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NEWBORN

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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

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

How Much Is a Newborn Photo Shoot?

This is the #1 question most people ask when they inquire. I completely understand too! I have 5 children of my own and babies are expensive! You need to research and purchase a carseat, a crib, diapers, clothes, a bed, bedding and the list goes on and on!

how much does a newborn session like thi cost?

They Grow Up and Out

Here is the thing no one really warns you about, all those big purchases? Someday they will be gone. Your baby will grow up and the crib will be packed away, shuttled to the basement or sold. Eventually you will not need those strollers because those chubby little legs will be thinned out and running ahead of you.

baby boy in new brunswick getting his pictures taken

The only thing you will have left is a big kid and the memories. This is why pictures really are so valuable, they will take you back to the moment your life changed forever.

Quality and Service

The how much a newborn shoot can cost will wildly vary! This depends on the quality of the service and what is offered. A higher quality photographer will have pictures that are very consistent. You know exactly what you pictures will look like because of this high quality!

There are some photographers who have a studio, here at Enchanted Hill we have a commercial studio (outside of the home in a commercial building). Some photographers do not offer props and outfits and others like us will have a client closet and studio full of every props and every colour you would ever desire.

inside the studio of enchanted hill photography

Time

The time commitment to the session will also affect the price. How long will the session be? Posed is often more time consuming than lifestyle and the amount of editing that will happen as well. Some photographers will capture the images as is whereas others like us will edit away scratches and blemishes.

how much does a newborn shoot like this cost?

How much is a newborn photo shoot? Here at Enchanted Hill, at the current time, newborn pictures begin at $375+tax. Some people invest more and spent $600-1200, it depends on your budget and wants. This price is subject to change.

April 29, 2021

baby wrapped in a cream blanket in a saint john photography studio
little boy holding a baby with someone spotting for safety sits next to him

July 31, 2020

How to Choose a Newborn Photographer

Choosing a photographer can feel daunting, there are over 100 in the Saint John and Quispamsis area! So many are extremely talented but I wanted to give some idea on how to choose a newborn photographer.

Of course, I want you to hire me! But my style may not be what you are looking for and there may be other photographers who better suit your needs. The window is so small for newborns, this is the shortest stage of human life. It is also the moment that everything changes in your life (even if baby number 4 or 5!).

Check Out Their Style

wide awake newborn baby in Saint John

Every photographer has their own unique style. From big styling differences like Lifestyle or Posed. Lifestyle is typically held in your home. Lifestyle focuses more on the family environment, unposed, and how you interact as a family.

Posed newborn photography (which is our specialty) is carefully posed, to showcase the baby’s face and features. Props can be added and sessions color coordinated.

Look at the Editing

Every photographer has their own secret recipe for editing. We all have our own unique style in editing but it also depends on skill level. Over the past decade I know my own personal style has evolved but also my skills have highly advanced.

Some photographers only enhance the image a tiny bit leaving everything as they saw it through their lens and others will do extensive editing to give a prettier version of reality and some will fall in the middle.

Editing style can also vary in making the pictures look like they were processed with film and others are very sharp and the colors nice and crisp. What may be popular and trendy now may look out of date in 5-10 years.

Realize that every photographer has their own particular style, look at their website, and make sure everything is consistent, so there are no surprises when you receive your pictures. Also, realize that photographers will be unlikely to want to change their style of editing as well.

Experience and Safety

toddler at a photography studio is getting his picture taken and  holding his baby sibling and an adult woman wearing a mask and black plastic gloves is holding the baby and spotting for safety

This is a big one. Brand new babies mean you have researched safety, from sleeping methods to cribs and learn how to safely buckle them into a car seat. Choosing a newborn photographer should also require research to make sure that they have safe practices.

I am also going to say I would not discount a brand new photographer as well, we all began our career somewhere. Feel free to ask about their safety practices. They have researched them as well.

Have they taken newborn courses? Safety courses? Do they work with a spotter or assistant for more difficult poses? Do they have limitations (there are certain poses I personally refuse to even do without a spotter due to safety reasons)? Do they have a Covid safety plan (all registered businesses are required to have one and photographers were given plans from WorkSafe NB and Public Health).

Ask how many newborns they have photographed. Some photographers have more experience and some only photograph a handful.

Digitals or Products?

Framed prints of a newborn n a newborn nursery

How do you want to see your pictures in 10-20 years from now? Do you want them on your walls or in an album? How do you want to show them to your children when they become adults? Will Facebook still be a thing? Or will it go like the VCR and cassette tapes?

Back to finding a photographer, almost all will provide digitals but ask yourself the honest question, do you ever print? Or are you like the majority of families today; very busy and never get around to printing.

If you print yourself then digitals may be the way to go but if you are busy and time is valuable it would be beneficial to ask if your photographer offers prints, canvases, or wall art. Photographers have access to professional print labs that are superior to big box store labs.

Do Not Miss This Time

new mom holds her baby

The newborn stage is such a short one and it is a time your can never get back. It is also a huge regret many people have looking back. They wish they had those first pictures, pictures of themselves and their new baby. (I know I do!!). Personally, I feel newborn pictures are more important than wedding pictures. We celebrate our love and commitment with. wedding party and pictures and a baby is bigger. They are the start of a new life, they are an entirely new journey and story in your life.

