Just a little, every now & then about what I do and what I'm thinking about.
Sometimes I'm so used to doing what I do, I forget my clients are not so sure of what to expect. I'm sure they're wondering If the session will be value for money & how baby will react and a million other things that go through your mind before booking a session.
I've recently had a bathroom re-done (bear with me...it is relevant) and after some very basic questions between myself & husband I realised when you are not living it day-in-day-out you don't know what will happen and what the person delivering the service you hired them for is thinking about and assumes you know. Once we had suitably got on the contractors nerves for a week or so I realised he was assuming we knew things that he hadn't directly stated. I'm not blaming him, we all do it! But it made me wonder if I do this too much with my own clients?
So....here it is....the things I'm always thinking or pre-empting but not saying out loud because I do it so often.
1. "What if my baby is really fussy and never settles for the entire shoot?!?"
- I photograph newborns - they cry. It's fine, I have yet to be tested so much that I don't get the shots I want. Even if the parents and I spent the first hour settling baby - we then have a nicely tired out baby that then allows me to get on with the shoot and do changes without batting an eye. This is the reason I also like to do newborn shoots in the first 2 weeks as they need sooo much sleep that they will eventually drift off generally very easily! Which also leads me to number my point number two...
2. "2 hours seems like a long time for a newborn session?"
- So number 1 is also why newborn sessions are 2 hours - this allows for prop changes, wrap changes, settling, feeding and nappy changes as required. Having 2 hours means that there is no need to rush or be flustered. If me and the parent(s) are relaxed then baby will also be more relaxed, which equals better images :)
3. "I'd like some naked shots but what if my baby wees?"
- I'm a Mum and was a childminder for a while, so I'm used to the natural functions of babies. It's also why I take absorbent pads for under blankets, why my backdrop is vinyl and why everything I use is washable! If baby wees it's really no big deal, I'll happily deal with it and there is no need to be embarrassed - because baby isn't!
4. "My baby has rashy/spotty/flacky skin, surely this will ruin the images?"
- All newborns have uneven and dry, red, spotty skin - some more than others. If I was submerged in liquid for the best part of a year I'm guessing my skin wouldn't be it's best either. As part of my normal editing I remove dry skin, spots, marks and even out babies skin as best as possible without them looking 'fake'. I leave anything that is a permanent part of them such as birthmarks and moles unless you specifically request I remove in editing.
I think these are the main worries of parents/guardians but if you do have any other queries on a session I'm more than happy to discuss them before booking. My aim is to make sessions as stress free and enjoyable as possible!
Photographer, Mum & Tea drinker...