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September 5, 2022

Every Colour in the Rainbow

One of the most difficult parts of stocking a newborn studio is what to carry. There are thousands of options for backdrops, props, accessories. In reality we need to carry every colour in the rainbow.

What colour do the majority of our clients ask for their newborn session? The answer is neutrals. Cream, white, grey or brown. Very simple and classic. They goal is for these pictures to look amazing in every room in their home.

Every now and then clients will tell us to surprise them. I personally love when a client types this in their questionnaire! I already know what colours are found in their home (because I always ask before designing the gallery) and this allows me use the colour wheel and pick pops of colour that will coordinate and compliment.

Choose Whatever You Want

Sometimes there is a new colour backdrop waiting to be used and I cannot wait till I hear the magic words to choose whatever…*insert happy dance*

The collage below is almost every colour I have in stock but I know I am missing a few. There are a few greys missing, creams and I know there are a couple bright pinks that a waiting for the perfect berry themed session. There are also multiple shades of blue I know I am missing from the pictures below.

Every Colour is Chosen with a Tone in Mind

Despite have such a wide variety, I still keep my colours within the rustic colour range. Nearly every colour is found not only in the rainbow but also within nature. I shy away from the overly bold and neon colours because I found they are not consistent with my style and rarely requested.

When booking your newborn session do not be afraid of a little pop of colour and feel free to refer to this collage in the future. My assistant and I love when people request a colour we rarely use!

Every colour in the rainbow is show in the collage of baby pictures and multiple backdrop colours.

Every Colour in the Rainbow

One of the most difficult parts of stocking a newborn studio is what to carry. There are thousands of options for backdrops, props, accessories. In reality we need to carry every colour in the rainbow.

What colour do the majority of our clients ask for their newborn session? The answer is neutrals. Cream, white, grey or brown. Very simple and classic. They goal is for these pictures to look amazing in every room in their home.

Every now and then clients will tell us to surprise them. I personally love when a client types this in their questionnaire! I already know what colours are found in their home (because I always ask before designing the gallery) and this allows me use the colour wheel and pick pops of colour that will coordinate and compliment.

Choose Whatever You Want

Sometimes there is a new colour backdrop waiting to be used and I cannot wait till I hear the magic words to choose whatever…*insert happy dance*

The collage below is almost every colour I have in stock but I know I am missing a few. There are a few greys missing, creams and I know there are a couple bright pinks that a waiting for the perfect berry themed session. There are also multiple shades of blue I know I am missing from the pictures below.

Every Colour is Chosen with a Tone in Mind

Despite have such a wide variety, I still keep my colours within the rustic colour range. Nearly every colour is found not only in the rainbow but also within nature. I shy away from the overly bold and neon colours because I found they are not consistent with my style and rarely requested.

When booking your newborn session do not be afraid of a little pop of colour and feel free to refer to this collage in the future. My assistant and I love when people request a colour we rarely use!

Every colour in the rainbow is show in the collage of baby pictures and multiple backdrop colours.

September 5, 2022

September 5, 2022

Every Colour in the Rainbow

One of the most difficult parts of stocking a newborn studio is what to carry. There are thousands of options for backdrops, props, accessories. In reality we need to carry every colour in the rainbow.

What colour do the majority of our clients ask for their newborn session? The answer is neutrals. Cream, white, grey or brown. Very simple and classic. They goal is for these pictures to look amazing in every room in their home.

Every now and then clients will tell us to surprise them. I personally love when a client types this in their questionnaire! I already know what colours are found in their home (because I always ask before designing the gallery) and this allows me use the colour wheel and pick pops of colour that will coordinate and compliment.

Choose Whatever You Want

Sometimes there is a new colour backdrop waiting to be used and I cannot wait till I hear the magic words to choose whatever…*insert happy dance*

The collage below is almost every colour I have in stock but I know I am missing a few. There are a few greys missing, creams and I know there are a couple bright pinks that a waiting for the perfect berry themed session. There are also multiple shades of blue I know I am missing from the pictures below.

Every Colour is Chosen with a Tone in Mind

Despite have such a wide variety, I still keep my colours within the rustic colour range. Nearly every colour is found not only in the rainbow but also within nature. I shy away from the overly bold and neon colours because I found they are not consistent with my style and rarely requested.

When booking your newborn session do not be afraid of a little pop of colour and feel free to refer to this collage in the future. My assistant and I love when people request a colour we rarely use!

Every colour in the rainbow is show in the collage of baby pictures and multiple backdrop colours.

May 17, 2022

A newborn girl is posed on a green blanket with a matching green scarf lying artfully around her.

