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Top tips for parents
 

As part of the #MeetYourPhotographer2019 challenge the topic for the 16th day is 'top tips for parents'. It's quite an ambiguous topic, I wasn't entirely sure how to approach it so I've gone with top tips for getting the best out of your newborn photography shoot in general and specifically with me at Secret Smile HQ.

 

Top tips for parents planning a newborn photography session

 

1. Do your research - not everyone with a camera and a Facebook page is a professional photographer.

Find a photographer who has not only a gallery of images that really sings to you but also has the right insurance, training and experience to put you at ease. Your newborn is the most precious thing in the world, you need to think carefully about who you are handing them over to. BANPAS is a great place to start as they have a directory of specialist newborn photographers who have a proven track record with safe baby posing as well as having to provide proof of the correct insurance being in place to protect you and your baby during your session.

 

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2. Ensure your chosen photographer shoots the style that you love - don't book a photographer who is local, convienient or the right price if they don't photograph in the style that you love.

Their webpage and social media accounts should show you examples of the types of images they shoot from poses to lighting, from props to the inclusion of other family members e.g. parents, siblings, even pets. Don't book a photographer without first checking that they can provide you with the images you want in the format you want them in.

 

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3. Once you have found the photographer you want to book, ensure you know the full cost - check carefully what your booking fee includes or doesn't include. I know some photographers have a flat fee and provide all images in digital format, some photographers provide packages only and the booking fee is deducted from the  full package price, some photographers (like myself) charge a session booking fee and then your order the images you would like from the session either as wall art, albums, prints or digitals. Every photographer is different, don't assume that the session booking fee includes all your images - check details on their website or get in touch with your photographer and ask for a price list.

 

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4. You've found your photographer, great! Book nice and early if you can - pre-booking your due date is the best way to guarantee your slot once baby has arrived. Here at Secret Smile Photography I only book a certain number of newborns in a month, this ensures that if all that month's newborn arrive at the same time (this has happened - more than once!) I can still fit them all in before the babies are 2 weeks old. Newborn sessons are best to take place within 2 weeks of baby arriving to ensure they are super sleepy and curled up from being in the womb.

 

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5. Baby's arrived - congratulations! Now that baby has arrived it's time to arrange your newborn photography session, get in touch with your photographer as soon as possible, even if you are still in hospital. This gives me a chance to juggle appointments in the diary if possible and ensure there are numerous appointments available for you to choose from. At Secret Smile Photography newborn sessions take place on weekdays starting at 10am only so once your appointment has been arranged a confirmation email will be sent with address details for the studio and all the information you need for making sure you're ready for your newborn photography shoot.

 

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6. Just come along to your newborn photo session at Secret Smile Photography and relax! Everything is ready for you as we've already discussed your colour scheme or theme, what type of images you prefer, whether or not you like headbands and hats and everything else we need to make sure everything is set up for your arrival. It helps to let baby have some awake time in the morning before coming to the studio and to aim to feed your baby once you arrive at the studio so baby is settled with a full tummy for the start of the session. You don't need to bring anything except yourselves, refreshments are provided in the form of bottled water, tea coffee and biscuits, feel free to bring along any snacks and even lunch if you would like to. Everything else is provided at the studio. Rest assured that I have over 10 years' experience in newborn photography, I have been trained and re-trained by some of the country's best newborn photographers so I am adept at posing your baby safely at all times. I am a member of BANPAS who are an organisation who are actively promoting safe baby posing, I am fully insured, you and your new baby are in very safe hands.

 

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7. Enjoy your portraits for many years to come. All your images are edited to the highest standard and made available for you to choose from. There are many different products available for you to order - prints, coffee table albums, digital copies to print yourself and beautiful wall art. Choose the products that compliment your home and show off your beautiful portraits.

 

 

So there you have it, my top tips for new parents when looking at booking your newborn photography shoot.

 

If you are interested in pre-booking your newbron photography shoot with me at the Secret Smile Photography studio there are several ways you can get in touch, by phone 07760 887946, by email lisa@secretsmilephotography.com or using the Contact Lisa form on the website. If baby has already arrived then you can book your newborn shoot directly on the website here using the online scheduler. All the details about products and pricing are available on the website here. If you have any questions I would love to hear from you!
Love Lisa x

 

 

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