Newborn photography, but not as you might know it.
Hello, I'm Sinéad and I have a confession: I'm not into posing babies. That's right, I said it - a newborn photographer who doesn't do posing. In fact, it's so important to me I wrote a whole blog post about it.
I don't believe in rocking tiny babies or holding a dummy in their mouths so they stay asleep long enough to be folded into complex positions, or placed into unnecessary props (anyone else confused by babies in buckets? Just me?)
The babies I photograph are gently placed down or held close by their loved one. They are allowed to be awake or asleep, and there will not be a single bucket in sight, I promise (unless you're mega into buckets in which case let's go for it).
Instead of handling, positioning and rocking your baby, I keep my distance and speak softly and respectfully to them about what I'm doing - not as weird as it sounds, honest - and get parents involved as much as possible to hold, move or soothe when needed.
Because they don't need to be in that "sleep through literally anything" stage, my babies don't need to be under 2 weeks old; they can be anywhere from 0-12 weeks. My own son was still in hospital until he was 2 weeks old, so I know how unpredictable those first weeks can be, especially with a first baby. Who has time to organise a photoshoot?! Huge respect to those who do.
When I say I don't do posing, it doesn't mean you can't have a specific shot or prop in your photoshoot. Lots of clients would like their little one photographed on a special heirloom blanket, or in a crib, or with a special toy. They also sometimes have an outfit in mind. All of that is absolutely ideal. It also doesn't mean I take 40 photos of the same shot of your baby lying on their back in the same outfit. I will suggest different positions to comfortably lay your baby down in, and gently drape beautiful fabrics on them or do a few outfit changes. The only thing I don't do is intricate baby-limb-moving, and you definitely should only go to a properly trained professional for that sort of shoot too, to make sure your baby will be 100% safe.
During my newborn shoots, we take as many breaks as your baby needs. Even with breaks, at around 2 hours, my newborn shoots are still up to 50% shorter than "traditional" posed newborn sessions, which can run up to 4 hours with all the positions and props needed to create that look. If we are at home for the shoot, I use the breaks to photograph any other children you have, or simply document the caregiving routine as well. One day you won't be bottle or breastfeeding any more, so those images are special too!
My aim is to take beautiful, classic and timeless photographs of your newborn that you will actually enjoy looking back on in 30 years, when trends have changed. Not only that, but the natural, baby-led photographs I take will show your baby's little personality so much more than a "fast asleep" posed shot.
If you like my images and my respectful approach to newborn photography speaks to you, I would love to hear from you.
I offer newborn photoshoots both in your own home (a 1 hour round trip from Coventry is included, with a small fuel cost for further afield) or at my home photography studio in Cheylesmore, Coventry (very easily accessed by all of Warwickshire, the West Midlands and even parts of Leicestershire and Gloucestershire).
I can't wait to hear from you.
p.s. if you'd like to know more about me (and another confession of mine) click here.