Favorite Lenses for Newborn Photography 

My favorite lenses for newborn photography are pretty simple despite the hundreds of options on the market. After a decade of photographing newborns in my studio these are my personal opinions of what works best for my style.

Sigma Art 50mm 1.4 for Nikon

a baby girls is posed on a green blanket with her hands under her chin. The photographer used their favorite lens for newborn photography, a sigma art 50mm
Sigma Art 50mm 1.4

This is my go-to always grabbed lens. It is a workhorse, captures beautiful images, fast for toddlers and lovely bokeh. It is heavier than the Nikon 50mm 1.4/1.8 but I do not mind the extra weight. I can say this is my favorite lens for newborn photography.

These lenses have a tenacity for front and back focusing so calibration is a must. (FoCal is my tried and true calibration method). Using a mirrorless camera has made this a little easier to handle but I still expect there will be a day in my future to do some maintenance on the lens.

I love the fact that with a 50mm there is little distortion and it closely resembles what our human eyes can see.

If you are not a professional, grab the Nikon (or Canon) 50mm 1.8, they are great little lenses and affordable (if you could call buying lenses affordable).

Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 for Nikon

A newborn baby is curled up in a white scarf and sleeping on a smooth blanket at a photo session
Sigma Art 35mm 1.4

This baby sat on my camera for 5+ years and truly it is like an old friend. LIke the 50mm from Sigma Art, it is fast, sharp, and produces beautiful images. I have recalibrated that lens so many times I have lost count. 

It gives a wider perspective and therefore amazing outside but can produce some distortion. I learned the hard way that it would make babies’ heads and hands look too big if I was not careful! 

This lens is amazing for being able to shoot much closer to your subject. On the rare times I am working alone, this is my go-to lens of choice. Also it is perfect for standing on top of babies and photographing them. 

When I bought my first DSLR I realized I couldn’t use the lens my camera came with in our tiny little house. the 35mm 1.8 was the answer that I needed. The kids would be playing and I could snap their pictures easily and with room to spare.

Nikon 105mm 2.8 Macro 

You expected another Sigma Art lens? This lens was originally bought for wedding photography and macro images of the rings. In the studio it can create the most beautiful macros. 

Tiny details of babies that mother’s stare at daily and never want to forget. 

Macro shots are not something I do for every session but always if requested. They look amazing in albums.

A clenched baby hand
Nikon 105mm 2.8

Favorite Lens for Newborn Photography?

It would be the 50mm! When it comes down to it this is and has been my favorite for a long time.

This is a peak into my camera bag of my favorite lenses for newborn photography. I know other photographers will have different opinions, my friend swears by here 24-70mm! This will all come down to what works best for them and their style.

Favorite Lenses for Newborn Photography 

My favorite lenses for newborn photography are pretty simple despite the hundreds of options on the market. After a decade of photographing newborns in my studio these are my personal opinions of what works best for my style.

Sigma Art 50mm 1.4 for Nikon

a baby girls is posed on a green blanket with her hands under her chin. The photographer used their favorite lens for newborn photography, a sigma art 50mm
Sigma Art 50mm 1.4

This is my go-to always grabbed lens. It is a workhorse, captures beautiful images, fast for toddlers and lovely bokeh. It is heavier than the Nikon 50mm 1.4/1.8 but I do not mind the extra weight. I can say this is my favorite lens for newborn photography.

These lenses have a tenacity for front and back focusing so calibration is a must. (FoCal is my tried and true calibration method). Using a mirrorless camera has made this a little easier to handle but I still expect there will be a day in my future to do some maintenance on the lens.

I love the fact that with a 50mm there is little distortion and it closely resembles what our human eyes can see.

If you are not a professional, grab the Nikon (or Canon) 50mm 1.8, they are great little lenses and affordable (if you could call buying lenses affordable).

Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 for Nikon

A newborn baby is curled up in a white scarf and sleeping on a smooth blanket at a photo session
Sigma Art 35mm 1.4

This baby sat on my camera for 5+ years and truly it is like an old friend. LIke the 50mm from Sigma Art, it is fast, sharp, and produces beautiful images. I have recalibrated that lens so many times I have lost count. 

It gives a wider perspective and therefore amazing outside but can produce some distortion. I learned the hard way that it would make babies’ heads and hands look too big if I was not careful! 

This lens is amazing for being able to shoot much closer to your subject. On the rare times I am working alone, this is my go-to lens of choice. Also it is perfect for standing on top of babies and photographing them. 

When I bought my first DSLR I realized I couldn’t use the lens my camera came with in our tiny little house. the 35mm 1.8 was the answer that I needed. The kids would be playing and I could snap their pictures easily and with room to spare.

