Frequently Asked Questions
Newborn Photography is an exciting and unique concept.
Here are the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) we often receive before a newborn photography session. This should give you a good overview of what to expect during your newborn photography sessions.
However, please feel free to contact us if we have left any questions unanswered for you.
Do you have Precautionary Measures for COVID-19?
Yes. Please refer to this link for full details : https://www.bearthsidephotography.com/studiopolicy
When should I book my newborn session?
To better serve our clients, we only book limited number of sessions per month. As most of our clients are expectant mommies, we need to keep our schedule as flexible as possible.
The best time to book your session is as soon as you have a due date. To schedule a session, it is recommended to get in touch with us during your pregnancy.
For scheduling, simply send us a message through our Facebook page / email address with your due date, and we will put a Placeholder in our calendar to reserve your Newborn Session for about 1 week after your due date. Please note that this is just temporary date only. Then, when baby actually arrives, we can tweak the date and time if needed to ensure we get your new little one in for a session during the ideal time frame around 7-14 days old. Priority of slots are given to pre-booked clients. It is best to book us ASAP to ensure that we will have a spot reserved for capturing those sweet newborn photos for your baby!
Both signed contract and non-refundable downpayment are required to reserve your session.
What age is best for newborn photos?
The ideal time to have a newborn session is within 7-14 days from your baby’s birth (though we can photograph babies up to 6 weeks old). During this time, your little one still has the “curl”, which simply means his/her arms and legs still curl up easily. After two weeks he/she will make a big jump in growth and their arms and legs will stretch out more. Also within the first 10 days, your baby falls into this so-called “deep sleep” after being fed. That way we can wrap him/her easily into blankets or move their arms and legs around without disturbing them too much. They sleep for much longer periods as well during this period.
What if I have an older newborn?
After few weeks, your baby will start to be more active and tries to look around as it is starting to develop her sight more and more. And some "newborn poses" most likely won’t be possible at their age. Don’t get us wrong, after 2 weeks you can still get gorgeous images, just slightly different poses. There are other ways to photographing a slightly older baby and your images will be equally as beautiful.
What to Expect?
We keep the photoshoot area warm for the baby. So we advise parents to please dress light clothes while the newborn session is ongoing. If parents want to join the session, you can start changing clothes before the newborn session ends.
Here is our What to Wear Guide for suggested outfit / color palette for family portrait.
We have signature workflow for newborn session and you can also send your peg shots too. However, please note that we cannot force the baby to pose if they don't feel comfortable doing so. That's why our session is baby-led workflow, meaning, we will only do poses / wrapping that your baby is comfortable. Also, we might need your hands to help hold the baby on their lovely poses, but other than that, you can just sit back and relax.
For smooth session, we strongly encourage that you to follow our On-the-day Preparation Guide which can be found at the bottom of this page. Please read and take note of the this guide.
How long will the Newborn Session last? If a session takes longer, what happens then?
Full Newborn Session may takes about 2 hours (or sometimes could be 3 hours or more) and additional 30 minutes if we are doing Family Session too. Duration of our session may vary depends on your availed package. Please check Package Inclusion for time duration.
Since newborn is still adjusting to their new environment, we will simply adapt to his or her mood. So if baby doesn’t want to sleep or is a bit cranky and you will need to attend to his/her needs, then that is more than okay. We will have plenty of time to capture your precious one. In the rare occasion that the session does take longer than 3 hours, we will need to make a decision ahead of time. Usually after 2 hours we know where we stand and how much we have managed to capture up to this point. So we can discuss whether another hour after 3 hours is necessary. We will make this decision together. Please note that additional rate per hour applies should you wish to extend.
How much does it cost?
Get detailed pricing information on newborn photography packages by sending us a message through our Facebook Page.
What should we prepare for home service photoshoot?
We are a mobile studio and we do on-location photoshoot. Newborn photo sessions can be held within your home (a room with lots of natural light will do). This is for parent’s convenience and most especially for baby’s safety since you do not need to travel.
Photoshoot area ideally at least 10 ft. stretch of space to make the home session possible (preferably sala). The bigger, the better. Clean and sanitize session area especially the floor right before the session. Available parking space in front of your home for easy pull-out of stuffs to be used in the session.
Client must arrange and secure necessary Access Permit / Gate Pass for us if you live in Subdivision, Compound, Condominium, among others with strict security protocols. It is client's responsibility to secure our smooth access. Failure may result to forfeited session.
If we prefer to avail Studio Photoshoot, where are you located?
Our Home Studio is searchable via Waze, Grab app, and Google Map. Simply search for our studio name :
BEARTHSIDE PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO
One Spatial Condominium, Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Ave., Pasig
0922 467 0130
What should I expect during the session?
We spend a lot of time waiting for the baby to get into a deep sleep. This process can take awhile – there is no rush!
We take a lot of breaks for feeding and cuddling. Just make sure the baby is well fed.
We recommend that you turn OFF the aircon especially if the baby is unwrapped on certain poses/set up.
The photographer and stylist work to find the best poses for your baby. All babies are different – some babies will do some poses while other babies will not.
Breathe and have fun! The most fabulous newborn portraits happen when everyone is tension free and having a great time. We’ll take care of getting the baby happy and comfortable; a parent’s job is to just relax and let us “do our thing.”
Who will provide the props? What should I bring?
All props and set ups are provided by us. We have carefully selected beautiful array of props, wraps and blankets that photograph beautifully and suit our classic, timeless style. We also require that you provide us your preferred color palette so we know what props to bring.
