Expecting a baby? Every parent should read this

We think of Newborn Photography, and images of gorgeous, curled-up, sleeping Newborns come to mind…. but very rarely, we come across a baby who just doesn’t seem right…

Expecting a baby? Read along…

You’re reading this because you’re expecting a baby and searching for a Newborn Photographer….So while you’re googling that, ask yourself (and them!), can my Newborn Photographer spot a baby in distress? What would my Newborn Photographer do if my baby suddenly needed medical help during the session? Are they trained and ready to react?

Every new and expecting parent should read this before they book their Newborn Photographer.


Academy of Newborn Photography training

I, along with hundreds of other photographers, are just that! Photographers, who deal with Newborns. But unlike families or weddings, we are dealing with brand new lives, and it’s so, so important to do everything we can to equip ourselves for safe practicing of handling newborns. So when a certified Newborn course came up to learn more about the medical side of newborns and new Mums, I jumped at the chance to enrol.

Over the past 8 years as a photographer, I’ve completed a handful of courses on baby posing, business, etc, but nothing at all like this course from the Academy of Newborn Photography. To start with, the course was hard. Like, REALLY hard. I’m talking medical terms that I’ve never heard of. Stuff that Nurses, Doctors and Midwives study, but in a condensed version, suitable for non-medically-qualified Newborn Photographers.

I always knew we had an important job, having little week-old Newborn babies in our care, but the information in this training really made me realise how critical the first few weeks of a babies life is.
After you read pages and pages of medical information on the birth period, neonatal period, new Mum and baby complications, CPR, birth defects, complications, cyanosis, Workplace health and safety, and more big words, you still have to pass a test! Multiple tests…  Like high school!

To say it was hard is an understatement, and I’m not ashamed to say it took me a few goes. But was it worth it? Oh yes. Words and study don’t come back quickly enough until a situation presents in the studio when you NEED that information, stat.


Your baby’s Health and Safety is my number 1 priority.

It’s so important to choose a Newborn Photographer who puts your baby #1.

We are so lucky as Newborn Photographers, to have baby cuddles with these completely gorgeous little bundles. For a long time now, I’ve felt “in tune” with newborns, ready to react and adjust poses or settling techniques when they squirm, and able to hear and differentiate different noises for hunger, tiredness, and tummy pains. We have such a low rate of unsettled babies in the studio, and it just feels natural to me, to be able to handle a newborn safely, gentle ease out burps, and settle babies off to sleep. The “baby-whisperer” comes up from parents quite often in most sessions, along with offers of 2am cuddles!

If you’re reading this and looking for a Newborn Photographer, it’s important to find someone who understands your baby’s needs.

Please don’t choose someone purely based on price or location.
The majority of our clients drive 45 minutes – 1.5 hours to our home studio for their Newborn sessions, and I’m so grateful that my clients choose me.

Don’t choose someone who just wants to practice their poses, regardless of your baby. Or someone who’s rude or ignorant when you’re enquiring. Or someone who’s work looks unsafe, or dangerous. Your baby’s safety comes before pretty pictures.

Find someone who is:
1) Immunised – and please check with them! (yes! I am. Whooping Cough is particular important).
2) Received newborn training (yes!)
3) A non-smoker. Yuck. You definitely do not want your new baby inhaling smoke.
4) Someone who shows patience and kindness to you and your baby. You should get a feel for that when you’re contacting your prospective photographer.
5) A qualified and insured Photographer who photographs what you want to capture, and can provide you with beautiful quality, heirloom products.

I’m also an Accredited Associate Professional Photographer (AAIPP) of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography.



Every new and expecting parent should read this.

Case study.. a real one : My 10 day old Newborn client.

This is why it’s important to find a Newborn Photographer who has your baby’s safety as #1.

Baby E’s parents have given me permission to share his story, with the hope that every new and expecting parent should read this. Not to scare or alarm you, but to show you how vitally important it is that your Newborn Photographer watches your baby carefully, reacts to your baby, and speaks up and responds when necessary.

Please note. I am NOT a midwife, nurse, or doctor. But the medical training specific to Newborn Photographers that I received assisted me in a real-life scenario, and I am very grateful to have received this training. This case was the first I had encountered in 8 years photographing Newborns.

*Baby photographs in this post are not related *


A Client’s perspective, in Mum’s words.

Baby E presented in the studio for his Newborn session at 10 days old, with his parents and big brother.
Almost immediately I noticed he had a different sounding cry, which put me on alert. His parents were unaware of anything out of the ordinary, and while going through our Newborn health checklist that I do before every session, they remarked that his Paediatrician was happy with him, and he was healthy and happy.