Nikon 105mm 2.8 Macro 

You expected another Sigma Art lens? This lens was originally bought for wedding photography and macro images of the rings. In the studio it can create the most beautiful macros. 

Tiny details of babies that mother’s stare at daily and never want to forget. 

Macro shots are not something I do for every session but always if requested. They look amazing in albums.

A clenched baby hand
Nikon 105mm 2.8

Favorite Lens for Newborn Photography?

It would be the 50mm! When it comes down to it this is and has been my favorite for a long time.

This is a peak into my camera bag of my favorite lenses for newborn photography. I know other photographers will have different opinions, my friend swears by here 24-70mm! This will all come down to what works best for them and their style.

May 17, 2022

A newborn girl is posed on a green blanket with a matching green scarf lying artfully around her.
A newborn girl is posed on a green blanket with a matching green scarf lying artfully around her.

May 17, 2022

Favorite Lenses for Newborn Photography 

My favorite lenses for newborn photography are pretty simple despite the hundreds of options on the market. After a decade of photographing newborns in my studio these are my personal opinions of what works best for my style.

Sigma Art 50mm 1.4 for Nikon

a baby girls is posed on a green blanket with her hands under her chin. The photographer used their favorite lens for newborn photography, a sigma art 50mm
Sigma Art 50mm 1.4

This is my go-to always grabbed lens. It is a workhorse, captures beautiful images, fast for toddlers and lovely bokeh. It is heavier than the Nikon 50mm 1.4/1.8 but I do not mind the extra weight. I can say this is my favorite lens for newborn photography.

These lenses have a tenacity for front and back focusing so calibration is a must. (FoCal is my tried and true calibration method). Using a mirrorless camera has made this a little easier to handle but I still expect there will be a day in my future to do some maintenance on the lens.

I love the fact that with a 50mm there is little distortion and it closely resembles what our human eyes can see.

If you are not a professional, grab the Nikon (or Canon) 50mm 1.8, they are great little lenses and affordable (if you could call buying lenses affordable).

Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 for Nikon

A newborn baby is curled up in a white scarf and sleeping on a smooth blanket at a photo session
Sigma Art 35mm 1.4

This baby sat on my camera for 5+ years and truly it is like an old friend. LIke the 50mm from Sigma Art, it is fast, sharp, and produces beautiful images. I have recalibrated that lens so many times I have lost count. 

It gives a wider perspective and therefore amazing outside but can produce some distortion. I learned the hard way that it would make babies’ heads and hands look too big if I was not careful! 

This lens is amazing for being able to shoot much closer to your subject. On the rare times I am working alone, this is my go-to lens of choice. Also it is perfect for standing on top of babies and photographing them. 

When I bought my first DSLR I realized I couldn’t use the lens my camera came with in our tiny little house. the 35mm 1.8 was the answer that I needed. The kids would be playing and I could snap their pictures easily and with room to spare.

Nikon 105mm 2.8 Macro 

You expected another Sigma Art lens? This lens was originally bought for wedding photography and macro images of the rings. In the studio it can create the most beautiful macros. 

Tiny details of babies that mother’s stare at daily and never want to forget. 

Macro shots are not something I do for every session but always if requested. They look amazing in albums.

A clenched baby hand
Nikon 105mm 2.8

Favorite Lens for Newborn Photography?

It would be the 50mm! When it comes down to it this is and has been my favorite for a long time.

This is a peak into my camera bag of my favorite lenses for newborn photography. I know other photographers will have different opinions, my friend swears by here 24-70mm! This will all come down to what works best for them and their style.

May 13, 2022

twin babies are sleeping in a wood box and posed for a session at the photography studio near them in Saint John, New Brunswick

How a Session with Twins is a little different. 

There is something amazing when it comes to twins and this is how a session with twins is a little different compared to a singleton session.

Twins wrapped in cream blankets and sleeping in a small wood box in a Saint John photography studio.

The Cost is Not Different (despite the work being double)

The number one question from expecting twin parents is if the cost is double? The answer is NO, the cost is the same as it is for a single, or even triplet session. Why? Because the cost in the studio remains the same. The time for the session may be longer but it is pretty close to our average session time. 

An Assistant (not a parent) is Necessary for Twins

I prefer to use an assistant for every session, without one I am limited on the style and posing. Safety is a huge aspect of our work. With twins I need a second set of hands and need to help. Parents are sleep deprived (double!),  Mom is recovering and Dad is caring for Mom, therefore, I have an assistant to make it easier. 

