Australian and International Photography Awards

Goshhhh, it’s been a huge few months!

Winter was absolutely full to the brim of beautiful Newborn babies, all due in June, July and August! We had a record number of sessions in 2018, by halfway through the year we’d already exceeded the amount of sessions that we’d photographed in any whole previous YEAR! It was mainly due to our Expo back in March, where we basically filled up our calendar for the rest of the year.

Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA)

Aside from our regular Newborn and Family photography sessions, was the Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA) that rolls around each year in August. Personally, these Awards are my creative push as a photographer. Awards give me the motivation and drive to pull out some crazy, quirky stuff, and really push the boundaries of what I know and what I can produce. And knowing that I’m up against other photographers world-wide, I’m always striving to produce something I’ve never done or seen before.

So, while I was busy (very, very busy) photographing my regular clients throughout the year, I was quickly noticing that time was ticking past, deadlines were approaching, and I hadn’t done anything about Award prints…. Soon it was July, and I had less than 3 weeks to pull out something and make it amazing, in time for APPA. I had spent the last year planning, sketching, thinking of different setups and ideas, and had so far, put nothing into practice.

I needed 4 images to enter into APPA, and I was so stressed and starting to think that it just wouldn’t happen this year, I wasn’t organised. However….. the awards are judged in Melbourne, and for the first time, I was going there in person! I’d already booked my flights and accommodation months ago, and I was either going to waste a good trip, or get my act together.

The fact was, I had started about 8 different prints. I’d photographed elements, tried to edit them, and none of them were working. I went back through 2 years of shoots, 2 years of babies, 2 years of anything I’d photographed, and nothing was jumping out at me. I was still spending hours on Pinterest, Instagram, googling random things that give me inspiration…. I kept thinking of new ideas, when I really needed to focus on 4, and get them done. I was very quickly running out of time.

Deadlines…. !

With 2 weeks to go, deadlines flinging past, a couple of weeks of midnight-2am editing stints, I finally found my groove, and settled on my final 4 prints. After a few prints/re-prints/re-re-prints, and then finding out my Matting lab had closed down and I needed to switch to another lab… spending a couple of days driving around Brisbane (with my 2yo!) manically picking up prints, taking them to be matted, picking them up again, I finally got them into the post with a few days to spare – OMG. Never leaving it to the last minute, again!! (Of course I will do this again…. !).

I’ve been entering APPA for the past 4 years, but only 2 years ago received my Associate of Professional Photography – the first step past being Accredited, on the way up the ladder 🙂 My goal in the next year or two was to receive the red ribbon, Master of Photography, which I thought I needed another 6 points to achieve. These points are only achieved at National awards, there are no points given at State awards.

However… just before APPA, I read my current scores again, and realised I only needed FOUR points to achieve my Masters… I’d been reading it wrong, and potentially, there was a chance I could grab that Masters ribbon right now.

The knowledge that this year was a possibility of receiving my Masters was crazy! I knew I could do it – but it would be a long shot, receiving 4 images ALL awarded a Silver at least, would give me 4 points… could I do it? Yes…. I’ve done it in the past, so I knew I could do it again, but it all came down to the judges, and what they saw in my photographs. I also knew there was a huge chance that I wouldn’t get it. Lots of amazing photographers are not awarded. Lots receive a 78 or 79 (those stupid 1 or 2 points below Silver). The Australian-wide awards are tough. So bloody tough. They award the best of the best, and there was a huge mental battle before judging, just hoping it would get through, but knowing it wasn’t an easy competition. Plus, I’d left it til the very last minute. I wasn’t organised, I shot my pieces 2 weeks prior, and I’d ran out of time.

Judging

Judging the APPA awards takes 3 full days, with 5 rooms of prints simultaneously being judged the whole time. I am so thankful that the Newborn category was being judged first up, on the first day – otherwise I don’t know how I would have waited another day!!

The judges are asked to reward the print based on lighting, camera technique, initial “wow” factor, composition, printing, paper choice… and in Newborn category, skin tone, posing, handling, just to name a few. There are 5 judges on the panel, and they all give scores between 0-100, and the average is the score we receive. I’ve done the Judges training in preparation for potentially judging in the future, and bloody hell, it’s tough. It’s subjective. It’s 5 different opinions, mixed together. It’s 5 people who dont know you, dont know the print, dont know the story, and dont know how many hours it took you to shoot it. And it’s irrelevant, anyway. It’s about what they see and feel, on the day.

