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Newborn shoots are best done within 10 days of your little ones birth whilst they are still so very sleepy. So please try and book your shoot before the birth of your baby to ensure you can get the day or time slot that is convenient for you. I book out a whole morning for a newborn shoot to give us adequate time to feed, soothe and change baby stress free in the comfort of your own home or in studio.

I prefer to conduct newborn shoots in the morning I find most babies are less niggly in the morning which makes my job easier and also is less stressful for the parents especially first time moms and dads. We typically start off with make-up for mum which takes 20-30 minutes and then start the shoot.

What to wear

In studio I typically ask parents to both bring a black and a white top with denims or neutral bottoms (jeans, chino, skirts). At home I just ask parents to choose tops that compliment each other. Bolder, solid colours work well and to avoid very tiny stripes or checks which appear hazy in photographs. For the baby we tend to do a few clothed photos and then a few photos when the baby is swaddled in one of my wraps with beanies. I have a selection of crocheted beanies and wraps that I bring along to choose from depending on your own personal taste. If you have anything special that you would like your baby to wear please bring it along.

During the shoot

I always ensure that the studio or environment is as warm as possible and I bring along a portable fan heater on the day. I also bring along portable studio lights and a very large beanbag on which to place your baby when we work with him for the styled shots on his own. We always stop to soothe baby to ensure he is as comfortable as possible with enough warmth with a warm blanket close at hand. We also stop to feed the baby during the shoot and for this reason you don’t have to completely throw your routine out and we work around your baby’s needs.

Family Newborn Shoots

Family Newborn shoots are a great thing to do especially if you never had a newborn shoot with your older children. It is especially emotive to capture the dynamics between the siblings with a new addition to the family. However it also can become very stressful for the parents if there isn’t another adult to help occupy the older children. We tend to let them play and then bring them in for a few minutes and then they tootle off to play again. Please also ensure pets are supervised. My make-up kit has nearly been chomped by a large labrador. Lastly  please ensure that you have allotted adequate time for the shoot  – as I have said before we go at the pace of the baby – some shoots go much quicker than others. As a result please don’t schedule appointments/urgent meetings etc straight after the shoot. If Dad needs to get back to work we will work with him first so he can return back to work as soon as possible.

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    Sinéad has a photography studio located in Parktown West, Johannesburg. As a personal branding headshot photographer and visual marketing expert Sinead will help you visually create a polished brand that authentically shows your brand story. Professional Photography packages services range from capturing precious family memories, cutting edge authentic corporate headshots to creating a brand story for entrepreneurial start ups. All shoots are inclusive or professional organic make up.

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