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Newborn

Stunning portraits to celebrate your new baby

 

We love classic images that capture the essence, purity and exquisite perfection of new life

Packages start from $1,250

Our Clients Say

Newborn Baby Girl being cradled by her mother, by Christchurch Maternity, Newborn and Baby Photographer Kirsten Naomi Photography

We recently had the pleasure of working with Kirsten for a newborn baby photo shoot, and we couldn't be more thrilled with the results. Kirsten's exceptional talent and professionalism truly set her apart as one of the best photographers we have ever come across. From the moment we contacted Kirsten, she exhibited a level of responsiveness and enthusiasm that immediately put us at ease. Her genuine passion for capturing precious moments was evident throughout the entire process. Kirsten went above and beyond to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience for both us and our newborn. During the photo shoot, Kirsten's skill and creativity shone through. She effortlessly guided us through various poses and settings, all while maintaining a calm and patient demeanor. Her attention to detail was remarkable, capturing the delicate features and expressions of our baby with an artistic touch that exceeded our expectations. What truly impressed us was Kirsten's ability to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Our newborn seemed at ease in her presence, resulting in natural and heartwarming photographs that beautifully reflect the essence of this special time in our lives.

Anuj, Google Review of a Newborn Portrait Session
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The Experience

Your session will take place in our Ferrymead studio soon after your baby arrives. Typically, we photograph newborn babies between 5 and 14 days after birth, when they are still sleepy and curled up, reminiscent of their time in the womb. Booking is essential, and we recommend contacting us early in your second trimester to secure your session. We provide everything you need for your session. You will have access to our full range of props and newborn baby clothing. This includes a large range of beautiful vintage-style knitwear, bonnets and wraps, as well as lovely headbands and floral halos. Many of my props are sourced internationally, but I also love to buy locally and support our talented New Zealand artisans. In addition to your baby, we can dress children up to age seven, with further options for older girls. You may like to take advantage of our range of couture gowns for a fully styled look. Many clients book our hair and make-up service, but this is not essential. We love it when our clients bring their Whānau Korowai, Sari, or other important cultural items, as these make for beautiful and special images. ​ ​We are fully trained in the safe handling of newborn babies as well as the technical aspects of newborn posing. This is essential for any newborn photographer, as newborn posing should not be undertaken without the right training, safety practices and equipment.  During your session, we will photograph your baby in a number of poses, including a range of family portraits and images of your baby on its own. Prior to your appointment, we will discuss the style of images you love so we can create your perfect collection. You should expect to spend up to three hours with us.

Resources

We have compiled a set of resources to help you navigate pregnancy and those early months of with a new baby. 

You can also find more ongoing information in our blog.

Collection of framed artwork by Kirsten Naomi Photography

Wall Art

One of the things that makes us different is our focus on helping you create beautiful artwork for your home. We know you are busy, so we do all the hard work in designing, creating, and even delivering your artwork. So all you need to do is hang it on the wall; and we can recommend someone for that too.

 

All of our wall art is heirloom quality, designed to be passed down to your children. We use the highest-quality materials, and our team includes a Master Framer with decades of experience. 

Don't worry if you don't have room for frames on your wall; we also offer albums and our unique portrait boxes, which are both space-efficient and heirloom quality. 

Collection of framed artwork by Kirsten Naomi Photography

Qualifications + Accreditations

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Qualified Newborn Photographer

Accredited Professional Photographers International

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Accredited Professional Photographer