The baby crib, the stroller, the fancy swing and carriers…all will be packed away someday forever or sold on the local Buy and Sell. Your newborn pictures will be the only thing left from the beginning.

Whoever you hire, hire someone, do your research and enjoy the memories.

July 29, 2020

lnewborn boy laying on an vintage bed holding a teddy bear and wear a cream kit sleeper

This is a question I get regularly asked. At what age should newborn photos be taken? My answer is usually between 4 to 12 days from birth but really it depends!

newborn girl sleeping with her hands cradled to the Side of her face

Preemie Babies

Sometime babies come extra early and need more time in the NICU. This happens not too often but when it does parents feel like their world has flipped upside down. All those plans and time lines are thrown out the window. When it comes to your baby pictures we wait until they are discharged from the hospital and come home. Typically this is close to their actual due date. When baby is discharged we ask that parents call us and we try to get baby in as soon as possible.

Overdue Babies

Some babies are born well over their due date (let me tell you about one of my own babies who leisurely arrived over 2 weeks late), these babies I like to get into the studio within 4-6 days. After 200+ babies I have found these babies are more alert, a little more sensitive, and waiting to the 12-day mark means they are less ‘womb-like’ compared to babies who arrive within a week of their due date.

baby girl wear a lacy outfit sleeping in a vintage prop with roses

When Complications Occur

No matter what we do during pregnancy and birth, things do not always go as planned and complications occur. Babies need more time in the hospital or procedures that need to occur. Again in my studio, we wait till the baby is discharged from the hospital and book them as soon as possible.

But Is 3 Weeks Too Old for a Newborn Session

This is something that were had to face after the Covid quarantine! Babies born while we were closed and still wanted those fresh little baby pictures. What were learned is some babies were not as bendy but some were still able to pose nice and curly. Some babies were much more alert and soothing them to sleep was NOT easy! Our sessions were much longer but we were still able to create beautiful pictures.

newborn boy sleeping on. vintage bed while snuggling his teddy bear

When Do You Prefer Photographing Newborns?

As a professional photographer I prefer photographing newborns between 5-10 days. Babies are still very sleepy and curly, nursing issues have been addressed, formulas have been figured out. Mom has had a little healing time. There are times I will stretch that time out till 14 days because behind the scenes I may have a busy schedule with my family, my assistant may not be available or we are slammed in the studio with sessions.

In conclusion with our experience and knowledge we feel confident we can create a beautiful session for your new little love and will tell you what days we have available and what works best for us and for your little one!

At What Age Should Newborn Photos Be Taken

The Best Newborn Pictures in Saint John

Seriously, these were the best newborn Pictures in Saint John when I was done. Just look at her??

the best newborn picture in Saint John of a little girl wrapped in soft pink scarf with a floral headband

She was unbelievably beautiful. Teeny tiny features, little button nose, lashes, and that hair??!!! As a maker of bald babies I am always in awe and jealous that mama’s had babies will full heads of hair.

collage of three picture of a newborn baby with a little bit of brown curly hair

The entire session was Jen and I oohing and awing over her sweetness!!

two pictures of a newborn baby girl wrapped in a cream scarf

Soft delicate pinks, tiny fragile headbands and this session was as feminine as this sweet little girl! Mixed with cream and ivory s that the session flows beuatifull together.

Newborn baby picture vertical picture the baby is sleeping on a blanket

July 24, 2020

newborn baby wrapped in soft pink sleeping
a baby girl who was born premature is now a healthy weight and sitting in a bucket for her newborn pictures in Saint John

January 31, 2020

Advice for Mother’s of NICU & Premature Babies

When a Baby is Born Too Early

About a month ago I received an email from one of our expecting mothers, her message exuded stress because her new baby was born too early and now was in the NICU. Knowing that she needed comfort and support I turned to my business Facebook account and asked what advice could mothers give to another mother when their baby is born too early and now in the care of the local NICU.

The responses were heartfelt, well written and beautiful. I did not want those sweet words of encouragement to get lost among the daily posts of social media and decided to share their messages here. The next time a mother messages, I can send her here, to read the words of other mother’s who have stood in her very shoes. In the hope’s she receives the comfort she needs during that time.

a baby girl born premature and now sitting in a bucket having her picture taken in Saint John at a photography studio

Messages from Mother’s Who Have Been In Your Shoes

screen shot of a mother who gives advice to a new mom
a screen shot from a lady who is giving reassurance to a new mother
a screen shot from Facebook from a mother giving advice to other mother's with babies who are sick an in the NICU
a screen capture from Facebook from a mother telling a new mom to accept help
a long message from a mother of a premature baby in the city of Saint John
a picture of a baby who was born premature and having her newborn pictures taken. She is smiling on a green blanket

Thank you to Everyone who Shared their Message

A special thank you to these wonderful mothers who took the time to give hope, advice, and reassurance. I appreciate you all reaching out!