On “judge-ment day” I was home, in front of 2 computers, running 2 different rooms with the live feed from Melbourne. (My flight left the next day, so I was home when my category was judged).  I had my phone which kept dinging with messages from friends all in the same predicament as me, waiting for our prints to be judged…. Facebook messages kept popping up, other photographers frantically messaging each other when the live feed paused for a second, and the pressure was on.

 

Image #1

My first print rolled around and OMG, those vomit-inducing 20 seconds when you’re sitting there waiting for the judges to assess the print, give their score, and appear on the live feed, feel like forever! This print was one I’d previously entered in the Qld state awards earlier this year and received a Silver, but I’d completely re-worked it for APPA. How would it score? Would they prefer this one, or the previous one? Ahhh, nail-biting times. And then…. the relief flowed when the scores pop up and I realise I’ve earnt my first award, a Silver Distinction at 85 points, for my print titled “Post Natal Depression”.

Post Natal Depression : Silver Distinction

This image portrays my feelings on Post-Natal Depression. I have 3 children of my own, and fortunately never had post natal depression after their births. Yes, the day-5 baby blues hit me, but it was absolutely nothing compared to what I’ve seen some of my friends and clients go through. For this reason I had a deep interest to explore more about post natal depression and what it feels like, and I wanted to portray it in a photo. *Please note, this client is not associated with this particular PND story, she allowed me to use this setup during her Newborn session*. As always, this story came together as I was working on it in post production. I knew I wanted to start with a dark cloud over the mother’s head (see behind the scenes below) and it went from there. I combined elements of different images together to achieve this. I also toyed with having “words” written into the cloud, and I ditched that when I saw it in print, it didn’t need it. To me, post natal depression looks like darkness. A void. A black hole. Oppression. Emptiness. A ray of hope, yes, but no way to get out of this life. Holding your baby, but out of necessity, not because you want to. I hope I have created something to honour a mothers journey with post natal depression, with full respect, admiration and love.

Some behind the scenes photos of “Post Natal Depression”, creating the dark paper mâchĂ© cloud which was my basis of the concept. (I’m a very messy creator!) 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image #2

After seeing my first image score a Silver Distinction, I was pumped and nervous and shaking and jittery with excitement and nerves, off to a great start! Before long, my next photo, “Africa”, was on the screen in front of me!

This one I had secretly hoped was a Gold. Yeh – I’m putting it out here. I really did think it was gold-worthy. I only create and show work that I’ve never seen before. The judges want fresh, innovative Newborn portraits – well here you go! Here’s one I created earlier 🙂 It had a great story, capture, lighting, and yeh, I was thinking surely it would be a 90 at least. Well, the images pops up, and the scores do too – 85, 86, 83, 92, 84 – I think OMG – theres a 92 in there, and the Judge starts to challenge it in order to have the other judges’s scores raised. Unfortunately, the argument wasn’t strong enough to carry it to gold. Some judges thought it belonged in a different category, perhaps Family, and I think they’re probably right. Still being 4 points off, it received an 86 – a Silver Distinction.

Africa : Silver Distinction

I really love this photo, it’s something I’ve never photographed before, and I love the concept. I photographed gorgeous T at her pregnancy session, and then again at her baby boy’s newborn session. After her maternity session I looked through the images on my computer and an idea formed, and I started researching African culture.. this family had moved from Zimbabwe and had no family here, and it just pulled at my heartstrings.  I wanted to show a strong mother, pregnant, and with her newborn. She’s holding Africa, her homeland, on her head and shoulders, and she has a bag of clothes and a teddy at her feet. She’s left her homeland. Her baby looks around at the world, as his mummy remains standing firm. It’s part African culture and history, and part modern influence. A changing world, a changing family.

 

Image #3

This print I’ve titled “Owl Babies”…  this is the print that I made up at the last minute, the details of which are below.

I’m very relieved that the judges saw this print as a solid silver, which is really what it is, nothing more, nothing less. It scored an 84 – 1 point off Silver Distinction. Judges scores were 84, 83, 82, 88, 83. If I remember there was a challenge, however the judges seemed happy with their scores and it didn’t change much. Some commented on the white colour merging into the babies at the bottom…. that was my attempt to show snow, which I’ll have to work on again! An 84, solid Silver.