Two people to help rock, cuddle, and keep safe hands inches away. When we do the pictures with one baby, the other is safely in the arms of someone else. We need all sets of hands!

twins sleeping on a cream blanket and a wrap crinkled on each side

Less Variety but Same Number of Images

Normally with every posed newborn session we aim for 4-6 setups but with twins we are doing double the work. Sometimes we have one (or two babies) who need a little extra love and the workload on our end is doubled. We aim for 3-4 setups max with twins but the upside is the fact Mom’s have two babies and that means often large galleries of images to choose from. There will be doubles of certain setups to account for each twin. This is one major reason how a session with twins is a little different because there are less setups.

We Have Limited Doubles for Props/Wraps

The studio is full of amazing props from all over the world, tiny outfits and cute little headbands. We pride ourselves on the large collection.

A very tiny amount is doubled for twins. Financially it doesn’t make sense to buy doubles every time, when we do not book multiples often enough. There are a few matching wraps, a couple matching headbands and bonnets. We often aim for similar but different colours. Some parents want everything matching, some nothing matching and some want a mixture.

This is an example of how twin sessions are a little different because the twins sleeping in the little box are not wearing matching outfits but rather coordinating .

We Hurt after a Session with Twins

My regular assistant and I LOVE doing twins because they are amazing and fill us with awe. What we don’t love is how our bodies ache after a long session with twice the burping, double the swaying, the back ache from being bent over the entire session with zero down time. It is worth the pain every time. We feel how a session with twins is a little different compared to a singleton after each session.

How a Session with Twins is a little different. 

There is something amazing when it comes to twins and this is how a session with twins is a little different compared to a singleton session.

Twins wrapped in cream blankets and sleeping in a small wood box in a Saint John photography studio.

The Cost is Not Different (despite the work being double)

The number one question from expecting twin parents is if the cost is double? The answer is NO, the cost is the same as it is for a single, or even triplet session. Why? Because the cost in the studio remains the same. The time for the session may be longer but it is pretty close to our average session time. 

An Assistant (not a parent) is Necessary for Twins

I prefer to use an assistant for every session, without one I am limited on the style and posing. Safety is a huge aspect of our work. With twins I need a second set of hands and need to help. Parents are sleep deprived (double!),  Mom is recovering and Dad is caring for Mom, therefore, I have an assistant to make it easier. 

Two people to help rock, cuddle, and keep safe hands inches away. When we do the pictures with one baby, the other is safely in the arms of someone else. We need all sets of hands!

twins sleeping on a cream blanket and a wrap crinkled on each side

Less Variety but Same Number of Images

Normally with every posed newborn session we aim for 4-6 setups but with twins we are doing double the work. Sometimes we have one (or two babies) who need a little extra love and the workload on our end is doubled. We aim for 3-4 setups max with twins but the upside is the fact Mom’s have two babies and that means often large galleries of images to choose from. There will be doubles of certain setups to account for each twin. This is one major reason how a session with twins is a little different because there are less setups.

We Have Limited Doubles for Props/Wraps

The studio is full of amazing props from all over the world, tiny outfits and cute little headbands. We pride ourselves on the large collection.

A very tiny amount is doubled for twins. Financially it doesn’t make sense to buy doubles every time, when we do not book multiples often enough. There are a few matching wraps, a couple matching headbands and bonnets. We often aim for similar but different colours. Some parents want everything matching, some nothing matching and some want a mixture.

This is an example of how twin sessions are a little different because the twins sleeping in the little box are not wearing matching outfits but rather coordinating .

We Hurt after a Session with Twins

My regular assistant and I LOVE doing twins because they are amazing and fill us with awe. What we don’t love is how our bodies ache after a long session with twice the burping, double the swaying, the back ache from being bent over the entire session with zero down time. It is worth the pain every time. We feel how a session with twins is a little different compared to a singleton after each session.

May 13, 2022

twin babies are sleeping in a wood box and posed for a session at the photography studio near them in Saint John, New Brunswick
twin babies are sleeping in a wood box and posed for a session at the photography studio near them in Saint John, New Brunswick

May 13, 2022

How a Session with Twins is a little different. 

There is something amazing when it comes to twins and this is how a session with twins is a little different compared to a singleton session.

Twins wrapped in cream blankets and sleeping in a small wood box in a Saint John photography studio.

The Cost is Not Different (despite the work being double)

The number one question from expecting twin parents is if the cost is double? The answer is NO, the cost is the same as it is for a single, or even triplet session. Why? Because the cost in the studio remains the same. The time for the session may be longer but it is pretty close to our average session time. 

An Assistant (not a parent) is Necessary for Twins

I prefer to use an assistant for every session, without one I am limited on the style and posing. Safety is a huge aspect of our work. With twins I need a second set of hands and need to help. Parents are sleep deprived (double!),  Mom is recovering and Dad is caring for Mom, therefore, I have an assistant to make it easier. 

