newborn photography

How to prepare for your newborn shoot | Berkshire photographer

Photographing newborns is so special and I absolutely love doing it.

A newborn shoot normally last between 2-4 hours, this allows time for feeding, changing and settling your little ones and all sessions take place in the comfort of your own home.

If possible please crank up the heating before I arrive so that we can keep your little ones as relaxed and hopefully as sleepy as possible

Lifestyle

My shoots are leaning more to the lifestyle genre, so although the babies are posed, these will be baby lead poses. I will not be happy to put your newborns into position that I feel are unsafe for them, like the frog poses. Yes they actually call it that !

I do aim to get a few photos of both parents with their newborn as I honestly believe that we need to be in more pictures with our babies and not just in phone selfies. Please do not stress about what you look like, you are beautiful and that will show in the images. The main focus is on the connection between you all. For these pictures all we need is a room with good natural light .

What to wear

The main thing is to be comfortable, go barefoot with lose bottoms or a flowy dress. Try to avoid black and neon colours. Try to stick with neutral /light colours that will match the softness of your newborn.

Dad’s, nothing too bold in patterns, try not to be too matchy with mum, t-shirt in lighter colours or button down shirts are great .

For the babies, on the day of your photography session I will bring some blankets and wraps to use, but the simpler the better, either no clothes or a white baby vest looks great. If you have any specific blankets that you wish to use that is not a problem at all. I do not tend to use props in my photos but if there is something that you want photographed do not hesitate to let me know

Best time for shoots

The best time for a newborn shoot is when your little one is between 4-14 days old this is when they are at their most sleepy and we can move then around with out them getting too cranky. mid morning is often better than the afternoon, around 10am.

If you have any other questions just let me know.












Ria Brennan, your next photographer

I just thought I would just get on here and tell you a little about me and why I got into photography.

i was born and bread in the wonderful west London but I am now based in a small village called Wraysbury which is about 10 min from Windsor, Berkshire. I have been in photography for 10 years now, shooting weddings, families and newborn’s. Although my style has changed through the years, my main focus is to capture people in a way that others see them, their true natural self.

My Family

I am a mum of two children a 5 year old and a 3 year old and you will see tone of photos of them on my site. I think after having them my passion really grew. I love to take photos of them being silly and crazy because that is what they are. My kids are the real driving force of my photography, because I see how quickly they grow. I know as a mum I want to capture as much as I can as we all slowly forget how small they really were.

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My love of photography

When I was younger I loved looking through my aunt’s photo albums (she had loads of them.) Seeing photos of me and my family gave me a glimpse of life once forgotten. I would go through pages of printed photos, all in those sticky back albums. Photos of my mum and dad when they were younger, baby photos of me and my brother, photos of me and my grandparents. I loved them.

After uni I started working for a photography studio, it was there where I honed my skills in studio photography, I did photography course and editing courses but I felt something was missing. I became bored of the same staged poses that the studios want you to do.

Once leaving the job and being a little disheartened about my hobby, I moved to a normal 9/5 job and took up doing weddings on the side. Boom my passion was back. I could really put my own spin on to my own work. I could meet the clients, get to know them and their families and try to bring their personalities to life in the photos of their big day. I loved it.

Life after Kids

Unfortunately, weddings had to slow down after my two amazing children came along. I couldn’t work all week then spend my weekends doing a 12 hour shoot and then editing in every free moment. I missed my babies too much. But this is where I found out what my real passion was, my kids. I wanted to capture as much as I could of them so that they too could one day get those photo albums out and go through all my memories and see how I saw them. I didn’t want them to have iphone images that are store on a cloud never to be seen again. I wanted well printed, great quality photos that they don’t need to swipe through.


So, I went back to my camera and started again. As much as I loved the posed photos I wanted to capture the true moments between my two little babies. I wanted the chaos and the wild hair, the giggles and the jumping, the closeness and the snuggles. I changed my style to capture these and became more of a lifestyle photographer.




Families, dealing with cancer

Family photography

MY MOTIVATION

I wanted to write this blog mainly to speak about the wonderful family I met last weekend as well as giving people an insight into what motivates my photography. Jaxson is the son of my cousin’s cousin. Before their shoot I heard that the dad had not been well. He had been diagnosed with cancer. When you are not directly exposed to these life altering situations, you forget that people of all ages can suffer from such awful circumstances and how fortunate your life can be. 

As soon as I walked in the house I felt the warmth of a loving family and was immediately at ease. Jaxson’s dad bears a striking resemblance to my own cousin and his older brother was the spitting image of my cousin’s son as well as being the same age as my little boy.

STRENGTH OF THE FAMILY

During the shoot Jaxon’s mum had told me how ill his dad had been, how it’s effected his life at both work and home. I also found out that Jaxson was taken back into hospital after a week of being born due to breathing difficulties. 

I looked down at this gorgeous little boy asleep without a care in the world. I then looked up at his mum with such admiration. What an amazingly strong woman she is, she may not feel it at times, when sleep deprived, or rushing off to another hospital appointment but she exudes resilience and determination. Where do I begin with Jaxson’s dad, he looked at his little baby and his son with such pride, he was so happy you would never have known this grey cloud was hanging over him.

NEVER GIVE UP

This family have decided that this is not the end of their story. A house full of love and hope for the future has no room for self pity or doom and gloom. They are just grateful and excited for the beautiful gift they have been given and are looking forward to sharing many years together creating new memories. I feel extremely privileged to have been given a small glimpse into their lives and look forward to taking photos of this beautiful family for years to come.