Whether it is cute dimples, big beautiful eyes, full lips, or a great head of hair, I try to highlight the beauty of the baby. At my studio in Gerrards Cross, South Bucks, I have blankets, wraps, hats, headbands, props and teeny weeny tiny teddies, it's so lovely to create these gorgeous images. The best shots often come from open minds and surprising moments.

When I first started out, these are the things I used to panic about -

will the baby sleep? (I now will photograph them awake as well as asleep - the baby is the boss)

will the baby wee or poop when we do the naked shots? (I only do the naked shots now when they are fast asleep) I always tell the parents never to worry about that though as they won't be the first or the last! 

will the parents be relaxed about me handling their precious little newborn baby? (After soothing their baby and holding their little one for the first 20 minutes of the session, they always relax and realise I am very experienced at what I do and also that I love love love babies)

Thank goodnesss I don't panic anymore!!!! 

A few top tips to make for a good shoot -

  • Always put on the "baby shusher" - constant white noise to calm the baby
  • Always use hand sanitiser in front of the parents before handling the baby
  • Always swaddle and wrap a fussy baby
  • Always have baby wipes to hand
  • Always have a plan B up your sleeve. (i.e you want to do bean bag shots but baby is not settled enough, make sure you have a basket or a prop also ready to shoot)
  • If siblings are involved always shoot them first
  • I always put a black and white camera buddy on my lens, this helps them to focus where the lens is if you get some magical awake shots.

The best newborn photographs are taken when a baby 7-14 days new, so I can’t stress enough how important it is to book your newborn photography session well in advance of your due date. By booking in early I can make sure I am available at the right time - those precious first few days. It’s essential for those cute, snuggly, sleepy newborn photos. However, I never turn away an older baby as some of these shots can be gorgeous as they open their eyes and look straight down the lens. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog about my newborn shoots xx

Here are some various photos from a recent gallery - I can't give her a name as the parents hadn't decided on the shoot day. She was a beautiful newborn baby at 13 days new. Mummy was also stunning. 




Such stunning images I love the colour
So I am the mother of this little bundle of joy and we named her 'Avanika' eventually. Becky has snapshot her beautifully and captured our most precious moments into images with an utmost professionalism.
Great images and great info x
Gorgeous images and great advice! x
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