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Choosing a Cake Smash Outfit for Your Baby

Cake smash portrait sessions are such a beautiful, fun way to celebrate your little one's 1st birthday. Last week I wrote a couple of blog posts about choosing the decorations for your little boy's or little girl's cake smash session. Today I am writing about choosing the outfit, or outfits for this milestone portrait session.

Cake smash sessions are split into 3 parts:

  • The Birthday Portraits
  • The Cake Smash
  • The Bubble Bath

I recommend choosing one or two outfits for the session - one for the birthday portraits and one for the cake smash.

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The Birthday Portraits

This part of the session is when we capture some traditional portraits of your little baby. I recommend babies wear a little party outfit, perhaps a little party dress for little girls or a collared shirt for boys.

For Boys

There are so many sweet options for little boys when choosing an outfit for the birthday portraits. Collared shirts, bow ties, and suspenders are all adorable. Cute overalls, knitted rompers and even teddy bear onesies are perfect and you don't need to look too far in the shops these days to find something special that matches the colour scheme and decorations you have chosen for this special day. Even Best & Less and Big W have adorable little outfits.

Choosing your babies cake smash portraits o outfit with Bree Hulme Photography

Choosing your babies cake smash portraits o outfit with Bree Hulme Photography

If you are still unsure, don't worry, I have a growing wardrobe of little boy clothes perfect for birthday portraits, including handsome onesies, overalls and rompers. My preference is always for outfits that are both very cute, but don't overwhelm your adorable baby. The clothes should never be the star, your baby is what we want to focus on.

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If you are still unsure, don't worry, I have a growing wardrobe of little boy clothes perfect for birthday portraits, including handsome onesies, overalls and rompers. Here are a few examples to give you some inspiration. All of these are both very cute, but don't overwhelm these adorable babies. The clothes should never be the star, your baby is what we want to focus on.

For Girls

And for girls, the choices are just as gorgeous. Party dresses and gorgeous little rompers, sweet little onesies and simple little skirts are all ideal, and there are so many options to match with your colour scheme and decorations. Special party dresses are definitely the favourite outfits for these portraits, but a sweet little romper or onesie can be just as stunning, simple and beautiful. Again we don’t want to overwhelm your baby, we want them to be the star.

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Bree Hulme Photography Sydney Photographer

Accessories for little girls are so sweet as well, and I have many different little headbands and tiebacks here in the studio which we can use during the session to help tame that wild hair. Once again, if you just aren't sure if you have anything for your little one to wear, don't worry, I have that growing wardrobe of little girl party dresses and rompers which are perfect for these birthday portraits.

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I love how the lace of little Colette's dress below adds so much texture to the beautiful detail photos that I love to capture during a session. Lace is one of my favourite fabric choices as it adds textures without taking away from, or overwhelming, your little baby.

The Cake Smash

Now for the fun part! Getting messy with the cake smash. For these portraits, I recommend to my clients that baby shows a little more skin.  After all, they are going to be covered in icing by the end of this part. For some clients that is as simple as removing the little shirt or top that went with the cute little pants or skirt they were wearing for the Birthday Portraits. For other's it is a whole different outfit.  And for other clients they choose that their little one will stay in the same outfit for the whole session and that is gorgeous as well.

For Boys

Knitted shorts with suspenders are a definite favourite outfit of mine for little boys and the cake smash portraits! And they are just everywhere in the shops at the moment. I love how these add some beautiful knitted textures, but still give us that adorable baby belly, show off those baby thighs and allow baby to get really messy and covered in icing!

Of course, there are lots of options for little boys, including a cute pair of shorts and even overalls, all make for adorable little outfits for a cake smash.  And accessories should never be overlooked either, a sweet little beanie or a bow tie can add just the smallest little colour pop, or texture without overwhelming your baby boy.

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For Girls

Once again the choices for girls are never ending! My biggest tip for choosing an outfit for little girls is trying not to get anything that is too big it overwhelms your little one. That giant fluffy tutu is super cute, but if your baby can't walk or crawl in it they will soon get frustrated and upset. Less is more when it comes to 1 year olds and outfits.

