I had the pleasure of meeting little George last week, who came to see me at my home studio in Buntingford, Hertfordshire at just 10 days old. Newborn sessions are best carried out in the first 14 days of life for several reasons. One being that this is the period in which they are still very sleepy, content and easier to position into the beautiful curled up poses you can see here. After a few weeks "on the outside" babies tend to start stretching out more as they become accustomed to their new surroundings - and all the space that comes with it, after 9 months of being all curled up!
George was an extra special little client as I had the privilege of photographing his newborn cousin Elianna and her big brother Ashton just a few months ago. I love it when families return, or recommend other family members as it's always lovely to see the babies again, how much they have grown, and in this case the strong family resemblance between both baby George & Elianna but also their big brothers Jack & Ashton.
Big brother Jack behaved so beautifully throughout George's newborn session which was no easy feat as it lasted 3 hours and he's not quite two years old yet. He had so much fun, he didn't want to go home at the end of the session! I think I could have quite happily kept him, he is so cute!
Newborn sessions can last anywhere between 2-4 hours and this completely depends on the baby. I often joke to parents that the newborn is in charge at our session, they dictate everything from the pace of the session, to what poses we can and cannot achieve. I will never place a baby in a pose where I feel he/she does not feel completely comfortable, and I will always pause the session for feeds, changes and cuddles whenever baby needs them.
As babies come to me for their newborn sessions at such a young age I am also very conscious that our session will likely be the longest baby has been handled by somebody other than Mum & Dad, so it's important that we completely follow baby's lead, go at their pace and make plenty of time for reassurance and snuggles from those they know best.
Here are a few of my favourite images from George's session, along with big brother Jack.