While I wasn't thrilled to go out six days post Caesar for a newborn shoot (even one that I wasn't going to be the "star" in), I was ecstatic to get some amazing pics for the blog, photo albums and grandparents. I have also ogled over newborn shoots, so when Mandy Lee Miller (the awesome woman who also initiated the CarseatFullstop campaign) approached me to work with Kids Emporium on their Making Memories campaign, I leapt at the chance.
My local Kids Emporium Parkhurst, which was recently taken over by the wonderful Laura Paton, ran a Making Memories campaign in July, where they teamed up with local photographers to give something special back to their customers. As part of it, I was chosen to work with Captured By Nicole.
Behind the lens at Captured By Nicole is photographer Nicole Lewis, assisted by her mom Sandra. These two "angels" welcomed us in, and pretty much did everything, including change nappies, clean, cuddle and comfort. I call them angels because they not only took over the baby duties, but made us feel so at home, and our baby Rebecca so at ease.
Aside from all the feel-good, the pics were superb, and I'm so grateful we had this opportunity, otherwise I doubt I would have opted for a shoot like this so early on.
The shoot also taught me what goes into a newborn session – I thought it was about fluke or just plonking down a baby and getting amazing results. The reality is that there is so much time, patience and comforting that go into getting beautiful pics, and since a baby is naked, there is the possibility (or inevitability) of wees and poops, which Nicole and Sandra handle with ease and without freaking out.
Here are some of the pics I took of them prepping:
Another thing I really loved is that in my briefing form I filled out when I booked the shoot, I got to explain what I loved, what I didn't like, and the pictures that appealed to me most. I appreciated this greatly, and it left me with images I loved, and without having to explain face to face that I didn't want elaborate props or outfits – I wanted the shoot as simple as possible, which Nicole completely understood before I even arrived.
Other plus factors: Tea, coffee and water in the studio, white noise playing (soothing for baby), photo products that Nicole offers (eg mugs, picture books), an app with your selected pictures to download to your phone (yay – easy sharing and showing off to those who ask to see pics of your baby).
In addition to great pics and studio facilities, Nicole and her mom are so so caring and gentle.
I'm in love with our images…
Nicole also offers pregnancy, children and family shoots – you can look at her exquisite work here.