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Bree Hulme Photography Sydney Photographer

Bree Hulme Photography Sydney Photographer

A sweet little romper, perhaps with a soft floral pattern or lace details is perfect. Maybe just a lace tutu skirt or a simple party dress. Accessories again are adorable at this age and can help to add a little detail, but many babies of this age will only tolerate so much on their heads, and large party hats are often only tolerated for a few seconds. A soft headband or tie back might be all you need, and I have plenty for you to try on if you aren't sure what to get.

Rest assured if you just aren't sure what you want your little one to wear for their cake smash I have lots of options available for you to choose from. Little rompers, overalls, onesies and simple skirts are all here ready for you to use if you wish. And that saves your clean up afterwards as well! So it is a win-win.

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The Bubble Bath

No clothes required.

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For more cake smash inspiration, you can see my Pinterest Boards and my Cake Smash Gallery. Are you ready to book your cake smash session in? Contact me here.


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Baby Girl Cake Smash Decorations

When planning a cake smash for your little one's first birthday one of the biggest decisions you need to make is about decorations. Decorations, colour scheme and the cake. Of course, the possibilities are endless and once you start searching on Pinterest for some inspiration the rabbit hole you dive into can be very deep indeed. Yesterday I wrote about choosing your little boy's cake smash colour scheme and decorations and today is all about little girls!
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When I talk with my clients about the types of decorations and colours I love to see in your portraits, I always start with the premise that your baby is the star, the focus of the set up. The decorations and colours just add a few little details in the background.
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I want to keep the focus on your baby, on all the beautiful little details, features, and personality quirks that your little one has right now, on their 1st birthday.

There are generally two styles of decorations that I offer in my studio for cake smash sessions. The traditional balloons and bunting set up, or a more natural, botanical theme. Both of these offer beautiful backdrops for a cake smash, and I love to keep them simple and classic.

Choosing which of these set ups you want to use can be as simple as deciding on what types of colours you want to see in your photos.

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Bree Hulme Photography Cake Smash Photographer Sydney Northern Beaches North Shore
For the traditional balloon set ups, the colour palette of the backdrop can vary, and some of my most popular set ups are on white or peach backgrounds for little girls. Choosing one or two complimentary colours of balloons and a simple bunting adds just enough contrast without detracting from your beautiful baby.

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Bree Hulme Photography Cake Smash Photographer Sydney Northern Beaches North Shore
I do not very often use helium balloons in my set ups for a number of reasons. The main one being they end up being much higher than the baby and the cake for many of the portraits. That being said, they can offer some beautiful details when paired with either some air-filled balloons or pom poms as in the set up below.

I do love being a little bit creative with the background decorations in a little girls cake smash. The examples below shows some beautiful pink and mauve paper butterflies in the background. This set up is just beautiful and subtle for a little girl celebrating her first birthday.
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For the natural, botanical set ups I love shooting with eucalyptus varieties, as they offer a softer, blue-green palette which is less neon green than other greenery varieties. Adding in some flowers to match in with your colour theme gives some beautiful pops of colour and adds some soft texture and contrast. Flowers vary depending on what is available at the market on the day of the shoot, and are chosen depending on what matches best with the colour scheme of the session.

Bree Hulme Photography Cake Smash Photographer Sydney Northern Beaches North Shore

Bree Hulme Photography Cake Smash Photographer Sydney Northern Beaches North Shore

Bree Hulme Photography Cake Smash Photographer Sydney Northern Beaches North Shore

Bree Hulme Photography Cake Smash Photographer Sydney Northern Beaches North Shore
Once you have decided on your background set up, colours and decorations, the cake is the next big decision. There are so many possibilities for little girl cakes, and here are just a few of my favourites from my amazing baker, Jo over at The Bakehouse 698 in Brookvale has created for me and my clients (they are beautiful AND delicious!).

