The Nisbets: Blog en-us Bruce Nisbet [email protected] (The Nisbets) Tue, 14 Apr 2020 01:25:00 GMT Tue, 14 Apr 2020 01:25:00 GMT Newborn baby photography, pixels and what do they matter? A digital image file is made up of squares of colour that produce the picture.  These squares are called pixels.  When producing a photographic product these pixels are placed on the print or canvas in the form of dots. Depending on how close you are when viewing, you will want to print a certain number of dots per inch, (DPI), for a clear and sharp image and so you do not see any individual dots. This is particularly important in newborn baby photography.  


An average person can distinguish about 850 DPI at about 4 inches, which is as close as most people can focus.  When reading a book at about 12 inches only around 300 DPI is required as the average eye cannot distinguish any more.  If we get even further away, say the distance of a computer screen, about 30 inches, then only 115 DPI is required for a clear picture.  By the time we get to the distance of a TV of around 72 inches or 6 feet we only need about 50 DPI for a clear picture.  However if you do view closer than the distances noted above you can start to see the individual dots and the beautiful pictures of your newborn baby will look grainy and of poor quality.

A digital file sized 4500x3000 pixels can be printed in many different physical sizes but the quality of viewing would be different depending on how large the print is and how far away you are when viewing it. A 4500x3000 pixel digital image will produce a 15-inch by 10-inch print at 300 DPI.  You will be able to view this print in your hand and not see individual dots. (4500 pixels/dots divided by 15-inches equals 300 DPI). If printing a larger product say 30-inch by 20-inch then there would only be 150 DPI, (4500 divided by 30 inches equals 150 DPI).  When viewing on a wall from a distance of over a few feet, individual dots should not be seen but getting close up they may be noticeable.

The example of a newborn baby eye below shows the differences when you have the correct number of pixels for the size of image you want to print. 

  newborn baby EyesEyesQuality of newborn baby eyes depending on DPI

First image is actual size at 300 DPI , 2nd image is 150% of intended size, the 3rd image is 200% of intended size 150 DPI.

(If you move further away and closer to this image you will see the effect, further away all of the eyes should look clear and sharp.)

Most general good quality photographic prints are produced at 300 DPI.  For wall products some suppliers reduce this to 150 DPI or less but the clarity at closer viewing will suffer. These DPI’s are used as they are currently the most convenient formats for production and eventual viewing.  They also allow for larger images to be printed from smaller less detailed digital image files.

Please note Chumba Newborn Photography produce all products including wall products using at least 300 DPI.


[email protected] (The Nisbets) Baston Bourne Chumba Newborn Newborn Photographer Newborn Photography Newborn baby photography Newborn photography Rutland Oakham Oundle Peterborough Rutland Stamford baby newborn newborn baby photography photographer Tue, 01 Mar 2016 09:30:00 GMT
Why do digital files cost so much when USB or CD is inexpensive? I get asked this question from time to time, but often enough that I feel I should explain.  

I don’t sell all of the digital files/images from a session on a USB/CD for £100.  I understand that there are photographers that do, and I’m sure they have their reasons, but I would like to talk about why I do not and why it is an investment to get some, or all of the images from your newborn session on a USB. A Chumba Newborn Photography USB ImageDigital images on Chumba Newborn USBChumba Newborn Photography USB

To give you a little background information about me, I have worked all of my life.  I have always studied hard to improve myself to be the best I could be in what I do.  I am no different now that I am a full time professional newborn photographer.  Previously I had been in industry for over 30 years, 15 years in financial services and 15 years in IT.  I embarked on my final career of being a professional newborn photographer in 2014 after being a part time photographer for many years prior to that.  Chumba Newborn Photography Ltd is a full time business and like any other full time business, certain standards are required to be maintained.

I’m not a photographer who decided to set up shop overnight to make some extra “fun money”.  I have a family to support and provide a quality service to my customers. While the work that I do is from my home, I have invested considerably in the studio facilities that are used to provide a specialist newborn baby environment.  Professional development of newborn images requires expensive software and equipment whilst online galleries and safe cloud storage of these precious baby images also needs to be paid for. I am priced so that I can not only cover all of these operating and product expenses, but also pay myself a wage after Tax and National Insurance.

