Why Every Family Should Have A Newborn Photoshoot

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One of the things that I was determined to do when our second baby came along was a newborn photo shoot. We didn’t do one with Max, and although I treasure the photos from those early days, with my love of photography, I wish we’d managed to arrange a professional to visit us to capture something more special than the sleep deprived shots we took ourselves.

I didn’t just want a styled photoshoot of our newborn though, I wanted photos of all of us, as a new family. I did wonder whether I was slightly mad to invite a photographer into our home, only a week after giving birth. I’d still probably look about 5 months pregnant, the sleep deprivation would show on all of our faces, and our house would be a tip. But despite those worries, I knew that it was a time that I wanted to capture and to be able to look back on those memories and smile.

I discovered Lisa at And Then She Clicked through The Littles List at Rock My Family and straight away I absolutely loved her photography style. Her newborn shoots were far more lifestyle focused than the traditional newborn shoots I’d been coming across, and her ability to capture the most intense emotion on camera just blew me away. Her gallery wasn’t just photos; it was emotions and memories right there on screen. I was absolutely delighted when I looked her up and realised that she was located close to me and as soon as I showed her photos to my husband he agreed that we should book.

 

 

Arranging a date for a photoshoot when you don’t quite know when a baby is going to arrive is always going to be tricky! We put two dates in the diary with Lisa, one for the weekend after my due date, and another for two weeks past my due date. Between 7-10 days old is supposed to be the best age for getting those gorgeous sleepy curled up shots of your baby, so I wanted the date to fall in that window. As it happened, that was perfect timing for us, as our little Ben arrived just two days before his official due date.

 

Ben at 1 week old, swaddled

And Then She Clicked Newborn photoshoot - newborn baby swaddled and lying on sheepskin

Newborn baby swaddled and curled up in Daddy's hands

 

I loved how reassuring Lisa’s pre-shoot information was. That period in your life when you’ve just come home from hospital with your brand new baby is the most vulnerable and insecure I’ve ever felt. I didn’t know my body, my life was turned upside down. Full of love, and brimming with happiness, but full of insecurity underneath it. It was clear that Lisa completely understood the insecurities of post-partum women, and she stressed that she would do everything possible to make you look your best. That there was no need to have an immaculate house, that anything that needed to be moved could be moved.

 

Baby swaddled and sleeping on mint green sofa, with pink and green cushions behind

Katy stood in bay window, cradling newborn baby Ben

Mirror shot of Katy cradling newborn baby Ben

Newborn baby swaddled and sleeping in crib, with rainbow sheets and geometric patterned Sian Elin wallpaper

 

I think whenever you book a photographer, you worry that they won’t manage to capture for you what it is that you’ve admired about their portfolio. You worry that you’ll pull funny faces, or your child won’t co-operate, or just that you’ll look at the final photos and be too focused on your double chin to love them.

But I needn’t have worried for a minute. I couldn’t be more in love with the stunning photos Lisa captured of us all – they’re the perfect record of such a special time in our lives. Every time I look at them they make me smile, and I’m filled up with the hazy memories of those early days as a brand new family of four. Lisa even managed to capture the one photo I said I really wanted, but wasn’t sure if she would be able to snap – a beautiful shot of Max and Ben together, a moment so fleeting that I was sure it wouldn’t have made the final cut.

 

Baby sleeping in bucket, swaddled, with his big brother giving him a gentle kiss on the head

 

If you’re expecting a baby, I can’t recommend a shoot like this enough – whatever your insecurities, make sure that you’re there in the record of your family life, and capture the memories that you’ll always want to look back on.

 

Katy, John, Max and Ben, all sat on sofa together, smiling

Max climbing on John's shoulders, with Katy holding Ben and everyone laughing

 

Photos all by And Then She Clicked

23 Comments
  • ShinnersandtheBrood
    January 23, 2018

    We didn’t do anything like this when any of the kids were little and I’m sorry we didn’t. These photos are just gorgeous. That period is such a blur too – I can hardly remember any of it!

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      January 24, 2018

      It really does just fade to a blur – I’m not sure I remember much from when Max was that tiny! We just have some photos of us looking VERY tired!

  • Battlemum
    January 23, 2018

    Your pictures are just stunning, so beautiful. We didn’t do a newborn shoot with our son and I wish we had as he’s our only child. I didn’t know about them until he was 4 months old. We got some pictures taken then but no newborn ones x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      January 24, 2018

      I was the same with Max – I just didn’t realise that you could do that. We didn’t even get any professional photos done with him, just my own snaps (and I wasn’t very good with a camera then!), and that does make me a bit sad

  • Rhian Westbury
    January 23, 2018

    Newborn baby shots always look stunning and they seem like such a great way to look back on a magical time. Your images are beautiful x

  • Vicky
    January 23, 2018

    Your pics are so beautiful! I will definitely be taking newborn photoshoots. I particularly love the pics of you all in the candid shots – so natural and warming. And baby is so beautiful in the shots! Also you look fab! x

    Victoria | http://www.spokenreveries.co.uk

  • Ana De Jesus
    January 24, 2018

    Lisa captured the most beautiful photos of your newborn and I love how she was different to your traditional new born photographer by creating lifestyle shots. So beautiful

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      January 24, 2018

      I always cringe a little bit using the word ‘lifestyle’, but that’s exactly the difference here, and I love it! Thank you

  • Michelle Twin Mum
    January 24, 2018

    Gosh aren’t these just lovely? You got such a beautiful range of photos there and your babe does look so sleepy and gorgeous. This wasn’t a thing when my kids were born but I’d have loved similar photos. Mich x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      January 24, 2018

      It’s funny, he was so sleepy – he absolutely loved being swaddled and Lisa was so much better at it than I am, he slept for the whole session!

  • Stella Kashmoney
    January 24, 2018

    I agree. We had a newborn shoot for the twins and it was so beautiful.

  • claire
    January 24, 2018

    These are all beautiful photos. I would love some professional photos of our family. I love how natural these ones are.

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      January 24, 2018

      Thank you! I love the natural look of them all too – natural is best for me, otherwise I pull a horrible face!

  • Laura @dearbearandbeany
    January 24, 2018

    I remember seeing these when Ben was born and how gorgeous they were. It’s such a special time your life and lovely to have it captured. I love that she comes to your house, where you feel more comfortable in your own space.

  • jennifuchs
    January 25, 2018

    We didn’t have a photoshoot for either of our babies. I just took photos myself – which means they are mostly of the kids, and very few with me in them…

  • BavarianSojourn
    January 25, 2018

    Oh my gosh they are such gorgeous pictures. I didn’t have photo shoots with any of my three sadly. I was with my sister when she had her baby recently though and was able to take lots of super newborn shots for her! πŸ™‚

  • Island Living 365
    January 25, 2018

    These are stunning photos! Makes me want to have a newborn again so I can do this. Such a lovely album and like you say, they really capture the emotions. You all look so full of joy and ouch my ovaries!

  • MudpieFridays
    January 28, 2018

    Oh they are simply beautiful! Stunning! What gorgeous memories to look back on. I love how she’s done it in your home too so that it cements in history everything about those first days together as a family of four. The one of Max and Ben together is beautiful I remember seeing it when you first got them. Definitely a great find xx

  • Anosa
    January 29, 2018

    Awww these are gorgeous, she definitely captured the family love and excitement for the new addition

  • Su Chanprasong
    February 4, 2018

    I adore these photos so much Katy – and your home is beautiful too.

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