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
Here at Sarah McLean Photography, we like to create a bespoke images which include your new little bundle of joy, and your past times.
Little Peggy came into the studio at just 9 days to have her newborn pictures captured.
Her mummy has grown up around horses and I am pretty sure little Peggy will follow suit once she is old enough to ride in a saddle.
So instead of waiting years to capture Peggy in the saddle - I captured her on it!
Carefully positioning her onto the sheepskin cover, fast asleep I posed her safely on there with mum and dad spotting her at all times.
I could not wait to start editing this session once it was finished, knowing that I had created something spectacular and extra special for mum. As eager as I was to post a sneak peek, I didn't want to ruin the surprise and waited until their next appointment in the studio to come and see their beautiful images for the first time.
After the slide show finished, Mum & Dad were thrilled! if not a tad emotional with happy tears streaming down their cheeks, mum couldn't begin to explain how happy she was with her custom image and how well it turned out her little newborn girl, sleepy and posed upon her saddle.
It's moments like this when my clients are extremely happy with their precious images, and their emotions like this show this, I get that warming feeling inside knowing my work has made them this happy.
This is little Peggy upon her mum's riding saddle.
This portrait will look stunnning on one of our high end acrylics across any living room wall - for maxium visual impact.
Call Sarah, and see what bespoke piece she can create you for your own newborn photo's.
Tel: 01772784499 or mobile: 07580128801
As a portrait photographer, this question pops up quite a lot prior to sessions on the phone consultation.
And with more and more maternity sessions becoming more popular, ladies want to look their best with their beautiful baby bumps.
During pregnancy, ladies tend to feel, bloated and swollen and a great way to boost their self confidence and self esteem is to book a Pregnancy photo shoot, as well as stunning imagery of their changing body, a memory keepsake, or even just a record of how large their bumps were, it is my job to make 'YOU' feel amazing.
So you take the plunge, pick up the phone and book your session.........EEEEKKKK 'what do I wear?
If you were any thing like me during pregnancy, then nothing fitted, and if it fitted it was horrible and frumpy :-(
What I suggest to ladies, wear just your skin, or underwear. If you feel a little insecure bring along a pair of jeans and your hubby's shirt, by the end of the shoot you are confident to show of your new beautiful shape.
Maternity Photoshoot - must have props
"ok I have every thing on your list, but I have stretch marks"
If you are self conscious of your 'Tigeress Stripes' these can be taken care of in the editing room after the shoot - if required.
Now I have gone a little off topic now as I should be advising you of what to wear during your session - well we have already covered it, just check these ladies out who kept it simple during their session, Jeans, Shirt, Underwear. I will let you look at the images and decide.
Bump 2 Birth & Belly Beautiful Packages are available here:
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
Why not use the summer holidays to update your family portrait?
Take advantage of our fantastic offer, but be quick as spaces are limited.....
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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.
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I loved Harrison's newborn session so much, he was so happy & smiley all the way through. I created some beautiful memories for Mummy & Daddy, and this one has to be my favourite smiley photo.
I love how he looks like he is dreaming away here, lovely and peaceful and relaxed.
I always ensure baby is happy during his/her photo session, it's my number one priority.
If you are currently looking for a newborn photographer, or know some one who may be looking for one, I can pencil your little one's into my diary before they even arrive.
I do get very busy, especially in busy months at certain times of the year, advance booking is advised to ensure you are guaranteed a spot.
Reserve your spot today, call me now on: 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.
Reaching your 1st Birthday doesn't always mean a cake smash shoot is to be organised (although it is bags of sticky fun) I also offer milestone first birthday portrait sessions too. These can be booked or purchased as gift vouchers.
Archie loved his photo session - so full of smiles & giggles.
For further information on booking a portrait session or purchasing a voucher, please
or call now on: 07580128801
Sarah McLean is a newborn portrait photographer providing her service to the Ribble Valley & Lancashire. She specialises in Newborns, Babies, Children, Families .