First and foremost, congratulations on the new member of the family! A baby is going to bring you happiness and you deserve it, I believe that becoming a parent is the moment when all life battle’s seem worth fighting for.
My name is Ksenija and I want to thank you for giving me the honor of photographing your new little one in his/her first days in this big world. I enjoy photography and I believe babies are the cutest things in the planet.
I photograph newborns in my home studio where I have a light setup and diverse props that will help me give a characteristic and professional look to the photographs. English is my working language, I hope you feel comfortable communicating in English with me. 🙂
Take a look at this guide and if you have a question or want to confirm something about your session, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Depending on your method of transportation, you can reach my home studio by Train, T-bane, Bus or Car.
- The closest Train station: Haugenstua (8 mins) *recommended*
- The closest T-bane station: Stovner (10 mins)
- The closest Bus stop: Smedstua (3 min)
Newborn Sessions are designed for babies between 2 and 14 days old. During this period newborns tend to be sleepy and retain that fresh newborn curl. After 15 days, newborns can develop things like colics and baby acne. They also will be more alert and stay awake longer.
The best approach if you are unsure when to book, is to set a temporary date – for example one week after your due date. Once you have given birth, simply confirm the date or modify as it best suits you. You can also send an email or call if you have any questions.
We schedule the sessions to start anytime between 9AM and 11AM most days of the week.
When scheduling your session, you filled up a questionnaire that will give me an idea of how to get the most out of your session. For example, do you want your infant to be photographed with props that you will bring from home like a flag or helmet? What colors you like or dislike?
Based on this, I will use my creative process and your ideas to create those beautiful images.
If you find some photograph on the Internet, send it to me and I will do my best to tell you if it is doable, however it is always better to look at my gallery so you have a clear idea of product I deliver.
Please feel free to look at the gallery of Images and my Instagram to see what kind of images we can produce.
Before the session, please do not let baby sleep beforehand, instead try giving him a bath, let him kick with only a diaper, tickle his/her toes, and even let him fuss for a little bit (without a pacifier) for the 2 or 3 hours before the session. We recommend to feed the baby once you have arrived to the studio. This will help the baby to get a nice full belly allowing him to sleep, the baby will eventually wake up only to keep eating. This will ensure those squishy, sleepy newborn pictures!
It is extremely important that you do your best to keep the baby awake. If this is not the case, the baby will wake up during the session and I will not be able to make the the best photograph. I do have some tricks but a little bit of help in this regard pays off.
The temperature in the studio will be between 26 and 28 degrees. It is also not a bad idea to bring an extra outfit, sometimes I’m not the only one that will get peed and pooped on during the session 😉
Sessions can last up to 4 hours, I will be aiming to get it in less, but make the arrangements for 4 hours. The variation depends if the baby is a light sleeper or is hungry.
Do not use moisturizer on the baby’s skin, unless prescribed by the doctor, and do not use makeup, the skin will be taken care on the retouching stage.
For most of the sessions I will try to go through my repertoire of poses to give variety to your gallery, and this will allow us to have an idea on whether the baby prefers to be in a certain position, from there we go through other stages such as props or detail shots (close up of hair, eyes, lips, fingers, etc).
When you arrive, try to relax. Babies pick up the moods in the room. Turn your cell phone off in the photography room. I have TV room that can be used, Wi-Fi is available, and some board games.
You can bring a tablet, or a book, even some snacks to entertain yourself during the session.
I use artificial light in the studio room, it usually is dark with exception of the artificial light.
I don’t use unsafe poses, however new moms tend to stress out if this is a new experience, and they aren’t used to the waiting game that is newborn photography, it might happen that we will have to wait 30 minutes for a single photograph. Sit down and relax, beautiful photographs are being created.
Your hands and arms might show up in some photographs, holding the baby or their feet. Please have your nails trimmed.
If you want to appear in the photographs with the baby or any other family member (e.g. siblings), this has an extra cost of 500NOK.
For babies that are breastfed, the mother’s diet is the baby’s diet.
Here is a little helpful list of a few common foods to avoid while nursing. Some of these foods can cause gas, and a gassy little one is usually fussy and uncomfortable.
Try to avoid these foods at least 48 hours before the session:
- coffee and caffeine drinks
- spices such as cinnamon, garlic, curry, chili and pepper
- citrus fruits and their juices, like oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit.
- the “gassy” veggies such as onion, cabbage, garlic, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, and peppers.
- fruits with a laxative effect, such as cherries and prunes.
All photographs include retouching, differences of color in the skin due to artificial light, blemishes, distractions in the background, etc. are taken care of in the post-processing stage. However there are limitations regarding how much retouching is too much. Too much retouching and the photograph will look unnatural. When it comes to hair, some newborns are shaved at birth, for those cases we try to use beanies, small hats or headbands to try hide the spots where the trimming occurred, we avoid retouching newborn hair, as it is the easiest way to spot an unnatural looking photograph.
After the session, I will start processing the photographs, they will be ready approximately 2 weeks after the session. You will receive a link where you will select your favorite images. When you are done choosing, notify me by e-mail or a call and I will enable the feature for you to download them.
The session fee comes with some photographs included, and there is the possibility to choose more photographs or get the full session of retouched images for an extra 250Kr per photograph or full gallery for 1999Kr (all usable photographs of the session). This is in addition to the session fee.
The digital photographs to be delivered will be in high-quality JPEG files of aproximately 8000 pixels long edge, using a 4:3 aspect ratio. This will allow you to produce very large prints if you want – larger than A0 paper size.
- Try to keep baby awake for 1-2 hours before leaving for the session. If baby has slept recently before the session, it may keep him/her from sleeping during the session. Try taking them outside and walking around, a quick bath, etc.
- Do not moisturize baby’s skin unless prescribed by a doctor, and do not apply make-up to the baby.
- Have any hats, bows, headbands, props or other items you may want in the shots ready to take with you. Please think about which items are the most important to you for the session as I may not be able to include them all on the shoot.
- Please bring a pacifier. Baby can become unsettled while I am posing them and having the pacifier for comfort can be very helpful.
- Please bring nappies.
- If breastfeeding, consider bringing 1-2 bottles of pumped milk. If bottle feeding bring at least 2 more bottles than you would think necessary. When babies are bottle fed, milk can get to their bellies quicker and help them get into a nice and long milk coma 😉
- Your hands may be shown in some photos. Please have nails trimmed and lightly moisturized.
- Please trim the baby’s nails too.