Are you expecting a new addition to your family? Were you planning to attend a photography studio to have a professional newborn photoshoot of your little one? Perhaps your local studio is closed due to COVID restrictions. Perhaps you simply don't feel comfortable taking your baby to a studio at the moment.
That's totally understandable.
Enter virtual newborn photoshoots (aka online newborn photoshoots).
Like many photographers around the world, I have many very disappointed clients who had paid for a newborn (and other) photoshoots which could not proceed due to lockdown. It broke my heart that these clients were losing out on having some creative, professional images of their newborn to serve as memories for generations.
After 40 years as a photographer, I've had to change the way I work several times. None have been as challenging as COVID. But as the saying goes, "where there's a will, there's a way".
The benefits of virtual newborn photoshoots
A familiar environment for baby - What I've found over my years of working with newborns is that they are far more relaxed and easier to work with when in their own environments. Bringing a baby to a photography studio introduces them to a whole new range of sounds, lighting, smells which can overstimulate their senses making it really difficult to get them to settle. A virtual newborn photoshoot means the baby doesn't have to leave the comfort of his or her home.
No commuting with baby - whilst most babies, including my now teenagers, will almost instantly fall asleep when travelling in a car, the trouble is that once they arrive at their destination they are typically over the sleeping thing and alert to the new environment. I've had a few parents that have become rather irritated (despite my encouragement for them to relax) with baby not wanting to settle for an hour or two after arriving at my studio.
Choose a date and a time that suits your baby - parents very quickly get a feel for their babies routine. Some babies sleep most of the time in their first two weeks. Others are more alert and active in the mornings, others more so around lunchtime etc. So you book a time slot for your photoshoot that is likely to coincide with when your little one is going to be rather dozy.
You learn a little about photography - as you will be taking instruction from me as to where to place baby, where to hold the camera in relation to baby etc, you, as a consequence learn some useful tips for newborn photography which you can reuse as your baby grows to document their progress and growth.
How does a virtual / online newborn photoshoot work?
It's rather simple actually. The mandatory requirements are:
A fairly recent iPhone or Android phone. The newer the phone, the higher quality the images will be. I would recommend an iPhone 8 or newer and an Android running Android 6.0 or higher.
A fairly steady hand or a tripod.
A well-lit area of your home, ideally near to a window.
The ability to install an App from the App Store.
A wifi connection for your smartphone.
Once you have installed the required App, you simply provide me with your unique ID from the App, I enter this on my end and connect directly to your smartphone.
At this point, I can see what your camera sees and can make adjustments to the settings from my end. I give you verbal direction through the speakers of your smartphone, although, I do recommend to ensure we don't disturb a sleeping baby, that you wear earphones if you have them.
You position baby as directed, then hold the camera as directed and I take the images myself. These are automatically uploaded to me in the highest possible quality that your phone supports.
I then sort through all the images taken and make available the best for you to choose your images from. Once you've made your selections, I then edit those images to a high, professional standard using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop and return your final images to you.
Optional items to enhance your virtual newborn photoshoot images
Blankets or fleece - these will be laid across the area in which we photograph baby. For example, it could be spread over a bed, a sofa etc.
Pillows or cushions - these will be used to position baby. I personally use these sets from Amazon for my in-person newborn photoshoots.
Outfit and accessories - choose ahead of time the outfits baby will be photographed in and any accessories you may want him/her to wear, like booties, hats etc
Cuddly toys, favourite blanket etc.
Photography or videography lighting, especially useful if your home doesn't have good natural light
What's the best time to have a virtual newborn photoshoot?
The best time to undertake a newborn photoshoot is when the baby is under 2 weeks old.
After 2 weeks, their limbs start to straighten out and it will be more difficult to pose the baby in those typical poses you've probably seen.
Babies over 2 weeks old also tend to be a little more active and tend to sleep less hours of the day.
Book your virtual newborn photoshoot online now!
If you have any further questions, please get in touch via the number at the top of the page, or use the contact form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible. If you're ready to book your photoshoot, then you can do so online now, simply choose the option that bests suits your needs and budget.
For newborn photoshoots, I recommend the 1-hour or 2-hour photoshoot sessions as 30-minutes is not likely going to be sufficient time to capture the images you are hoping for.