New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography

Portrait Masters Associate Seal
Associate Accredited Photographer

International Portrait Masters

  • When is the best time for my maternity session?
    We recommend holding your maternity session at around 30 weeks. At this stage your bump is nicely formed, and you will still have enough energy for the session.
  • Do I need to book in advance?
    Yes. We recommend booking as early as possible in your second trimester to avoid disappointment. We have a limited number of sessions available each week.
  • I don't normally enjoy having my photograph taken and I don't know what to do in front of the camera.
    If you are feeling worried about being photographed — don't — I am very experienced when it comes to photographing mothers-to-be and will guide you throughout the session. I use clever posing and great lighting to show you at your best and ensure you have photographs of your pregnancy that you will love and treasure.
  • Can my kids join?
    Absolutely! We also have clothing for kids up to age seven.
  • My husband / partner doesn't want to come?
    That's not a problem at all. For most of our clients, the purpose of a maternity shoot is to capture some beautiful images for themselves. Something they can look back on to remember their pregnancy experience. You can come alone, or a bring a friend.
  • Do I need to buy anything to wear or bring any props for the photographs?
    We have a wardrobe full of beautiful maternity gowns, body suits to suit all tastes and figures. We also have lovely fabrics for draping and styling creatively. Some clients do choose to bring some items from home - such as a Whānau Korowai, or Sari, and we can incorporate these into your session. You may also like to bring along some relaxed clothing such as non-maternity jeans and a white shirt. We do recommend you bring a range of underwear, including smooth natural coloured pants and bra, a strapless bra, and some more lacey items if you wish them to be photographed on show. We have clothing for children up to age 7. We recommend men bring along their own clothing options. Simple white or black fitted t-shirts and jeans photograph nicely and work alongside most gowns. If wearing a collared shirt, please ensure it has been ironed.
  • What is the cost?
    Our pricing starts at $1,250 (including a $250 creative fee which is payable on booking). This includes 8 printed images, matching digital images, a keepsake box, a display easel and $200 product credit that can be put towards our portrait boxes, story book albums and story frames. If you want to purchase additional images from your gallery they are $125 each. If you would like more images I do offer a larger gallery and I can tell you about this if it is of interest; you can find more information by following the link below. Subject to the minimum collection sizes, how much you spend is entirely up to you. Most of my clients choose to purchase some beautiful wall art, portrait boxes or an album in addition to their image collections. There is no pressure to purchase, I want you to love the experience as well as your images. You can find more detailed information on the pricing and what to expect HERE
  • Can you organise hair + make-up?
    Yes we can - please enquire when you book as our favourite stylist is very popular and we need to book her early. Most clients for a maternity session book the hair and make-up add on. While not a requirement, it does add a little polish to your images and enhances the overall experience. Many clients have commented that having their hair and make-up done professionally helped them feel beautiful and confident and ready for an awesome portrait session.
  • Do you photograph outside?
    No. We shoot in the studio where we don't have to worry about the weather and have great light at all times. The best outdoor light is either at dawn or dusk and, in our experience, this isn't the best time for pregnant women. Photographing indoors enables us to keep you at a comfortable temperature and makes the session really easy as you don't have to walk far; have easy access to a bathroom, and can count on your session going ahead even if it's wet and windy. We also love studio portraits because they are classic and will stand the test of time. We use multiple outfits and can change the backdrop to get lots of variety in your collection.
  • When is the best time for my newborn session?
    We aim to hold the session while your baby is very new and still used to being tucked up inside — usually between days 5 and 14 after birth. Because we can’t predict when your baby will choose to make an entrance, we make a provisional booking on your due date and update this to a confirmed appointment time after they have arrived. We know it can feel daunting to leave the house with a brand new baby, so we have made our studio easy to access, with parking at the door, and very comfortable with everything you might need.
  • Do I need to book in advance?
    Yes. We recommend booking as early as possible in your second trimester to avoid disappointment. We have a limited number of sessions available each week.
  • Are family photos included? I don't enjoy having my photograph taken and I don't know what to do in front of the camera.
    Yes, family photos are included with all of our collections. If you are feeling worried about being photographed so soon after pregnancy — don't — I am very experienced when it comes to photographing mothers and I will guide you through the session. I use clever posing and great lighting to show you at your best and ensure you have photographs with your new baby that you will love and treasure. I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity for professionally taken family photos — even if you feel nervous about it. As a parent you will take lots of photos of your children, but so often we end up with very few photos with ourselves in them. When I look back at the photos from my own children's newborn sessions, my favourite images are the family ones. I have them on the wall of our living room and they bring me (and the rest of our family) joy every day.
  • Can my kids join?
    Absolutely! We also have clothing for kids up to age seven.
  • Do I need to buy anything for my baby to wear or bring any props for the photographs?
    You don't need anything. We have a wardrobe full of beautiful newborn clothing, bonnets, headbands and wraps to suit all tastes. We provide all of the props and you only need to bring yourselves and whatever you need to feed your baby. Some clients do choose to bring some items from home - such as an heirloom knitted blanket, family korowai or a special toy and we can incorporate these into your session.
  • What is the cost?
    Our pricing starts at $1,250 (including a $250 creative fee which is payable on booking). This includes 8 printed images, matching digital images, a keepsake box. a display easel and $200 product credit that can be put towards our portrait boxes, story book albums and story frames. If you want to purchase additional images from your gallery they are $125 each. If you would like more images I do offer a larger gallery and I can tell you about this if it is of interest. There are links at the bottom of this email that will take you to my detailed pricing and other pages that might be of interest. Subject to the minimum collection sizes, how much you spend is entirely up to you. Most of my clients choose to purchase some beautiful wall art, portraits boxes or an album in addition to their image collections. There is no pressure to purchase, I want you to love the experience as well as your images. You can find more detailed information on the pricing and what to expect HERE
  • Can you organise hair + make-up?
    Yes we can - please enquire when you book as our favourite stylist is very popular and we need to book her early.
  • Do you photograph outside?
    No. We shoot in the studio where we don't have to worry about the weather and have great light at all times. We like to keep babies and their families warm and comfortable and to make the session really easy for you. The best outdoor light is either at dawn or dusk and, in our experience, this isn't the best time for families. We prefer to structure our sessions to ensure everyone is fresh and relaxed (or as fresh as you can be with a newborn), don't have to walk far, have easy access to a bathroom, and can count on your session going ahead even if its wet and windy. We also love studio portraits because they are classic and will stand the test of time. We use multiple outfits and can change the backdrop to get lots of variety in your collection.

Common Questions

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