Preparing for your newborn essentials Session

what to wear - the family

  • Keep It Coordinated: Consider the overall color palette of the photo shoot, and choose clothing that complements the style of session.
  • Stay Neutral: Neutral colors like whites, creams, and earthy tones work well for newborns. They create a soft, timeless look that won't distract from baby's natural beauty.
  • Avoid logos and busy patterns: Stick to simple, timeless designs that won't detract from your baby's cuteness.

Please note Essential Sessions are short and do not allow time for outfit changes so please be dressed and ready to begin upon arrival to make the most of your appointment!

how to dress baby

  • Choose Soft and Comfortable Fabrics: Opt for soft, breathable, and natural fabrics like cotton or organic materials to keep your baby comfortable during the shoot.
  • Layering: Layering can add depth and texture to the photos. Choose onesies or bodysuits as the base layer and add a cardigan for extra warmth and style. If you don't want to see baby's nappy make sure baby wears something that covers it.
  • Size Matters: Make sure the clothing fits properly. Avoid clothes that are too tight, which can be uncomfortable, but also anything too loose, which may look messy in photos.


Older children are easier to convince (or bribe!) to pose for photos. But toddlers are very busy and still adjusting to life with a new baby in the home. It's super common for younger siblings 2 years or under to refuse to pose with baby.

But remember, it's not about perfection; it's about capturing your family's unique journey. So, take a deep breath, relax, and let your toddler be themselves – the results will be nothing short of magical!

The sibling portion takes between 5-10 minutes. But if your toddler really isn't in the mood for a cuddle with baby (for your newborn's safety), I may resort to some Photoshop magic to bring them together in editing, so we can move on with the rest of the session.

Please note Children under 5 years will require an adult to actively supervise while in the studio, as the studio has equipment which can be knocked over causing injury or damage.

This one's for the CAMERA- shy Dads

I know family a photo shoot might not be at the top of your list of preferred activities, but I'd like to emphasize the importance of your cooperation and active participation in making these moments memorable!

Embrace the opportunity to bond with your family, showcase your charisma, and enjoy the process. Your enthusiasm can set the tone for the entire session and result in cherished family memories. So, don your best smile, strike that confident pose, and let's make this photoshoot a polished and memorable experience for both you and your loved ones!

Foods to avoid

Breast feeding mums’ please try to avoid eating any spicy or gassy foods, heavy dairy, caffeine & chocolate for the 24 hours before your session to avoid any possible upset tummy for baby.

6 Week Immunistations

Immunisations can result in an unhappy/grumpy/restless baby which does not make for good photos. Please allow your baby at least 3/4 days to recover from their vaccinations before your portrait session.

Hair & Makeup

If you've booked a hair and makeup service for your session, please be ready for your stylist's arrival with a clean, moisturized face and clean completely dry hair.

If you are doing your own hair and makeup, please avoid high gloss lipstick and glittery eye shadows.

Please remember the finer details! Hands will be on display when holding your baby so check everyone's nails are clean and polish isn't chipped. Do your roots need touching up before the session? Skin blemishes can be easily retouched but requests to alter wardrobe, makeup, nails or hair will be sent to an editor to correct and there will be additional charges for's better to get it right in real life than fix it in Photoshop!


Please be considerate as there may be sessions booked in before or after yours. It is important you arrive on time and ready for your session. If you are more than 30 minutes late, there is not enough time to complete the session and provide a full gallery, and the session will be marked as a "no-show". The session can be rescheduled, but rebooking fees will apply.