Two people to help rock, cuddle, and keep safe hands inches away. When we do the pictures with one baby, the other is safely in the arms of someone else. We need all sets of hands!

twins sleeping on a cream blanket and a wrap crinkled on each side

Less Variety but Same Number of Images

Normally with every posed newborn session we aim for 4-6 setups but with twins we are doing double the work. Sometimes we have one (or two babies) who need a little extra love and the workload on our end is doubled. We aim for 3-4 setups max with twins but the upside is the fact Mom’s have two babies and that means often large galleries of images to choose from. There will be doubles of certain setups to account for each twin. This is one major reason how a session with twins is a little different because there are less setups.

We Have Limited Doubles for Props/Wraps

The studio is full of amazing props from all over the world, tiny outfits and cute little headbands. We pride ourselves on the large collection.

A very tiny amount is doubled for twins. Financially it doesn’t make sense to buy doubles every time, when we do not book multiples often enough. There are a few matching wraps, a couple matching headbands and bonnets. We often aim for similar but different colours. Some parents want everything matching, some nothing matching and some want a mixture.

This is an example of how twin sessions are a little different because the twins sleeping in the little box are not wearing matching outfits but rather coordinating .

We Hurt after a Session with Twins

My regular assistant and I LOVE doing twins because they are amazing and fill us with awe. What we don’t love is how our bodies ache after a long session with twice the burping, double the swaying, the back ache from being bent over the entire session with zero down time. It is worth the pain every time. We feel how a session with twins is a little different compared to a singleton after each session.

May 11, 2022

Top 3 Ways to Help a Newborn Sleep

Why is it so hard to get your new baby to sleep? Some babies are amazing little sleepers and others need a little help. Here are my top 3 ways to help a newborn sleep.

baby sleeping with hands crossed under his chin, wrapped in a knitted blanket and wearing a bonnet.

1. Shushing Machine

Babies spent 9 months listening to the loud whoosh sound of your heart and now they are in this huge QUIET world. Some babies find the silence lonely and unfamiliar. When your baby is crying what do you do? Shh, shh, shh! You naturally make the familiar heartbeat sound that soothes them (nature is amazing!) but doing this for a few hours is exhausting.

Here at the studio in Saint John, we use the Baby Shusher here. This little machine can sit in their crib or dresser, uses double A batteries, can be turned up or down and lasts about 30 minutes. I love the fact the batteries are screwed in for extra childproofing and safety. 

Babies will listen to the familiar whoosh sound and fall asleep.

2. Swaddling

Swaddling is an art. We swaddle your babies everyday and can say some babies love to wiggle out. Those swaddle wraps that are on the market are awesome! If your baby is struggling to sleep, swaddling may be the answer. As they get older they love to stretch out but when they are fresh and newborn, swaddling may make them feel all squished and comforted like the womb again. 

That mild pressure of feeling like they are being held can help them drift off to sleep and stay asleep a little longer. For safety reasons follow the manufacturers instructions and next swaddle around the neck.

a baby swaddled to help a newborn sleep wearing a floral headband

3. Warmth

The third way to help babies sleep is about about the temperature. Babies have immature little systems and do not regulate body heat as well as we do. They like it WARM. If their hands or feet are cold, they are often too cold. Turn the heat up, dress them in more layers. Use sleep sacks for crib sleeping to keep them warm and safe. 

Often parents complain their babies wake up the moment they lay them down and often it is because of that cool bed feeling. We might love to lay down and feel the cool side of a pillow but babies do not. Rub the mattress with your hand and warm it up before lying your baby down. Do not use a heating pad (there are cases of babies being accidentally burned) but rubbing and making friction can do the job. 

We Use these Tips

I hope these 3 ways to help a newborn sleep will help! As professional baby handlers we are using these tips for every session to help a newborn to sleep because we know how critical each one is for a good nap! They may not seem like the simple answer but all three can help little ones drift off to sleep easier.

Top 3 Ways to Help a Newborn Sleep

Why is it so hard to get your new baby to sleep? Some babies are amazing little sleepers and others need a little help. Here are my top 3 ways to help a newborn sleep.

baby sleeping with hands crossed under his chin, wrapped in a knitted blanket and wearing a bonnet.

1. Shushing Machine

Babies spent 9 months listening to the loud whoosh sound of your heart and now they are in this huge QUIET world. Some babies find the silence lonely and unfamiliar. When your baby is crying what do you do? Shh, shh, shh! You naturally make the familiar heartbeat sound that soothes them (nature is amazing!) but doing this for a few hours is exhausting.

