Newborn

COVID-19 related Frequently Asked Questions for Newborn Photography

Well, what a year 2020 has been so far hey!  Hands up who’s had enough already?!

So, like many businesses, I have experienced some changes and am navigating through as best I can.  Today marks almost 9 weeks since I last picked up my camera and visited my beautiful new studio that Nic had been working so hard on to complete for me.  Not to mention the 8 weeks in lockdown round 1.  I am so incredibly grateful that we were able to get back there even if for just a small amount of time throughout May-June.

As you can imagine, it’s been pretty tough not being able to photograph all of the amazing families who have so lovingly picked me as the perfect photographer for them.  But the most important thing I keep reminding myself, is that this is only temporary.  It won’t last forever and there is certainly worse situations out there than a very impatient creative soul like me itching to pick up her camera again.

I’ve been getting quite a lot of emails recently from expecting parents asking if I am still working during the Stage 4 restrictions, and basically the very short answer is no.  Newborn Photography sessions are very hands on, I adore a sweet new baby cuddles and the wrapping and posing process realistically means that I cannot conduct a session while observing the social distancing rules that are currently in place.

Not only that, right now, things are at a level that we have never experienced before, so while I would do anything right now to be in the studio with all the babies who have been entering the world over the past couple of weeks, the risk to them is just not worth it, especially when I know that waiting just a couple of extra weeks will not make too much difference the the beautiful lasting memories I can help families create.

But I thought, as I do keep getting a lot of the same questions, that perhaps it might be handy if I put a few of those concerns to rest with my very own COVID-19 Photography related FAQs.  So, here we go…

Are you photographing babies right now?
No.  Due to the current stage 4 restriction laws, photographers are unable to work with families right now.  things are changing daily and we are waiting for an update on these rules, which I am hoping are released at the end of the month when we move from stage 4 to step 2 of stage 3.   But for right now, I have hung up my camera and am waiting oh so impatiently to pick it up again as soon as possible.

I have a Newborn Session booked with Tiny and Brave, will I still be able to have my baby photographed?
Yes!  Of course you will!  I am aiming to ensure every single family wanting photos, will eventually have them.  So I am not cancelling anything, simply putting things on pause for a little while.  Once your baby has arrived, we will chat about what we are able to do at that time.  If we are still experiencing Stage 3 or 4 restrictions, your baby may have to wait a little longer than others depending on their arrival dates, but I assure you, everyone will receive a beautiful gallery of images to remember this time.

Are you taking on new Newborn Session bookings during stage 4 restrictions?
Yes and no.  I am not photographing any families during the restrictions, however I am booking in sessions to be held once restrictions ease.  Anyone wishing to have their baby photographed by me will not be turned away.  However, it is vital that you are aware of the rules in place for us before we go ahead with finalising your booking.  Your baby may be due to arrive before restrictions ease so it is important for you to know that you may be waiting a little while longer than our ideal 7-14 days.  If you are happy to join me in the game of patience, then I will absolutely love to pencil your baby’s due date in and wait the exciting news with you!

My baby has already arrived, can I still book a newborn session with you?
Yes please! Just like families still waiting the arrival of their little person, we’re playing the waiting game.  So, if you are looking to book a session with me, I will put your baby’s birthdate in my diary and once things settle and I get the go ahead, I’ll be in touch to set a date.  Simple, easy, no one misses out!

When will you begin photographing babies again?
Business Victoria has classified all genres of professional Photography under the ‘Office and Professional Services’ category for the industry restriction levels.  Below I have provided the relevant reopening road map in Metro Melbourne in regards to professional photography.  Stage 4 is due to end on September 28th and with the information we have received so far, it looks like things are start to ease just a little by the end of October, all going well with the numbers.  October 26th 2020 to be exact.  This is my goal for now.  I am hoping that we will see restrictions easing just enough on this date that we will be able to get back into the studio that week.  However, we are seeing daily changes and I am keeping an eye on things to ensure that the minute I am allowed, I will have the key in the studio door and have you booked in as close to your baby’s arrival date as possible.

