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Baby Kit // Melbourne Newborn Photographer

I have recently added a new question to the questionnaire I send out before newborn photography sessions.

I love photographing touch - it's my love language - and that can be especially wonderful skin on skin. In additional to seeing some gorgeous baby skin, how do you and your partner feel about showing some skin?

And it's all because of this gorgeous session with baby Kit. 

We'd been chatting and shooting for a while when I said I wanted to head into their bedroom to get some photos of their baby against Daniel's chest. It's my favourite way to show how small and fragile a newborn can be. Well, Mum Laura misunderstood me and directed Dad to whip off his shirt for the photos. I wasn't going to argue. 

Those photos of baby and Dad, with all that skin and connection, are some of my favourites from this newborn session. 

I'll admit, it doesn't hurt that Daniel is easy on the eyes. However, there is an intimacy that skin gives to a photo, that feeling of peeking into a private moment of pausing and appreciating the loves in your life. 

So, if anyone feels like showing a little skin, sing out as I'd love to make it a part of my newborn photography session with you! (Or maternity photo session, couples photo session, family photo session with little kids...) 

Also keep an eye out for Laura with her eyes closed, just soaking in her brand new baby boy. Talk about capturing a perfect moment! xx

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Welcoming Millie // Melbourne Fresh 48 Session

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What is a Fresh 48 session?

A Fresh 48 session is a style of newborn photography held within 48 hours of your baby's birth, generally in hospital but home births can be catered for too. 

There is something so real and intimate about Fresh 48 sessions, when your little one is so incredibly new. The emotions, the love, it's all so immediate. There are gorgeous details to capture - those little baby wrinkles and toes, stretches and yawns, when they wrap their tiny hand around your finger - but it's the look in the parents' eyes that gets me every time. It's not until you hold your baby in your arms, you realise how much the world has now changed. That moment, that feeling, that's what I want to preserve for you. 

This beautiful Fresh 48 newborn session with baby Millie was held at Melbourne's Austin Hospital. It wasn't my first time meeting this lovely family, as I've photographed a Fresh 48 and in-home newborn session for big brother Leo when he just a baby. I always feel like it's a privilege to share in and document this precious time for a family - it sounds corny but it's true - and getting to come back and meet another new addition to the family is just my favourite thing about being a photographer. 

What is the difference between a Fresh 48 session and a 'normal' newborn session?

Simply, Fresh 48 sessions are more real and emotional while newborn sessions are a little prettier and planned. 

Newborn photography ranges from very posed, studio photos through to in-home lifestyle sessions. Newborn sessions are generally held 10-14 days after the baby is born, with timing being more important for more posed styles. Although my heart (and newborn sessions) fall on the in-home lifestyle side, there are amazing photographers across the spectrum. 

If you are debating between a Fresh 48 session and an in-home newborn session, I wouldn't want to direct you either way. There are advantages to each and I think they can compliment each other perfectly. (I even have a Collection specifically for people interested in both.)

A Fresh 48 session could be timed to capture first meetings with siblings, even grandparents if you wanted. There are so many firsts happening in these initial days as you discover more about your little one and being parents. It's real and emotional and wonderful. 

Within two weeks, the general time of a newborn session, a baby has already changed so much. They feel less fragile, you feel more confident. An in-home lifestyle newborn session captures a peek into your life at home with a newborn. Feeding, settling, the nursery, snuggled up all together. It's loving and relaxed and wonderful.   

If you were debating between a Fresh 48 session and a very posed, studio session, I would suggest the Fresh 48 session every time. Personally, it's the photos that capture the emotion and experience that mean more to me. I booked a studio session when my oldest was born and although the photos are beautiful, they don't reflect how I remember her as a baby. (I didn't bother when I had my second child.) The posed newborn style relies heavily on the baby being asleep, while the baby looking up at Mum or Dad, making eye contact with the camera, interacting in any form, are just incredible moments to capture in my mind. And don't even get me started on the value of getting ourselves in photos with our loved ones! 

How do I book a Fresh 48 session?

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I suggest booking in 3-4 months before baby is due. Although I try never to say no to a newborn client, my session availability does fill up.

This is the stage that we get the formalities sorted, including a questionnaire that allows me to get to know you a little better, so that when you go into labour a quick text message is all that is required. I'll get my camera ready, schedule cleared, so that we're all set to schedule a time when your sweet little baby is here. 