Owl Babies : Silver

I’d already photographed baby K at his newborn session and I had a few different poses from him in the same outfit. I was trying different ways of making a new image, and nothing was working. Then one day I was in my backyard at home, hanging out the washing. On my rock wall, my husband was collecting old sticks and branches for firewood, and there was a branch sitting there that I’d seen for weeks and weeks. This time I picked it up, turned it over, and saw it on its side, and knew I could use it for something. I sprayed it with fake snow, photographed it and removed branches in post production that I didn’t want, and added babies. My thoughts was a tree with snow, and little snow babies. The owl came when I was talking with a photographer friend of mine and saying I wanted to photograph a bird on the branch, but what…. ? Her mum to the rescue!! Thankyou Mrs C, for loaning me your owl – the beautiful finishing piece to this print. The little green leaf is an added extra…. the last little element to give the judges something else to think about, and add interest.

Photographing elements behind the scenes…

 

Image #4

At the same time as the Owl Babies photo was being judged, my fourth and final print was also being judged in the other room! I had no idea, I was focussed on watching the last one, when I saw this one on the other screen be replaced with a new print. Omg, I missed it! I quickly had ding-ding-ding messages from friends who’d seen it, and I paused the judging and went back through the other room to view it again.

This print was a Silver at Qld state awards earlier this year, and I really didn’t do much at all to change it for APPA, apart from some skin details. I suppose in hindsight I should/could have done more, added more, changed something, but I ran out of time, and this one was ready to go.

The judging came up – 77, 82, 77, 78, 81…… now, this adds up to 79… but IF one of those judges was in the “80” category, and another had a really low score and it also scored 79, it would actually have scored 80 – because the majority of judges were in the 80’s….. hypothetically speaking, because that didn’t happen. It scored 79, 1 tiny little point off Silver. My last chance at my last point for Masters.

I had 1 extra chance, though, and it was very, very slim. Each point on the cusp of awards goes “for review” after the category is judged – it’s a very quick “yes or no” from the judges – should it go up to 80 (Silver), or should it stay at 79 (no award). So for another hour or so, I sat there waiting and waiting and waiting for my category to finish, then the judges had a 1 hour lunch break (OMG!!!), before resuming to judge reviews.

And so it happened, that it popped up for review on my screen, and it was a no. Print stays at 79. As quick as that. “Next print please”.

New Life : 79

No matter what score this print receives, I will always be so proud of it. This was probably the first time I’d gone WAY out of my creative comfort zone, combining a handmade twig dress (yes, I made that!), before drastically changing it at the last minute to something different. I created a wire dress template, then hunted around our local bike track a few times, filling my car with vines, stripping leaves all over my verandah, and curling them onto the dress with wire into place, before they dried and went hard. Originally I had also glued about 300 beautiful leaves all over it, and at the last minute I removed them hastily and added more branches… why? I’m not sure, but if I’m ever unsure about something, I usually remove it, it was probably never meant to be there. This image shows a strong woman, my beautiful client C, and her gorgeous baby. Her “dress” is part-consuming… dead branches, coming up from the earth, but her baby is new life. Fresh, green, new hope. She’s holding a fresh green leaf in her other hand. I’ll leave that up to you and the judges, it’s another element that could be anyone’s opinion why it’s there, I just felt it needed it. This image to me is New Life.

Behind the scenes… dress creation.

 

The After-affect

All in all, the APPA weekend was amazing. Incredible. Firstly, as a Mum with 3 young kids – staying in Melbourne, alone, for 4 days = heaven!!! Omg Mums, do it!!! 4 days of room service, doing whatever the heck I wanted to do, going to bed after midnight, and waking up late… YASSS. And also the amazing after-parties, gala dinner, etc…. so much fun.

I haven’t even mentioned anything about being there with great, amazing, wonderful friends!!! Other photographers who boost each other up, my tribe, the reason we all get through this season is because of each other. And we’re all sitting there, waiting to see each other’s photos pop up for judging. We’re all keeping an eye out, texting each other silently, running from room to room when their prints appear, sending messages, gripping hands, giving silent “eeeeek!” hugs through the judging…. Without my tribe, it wouldn’t be the same.

Yes, part of it was disappointing, and that was all on ME. That one little point. ONE POINT!!! It’s just frustrating to be so close, and yet so far. But what can I do, except show up again next year with amazing photos! I WILL grab that red Masters ribbon in 2019!!

