Calming a Newborn Baby

Posted on April 24, 2019 by Admin under Children, Family shoots, Maternity Shoots, Newborn Shoots
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Specialising in Newborn photography has so many lovely moments, one of which is helping an unsettled baby to settle. Whilst some may think its ‘magic’ (it can seem that way sometimes) there are a few techniques which I thought I share with you today.

Bringing a baby home from hospital for the first time is such a giant moment, especially if its your first baby. I remember when I bought my son home from hospital, I was so excited to be leaving I hadn’t really thought about what lay ahead. I remember finally getting home, placing him on my bed and thinking “now what?”

Well that moment doesn’t last for long, they maybe little but their voices aren’t! We just haven’t learnt their language at that point, and learning their cries is no easy task! You’re tired, your body aches, your hormones are all over the place and you’re so in love with this tiny little person all you want in the world is to make them happy and safe – and then they cry 🙁

You’ve checked the basics, they’re clean, they’re fed, they aren’t sick, and still they cry (and you might too) So here are some of tips I’ve learnt in my career in newborn photography.

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  1. This is the most important tip, it may seem easy, it’s not! DO NOT PANIC, DO NOT STRESS! Your baby knows your heart beat, they know your emotions, if you get upset, they will get upset. Take a deep breathe and relax, maybe put some of your favourite music on, think about your favourite place, but relax.
  2. Wind is the number one cause of baby crying, are their little legs going crazy is a sign of this, perhaps you’ve tried to give them a little food and they are fussing so much they won’t take it. Try your favourite winding position first, if it doesn’t work try moving them. I find walking with them resting on my shoulder whilst tapping and rubbing their backs is a good one. Change their position, keep changing it until they can get comfy. (and don’t stress!)
  3. So, they’ve burped and they are still crying, don’t worry, I have more solutions 🙂 Have you ever been in an discussion and got so carried away with it you can’t remember what the initial thought was about? Crying is a bit like this, they started for reason, you’ve fixed the reason, but now they are a so upset they can’t remember why so keep on crying. You need to break the cycle, cause a distraction, a loud constant noise is often the best solution. I have a metal sink in the newborn photography studio and luckily very strong water pressure, switching the tap quickly on full makes a very loud noise and stops 95% of baby tears. Don’t just turn it off though, let it run for a few minutes so they can calm down and gradually turn it off. No loud sink? A hover, hairdryer, even the radio switched to static works just as well, just make sure it’s a sudden and continuous noise.
  4. They are now calm but you can tell still a bit touchy, don’t rush this step, they will be tired from all those tears so you want to put them to sleep now, keep them in your arms, I find having their heads rest on my chest and gently humming works brilliant, they can hear your heart beat and the vibrations from your hum is very soothing. Does your baby like to be stroked or tapped? I start every newborn photography session with a very simple set up which is when I get to know your baby and figure out what they like. Some love their foreheads stroked whilst they gentle drift off to sleep, others like their bums gently tapped whilst being rocked, others like to gaze out the window, they are all wonderfully different and there is no single answer, enjoy figuring them out 🙂
  5. Finally – dummies….this is a controversial one, some babies get nothing from them, others get a lot of comfort from sucking. I love dummies, I believe in happy baby = happy parents but I appreciate this isn’t for everyone. Dummies have different teats and babies will have a definite preference – the one I find most love is the Soothie Dummy by Avent. If you gently tap the base of the dummy once its in their mouth it encourages them to suck.
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So in summary

  1. Eliminate the basics
  2. Stay calm
  3. Try to burp them
  4. Distraction
  5. Soothe them
  6. Try a Dummy

I hope at this point you’ll have a calm, sleeping baby. My last tip is to enjoy it, the washing can wait, they house will still be messy in half and hour. Sit down and enjoy the moment, cuddle your baby, take a break and enjoy them in your arms, put your feet up and enjoy a TV break while you cuddle (Life in Pieces is really funny and great to dive into if you haven’t seen it before) Trust me, with a now 9 year old child who is nearly the same size as me, these moments go so fast so take the time to enjoy them. They are all so very different and unique, what works for one baby may not work for another, enjoy getting to know your child and everything that makes them so special.

Skin to skin, head to heart, try gently humming

Beautiful Newborn Photography in Surrey

Posted on June 22, 2017 by Admin under Children, Family shoots, Newborn Shoots
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Just a little sneak peek of the cutest, sleepiest who came to visit my studio today. Loved every second of todays shoot <3

Newborn Mini Sessions

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Admin under Children, Family shoots, Newborn Shoots
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Newborn Mini Sessions – £325

Bright Apple Photography will now be offering newborn mini sessions! This is a new addition for 2017 and perfect for those who only want a short session with a few images. On a budget, but really want those special shots of your little one? The mini session is ideal. The session lasts 1 hour maximum and within that time I go through a few poses with your newborn. Since it’s a short session, and baby runs the show, so no matter if baby is awake or asleep, we will roll with the punches and get some great shots.

• 1 hour session

• 8 high resolution digital images delivered via download (I will choose the best images)

• Rights to reprint

• Cost of session is £325 for everything, no session fees, no packages to buy afterwards

• Baby must be under 3 weeks of age (or 8lbs if premature)

Newborn Mini’s requires 50% of the Newborn Mini fee be paid in advance as a retainer fee to reserve your spot for the month.  The remainder balance will be due when appointment time is scheduled and confirmed.  

