What to look for in a newborn photographer

When I deliver photos to parents in the weeks after their session, they are always amazed at how much their baby has already changed, they often cry at their photos, remembering how tiny they were. The days go in such a haze of feeds, washing and nappy changes that having the reminder of just how precious your baby is can be overwhelming.

Having a baby is the most amazing time in your life, you have grown this little human and the days will go so fast you will soon forget what they looked like in those first few weeks. Choosing a photographer can be really hard, there are so many around, it’s hard to narrow it down. Here are some tips for you when making that important decision:

  1. It’s best to look for someone with experience handling newborns, someone who looks after the safety of your baby throughout the session, this includes someone who is vaccinated against whooping cough as well as the flu.

  2. Have a look through the prospective photographers website gallery and social media pages, if their style appeals to you then this is your photographer - you will cherish your photos forever knowing that you went for someone’s style you loved.

  3. You must also ask yourself “do I really just want the digitals?”. Our world is so full of technology that is so fast to advance, a USB is not going to work in computers in the future, but those photos hanging on your wall will last your lifetime and beyond. Photos are just as precious as your new baby, they have a place on your walls, not on a USB in your drawer that you never get printed.

  4. Does your photographer offer packages? Packages seem daunting to people used to just getting digital files, but they really aren’t. Your photographer cares about you, your photos and how they look on your walls, so packages are the perfect way for you to have professional photographs, from the time they are taken with the camera right through to them hanging on your wall. It’s so important to a child’s emotional wellbeing to grow up in a home where they are acknowledged as being loved, seeing their photos on the wall shows a child their place is in this home and they are loved. Plus the upside is that you don’t need to find somewhere to print your photos while you have a newborn, your photographer will take care of all the hard stuff, making it super easy for you!

  5. Find someone who you trust. It can be difficult when looking for a photographer to see who is trustworthy as most communication is written. Have a look at reviews, look at their gallery and how relaxed their clients look in their photos, ask for the photographers number and call them to get a better feel for their nature, if you feel uneasy about any part of the photographers work, poses, communication, then it’s best to look for another.

  6. Lastly, does your photographer seem friendly, or are you just another number? You need to find someone who makes you feel comfortable, and who will care about you and your family. Having photos taken can make you feel nervous, but it doesn’t need to be like that, find someone you really click with, don’t book the first person you talk to or the cheapest, look around and see who you really feel at ease with.

I hope this helps you in booking someone you trust and who’s style you love. I wish you the best with your pregnancy, and your new journey into parenthood!

Katrina x

_83A0728 copy.jpg

It's My Birthday SALE!

THIS IS HUGE AND I MUST BE CRAZY! It's my Birthday month! I have never had a celebration like this! If you are welcoming a new addition this year you do not want to miss out on this epic discount! There's limited dates each month until the end of the year for this newborn offer, so even if you are due in December you can still take advantage of this! Contact me to secure your discount now because this offer ends on May 17th unless sold out earlier! You only pay your session fee to secure your booking, you don't choose your package until you've seen your photos! *new bookings for newborn sessions only*

35.jpg

Belly to Baby Sessions!

Are you thinking about a maternity session to compliment your newborn photos? Look at these gorgeous Mums-to-be (and Dads!) who have all had their beautiful baby bump captured in their Belly to Baby Session! Stunning! Basically all of these dresses are available for you to wear free of charge!

Babies Babies Babies!

Oh my goodness I have had the most gorgeous babies in the studio and have not blogged anything for so long! So here is a snapshot of some of the babes I’ve been lucky enough to photograph and cuddle recently!

Milk Bath Maternity

I've had this vision for quite some time to do a milk bath session, and my gorgeous client was so excited to do this as well, so once her bump was ready at 34 weeks, we did it! I bought the lace dress specifically for this, (so it is available to use in your very own session), the softness of the lace paired with the milk bath and beautiful flowers and soft greens just made the whole session!

The newborn haze

As a photographer I get to meet new parents all the time, and I photograph this gorgeous new little bundle so that the tiny window of time that is the newborn stage is captured and can be looked back on forever.

When I visit the new parents to deliver their prints, they open the door and sometimes they are fully dressed and feeling amazing. Other times, the door is opened and in front of me is a half dressed parent, who hasn't slept for the last couple of weeks, on the verge of tears because they are just so exhausted, and that is totally OK. It is OK to be exhausted, it's OK to feel like you just want to cry because being a parent is hard!

Some days and weeks are way harder than you ever imagined, but one day when this newborn stage is long forgotten, you suddenly wake up and they are 9, 6 and 4, and your brain looks at the wall with your newborn prints and you think, "Wow, they were so tiny, where did that time go?" Those early days are such a haze so your newborn photos are your reminder of just how small they were, how amazing you were to create this tiny human, and how far you have come. You are grateful that the memories of their early days are on your wall for you to see.

