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.