When should I enquire about booking a newborn photography session?
How old should my baby be for the newborn session?
What happens if my baby comes early or later?
How should I prepare for my session?
What should I wear for the photoshoot?
Do you have your own props or should I prepare my own?
How long does a photo session last?
When will I get my images?
What safety precautions do you take as a newborn photographer?
How long have you been a photographer?
Why do photographers charge what they charge?
Have you taken any newborn photography workshops?
Are you comfortable with preemies?
What is the payment schedule?
Do you have an assistant?
Ideally in your 2nd or 3rd trimester, well before your baby is born. This gives us time to try to personalise the photoshoot to your family and avoids the chance of missing out, as I only take on a limited number of sessions a month.
The ideal window for most newborn photography, is when they are only 5 - 14 day new, while they can sleep heavily and are able to be posed. As the days fly by, they begin to be awake for longer periods and are less flexible, so traditional posed newborn photography becomes more of a challenge. For lifestyle newborn photography, as they session is not focused around posing the baby, it can be done up to around 90 days new.
Due to the nature of births, I absolutely understand that things may not go to plan. To maintain flexibility for my confirmed clients with scheduling, I only book a limited number of photoshoots a month. This enables me to adjust my schedule when required, where possible. I do ask that you contact me to let me know how things are progressing closer to the due date, so I can manage my schedule accordingly. Cancellations or rescheduling requests within 24 hours of the booked session, without a medical emergency or urgent reason are however non-refundable.
After I receive confirmation of a booking, I always schedule a consultation chat on the phone to go through what to expect and how to prepare, so we can get the most from your photoshoot. I will also follow up with a reminder, after the baby is born and a few days before the photoshoot itself.
My priority is that you are feeling comfortable. With that in mind, I would encourage you to choose a colour of your choice, but ask you to avoid any apparel with busy patterns or branding that will pull the eye away from what matters most in the photo, your family. I usually also go over this in more detail in our pre photo session consultation chat.
I have an extensive ever growing collection of props, blankets, wraps, hats, beanies, headbands… but I do love personalising sessions, so if you have an item that you would like to include in the session, that is always very welcomed.
All my newborn photography sessions are entirely baby led. The length of the session will depend on the baby, as well as what type of package you have chosen. Ahead of the photo shoot, I will remind you how to best prepare to get the most from the session, so we can streamline the flow and work around the baby's feeding schedule and comfort. A Just baby wrapped mini session is up to an hour; a lifestyle newborn photography session is up to 2 hours; a studio newborn photography session is around 2-3 hours; and a bespoke home newborn photography session usually lasts around 3 hours.
I strive to delivery a fully edited collection by online digital gallery within 2-3 weeks from the session itself.
The safety of your baby is my priority at all times. When they are so little their immune systems have not fully developed; so I personally ensure that my home studio and props are all cleaned using baby friendly anti-bacterial cleaners and my fabrics are all washed in non bio detergents.
All props I use are also carefully selected and crafted with love, with the specific purpose of newborn photography. The space itself is maintained at an appropriate temperature, for traditional posing shoots, that means a toasty 26-28°C [78-82°F].
For more advanced poses, I may take multiple images and composite them together in photoshop, so there is a support hand when needed. This means that they are never uncomfortable and are always fully supported. I personally also keep up to date with all my vaccinations and get the annual flu jab.
My father is a prominent Hong Kong actor, so from a young age I have had a huge appreciation of cinematography and the power of photography to move people.
I picked up my first analogue SLR camera in 2000, a gift from my father, and haven’t looked back since. I’ve enjoyed working with both analogue cameras, digital SLRs and mirror-less cameras. There is nothing I love more than observing the world around me, and capturing moments.
Professionally speaking though, I established Lullaby Images Ltd in 2016 and have since felt like I have quite literally had the best job in the world!
Being a photographer is an expensive profession. The cost of the camera, lenses, gear, props, etc is quite extensive and the sky is definitely the limit.
It is also worth keeping in mind that you are not only paying for someone to simply press a button on a fancy camera. You are investing in their knowledge and experience. I have been a photographer for over 20 years, which equates to a wealth of experience and knowledge. How to compose an image beautifully, style where necessary, understand and play with lighting, know which lenses will work best for which shot. After the photoshoot, it's also an investment in the ability to professionally process the images, including selecting and culling, as well as any photo editing to polish the image, so it has that beautiful timeless quality.
Absolutely! I have been professionally trained completing two separate newborn posing and safety courses, taught by two international award winning experts, Kelly Brown of Little Pieces Photography (Australia) and Julia Kelleher of Jewel Images (USA). For newborn photography specifically, with advanced poses your babies safely is most important. So it is vital that your newborn portrait photographer has the training and experience to ensure that your baby is always comfortable and well supported.... I am also endlessly reading articles, blogs, books and watching videos on newborn photography, to stay up to date with all safety recommendations.
Yes. it is important to make me aware of any medical issues, so we can make an appropriate judgement call on the best age to schedule the session. Normally with all things being well, their session would still be scheduled four to fourteen days from their expected due date, regardless on if they were too excited to meet you and came early. I have experience with preemies and do understand every little one is different, so happy to work together with you to help you catch some beautiful portraits.
A 50% deposit is due at the time of booking confirmation, in order to pencil it in my calendar. The rest of the balance is due on the day of the session itself.
Not usually. The session always feels more successful and meaningful when the parents are involved. A baby is never left alone, I make sure that there is always a spotter near by to ensure that the little one is safe and supported at all times.