iWhen should I book?
**Now taking bookings for November (limited availability) to March 2018 and beyond**
Due to the popularity of our Photography Sessions and as we only offer 2x per day (to give you and your family the best possible images and experience) we are extremely busy at the moment.
We are usually booked up around 2-4 weeks in advance so we always advise to allow plenty of time to arrange your booking. Due to the nature of our business we often receive overdue babies, so please get in touch as we might be able to offer you a session that has come available.
- For Maternity bookings we advise between 28-36 weeks of pregnancy to get the best from your session.
- To get the best images from your Newborn Session we advise to book well in advance and we will offer you a date in our diary based around your due date and make allowances for early or late arrivales. We advise your newborn should be between 4 days and 21 days new to capture the very sleepy, curled up look you have seen on our website, as your baby will still start to become a lot more alert after this time.
- Baby Photography Sessions can be from 1 month and beyond. In this session we can include a variety of props & even special items your baby may have favoured throughout their life so far, these will make the images special and memorable to you as a family. We can also look to arrange Birthday parties and even a 'Cake Smash'! This is fun for everyone, except the cleaner! :)
- Family Photography Sessions - each session can include older siblings or partners for no additional cost. Some ideas on clothing tips can be found below.
Do you have experience in photographing newborn and babies safely?
Choosing a baby photographer can be overwhelming and recently there has been a huge rise in the amount of photographers practising in baby photography. Just because a photographer has been in the wedding industry for 20 years this does not mean they are experienced in handling or posing your newborn / baby safely.
Your First Smile Photography ensures that your babies safety is our utmost priority and we would never risk or attempt to photograph your baby in an unsafe or uncomfortable position.
In 2016 we trained with Australia’s leading Newborn Photographers Kelly Brown and Erin Elizabeth and also celebrity Newborn Photographer Ana Brandt at WPPI in Las Vegas, USA.
This year we will be training with world leading Newborn Photographer – photography by Jade.
How long will the Session take?
Newborn Photography and Baby Photography Sessions are all different and we work around the needs of your Baby.
Each of our photography sessions are relaxed but can typically last anywhere from 1 to 3 hours depending on how your baby settles. We do not rush any of our sessions to ensure you and your family receive the best possible images and experience. I would recommend you use this time to relax. You can bring a book, read one of our magazines or simply sit back on our comfy sofa, log onto our wifi and watch TV! We understand you have a lot going on recently.
We do not give you just a '1 hour' session unlike some photographers do, your session will take as long as it takes to capture the best possible images for you and your family.
Maternity Sessions last around 1-2 hours including the time for a bump casting (if requested and no additional cost). We can provide hair and make up for an additional cost, please get in touch for more information.
We have a wonderful selection of props, blankets, hats and backgrounds that are all provided as part of your session fee but please feel free to bring along anything you may wish to include like, we really love to see personalised items and anything that is significant to you as a family.
Items such as personalised blankets, special teddies, jewellery, wedding viels and saree's are all wonderful and make the images more personal and special to you as a family.
If you or any of your family is a member of the Armed Forces, Emergency Services or has any special hobby or interest please bring along. Some examples of the above would be, medals, berets, uniforms, motorbike helmets. We have even had Harry Potter superfan's bring in Harry Potter themed clothing! These are your images and we want you to be yourself.
To get the best out of your family photography session we would advise that all of your clothing should match and plain clothing often works best.
Try to avoid any heavy patterns or logos/cartoon characters on children’s clothes as these will date your images quickly.
Although your babies will grow, the aim is to create images that are timeless and can take pride of place within your family home for many years.
Can my older children be included in the photography session?
Of course! There is no additional costs involved for older siblings or partners to be included and we encourage it. We can make it into a lovely family photography session.
Twins & Triplets
There are no additional costs involved for twins or triplet photography sessions and for your families piece of mind we have photographed many twins and triplets in the past.
We once held a charity event for Bliss Charity
and photographed over 30 premature twins and triplets in one day!
Baby safety at all times
As mentioned above the comfort and safety of your baby our main priority. We sometimes use composite editing techniques to achieve some of the images and we employ a Photographers Assistant to help with each Photography Session. So do not worry, we wouldn’t expect your little one to be able to hold these positions by themselves during the newborn phase.
We adhere to all safety guidelines advised by BANPAS and train regularly in safe baby posing.
Privacy on social networks and websites
If you wish for your images not to be shown on our website or social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc we respect your privacy and will not use the images. Celebrity discretion is always respected too.
Following the photography session
After your photography session we will require some time (usually 2-3 weeks but often sooner) to retouch the images to a high standard you have seen on our website and then you and your family will be invited back to our Studio to view all of the images taken from the day in a private cinematic experience and choose your complementry 10x7" print which is included with your Photography Session.
We have a wonderful selection of products available should you wish to purchase, items such as wall art including bespoke frames and padded canvasses to luxury handmade albums and digital USB files are available for you to purchase and a product price guide is available upon request.
Referral program (previous families only)
If you are a previous familiy of ours and you refer someone to our photography studio, we will reward you with £50.00 of product credit for your next visit. Terms & conditions apply please ask for more details.