Semi naked cakes are so popular and look amazing with both coloured icing or simple white icing! Using soft (& delicious) buttercream icing makes these cake so easy for little fingers to get messy in! It is just perfect, and the semi-naked cakes have a perfect amount of icing to get covered in!
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Bree Hulme Photography Cake Smash Photographer Sydney Northern Beaches North Shore
Bree Hulme Photography Cake Smash Photographer Sydney Northern Beaches North Shore
Adding some texture to the cake with this rosette style cake is stunning as well and so gorgeous for little girls. The beauty of these cake is that the icing can be a few different shades of the one colour. In the examples below you can see 3 shades of pinks.
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Bree Hulme Photography Cake Smash Photographer Sydney Northern Beaches North Shore

Jo even makes beautiful watercolour-inspired cakes with a soft mix of colours such as this beautiful pink, purple and white cake with some rice-paper butterflies to finish off the theme for this butterfly set up.
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For some more inspiration for your little girl's cake smash head over to my Pinterest Boards, to see more examples of beautiful little girl cake smash sessions we have created here at Bree Hulme Photography. My Cake Smash Gallery also has many beautiful cake smash portraits for you to look through.

I have also put together a little guide in choosing outfits for your little girls cake smash which you can find here. That is another big decision.

So let's create some beautiful milestone portraits to celebrate your little girl's 1st birthday! Book your cake smash session now!


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Baby Boy Cake Smash Decorations

When planning a cake smash for your little one's first birthday one of the biggest decisions you need to make is about decorations. Decorations, colour scheme and the cake. Of course, the possibilities are endless and once you start searching on Pinterest for some inspiration the rabbit hole you dive into can be very deep indeed.

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When I talk with my clients about the types of decorations and colours I love to see in your portraits, I always start with the premise that your baby is the star, the focus of the set up. The decorations and colours just add a few little details in the background.

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I want to keep the focus on your baby, on all the beautiful little details, features, and personality quirks that your little one has right now, on their 1st birthday.

There are generally two styles of decorations that I offer in my studio for cake smash sessions. The traditional balloons and bunting set up, or a more natural, botanical theme. Both of these offer beautiful backdrops for a cake smash, and I love to keep them simple and classic.

Choosing which of these set ups you want to use can be as simple as deciding on what types of colours you want to see in your photos.

For the traditional balloon set ups, the colour palette of the backdrop can vary, and some of my most popular set ups are on white, grey or blue backgrounds for little boys. Choosing one or two complimentary colours of balloons and a simple bunting adds just enough contrast without detracting from your beautiful baby.

I do not very often use helium balloons in my set ups for a number of reasons. The main one being they end up being much higher than the baby and the cake for many of the portraits. That being said, they can offer some beautiful details when paired with either some air-filled balloons or pom poms as in the set up below.

I do love being a little bit creative with the bunting in a little boys cake smash. The two examples below show examples using paper planes and hot air balloons in the background. These two set ups are both very sweet for a little boy celebrating his first birthday.

For the natural, botanical set ups I love shooting with eucalyptus varieties, as they offer a softer, blue-green palette which is less neon green than other greenery varieties. Adding in some gum nuts can add some beautiful texture, and the addition of a hessian bunting can help to just add that touch of natural contrast.

These silver leaves in the set up below are my absolute favourite. When I arrive at the flower market and find these you can see me doing a little happy dance. The colour is just stunning and they have a beautiful soft texture as well. Unfortunately, these are seasonal and not always available.

Once you have decided on your background set up, colours and decorations, the cake is the next big decision. There are so many possibilities for little boy cakes, and here are just a few of my favourites from my amazing baker, Jo over at The Bakehouse 698 in Brookvale has created for me and my clients (they are beautiful AND delicious!).

Semi naked cakes are so popular at the moment and look amazing with both coloured icing or simple white icing! Using soft (& delicious0 buttercream icing makes these cake so easy for little fingers to get messy in! It is just perfect, and the semi-naked cakes have a perfect amount of icing to get covered in!

