As a newborn photographer I get asked this question quite often by client's who are looking to book in their newborn photo's.
"what happen's if my baby doesn't behave?", or "My baby is always awake!"
To be honest babies & children are unpredictable, from one day to the next.
As a newborn specialist I do have an idea of when to expect babies to have their growth spurts and cluster feeds, although this does vary from newborn to newborn as they develop at different rates, so I plan my sessions accordingly.
I have many babies in my studio for their newborn photo's and some will arrive asleep, and stay asleep, and some will take a little longer to settle as they require more milk & cuddles - no baby is the same.
I have a variety of poses which help settle babies, and you may be surprised on how many photo's I can achieve with your baby in those poses.
I have lots of fabric wraps available to keep your baby nice an snug whilst they are awake or asleep, I can place them inside one of our baskets for those adorable above baby shots.
Our adorable rompers are nice and snug, for your baby to be photographed in too, like this one below.
Our Bespoke sessions allow plenty of time for your baby to settle, our studio is super comfy and relaxing which helps your baby settle so much easier.
To find out more information about our Newborn Sessions, CLICK HERE
For our Newborn Session FAQs CLICK HERE
Newborn Baby Specialist Photographer
Based in Longridge, Near Preston, Lancashire, 10 minutes from the M6
Studio: 14a Berry Lane, Longridge PR3 3JA
Clitheroe, Blackburn, Longridge, Preston, Chorley, Leyland, Lancashire
Congratulations, you’re Expecting!
The next 9 months are going to be so exciting, full of new experiences, changes and first’s,
Especially if this is your first pregnancy.
Pregnancy is such a beautiful time, feeling this little tiny human growing and wriggling inside you, seeing your body changing to accommodate the growing baby inside.
I remember when I was expecting, there was a million and one questions buzzing around my head, there is so much to think about, and to do ready for your new arrival.
As a leading newborn photographer in Preston, Lancashire I get to hear so many recommendations from my clients during their newborn session about the Items they couldn’t possibly live without during their pregnancy.
Our newborn sessions are completely baby lead meaning your baby's safety and comfort comes first - this gives me a lot a time to chat to mums during their newborn photo shoot and love hearing all of their stories and different experiences.
It’s essential to keep hydrated during your pregnancy.
TOP TIP: if you’re suffering from swollen feet & ankles during pregnancy, up your water intake – it may relieve some of your water retention, and reduce the puffyness.
RENNIES (anti-acid remedies)
It’s very common to suffer from heart burn and acid reflux during pregnancy, and yes I had my fair share of it having to sit up at night time. Somehow drinking glass after glass of milk didn’t help me as much as these bad boys, and Gaviscon (no, I'm not on commission)!
COMFY PJ’s / UNDERWEAR
As your body is changing and your baby bump is growing, the need for comfortable ‘Jammies’ and ‘undies’ is necessary along with comfy shoes. I don’t mean you have to live in your PJ’s for the entire duration of your pregnancy, but yes it is more rewarding getting into them when you get in from work and heading straight into a pair of comfy PJ’s to relax, or nod off in straight after your Tea.
Pregnancy can be very tiring. Zzzzzzzz
As your baby tummy start’s to grow, you may have heard a few of the many old wives tales on how to help, prevent or ease stretch marks which may form during your pregnancy.
A lady I once worked with, who had birthed five children, didn’t have a single mark on her body and swore by Olive Oil. She advised me she used it on her tummy as soon as she became pregnant every day. It was claimed it had the similar effect to bio Oil without the price tag.
I did use this during my own pregnancy, was it was a coincidence? Or was it was prevention? –
However it worked for me.
Now this one is very debatable, most ladies will get their own pregnancy craving fix from a range of different options such as Chocolate, Gherkins, Cheese, Ice lollies, to the more unusual Bath sponges, Charcoal and Chalk.
Personally I craved Pork Scratching’s – never liked them ever before until I was expecting!
Do you, or did you have an unusual craving?
Comment below and share with other mums which 5 things you could not live without during your pregnancy - I'd love to hear your stories.....
And once the 9 months are over and you can finally meet your newborn baby -
that moment when time just stands still......... Congratulations!
I will leave you with some adorable newborn baby photos from our client's newborn baby photo shoots from our Newborn Baby Photography Studio based in Preston, Lancashire.
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Specialist Newborn Baby & Family Studio
14a Berry Lane, Longridge PR3 3JA
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What to Expect When I’m Expecting You.......
The diary of a newborn and baby photographer is a complicated place!
Nobody told your baby that they are expected to turn up for their portrait session and while some can’t wait to get here, some are fashionably late. This makes my diary a wonderfully fluid place!
When you first book your session you will be required to pay the session booking fee to reserve your place in my diary.
I only take a limited number of newborn sessions each month so that I can ensure I can fit everybody in and work around midwife and health visitor appointments once your baby is here.
Once your baby arrives and you have settled back in at home just give me a call/email me and we can then confirm the best date and time for your session.
Your portrait session will take place in my comfortable purpose designed studio.
Newborn studios are not like traditional photography studios - they are designed to be warm and comfortable.
I want you and your baby to feel relaxed and comfortable so you are able to feed on demand and put your feet up with plenty of refreshments and a magazine (I even have some new dads who take a quick nap on the sofa!)
Our studio has two separate shooting areas, one is fully dedicated to the newborn sessions which has a comfy sofa to relax on whilst I work my magic. Bottle warming facilities are available should you require to warm your baby's milk, and we are also breast feeding friendly. We also boast a bathroom/changing room should you wish to change outfits, or freshen up.
