Booking Maternity and Newborn Photoshoots

Posted on 22nd October 2017 by Michelle under Q&As about Photo Shoots
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Booking maternity and newborn photoshoots can create questions about what to expect.  Here I aim to provide you with a quick insight.

For maternity and newborn shoots, join me in the comfort of my studio you will have use of my beautiful outfits, whether they be stunning maternity gowns or teeny tiny newborn bonnets or knitted outfits.

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Training:
When booking Maternity and Newborn Photoshoots, be aware that photographers who offer newborn photography should always have been trained. You can rest assured that I have undertaken training with one of the country’s top newborn trainers to ensure your baby is comfortable and safe.  This enables me to capture stunning photos while they are in this newborn stage of their new lives.

Why Book?
Even after a few weeks you will notice differences in both your baby bump and once little one is here.  In fact once baby arrives you won’t believe the speed in which they grow and change.  You will be so relieved you booked your photoshoot to record these precious memories and make time stand still!  To book or ask questions, get in touch with Michelle today!   Full price information can be found by clicking here

Maternity Shoot:
You have a choice of different colour themes and outfits to show off your beautiful baby bump.  The session is short so you won’t be standing for too long but there is still plenty of time for a change of outfits and styles of poses.  You can even include your partner or other children.  

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Newborn Photo shoot Styles:
The newborn shoots is booked for up to 3 hours.  Don’t worry, not all sessions will take this long.  If baby needs mummy cuddles, milk top-ups and nappy changes, it may take a little more time to get the photos.   During this time we will get as many photos as baby will allow.  I will use as many different coloured outfits, in as many different poses and  variety of props and colour themes as I can.  You can choose to shorten the baby posed photos by having parent/sibling & baby photos taken.  If you don’t have any other children and don’t want to be in the photos, then the time will be spent showcasing your new bundle in natural sleepy or awake poses on comfy props. 

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Do we need a contract?
Booking Maternity and Newborn Photoshoots with my company comes with the security of a personalised contract detailing the following:  Date of the booking, the booking fee due, the balance due, the terms and conditions and what is expected by both parties before, during and after the booking.   I will send this to you electronically for you to read and sign.  You can then bring the contract with you on the day of photo shoot or pop it in the post to me.  You may wish to sign ‘online’ by simply stating you agree electronically via message on email or facebook for example.

What Happens during the newborn shoot?
When you arrive for your newborn shoot, you and your partner can relax on my sofa while I take the photos.  Ideally baby will have been fed before you arrive at the studio.  Again, ideally, they will be awake on arrival and will be eager for a quick top-up of milk before falling asleep for the photos.  My aim is to get as many poses and outfit changes as possible within the timeframe.  I want to provide you with a beautiful portfolio of images to choose from and fill you and your relatives homes with.   Yes baby will talk to us about not wanting to be changed and may decide they need a nappy change and more milk and we will listen to them!  A happy baby equals gorgeous photos!  

What should my partner and I wear?
If you wish to be in the photos with your baby, I would suggest liaising with each other so you come in similar styles of clothes.  For example both in jeans, or both in smart outfits and complimentary colours.  Maybe neutral colours would be good then we can dress baby in a variety of colours and you can stay as you are.  Whether you would like to be in the photos or not, some of the photos will be of baby in their skin and as such the studio will be heated to create a comfortable environment for them.  This will mean it is hot for us and I suggest you wear layers so you also remain comfortable!   I will no doubt be in shorts and a vest top with a bottle of water to hand!

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What happens after the photoshoot?
Booking Maternity and Newborn Photoshoots with my company doesn’t stop after I’ve taken the photos.  In fact that is only half the job.   After the photoshoot I will professionally edit your photos by hand, one by one. This is a long delicate process and is the investment you are making when booking maternity and newborn photoshoots with me.   I will ensure you receive the absolute best images captured on the day and fully edited ready for you to view in the comfort of your own home.   Before you leave the photoshoot, I will give you a password card so you can access your private password-protected gallery on my website, located in the Client Area.   

When will I be able to see the photos?
To ensure each image is given my full attention during the editing stage, please allow at least 14 days for the photos to be uploaded onto my website for viewing.  I will contact you as soon as they are ready.  Don’t worry if you misplace your password card – simply contact me and I will remind you of your password. 

What style of photos prints or digital files can I receive my images in?
There are x3 photo image packages to choose from.  Each include a wide variety of print styles and sizes and a variety of photo products depending on your budget and how & where the images will be displayed.   You can view the image packages on my website at any point in time (click here).  This is the time to begin planning where the canvases will be hung around your house, which relatives will receive the keyrings and glitter filled photo blocks.  Plan how many prints you want for your desk at work and which friends and family living miles away will receive copies of the digital files via email or on social media. 

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What if I only want to purchase the digital files?
I sell your entire gallery electronically as digital JPEG files, no matter how many images it includes, for just £299.   The individual images can be purchased for £20 each.  Purchasing the digital version of your image means you can send photos to family and friends electronically via email or on a social media website.  You also have the option to print the images as many times as you wish – an unlimited number of times!   Depending on where you choose to get your digital files printed, I cannot, however, be held responsible if you are unhappy.  Sometimes prints will not represent the colour and clarity of the images displayed on my website as every printer has slight variances of colour and quality.  

Can I have the raw files?
Sometimes a customer may ask for the raw file.  This is the electronic ‘negative’ from the olden days when cameras used film.   The electronic negative is what is produced when I click the button on my camera and cannot be opened in a computer without purchasing a professional editing program.   This version of the image is then hand edited to my professional standard and artist creative style.   I do not sell the raw unedited file and even if pushed, I would not sell it for less than £2000 per image.   

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Who owns copyright after the images have been purchased? Copyright of an image immediately belongs to me as soon as I click the camera as I have created the image.   The copyright will always remain with me.  This is not something that can be purchased and even if pushed, I would not sell the copyright for less than £5000 per image. 

What will you do with the photos of my baby after I have bought them?
Storing photos takes up a lot of memory space and as such I cannot guarantee I will still have copies of your image for longer than 4 months.  I therefore recommend purchasing all the images you like as soon as possible before they are deleted.   With regards to whether I will use copies of the images for marketing purposes,  I will always ask for a signed authority from you as the legal parents/ guardians of your child before using an image.   All images I use on my websites and on social media for advertising purposes and to show potential customers examples of the work I produce, as I did for you, will be anonymous.   As such no names or reference to you or your family or even what town you live in will ever be disclosed.   If you agree for me to use an image on facebook for example and you choose to tag yourself in the photo, that will be 100% your decision, otherwise no-one would ever know who the newborn photo is of.  On social media sites I ensure I put my watermark right over the middle of the image.  

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 Thank you for reading and I cannot wait to meet you before and after your baby is born!  Book here: 

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