Safety & Respect, Our Style, Family Involvement & Editing
A quick overview of what you can expect from a baby photoshoot with us, including the importance of baby safety, our pure and simple style plus our ethical approach to editing/photoshopping.
Your baby is precious so their safety is our No.1 concern, we’re uncompromising on this. During your baby’s photoshoot we’ll be to hand at all times because we know they’ll wriggle, squirm and generally move around, even though they might not be toddling yet. Your baby will need reassurance, interaction and lots of playfulness as we go to engage in their photoshoot and tease out characterful results.
Keeping it pure and simple
We favour a simple and organic approach to baby photography. In fact we actively steer clear of fancy props and elaborate adornments that we feel can too often distract from the natural purity of your baby… you can’t improve on perfection! It’s your baby’s emerging character that we want to capture, not fashion or trends in photography.
We know you’d probably love a few photos together with your baby now your family has grown. We always offer this option after capturing individual portraits at the start of the session, but in our experience, babies under one tire quite quickly so it’s best to be realistic about what can be achieved given their short attention span. Tell us about the priorities for your session beforehand so we can endeavour to fulfill them.
“Andy captures simple innocent beauty and love in each image” Mary, Toula’s mummy
Patience & Respect
We respect our tiny visitors in all that we do. When we handle your baby, we’ll show them the care and sensitivity as if they were our own. We’ll take our time as we work to get the best results from your little one… even babies don’t like to be rushed. These tiny people already have preferences! Every image reflects the smallest details, eg, laughter, which is expressed by the eyes as well as the mouth so making the session as lighthearted as possible is important as we want to capture genuine expressions. This is why we shoot several images of the same set up in order to select the best image. It’s the tiniest details that reflect an emotion which make a shot great , and why we only select the best – your gallery will average between 15 and 25 final images. It’s not always the smiles that give an image impact, sometimes a baby’s coy expression or inquisitive look towards the source of fun can really pack a punch. Our approach to baby portraits is refreshingly yet deceptively simply. We won’t do anything that either looks unsafe, uncomfortable, disrespectful or just downright wrong. If baby looks safe, happy, content and perfectly relaxed in our photography, then that’s because they really are, simple!
Authentic & Ethical Editing
Photoshop is like a gift from the digital gods, boldly cleaning up flaky skin, crusty noses, milky moustaches and slobber everywhere. However, we believe that our clients deserve professionally edited portraits that are sympathetically hand retouched to preserve fine detail and skin texture We never use automated photoshop plugins that in our view, have a tendency to produce mushy, plasticky skin. Subtle, restrained and professional retouching removes the non-permanent blemishes that would otherwise distract from a baby’s natural features. Bogeys and snot are never a good look, especially when magnified in your feature piece above the fireplace! Whereas permanent features such as moles, birthmarks, fine hairs and milk spots remain untouched
Further reading on our approach and use of Photoshop: Bogeys, Snot & Slobber