FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
HOW OLD ARE THE NEWBORNS YOU TYPICALLY PHOTOGRAPH?
It is ideal to photograph newborns between 4-14 days. During this time the baby sleeps 20+ hours a day and remains in a wonderful ‘curl’ from the womb. After 10 days the baby starts to push their limbs out a little and are awake for longer periods of time. If your baby is older than 10 days don’t get discouraged! Give us a call! The session will likely take a little bit longer but we still get amazing photos. We will try our best to achieve those cute newborn poses :)
Fun Fact: Why between 4-14 days? A newborn really has nearly 300 bones & cartilage pieces, which after that 10 to 14 days (2 weeks) mark, start to fuse together into calcified bone, which makes it much harder for them to return to that in-the-womb position they’ve been in for the last 9 months. It is much more comfortable for them to be moulded into the adorable position while they still have the luxury of pure flexibility.
HOW LONG ARE THE NEWBORN PHOTO SESSION?
One set may take 1.5 to 2 hours and having 2 to 3 sets may take up to 3 hours.
WHY DOES IT TAKE SO MANY HOURS FOR A NEWBORN SESSION?
Newborn photography is very delicate in nature, so these sessions tend to take longer than all other baby portrait sessions. Here’s a breakdown of why the session may last a couple of hours:
Everything happens slowly. Your baby has just been born, after spending 9 months comfy and tucked up inside the womb being gently rocked to sleep. In the first few weeks “out”, all your baby will want to do is sleep and just like us all they want is quiet undisturbed sleep, during the newborn photography session, we will be putting them in to various different positions, possibly wearing different head attire, being wrapped, unwrapped and maybe even outfit changes. Each and every time we change or adjust their positioning, get them changed, fed this disturbs them and will stop them falling in to the lovely deep sleep that they long for and we need in order to capture the lovely sleepy newborn baby photographs. Think about it, how would you feel if every time you were just nodding off someone kept moving you about. After disturbing them constantly some babies will get frustrated, it is only natural. Our aim is to make every transitions as smooth as possible in order for your baby to stay asleep, this does take time. It can take 20 minutes plus to pose a baby, to get their little fingers and feet in the places for the best results. This takes patience, not only patience from the photographer and the baby, but also from the parents, you are more than welcome to bring a book, magazines or anything that will help you get through this time.
Your baby needs to eat! During the 4 hours your baby will most likely feed twice or more. Once when you arrive and then again when they become unsettled, although this sometimes does become three times, so if you are bottle feeding you do need to make sure you bring enough milk with you. Babies are clever little creatures, they can sense your mood easily, feeding cannot be rushed, try rushing their feed and they wont be impressed, this will make the photo session a lot harder. Imagine eating your sandwich at lunchtime with your boss leaning over your shoulder tapping their watch, you’d be pretty miffed wouldn’t you?! During the shoot we allow babies as much time as they want and need in order for them to get a solid feed, and a bit of snuggle time with their parents.
Your baby will most likely wee or poop on someone at some point. We always always advise our clients to bring a spare set of clothing (or two), most babies are photographed nude at some point during the session and they will wee or poop on someone during this time, it happens in 99% of our sessions and there is no need to feel apologetic for this, it’s completely normal.
To get the best results from your newborn photography session, we strongly suggest a full day for your shoot, a day where you will not have any time restrictions.
WILL YOU COME TO MY HOME FOR THE NEWBORN PHOTO SESSION?
Possibly, it depends if your home has a large enough space for our equipment and depends if it is quiet enough with no distractions. Travel fee will apply.
MAY I TAKE PICTURES DURING THE NEWBORN PHOTO SESSION WITH MY PHONE?
Sure! But please do keep in mind that we are working and will be moving around a lot to keep up with the baby.
HOW MANY PEOPLE MAY I BRING TO THE PHOTO SESSION?
Having only parents and baby is best. Having a number of people can be too noisy, distracting, and can interrupt the baby's sleep for the session.
WHAT IS THE TEMPERATURE IN THE STUDIO SPACE?
We like to make sure little baby is comfortable so we keep our studio warm, between 75-80F. This is one of many techniques we use to keep your baby cozy and sleeping.
I SAW A PARTICULAR POSE (OR SET DESIGN) THAT I WOULD LIKE YOU TO DO WITH MY NEWBORN, IS THAT POSSIBLE?
Show us ahead of time and we can let you know what we can do, we like to try our best to provide the specific type of images you would like for your newborn.
MAY I BRING ANY PROPS THAT ARE SENTIMENTAL?
Yes! We would love for you to bring any unique props – letters, clothing, baseball glove, stuffed animals, etc. It will make your pictures much more personal. We will work your props into the sets when possible and let you know if something will not work.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY BABY URINATES OR HAS BOWEL MOVEMENTS?
This is completely normal and expected. Please sit back, relax, and let us handle everything.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY BABY STARTS CRYING OR GETS FUSSY?
It’s completely normal for your baby to wake up during the photo session and sometimes get a little fussy. We continue to work through their fuss with warmth, a little rocking and a bit of patience. Your baby will likely require a feeding at some point during the session and this usually solves the more dramatic fussiness issues. At that point we will all take a break and you will be able to give your baby a full feeding.
WHAT IF MY BABY GETS HUNGRY DURING THE SHOOT?
It’s important that we start the photo session with a “full” baby. If you live within 15 minutes of our studio then you can feed your baby at home. However, if you live more than 15 minutes from our studio then we request that you feed upon arrival. We will likely take a feeding break at some point during the photo session and you will be able to give your baby another full feeding.
ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS ON THE DIGITAL FILES?
The digital files gives the client reproduction rights to the images for personal use only. The client may use the digital files to create prints, canvas, books, and other personal use items at their own expense. Client is prohibited from altering, selling, publishing or disseminating said images for any purposes other than for personal use. Client may not use the digital files for monetary gain, income, editorial display, or publication.
WILL I BE ABLE TO POST IMAGES ON SOCIAL MEDIA SUCH AS FACEBOOK OR INSTAGRAM ETC?
You may post pictures with the “Zolar Studio” logo on it, and please be sure to tag Zolar Studio or add a link to our website.
CAN I DECIDE ON COLOR THEMES AND PROPS?
You may suggest color themes or props, but ultimately the photographer is the creative director and designer of the photo shoot.
I SAW THESE CUTE PICTURES AND PROPS ONLINE. CAN YOU RECREATE THAT PICTURE?
We are able to recreate the picture if the style and design goes along with our brand. If we do not have the props in our inventory, you are welcome to purchase them at your expense. [Please note that we may NOT be able to use certain props due to your baby’s sleeping habits, size, and temperament.]
CAN I TAKE A PHOTO WITH MY BABY?
Absolutely, that is an add on :)
WHAT IF I END UP DELIVERING EARLIER OR LATER THAN MY DUE DATE? WHAT HAPPENS TO MY PHOTO SESSION APPOINTMENT?
Once your baby’s session is reserved with a non-refundable retainer, we have carved out a time slot for your baby – early or late. We have never missed a baby session.
ARE UNEDITED, RAW IMAGE FILES AVAILABLE?
WHAT IF WE ARE LATE?
If you are late to the photo session we will start when you arrive, however, it is highly likely that you will receive fewer images in the final selection.
DO WE GET TO WATCH THE PHOTO SESSION?
Sure! We do have chairs available off to the side and just in case there is TV with Netflix.