Parenting always has it's challenges, but when your youngest looks at you and says "Mummy, I love you to outer space, even ALL the way to Queensland" (4yr olds don't have a great concept of distance but you get that he means a lot!), the early days that were hard, and you never thought you would see the light at the end of the tunnel ever again are long forgotten.

I have written all of this, because today I saw a Mum unshowered and completely exhausted (and I know there are plenty more out there feeling the same), who is having a tough time, hasn't slept and can't even get to the shower, and I want to say to you, remember that you are amazing, there will be a time where you will look back and think "Gosh those days were so hard but looks at us now!" and I am thankful that I have been the Photographer to give you those precious sweet memories of just how small your newborn was, so when the haze is gone and the sleep has returned, you can look at the wall and smile.

Love to all the Mum's on International Women's Day xx

_83A9705.1.jpg

Belly to Baby Session

This beautiful little family booked in for a combined Maternity and Newborn session, also known as a Belly to Baby Session and all I can say is WOW!

This Mum to Be was 34 weeks at her Maternity session, it rained all afternoon on and off and it was down to half an hour before the session that we decided to go ahead! I am so glad we did, the light was stunning!

Little Austin arrived a couple of days early for his parents, he couldn't wait to meet them! At his session he was 12 days old, and his Mum featured some traditional Aboriginal face paint on him, he is a Wongaibon baby born on Ngunnawal land.

 

Professionally Printed Photos

Did you know? I print your photos for you and I deliver them to your door! Today I had some very excited families as I delivered their print orders. Part of my service to you, is not only to take your family portraits, but to make sure that you get the best quality print to put on your wall! They come ready to frame too, so I make it as easy as I can for you! Don't let a USB sit in the drawer doing nothing, get those prints of your gorgeous family up for everyone to see. It also gives your children a sense of belonging, they can see themselves on the wall, and know that they are a special part of your family. My children have always loved seeing their photos up! Thanks to my 8yr old for the phone pic!

Beary cute!

This gorgeous little bundle was so amazing for her session! Funny story with this little one, her Mum booked me a few months ago, and then when bub arrived a little earlier than expected her new Aunt found me online and also booked her in! I was able to connect the dots to work out they were talking about the same baby so we had a good laugh at the fact they clearly both had the same taste! 

The bear shot is a composite image, the baby is being held by a parent at all times and the photo has been edited to look this way ** Please do not try this pose if you have not been trained to do so, baby safety is the number 1 priority in a session**

Combined Maternity and Newborn Session!

I first met this beautiful Mum to Be and her partner for their Maternity session. Bub was due on Christmas Eve but decided to arrive just over 2 weeks early so she had her newborn session before she was actually even due! I have total hair envy!

I photographed a Wedding guys!!

Yesterday was the most beautiful day out at The Old Stone House Bungendore! Thank you to Natalie and Michael for trusting me with their special day! I have assisted on Weddings before, but this was my first solo one and my first one for my business! Almost everything was sourced locally from Bungendore by the couple, which is great to shop local!

2017 Christmas Sessions!

I had so much fun with this years Christmas Sessions! I had a lot of old and new faces in the studio! Some of the sessions below:

That evening light!

I'm so lucky that every year I get to photograph these gorgeous girls for their family portrait! This year we found the most amazing tree covered in beautiful white flowers, and with the evening light it looked like a fairytale! Thank you girls for being exactly who you are, you are just gorgeous!

_83A0333fb.jpg

Cheeky Chops!

I first photographed this gorgeous family when little Miss W was a newborn, how time flies because suddenly she's 2 and it was time for more family photos! We had a fun afternoon in the blossoms and Canberra sunshine today!

_83A8139fb.jpg

Down Syndrome Awareness Sessions

I am so privileged to be a part of an Australia-wide project that is being organised for Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. I, along with many other photographers in Australia volunteered our time and skills to give these amazing families some precious images of their children. I had an amazing time photographing these gorgeous little souls and I can't wait to see the final project come together!

_83A7934fb.jpg
_83A7984fb.jpg

Spring has Sprung in Canberra!

I just love the blossoms around at the moment, it's the signal of warmer weather and sunshine on the way! Of course next week is cold and miserable again but for now let's enjoy the weekend sun! Canberra winter seems so long, so to see the sunshine and the blossoms lifts the spirits! Today I had the absolute pleasure of photographing this gorgeous family with the beautiful pink blossoms!

_83A6880fb.jpg

Rainbow Baby Canberra

This gorgeous little girl is a Rainbow Baby. For those of you who don't know, a Rainbow Baby is a child born after the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or as an infant. A beautiful Rainbow appears after the storm, and this little one's family have been through so much, and to photograph her in this symbolic way was my absolute honour.

_83A6014fb.jpg

I love when clients come back for new additions!

I photographed this beautiful family not long after I started my photography business and it was so lovely to see them again for their next addition to their family with Baby M! At 2 weeks old she was just so gorgeous and have a look at that hair - we definitely found her perfect colour with the green, but Oh My, look at the "beary" cute pink setup!