Choosing a Newborn Photographer

Exciting times ahead! You’re expecting a baby…your belly is growing and your house is filling. Napies, cot, cute outfits! Whether this is your first or your third, you are preparing!

And, you’re wondering will her hair be curly, what will his little nose look like, will she have my eyes or her Dad’s lips? There are so many new things to look forward to and so many moments to be prepared for. You are preparing a nursery and collecting clothes and supplies, researching pediatricians and reading parenting articles.

What about a newborn photographer? What is newborn photography? Why is it different from any other photography? What do I need to consider when choosing a newborn photographer for our newborn portraits?
Newborn baby portrait in prop

Newborn photography

Newborn photography is a bit of a unique genre in the photography world because it requires a completely different set of skills for posing and lighting than any other type of photography. Maybe you have a favorite photographer that you follow on social media and you just love all of their beautiful lifestyle and lovely family posing photos, and you just know, that’s who you want to do your newborn photos!


But, do they have a newborn portfolio? This is important! If not, keep looking for a newborn photographer. Someone can have the most amazing wedding images you’ve ever seen and be an outstanding portrait photographer, but if they’ve never posed a newborn, well then they might not be the right match for your newborn photography needs.


If they do…GREAT! Look at those photos only, and assess. Do you like the style, the posing, lighting, props?

If you do connect with their style, then it’s time to move on to the next question…… safety.

Newborn family portrait

Safety used by your photographer

When inquiring with a photographer ask them about safety! How are the poses achieved? Do they use compositing for the more difficult poses? Does the photographer have a liability insurance. Is the photographer trained. Newborn safety goes well beyond your everyday photography skills. Your newborn photographer should be educated in newborn safety and wellness, how to composite images so that the infant is never left on their own, and of course health and cleanliness. Remember, photography is not regulated by any health or safety committees, so it is up to you to make sure that the photographer you choose is knowledgeable in infant care and safety as well as possessing great photography skills. When it comes to newborn posing, there are a lot of behind the scenes safety measures that should be met at all times.

So you’ve determined that you love a photographer’s style and you’ve verified that they know how to keep your infant safe while achieving amazing images…what’s next? 

Newborn photo composite

Newborn safety while doing poet sack pose in studio

Final product

Now it’s time to think about what you want as a final product. Are you hanging canvases on the wall, do you want an album you can cherish forever, prints to share with family, birth announcements? You will want to make sure that you know what the photographer offers for products and that they are in line with what you are interested in. You’re newborn will change so fast, and before you know it you’ll have a teenager (trust me, I have some experience here…nothing can prepare you for how fast they grow up!), you will want to make sure you have the keepsakes that are important to you and help you capture that memory forever!

Newborn portrait on beanbag

Searching for your perfect newborn photographer should be a part of the fun and excitement! But with so many options out there, it can be overwhelming. I hope this helps guide you as to some things to compare and consider when making such an important decision!





Mini sessions for babies in Perth!

Hey all.
So I’ve had this idea for a while now. Because I get so many requests from moms that “just need a few quick pics” but don’t dare go to a mall chain ’cause….ewwwwww.

Whether it’s because your baby just got a new haircut, the most amazing smile or they just got their first teeth…whatever. Your baby is cute right now and needs pics…ASAP!

And yes….I will also be including a maternity and a newborn option; keep reading.

Sooo….here’s the details:

baby mini sessions

For babies 4 months and up

They will take place on Mondays only because well, it’s in the name.

They will be in the studio only.

They will cost $350.

They will include wardrobe, props etc.

They will include 10 high resolution digital images.

They will last approx 45 minutes.

No siblings.

and now for newborns………

newborn mini sessions

They will take place on Mondays only.

They will be in the studio only.

They will cost $475.

They will include wardrobe, props etc.

They will include 10 high resolution digital images.

They will last up to one and a half hour only.

No siblings.

and now for bellies…….

maternity mini sessions

They will take place on Mondays only.

They will be in the studio only.

They will cost $275.

They will include wardrobe.

They will include 5 high resolution digital images.

They will last approx 30 minutes.

No children. No spouse. Just you.


Has grandma been bugging you for updated photos?
Need new pics to share on social media?
On a smaller budget but still want some great quality images?

Well then this is for you.

Contact the studio now to book yours because we will only be scheduling a limited number each month.

See you soon!




This adorable little girl came in to the studio for her baby sitter session this morning, as part of her Babyplan. It was such a delight to have her here in the studio with her mom. At 7 months old and not yet crawling, I loved being able to capture her ever changing expressions and gloriously chubby little legs without having to chase her around to get the best photo.

It really is such a joy to do these mini sitter sessions. Being able to capture them in all their giggling and cuddly glory. If only you could bottle their innocence….

