• Cara Hodge

All Brand New. Newborn at home

Delighted to share some of my latest, adorable newborn at home sessions. One newborn baby girl here seen lying on a pink checkered blanket. Also a gorgeous newborn baby boy in a white onsie on a bed with a white coverlet.

I love taking pictures of newborns in a white onesie, it's such a simple, prefect garment to show off the brand newness of baby!

It's a very special honor to be invited into someone home to take pictures of their precious newborn. Those first weeks are usually chaotic, parents in a bubble of being parents for the first time, a bit sleep deprived, without much time (if any) for themselves...but usually still enchanted with their new baby.

Within 2 weeks of birth, baby's limbs are still all curled up. Legs and feet are folded up, and baby is learning to use them with plenty of kicks and stretches! Hands are stretching out too, grasping at the air, at anything - mummy's hair is a favorite! I used to call my own son "bentacles tentacles" when he was first born as he was constantly reaching out for my hair!

The first weeks of life are hectic. People often schedule a newborn shoot and then it feels like a challenge to prepare for anything in advance. Which is why I give out only the simplest of tips beforehand.

I ask that the main bed be made up and tidied a little bit, on either side, to allow a soft, comfortable spot for the family to rest on. The smooth lines of a decently made up bed allow a soothing, soft background for newborn baby portraits. There is nothing quite like tiny baby curled up at the end of a big bed. Soft blankets and throws are ideal for newborn to rest on.

I ask that blinds or curtains be open to allow in as much light as possible. I do love shooting in low light conditions, but sometimes, where newborn baby portraits are concerned , it is good to have plenty of light for a clear portrait of baby's face! Window light is perfect for highlighting a newborn, not forgetting the drama of shadow & light contrasts where possible.

Other then that, mess is fine. It is a natural part of being a parent in the first weeks of your new baby's life. I do my best to look out for clean lines and backdrops. A more documentary style session, will incorporate the mess and clutter of this particularly busy time!

I love to pay attention to baby feet and hands. These are the details we love to look back on. An hour photoshoot leaves plenty of time for recording all the little details of your new baby.

I have now two new packages which have print products as part of the photoshoot package. I am offering a mounted print box which contains 15 mounted 5 x 7 prints, as well as 30 digitals to keep. Also, a new package which allows for 1 hour and 20 minutes shooting time, the best 60 pictures from the photoshoot to be used to make up a fine art book, handmade in Yorkshire.

For family photography, special occasions and newborn at home photoshoots please contact me, have a great week, Cara x

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