I have trained to know how to safely pose a newborn so that the finished shot is a work of art, not just your baby thrown on a blanket with no thought to body positioning, angle, and lighting.  I provide quality props, professional lighting and top quality camera equipment so that your images will not only be beautiful, but will also be of exceptional quality. You aren’t paying for the USB, you are paying for the art that is on it and all the time and money invested to be able to produce this art.

When you are presented with your online gallery, the images have all been individually edited and retouched so that they are beautiful. The digital files you purchase of your newborn baby are ready to be printed. They are checked for colour, sharpness, contrast, and exposure so that while they might be hung on the nursery wall, they could also hang in an art gallery. When you have these digital files, you have the ability to print them as many times as you would like for yourself, for family, for friends, etc. You can print canvases, make albums, large prints, small prints, make announcements, cards, your opportunities are endless. They are the price they are because you have them forever in the digital format, where as when you purchase a finished product from me, yes you are getting a quality piece of art, but it’s one item that can’t be printed over and over.  Think about the day when your baby is all grown up and is getting married, and then eventually have children of their own. How wonderful it will be to be able to see these newborn baby images then.

When doing your research on which newborn photographer to choose, please don’t compare on price. There will always be cheaper options, you only get one chance to capture them while they are this new, tiny and beautiful.  New babies quickly change and are usually only able to be artfully posed in the first few weeks.  Make sure you are comfortable with your choice. I would recommend visiting them and where they will have the shoot before booking and don’t forget to book your choice early to make sure they are available for you newborn baby.

When you think about the cost of newborn photography, remember these images are something you will have forever, unlike a new pushchair, cot, iPhone or tablet that will be outdated in a few years. You will look back on those first few weeks of your baby’s life and barely remember much apart from the lack of sleep, but having professional newborn portraits will capture all of the beautiful little things you want to remember forever. Don’t miss out, it is well worth the investment!

[email protected] (The Nisbets) Baston Bourne Chumba Newborn Newborn Photographer Newborn Photography Newborn baby photography Newborn photography Rutland Oakham Oundle Peterborough Price Rutland Stamford baby lincolnshire newborn photographer photography Sun, 21 Feb 2016 10:45:00 GMT
Newborn baby photography, never too early to book. It is never too early to book your newborn baby photography session!  

Newborn photographers know that babies arrive when they want to. For this reason they normally only accept a limited number of bookings per week to be able to accommodate when babies actually arrive.

After having your baby the last thing that will be on your mind is booking a photography session. When things settle down and you do have some time, it is too late to get those early memories captured.

If you are thinking about newborn photography, contact your local photographer to see how far in advance they are taking bookings.  Most Newborn photographers take bookings after the 20 week scan.

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[email protected] (The Nisbets) baby Baston Bourne Chumba Lincolnshire newborn Newborn Photographer Newborn Photography Oakham Oundle Peterborough photographer photography Rutland Stamford Fri, 19 Feb 2016 08:32:11 GMT
Newborn Babies and Keeping Them Warm When looking at building our dedicated newborn photography studio heating was one of the primary elements. We needed to ensure our babies, that were going to be undressed for most of the time, were kept warm and comfortable.

A warm baby is a happy baby, a happy baby is a sleeping baby, a sleeping baby gives us the images we are after. 

Infrared Heating in the Chumba newborn baby photography studioInfrared Heating for Newborn baby photographyInfrared heating

Traditional heating moves cold air from the floor level past the heat source and up to the ceiling. This air cools and then moves back down to the floor level.  This leaves cooler spots at floor level and hot spots at ceiling level. 

Infrared panels heat the walls, people and objects in a room as opposed to the air. This means that the heat can be distributed much more evenly back into the room at a slower rate. This lasting heat ensures that walls stay dry and mould cannot form or spread. Mould  found on walls and ceilings can be toxic and hold harmful allergens. infrared heat can help protect against this and is ideal for allergy sufferers and asthmatics. 

Health benefits
Infrared heat is proven to have many positive health effects such as improving blood circulation, strengthened immune system, improve blood supply to the cells. Additionally it has a relaxing effect on body and mind. Far Infrared heat is used worldwide for providing healthy heat including in baby incubators, in saunas and by Japanese Doctors as treatment for cardiovascular patients.

No dust circulation 
Conventional heating systems can stir up dust and allergens in the process of heating the air within a room. Infrared heating panels don’t  heat the air and because of this there is no dust circulation of any kind.