What measures do you have in place to ensure it is safe for us to visit your studio?
The health and safety of my clients and their children is always my top priority, due to the measures I take each and everyday prior to, during and after sessions, not too much will need to be changed going forward.  However things have certainly been stepped up a notch with the current pandemic.
My studio has a high standard of cleanliness at all times.  All blankets and props used during a session are always and will continue to be washed thoroughly after each newborn session.
All surfaces are cleaned between sessions.  No more than one newborn session is ever held on any given day and this will remain the case moving forward to ensure ample cleaning time is given between each family visiting the studio.
I will ask that anyone entering the studio wash their hands thoroughly before touching any surfaces and hand sanitiser will be made available for anyone present to use throughout the session.  As I will be very hands on with your baby, I will be using it thoroughly throughout the entire session.
Face masks will be required, obviously having your photo taken with a mask on isn’t ideal, so we are still waiting to be told how things will work when we do reopen in regards to this.  Either way, I will be wearing one while photographing you and your baby.
I have not left my house for the past 6 weeks and once restrictions do begin to ease, I will be continuing to limit my travel to only leave my home to photograph families.  Whether it be at an outdoor location while social distancing or in the studio for newborn sessions.  Everywhere else is off limits for me to ensure the risk of contracting the virus and passing it onto any of the families I am lucky enough to photograph is kept to the bare minimum.

Your website says it is best to photograph my baby in the first 7-14 days of age, how will COVID-19 affect this?
Yep you’re right, this is the ideal timeframe as we work to achieve those delicious squishy teeny tiny sleepy newborn poses.  However over the past 10 years of photographing babies, I have worked with all ages.  Quite often Mums are in hospital a little longer than planned, babies arrive too early and have lengthy stays in hospitals, families simply are unable to come and see me right away.  Circumstances differ for each family so quite often I find myself photographing babies anywhere from 7 days right up to 3 months.

How will you work with an older baby?
In short, I wouldn’t expect to change much of the session at all, but I am very much guided by your little person and what they are able to do on the day.
My style is quite relaxed and natural, which allows me to adapt to your baby’s age at the time of the session rather than only working within the set timeframe.  I simply work to photograph your little one’s personality and features that make them unique on the day I meet you.
Older babies are much more alert than they were in their first couple of weeks, they have had more time to discover how interesting their new world is and they want to be a part of it.  You will notice this change at home as they start to move from super sleepy to a little bit more reactive to your voice and touch.
So we tend to achieve a lot more awake shots, capturing gorgeous eye contact and as they grow and change their little personalities really start to shine through and we get some images that really make us giggle.
This is a beautiful opportunity for us to make a shift as I truly believe every Mum and Dad should have at least one photo of their little baby looking at the camera.  I have definitely been known to wake up a tiny 7 day old to get this very shot, so like I said above, really nothing will change too much.
As always, some babies are a little more flexible than others, for this reason I don’t have exact poses I work to achieve, again as I mentioned earlier, I am guided by your baby.  The poses you see on my website are all slightly different as your baby guides me in what their version of these poses will be.  This is very much the case for an older baby too.  I always ensure they are comfortable and relaxed at all times during the session and will only work with poses that your baby is able to do with just a little guidance from me, always ensuring their safety is my number on priority.

Do you have examples of older newborn photos I can see?
Yep!  Below are some absolutely adorable little people and their families, all photographed after the 7-14 day age bracket.

I have a question that you haven’t covered here, what should I do?
Well that’s easy fixed!  Get in touch with me and let’s have a chat.  My days are currently filled with remote learning and baking, so please get in touch!  I am sure I can drag myself away from that riveting Groundhog Day experience to talk all things newborn photography…please, get in touch! 😉 You can do this easily via the Contact Page.

At the end of the day, we hear it often, it’s loud and clear.  We are all in this together, so I am here to help you, to guide you through this process and ensure one day, hopefully sooner rather than later, you will be taking home beautiful photos of your new baby.  I can’t wait for that day!

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Baby Josh | Melbourne Newborn Photographer

Sometimes when I meet a tiny human in my studio, I fall in love instantly.  I mean, of course I completely adore every brand new baby I meet, who wouldn’t?!  They are tiny and squishy and sleepy and cuddly and precious.  Their tiny toes and fingers and eyelashes and dimples are completely delicious and you just can’t stop staring!!

But, there are times, where I just get a connection with a baby, it’s not a physical connection, more an emotional one…or maybe it’s not even emotional.  It’s not spoken, I just know it’s there when I look at their little face.  I find myself staring at them between photos, getting lost in a moment, quietly taking in all of their little details, the softness of their skin, the flakey bits of new skin their bodies no longer need, the almost invisible stands of hair on the edges of their ears.

