Corangamite Mums Goodie Bag

8 tips for dreamy newborn photos - for beginners & parents!

As a Mum myself, I was desperate to capture my babies in those early weeks while they were tiny, sleepy and oh so perfect.


I tried many techniques in an attempt to get professional-looking shots but many of them ended up with my baby fussing and crying and me feeling overwhelmed and frazzled!


Fast forward through the next 7 years as I embarked on a career as a professional photographer and I’m now an expert at getting dreamy portraits every time with absolutely no stress.


I’ve now supported so many mums with my easy to follow online training and I’d love to help you become the next at-home photography pro.


Use these tips below to nail your in-home DIY newborn photo session.


TIP 1 - ensure bubs is fed

Ensure your baby is fully fed and left unwrapped to have awake time before you start the session. Ensure the baby is burped to avoid gas or an upset tummy. Let baby kick around and move to let off some energy which will help them settle more easily for photos.


TIP 2 - have the room toasty warm

Ensure the room where you are taking photos is super warm! Have the room at 27 degrees. This will ensure the baby is nice and warm to settle them asleep. A cold baby will not relax and will squirm all over the place.


TIP 3 - use natural window light

Use natural sunlight by making use of a window that has no direct sunlight/beams coming in (think in the shade or on an overcast day). This type of light is soft and beautiful and will result in beautifully exposed images. Ensure you take photos during the day when the natural light is bright enough. e.g. NOT taken at dawn or dusk!


TIP 4 - swaddle/wrap your baby

Babies feel safe and secure when wrapped firmly. If a baby is not settling into the wrap after a minute or two, if they can move their hands and legs out of the wrap it often frustrates them until they are completely out of the wrap. In this example, you must wrap the baby more firmly with a STRETCHY wrap to allow grip and to anchor the fabric around the baby. Always ensure there is space away from the baby's neck when wrapping.

TIP 5 - white noise

Taking photos of your baby should be a FUN and stress-free experience! I don't want you to go through what I did, which ending in me being exhausted and failing miserably on capturing beautiful photos of my baby girl. I felt so guilty that I made a horrible experience for her too as she squirmed and cried the entire time!

If your baby is upset, try putting on white noise and play it LOUD! Babies are used to being inside the womb which is very noisy and white noise is a very close resemblance to the sound inside the womb. Your baby will feel at home. This is why white noise is so comforting to babies.


TIP 6 - dummy/pacifier

This is another amazing tool to use to settle your baby. Even if your baby doesn't use a dummy, I recommend using one if only for the photo session to use as another settling tool when needed. If all the other tools aren't working, this can often be the last tool that makes all the other techniques come together and work!


TIP 7 - styling

Styling your photos can be made easy by using the items you already have in your home. If you have time to plan your styling (e.g. your baby hasn't arrived yet), you can get gorgeous wraps and hat/headband sets from Snuggle Hunny Kids. Their range is absolutely beautiful and are an absolute favourite brand of my clients! Examples of their gorgeous sets are shown in the first image.


Try using your favourite scarves to wrap your baby in and use your favourite linen as I have in the examples below!


TIP 8 - getting in a positive state!

After just having a baby, there's a chance you're waking up each morning feeling lethargic, sluggish and overwhelmed about the day ahead of you. You may be feeling like you don't have the mental energy to accomplish your goals.


Don't push or force yourself to take photos of your baby when you're in a negative or stressed state. It won't end well. Wait until you've had that much-needed nap or shower.


There are lots of ways to lift your emotional state, here are a few simple suggestions;
- put on your favorite upbeat song and move! (Please take it easy especially if you're recovering from surgery or trauma - please be advised by your doctor)

- smile to yourself in the mirror like a me you'll start laughing even when you feel ridiculous!

- take time to quiet your mind. Close your eyes and focus on your body and your breath - deep breathing. If your mind wanders, always return to your breath.

- take a cold shower! Sound too harsh? I struggle with this too! Try splashing your face with cold water for a good 2 minutes.


Find a method that works for you and do this before your session! There are many suggestions out there on how to change your state. Remember you are only as resourceful as your own resourcefulness!


Follow these tips EXACTLY as described and you'll have great success in being able to take photos with a calm and sleepy baby. Wrapping is a crucial part of settling your baby, but if you're wanting to get photos of your baby in the nude, then PLEASE only try this AFTER you've taken beautiful shots of your baby wrapped. When you unwrap them, this is when they often wake up and get unsettled.


If you'd like to learn more you can grab our free guide to improve your photos drastically with this one simple tip PLUS a bonus explainer video ⬇️.

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I'd love your feedback and suggestions! x

Mums Goodie Bag

Congratulations! When you’re expecting a baby it is such an exciting time for you and your family. You are certainly off to a great start using the wonderful midwifery services provided at the Camperdown hospital. You’ve likely found this post because your midwife gave you a Goodie Bag.



I’m Jess from Jessica Jane Photography and I wanted to give Corangamite the opportunity to welcome you and baby into our community. This is how the Mums Goodie Bags evolved.

The community is just as excited as I am in offering services and discounts exclusively to YOU. The offers these businesses are putting forward have truly blown me away! Their generosity has left me super proud to be a part of this initiative. Have a look in your goodie bag and get ready to totally flip out!! This is ALL FOR YOU.
Your community is here and ready to meet you. Sometimes getting out of the house after having a baby is all you need for a quick dose of normality and an adult conversation. I hope by knowing who is here to help you that you will pop in to introduce yourself to these lovely business people.

In your goodie bag, given to you by your midwife, you will find vouchers from the following businesses. They are here to help you and here’s how;


NOTE: Not using your local Midwifery Services? If you are pregnant and not receiving shared care midwifery services with your GP or obstetrician, please discuss with your doctor and contact the Camperdown hospital to make an appointment.  A helpful program and services guide is provided at the end of this article – showcasing the fabulous services and programs available to you. 