Adding some texture to the cake with this rosette style cake is stunning as well and so gorgeous for little boys. The beauty of these cake is that the icing can be a few different shades of the one colour. In the examples below you can see 3 shades of green. It also looks gorgeous in blues as well.

Jo even makes beautiful watercolour-inspired cakes with a soft mix of colours such as this beautiful blue and white cake with some rice-paper clouds to finish off the beautiful sky theme for this paper planes set up.

And mixing colours and some stunning custom-designed sprinkles from Something for Cake, can make the cake simply beautiful.

For some more inspiration for your little boy's cake smash head over to my Pinterest Boards, to see more examples of beautiful little boy cake smash sessions we have created here at Bree Hulme Photography. My Cake Smash Gallery also has many beautiful cake smash portraits for you to look through.

I have also put together a little guide in choosing outfits for your little boys cake smash which you can find here. That is another big decision.

So let's create some gorgeous portraits to celebrate the milestone of your babies 1st Birthday! Book your cake smash today!


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Family Posing Guide

So you have the beautiful family. You have scouted the perfect location and the best time of day. Now it is time for the session. So how do you pose a family in a variety of fun and natural ways to be able to fill a full gallery, get a variety of shots and angles, and present your clients with the best possible portraits?

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Learning a variety of poses, learning how to get your clients in a natural, comfortable position to then interact with each other naturally is crucial to running a successful family photography business. And it is one of the harder aspects to learn.

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Over almost 10 years in business, and photographing 100s of families, I have 6 favourite go-to-poses which I use in nearly every session. My sessions are fun and natural, with not a lot of "Smile at the camera". But I do still pose my families so that I can capture them at their best. Then once they are posed I set up little games, topics to discuss (& laugh about) and ways for them to interact so that I can capture their natural smiles, their connection and joy, their beautiful family at their best.

These poses are all outlined in my family posing guide which is free to download through my shop.

Get your Family Posing Guide today to take your family portraits to the next level!

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What an all wrapped session looks like

Every newborn session is different. Some babies prefer having their heads turned in a certain way. Some like their legs crossed in a particular pose. Some hate being unwrapped and naked. Whatever your newborn's preferences we will capture beautiful portraits of your baby at this stage. Here is a little look into what an all wrapped newborn session looks like for those babies who love to be wrapped up snug and warm.

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Wrapping babies is how I generally start every session. It helps them settle, calm and relax. Often babies wake up when they arrive at the studio and get out of their car seats. Wrapping them up in one of our beautiful newborn wraps, make them nice and warm and snug. Capturing some awake portraits when they are all snuggly wrapped and calm is perfect for capturing those big bright eyes.

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This is also perfect for helping little one's drift off to sleep and we can start capturing different poses.

What an all wrapped newborn session looks like with Bree Hulme Photography

What an all wrapped newborn session looks like with Bree Hulme Photography-1

Capturing all the tiny beautiful and perfect details of your newborn baby is one of the most important parts of the session. Their tiny eyelashes, that button nose, those rosebud lips.

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Once your baby is sound asleep we can begin to slowly bring out their little fingers and toes for some more detailed shots.

Being wrapped up doesn't mean we don't get to see those adorable little toes. In fact, capturing newborn feet is something I usually do whilst your baby is wrapped up.

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Transition between props and into parents arms is also something made easier with wrapping.

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We can begin to peel back the wraps a little to allow more "skin" shots whilst keeping your baby feeling snug, warm and secure. Babies all tolerate being unwrapped during a session differently. Little Darian here didn't mind having his little toes out or his little hands. He was slightly less happy about having one arm unwrapped, but he drew the line there and preferred to stay snug and warm in this wrap.

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We still managed to get this gorgeous shot of him curled up on his tummy, but he strongly preferred it was with a warm cashmere wrap swaddled around him.

