As part of our newborn sessions we always encourage parents to have photographs taken with their baby. Time passes so quickly and before you know it your little one is on the move, walking and talking….and that time when you were a brand new family and they were so tiny and new is just a memory. Photographs with your newborn also give a clear perspective of just how little they are; just a couple of weeks later and they will no longer fit in Dad’s hands or will have grown too big to sleep flat out in mummy’s lap!
We understand that new mum’s don’t always feel that they look their best, and that the sleepless nights that come with a newborn can start to take their toll. But we really feel passionately that you should have these photos as a family to look back on. For your little one to see how happy you were when they arrived, for them to look at as they grow, and see their family all together celebrating their birth.
♥ ‘One day, all your children will have is pictures of you. Make sure you’re in them. No matter what your hair looks like, your make-up, or your body, they won’t care about any of that, they’ll just want to see you.’ ~ unknown ♥
Something else we are really committed to is ongoing training for ourselves– this allows us to continue to improve the images we create and provide to our lovely clients.
These two areas came together last week at the Northern Portrait & Newborn Expo, when I attended a training workshop for newborn photographers on Parent & Sibling Posing. The training was provided by award winning newborn and children’s fine art photographer Kelly Sinclair, of Images by Kelly Jay.
The workshop was excellent, with Kelly sharing her knowledge and experience of creating beautiful family portraits. As well as the theory there was also hands on experience, with a lovely family bringing their beautiful 4 year old and 7 day old girls along to model for us. It included some great tips for newborn photographers on how to create lasting memories of Mum and Dad with their new baby, as well as any older siblings.
I met some very talented newborn photographers from around the country who had travelled to take part, and left feeling full of excitement at the prospect of being able to bring what I had learned to Amberlight Images and the beautiful families we are so privileged to photograph.
If you are thinking about booking a newborn photography session for your new arrival, here are a few more things to consider.