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Melbourne Newborn Photographer // Baby Liam

Newborn photos are giving me ALL the feels at the moment. My little baby Emma is almost 8 month old already and where the hell did that time go? 

If I stop and think about it, Emma was only 3 months old when we bought our new house. Queue packing up a house, moving, unpacking and fixing up our old house to get that on the market, while we were already fixing up and selling my old unit turned investment property. Add in a whole host of Christmas activities in between, including hosting two large Christmas family events, and it's no surprise these last 4 months have disappeared. 

Now though, I have a baby who loves to eat, says mamma and gets frustrated that she can't quite crawl yet and I'm left asking where my little newborn disappeared to when I wasn't paying attention! Talk about Mummy guilt.  

I see newborn photos online and I feel such pangs that I've missed my chance to get a photo of my Emma like that. Looking so wrinkly and scrunched up and new. Of course I have photos of my baby girl - lots of them - but I don't think I will ever feel like I have enough. Hey, everyone is allowed one neurosis right?! 

So this is my reminder to you - get photos! Of your baby, of your family, of you. Grab out your phone, pick up a camera, book a photographer - cough, cough, bet you can't guess which one I recommend, cough, cough, link to my contact page - but capture photos of you and your loved ones. As you are right now. Don't wait for the perfect season or time or weigh. Our kids change too darn fast and we can't get this time back. 

And speaking of time disappearing, I'm just a touch behind on sharing some of my favourite photo sessions. This adorable newborn, three week old baby Liam who gave the most amazing facial expressions, is over 1 year old now. As I said, just a touch behind.   

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Melbourne Baby Photographer // Baby Zac

There is never a 'wrong age' to take newborn photos.

Sure, if you're after the very styled, baby sleeping all curled up and posed newborn photography then that's a bit different, but for photos of you loving on your new little baby - natural and genuine, capturing that sense of amazement and wonder at this little person that you have created - there is NEVER a wrong time. There is something wonderful to be documented at every single age in your child's life. 

Baby Zac was two months old when I photographed this lovely family at their home in Mernda.

Still sleepy and snugly, but that look on his sweet little face as he gazes up at his Mum... Families loving on each other is what I want to capture, youngest and furriest family members included in this case.  

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Newborn Photographer Melbourne // And then there were 4

So often I walk away from a photo session thinking, 'It's this. This is my favourite type of session.' Because I genuinely love my job. I get to meet incredible people and be welcomed into their homes and lives to witness and capture love. Seriously, it's awesome. But when I get to photograph clients for both a maternity and newborn session, be still my heart.

I get to share in their anticipation and apprehension at our maternity photo session, because who isn't a bundle of feelings as they await their little one. Then I get to see them as fledgling parents at our newborn session, still adapting and learning but consumed with love for this tiny new person.

I was privileged to witness this transformation in Emma and Stu when returning to meet baby Owen.  

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Newborn Photography Session // Big Sister, Baby Brother

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This Diamond Creek family weren't so interested in the traditional newborn photos - baby looking all sweet curled up in a wrap - so much as photos of them loving on their baby boy. That's my kind of photo shoot! Families being themselves, relaxing in front of the camera, snuggling with their loved ones. They're the photos that mean so much to me personally, and they're the kind of photos that I want to give my clients.  

I love that photo of Mum holding her baby boy with his wonderful podgy baby rolls and the sweetest little dimples on his bottom. Big sister was adorable too, adapting to life with a new little person in the family. 
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Family Photography Session // Imperfectly Wonderful Reality of Life

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I'm quickly learning the challenge entailed in taking a family photo when two young children are involved. With one child, patience, encouragement and some giggles will generally provide that moment of everyone smiling at the camera. Two young children though, looking and smiling at the same time....

We might get that 'everyone smile at the camera' shot or we might not, but we're certain to get something even better.  

The imperfectly wonderful reality of life and love and family. Chaos and wriggles and giggles.

But always the love. 

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Newborn Photography Session // Wide Eyed and Adorable

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This little darling was the first newborn shoot I have done, which is quite fitting as she is the daughter of Brooke, my first ever maternity session. It was lovely to come back and meet her! 

Ashlea turned two weeks old the day we took these photos and, despite being feed and snuggled, was disinclined to just drift off back to sleep. As for taking some naked baby photos, well she made her opinion known about that! She is an absolutely sweetheart though and you can see how much her parents adore her. Such a privilege to be able to capture these images for them.    

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