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So, are you worried that your baby doesn't like to be unwrapped and so you are hesitant about getting your newborn photos? Don't be. There are still so many different styles and poses we can capture, all the gorgeous newborn details, even with a swaddled baby.

Book your newborn session today!


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What Happens If... Your Questions Answered

So you have booked in for a portrait session with Bree Hulme Photography! Woohoo!

But what happens if......?

I know you have so many worries running through your mind, and what does happen when something does go wrong? Here are all the answers for you.

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What happens if my baby gets sick?

I understand. I am a mum of 3 and I know how often little ones get sick. If your baby is unwell we will postpone and reschedule your session. A sick baby is not at their best, even if you can give them some Panadol to help them feel better. When little ones are sick coming to a new environment with a new person and asking them to have photos is just a little too much for them. Let me know as soon as you can that your little one is unwell (or any member of the family) and we will find the next available date for you. Trust me, it is better to wait a few days or a few weeks and photograph a happy and well baby than trying to get them to a shoot when they are unwell. You can always tell in a photo if your baby is unwell.

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What happens if I get sick?

If I get sick, I will let you know as soon as possible and we will reschedule your session. I do not want to be sharing any of my germs with you and your family, so I have always used caution, especially with newborn babies, and rescheduled if I am unwell.

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What happens if my baby arrives earlier than expected?

This is not a problem. Let me know that your little one has decided to surprise you with an early arrival, and then once you are both doing well we can reschedule your session. Some babies who arrive early need to spend some time in the NICU whilst others come home at the expected time. We can work together to find a new date for your session which suits you and your babies needs. I have photographed babies at every age and stage, even some who have come home from hospital still with a feeding tube. It is completely up to you when you are both ready for your session and I will work with you to find the best time.

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What happens if my baby has scratches on their face? Or baby acne? Or a bruise on their face?

This happens more than you may think. Newborn babies are prone to baby acne, milk rashes and scratching their faces in those first few weeks. And older babies manage to bang their heads just in time for the photo session! There is rarely a baby or toddler who walks into my studio who has perfectly flawless skin. The magic of photoshop can help us remove many of those unwanted marks and blemishes. I approach editing with the moto that if it won't be there in a week or a month, then I remove it - pimples, scratches, bruises. But if it is a more permanent mark, such as birth mark or scar, then I leave it be (unless you tell me you would prefer to have it removed). Of course, some of my clients prefer not retouching on their photos and that is absolutely fine as well, just let me know.

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What if my newborn cries or is unsettled?

Newborn sessions are scheduled to take between 2-3 hours. This is so that there is plenty of time to feed, cuddle and settle your baby as needed during the session. There is no rush. Whilst some babies are more unsettled than others, some need to be cuddled a little more, or have an extra feed to help them be calm and relaxed, we can take our time and meet the needs of your little one. My sessions are baby-led, so whatever your baby needs is what we do. This means that every session is different and you many get different photos depending on what your babies preferences are. Some babies only want to be wrapped up and cuddled, so we focus on those images within your session. Some babies only want to be on their back and so we focus on images where they are comfortable and relaxed.

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What happens if my toddler just won't cooperate or is shy?

Many babies and toddlers who come into my studio can feel a little overwhelmed and apprehensive about this whole photo shoot scenario. As a mum of 3 I know it can take time for your little ones to warm up and feel comfortable. So we take our time, maybe we need to read a book or play a little game before they are ready to get into a photo. I have lots of tricks and games and stickers to help little ones feel more at ease.

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I hope that helps answer some of your questions about what happens when the worst happens. Don't worry, we will work out what is best for your family and your photos.

Book your session today!

 


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Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Newborn Portrait Session

I couldn’t be more excited to be capturing your newborn portraits, the most precious moments of you and your family. It’s a big deal! You’re trusting me to photograph a moment in time you won’t ever want to forget. Those first few weeks with your new baby are so precious and fleeting, and this is the exact reason why newborn photography is so important - it’s a chance to capture the moments your tired eyes may not fully remember.

