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Newborn Photography – fun facts to know

I realised that a lot of parents do not know much about newborn photography.

And that is absolutely understandable! Is not every day that they go to photograph their little one, isn’t it? ūüôā

Last year I wrote an article about some questions I’ve been asked, normally about when it the right time, when it’s too late, if siblings can join in the photos. Then I have quite a lot of information on my website for the parents to read.

What I’m thinking is to break down all the information in small posts, so it’s easier to learn the different aspects involved in a newborn photography session.

 

So today I would like to start from an apparently silly thing, but worth a consideration.

The type of clothing I wear during a newborn or baby session.

You might have seen a few photos of me on the social media. If you have done a session with me, you saw me. What do I wear?

So what do I wear?  Boring, non-fancy stuff. Ha ha ha ha

Come on, look at me: leggings, bare feet, t-shirt or sleeveless top. Sometimes it look like I’m going for a jogging.

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Why do I tell you this? And most importantly why  should you know it?

Well, I work with clothes with no buttons or zip or anything like that because I don’t want¬† to catch your baby and scratch him accidentally. They are confortable to me so I can move with no trouble and usually they are neutral colous not to throw a colour cast to babies that will then show in the photos.

To work with naked babies the room is pretty warm and that’s why I wear tops or light clothes. I also advise parents to wear comfortable and light clothing.¬† The room is about 26-28 degrees so no need to come with jumpers ūüėČ

I keep my nails short and bare, no polish, no long acrilic pointy ones! I’m aware of the delicate baby’s skin and don’t want to cause any harm.

Also I don’t wear any jewellery during a session, not even my wedding ring just because I don’t want accident to happen. Probably a bracelet or a neckles do not do much harm but when I’m working I just want to concentrate and¬† focus on the baby and I prefer being on the safe side. I ask parents as well to remove watches or bracelets when they hold the baby. Watches, especially if big,¬† can be a distraction in the photos but they can also represent a potential risk.

I hope you enjoy my “silly” post.¬† Stay tuned fore more insight next week.

 

 

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Newborn Lifestyle Session – Clapham Baby Photographer

Last week I went to a beautiful house in Clapham to photograph a little baby boy.

When I go to clients’ home the session is a bit different from the one I would do at my studio. When someone come to my studio I will pose babis in those cute poses that all the parents love. They really need to be milky drunk: this way I can easily position them and it could take quite a long time.

At their house  I tend to capture candid moments between parents. Natural images of the newborn while sleeping or being fed,  spontaneous times rather than posed ones.

That’s probably the main difference.

I have lots of nice photos from this session but I picked these as a little preview for mum and dad because I think they are pretty sweet and they represent what a home session mainly means.

Looking forward to showing more!

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For more information about newborn session you can read this booklet. Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Photograface by Valentina | Newborn Photographer Clapham

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Newborn smiles are priceless

Newborn photography is getting really popular nowadays.

Parents love pictures of sleeping babies, babies wearing cute hats or props. They love images of the naked baby inside dad’s hands.

But what sweeter than a newborn smile?

I think it’s really one of the cutest things!

I love this photo of big sister kissing her baby brother. He lays relaxed in dad’s hands, safe and secure, reaches the REM stage and smirks. Dad couldn’t be happier, what a tender moment between brother and sister <3

Big sister gives you a kiss and you, little man, show your love back with a sweet and warm smile.

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When you book a newborn session you will also receive a complimentary video announcement that you can share with friends and family to introduce your baby!

Photograface by Valentina | Newborn Photographer Battersea | Clapham | SW London

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Children outdoor photography

Reading a good book is like taking a journey

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† – Emma Gulliford –

And we were in a kind of  little journey . . . we walked with a little bag full of props to find a nice place. The kids pretended to be explorers looking around, taking wild berries from plants, holding a torch, reading a map.

They were actually genuinely excited to be there and to be photographed. Then I saw this lovely rock wall, it was a perfect spot to sit down and read a story.

I love the complicity between brothers and sisters! They love each other a minute, they hate each other the minute after, but no matter what they will be friends for life.

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If you like this image you can see  another one here.

Photograface by Valentina | Children Photographer SW London

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Did you know I am BANPAS member?

BANPAS stands for Baby and Newborn Photography Association.

If you are expecting  (many CONGRATULATIONS!!) I will suggest browsing through their website because there is a lot of useful information about finding a photographer, the right time to book, what you could expect from a photography session  . . . and more.  They also have a nice FB page where they share tips and articles about pregnancy, birth and beyond.

BANPAS promotes safe working practices amongst newborn photography and is dedicated to ensuring that baby’s comfort and safety take priority whilst the photographers create beautiful images for parents to treasure.

BANPAS members are amongst the leading baby and newborn photographers.

You have to submit a number of photographs to prove the quality of the work and also multiple photos used for composite images.

BANPAS really helps its photographers in the business providing continuous training and seminars and I am proud of being a member of this association for the past 2 years. You can see my personal profile clicking here.

I think finding the right photographer for yourself is really key for a good relationship and result of your photos as well. I always suggest having a coffee to get the chance to know each  other better before the session. That will help to be more relaxed and at ease at the time of the session.

If you want to have a chat or meet me for a coffee get in touch here.

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Photograface by Valentina | Maternity | Newborn Photography SW London

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