‚ÄčOther benefits for newborn photographers
Objects that the baby is going to be placed in and on; are gently heated by the infrared rays. No cold surprises that would unsettle a sleeping baby. Most of the work that we do will be at floor level.  Infrared heating makes sure that this floor level is warm and comfortable.


[email protected] (The Nisbets) Baston Bourne Chumba Far Infrared Heating Lincolnshire Newborn Photographer Newborn Photography Peterborough Rutland Stamford baby newborn photographer photography Tue, 01 Dec 2015 09:00:00 GMT
Chumba Newborn Baby Photography Lighting There is a lot of information about natural light verses artificial light, flash verses continuous in newborn photography.  I am happy with all types, depending on the circumstances, but due to the lack of beautiful natural light in the UK I use artificial and prefer continuous rather than flash. 

I have always preferred the results that natural light gave when photographing newborn babies but this light was all too infrequent due to the UK climate.  I started using flash but was not pleased with large bursts of light on a newborn.  Then there are the parents who are trying to relax in the calm studio environment and enjoy the experience of having their beautiful newborn baby photographed.  The enjoyment of watching the photo session with a big flash of light every few minutes is not my, or probably their, idea of fun.

Chumba has therefore invested in various photographic continuous compact fluorescent lamps. These lamps do not create bursts of light but a continuous stream and are cool-running.  This gives me the ability to consistently produce the sort of images that I prefer whilst keeping baby and parents comfortable.


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[email protected] (The Nisbets) Baston Bourne Chumba Far Infrared Heating Lincolnshire Newborn Photographer Newborn Photography Peterborough Rutland Stamford baby newborn photographer photography Wed, 18 Nov 2015 14:45:00 GMT
Professional Newborn Photography Pricing and Costs One of the first questions that I get asked as a newborn photographer is "How much do you charge and what do I get?"  A good and simple answer is virtually impossible to give.  How long is a piece of string and what do you want it to do?  We always recommend coming into the studio before you book to make sure that we can provide what you want and to answer any questions you may have.  We can then give you a far better idea of what your newborn photography experience cost will be.  To help explain how we get to the price that we charge I have described below the normal things that are taken into account. Photographers who do not take these things into account will find it hard to be in business for any length of time.

Before a customer even gets into the studio the professional newborn photographer has already invested in the art work that will eventually be produced. 

Expenses which can not be attributed to a single client and are ongoing:

Electricity, building, contents & equipment insurance
Website hosting and maintenance
Land line or mobile phone (rental and calls)
Editing Software
Book keeping & accountancy
Public liability insurance
Car insurance (deliveries, collecting from suppliers, driving to training and trade shows)
Professional development (include training)
Office stationery, marketing materials ; business cards, brochures etc
Equipment; camera, lenses, annual camera service, lights.
Props & backdrops and sample products

Costs we can allocate to specific session:

Direct costs, Heating/light, specific props, refreshments, washing, online gallery, and of course the actual products

Then there is our time:

Communicating prior to the shoot, emails, calls, messages, confirmation, (1 hour)
Session prep. Choosing props and backdrops, cleaning and prep of studio/work area (1 hour)
Session (up to 4 hours in the case of a newborn)
Aftermath – tidying of studio and washing soiled props (1.5 hours)
Image selection (1 hour)
Digital development of images (5 hours)
Backing up images, posting sneak peek (1 hour)
Prep for viewing (1 hour)
Viewing session (1 hours)
Product selection and ordering (3 hours)
Uploading images for print (1 hour)
Burning to USB (20 min)
Checking products (30 min)   

Keeping the business going:

Attending networking events, social media, administration, website maintenance, blog, book keeping and research

Not forgetting the time just looking at the beautiful images that make us all so,    ........ happy.

Smiling happy newborn baby HappyHappy face

[email protected] (The Nisbets) Chumba Lincolnshire Newborn Newborn Photography Peterborough Price Rutland baby photographer Wed, 11 Nov 2015 13:24:04 GMT
Dedicated newborn photography studio When selecting your newborn baby photographer don't forget to check out the facilities and service that you will be getting.  Are they regular newborn photographers or do they fit newborns in with other photography work?  Do they have dedicated facilities or do they use general purpose areas?

Chumba started renting the use of a studio but very quickly decided that this was not an acceptable option for newborn photography.  If we were going to provide a quality service we needed to be in control of the area used.  By renting someone else's studio we could not guarantee who was using the studio the day before and what state it would be in when we arrived.

