Congratulations on your new baby! Thank you so much for allowing me the amazing and rewarding privilege of photographing your new little bundle in his/her first weeks of life. Newborns are one of my passions and I consider myself truly lucky to be around these little miracles all the time.
This guide is designed to help you get the most out of your session. So have a read and let me know if something is not clear or you have any questions.
My studio is located in the top right unit of 162 Kendal Avenue, Burnside. There should be parking on the street outside and a sign on our door – no need to knock, just come on in up the stairs!
On weekdays, please don’t park out the back or outside the shops – there should be parking on the street.
Your session will run for 1 hour from the beginning of your chosen time. I cannot go over as the sessions this day are back to back, so please try your best to be on time. If you arrive early please wait in the car until your session time.
You can text me on 021 277 1987 if you’re running late, but don’t stress over 5-10 minutes.
Please refrain from taking any photos or videos on your phone during the session. I understand how hard it is to resist snapping a picture of everything when you’ve got a new baby, but now for couple hours you can just sit back and relax – we’ve got the photos covered.
My assistant Maddy will likely be taking videos throughout for our instagram story @hazelandcass that you can check out during and after the session. We will also put up a fully edited ‘sneak peek’ from your session on our Facebook page that evening or the following day. This will help tide you over until your full gallery is ready to view!
What to expect & how to prepare for your session
If your baby arrives earlier or later than expected, this is no problem, I am very flexible. I also understand that some of our sweet little ones need some extra time in the hospital. In this case we can move you session to out next Little Bundle day.
Before the photo shoot
Please feed your baby just before you leave. And possibly plan on topping him/her as soon as you get here too.
Keep him/her awake for 1 hour beforehand. Play with them, give them a bath, let them kick with only a nappy, tickle their toes, and even let them fuss for a little bit beforehand. This will ensure we get those squishy, sleepy newborn pictures! Don’t worry if baby isn’t asleep or doesn’t usually sleep during the time of the booking.
What to bring
Dress your baby in loose, easy to remove clothing. This makes it easy to undress them on arrival if they are asleep (your baby is likely to fall asleep in the car journey).
It will be very hot in the studio to keep your baby nice and warm while they are undressed. I dress lightly for a warm few hour and suggest you do too! I provide cold water, cold drinks and coffee, but please feel free to bring snacks and food for you.
Bring any items you would like in the photographs. For example, blankets, shawls, special teddys etc. You will also have access to my props and accessories.
During the session
Sessions normally lasts up to an hour. Sometimes longer if baby is a light sleeper, or is hungry! If your newborn doesn’t want to sleep or is a bit cranky and you need to attend to his/her needs, then that is more than ok. We will have plenty of time to capture him/her in this time frame.
You may need to feed your baby throughout the session. Please do feel comfortable to feed freely in the studio.
You will have full access to my props and accessories. So you will be able to choose any items you like when you get here
I sometimes need to use pacifier/dummies during my session to get the most out of baby. Even if you haven’t used one before and don’t plan on ever using one, this is just for the hour that I am posing your baby. They will not pick up a ‘habit’ from the session alone and it tends to settle them between feeds. If you prefer not to use a pacifier/dummy during your newborn session, that’s fine as well. Please just let me know at the start of the session.
Other Bits & Bobs
Macro add-on. You can decide at the session if you want this if you are still unsure. It is an extra 4 images for $100. And focusing on the little fuzzy newborn details.
My lovely sister Maddy usually helps out during the photo shoot. Having Maddy assisting will ensure the utmost in newborn safety, hygiene and comfort.
I use studio lights. This is one of the best you can buy in the world for Newborns. it is also 100% safe. It is run on the lowest power setting and the strobe is bounced away from the baby, defused twice before getting to the baby. Because I use these lights the room is nice and dim. which helps keep the baby more settled.
After the session
In roughly 1-2 weeks you will be sent a link to your digital negatives in an online gallery. Here you will be able to download them and select the colour or B&W version of each image to print for your linen pouch and the the one for your frame.
If you wanted bigger frames you are able to have a design appointment to help you decide what you may like. I have a gallery of different options and wall displays at the studio that will gives you an idea of the possibilities.
About your final product
With your package you get an 8x10 boutique frame. You can choose your favourite image and frame design (pictured below) once we email your with your digital gallery.
further information and pricing are further down if you wish to upgrade to a larger frame or purchase any extras for yourself or as gifts.
You’ll also receive a matching set of matte velvet prints, personally printed by me on my fine art printer. They’ll be handed to you in one of my custom made linen ‘portrait pockets’ to keep somewhere safe.
Everything is created completely in-house by me and my husband, and you can learn more about our processes here.
From the careful design and printing, to the custom build, this whole process is handled in-house by me and my husband/framer, Mike.
We have a hand-picked selection of the worlds most beautiful designs, which you can view online here and in the studio during your session.
To finish, our frames with TruVue’s patented UltraVue; an archival, UV protected, museum grade glass designed to protect your fine art print for generations to come.
With your Little Bundle you will receive an 8x10 inch frame featuring your favourite image. Let us know during your session if your want to add on any extras or exchange your included 8x10 for $80 credit towards a larger frame.