Preparing for your Baby Session

Babies are such an amazing gift and becoming a parent regardless of whether it’s for the first or fifth time, is one of the most rewarding and humbling experiences of one’s life. Throughout your baby’s first year he or she will go from being a tiny helpless ball in your arms to a thriving toddler tornado. In-between that time you have all of the fun firsts to looking forward to from the first time your baby wakes with a smile to a full belly laugh at the simplest thing.

Preparing for your Baby Session

Babies are such an amazing gift and becoming a parent regardless of whether it’s for the first or fifth time, is one of the most rewarding and humbling experiences of one’s life. Throughout your baby’s first year he or she will go from being a tiny helpless ball in your arms to a thriving toddler tornado. In-between that time you have all of the fun firsts to looking forward to from the first time your baby wakes with a smile to a full belly laugh at the simplest thing.

1. YOUR ARRIVAL

Please try and arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time so that we do not overrun and have enough time to get the best pictures we can. It’ll also give us plenty of time to fill out paperwork and let everyone relax and feel comfortable before the fun starts! When you arrive at the studio you’ll be able to see samples of some of our work and amazing wall art in The Photo Cafe. This is also the chance for us to discuss what type of pictures you’d like us to create. Arrive early enough and they’ll certainly be time for a delicious hot chocolate or flat white before your session.

Latte and cameras

A few extra suggestions to help you get the most out of your session:

• Be prepared for Mum and/or Dad to take part in some of the shots in order to capture those special moments of you together.
• Talk about any particular ideas or images you would like me to capture and we will accommodate these wherever possible in order to make your session personal to you.
• Think about any personal items, eg. a favourite toy or teddy bear that you would like to include.

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2. YOUR PHOTO SESSION

We allow an hour for each session so there’s plenty of time for a variety of poses during the shoot. In terms of clothing, it is best for your baby to be unclothed in order to capture natural shots, however if you do have an outfit in mind that you would like to include then please feel free to have that prepared and we can incorporate it into shoot.

2. YOUR PHOTO SESSION

We allow an hour for each session so there’s plenty of time for a variety of poses during the shoot. In terms of clothing, it is best for your baby to be unclothed in order to capture natural shots, however if you do have an outfit in mind that you would like to include then please feel free to have that prepared and we can incorporate it into shoot.

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3. AFTER YOUR SESSION

At the end of your photo session we will arrange a convenient time for you to return for your personal viewing appointment where you will then get to view your edited photos. Any additional family members are always welcome too. You are also able to purchase additional images if you wish from our special offer range; however there is absolutely no obligation to do so.

Croydon Studio viewing room

Please be aware that it is not permitted to take pictures or videos with your phone or any other device during the photography session.

How to find us

Photo Cafe and Memory Gate Studio Studio is situated inside Croydon House at:
1 Peall Road
Croydon
CR0 3EX
just off Thornton Road by the Big Yellow Storage.
Opening hours
Monday – Saturday
9:30am till 5:00pm
Nearby public transport :
Therapia Lane tram stop is a 10 minute walk from the Photo Cafe. Brading Road bus stop is across the road from the cafe and serves the 264 bus for customers coming from Tooting and Mitcham and central Croydon.
Parking
On street parking on Peall Road is free but limited. The West Retail Park on Peall Road has a large free car park.
Disabled access
Unfortunately we do not have disabled access at our Croydon studio.