How long is the photoshoot going to take?

Newborn shoots can take up to 4 hours. This time allows for feeding, settling and changing the baby and the sessions are completely baby-led. For this reason I will only book one session per day. As babies can very much pick up on our mood and a change in their environment I never rush a shoot, so please refrain from planning anything else on the day.  Newborns cannot be rushed and sometimes extra time is needed. Patience is the key to a great newborn session.

Family sessions generally take place outdoors. These take approximately an hour depending on location.

Cake Smash and Sitting sessions take approximately an hour, but are completely dependent on the subject. I always try to plan your session around nap times to ensure that your child is at their very best for their session.

When is the best time to book my newborn session?

The ideal time to photograph a brand new baby is when your baby is 7-10 days old. At this age your baby is still very sleepy and flexible and this allows us to safely and comfortably pose your baby in those beautiful, dreamy poses that have become so popular.

The best time to book in your session is as soon as you know your due date.  I will set a provisional date in my diary and amend it when you arrive home with your new baby. Babies can arrive up to two weeks late so we need a bit of ‘wiggle room’ in the diary. I therefore can only book a limited number of newborn sessions in a month, so book early to avoid disappointment. 

What happens if my baby cries during her newborn photo session?

My newborn sessions are completely baby-led. Babies cry as a natural response to a basic need. I book out a full day for my newborn sessions so that babies and new mums are not rushed and there is plenty of time for feeding, changing and cuddles.

When do I choose my pictures?

Your final gallery of approximately 20 beautifully edited images can be viewed at my studio at a date we choose following the session. It is at this point that you can decide which package you want to purchase.

What about safety?

 At NC Hopes Photography the safety and comfort of your baby is paramount. I practice safe posing techniques and if there is a particular position your baby doesn’t feel comfortable with then I move on to the next. I am a mother of two myself so I know how it feels in those first few days when you return home with your brand new baby.

How do I prepare on the morning of the session?

Please feed your baby 2-3 hours prior to the session and then plan to feed baby as you arrive to the session. Also, please try your hardest to keep your baby awake try a bath and a massage, tickling toes, and try not to give your baby a dummy for the few hours beforehand (if you are using one). This will ensure those squishy newborn photos that you so often see.

This is probably the most important part of preparing your baby for the best session, but of course if baby is very tired and needs to sleep or feed then please let them.

Your baby is more than likely going to fall asleep in the car on the way to the studio but will usually wake up when undressed, once you have arrived.  We then fed your baby and usually do not have to wait long for them to fall back to sleep again. Fingers crossed this is when we will get those lovely and sleepy/dreamy newborn poses.

The temperature in the studio will be approximately 28degrees Celcius to ensure that your newborn is lovely and warm whilst I pose him/her. I come dressed for a warm few hours, and I suggest you do too.

Sessions will typically last around 4 hours, sometimes longer if your baby is a light sleeper or particularly hungry or alert.  The easiest way to ensure a sleepy baby is the willingness to nurse/bottle-feed on and off during the session, so bring extra bottles if you are bottle feeding.

If you are using one, bring dummy. They call them soothers and pacifiers for a reason.

Before a sitter session or a cake smash session:

Make sure our model has had a really good nap. We want them rested and full of energy.

What shall I bring with me to the shoot?

There are plenty of hot and cold drinks available during the shoot as well as snacks. However, for a newborn session as they are quite long it may be worth bringing soe lunch, particularly if mum is breastfeeding.

If your baby takes a dummy, bring this with you as well as nappies and plenty of milk if you are bottle feeding.

It is also a good idea to bring a change of clothes for you and baby, just in case baby decides to go the toilet on you whilst you are holding him/her.

What should we wear for the session?

Mum and Dad play a big part in the session. Photographing the baby forms the majority of the newborn sessions but capturing this special time and the connection between your family is one of the most special parts of the session.

Dads: If you prefer not to be shirtless, we ask that you bring a plain, tight fitting v-neck t-shirt to wear with a good snug pair of jeans. A simple, light coloured, collared shirt with sleeves that roll up is also nice.

Mums: A tank top of neutral colour (no crazy patterns or designs) works well. Also bring a strappy vest top in either nude, grey or black. Please use a very natural nail polish (or none) as your hands will make their way in to the images. Bring your make-up bag along and rest assured, we aim to photograph flattering angles and lighting to bring the natural beauty out in you and your family.

I am breastfeeding. Are there any foods I should avoid to make sure my baby is more settled?

There are certain foods that are known to cause fussiness and make newborns unsettled when breastfed. If breastfeeding, please avoid the following items 48 hours prior to the session:


-spices (cinnamon, garlic, curry, chilli pepper)



-kiwi fruit

-gassy vegetables (onion, cabbage, garlic, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, peppers)

-fruits with laxative effects (cherries, prunes)

-excessive amounts of caffeine

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes. Your payment can be broken down into 3 monthly instalments, with your first payment of 50% of the total order taken at your viewing.

Do you offer wedding photography?

Yes. Please get in touch for a quote for either a full or half-day coverage of your big day!

07422 528951 | nchopesphotography@outlook.com

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