The Warrnambool Standard has featured this initiative. Visit here to see it.



Murray Fry Amcal Pharmacy

A pharmacist is one of the most accessible health care professionals available and can provide you with advice and assistance. This is comforting to know as a mum with a new baby. Come and see Sarah, Murray and their team – they love being able to help you. Amcal offers the luxury Waterlily skincare range, relaxing pregnancy body treatments and ongoing skin care. This can help reduce stretch marks and increase hydration so your skin will be in great health.

The QV Baby skincare range features gentle and hydrating cleansers and moisturisers specially designed for baby’s skin. Recommended by paediatricians, QV Baby is free of colour, fragrance and other common irritants.

135 Manifold Street, Camperdown Vic 3260
Visit their Facebook page for more info.


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Snout In The Trough

Chances are you need a coffee fix after a ‘night shift’ with your baby. You might catch Jarrod having one himself as he and his wife Justine have recently adjusted to parenthood with the arrival of their daughter. Their bread is sourdough, the eggs are from happy free range chooks and what is better than the smell of good food made from scratch? Simple, honest food.

The La Mazocco is always pumping with Coffee Cartel’s finest and their provedore is choc-full of local produce. Rhubarb from Lanas Garden, ales from the Otways, cheese from the Apostles and so much more.

A great excuse to finally have that girls catch up to enjoy a regional wine or local beer and make sure you try Jarrod’s legendary Szechuan Calamari.

243 Manifold Street, Camperdown Vic 3260
Visit their webpage  or Facebook for more info.

Photo Credit: WDNews


Sweet Boutique Camperdown

Sweet Boutique

Grace provides you with wonderful offers on one of a kind cakes, cupcakes & sweet treats for any occasion. Everything is baked from scratch using only high quality ingredients. Sweet Boutique is cake artistry at its best. Ordering a 1st Birthday cake will be catered and designed to your specific needs.

Visit their webpage or Facebook for more info.
Camperdown  Vic  3260



Silver Nickels

Sylvia provides a treasure trove of original, hand painted wares that offers an interesting collection of bric-a-brac, old wares, furniture and books. Sylvia customises children’s toy boxes with your child’s name. This is by far one of the most popular items requested by clients.

Bears and golly designs are a specialty, as well as Australiana and birds. Whether you are searching for the perfect seat, shoebox, kids tables and chairs or toy box, there is always something to delight.

14 Church Street, Camperdown 3260



Laffs Camperdown

The girls at Laffs are here for all your baby essentials including baby clothes, hats, shoes, blankets, bibs, gorgeous little outfits, baby knitting yarns, patterns and more. They stock beautiful Australian brands.
Come and see Mel, Lucy and Kim for the perfect fitting maternity bra ensuring a professional comfortable fit. Or just come in and say hi and show off your baby for them to dote over.

Don’t forget to treat yourself. The girls at Laffs have a range of beautiful women’s clothing too.

163 Manifold Street, Camperdown
or have a look at their Facebook page here.



Showcase Jewellers

This amazing little store is here for all your keepsake baby items such as your baby’s Christening, first curl and brush and comb set. Their gorgeous money boxes are also guaranteed to become a feature piece in your baby’s nursery.

They offer Baby Links, which are a sterling silverrange of baby bracelets. The Baby Links range includes charms, letters, bracelets and birth stone wheels – they are the a perfect gift. Come in and treat your mini-me, or treat yourself to their beautiful range of women’s jewellery.

187 Manifold Street, Camperdown Vic 3260
Visit their Facebook page for more info.

Curls Surfwear

Curls Surfwear

Shirl has all your ladies surfwear and clothing needs. Gorgeous outfits to make you feel good, swimwear, accessories including hats, sunglasses, purses, footwear and more. Come and see the most adorable little swimwear outfits for your little one. They will look sooo adorable.

217 Manifold Street, Camperdown  Vic 3266
Visit Curls Surfwear Facebook page for more info.


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Your goodie bag is jam packed with offers these businesses are giving. Your bag is handed to you by your midwife. Aren’t they gorgeous? Enjoy from all of us x.
Initiative commencing January 2016.

Corangamite Mums Goodie Bags


Programs & Services for New Mums

Are you new to the area? Or maybe this is your first child? Even if this is your 6th child, I’m certain you will find this directory SUPER HELPFUL! I’m actually surprised by the amount of services our community provide in the Corangamite area and beyond, for you and your baby. It really is AWESOME! You have a wonderful range of options; to involve you in the community and so many opportunities to make new friends. All while developing the skills of your child and most importantly support for you as a mum.

I look back now when I had my firstborn. I had NO IDEA – I mean I hadn’t even changed a nappy before! I was as fresh and green as they come. This directory would have helped me like crazy! So go on check out The Program and Service Guide HERE. You will definitely find it helpful.


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This page was especially made for mums, not only to welcome you to the community with amazing offers and discounts, but also to offer useful information to help you through the ups and downs of parenthood.

We would LOVE your feedback and suggestions to improve the content. Please use the Facebook comments feature or Contact Form below so we can help you even more.

Business owners, if you wish to participate in this initiative or if you’d like to offer this for your community, I’d be stoked to hear from you.

Like to know more about us? Come join our email community – drop in and say hi.


Special thanks go to Gee Bees Media, and Amanda Van Den Berghe for their editorial and advertisement work.

If you’d like to book in advance to secure your babies newborn photography session, I’d love to hear from you – contact me here.  Bookings are made at least 3 months in advance, so please book early to ensure you don’t miss this incredible time when your baby is born.



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  • KristalAugust 24, 2016 - 7:55 pm

    The FB link seems to be missing from your blogReplyCancel


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