What to Expect from a Maternity or Newborn Shoot

You’ve just had a baby. You’re excited, overjoyed, tired and even a little bit scared. Having a baby is one of the most amazing and overwhelming things you’ll ever do. You may have been planning to start a family for a long time, or this little Bub could be a welcome surprise. Perhaps you’ve been through a long and challenging fertility battle and finally you have your little miracle – or miracles. Whatever way it happens, growing and having a baby is one of the most rewarding and unforgettable experiences you will endure and it is one that should be remembered forever.

At Orla Smith Photography we specialise in maternity and newborn images. Parents are often wondering how it all works and how we manage to capture those beautiful sleepy images amongst the chaos that is a newborn baby. Planning and booking in early is the key. Most of our new parents have taken advantage of our Maternity and Newborn Package so by the time your newborn session comes around, we’ve already met and had a chat about how you would like your photos to look and what you would love from your session. You could say your Maternity Session is almost like a pre-natal class, where we prepare for the big event ahead (minus the contractions and hard work of labour).

Maternity Sessions

Your Maternity Session can take place in my Gerringong studio or at a location in Kiama or Gerringong about 6 weeks before your due date. Parents often take advantage of the outdoor location, especially if there are siblings involved. This way the little toddlers get to run around and we capture beautiful candid images while everyone is having fun. I also get to know what works really well for your toddler long before the newborn session. Werri Lagoon or Little Beach at Gerroa are popular choices and make for gorgeous sunsets, with you and your gorgeous baby bump at the focus. Perhaps you have a favourite location or a “Dream“ location that you’ve always wanted to be photographed at. We are always open to your suggestions, where possible and will create magical photos for you that you will want to show everyone. We also discuss your due date and make a tentative booking for your newborn session. Before baby comes you will be contacted for your design consultation where we chat about colours that you would like to use and particular wraps or blankets that you would love in your photos.

Newborn Sessions

Your Newborn Session will take place in our warm and cosy studio located at 4/25 Noble Street, Gerringong. Parents always text me as soon as baby is born and we schedule in your session. Your design consultation has already taken place so blankets, wraps and hats will be ready for your baby when you arrive. Sessions are relaxed and calm with some parents even having a much needed sneaky nap on the lounge. Upstairs from my studio there are a number of Cafe’s – The Blue Goose, Gerringong Deli Cafe and Blue Espresso, just to name a few. Here you can pick up a coffee or hot chocolate and a delicious snack.

Sessions take place on a weekday from about 10am. You can be in the studio for up to 3 hours as time is taken to keep baby comfortable and warm and often feeds take place to keep baby’s tummy nice and full. Your baby’s safety is always our main priority. I have a tried and tested work flow that keeps baby settled and content and it ensures that your session is an enjoyable experience that often gives parents their first close look at their precious little bundle. You really just get to sit back and admire your precious little miracle while I create the most gorgeous images of your little one that you will have forever. Dads or Grandparents are often willing assistants and love to get involved in the session by helping with poses and changing blankets and wraps.

We have a beautiful range of wraps, hats and blankets available for your session too. And for the Mums who really aren’t sure what to wear, dresses and wraps are available for you too. Everything is taken care of so that you get to relax and enjoy.

The finished product

Once your session is complete we book in a time for you to come and view your images. This usually takes place about a week after your session. Your photos will be professionally enhanced and optimised for print and given my signature finish. My retouching is subtle and natural.

Newborn Babies are breathtaking. They have their own personalities that you can see from the very beginning. Your baby might be happy to be on their tummy, love being curled up in a wrap or enjoy a good stretch out on my posing bean bag. Whatever your baby’s personality, I work with you and your baby to get the most beautiful images for you to have forever. To book in a Newborn Session contact me to arrange a consultation.