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Photographing your 2 week old baby

This is the age photographers class your baby as a “newborn” and like to have photographed your baby before its 2 week old birthday.  Between one and two weeks of age, your baby spends quite a large portion of the day sleeping and tends to doze off if they are content.  Newborn up to this age are also still curly and as a photographer, I love to curl them up and show just how small they are, as they are not this small for very long at all!

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Photographing your 4 week old baby (1 month old)

Your little baby is growing at a rapid rate, they are starting to get those gorgeous squishy rolls.  With most one month old babies, I don’t expect they will sleep for their entire session, some babies choose not to sleep at all – they are becoming more interested in their surroundings by the day.  I still like to wrap them up, it makes them feel secure and in many cases it helps get them off to sleep a little easier for a few sleeping photos.  Babies are not nearly as flexible at this age, it’s never a problem, but parents need to be aware that some of the “newborn” poses they like, simply won’t work on a 4 week old.  That being said, your 4 week old will still fit in many “newborn” props and in the studio I’ve got plenty of beautiful outfits to fit these “older newborns”.

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Photographing your 6 week old baby

By 6 weeks of age, I personally classify your baby as a baby, not newborn.  Their personality is starting to shine and you can get some great facial expressions during your session.  It’s also a week where some babies chose to have a “wonder week”, they can be unsettled for no obvious reason and at times can take a bit more comforting to settle.  It’s never an issue, I always work with each individual baby and go with the flow, ensuring baby is happy and settled throughout the session, sometimes this means having a little extra cuddle time with mum or dad before we start photographing again.  It’s a great age and if you haven’t had newborn photos as yet, make sure you book now before they grow up too much more and loose that “little” baby look.

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Photographing your 8 week old baby (2 months old)

Look out world, here I come!  Your baby at 2 months is great at giving eye contact, in most cases can handle small amounts of tummy time (not all babies like this at this age), and will be awake for their session.  Very few babies at this age will spend any time sleeping during their session – there are too many interesting things going on!  It make for gorgeous images of parents and baby interacting.  We still break as needed throughout the session as bubs will work up an appetite with all the interaction and changing poses etc.

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Photographing your 10 week old baby

Your baby is starting to explore the world and in most cases has discovered their hands and feet.  They have better muscle control and can spend a few extra minutes with tummy time.  They are wide eyed and love having a chat whilst we create some beautiful portraits.  A beautiful age.

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Photographing your 12 week old baby (3 months old)

Smiles are becoming more and more frequent and at 3 months of age, it’s a lovely age to capture.  Still a couple of months from sitting up, we spend time alternating from poses on the back to tummy, as well as photos with mum and dad.  I tend not to wrap babies at this age, they are far to strong to be held with a wrap, instead I’ve got a large range of both boys and girls rompers to use throughout the session.  Some families like to dress their babies in a special outfit for the photo session at this age.  Choosing clothes that have stretch, fit snugly and are comfortable for baby is extremely important.  Babies that are lying down during their session look uncomfortable in clothing like cotton shirts or denim jeans etc as it restricts their movement, and inevitably we get a great expression, but a shirt is not sitting right (they tend to scrunch up or gape constantly – and bub gets annoyed quickly when we are constantly adjusting a shirt instead of having fun).  The studio has a great range of appropriate clothing for your session, we have a chat prior to your visit to discuss your style and preferences to ensure you will love your baby portraits!

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Photographing your 4 month old baby

The world becomes hilarious – well for this little one it was!  Very similar to the 3 month old in terms of the variety we can include in your photography session, however at this age, you can sit some babies up with support for a brief time to capture just how clever they are!

 
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photographing-older-babies-informationMany newborn photographers will tell you that babies need to be photographed during the first 2 weeks after their entrance into the world.  This in theory is great but what happens if you have only just realised you want those adorable newborn baby photos and your baby has already had their 3rd week birthday?

Don’t despair, yes it’s great to see babies in the studio for their newborn photo session before they become a lot more aware of their surroundings, BUT photographing beyond that 14 day mark opens up a whole world of opportunity for different images.  Your baby will be more alert during their session and in most cases we manage wide awake baby photos with little ones engaging with the camera.  Funny expressions and chubby cheeks are some of the delights of photographing newborns and babies that are that little bit older.

Not all older newborns will curl into tight little balls but after years of photographing baby sessions in the studio, I’ve become pretty handy with wrapping older babies – there are not too many Houdini’s out there that manage to get their little hands out when I get my super wrapping skills on.  Working with babies of any age is all about embracing their individuality, working with the babies personality.  If your little one is happy and enjoying the cosy warm studio, many beautiful photos are begging to be taken.

