FIRST BIRTHDAY FAQ
Why should I get my baby photographed?
I’m a big believer in photographing EVERYTHING for obvious reasons. I was one of those Mums that took a photo of my baby girls once a month and framed them and this was even before I was a photographer. Now, I’m not saying you need to be as fanatical as me but capturing your baby’s first year milestones is so special. They are responding to their own name, giggling at random things, reacting to certain songs and their little personalities are truly forming. These sessions are honestly so much fun!
Who can be photographed at my baby’s first birthday portraits?
I always get as many images as I can with bubby on their own first as their patience and attention span are VERY short at this age. In saying that if your baby takes a while to get comfortable we can do Family Portraits first.
After that time I then give you the opportunity to have both parents and any siblings your baby may have in their session. I have even been known to throw a Nanny or Poppy into the mix if our session runs smoothly.
Please keep in mind, that if siblings are not co-operative on the day, I will do my absolute best to make it happen by ways of fun toys and bribery but at the end of the day my main focus is to capture your baby.
When should I book my baby's First Birthday Portraits?
The earlier the better. 12-13 months of age is the perfect age for these sessions, so I recommend making your booking when your baby is around 9 months old.
How do I secure a booking?
I require a non-refundable session fee to be paid in advance to secure your date in my diary. Your deposit can be paid via bank transfer or cash.
Where and when do the sessions take place?
I like to work around your babies sleeping patterns. Most baby's have a set sleep time by this stage so I plan sessions few hours before a sleep or just after they’re due to wake up. Completely case by case dependant.
I do these sessions in an outdoor location so your baby doesn't get bored sitting in a studio now that they're a bit more mobile and it allows me to get formal portraits as well as more candid natural images. These are known as ‘Lifestyle Images’, where I capture more natural occurrences around your baby.
How long will the session take?
I find these sessions go for around 1 hour, sometimes 1.5 hours depending on how settled bubby is on the day.
What should I dress my baby in?
Any special outfit you would like them photographed in will be fine. Even 2 outfits is ok. When choosing their outfits just make sure they tie in with the rest of the family's clothes so they don't look out of place in their photos. I also send outfit ideas in my Preparation Pack once you've booked.
What happens after my session?
Afterwards, around 7-10 days from your shoot we will have your ordering session. This gives me the time to edit a few key images which will give you an idea of what the final edited product will look like and to put your gallery of images together in a beautiful slideshow for you to see at you're ordering session. At your ordering session we will sit together and go through all your images and pick all your favourites and any products that you would like to purchase.
After you have chosen what you would like and the payment is paid in full I start editing and send off to the required printers for specific products etc. Please allow up to 4-6 weeks from date of final payment for delivery.