Here at the studio in Saint John, we use the Baby Shusher here. This little machine can sit in their crib or dresser, uses double A batteries, can be turned up or down and lasts about 30 minutes. I love the fact the batteries are screwed in for extra childproofing and safety. 

Babies will listen to the familiar whoosh sound and fall asleep.

2. Swaddling

Swaddling is an art. We swaddle your babies everyday and can say some babies love to wiggle out. Those swaddle wraps that are on the market are awesome! If your baby is struggling to sleep, swaddling may be the answer. As they get older they love to stretch out but when they are fresh and newborn, swaddling may make them feel all squished and comforted like the womb again. 

That mild pressure of feeling like they are being held can help them drift off to sleep and stay asleep a little longer. For safety reasons follow the manufacturers instructions and next swaddle around the neck.

a baby swaddled to help a newborn sleep wearing a floral headband

3. Warmth

The third way to help babies sleep is about about the temperature. Babies have immature little systems and do not regulate body heat as well as we do. They like it WARM. If their hands or feet are cold, they are often too cold. Turn the heat up, dress them in more layers. Use sleep sacks for crib sleeping to keep them warm and safe. 

Often parents complain their babies wake up the moment they lay them down and often it is because of that cool bed feeling. We might love to lay down and feel the cool side of a pillow but babies do not. Rub the mattress with your hand and warm it up before lying your baby down. Do not use a heating pad (there are cases of babies being accidentally burned) but rubbing and making friction can do the job. 

We Use these Tips

I hope these 3 ways to help a newborn sleep will help! As professional baby handlers we are using these tips for every session to help a newborn to sleep because we know how critical each one is for a good nap! They may not seem like the simple answer but all three can help little ones drift off to sleep easier.

May 11, 2022

May 11, 2022

Top 3 Ways to Help a Newborn Sleep

Why is it so hard to get your new baby to sleep? Some babies are amazing little sleepers and others need a little help. Here are my top 3 ways to help a newborn sleep.

baby sleeping with hands crossed under his chin, wrapped in a knitted blanket and wearing a bonnet.

1. Shushing Machine

Babies spent 9 months listening to the loud whoosh sound of your heart and now they are in this huge QUIET world. Some babies find the silence lonely and unfamiliar. When your baby is crying what do you do? Shh, shh, shh! You naturally make the familiar heartbeat sound that soothes them (nature is amazing!) but doing this for a few hours is exhausting.

Here at the studio in Saint John, we use the Baby Shusher here. This little machine can sit in their crib or dresser, uses double A batteries, can be turned up or down and lasts about 30 minutes. I love the fact the batteries are screwed in for extra childproofing and safety. 

Babies will listen to the familiar whoosh sound and fall asleep.

2. Swaddling

Swaddling is an art. We swaddle your babies everyday and can say some babies love to wiggle out. Those swaddle wraps that are on the market are awesome! If your baby is struggling to sleep, swaddling may be the answer. As they get older they love to stretch out but when they are fresh and newborn, swaddling may make them feel all squished and comforted like the womb again. 

That mild pressure of feeling like they are being held can help them drift off to sleep and stay asleep a little longer. For safety reasons follow the manufacturers instructions and next swaddle around the neck.

a baby swaddled to help a newborn sleep wearing a floral headband

3. Warmth

The third way to help babies sleep is about about the temperature. Babies have immature little systems and do not regulate body heat as well as we do. They like it WARM. If their hands or feet are cold, they are often too cold. Turn the heat up, dress them in more layers. Use sleep sacks for crib sleeping to keep them warm and safe. 

Often parents complain their babies wake up the moment they lay them down and often it is because of that cool bed feeling. We might love to lay down and feel the cool side of a pillow but babies do not. Rub the mattress with your hand and warm it up before lying your baby down. Do not use a heating pad (there are cases of babies being accidentally burned) but rubbing and making friction can do the job. 

We Use these Tips

I hope these 3 ways to help a newborn sleep will help! As professional baby handlers we are using these tips for every session to help a newborn to sleep because we know how critical each one is for a good nap! They may not seem like the simple answer but all three can help little ones drift off to sleep easier.

August 1, 2021

newborn baby sleeping on purple

Top 70 Newborn Photography Websites 2021

This week gave me a nice little surprise, Enchanted Hill Photography was included in the Top 70 Newborn Photography websites. Considering there are thousands and thousands of newborn photographers it was nice to be included within this list.

pictures from a website of the top 70 newborn photography websites 2021

Privately I was geeking out a little because some of the names are ‘big’ names. They are the educators and the artists that are leading the industry in artistry and technique. I have taken online courses from a few of them and to be in a list alongside of them? That is pretty exciting to me!

