Arabella - Melbourne Newborn Photographer

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This sweet family welcomed their newborn baby girl into the world recently, and we spent a morning together capturing alllll the love in their beautiful Melbourne home.  One of the things I love so much about in home sessions, is that it's such a safe and comfortable environment for older siblings and it really allows for their ADORABLE personalities to shine.... allow me to make my point with the images below!!! 

Don't worry, I'm not going to bore you with words this week, total overshare of photos instead !! #GIVETHEPEOPLEWHATTHEYWANTJESS

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Jess Worrall is a lifestyle newborn and family photographer based in Melbourne. Jess specialises in natural, relaxed and unposed photography. Jess sometimes likes to speak in the 3rd person, but generally just for blogging purposes, so please don't be too put off by that (I tend to not do it in real life).  From a business sense, it would be remiss of me not to add a little bit here about if you were wanting to book your own newborn or family session, that you should absolutely get in contact with me and we chat about any questions you may have !! Allow me to insert a handy little link to my contact form, to make your life that little bit easier!! 

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Five reasons why you should never, ever invest in professional newborn photography! 

Speaking from experience after having my own babies (and choosing not to invest in photography for ourselves) and hearing some common complaints and concerns about professional photography from clients, I decided to highlight some of the main reasons I think you should avoid hiring your own newborn photographer !

spoiler alert.... I may have ulterior motives with this post....
 

1. You feel like CRAP

This was hands down, what put me off the most. I wasn’t organised enough during pregnancy to line up a newborn session while I was still feeling human, and by the time my first daughter was born, I felt like actual death. Zombie-like from the sleep deprivation, in serious pain from breastfeeding issues and just post birth soreness.  When I looked in the mirror, my first thought was definitely NOT “oh, how wonderful you look this morning Jess!  Let's get a professional photographer come and take photos of us for an hour or two!”....  It was quite literally the last thing I wanted to do and so I didn’t do it… I told myself I would wait until I had caught up on some sleep, lost a bit of baby weight and felt sane again….. and then, 2.5 years later, time literally vanished, my babies were walking / talking and only then did I finally got around to organising our first ever professional photos. Seriously…one of my biggest regrets that I don’t have more photos of myself cuddling my babies when they were REALLY babies. 
 

2. It’s bloody expensive


Beautiful professional photography is not cheap, it’s true…the costs of doing business for photographers can be quite high -  but honestly, I can’t think of a more valuable, more treasured investment than family/newborn photos. You know the old question of “what would be the first thing you grab if your house is on fire?” – Well, what would it be for you ? The reality is, most of our earthly possessions are insurable, back-up-able  and replaceable… time though?  Time is something you just don’t get back… your memories of what it felt like when they wrapped their tiny fingers around your thumb or when you nursed them to sleep, they will fade and those images you invested in … they will be your most cherished possessions.
 

3. You feel ridiculously awkward in front of the camera
 

Join the club! Seriously, this has got to be one of the most common concerns clients have when booking a photo session !! And it’s also my absolute FAVOURITE thing about lifestyle photography. You guys don’t need to worry about posing for the camera AT ALL. I will do everything in my power to help you feel relaxed and try to get you completely focused on your beautiful baby, so ideally you’re not even thinking about me there taking photos.  Ok, ok look, I’m probably going to ask you to get closer to one another than you’re used to and every now and then I might reposition you slightly to get your best angle or get you into the best light…but for the most part, I will just be trying to get you to relax into being your normal, natural selves and focus on each other – not me and my camera !
 

4. You’ve got a pretty sweet camera yourself and will just take your own *kick ass* photos inspired by your dreamy pinterest board...


Ahem…another one I may or may not be guilty of. The amount of people that say to me “ohh, you’re a photographer !? You must have SO MANY amazing photos of your kids”….  Well actually, no I don’t ! I mean, now they’re older and I have slightly more energy and my brain has begun to function again, I have taken lots of beautiful images of them… but as babies  ? There was always something else I needed/wanted to be doing… sleeping / showering / eating / expressing milk / not going within a 50 metre radius of them while they were sleeping for fear of waking them and spending the rest of my life resettling them to sleep…..  yknow, the usual! Of course I have a gazillion photos of them on my iphone, but the camera collected dust and as I mentioned earlier, my biggest regret is that I’m not actually IN the photos with them as babies!!  
 

5.  OK OK OK Jess!! You’ve made your point, sheesh, we get it! BUT, my baby is already two weeks old, she barely sleeps and can’t be put down for 2 seconds without losing her mind… so, I’ve left it too late then haven’t I?


No you absolutely have not!! The beauty of lifestyle newborn photography is that it’s extremely relaxed and we can just go with the flow.  The session is not dependent on your baby sleeping through because we don’t need to try and position / pose them and so really, anytime up to 3 months is fine for a newborn session with me!   If bubs is in that joyous “I scream every time I’m put down” phase we will get lots of cuddly photos with bub lying on your chest / snugging into you, if he/she loves having a bath – let’s bath them ! If they are mesmerised by your voice and you sing them to sleep or play music for them, let’s do that!  None of these things are dependent on the age of your baby, them being extra sleepy or settled on their own, so please don’t let that put you off! We can also have as many breaks as you need for nappy changes/feeds/settling– so there is really no pressure!



So, see what I did there !? I turned the table on you guys !! I bet you didn't see it coming!?  If you're still on the fence, and want to remain convinced that newborn photography is a terrible investment, then DEFINITELY DO NOT scroll through this recent lifestyle newborn session in Yarraville  (because you may also remember Bree & Harv's from  their maternity session and if you end up looking through both of their sessions I fear you will be overcome with a need to book in your own maternity/newborn shoots!!). 

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Ok guys, disclaimer. This one is a big old overshare of photos...hopefully by the time you get to the end you will be able to see why I had such a hard time narrowing down favourites!? I mean, each little expression baby Sophie pulls was just to cute not to share!! And the doting big fur-sister and adoring mum and dad!? Full blown heart explosion! I won't waste your time with anymore of my rambling, because you really need to just focus in on the cuteness that is about to follow.... Ready.Set.Go

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If you would like to book your own newborn or family session, please get in touch here

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This beautiful lifestyle newborn session in Yarraville was just a big bubble of joy, cuddles, tickles and LOVE.  Big sister Amelia has the most infectious smile and giggle and little baby Henry was just mesmerised by her the entire time -  I can't look through these photos without having a big old smile on my face too !

Capturing memories like these, for family's like this is exactly why I LOVE what I do so much. Such a tiny, fleeting moment in time and it's such a wonderful feeling knowing that this family, no matter how many years pass or how many memories fade, that they will always have these images to look back on. 

Oh, and side note, how CUTE is fur-baby, Indie - I just lovvvvve how she is dutifully watching over Steph as she breastfeeds Henry. 

If you live in Melbourne and are interested in booking in your own family or newborn lifestyle photography session, please get in touch here ! I would love to hear from you!

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Emilie + Lara + Carolina

The biggest perk of my job as a newborn photographer is that I am constantly reminded of all of the good in the world. Being invited into a new family's home for a couple of hours and getting to not only witness, but getting to capture, their love, their connection, their joy and their bond - it leaves me with this amazing feeling, this feeling that everything is right in the world..

My newborn session with Carolina & her two beautiful mamas, Emilie & Lara, was no exception.  Their bond, the joy and the love in this home was something really special to witness.  There was a beautiful card on display which I felt like summed it up so simply, yet so perfectly

"That will be one lucky baby, having two incredible mums ..." 

And it's so true, because when I look at these images, I can't help but smile when I think about how lucky little Carolina is to grow up in a home that is filled with so.much.love. 

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