If you’d like to get the most out of your newborn session, here are my 7 top tips for newborn portraits that you need to know:

Bree Hulme Photography Sydney Photographer1. Perfect your styling

What you wear during your newborn portraits photoshoot is SUPER important. Before your shoot, I will send you a welcome guide with lots of advice and inspiration on what to wear and how to style each member of your family.

For your beautiful baby - I have it all covered. You don't need anything. At this tiny stage clothes tend to swamp your beautiful baby. We will have them swaddled up in one of my beautiful newborn wraps or shawls, or with a beautiful knitted nappy cover on for some unwrapped portraits or naked. Your beautiful baby is perfect just as they are.

When dressing your baby to arrive at the studio, pop them in an outfit with zips or buttons at the front so that we can transfer baby straight onto my beanbag, avoiding anything we have to pull over their head.

Favourite Mum Poses for Newborn sessions with Bree Hulme Photography Sydney northern beaches and north shore newborn photographerFor mamas, I have a range of beautiful dresses picked specifically for mums in those postpartum weeks. You are very welcome to borrow any of these during your session. Please have a look at what’s available here. I am only an email away if you need any help with clothing options. If bringing something from your own wardrobe, soft pastels, neutral and white work perfectly. Think about textures for a little bit of detail - linen, muslins, lace, embroidery and knitted fabrics are ideal. Midi and maxi dresses work wonderfully for newborn portraits.

For siblings and dads, dress them in simple colours, often pastels and muted neutrals work really well, so that the focus remains on your beautiful family and your connection. We don't want the clothes to overwhelm. Dress as if you are heading out to a lovely Sunday lunch. Not too dressy, but not too casual. Avoid logos and graphics, but prints and textures can work beautifully. Again think linen, muslins, ribbed fabrics and subtle embroidery for textures.

2. Bring the essentials

As an experienced newborn photographer, I have almost everything you could need at my studio. However, there are a few things that it’s useful for you to bring:

• Feeding and changing essentials with spare everything (nappies, milk etc)

• Snacks in case you get peckish!

• For siblings, bring some small toys or books to keep them occupied, and an iPad with their favourite pre-downloaded tv show for after their photos! It can be a long time to ask little ones to sit and wait for their new sibling to have their photos.

3. Something sentimental

Do you have a favourite teddy, or a blanket knitted by Grandma or the blanket that you were brought home from the hospital in? If so, bring it! I love to include something extra in your images to add that personal touch.

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4. Prepare to be present

There are very few times in life when we are completely switched off from the outside world and totally present with our children – make your newborn portrait session one of those. Take this time to breathe them in, enjoy them, be present, and remember why you’re doing this. You’re preserving memories, making your kids feel loved and adored. No expectations, no worries about the end result, pick your outfits and turn up – I’ll handle the rest.

Be up for doing silly things, playing games and having fun. The best sessions are the ones where mum and dad get involved, creating all those natural smiles that we love.

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5. Controlling small humans

I love having siblings at newborn shoots! However, as a parent myself I know some parents feel apprehensive about bringing them along, and I’m often asked “but what if they don’t behave?!” Well , I don’t expect them to! Children are wild and that’s part of their magic. I am a pro when it comes to getting older siblings involved, however there are a couple of things you can do to help me along the way.

Firstly, try not to over prep your older children. Mention to them that we’re going to take some photos of their new sibling, and that I will of course need their assistance. But you don't need to do much more than this. I keep the session simple and relaxed. I don't ask anyone to "say cheese" or "smile". I will create little games that create those beautiful moments naturally.

Please do not worry, I don’t expect your little ones to be perfectly behaved or for them to sit still either. I’m here to tailor the session to their individual personalities, engage their attention and create natural photos with no stress, so don’t be afraid to relax with them and go with the flow.

I always try to get the photos with big siblings first up, then if they need to go for a little walk with Dad whilst we capture those moments with just your newborn, they can be excused for a little while.