Melbourne wasn’t all about my awards – I also volunteered for the first time, print-handling behind the scenes! Let me tell you, it wasn’t what I thought it would be…. in a good way, I suppose. I thought I’d be perhaps turning prints, or packing prints, or sticking them on the wall – but it was like this, TENFOLD. The most amazing bit was seeing so many crazy-awesome awarded prints, up close! Handling golds and gold distinctions! Hanging these beautiful pieces of artwork on the wall. Mind.Blown. The photography was another level, and it was SO good to see winning prints up close – not just the photo, but the printing – the paper choice – the details you can’t see on the online live stream. WOW.

The print-handling was another thing. Put it like this. My hotel was a nice 2km walk from the city, down to the Melbourne function centre. That sounds nice, and I walked that about 6 times over the days I was there, no big deal. But the 1 day that I volunteered, was also the LAST day of judging, which was also the PACKUP day….. Basically, the torture day.

So I was told to wear flat shoes – no worries, I got flat boots! Melbourne is cold, so boots were worn. BIG mistake. Big. Huge.

My job was running prints, and when I get a job to do, I try to do it to the best of my ability. I don’t slack off. I’m a “get-it-done” kinda girl. So I did. I “walked efficiently” between all 5 rooms, picking up prints for the wall, sticking tiny little sticky dots on the back, and popping them on the wall. This also sounds nice and flowery. But 24,853 steps later (that’s nearly 17kms walking in one day), (I should have lost about 5kgs but anyway)…. my feet were very unhappy. I sucked it up and moved my ass for 8 hours, print-handling, packing up, sorting cases, refused to let my feet out of my shoes until I was in the hotel. But seriously. Print-handling and behind the scenes was indescribable. Meeting new people, seeing photographers I haven’t seen in years, wow! Even through the foot-pain, what a tremendously great experience. I will be there again next year! (With joggers).

Fast-foward 3 weeks since APPA. I had to remove part of my nail polish from my toes, they felt like hell and I knew they were bruised, and wasn’t sure whether I needed to punch a whole through to remove the pressure. Yep. That. My big toes are reeeeally dark bruised now, and the massive blister on my ankle is finally shrinking. #postappaproblems

 

The wrap-up

Would I do it again? Absolutely! Would I print-handle again? Definitely! Will I enter competitions again? YES!

I know now I’m only ONE stinkin’ point away from that elusive red ribbon – I’m coming’ atcha, Masters! I’ll be doing everything I can to make sure I grab that 1 Silver award next year, and really properly earn my red Master of Photography ribbon. I kinda am glad I didn’t get it this year. I didn’t plan or execute my prints with enough timing. I was too busy. So in 2019 I’ll make sure I schedule enough time throughout the year to plan, shoot, and print, so I really do deserve the win next year.

 

The Rise International Awards 2018

With no pressure to perform, the Rise Awards popped up this year for their inaugural year, luckily, after APPA!

The very first year Rise awards have been around, and another competition to receive feedback, and put my images forward. The best thing this year, was that I could use photos I’d already stressed over from APPA – so with little to no preparation, I sent them off to the digital-only competition, and promptly forgot all about it.

The judging was last week, and today we received our scores. I’m happy with these, and although all 5 of my prints were awarded (yay!), I realised straight away that I really do need to work on my prints for different competitions – especially for digital comps! There’s so much that I made in my prints to be seen on paper, that may not show up on screens… Ahhh, next year.

I’m very honoured to receive 5 Awards from the 5 prints I entered. 4 Silver Awards and 1 Bronze. Thankyou, Rise team.

 

So, another year done and dusted for print competitions.

A huge T H A N K Y O U to each and every one of my clients. Whether I photograph you for awards or not, you’re always part of my planning process, I’m always learning and growing and trying something new, and I grow with every session I photograph. For others, thankyou for just going with me! Thankyou for putting up with my fiddling and mucking around. Thankyou for letting me dress you in weird outfits/branches/material etc. Thankyou for letting me run with my crazy, creative brain. And the hugest thankyou to my husband and family. When I’m photographing clients, my youngest 2 year old daughter is being minded by someone. My kids are either at school, or with hubby. There’s always someone behind the scenes, keeping the family running, when I’m with my clients.

It takes a village. Thankyou.

