Pukekohe Newborn Shoots: Key Questions Answered

A serene newborn sleeps in a nest-themed prop surrounded by a peacock pattern of green and brown leaves, artistically arranged for a creative newborn photo shoot.

Welcoming a newborn into the world is a time filled with precious moments that you’ll want to cherish forever. This is where Pukekohe newborn shoots come into play, offering a way to capture these early days with beautiful photography. If you’re thinking about booking a session but have questions, you’re not alone. Many parents have similar concerns when it comes to newborn photography, from timing the session to selecting the right outfits.

Our blog post, “Pukekohe Newborn Shoots: Key Questions Answered,” tackles these common concerns. We know that preparing for a newborn shoot can seem overwhelming, especially with a new baby at home. We’re here to simplify the process and ensure you feel ready for your baby’s first photos.

We’ll cover practical aspects such as the best age for newborn photos, how long the session might take, and tips for keeping your baby comfortable and happy during the shoot. Our goal is to make this experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible for both you and your baby. So, let’s dive into the essentials of Pukekohe newborn shoots and get all your questions answered.

A newborn baby with a floral headband lies on a white fluffy blanket, gazing at the camera for a Pukekohe newborn shoot.

How early should you book a newborn photographer?

You should book your newborn photoshoot while you’re pregnant. We recommend booking 2-3 months in advance to ensure availability. The other joy of booking when you’re pregnant means you can take advantage of a free mini maternity photoshoot with us.

What is the ideal age for newborn photos?

The ideal age to photograph a newborn is between 5-14 days when the baby is still sleepy and more likely to cooperate and curl up into those cute poses. But rest assured a professional photographer can take amazing photos of your baby at any age.

How long does a newborn photo shoot take?

Our newborn sessions generally take around 2-3 hours. They are baby led. This means that our sessions resolve around baby. If they are unsettled or they need a feed then we take the break and sort them out. If your baby is really unsettled and we can’t get the photos, then we will happily reschedule your session for another day when they are more happy. Thankfully this doesn’t happen often.

baby girl in white onesie sleeping in a box, pukekohe newborn shoots

Can my family be included in our newborn photos?

Family are welcome to attend all photo sessions with us. We love to photograph everyone with their newest family member, so siblings, grandparents, even your fur baby is welcome to come along if you wish, and no there is no extra charge to include any of these family members.

How many photos can we expect to view from a photoshoot?

We will typically show around 50 images from any shoot with us. If you do both a maternity and newborn then it’s often more.

What happens if the baby is restless or fussy during the session?

This is perfectly normal and we allow plenty of time within our Pukekohe newborn shoots for breaks, cuddles, top up feeds and nappy changes! If your baby is SUPER unsettled then we will reschedule for another day. But trust me there is very little we haven’t seen or dealt with and we have heaps of patience when it comes to getting the perfect shots.

A peaceful newborn wrapped in a delicate white blanket sleeps on a soft, fluffy surface in a black and white photograph.

Do you provide props for our newborn photoshoot or do we need to provide our own?

We have a range of props that you are welcome to use at any of our Pukekohe studio newborn shoots. Before your session we will ask you if there are any specific setups or colours you want used and plan your session accordingly.

Of course if you have sentimental items we love to incorporate those into your photoshoot as well. We’ve had things such as their first teddy, Dad’s baby shawl, and Mums wedding dress, just to name a few.

Have you done any training to work with newborns?

Katrina has completed many courses in Newborn Safety including ones from the New Zealand Institute of Professional photographers as well as safety courses from other photography institutes around the world. I also hold a current first aid certificate so you know your baby is in good hands.

I am a huge believer in always learning so am regularly attending courses and workshops with other amazing newborn photographers and baby experts from around the world.

Do you offer hair and makeup services for photoshoots?

We work closely with professional makeup artists and hairstylists who specialize in maternity photoshoots. They can enhance your natural beauty for a radiant look. Just let us know when you’re booking and we can either give you some amazing recommendations or even take care of booking it for you.

A sleeping newborn is snugly wrapped in a floral swaddle and a purple knit hat, resting on a textured pink blanket with a rustic wood backdrop.

Can we get the digitals?

Yes you can. We offer digital collections as well as supply the digital file for everything you purchase as a printed product.

How long does it take to see the photos after a photoshoot?

You can expect to hear from us within 2 weeks following your photoshoot. We will then book a time that suits you to come into the studio and view your images and choose the ones that you love. If you’d rather not come back to the studio we can also meet on zoom to do your viewing appointment.

How do we book a photoshoot with you?

Just click the button below and fill in the form or drop me an email with your phone number and I will give you a call and get everything sorted and taken care of.

If you’d like to find out more about your newborn photoshoots click here.

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