Newborn babies photo session lengths and variety of photos
How long, do you think, does it takes to create those curled up pretty newborn babies photos? When I started my newborn photography business, I never realised how long it takes to work on single image. When you look at those beautiful newborn photos, you see only how gorgeous they are. You’d probably never guess how long it takes to actually create that image.
The image you see here is, for me, probably one of the hardest poses to do. Not every family asks for it, but around 80% would like to have the adorable froggy pose (that’s how it’s called in photography world). I simply call it chin pose.
To set up this image and photograph it well can easily take 20 minutes to do. That is, of course, if little one is cooperating! So that pretty much means that you could work only with 3 sets of poses in a single hour. What can happen is you try to do this pose, and suddenly newborn totally wakes up and you have to stop whole session to settle baby again. Sometimes you need to come back to this and try it again.
I always say that families should consider newborn session to be anywhere from 3-4 hours. If you are really lucky and little one sleeps through the whole session, then we could wrap it up in two hours. That has happened only few times in my entire 6 years, however! 🙂
During these 4 hours I would photograph around 10 poses. Sometimes a bit more. All depends what are parents preferences. Some would like lots of props and sets some just want as simple as possible newborn babies photos.
The lengths of the session also will depend if you wish to have your newborn photographed solo, or if you would like their siblings included as well. Generally, it can take a little longer to take sibling/family photos. First, you want siblings to settle in and be happy, and then you try to get them in photos. If the siblings are around 2-3 year old, this can be a challenging task! 🙂
“The shoot was long because of necessary poop breaks and feeding of course but Armands and his assistant were so patient and excellent with my baby girl. When we went back to see the finished result i was literally in tears watching the slideshow that he had put together of all of the beautiful images he had captured of the three of us (mum, dad and baby). The pictures blew me away, i am over the moon with Armands work! Truly amazing the poses he can mould baby into and such patience!” Mimma, Edinburgh
Variety of newborn photos during the session.
As a parent, you probably would want to have as many cute photos of your baby as possible. I understand that, as I’m parent too! I’m forever photographing my little monkeys! With newborn photos it is a bit different. We’ve already discovered that it takes a while to get these photos done, and take loads of patience and skill.
Personally, I have noticed that photographers often say that they will give 50+ images from the session, but pretty much never they explain what those images will look like. It kind of bothers me, as when parents do research for photographers, they forget to ask this and think that they will have so many more different photos than my 20-25 photo selection.
The truth is that the “variety” of photos pretty much always springs from the same photo either simply converted in black and white, or baby being photographed with very little variation in posing. I love my job and I try to give parents the best possible outcome. I pay attention to posing and introduce as much variety in images as I can. Prior the session I would ask parents to tell which poses they like and I would create exactly what they after.
After the session, I would do my job to select only the best photos rather then chuck in all maybes in as well. I just don’t think it’s helpful for parents to see 50 mediocre photos rather than just the 25 strongest shots. The truth is that when you come back to see your photos in a week’s time, you will be TIRED. Trust me. You want photographer to do the job and to intuitively pick the best shots, rather than leave you mulling between four shots that are nearly identical. That is what exactly I offer.
Here is a full newborn session I did. It was quite an alert session, plus involved sibling and family shots too. Alert newborns are not always easy to photograph, but Romeo did very well. I was very happy with these results, as were mum and dad.
As you can see here, I have done pretty limited selection. I would probably take out another 5 images, but this is pretty much what I showed family.