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6. Work out where you’re going

Within all of your prep information, I will send you the address of the studio. It’s a good idea to pop this into Google Maps before the day of your shoot, so that you have an idea of where you’re going, how long it will take and you’re less likely to get lost!

Please arrive no more than 5 minutes early for your session. If you’re going to be late, don’t stress! Please just let me know via text if you’re running behind – I will send you my phone number before your shoot. I know what it is like trying to leave the house with a newborn. That poo explosion happens just as you are about to step out the door. Please don't stress. Just let me know when to expect you.

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In order to make arriving at your newborn shoot go as smoothly as possible, I recommend packing a bag with your outfits and everything else you might need before you give birth to your baby. This means that when the day of your shoot arrives you can simply roll out of bed, grab the baby and go!

Ok I’m kidding, we all know it’s totally not that simple getting out the door with a newborn!! But being prepared in advance will give you one less thing to have to worry about on the day. You can literally arrive at the studio in your PJs and bring your makeup with you.

I’m all about making the process as relaxing and stress free as possible for you and your family.

I hope these tips for newborn portraits help to set your mind at ease and prepare you for your session. I am always here to answer any questions you might have and to help with anything you might need.

If your shoot is coming up soon, I can’t wait to meet you and your new arrival! Thank you for trusting me with your memories.

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Baby Wardrobe

Are you not sure what your baby should wear for their photo session with Bree Hulme Photography?

At the Bree Hulme Photography studio, I have a growing Baby Wardrobe filled with some gorgeous outfits for babies aged 6-18 months to borrow! This takes all the guess work out of what your baby should wear for their sitter, cake smash or family portrait sessions!

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My studio wardrobe is ever evolving, so I have created an Online Gallery to view the outfits which are divided into girl and boy wardrobes.

So if you are not sure what your baby should wear for their portraits, simply have a browse through the Baby Wardrobe and let me know which of the outfits you would like to use. I have taken all the stress out of wardrobe selections, what photographs well and looks adorable for your babies portraits.

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Christmas Mini sessions 2023 Bree Hulme Photography

Christmas Mini Sessions Are Open!

I am thrilled to announce that Bree Hulme Photography is once again pairing with the amazing Rachel Wildig Photography to bring you Christmas Mini Sessions.

This year we are thrilled to be offering Sunrise and Sunset packages as well as the much loved Studio sessions.

The Studio sets this year are two gorgeous new themes - Snowy Forest and Christmas Barn. These bring all the feelings and joy of Christmas to your family portraits.

Christmas Mini Session 2023 Bree Hulme Photography and Rachel Wildig PhotographySessions are 20 minutes and your session fee includes your choice of 5 digital images. Additional images and prints can of course be purchased at our special Christmas prices.

Sessions are $200.

Bookings are strictly limited to two dates in October - Saturday 14th and Sunday 29th! Get in quick to secure your Christmas Mini Session this year!

Christmas Mini Session 2023 Bree Hulme Photography and Rachel Wildig PhotographyBook now using our live booking calendar.

For Sunrise or Sunset sessions BOOK HERE

For Studio sessions BOOK HERE.

Christmas Mini sessions 2023 Bree Hulme Photography

We can't wait to see you all!

Bree & Rachel


Bree Hulme Photography Sydney Photographer

Why Baby Portraits are Gorgeous at Every Age

Before the years of Covid-19 Lockdowns here in Sydney, I predominately photographed babies who were under 2 weeks of age. This is the newborn photographers "magic age" as newborns at this age are at their most sleepy, they're most curly, and they're most tiny.

Bree Hulme Photography Sydney Photographer

But after a 4 month lockdown all the newborn babies I had scheduled in whilst we were in lockdown and unable to work, grew quite a lot! In the months after reopening and being able to shoot again, I photographed babies aged from 10 days to 4 months old, and every single session was beautiful, precious and so worth capturing. I loved what every baby, every family brought into my studio, and I loved capturing their unique and precious family memories.

Bree Hulme Photography Sydney Photographer

Why Baby Portraits are Gorgeous at Every Age