Bring on 2019! x

When should I photograph my newborn?

Newborn vs. 6 week old Baby

Why do we photograph Newborn babies so early? | My view, as a Mama & Newborn Photographer

I’m a Newborn Photographer, and I love Photographing babies of all ages… there’s something so beautiful about a new life, and it’s such an honour to meet and cuddle your baby in the first few weeks of their life.

For new parents considering Newborn photography, I’d like to explain why we usually want to photograph babies at 7-14 days. You may have heard that some Photographers are very adamant about photographing Newborn babies under 2 weeks old, and there’s definitely a reason for that, **IF** you have your heart set on curled-up “Newborn” photographs. But first, let me explain, what’s the big deal?

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(Firstly, a disclaimer… this is my opinion and advice as a Newborn Photographer and Mama of 3 kids. When you have your baby photographed is up to you. If your baby/babies are born healthy and at full term, or at least from 37 weeks onwards, then this is my advice on when is a good time to have your baby photographed. If you have a preemie, or multiples, or a baby with any medical issues/special care, or extra time in hospital, that obviously comes first. Your baby’s safety is priority, and if that means your first trip out of the hospital/house is 3 months later, then that is absolutely ok).

*These babies pictured below have all been photographed between 7-14 days*

From a Newborn Photographer’s perspective… all we want to do is photograph your baby and capture your beautiful moments in a safe environment, when you and baby are ready, however old baby may be. There are many Photographers out there that flat-out will not photograph a newborn baby over 14 days old, and I dislike that rule… but it does apply, at times… so I’ll explain the benefits of both having your session at the Newborn age (7-14 days), or later.

When my clients book me as their Newborn Photographer, it’s usually because they’ve seen our photographs, and they love our style. When I talk to them about what poses they’d love, what they’ve seen on our website, or what they want from their session, many clients tell me they love the curled-up poses, “bottom-up”, and baby wrapped up nice and snug.. and these poses are best done with a newborn. As long as baby is healthy and home, then we always aim to book in baby’s session at 7-14 days – which is usually the week after you’re home from hospital. Check our gallery, the majority of babies here are photographed at 7-14 days new.

baby boy dressed in parents hands

If you’ve ever had a Newborn baby, you’ll probably remember your first week with a newborn, in snippets… In a nutshell, it’s emotion-filled and blurry at best. From labour and delivery, to your newborn baby arriving, hospital stay, recovery, the big first drive home with your tiny baby in their huge car seat… to getting settled at home, the first night with your baby, friends and family visiting, sleep deprivation, and constant feeding/crying/cuddling….  before you know it, your first week with a baby has all but disappeared, and you’re all emotional over how fast time is flying.

That first week is for you, so please don’t book a Newborn photographer who wants to handle and photograph your baby in that special time. It’s not needed, unless they’re visiting you in hospital for a “Fresh 48” session, where you’re documenting your baby in your arms, in your hospital room.

I will never photograph a Newborn baby under 5 days old – firstly, health and safety. Aside from quick “friends/family” cuddles, I firmly believe that a fresh newborn should only be cuddled by you – Mum and Dad. Savour these first few days alone, and preserve the sanctity of this precious new arrival in your home.

I’ll also mention the importance of not allowing anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated against Whooping Cough, around your baby. Please, ask your Newborn Photographer if they are vaccinated. Photographers, friends, Grandparents….. all should be vaccinated. And if you’re not pro-vacc, that’s entirely your choice, but my choice is to be safe and healthy when I handle your baby. I’m immunised, for your baby’s safety.

newborn baby boy stretching his arms

Next is Feeding….. and yes, this is a big deal when it comes to your Newborn session. Feeding plays a huge part during a session. A settled baby generally has a full tummy, and a settled baby helps when we’re trying to photograph your family.

A newborn baby on day 1 may only require a few mLs of colostrum, but wait for day 3-5…. your baby has been cluster feeding or suckling for a few days to stimulate your milk, and suddenly your body has listened. If you’ve heard of the “baby blues”, here she comes on day 3-5, and she arrives when your milk comes in – hormones, emotions, crying for no reason, and all that stuff – and that’s just Mama! Your baby suckling for days has now triggered your milk to “come in”, your breasts to double in size and leak everywhere, and baby knows it! Now, baby is “hangry”. Cue those all-night-feeds in hospital where you beg the nurse to take them away for an hour so you can sleep, please!!. Even if you are bottle feeding, your baby will get to a point where a few mLs of syringe-fed formula isn’t enough, baby is getting stronger and their tummy is growing, and will start demanding you fill it with milk.