To capture your baby’s milestones contact ByMika photography today

Don’t let anything stand in the way to book your session because before you know it they have grown 😉

Perth family lifestyle photographer

I met this gorgeous family the end of last year during a family lifestyle photography session in Perth. Silvia who was expecting her little baby girl in February asked me then if she could book in a lifestyle family session in the comfort of her own home in Mount Hawthorn Perth instead of a traditional newborn session in my studio. I was delighted and of course said yes straight away. I love family lifestyle session. It’s lovely to see how my clients live and toddlers are usually more at ease in there own environment which makes it so much fun. We took a few newborn and family photos and also took Sophie on a little adventure in their backyard and she later showed me her super cute little bedroom. Thanks for inviting me in your beautiful home Silvia and Brett.

Perth family photographer


To book a session send us an email or visit us on Instagram and Facebook

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Nowadays almost everyone takes photos with their iphone. Even I do it (ssshhh ;-)) when I can’t be bothered to carry my ‘big’ camera around! It’s just easy and convenient and lets be honest we don’t leave the house with a phone anyway. The iphone camera can really make a very nice looking picture if you know how to use it right! Let me give you a few photo tips taking better iPhone images of your family/children.

1. Zoom with your feet!

Never, ever, ever think about zooming with the little slider at the bottom of your screen. This is the quickest way to ruin your picture. The iPhone may have a good camera built in, but as soon as that slider moves, you can kiss your image quality goodbye.

2. Turn on your grid lines

Grid Lines are extremely helpful when using an iPhone. This divides your picture into 9 equal boxes and really helps you with your composition. Compose your image using the law of thirds and you are sure to have an interesting picture.

Grid use for taking better iPhone images of your family and children
3. Use two hands

Sure the iPhone is light and thin, but it still can move while you are taking a picture. Use two hands whenever you are taking a picture. Keep your arms in close and rest them on your body to stabilize yourself. Rest your iPhone on something sturdy if possible. Also, don’t forget that you can push the + button on the side of your iPhone to release the shutter.

4. Learn AE/AF lock

AE/AF lock can be turned on by tapping on the screen where you want to focus on/ expose for, and then holding down till the box bounces twice. This means that the place that you tapped on is where the camera focuses on and exposes for, and no matter where you move the camera those settings stay the same. This is good for backlit subjects. Say you wanted to take a better picture of 2 people, and the sun was at their back. If you just took the
picture, chances are it would be way too dark because your phone exposed for the sun. If you lock the exposure on the people, they would be properly exposed and if you move around a little, no worries, they will still be well lit.

AE AF lock for taking better iPhone images of your family and children


5. Use HDR for pictures of landscapes

HDR has a lot to do with the last photo tip. It takes the exposures from different pictures and pastes them together to make a better-lit image. If take a picture with the HDR setting, your iPhone will take 3 pictures very quickly and paste them together to give you a better lit image. Don’t move when you do this. You will get a blurry image. Master Tip 3 ;-).

6. Look for good light

Nobody likes to have a picture taken with the sun blaring right in his or her eyes. Also, nobody likes to look at those pictures. The harsh light from the sun can either cause harsh shadows all over someone’s face or wash all of the shadows out. Keep the sun at their back or stay in the shade. I love images taken in the shade. You will be amazed how good they are. The pictures will definitely look better.

7. Download Camera+

Camera + is an incredible camera photo app. You can control the exposure and focus points independently, it has a self-timer, burst mode, stabilizer and a level. It’s got it all. It’s a must have. Leave the default camera at home and use the photo app, Camera.



8. Download Snapseed

Snapseed is a free photo editing app made by Google and is the best one that I have come across. The amount of things that you can do in this app is incredible. It is also super easy to use. You swipe up and down to choose which effect you want. You swipe left to right to choose the intensity of that effect. You can also export straight from Snapseed to Instagram.
9. Try to avoid Instagram Filters.

My goal for 2016 ;-)! I must say I use Instagram filters but every single picture on Instagram looks the same. Have some individuality and make your picture yours. Edit in Snapseed and come up with your own picture and put it on Instagram without a filter. Set yourself apart from everyone else and develop your own style. People will notice a difference.

10. Break every single rule (sometimes, ha, ha)

Last but not least. In Photography there are no absolutes. This means, nothing is right and nothing is wrong. Don’t be afraid to take everything that I just told you to do and not to do and do the opposite. Take a blurry picture of someone running. Underexpose a picture and make it a silhouette. Zoom with the slider and get some artsy grain. Take an extremely bright, harsh shadow picture in the sun. Put the subject right in the middle of your frame. Do whatever and make an exception to the rule every now and then. The only thing you can’t do is use an Instagram filter ;-).

Keep shooting and enjoy! to get more tips every month please sign up for my newsletter here and find it in the right column.



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