Before baby E’s session there was no issues or concerns. Nothing out of ordinary – he’s a very happy baby. I felt very reassured that my baby is in good hands. Although I knew that already from the way you handled my first newborn three years ago 🙂 

After talking about baby E’s birth and arrival, and any issues he had (none), we proceeded with the session, and I kept an eye on him. At one point I stopped and held him for a few minutes (and took a video of him) because I was sure that something was amiss. He had moments of a tracheal tug, slight chest retractions, and raspy noise, then would go back to normal. I knew something was going on, and I knew that ANY form of respiratory distress (even mild) needed help.  It’s a scary thing to stop a session and tell the parents that there may be an issue with their baby (who was pink and happy, wriggling around, looking so perfect!) – but while a baby is in my care, in my home studio, I will never hesitate to stop the session.

Although I didn’t think it negated an Ambulance, I wasn’t prepared to wait. I’m not a doctor. I made the call to both a NICU friend to confirm my suspicions, and (with the parent’s permission) to 13HEALTH (an non-urgent Australian phone number to speak with a Registered Nurse) for their thoughts.

“I wasn’t concerned at first as his Paediatrician said the funny sounds he was making was normal. But when you pointed out you’ve never seen that before I started to get worried… You handled it very well. I’d be a lot more scared if I heard panic in your voice!… It was very reassuring to talk to a nurse and most of all to learn about 13HEALTH that I used few days later when my son spiked 38.5C fever!”

Baby E’s condition was deemed non-urgent, and he was taken to his GP who dismissed his symptoms. But luckily his parents sought advice again from his Paediatrician, who confirmed a medical diagnosis related to his breathing, of which he received medical care. Luckily his diagnosis is only mild, and his breathing issues will regulate themselves as he grows, but had the symptoms been ignored for longer, or not raised at all, I have no idea how that could affect him. I wasn’t prepared to ignore it and send him home.

Baby E’s Mum says “You were a true professional and knowing my baby’s safety was the priority was so important to me. I would 100% recommend you to anyone. You are so caring and gentle with babies. Your photos are a piece of art and complete our home. You really go above and beyond for your clients. You are so responsive and hardworking. And your training in newborn’s health and safety is a huge bonus”.

While Baby E’s condition was not life threatening, its again another reason to choose an experienced Newborn Photographer. Someone who has handled many, many babies, and someone who will not hesitate to put your baby FIRST.

“I was very impressed you went through so much training in medical issues for newborns. I don’t know any other newborn photographers with so much medical knowledge”.


Why choose The Newborn Studio as your experienced, professional Newborn Photographer?

Baby E’s Mum writes “There are so many reasons why I chose you to be our newborn photographer! Not only you have an amazing talent as a photographer but your level of patience with newborns is extraordinary! I never forget our first newborn photoshoot when my baby did everything he could to make it impossible but you still managed to get breathtaking photos. You are so gentle and yet so confident with newborn – I could never do what you do. It’s truly amazing.”


My promise to you.
Your baby and your family WILL be my number 1 priority.

When you choose The Newborn Studio as your Photographer, you’re choosing me, Claire, a Mum of 3 little ones (8yo, 5yo and 2yo), and a caring, friendly, and baby-loving Newborn Photographer.

I hope this puts your mind at ease, knowing that I am qualified, insured, and trained. And by mid-January, I will have completed Infant and Baby CPR hands-on certification, to update my training.

I look forward to meeting you, answering any questions you have, and snuggling your baby…
(Oh, and providing you with gorgeous photos, too). !

Claire x


Book your Newborn session here.








Maternity Photography Brisbane: The ULTIMATE Guide to Amazing Maternity Photos

Congratulations! Those two little lines have shown up, and from the moment you found out you’re pregnant, it’s been a whirlwind of excitement, tears, jumping-with-joy, nerves and happy smiles… it’s such an exciting time for you! Maternity Photography Brisbane is huge, but we’re here to help in this exciting time!

We meet hundreds of new and expecting parents, and it’s people just like you, new Mumma’s, and Mumma’s of other little ones, that we love to photograph, and document this happy time for you.

So, we’ve developed the ULTIMATE Guide to Amazing Maternity Photos, in just 5 steps.

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In the first and second trimester, it’s ALLLL about you and baby… those first fluttery kicks, nausea, tiredness (ohhh, the tiredness!). Your little bump is growing, baby’s growth is now visible in movements and rolls, and you’re still battling the tired/nausea/tired/tired/sick/forgetful stage… oh, pregnancy!

It’s at this time, usually in the second trimester of pregnancy, that we find the joy and happiness radiating, in feeling and looking amazing. Now is the time we’re enjoying our pregnancy, loving running our hands over our stretched tummy, feeling baby’s kicks and rolls, and just basking in pregnancy glow. It’s time to book your session!

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Your ULTIMATE guide to Amazing Maternity Photos

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Maternity Photography Brisbane | The Ultimate Guide #1 : Find a Maternity photographer who you love, and book them by 30 weeks.

Every Photographer is different, and I’m so glad you’re here and reading this, because that means you probably love our photographs, and you can see yourself being photographed by The Newborn Studio. That’s so exciting!