We took the decision to construct our own dedicated space with newborns at the heart of the design.  Hygiene was a primary aspect, so the ability to be able to easily clean the area was needed.  It was also important to be able to control the temperature for baby so we invested in ceiling mounted far infrared heating.  We also needed space so that parents could relax and watch the session in comfort.  Catering, baby changing  and laundry facilities form a big part of the Chumba service so these facilities also needed incorporating.

We have been using our new studio in Baston, Lincolnshire for just over a year now and we are very happy with how it has all turned out, but most importantly our new parents agree.

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[email protected] (The Nisbets) Bourne Chumba Lincolnshire Newborn Photographer Newborn Photography Peterborough Rutland Stamford baby newborn photographer Tue, 22 Sep 2015 08:30:00 GMT
Surviving the first 4 to 6 weeks with a newborn baby I have the privilege of talking to lots of new mums and dads as well as having survived 6 children of my own.  The prevailing view that I have formed during this time is that there is a lot of places that you can get advice from and there are a lot of places that give you advice even if you don't want it. The advice given is invariably different even though the problem is the same. Well if that isn't enough here goes my two pence worth.

"Do whatever is needed, so that you get through the day."

If this is having baby lay on your chest for a sleep while you have a break and watch a bit of TV, if this is rocking baby to sleep in your arms so they settle better, if this is putting them in the car seat and driving around the block then so be it.  As long as it gets you through the day.  There will be plenty of time in the months and years to come to get into routines and schedules.  One other bit of general advice would be:

"Don't waste any opportunity to get some sleep". 

Most things are far easier to cope with when you are not tired/exhausted.  Be prepared to nap as soon as the opportunity arises, get a room with some blackout blinds, or thick curtains so you can nap easier in the day. Sleep when baby sleeps. Take whatever offers you get for a baby sitter, even if it is for half an hour.  A 30 minute soak in the bath knowing that if baby wakes you will not have to jump out makes all the difference.

If only we could sleep as soundly!


[email protected] (The Nisbets) Chumba Lincolnshire Newborn Photographer Peterborough Rutland baby newborn photographer photography Thu, 17 Sep 2015 08:00:00 GMT
New Born Safety First If you want specific newborn poses, check with your photographer first and ask how are they going to produce them.

Having six children of my own I know how delicate newborns are.  Forcing babies into poses or expecting them to hold themselves in unusual positions is unforgivable. 

It is essential that you as parents are informed and confident about what is good practice so that you can intervene and stop a photographer if you feel that the situation is unsafe.

Newborn and baby photography sessions can be unpredictable and take longer than other types of portrait photography. If you feel the session is being rushed then that is a good sign that baby’s safety is not paramount and you should ask for the session to be stopped.

Properly conducted sessions usually last up to four hours, in temperature controlled rooms with either an assistant or a parent acting as a “spotter” to monitor and support the baby if required.





[email protected] (The Nisbets) BANPAS Chumba Newborn Photography Rutland baby lincolnshire newborn peterborough photographer photography Sun, 13 Sep 2015 23:30:00 GMT
How old should my baby be How old should my baby be for a newborn photo session?

The age of the babies will make a difference in what type of poses we are able to position them in and whether they will like it or not. All babies are different, and it’s not that one baby will be easier to pose over another one based upon how old it is, but generally speaking, the age of the baby can dictate how the newborn photo session will run.

Younger babies tend to go into curly poses much easier than older babies and they don’t mind much about having their clothes off, especially if the studio is nice and cosy.

Babies Younger than Two Weeks

Ideally Chumba newborn photography sessions are scheduled between five and ten days after birth. Although we do schedule newborns later than this.  We strongly encourage parents to schedule sessions when babies are at least under two weeks of age. At this age, they are more likely to curl up in “womb-like” poses, stay asleep longer, don’t mind being unclothed.


[email protected] (The Nisbets) Age Chumba Newborn Photography Rutland baby newborn photographer photography Fri, 11 Sep 2015 08:30:00 GMT
New Poster Advert Just finished the new design for a poster.  Thought I would post it up here to see what comments it receives.

AdvertNewborn Photography in Rutland

[email protected] (The Nisbets) Chumba Newborn baby photography Newborn photography Rutland baby lincolnshire peterborough photographer Wed, 09 Sep 2015 10:58:14 GMT
Book early

It is never too early to book a newborn photographer!  Newborn photographers know that babies arrive when they want to. For this reason they normally accept only a limited number of bookings per week to be able to accommodate when babies are born, early or late.

