Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Newborn photoshoot: on tips

I have my birth story drafted but have not published it because I haven't done with the picture editing..that's the laziest part. So I decided to skip that and post a new entry..hehe

For now, I'm introducing you..

Abdul Kareem Qays Bin Abdul Hadi :)

Lil' K had his newborn photoshoot last week and his mommy was the most excited person on earth. I always wanted a maternity photoshoot, with seeing me balloning, I felt ugly, and I just couldn't stand seeing myself in the picture. I decided to forego the idea, and have it done for my baby instead.

Mommy's sweetheart

I was introduced to LittleBigShots Photography by a friend, Kak Yat. All the newborn photography handled by Kak Aiza. It didn't take me long to contact her to book for a session considering that there were not many newborn photographers that I knew of and her price was very-very reasonable.

I wanted to share with you all some of the tips that I think would be helpful in case you're planning for your baby, cos trust me, doing this session with your newborn is not easy. It can easily take 3-4 hours of your time.

1. Choose a right photographer
...and always choose those who have a lot of experience with newborn. Your wedding photographer might be the best at his/her work, but that doesn't mean they're good in newborn photopraphy. It takes a lot of patience and perseverance handling with babies. Bayangkan during our session, it dragged to almost 4 hours sebab baby kadang-kadang terjaga, kejap-kejap lapar nak minum susu, tiba-tiba terkencing etc. Our Lil' K peed twice on Kak Aiza's props..kesian her :)

I chose Kak Aiza cos she is a mother herself, so she's kinda good with handling babies..and of cos, she has the patience and passion :)

2. Try to keep your baby awake at least 2 hours before the session
Things would be so much easier if your baby sleeps throughout the session...and tido tu biarlah tido yg lena, so that when we put them in a certain pose, they will not easily awaken. My baby woke up when we arrived cos he poo-pooed :) Alhamdulillah I managed to put him to sleep after I bribe him with milk ;p he woke up few times, merengek2 few times, at the 3rd hour, he was fully awake so I had to forego some of the shots that I wanted.

This picture was taken when Lil' K was fully awake, I even bribed him with milk, tapi tak berjaya..the hammock was made from my muffler. Both my husband and I held both ends and had to ensure that he wouldn't fall off...this part was funny, and we had fun helping Kak Aiza

3. Bring extra clothes
..and a lot of wipes...that includes the parents too!. Most of the newborn shots are taken in their birthday suit, so nampak cute la kan :) so there are chances for them to pee/poo whenever and wherever they feel like it. In my case, my son peed while my husband carried him and he peed at Kak Aiza props too..Kak Aiza said it is normal, so I need not feel guilty about my boy marking his spot. Hehe..

4. Know what you want
...then it will be easier for you and your photographer. Being excited as I was, I did some search on the internet, and looked up for newborn photo-shoot pictures. You can find abundance of it from overseas photographers' website. So I chose the pose I wanted, mailed it to Kak Aiza, and we both find the props. Overseas, they have a lot of cute props for newborn photoshoot and it's easily available. I found a lot of cute props from, like a miniature bed for babies (like the picture below), cute crochet hats etc, and was very tempted to buy it, but due to time limit, I didn't.

source: google

5. Get involved
I did not leave everything to my photographer, but helped her with the props that she didn't have. So, I brought some of the things from home which I thought would fit in the theme. Like the picture below, I brought the book, the vintage LOMO camera, and the classic table clock as the props. While Kak Aiza provided the glasses. She is good, she never told me that she bought that for the photoshoot in advance, and I planned to use my husband's glasses. I also bought the alphabets block from Toy's R us as the ones that Kak Aiza has are not complete.

6. Try to do the photoshoot at least at first to second week of life
This so that it would be easier to manipulate them to give your desire pose. Like these..

pictures source: google

It was not easy to get this pose from my son..considering dia dah besar sikit and asyik nak stretch his limbs je. Once we dah berjaya, terus Kak Aiza snapped byk2

I was too tired during my 1st week of confinement, so tak de mood nak fikir lagi. The moment I felt much better, I immediately e-mailed Kak Aiza and started doing my work. Eventually, my son had his session at his 3rd week of life, memang la besar gaban..nak masuk dalam cocoon pon susah, so miss this pose that I wanted so much (his legs kept sticking out from the cocoon...hehehe)

I always wanted this pose!..tapi tak dpt :(
source: google

7. Baby is the boss
You follow whatever their cue is. Be opportunistic. Take what you can, when you can. The hardest part was when the baby dah bangun, sebab they keep moving and you have to be fast to capture their facial expression.

Lil' K is fully awake!..The cute owl crochet hat was ordered from kottonkween. It comes with a pair of matching booties and I also ordered a cocoon. She managed to weave it in less than 5 days! :)
Will upload the pictures once I get the remaining from Kak Aiza

8. Keep them as warm
Especially bila pose yg togel2 tu..otherwise, they will start to merengek. Studio kan ber-aircond, make sure it is not too cold for them.

This picture was taken when we tried to put Lil' K to sleep..and mommy's muffler kept him warm :)

That's about it (that I can think of at the moment!..hehe).

It was an enjoyable session I had with my baby (not to forget ,my husband). Seeing my son pose, it just melt my heart. At least I can keep the photos in my iphone and I can flick thru while expressing breast-milk nanti...LOL. I hope he will look back at the photos when he is big enough and appreciate what his parents did especially his mommy who put a lot of effort onto it!!..haha..

There are a lot more photos with other background, but Kak Aiza hasn't pass it to me yet...InshaAllah after raya. Can't wait for more!


cicayanki said...


Your baby Kareem is sooo cute! Look at those chubby cheeks and drumsticks. And my oh my, the camera sure loves him :)

Congratulations again!

Hanafedora said...

Kalau di sini it's always to make sure

safety first safety first and safety first. Always choose the experienced photographer and not all shoots are done literally..most of them are editing..

2. And they always have room temperature according to the mother's most of the time the babies asleep. Selesa sangat

check this one kan?

ashieBee said...

he is such a darling la babe!!!! so comel. gerammmm!!!!! hihihihh

Anonymous said...

ohh my, so cute :)

balkidz_hunny said...

seronokkk ok shoot baby mase kecik. i teringin dulu. tapi mana mak nak baggi keluar time pantang. huhuhu.

btw comellll little K. muka la2 nerd je.

Aida Narina said...

super loveeeee! he is a one super comel, super cute baby tahirah! hope i can visit u once u r back to your house :D

ryy.han said...


hehe bila besar lawan pose plak :)

LisaLisut said...

Thanks for d info. best jgk if dpt buat shoot ni for my bby. dhla ritu xjd mternity shoot haha. say hi to kareem. sdp n unik nama. hehe

Anonymous said...

baby in hammock nice esp he's awake and looks so relax

Tahirah A. said...

Diyana, he loves the camea too!..especially the clicking sound :)

Hana, cool gila!..they always came up with supercool idea..kita tiru je!haha

ashieBee & Rara: thank u aunty :)

Balkidz: i first week pantang dah pg the curve!..haha.

Aida, come la datang visit neighbour ;p

Lisa, plan now! :) your baby will grow very fast..nnt susah mcm i

Hazz Nieza said...

just wonder, u da dpt ke all softcopy frm kak Aiza? i did it in July till today xdpt2 lg. few email sudah. hurmmm..

Tahirah A. said...

Hazz, u did with Kak aiza as well :) tadi dia MSG I ckp dia dah post the end product..lama jugak tunggu, tapi considering anak dia Ada major operation dkt IJN I tunggu je..

When exactly u did yours?