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 at 23 Witbrock Crescent, Burnside, Christchurch. This is the two story house on the corner with the white fence and the gate open. There are car park in front of the house by the gate.
Please note that sessions taking place from April onwards will be at our new studio! This is just a couple minutes away from our current studio, on the top floor of the building just right of the shops: Unit 2/First floor, 162 Kendal Avenue, Burnside. There will be parking on the street outside and a sign on our door.
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 contact me on 021 277 1987 if you are running late.
If you are on Instagram, feel free to take any photos or videos for your ‘stories’. Be sure to tag @hazelandcassphotography so I can share it in my story.
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 get to choose from 7 different designs. Chosen when you come to your session.
There is an option to buy more frames - prices and info further down.
You also get a set of thick fine-art velvet prints. Personally printed my myself. Then a natural linen pouch to keep them safe in forever.
Everything is created in-house, from the frame (by my husband), the printing and the sewing of the pouch.
Framed Art - if you want more
Boutique Frame & Print Pricing
8x10 $100 or 3 for $230
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 and in the studio during your personal viewing 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.