Baby Gabriella's First Ever Photoshoot

We have had a wonderful time lately photographing so many adorable newborns. Here's a little extra sneak peek for Mum and Dad of Gabriella's session before the viewing session in a few days time! 

She was wonderful through the entire session and myself and Hayley absolutely can't wait to show Keri and her family the gallery of over 30 finished images of Gabriella! It's always such a lovely honour to be asked to capture these first few days and newborn sessions are genuinely our favourite type of studio session to have in.

From her tiny toes and little fingers to her cute little baby rolls, and even some lovely family images at the end of the session. We captured every little detail for mum and dad to look back at as she grows bigger every day.

Can't wait to her back in the studio again soon and hope all the family love their little extra sneak peek. If you are excepting or know someone who is, please let them know about our award winning sessions or maybe even get them a lovely gift voucher anytime from their 12 week scan.

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What To Expect When We Are Expecting You

The diary of a newborn and baby photographer is a complicated place! Nobody told your baby that they are expected to turn up for their portrait session and while some can’t wait to get here, some are fashionably late. 

This makes our diary a wonderfully fluid place! When you decide to book with us there will be a small deposit (£25) to reserve your place in my diary. We take a limited number of newborn sessions each month so that we can ensure we can fit everybody in and work around midwife and health visitor appointments once baby is here. We keep set spaces aside on weekday mornings every week so that we always have a space for our little ones.

Once your baby arrives and you have settled back in at home just give us a call or e-mail and we can then confirm the best date and time for your session. Your portrait session will take place in our comfortable purpose designed newborn studio and will probably be the most relaxing and lovely photography session you ever experience. Newborn studios are not like traditional photography studios - they are designed to be warm and comfortable. We want you and your baby to feel relaxed and comfortable so you are able to feed on demand and put your feet up with a magazine (We even have some new dads who take a quick nap!!).

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As newborn sessions need to be a warm environment, we have 2 main rooms so that we can keep the 2nd room slightly cooler for you with a sofa in each room. There's free wifi, bottled water, magazines, changing mats, muslin's, nappies, wipes and pretty much everything you could ever need already in the studio, so there's no need to worry if you accidentally left something behind, baby brain is allowed!

So that we can capture your baby perfectly while they are still so brand new, for most of the session your baby will be in their birthday suit, nappy or one of our lovely soft wraps. Newborn clothes never fit correctly so we don’t get to see all those beautiful details that say ‘hey I’m brand new!’ but don't worry, we have plenty wraps and always have spare tiny baby nappies in the studio without markings, pictures or patterns too.

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Being a newborn photographer means safety is the absolute most important thing during any session. That's why Hayley and myself work as a team on EVERY newborn session, attending workshops and constantly updating our training. We both hold certificates in emergency pediatric first aid, along with specialist training in newborn safety. While many photographers do newborn sessions on their own we personally do not feel that this is a high enough standard of safety for our studio. If I have to move a light or change a lens, Hayley is keeping a trained eye on your baby the entire time from inches away, If she moves to get a wrap, I am there doing the same. We are both parents and this gives its own set of instincts that you learn, but we always make sure to back this up further with training, workshops and constantly improving the studio with safety in mind. If you are still considering who to book with for your newborn images, please ask them what training they have. Everything is cleaned before and after a newborn session and we do everything possible to make sure the studio is the perfect environment for your newborns first images.     

On the day, you might want to pop a change of clothes for yourself into your changing bag. Your newborn portrait session can take up to 3 hours and the reason for this is your newborn will need feeding, cuddles and changes throughout the session which is baby led rather than photographer led! 

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We hope you have a perfect studio experience and do all we can while you are in to help this. If you need anything at all please just ask. We hope this article answers the many common questions but if you would like to book or discuss a session please contact us by e-mail: Info@DavidMcIntoshStudios.com

Our favourites from 2016!

2016 has been incredible, we owe a thank you to so many people. It has been our busiest year to date and has given us so many opportunities! We thought it would only be fitting to round up the year with a look over some of our favourite images from 2016.

We had lots of requests for images that we had never tried before. Above is a perfect example of this The family had a very clear idea of the image they wanted, and we only had everyone in the same country for one more day to pull off the perfect image! (no pressure..). I loved every minute of the shoot, and love the final results even more.

 

Ok, we all know I'm a geek at heart, but that's not the only reason that this image set made it on the list! Earlier this year we were lucky enough to work with TayFM and Cash For Kids when we put together our superhero mini sessions day. Free mini shoots for everyone with a suggested donation going to charity. We also decided that every print order should 100% go to charity too, and with this in mind, we covered the production cost of every order so that the full amount paid by every person went straight to the charity. From one day of shoots we managed to make over £500 for Cash For Kids and we know what a difference this will have made to kids in the local area.

We also got to meet lots of mini heroes, play with superhero costume and have a great excuse for stickers and silly games!! Ahem... I mean, we work super hard at the studio... honest!
 

Everyone knows we love having newborns in the studio. It is by far my favourite session to do and I would happily be a newborn-only photographer for the rest of my life. This year we have been working heavily on our newborn sessions with countless workshops. During the shoots I have also been aiming to bring parent and baby images into the mix more, with a special soft spot for dad and baby images!
 

I would gladly build a second home just so I had enough space lots of dogs, I'm not even kidding! But when Harley was booked in for some pet portrait shots I think I fell in love that little bit extra. Cuteness just dosn't cover it!

While most sessions are studio based it was lovely to get out and about this summer and have sum fun on location. The image above is from one of my favourite location sessions of the year, full of family races, sandcastle building, playing in the sand, the water and we even got the family dog involved too! After a spring in the studio it as a fantastic session to remind me of the fun of outdoor shoots. 

It has been a year of super fun mini sessions and having plenty opportunities to let kids imaginations flourish in the studio. I loved how much all the kids enjoyed this years mini sessions and can't wait to build on this even further next year.

Over the year we have been investing a lot in handmade and bespoke props for the studio, the image above is one of my favourites as it was the first session we used our handmade moon prop which fitted perfectly with the starry night sky backdrop. 

As the year drew to a close we worked with multiple nurseries for their yearly and christmas photos. Rather than charge a fee to each playgroup and nusery we photographed all of them with no fee, and instead donated over £250 back to the Playgroups and Nurseries that we worked with. It was lovely hearing how each nursery used the funds, with one using it to buy every child at the nursery a christmas gift. 

This image sums up the connection between baby and dad that I have been very keen to capture this year. As a dad and newborn photographer I always see lots of lovely mum and baby images but I absolutely love getting dad involved and capturing a bond that isn't documented as often in newborn portraiture.

My last favourite image of the year is special because it captures some very rare time off. As a business owner I pour every day I can into my work, but I always try to take time out for my little girl as often as possible. Its always a tough balance to strike but looking back at images like this from days off remind me to work hard and enjoy the moments of rest in between.