Now granted, not every Mama will go through this, and I hope you don’t – I personally only went through it once, for my first baby. But day 5 for me was an emotional, hit-the-wall, blah day. We had visitors over, and I stayed in bed while they cuddled my baby, because….. #babyblues. Not a good time for photos.

Have you read the stats about Newborns and their tummies? According to research, on day 1, a Newborn’s tummy is about the size of a marble… hence why they’re satisfied with a few mLs of colostrum. But, only day 10, baby’s tummy is the size of a large chicken egg – The difference is amazing!! So if you’re still feeding baby a few mLs on day 10, you’ve probably got a hangry, exhausted baby on your hands. They grow. Fast. Do you want to have a Newborn session during this crazy time when you’re both learning how to feed? Nope. No thanks.

If you’ve had a full term healthy baby, you’re probably home from hospital in 1-5 days, settling in. Caesarian babies may be in hospital for 5 nights, and you as a Mama may be on pain medication for a week.. so that gives you time to get home and recover, before you gather yourself up and venture out to a stranger’s home, post-surgery. Even Mama’s who have given birth at a birth centre and go home the same day, need time to settle in at home.

Another reason for capturing baby early, is their skin…. After birth, baby’s skin can dry out. Baby has left the liquid, “moisturised” environment of the womb, and is exposed to our world’s environment. Many Newborns at 7-14 days old have peeling skin, which is totally fine! Don’t stress about that. Along with peeling skin comes milk spots on baby’s nose/face, pimples, sometimes acne a bit later (yes, babies can have terrible pimples/acne/redness). While all of these can occur in a newborn, it’s more common a few weeks after birth. Yes, we can retouch this, and yes, we do this all the time. Every baby is different, but the earlier the better, we usually manage to avoid it, in those first couple of weeks.

beautiful baby boy neutral cream

Having your Newborn photographed is YOUR CHOICE. Your baby, your choice. And if you’d dearly love to capture their beautiful new-ness, soft baby skin, little eyelashes, curled-up all womb-like, sleepy and content….. then 7-14 days is what you should aim for – this gives us best results of a sleepy, well-fed newborn baby, who’s still small enough to curl up, and young enough to sleep through their session.

Babies at 7-14 days have mastered feeding, are content with a full tummy, and are mainly asleep, apart from perhaps 20 minutes or so during a bath or “awake time” with Mum and Dad. 7-14 day old babies are usually settled, happy to curl up asleep, small and flexible enough to want to be wrapped up like in-utero, and content in a stranger’s arms. They sleep through most changes in positions while we’re moving from different setups in their session, and if they wake, usually a shhhh-shhhh-shhhh and gentle movements or swaying will put them back to sleep. They usually only wake with a cry because we’ve moved them mid-snooze, rather than being cranky and staying awake. As a Newborn Photographer, this age really does work best, and if we can see your baby at 7-14 days, we have the best opportunity to capture these beautiful poses for you, before your baby grows.

It’s also YOUR CHOICE to wait and have your baby photographed at 6, 10 or 12 weeks, 4 months, or not at all. But if you do want to wait, either for health or vaccination reasons, or for private or religious reasons, then you’ll be the first to see that your baby will not look or feel like a brand new, Newborn baby. I will absolutely always photograph your baby, whatever the age – but it’s important to know that the session will revolve around your baby, and what baby is currently up to.

**These babies below have been photographed from 6 weeks – 3 months**

At 6 weeks old, your baby has probably grown a few centimetres in length, and those beautiful 00000 and 0000 Newborn outfits are too small now *insert sad face!* Baby is alert for longer periods, having definite awake/asleep time, following your face when you move around her, maybe smiling or showing happiness when you stare into her eyes and make hilarious goo-goo noises 🙂

At 6 weeks old, baby is no longer a newborn. Maybe other friends or family have just had a baby in the last week, and ohmygosh doesn’t that just make your heart hurt… your baby has been here for 6 weeks, and there’s already newer “freshies” that have arrived since then!… Your baby is going through milestones, smiling and feeding, reaching out to touch you…and as a Mama, you’re recovering from your delivery, been to numerous checkups, thrown out the congratulatory flowers, worked through breastfeeding/bottle feeding/lactation consultants, and got the hang of feeding/texting/changing the channel/eating dinner at the same time. Perhaps your partner has gone back to work, and it’s you in charge now to make dinner/get dressed/shower (maybe not?)/make dinner… You’ve pushed your new pram a few times, hit the shops for new outfits and nappies, and got the hang of car seats. You’re giving baby advice to your pregnant friends. In a blink, that precious Newborn stage has come and gone, and you’re in “Pro” Mama mode now.