What is the difference between mini session and a full newborn session?

• Main difference is time spent on creating photos. My full newborn sessions aren’t timed, we take time for feeding extra cuddles, getting baby into that lovely deep sleep and doing many set ups and poses. Mini session last strictly one hour to get as many images as we can.

• In full sessions we experiment with different set up’s, use many different props, perhaps even use special props you bring from home. Mini sessions are geared towards getting key images.

• If your little one is awake we do awake portraits, if sleepy then we will do more posed sleepy images. During full sessions you would have both types of images included.

• Full sessions can include siblings, parents and grandparents, mini sessions are for baby only.

  • Mini sessions you receive 8, fully edited, images choosen by me. In full sessions galleries are 40-50 fully edited images for you to make your own selection from (or simply buy them all!)

And, of course, the most asked question…”Why are newborn mini’s so much cheaper than full sessions?” A full newborn session takes approx 12 solid hours of my time, a mini takes approx 4 hours – its as simple as that!

 

Example of boys newborn mini session

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Beautiful Newborn Photography

Posted on December 29, 2016 by Admin under Uncategorized
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So loved all my cuddles today, best little model – she had a few strong views on some of my poses but we compromised  and got some stunning shots 

Sarah and Neil’s Wedding – Kingston upon Thames

Posted on May 23, 2016 by Admin under Weddings
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What a lovely wedding I have to share with you all today.

Sarah and Neil were married on the 20th of May at the Antoinette hotel in Kingston and I was so lucky to be asked to record their special day. I sharing just a few of my favourite parts and why I genuinely think I have the best job in the world!

Firstly those little details, as guests we often attend weddings, and think oooh how lovely, as a photographer I get to see all the small parts that come together to get that oooh reaction, years in the planning and so worth it. I always make the effort to record these special elements so they can be remembered forever.

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Not an obvious thing but I LOVE wedding prep, the nerves, the excitement…

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The emotions

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The care and attention taken to make the day perfect.

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The nervous smiles before it all starts

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Thats special mum and daughter photo which I know will be shared amongst their family for years to come.

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The proudest Grandad

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The rings before they become the symbol of Sarah and Neil’s union

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Boys time!

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And this, this is why I feel so lucky, I get to stand in front of the bride a groom, I get to see the pride on Dad’s face, I get to record that moment of pure joy! (told you I had the best job in the world)

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I get to witness that look of pure love

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I get to see how proud their son is all ready for his big moment as ring bearer

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And I get to record the sincerity in the promises given in marriage.

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I see the tears of joy from the daughter who has help her mum so much of the past year with the planning and preparation

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There are the official parts of course.

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And then there’s their youngest son who is too excited to wait to the end of the service and has to go give his parents the biggest cuddle.

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Its not all about being serious either 🙂

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These are the bride’s best friends who want to do something silly to make their friend smile.

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The mini model shoot with their daughter as a little surprise!

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I get to have fun with the kiddies – honestly there is nothing better than confetti!

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The moments they don’t spot me and my camera!

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And whilst not a video of the speeches,  I’m sure in several years with this image they will remember exactly what made them laugh so hard.

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I see the rest of the world disappear during their first dance

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And I get to take the photo the Sarah has told me she has always wanted from her wedding

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Its safe to say – this sign is true!

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Baby’s first year photography

Posted on January 22, 2016 by Admin under Children, Family shoots
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I always feel a little sad at the end of the first year package as I really love watching little ones grow up.

Little Jasper was no exception, he was grinning from ear to ear in the studio and loved playing with all the toys. We even took a little trip down to the riverside to check out his new walking skills.

With his gorgeous curls and cheeky smile his final session was a big success.

Here’s a little sneak peek of the some of the images we took 🙂

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The Perfect Wedding at Warbrook House

Posted on October 15, 2015 by Admin under Weddings
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I was incredibly happy that Karen and Gavin choose me to take the photos on their special day. We had perfect weather, the perfect venue, the perfect amount of silliness, the perfect amount to seriousness (so not much), the perfect amount for tears – all happy ones of course and most importantly the perfect couple. Here are a few of my favourite shots from their perfect day 🙂

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A Perfect Wedding

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Admin under Weddings
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I was lucky enough to photograph Claire and Mark’s wonderfully happy wedding this weekend.

They had one unusual request for me – no posed shots!! Admittedly I did sneak in a couple, but we had the most amazing and fun day. A real celebration, so many smiling faces, it was everything a wedding should be.

Here are a few of my favourites 🙂

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Newborn Baby Photography in Middlesex

Posted on August 10, 2015 by Admin under Children, Maternity Shoots, Newborn Shoots
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I must confess to being terrible at blogging regularly but here goes a little post about todays shoot.

This beautiful little lady is 22 days old today and was a total dream to work with. Lots of clients worry if their newborn shoot takes place once baby is over 14 days old, but all babies are so different, I have worked with lots of babies at 3+ weeks who, just like the gorgeous Mya, are just perfect. I couldn’t have asked for a better model and totally smitten parents to work with today.

Introducing Mya | Day 22

 

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Beautiful Children’s Photography in Surrey

Posted on June 27, 2015 by Admin under Uncategorized
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One of my favourite parts of my jobs is seeing little ones grow –  Jasper was all smiles for his first ever photoshoot with me and his second photoshoot was no exception! Hopefully we can make it 3 in a row on his next shoot in a few months 🙂

 

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