What a busy year it has been for all the newborn photographers in Cape Town. There are so few of us yet we always seem to be fully booked. Please always book your newborn shoots as soon as you possibly can. All it requires is booking fee and a booking form to be filled in. I often get told that they waited to ensure that nothing went wrong. Please note that in the event of a miscarriage or the like I would offer a full refund of the booking form. I often get asked how many shoots have you got today?. I don’t think people know what goes into a newborn shoot. A shoot can last up to 4 hours if the baby won’t settle and the shortest shoot time for a newborn has been 1,5 hours (average is usually 2,5 hours). It is back breaking and there is very little energy left to do another shoot that day. Then there is the editing. One shoot has a lot of editing time. Newborn editing is far more intensive then family shoots.
This little beauty was photographed in a beautiful home in Woodstock. Isla was 5 weeks premature and stayed in hospital for quite a while. By the time I got to photograph her she was 3 weeks old. I often get told that it is impossible to get sleepy poses out of a baby over ten days old and that they are so easily disturbed. This often is the case but it really does depend on the baby. Isla was a dream and by the time she had a full feed and was settled we got a lot out of her. Each baby is unique and there never is a set formula on how to keep them sleepy and happy but over the years I have come to realise that they will be ready in good time and no amount of rushing the shoot will help. A lot of patience, time and relaxed parents is all you need. Isla’s parents were amazing. Thank you for a lovely morning.