Lots of mums I speak to before their session say “I hope my baby sleeps and doesn’t cry during their session”.  Very few babies arrive for their newborn photos asleep, but rest assured I’ve got lots of tricks up my sleeve to calm and relax your little one – and I promise not to bribe them with a freddo frog….  The best thing any parent can do to help achieve beautiful baby portraits is to stay calm and relaxed on the morning of their photo shoot, arrive at the studio without any preconceived ideas and enjoy the experience.  A baby who cry’s is just telling us they are hungry, tired or need attending to.  Once we give a baby what they need, in almost all cases they are content and we can move on with the session.  This is true whether your baby is 7 days or 7 weeks old.  Your baby is incharge of their session, we are there to meet all their needs.

If you are a parent who has already welcomed your little one into the world, I’d love to hear from you.  There is no such thing as “too old” for a photo session.  If you would like to see some of my adorable “older newborns and babies” take a look at the baby gallery.  The little man in the photo on this post was 6 weeks old at the time this photo was taken , just divine!

 
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This little lady was a dream.  Her perfect tiny features begged to be photographed.  She has a wonderful big brother who adores her.  I loved every minute of this session.

The past few months have been busy to say the least, so much so that I haven’t posted images here in quite some time.  I’ve had the privileged of photographing lots of little ones, many families and hundreds of kindy children in a few short months.

The studio inventory is growing to the point of bursting, each newborn session I’ve added little knitted sets and textured layers, its like Christmas every week as new stock arrives.

It may be Winter in Adelaide but many families have taken the opportunity to rug up and explore the parks and gardens to create family portraits before their little ones grow too fast.

Thanks to all the families who have trusted me with to be their newborn baby photographer, family portrait maker and the centres who allow me to create beautiful childcare and kindy portraits for all their families.

The next few months we go into overdrive, I love being this busy, it’s what I thrive on.  Many families are booking their portrait sessions well in advance, meaning the weekends towards the end of the year are starting to fill fast – some weekends in November are already booked out.

To all my wonderful clients who continue to return to update their family portraits, thank you.  Without you I could not do what I love every day.  Your support by spreading the word means so much.  x

 

 
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10 week old baby girlWho said you can’t get beautiful photos beyond 14 days!  This little lady was a doll – those wide eyes just stared at the camera begging to be photographed.  Thanks Lulu for being a superstar – I look forward to seeing you again soon. x

 
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6 week old baby boy Adelaides best baby photographersI’ve been really spoilt of late with LOTS of newborn cuddles!  2015 has started with a huge bang, family portrait sessions and little people.  Isaac was 6 weeks old last week when we photographed his newborn session and he was still small enough to fit into lots of newborn swaddles!  He was awake for the first half of the session, but after a fair amount of coaxing, we lulled him into a deep sleep, enough time to create some beautiful “sleepy” photographs.  It really doesn’t matter if a baby arrives awake to a session, it give me an opportunity to capture big wide eyed stares, but most little ones cannot resist a warm, cosy spot to curl up in and eventually drift off to sleep.  Thanks for visiting Isaac, I look forward to seeing you again for some gummy smiles soon. x  Isaac’s images are in our gallery if you want to take a peek!

 
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Photoplay Studios Baby Photography 2015It’s been a busy week in the studio with several newborn photo sessions as well as family photography in the park.  This tiny little lady was very curious and took a little bit of coaxing before drifting off to sleep.  It just requires a bit of patience and lots of cuddles (one of the perks of the job).  View the full image gallery of baby photos here.

 
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Newborn boy professional photos2015 has started with a very busy January welcoming lots of new babies into the world.  Jaxon is one chilled out little man, making mum and dad wait 10 days beyond his due date before being coaxed into the world!  The wait was worth it as we were treated to spunky little smiles during his photo session.  Thanks for visiting Jaxon, I loved every minute of your session, I can’t wait to see you grow and change over the years! Pop over to the gallery to soak up more of this irresistible little man.

 
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Adelaide baby portraitsThis little lady was such a doll!  Perfect in every way, Emilia was very interested initially in what was going on around her – but after a few cute photos staring at the camera, we lulled her off to sleep for the remainder of the session.  To view the images from Emilia’s session, head over to our gallery.

 
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Best kids portrait studio in AdelaideI loved every minute of this newborn session.  Audrey was a perfect supermodel, and so was her big sister, Scarlett!  I love photographing using a range of colours, and this session had lots!  Pop over to our photo gallery to see the full album from this session.

 
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Adelaide Family PortraitsThis little man stole my heart today.  Perfect in every way.  He arrived awake and happy, ready to see what was going on.  After a few photos with mum and dad he nodded off for the remainder of his session.  All the images can be seen in our newborn photo gallery. x