As I write this, I grow more curious as to where this silent invisible connection may come from, and looking at little Josh here, I think, perhaps it’s that they remind me of my little ones, or other little ones in my family.  And then, you think that this little guy in front of you, is someone’s brand new.  Someone’s Son, Grandson, Nephew.  Perhaps he is the first, perhaps he is the first boy, perhaps he has many cousins eager to smother him with love.   I completely adore family, and the differences between every single one of us, every family is different and has something that makes them tick, and every one always has a funny family member that just makes us all laugh, roll our eyes, shake our heads in wonder…and perhaps, this little guy will blow the minds of his entire family as he grows and shares life with them.

I love that simply looking through these photos from little Josh’s newborn photoshoot with me, you can put your imagination to good use and plan his life, pretend you’re looking at the very next astronaut to land on the moon, a bright young man who will discover the cure for cancer, a writer of beautiful children’s stories, a football star, a doctor, a teacher, a dentist, anything.  Josh could grow up to be anything he likes and I know his family will surround him with endless, unconditional love no matter the path he choose.

Looking at the concentration in those little eyebrows frowning back at me I have a feeling he’ll be a little serious man for a while, or perhaps bury his head in books!

And that’s my ramblings for this Monday morning…probably got off track a little…but hey, it’s my blog so what are you going to do about it?!

Before I sign off, I’d like to introduce you to the adorable Josh Thomas Campbell, his big furbrother Franklin and his awesome parents Brooke and Simon.  You guys are legends, thank you SO much for sharing your family with me and allowing me to be your newborn photographer.

Tiff x

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Melbourne Newborn Photographer | Baby Harvey

Meet grumpy, frowny little Man Harvey and his adorable big Brother Charlie.  These two little men had my heart from the minute they walked in the door, Charlie wasn’t a huge fan of being in front of the camera, but we tickled some smiles out of him and the constant promise of sultanas got us through.

Harvey and those eyebrows…he gave me the BEST facial expressions all the way through his session, he has such a little old man face, such delicious pouty lips and that hair! ❤

A Newborn Photography session in my Montmorency Studio is always a calm one, quiet, peaceful, a day off for you while I play with your children.  This day with Harvey and Charlie was not unlike every other session.  If you bring your older children in to play along, there are toys hidden away that I only ever bring out once I am ready for their attention not to be on me and their brand new baby.  A little table and chairs set aside for all the very best artists to do their drawing.  A ridiculously comfy reclining glider chair which has been slept in countless times by both exhausted up all night feeding Mums and Dads.

Newborn nappies and wipes are well stocked on the change table in the corner and, as this is your day off from all the hard stuff, I do all the heavy lifting for you.  Simply hand me your baby, let me cuddle them endlessly while I create some precious memories for you and your family to look back on forever as your little people grow.

Tara, Jason, Charlie and Harvey, thank you for your day in the studio.  Thank you for choosing me as your Newborn Photographer and allowing me the pleasure of your company.  I hope your day off was a relaxing one and I hope the sultanas were as delicious as they looked Charlie 😉

Tiff xx

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Melbourne Newborn Photographer | On This Day | Baby Billy

On This Day.  Today in 2017 sweet little man Billy visited me in my newborn studio in Montmorency with his beautiful parents Briana and Andrew.

Each day when I look back at photoshoots from the past, it really is hard to believe that so much time has passed already.  This session was a whole year ago, yet it feels like just yesterday that these three were so full of smiles and love and big baby eyebrow frowns in the studio.

Billy had the coolest little mohawk in his hair and the grumpiest new baby frown I had every seen!  When he opened them, his gorgeous big blue eyes were so intense and he really looked at me.  His sweet newborn baby flakey skin reminded us that even though he had been in this world for over a month, he was still brand new and life was only just beginning for him.

Briana and Andrew, thank you so much for choosing me as your newborn photographer, for spending your morning with me in the studio and for trusting in me to capture Billy as he was, so tiny, so chubby, so new.

Happy Newborn photoshoot anniversary Billy!

