Newborn information



My newborn sessions take place in the first 5-14 days. Newborns are very sleepy in the first 10 days, they can be shaped into those cute poses you see on my blog.   If possible, please contact me before your baby is born (usually around the 20-week scan)  and I’ll pencil in your due date. Your session is then reserved for you as a priority within 10 days of their arrival. Just give me a call or send a quick text to let me know he/she has arrived and we’ll schedule in the session. As newborns rarely arrive when expected, I try to keep a couple of slots open around due dates for early or late arrivals and will always do my best to fit you in.

Choosing the right session for your family.

I offer three different types of sessions,

  •  Lifestyle in home session, relaxed and in your own environment. This session is unposed but I will make suggests and encourage interactions.
  • A mini newborn session, these are short sessions “little bundle”up to 2 hours or “itty bitty” 1 hour (two sessions on Saturday’s only).  Perfect sessions if you want just a small package high-quality studio images. There is no minimum spend on either of these sessions you can choose just a few images or a complete set. Baby will be wrapped and posed during these sessions.
  • The full  newborn photography experince.


I work at your newborn’s pace, some babies need more feeding and cuddles before we start, and it’s not uncommon for the first hour or so to be taken up with feeding and soothing. Most sessions will last 3 hours. The room is very warm, so it’s best for the parents to dress in layers.   As you can see from my gallery I shoot my newborns naked. This means the occasional accident. All my props and blankets can be washed, so just relax. Your baby won’t be the first or the last to have an accident in the studio. Bring a change of clothes for the adults.  I will send you a “getting ready for your session” fact sheet” once your booking is confirmed.

Can I add a maternity session to my package?

Yes,  we can add mini maternity session or full maternity session to your package, I also offer packages that include maternity, birth and newborn sessions.

If your baby is older than 10 days?

Yes book in lifestyle or mini sessions are perfect for older babies up to  7 weeks

What about siblings, can they be included?

Yes, all my sessions allow for parent and siblings to be included.  Because of the length of the session, it is often a good idea if they come in at either the start or the end, to save them from getting bored. Or we can have a shorter session on a different day for them.

Can you come to me?

While it is best for me to shoot in my studio for my posed session, I can shoot on location, but again the sessions are more about lifestyle and bonding.  I need rooms with great natural light and the house to be heated to 27 degrees.

Wanganui newborn photography

Childs Journey Photography is owned by Megan Holmes, and services beautiful families in and around the Manawatu, Wanganui, Rangitikei and South Taranaki regions including but not limited to Levin, Palmerston North, Feilding, Bulls, Sanson, Marton, Hunterville, Waverly, Hawera, Opunake and all the place in between.  We offer competitively priced session without compromising on service or style.