Once you’ve found that photographer you know, love and trust, it’s time to book your session for your early third trimester.

The early third trimester is usually when we’re feeling amazing and we’ve got a big enough belly to prove it! We want to grab that sweet spot of time, between the first trimester when some Mumma’s are battling nausea and illness, and the third trimester when we can’t see our toes and would much prefer to watch Netflix with our feet up.

The ideal time is around 32-35 weeks, and of course, this depends on your situation, or if you’re expecting multiples. We really don’t want to photograph you too close to full term at 37 weeks, (and especially in my case, all of my 3 babies arrived at 37 weeks! Anything can happen!), so please book your session by the time you’ve reached 30 weeks at least, the earlier, the better.

Book your Maternity session here.

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Maternity Photography Brisbane | The Ultimate Guide #2 : Focus on your baby

Simple, sweet, pregnancy photographs, to remember for years to come.

For a moment in time, all that matters is your pregnant tummy. Your hands guide their way over your stretching skin, feeling baby’s movements underneath, as you rub your belly and whisper hello to your little one.

We’re here to capture the connection, the love and trust, the hugs and the tummy-rubs, the classic, simple, sweet photographs you’ll remember and love for years to come. These little details matter greatly to us. The simplicity reminds us of a fresh, brand new baby. New promises, a new day, new beginnings.

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We can achieve this and more, in your complimentary studio Maternity session. And for those who love the details – yes, it’s all provided for you, like these beautiful, simple wraps here in this photograph. Take a moment to be present and capture these details before they’re gone, and replaced so quickly with the promises that were growing in your beautiful tummy… your little bundle of joy.

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Maternity Photography Brisbane | The Ultimate Guide #3 : Emmerse yourself in a Milk Bath

Pregnancy sessions are so beautiful, so delicate, and all about the connection between you and your tummy, and a Maternity Milk Bath is such a beautiful, soft way of capturing this amazing time.

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Don’t stress if you think, there’s no way I could do this – because I’ve had my own pregnancy Milk Bath session, too, and I know how you’ll be feeling. In minutes you’ll be relaxing, letting your tummy float in the water, and feeling like a goddess while we arrange fresh flowers around you, arrange your hair, and guide you as we photograph you. And it’s all provided, too – wraps, lace gowns, fresh flowers, even the bath!

Our Milk Bath sessions are held in our residential home, next to our studio. Our beautiful bath is just the right size for our Mumma’s to lay down and relax in, while the beautiful outdoor light filters in through the window. The floral colours and styling is all around what you love, so if you’re after a romantic, creamy-pink session like this one here, we can do that! Or if you’d prefer daisies, whites and yellows, that’s no problems too. It’s all included.

Milk Bath sessions can be added onto your complimentary studio Maternity session for only $350. Click here to enquire.

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Maternity Photography Brisbane | The Ultimate Guide #4 : Involve your family!

Our pregnancies are always about us, and our baby…. how we’re feeling, how much baby is moving, what milestones baby is up to….. and it’s so exciting to share these milestones and happy times with our families. So it’s a great honour to have families and siblings in the studio to join in Mumma’s pregnancy session!

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As a photographer, it’s so lovely having little siblings in the studio, especially little toddlers! They’re so inquisitive, so much wondering what the heck is happening soon, and just so gorgeous. Those expressions! It’s time to hug your tummy, hold your toddler tight, and enjoy cuddles with your partner and family. This exciting time in your life is also theirs, too, and it’s time to celebrate together.

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Maternity Photography Brisbane | The Ultimate Guide #5 : Print those memories!

Having your photographs taken is just the beginning, it’s so important, and we are so thankful you’ve chosen Maternity Photography Brisbane with us at The Newborn Studio. Now, it’s time to print, love, and cherish those photographs! And we can certainly help you with that.

Our clients absolutely LOVE their combined Maternity/Newborn Albums… there’s nothing more that really shows you how much has happened in the last year, than looking through your Fine Art Album, and watching as your tummy grew, and then baby arrived.

As a Mumma of 3 young children myself, it’s the wonder and joy in my children’s eyes when they look through our own family albums, seeing themselves as babies in Mumma’s tummy, and then as newborns… I know I’ve done my job right, in printing and preserving their memories.

Albums aren’t for shelves. They’re for life, for holding, for page-turning.

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Maternity photos have indeed come a long way, but we’ve found the secret to keeping them beautiful for years to come. Your session will be glorious, and beautiful. Guided, simple posing, to show off your beautiful pregnant tummy, love and connection, hugs and tummy-kisses, family hugs, toddler-cuddles, and little belly movements, while we marvel about the wonder and miraculous that is indeed, pregnancy.

I’m so glad you’re ready to book your Maternity photography session with us.

Simply call or email to book your session, or enter your details here and Claire will be in touch.
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