Beautiful Naya, pictured below, is 6 weeks new, and slept for part of her session, and also gave us beautiful awake smiles as well!

A six-week old baby can “sometimes” – and I say this loosely – “sometimes” pose like a Newborn baby, but your baby photography session will revolve around your baby right now – whether they’re awake or asleep, curled-up or wriggling.Six weeks is such a beautiful time, don’t be alarmed! It’s just very different to a newborn. You’ll notice your baby has “woken up” – I sometimes get parents who say to me at 10 days old, “ohhh my baby just sleeps all day, he’s so perfect” – and yes, your baby is perfect – but just wait for 2-3 weeks… babies need to have more awake time, and this is comin’ atcha whether you like it or not!

Let’s go a little older… 3 months. Beautiful Marley here is 3 months old at her session, and could lie on the beanbag and interact with her siblings. But then, perhaps the closeness of a stranger (me!), and her wanting Mama-cuddles, she needed a longer time to feed and settle to sleep. But gosh-darn, she is GORGEOUS.

So as you can see…. it’s all about you and your baby. If you desperately want “newborn” photos before your baby grows, then talk to your Newborn Photographer, and aim for 7-14 days as is “normal” for the majority of our babies.

If you want to bypass the newborn stage and have your baby photographed when they have more personality, bigger smiles, and longer lashes…. aim for 6 weeks+ ….. it all depends on your baby’s readiness, and what you’d love.

Regardless, book a Photographer to capture these early moments. Because they really are so fleeting. Soon you’ll be caught up in a delirious fog of newborn-cuddles, and you’ll be so glad you made the time to book this in early. Let us capture this beautiful, joyful time in your lives. x

Book your Newborn or Baby Photography session today. 

 

Winter Warmers family portrait weekend

Baby, it’s cold outside…”

Pull out your boots, scarves and blankets…. our once-a-year, discounted August “Winter Warmer” Family Portrait Afternoons are

BOOKING NOW

Winter Family Portrait Days are heavily discounted
and only happen ONCE a year
so call us TODAY and be the first to grab your chosen date.

So, grab your kids and some cute outfits, and let’s have some fun in this beautiful wintery sun.

All the cozy details…

Your purchase includes:

– 1 hour Outdoor Family Portrait session OR Indoor Studio child-only session
– Personalised Studio Design Appointment to choose your photographs

Sessions held in Murrumba Downs, North Brisbane

 

Yes, Save the date for me!

Family Portrait – Maternity – Child – (Not available for Newborn sessions)

Some sessions still remaining – morning or afternoon. Please call for available times.

Saturday 11th August

Friday 17th August

Saturday 18th August

Design Appointment Dates:
Book a time on Saturday 18th or Wednesday 22nd August
 
to view your photographs and place your product order.

 

Have what you love…


*Discounted pricing only applies to Winter offer on available dates.*

Mild pack $695
8 Digital Images, via download
(save $85)

Toasty pack $995
15 Digital Images, via download
2 x Matted prints
(save $495)

Winter Warmers pack $1495
25-30 Digital Images, via download
Large square multi-image Framed Wall Art piece
OR
Portrait Box with 10 Matted Prints
(save $1100)

 

Don’t miss out for another year.
Call Claire now
to book your preferred session

0419 657 120

Please note: Our phone runs hot at these times, around our normal enquiries and sessions. If we can’t answer your call, please leave a message with your preferred time/date, and we will return your call asap.

 

PayRight Payment plans available for purchases over $1200.
Enjoy your products straight away, while you pay off your products easily over 3-12 months.
Low fees. Zero interest. No charges for paying off your loan quicker. Instant approval done in studio in 5 minutes at your Design Appointment, or prior to your session.

 

Call Claire now

to book your Winter Warmers session.
0419 657 120
claire@thenewbornstudio.com.au