What is a Yellow Lab newborn baby photoshoot?

You're a new mum to a brand new baby and you want nothing more than to have his or her perfect little toes and features photographed. You'd also LOVE a brand new family photograph to show off how proud you are on facebook (and you should be!) but how will you manage to leave the house. Let alone, look presentable enough to sit for a photograph...

Welcome Yellow Lab. I'm a baby (and sometimes pets) photographer who have an abundance of patience and know just how important it is to you to capture your new bundle. As a mom of 2 small boys, I understand how it's not long to go before your new baby's squishy 'newbornness' is gone and replaced with busy toddler feet. I bring a trusted professional hair and makeup artist with me to the photoshoot so that you look and feel absolutely gorgeous when you share the spotlight with your new baby boy or girl and family photographs.

How old should baby be

I photograph babies before they are 3 weeks new. Ideally, we'll get together in the first days home from hospital while dad is home from work, so everyone is available for the photographs. Once babies reach 3 weeks, they don't sleep quite as much as a newborn and get much more difficult to get sleeping baby photographs. 

If baby's slightly older, don't hesitate to get in touch, he/she might not be asleep in the photos, but we can still make beautiful photographs for you to treasure.

Booking fee

Booking fee is $200 and covers your 2-3 hour photoshoot and hair and make up for mom. Mention this blogpost when you book, and I'll add in $200 print credit to use at your reveal.

Where I'm based

I will travel to your home that is within 25 km of the Auckland CBD. I bring my gear, lights, backdrop stand, makeup artist, props and little outfits for baby and everything else necessary for the shoot. If you don't live within 25 km of Auckland CBD or you'd prefer to come to me, I have a homestudio in Hobsonville Point. 


Two parts to the photo shoot:

1. Family

I start with family photos, which usually take 45 min - 1 hour before I do baby alone photos. I take different variations, dad holding baby, mom holding baby, everyone together with mom holding baby, everyone together with dad holding baby and baby in dad's hands. Older sibling(s) (if any) are also part of the photo shoot at this stage.

2. Baby alone

Once the family portraits are done, we will do the props and baskets photographs with baby only. Sometimes baby will wake up and won't settle again, but we will have enough other photographs to work with.


Birth announcement

Two to three days after your photoshoot, I email you a digital birth announcement with one of the photographs from the photo session and baby's birth details. Please send me these details before your shoot day. I need baby's full name, birth date, time am/pm, weight, height and parents' names.  

Photo reveal

In two weeks time, we meet up again where you will see your images for the first time. The best 20 photographs will be printed and matted and you will choose which of your images you want to buy or have enlarged. I offer framed prints, mounted prints, collections and folio boxes. My images start at $150 each. You buy only the images you love.

There is absolutely no obligation to buy and there is no minimum spend.
It is entirely up to you. You decide once you see the photos.

I accept credit cards, debit cards and bank transfers. The photographs that are not lucky enough to be purchased, are kept safe for a year if you change your mind and would like to purchase more. 

Other details

I custom design each photo shoot, so no two are alike. When we start chatting about your photo session, tell me your favourite colours so we see if we can work it in. I bring a few little knitted pants and hats for the newest member of your family (greys and beiges). Please keep out a special toy or blankie (special teddy) of your new bubba that are special to you that you would like worked into 1 or 2 of the photographs. If you still have your or hubby's old teddies, those are really sentimental to work into photographs too.

Email me at salome@yellowlab.co.nz or fill in the form here for your own magazine style new baby photoshoot in Auckland New Zealand.

I am excited to connect with you about celebrating the newest addition to your family.