We are happy to set up theme of your choice! However, please inform us ahead of time if you want the following so we can bring necessary props and equipment.
1. Provide your own props
2. You have special request / you want to incorporate your profession as theme
3. APAS injections you want to use as props
Who can join the session?
We all know that the newborn baby is the star of the Newborn Session, but there’s no need to leave out the supporting members of the cast! Mom, Dad and the siblings are all important subjects as well. You can avail our Extended Family Session should you wish to include family members in the portrait.
We highly encourage that both mom and dad could join the portrait. Capturing the interaction of your first born with your newborn can be quite emotional and unique! Sometimes it's just nice to have an extra pair of hands around.
It is a must to inform us ahead of time if there are siblings who will join the portrait. We require that we begin the pictorial with siblings shots. Just photographing the newborn alone usually takes 2-4 hours, and sometimes the toddler-aged siblings don't last that long just watching.
How long will it take to get my order?
Raw photos will be ready for viewing and selection 3 to 5 days after the session. Please select photos immediately as we can only start editing/retouching when you advised us with selected photos. Your completed gallery will be ready for downloading within 4-6 weeks after selection was done. NOTE : Our turnaround time may vary during busy times of year.
Each images are carefully edited and requires a lot of work depending on baby's look during shoot (ie. yellowish / uneven skin tones / flaky newborn skin etc.). We deliver quality images, and so hand-editing for each images is crucial part of the post process.
We will provide you with one or two sneak peek images shortly after the session, so you have something to share with your family and friends immediately.
What if I need to cancel or reschedule my session?
Sessions can only be rescheduled one time at no cost and still subject on availability of our calendar.
We are from outside Metro Manila. Do you travel?
Yes, we love to travel for our sessions. Please message us for a quote and to discuss your ideas.
What should I know about promotions, discounted packages, special offers, open photoshoots and model calls?
If you use a membership / privilege card of our trusted partners, card details must be provided upon booking. Please present the card (under your name) and one valid ID on the day of photoshoot to avail the discount. Otherwise, regular session fee must be paid in full.
Please note that All promo & discounted packages require to use images online for the promotion of Bearthside Photography. Images produced from your session may be used on Bearthside Photography's Website/Facebook/Instagram pages and in promotional work such as special offer flyers/business cards handed out to the general public. All photos considered property of Bearthside Photography and may be used for marketing collaterals without prior consent from parents needed.
What do we expect from our clients?
In order to maintain the utmost safety, we ask that you consider these following steps to ensure our well being, as well as yours and your family.
You must sign a Release of Liability Waiver – COVID19 in order to book a session to us. Otherwise, we cannot proceed with booking process and photoshoot.
You must fill out a a Health Declaration Form and provide accurate details
It is a must to wear a face mask or any face covering material.
Shaking hands / cheek-to-cheek greetings / high-five etc. are discouraged.
We ask that you limit visitor interactions until after your scheduled appointment takes place.
If you've been in contact with anyone other than your immediate family, please disclose with me 2 days prior to your appointment.
Please cancel your appointment within 24hrs if you or any of the household members are experiencing any of COVID19 related symptoms.
What should I pay attention to prior to the session? How do I prepare?
Here’s our On-the-day Preparation Guide :
On the day of our photoshoot, it is best to bath your baby an hour before the shoot.
Wrap only with a receiving blanket, with diaper on. Make sure wrap is enough to keep baby warm and comfortable. So we won’t unnecessarily disturb your baby by removing the clothes during sleep.
These things should be readily available near the session area : 2 blankets that you don't mind getting pee or poo on, burp pad, alcohol, at least 2 pcs diaper and wet wipes.
Feeding ahead of time: Kindly feed the baby right before the session so they will be sleepy by the time we start the photoshoot.
If breastfeeding, please avoid eating spicy food (ie. pizza, hot sauce, etc) or anything that will cause gas and might upset baby’s tummy for 24 hours preceding your scheduled session. A gassy baby will not pose well during the session due to their little tummy being upset. Also, avoid drinking caffeinated drinks before session, this can affect the restfulness of baby.
Pacifier (This is optional). If baby normally does not take a pacifier, please ready it just in case. Photoshoot, posing and change outfit for a quick sessions are new to your baby and they often want self soothe by sucking more often than normal. The “soothie” pacifiers are best for newborns. Using a pacifier during a short session will not encourage bad habits - we promise!
Interact with and keep baby awake for 1-2 hours before your session to ensure he/she is good and sleepy for the session.
Temperature of the room is 28-30 °C ( For nursing moms, please wear comfortable clothes). Babies love to be in a warm environment as it was warm in mommy's tummy. If room is too cold, baby might not be in the best mood for a photo shoot.
Studio Noise- In order to more closely replicate the environment your baby enjoyed while in your belly, we’ll have background noise playing at all times. Calming shushing noise will be playing in order to keep your baby calm and relaxed.
If other family members will watch / join the photoshoot, we suggest to maintain minimal crowd in the session area and minimize the noise. If kids are around, we suggest to let them in only after the solo shots of your baby.
Taking personal pictures during the session is absolutely okay, but please avoid blocking the photographer so we can smoothly do our workflow.
We also request you to have happy mood and be relaxed during the session. Babies generally respond to your energy and therefore the more relaxed and comfortable you are, the more chances of a successful baby session we can expect to have.
Safety First! – It is important for you to know that there is the utmost importance placed on the safety of your baby. Poses will never be forced nor will any unsafe poses be used in any manner during the shoot. All linens used will be washed in free and clear detergent. We will not photograph your baby if we are sick.