Tiff x

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Melbourne Newborn Photographer | On This Day | Baby Amelia

On This Day.  Three years have passed, so I think it might be time to plan another personal project day…

In 2015, I got to chatting with Anna Davis from Anna Hartley Photography about how both of us only ever shoot with nuetral colours.  We still do this now, because thats what we love, that’s our style, it suits us and our clients who keep coming back to us as their families grow.

I remember we were talking about all the colour some photographers use and how simply beautiful it always looks.  While it might not be our everyday style, we both can really appreciate the stunning photographs these photographs come out with from their sessions.  So, long story short, we decided to create a session with a tiny human, run a newborn photoshoot together, shooting only the colours we would never use.

We collected everything we could find that we thought would look amazing, colours we still liked of course and created something bright and beautiful.  We did a Model Call out for families in East Gippsland and I ventured out of my newborn studio in Montmorency and hit the road for Lakes Entrance to hang in Anna’s then in home studio for the day.

It was the most fun I had had behind the camera in AGES!  Working alongside someone can be really rewarding and eye opening. While we may have similar styles, especially when it comes to colour, every creative soul has a different outlook, will see something different, even if the subject we are photographing is exactly the same, with the same lighting and same expressions, we will always see it slightly different to each other.

Brand new baby Amelia was the perfect model for us on the day.  We both fell completely in love when her Mum Rebecca brought her into the studio.  She slept, like a baby 😉 she had the most precious little cheeks and was oh so tiny.  Me and my need for just a little of my style was very excited to have captured a big stretchy yawn face.  Both Anna and I are natural light photographers, we don’t utilise any studio lighting equipment so we rely heavily on the weather playing our game.  I remember shooting for a good part of the day, trying new set ups, trying to remember what we had come up with in our preparations and changing things up when our creative minds took over and we slowly but surely ran out of light as we completed our last and possibly my favourite set up of the day.

Thank you so much Rebecca for trusting both Anna and I to jump right outside our comfort zone to create something memorable for you and your family.  I am sure Amelia is much much bigger and wide awake these days!  Happy 3 year newborn photoshoot anniversary Amelia, thank you for being the perfect model.

Tiff x

 

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Melbourne Newborn Photographer | On This Day | Baby Indi

Today brings memories from another gorgeous baby girl who I was lucky to have met back in 2016.  Sweet brand new baby Indi Charlotte was born on Friday June 10th 2016 at 4.15pm.  She was a teeny tiny 2.9kgs when she arrived in Mum Rachael’s arms and became a brand new baby sister for her brand new big brother Quinn.

I was lucky enough to meet this beautiful family in my newborn studio on June 28th when Indi was just 18 days new and oh my goodness was she adorable!

She had the most incredible eyebrows I had ever seen, the hairiest of shoulders, a beautiful little button nose, eyelashes to die for and when she opened those big brown eyes, her face just lit up.  Quinn was a very adoring big brother, super helpful feeding her with the bottle, the most precious cuddles and sweet baby kisses.  I always love to photograph new siblings together and this day in the studio was very special.  The love I got to witness was so sweet.

I loved this session so much that if you visit the studio in Montmorency, you will see quite a few of the images displayed in my beautiful bamboo frames.  I simply fell in love with little Indi and completely over photographed her!

Rachael and Tyronne, thank you so much for introducing me to Quinn and Indi, for spending the morning with me in the studio and for choosing me as your newborn photographer.  It was an absolute privilege to photograph you and your family together, to help you to remember just how tiny Indi was as she grows.  I hope to one day be lucky enough to do it all again.

Tiff x

 

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Melbourne Newborn Photographer | On This Day | Tiny Baby Sienna

Well this one is a blast from the past!  On this day, June 27th in 2016, I met Sienna.  What a gorgeous little human she was and so lucky was I be chosen as her newborn photographer by her awesome Mum and Dad!

I first met Maddie and Ben on the shores of St Kilda Beach just a couple of weeks earlier when we got together for their maternity photoshoot.  We met right outside Luna Park, wandered down the path to the beach, got our feet wet, had a cuddle or two, watched the sun go down with the most spectacular colours.  The wind was in our hair, from memory it was a reasonably chilly early evening as the sun set on the horizon, Maddie looked incredible growing their first child in her belly and the love shared between the two of them was just beautiful!  I kept thinking to myself just how lucky I was to get the chance to meet such kind people.

