As some of you guys may know, I had my maternity photoshoot with Ashley Low Photography. I enjoyed the process so much and I loved that we managed to capture the precious moment in pictures. Needless to say, I also wanted a newborn photoshoot to capture the beautiful and magical moment.
Why did I choose a newborn shoot with Ashley Low Photography to capture this moment?
I've already had a great working experience with her plus I've seen her studio. Not only is she very comfortable and warm to talk to, she has a crazy amount of props!
Her studio is also very cosy and comfortable. She was trained and gone through professional newborn photography training which was very important to me because safety was a huge concern to me.
As we chose the newborn shoot, Ashley recommended that we have the shoot happen between 5 - 12 days old. This is when babies are at their sleepiest (where they sleep about 16 hours a day) and is the best time where they can be placed in many cute poses!
Plus the newborn stage only lasts for a very short time! After that, they'll soon be fattened up and will lose that adorable vulnerable look which was why I was very adamant that I wanted a newborn shoot instead of waiting for much later, after confinement.
Before the newborn shoot
I booked a slot with Ashley when Aidan would be 5 days old. Right after the day we both check out! Prior to the shoot, Ashley and her team actually sent across an email asking about my preferences as she'll like to customise the shoot according to our likes.
Some questions she posed were:
- Preference over prints or plain colours
- Choice of neutral or bright colours
- Set up choices: Basket/fabric, Beanbags, themes etc
Looking thru Ashley's previous works, Skai and I really liked colours and prints! Themewise, we also preferred Basket & Beds!
During the newborn shoot
As I "broke" confinement, my confinement lady came with me to the shoot to ensure that I did not eat or drink any nonsense and that I was well rested.
Immediately when I arrived at Ashley's studio, she took over. Aidan had fussed a bit at the shoot and as a latch on demand mama, I looked for a place to breast feed him. Thankfully Ashley has a cosy and private corner for me to do so. She also provided an area to change diapers, if needed! Extremely thoughtful of her!
After feeding Aidan, Ashley soothed and carefully handled him. Honestly, Skai, my confinement lady and I were staring at Ashley and her assistant Stacey all the time watching the way she handled him.
I was very pleased to see that she was very gentle with Aidan! In fact, more gentle than I was. LOL. She comforted Aidan when he fussed and cried and soothed him. The whole setting of the photoshoot was very comforting. She played some white noise and also womb sounds for Aidan to relax to.
After watching her, I relaxed and rested at her sofa and just nua-ed away watching them. My confinement lady was also pleased that I rested and not exerting myself.
The studio was also kept warm and lights were dimmed so that Aidan would be comfortable throughout the shoot. I love how both Ashley and Stacey prioritised Aidan's safety and comfort at all times.
There were times where Aidan would fuss and she would pause the shoot to make sure he was comforted. The little boss cried many times and wanted milk! I felt a bit embarrassed as I had to keep pausing the shoot to feed him however Ashley was really very sweet and told us it was fine.
We also talked to Ashley about her professional newborn photography training experience.
I think that it's important for all photographers specialising in newborn photography to be trained to not only pose babies safely but also comfortably. Newborn babies are really so fragile and it's important to me (or to any parent!) that they be treated with utmost care!
Different setups available
Ashley has 5 different setup themes available!
Fabric setup: A variation of bed, which is my personal favourite!
Beanbag set up
Theme setup: As Aidan is born in the year of the Monkey, Ashley did a Monkey themed shoot for us!
And Family shoot! Where Skai, Aidan and I had our first professional family photo taken by Ashley!
I loved the different setups that Ashley could provide!
Each setup posed Aidan in various positions coupled with the amazing amount of props, clothes, themes and backgrounds made every photo look so different! That way, it's a huge variety of choices given and you'll hardly see exactly the same setup (unless it's requested!) as another parent.
As I love colours, I was very pleased to see Ashley inject as much creativity in each set up ensuring that I got what I wanted. We had prints, plain colours and neutrals for our photo shoot!
The final outcome!
Here are some of the pictures from the newborn shoot by Ashley Low Photography!
Fabric setup <3
Basket setup. The first teddy that he has hugged!
Brought the cute puffs at the back to be used in the scene!
Family pics <3
Which is your favourite? I really liked the fabric setup where he's tucked in with those cute bears!
My second favourite would have to be the bed setup where he is wearing a tie and sleeping with his arms behind his head. Like a boss!
I showed the photos to my parents and close friends and they were going gaga over them! <3 Thank you Ashley for such a great experience!
Discount code available!
If you are an expecting mum, I'll highly recommend that you splurge on a newborn shoot! It's definitely worth it! Ashley has also kindly extended a discount for www.nadnut.com readers!
Simply quote ‘Nadia’ upon booking to enjoy $50 discount on all ala-carte session fees! Discount is available till 31st December 2016.
For bookings and enquiries, email Ashley at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit her website for more details! www.ashleylowphotography.com
Thank you Ashley!
Background info about Ashley:
Ashley Low Photography (ALP) is a cosy and personable boutique set-up that provides creative and fun photos for your beautiful lasting memories for your newborns and babies. Ashley is a female photographer and the only Photographer in ALP who specialises in Newborn and Baby Photography, and they also provide photography services for pregnant mummies and families in Singapore. ALP has been around for over 4.5 years now!
Do check out my pregnancy and parenting blog posts here:
- The Third Party
- Pregnancy's Musings
- Pregnancy Pet Peeves
- Prenatal Yoga
- Choosing Junior's name
- Pampering treats during my pregnancy
- 35 weeks pregnant
- Almost there now..
- My maternity shoot with Ashley Low Photography
- Say hello to Baby Aidan!
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