I know that anyone can make one of these lists and I have no idea what the criteria was but I am still a little humbled to have been noticed. I don’t post as much as I should on social media to market my work but my website I try to keep up to date.

This website has been live for 10 years and has had some drastic changes! It looks so different from 2011 and I keep changing it every few months to make it a better experience for anyone who comes opens it up in their browser.

If you want to scroll down you will find my website at #60!

We are #60!

There are so many amazing photographers and websites out there and I am sure if this was a large panel making this decisions the results would be completely different. Whatever the reason I am still thankful that someone took notice and included me in their list of the top 70 Newborn Photography Websites for 2021.

Top 70 Newborn Photography Websites 2021

This week gave me a nice little surprise, Enchanted Hill Photography was included in the Top 70 Newborn Photography websites. Considering there are thousands and thousands of newborn photographers it was nice to be included within this list.

pictures from a website of the top 70 newborn photography websites 2021

Privately I was geeking out a little because some of the names are ‘big’ names. They are the educators and the artists that are leading the industry in artistry and technique. I have taken online courses from a few of them and to be in a list alongside of them? That is pretty exciting to me!

I know that anyone can make one of these lists and I have no idea what the criteria was but I am still a little humbled to have been noticed. I don’t post as much as I should on social media to market my work but my website I try to keep up to date.

This website has been live for 10 years and has had some drastic changes! It looks so different from 2011 and I keep changing it every few months to make it a better experience for anyone who comes opens it up in their browser.

If you want to scroll down you will find my website at #60!

We are #60!

There are so many amazing photographers and websites out there and I am sure if this was a large panel making this decisions the results would be completely different. Whatever the reason I am still thankful that someone took notice and included me in their list of the top 70 Newborn Photography Websites for 2021.

August 1, 2021

newborn baby sleeping on purple
newborn baby sleeping on purple

August 1, 2021

Top 70 Newborn Photography Websites 2021

This week gave me a nice little surprise, Enchanted Hill Photography was included in the Top 70 Newborn Photography websites. Considering there are thousands and thousands of newborn photographers it was nice to be included within this list.

pictures from a website of the top 70 newborn photography websites 2021

Privately I was geeking out a little because some of the names are ‘big’ names. They are the educators and the artists that are leading the industry in artistry and technique. I have taken online courses from a few of them and to be in a list alongside of them? That is pretty exciting to me!

I know that anyone can make one of these lists and I have no idea what the criteria was but I am still a little humbled to have been noticed. I don’t post as much as I should on social media to market my work but my website I try to keep up to date.

This website has been live for 10 years and has had some drastic changes! It looks so different from 2011 and I keep changing it every few months to make it a better experience for anyone who comes opens it up in their browser.

If you want to scroll down you will find my website at #60!

We are #60!

There are so many amazing photographers and websites out there and I am sure if this was a large panel making this decisions the results would be completely different. Whatever the reason I am still thankful that someone took notice and included me in their list of the top 70 Newborn Photography Websites for 2021.

May 26, 2021

black and white picture of a relaxed posed newborn who is laying on a white blanket and someone is holding their hands

Relaxed Newborn Posing

I love posing newborns, it is difficult and never guaranteed but really showcases every little detail your baby’s face. Lately I have been pushing my skills to include relaxed newborn posing.

What is Relaxed Newborn Posing?

What exactly is “relaxed newborn posing”? It looks simple, as if your baby was stretching and then places themselves in a position on their own. Focusing on your baby and not the props. Black and white look equally as stunning as it does in colour.

black and white picture of a relaxed newborn posed with sibling holding their hands

Dreamy, simple, so natural and a bit like lifestyle photography. The perfect blend for families who are trying to decide what style of newborn photography they want showcased in their homes.

It is Easy?

It is also the hardest posing to do with a new baby. The first time I saw this style I was immediately drawn it and my clients love it as well. The downside? Incredibly hard to do well. Babies need to be in a deep sleep, any small movement meant starting all over. Every tiny detail has to be perfect.

black and white picture of a clenched hand from relaxed newborn posing

Why is it so hard? We will blame it on the Moro Reflex. When babies feel like they are not being held, and lack of pressure on their arms and legs they instinctually flail their limbs. Startling themselves and waking up (it is the same feeling we get when we miss a step and your heart jumps to your throat). Often in newborn photography we wrap the babies because it is soothing, they feel secure and safe. Remove those wraps and they feel vulnerable.

relaxed newborn posed on a bed with an older sibling kissing their head

The effort is completely worth the end result. I like to add this relaxed posing into each session if the baby is sleepy enough and will allow us to pose them just right. It takes some serious baby whispering to achieve this relaxed and natural pose (which is anything but).

What about Siblings?