Then came the precious news of little Sienna’s arrival, Maddie and Ben were parents to a sweet baby girl!  Sienna Adell Hutchesson, born on Wednesday June 15th 2016.

She had the craziest hair, the reddest little lips and such flakey dry brand new newborn baby skin.  She was beautiful and I was completely besotted with her little face from the minute she walked in the studio door!

She slept and slept right throughout her session, giving me the best opportunities for gorgeous little curled up baby poses, and then there were the stretches and sneaky smiles.  As we neared the end, she woke at the perfect time, to give her Mum and Dad all of her attention while they cuddled her ever so sweetly.

Ben and Maddie, happy Newborn Photoshoot Anniversary to us!  I cannot believe we are two years down the track already when it honestly does feel like just yesterday that I met you both.  Thank you for choosing me as your photographer, for coming all the way across town to my studio in Montmorency and for sharing sweet Sienna with me.

Tiff xx

 

 

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Baby Lhamo | Melbourne Newborn Photographer

When Bridget first contacted me she initially enquired about a family photoshoot for her growing family, after seeing my work with Bec and Simon a few weeks prior, but when I suggested they come in to the studio for a newborn session, she was quickly convinced that this idea was perfect for them!

They walked in the front door and I was instantly in love…the most precious baby girl Lhamo and her big Sister Nyima. All that luscious dark hair, gorgeous big dark eyes, half Australian and half Tibetan, beautiful olive skin. Nyima was a little shy when she first came in, but we bonded over the coloured pencils I had left out for her to colour with, together we discovered that most of them were blunt, so a quick hunt down of a pencil sharpener had me in her good books and she soon realised I was someone she could be friends with.

She was so in love with baby Lhamo, constantly photobombing, climbing up on my beanbag, wanting cuddles and kisses, always touching Lhamo’s sweet cheeks. Some would say getting in my way, for me, it was just beautiful to watch and every time she was close by, I made sure I caught her on camera with her baby sister.

Photographing Lhamo was such a beautiful time in the studio. Her skin was so precious and soft, just like a little doll, I found myself touching her cheeks, encouraging little smiles and frowns, all that personality in such a tiny little girl. She was so bright eyed and alert, the expressions I caught were just adorable.

This family is just gorgeous. So happy together, adoring each other, patience and kindness, an absolute delight to photograph.

Bridget, thank you for introducing me to your sweet sweet family. I would consider it an honour to photograph you all time and time again xx

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Baby Evie | Melbourne Newborn Photographer

Little Miss Evie visited the newborn photography studio this morning and oh. my. goodness….she completely stole my heart with her long dark thick hair, incredible eyelashes, perfect pouty lips and never ending smiles ❤

The whole session she slept, snored, grunted and made the most hilariously loud grumbling sounds. Despite all of that, she slept so peacefully, didn’t make a fuss each time I bugged her to put her in a new position, only complaining once about being wrapped because she preferred to have some milk instead, so once we accommodated that little request, she was back to sleepy and content for the rest of the morning.

I was so excited to see Nikki & Dave again after their Maternity Session only a couple of weeks earlier, seeing them as parents is just beautiful. They are so comfortable in their new role, so calm and ready for anything, the love in their eyes is like no other and it was truly something special to photograph them altogether as the perfect family of three.

Little Evie, who didn’t have a name for her first three days in this big wide world has chosen the most amazing two people to be her Mum and Dad, what a blessing she is to their life.

Nikki and Dave, congratulations on Evie’s safe and healthy arrival. Thank you so much for choosing me to photograph not just your maternity session, but to be your newborn photographer also. I had the most wonderful time in the studio with you all and hope there is plenty more opportunities for me to have you in front of my camera as little Evie grows, along with your family.

Tiff xx

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Melbourne Newborn Photographer | Baby Ted

Baby Ted. What can I say, he absolutely ROCKED his Newborn Photography session in my Studio. Oh my he was such a sweet little person, so many baby smiles, so much character, SO many photographs captured for his doting Mum and Dad.

I was so lucky to have found this sweet family and have had the privilege to photograph them. They found me through Instagram and I am so thankful that they did.

Thank you so much Amanda and Jarrod for choosing Tiny and Brave for your Newborn Photography session, thank you for sharing your sweet baby boy with me, I could photograph your family all day long x

Amanda, Jarrod and Baby Ted shared some kind word with me after their session. Hear what they had to say here.