So that I can capture your baby perfectly while they are still so brand new, for most of the session your baby will be in their birthday suit. Newborn clothes never fit correctly so we don’t get to see all those beautiful details that say ‘hey I’m brand new!’
However, one of the downsides of this, is your baby is guaranteed to poop and/or pee on props, blankets, perhaps even me or you! This is just par for the course, something I’m used to dealing with on a daily basis and something I allow for.
All of my blankets and props are washed after each session and I have plenty of cloths and towels to hand. You might want to pop a change of clothes for yourself into your changing bag, just in case the worse happens.
Your newborn portrait session can take up to 4 hours and the reason for this is your newborn will need feeding, cuddles and cleaning throughout the session which is baby led rather than photographer led.
I hope this article answers the many common questions but if you would like to book or discuss a session please contact me; CONTACT ME LINK
Studio Tel: 01772 784499
Over the last few months I have been getting this exciting new collection ready for reveal.
Belly Beautiful is a combined Maternity & Newborn Session which also includes a keepsake belly cast of your beautiful bump.
The casting is taken care of in my studio, so there is no need to make a mess in your home with a home kit, everything is provided here at Sarah McLean Photography.
There is something beautiful about photographing a newborn in the belly cast shell.
What is included?
It's magical how this little one used to grow inside your tummy.
For more information on Belly Beautiful, contact Sarah at the studio on: 01772784499
or visit: www.sarahmcleanphotography.co.uk
I love to have some fun with my portraiture, and inject some fantasy and fun into creating special portraits.
I decided to go with a hot air balloon for this project, and create a stunning image to display in my studio window, which is very fitting as I am an upstairs studio.
I now offer this as additional to my newborn sessions (you would add this at your Reveal & Order session and order this on one of our stunning HD Acrylic or Canvas wall art products.
Do something different with your newborn portraits with Sarah McLean Photography
Sarah McLean Photography
Studio 14a Berry Lane , Longridge PR3 3JA
Tel: 01772 784499 or 07580128801
I love baby smiles, and baby Eva was so happy having her photo's taken during her session.
Infact, she ROCKED her shoot by sleeping all the way through.
The pinks looked amazing and complimented her skin tone perfectly.
If you are looking for a newborn photographer - you have come to the correct place.
I have over 6 years experience in the specialist area of newborn photography and have been trained by national leading newborn trainers.
To book your session please call Sarah on: 01772784499 or Mobile: 07580128801
Studio Address: Sarah McLean Photography
14a Berry Lane
I am so excited to tell you that Sarah McLean Photography will be running from her own Baby Boutique Studio, located in the heart of the Ribble Valley.
Preparations are under way to get the new studio ready for opening it's doors - I cannot wait to photograph my first newborn in my new studio space!
In the mean time, please see the sneek peek of baby William, he was such a cutie, and slept through his session.
Im loving this hat with my blue backdrop, these colours suit the boys.
If you are thinking of having newborn photo's captured, you can pencil your little one in as early as your 20 week scan. This ensures you are guaranteed a slot when baby arrives.
Book now: 07580128801
If you are looking for a newborn photographer, then make sure you don't miss out on this fantastic offer. This offer is valid for new bookings for newborn photography, and also advanced newborn bookings too. I take bookings from as early as your 20 week scan.
For all newborn sessions booked on or before the 31st July 2016 we are also giving you a complimentary 'Little Sitter' (worth £59!) session when your baby reaches his/her next milestone at 6+ months. The sitter session also includes your favourite image as a beautiful print too.
Why book a Little Sitter session?
- Little Sitter sessions are a perfect follow on session for when your baby can sit un-aided before they start crawling. Babies at this age are full of smiles, giggles and expressions and the perfect follow on portrait session to add to your newborn photo collection. These sessions really capture your babies personality!
To claim this fantastic offer, please quote 'sitter7' when booking your newborn session.
Call Now: 07580128801
Baby Ethan was a dream to photograph, he slept all the way through his session and we were done and dusted in 2 hours!
Here a few of my favourite photo's from his session - we even got the froggy pose! I have also included some behind the scenes to show how this difficult pose was executed so you can be assured that baby safety is my number one priority.
Now below is the trade secret we love to share, only because there is evidence of this pose being copied with out the safety precautions and your baby could be injured if this is being carried out by untrained person's.
This pose MUST be a composite image. What is one of these?
Well a composite are two individual images stitched together with the magic of photoshop.
Here you can see baby is fully supported by dad in the two bottom shots, so baby is comfortable and safe at all times.
This has to be one of my favourite set ups at the minute with my new supercute american Ted, flown over from the U.S.A and my beautiful kidsilk romper set.
And prop shot, he looks so adorable 'snoozing' in the well bucket with my knitted night cap and teddy.
If your looking to have newborn photo's of your little one, or know someone who is looking for a newborn photographer, please share my details with them.
I take advanced bookings from as early as your 20 week scan to guarantee you a place, as places are limited.
At 9 days new, meet baby Alfie.
One of the most satisfying parts to my job is creating new and beautiful images of my 'Tiny Client's'
This is my new favourite set-up at the minute - My Well Bucket.
If you would like to book a newborn session you can book anytime and secure yourself a slot with just a £25 deposit as there are only limited spaces available.
Book Now: 07580 128 801
Beautiful newborn photo's captured in the comfort of your own home, with no need to venture out to busy high streets, sit and relax during your photo session with Sarah McLean Photography.
Call now to book your session! 07580 128 801
Sarah McLean is a newborn portrait photographer providing her service to the Ribble Valley & Lancashire. She specialises in Newborns, Babies, Children, Families .