These days, there are a myriad different styles of newborn photography in the market. It is simply overwhelming just to scroll through the various style of newborn photoshoots.
The shoot styles range from posed newborn photoshoots (in it includes various styles, from minimal props to heavily propped; from as is photos to digitally enhanced with digital backdrops) versus the ‘unposed’, connection type lifestyle newborn photoshoots.
Whilst we can’t speak for all the styles of newborn photography, we can talk a little bit about the styles we do here at Tomato Photo. And we usually do these 5 styles in one newborn session.
1. Posed vs Lifestyle: Know Your Expectations
There are essentially two types of newborn photography – posed/studio & lifestyle. I love both for different reasons. However, it is important to know what type are envisioning for your shoot.
Perfectly Posed Pics- typically must be done within the first 10 days of birth when the baby is very sleepy and “mold-able”. The focus in this type of session is on shots of the baby looking perfect, usually in blankets, wraps, hats, & headbands. Tomato’s signature style of newborn photography envision the newborn to look like in mummy’s tummy and shows only the baby against the dark background, their expressions and their foetal position. Minimal props are used.
2. Let the Baby Inspire the shoot…
The best images are unplanned and inspired by the uniqueness of each baby. Whether it is cute dimples, big beautiful eyes, full lips, or a great head of hair, try to highlight the beauty of the baby.
We will work with you as the parents to ensure that we capture those amazing moments and unique features of your baby to ensure your memories last a life time.
At Tomato Photo we believe that this its all about being in the moment. This means that we give the newborn time and space to move, yawn, and stretch. Babies have wonderful, perfect, sweet movements.
From the moment he walked in the door, our two young boys were completely comfortable and happy around Hart and he took the most amazing pictures of the family and of our newborn baby. The baby didn’t cry once and was totally comfortable in Hart’s hands, which made the entire experience very relaxed.
The pictures are absolutely beautiful and we will treasure them forever!
Hazel made the booking process very efficient and easy. Thank you again and we couldn’t recommend Hart and Tomato Photo more. – Nelly Martin – Oct 2020
3. Include the Mum, The Family..
Mothers work the hardest and they love the hardest too. Mum is always behind the camera taking snaps of every adorable moment of your baby.
This is an important opportunity to get in front of the lens and capture those shots that define and outline your love for your newborn.
Get close, cuddle and aw at your little one as the photographer snaps away. Don’t by shy this is your opportunity to shine too.
Let us know and we can assist you to plan your make up and hair for the shoot as we know that new mums are too busy to worry about such pesky issues.
4. Include The Siblings
If your newborn has a proud older brother or sister, its a great idea to incorporate them into the shoot. Its always a good idea to have the older sibling ready to go first. This means that we can photograph the sibling while they are excited and able to concentrate.
Once we have some great individual shots of the sibling, we then let them go play while we focus the session on the newborn. Toddlers simply don’t have the attention span to sit quietly and wait while the newborn or setup for each shot.
Once we have great shots of the newborn we can bring the toddler back in again towards the end of the shoot for shots of the siblings together.
5. Enjoy the experience – Connections
A session with your newborn should not be stressful or exhausting, but rather a bonding experience for the family.
We will give you plenty of time and space to feed, change and burp your baby. A relaxed Mummy means that the baby will be more receptive. We encourage Mum and Dad to simply take a seat on the sofa and relax while we photograph your newborn in the setting and style that you envision.
Make memories with your family while we capture and preserve it for you.
Had newborn photoshoot yesterday with Hart. Will definitely recommend tomato photo to others! Hart was so professional in the photo taking session and handling my newborn. He manage to soothe my baby when my nanny couldn’t! Love the photos he has taken.. very natural and with plenty of priceless expressions! Thank you Hart for that wonderful photoshoot experience! – Yvonne Soh, Dec 2020