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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.

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

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.

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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.

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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:

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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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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.

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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.

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Why Baby Portraits are Gorgeous at Every Age