I love that this can allow brothers and sisters to join in as well (it is often easier with older siblings but sometimes we get lucky and they are as awesome as this big sister! ) Once we have a few pictures taken we can ask if the sibling would like to come over and hold their baby’s tiny little hand. Maybe a little kiss on the forehead? If the older sibling is a bit too young and not overly interest (which happens quite often!) we will stick a little treat of in the baby’s blanket and get their attention that way.

Relaxed Newborn Posing

I love posing newborns, it is difficult and never guaranteed but really showcases every little detail your baby’s face. Lately I have been pushing my skills to include relaxed newborn posing.

What is Relaxed Newborn Posing?

What exactly is “relaxed newborn posing”? It looks simple, as if your baby was stretching and then places themselves in a position on their own. Focusing on your baby and not the props. Black and white look equally as stunning as it does in colour.

black and white picture of a relaxed newborn posed with sibling holding their hands

Dreamy, simple, so natural and a bit like lifestyle photography. The perfect blend for families who are trying to decide what style of newborn photography they want showcased in their homes.

It is Easy?

It is also the hardest posing to do with a new baby. The first time I saw this style I was immediately drawn it and my clients love it as well. The downside? Incredibly hard to do well. Babies need to be in a deep sleep, any small movement meant starting all over. Every tiny detail has to be perfect.

black and white picture of a clenched hand from relaxed newborn posing

Why is it so hard? We will blame it on the Moro Reflex. When babies feel like they are not being held, and lack of pressure on their arms and legs they instinctually flail their limbs. Startling themselves and waking up (it is the same feeling we get when we miss a step and your heart jumps to your throat). Often in newborn photography we wrap the babies because it is soothing, they feel secure and safe. Remove those wraps and they feel vulnerable.

relaxed newborn posed on a bed with an older sibling kissing their head

The effort is completely worth the end result. I like to add this relaxed posing into each session if the baby is sleepy enough and will allow us to pose them just right. It takes some serious baby whispering to achieve this relaxed and natural pose (which is anything but).

What about Siblings?

I love that this can allow brothers and sisters to join in as well (it is often easier with older siblings but sometimes we get lucky and they are as awesome as this big sister! ) Once we have a few pictures taken we can ask if the sibling would like to come over and hold their baby’s tiny little hand. Maybe a little kiss on the forehead? If the older sibling is a bit too young and not overly interest (which happens quite often!) we will stick a little treat of in the baby’s blanket and get their attention that way.

May 26, 2021

black and white picture of a relaxed posed newborn who is laying on a white blanket and someone is holding their hands
black and white picture of a relaxed posed newborn who is laying on a white blanket and someone is holding their hands

May 26, 2021

Relaxed Newborn Posing

I love posing newborns, it is difficult and never guaranteed but really showcases every little detail your baby’s face. Lately I have been pushing my skills to include relaxed newborn posing.

What is Relaxed Newborn Posing?

What exactly is “relaxed newborn posing”? It looks simple, as if your baby was stretching and then places themselves in a position on their own. Focusing on your baby and not the props. Black and white look equally as stunning as it does in colour.

black and white picture of a relaxed newborn posed with sibling holding their hands

Dreamy, simple, so natural and a bit like lifestyle photography. The perfect blend for families who are trying to decide what style of newborn photography they want showcased in their homes.

It is Easy?

It is also the hardest posing to do with a new baby. The first time I saw this style I was immediately drawn it and my clients love it as well. The downside? Incredibly hard to do well. Babies need to be in a deep sleep, any small movement meant starting all over. Every tiny detail has to be perfect.

black and white picture of a clenched hand from relaxed newborn posing

Why is it so hard? We will blame it on the Moro Reflex. When babies feel like they are not being held, and lack of pressure on their arms and legs they instinctually flail their limbs. Startling themselves and waking up (it is the same feeling we get when we miss a step and your heart jumps to your throat). Often in newborn photography we wrap the babies because it is soothing, they feel secure and safe. Remove those wraps and they feel vulnerable.

relaxed newborn posed on a bed with an older sibling kissing their head

The effort is completely worth the end result. I like to add this relaxed posing into each session if the baby is sleepy enough and will allow us to pose them just right. It takes some serious baby whispering to achieve this relaxed and natural pose (which is anything but).

What about Siblings?

I love that this can allow brothers and sisters to join in as well (it is often easier with older siblings but sometimes we get lucky and they are as awesome as this big sister! ) Once we have a few pictures taken we can ask if the sibling would like to come over and hold their baby’s tiny little hand. Maybe a little kiss on the forehead? If the older sibling is a bit too young and not overly interest (which happens quite often!) we will stick a little treat of in the baby’s blanket and get their attention that way.