When you have just had your baby probably the last thing on your mind is booking a photography session.  When things settle down and you do have some time it is too late to get those early day photos.

If you are looking to hire a newborn photographer, book in early. Most newborn photographers book at least 2-3 months in advance.

So what are you waiting for?

   Newborn baby photo session online gallery from Chumba newborn PhotographyOnline GalleryOnline gallery of a Chumba newborn baby photo session

[email protected] (The Nisbets) Chumba Lincolnshire Newborn Photography Rutland baby newborn photographer photography Wed, 09 Sep 2015 10:56:06 GMT
Newborn Photography Session - The Beautiful Isla Introducing the beautiful Isla, mum and nan were both very happy when they saw the images we had captured of Isla. Here is a little preview of their online gallery, we hope you like it too. Mum loved headbands so we included one of Isla's own headband as a nice memory for mum in a few years time and doesn't she look gorgeous in it!




[email protected] (The Nisbets) Chumba Lincolnshire Newborn Newborn Photographer Peterborough Rutland baby photography Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:07:04 GMT
Baby Cohen Photography Viewing Lovely seeing little Cohen and his mum Kerri again today, Kerri has been excitedly waiting since before Christmas to view the images. The viewing took slightly longer than normal due to all the extra cuddles we had with Cohen, such a cutie pie. Now that mum has seen them here is a little peek for all you Chumba followers out there.

Newborn baby photography showing a baby laying on his handHaving a kipNewborn baby photography showing a baby in a blue and white hat sleeping on his hand

[email protected] (The Nisbets) Chumba Lincolnshire Peterborough Rutland baby baston newborn newborn photography photographer Tue, 06 Jan 2015 14:44:01 GMT
Next on the Editing List This little one is next on the Chumba editing list, the beautiful Darcy.

Newborn photography at taken at the Baston studio near Peterborough LincolnshirePretty in PinkNewborn photography showing sleeping baby on her belly and hand under cheek

[email protected] (The Nisbets) Chumba Newborn Rutland baby newborn Photography photographer photography Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:33:45 GMT
Baby Neave Sneak Peak Currently editing photos of little Neave, but couldn't resist showing you a sneak peak, such a cutie!

Newborn baby in froggy poseFroggyNewborn baby photography showing a baby in the froggy pose. This is a composite image

[email protected] (The Nisbets) Chumba Lincolnshire Newborn Newborn Photography Rutland baby photographer Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:36:25 GMT
Baby Neave Newborn Session This week we had a fantastic session with baby Neave, she was such a cutie and so good, only pooping on us once! Hopefully Daley and Abbie enjoyed themselves and some well earned cake at home afterwards.



[email protected] (The Nisbets) Chumba Lincolnshire Newborn Rutland baby newborn photographer photography Sat, 29 Nov 2014 19:20:58 GMT
Chumba Newborn Studio Now Complete! Morning Chumba followers, the new studio is now completed and looking fab. The specialist infra-red heating system is working very well and should be nice and toasty for any Chumba babies. Talking of babies we are still looking for a few more portfolio babies, so if anyone is due in the New Year and would like a free session, come on down!

Newborn photo studio in Baston Completed Newborn Baby Photography StudioStudio Some props and blankets for the new born baby photographsNew born baby props and blankets cupboardStudio  

[email protected] (The Nisbets) BANPAS Baston Chumba Lincolnshire Newborn Studio baby photography Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:25:47 GMT
Chumba Photography Become BANPAS Member We are now proud members of the Baby and Newborn Photography Association who promote safety and comfort of newborn babies during a shoot whilst also providing training and support on newborn photography.

Link to the Baby And Newborn Photography AssociationLink to the Baby And Newborn Photography Association

[email protected] (The Nisbets) BANPAS East Anglia East Midlands Peterborough baby newborn photography Thu, 06 Nov 2014 09:00:00 GMT
Chumba Newborn Stand at Baby & Toddler Event Was nice to see some of you at the event last Sunday supporting Chumba Photography, it went well and fun was had by all, including our little ones!

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[email protected] (The Nisbets) Chumba East Anglia Peterborough baby baby and toddler event newborn photographer Wed, 05 Nov 2014 09:00:00 GMT
Chumba Newborn Studio Almost Complete Work on the Chumba photography studio has now almost been completed. Walls have been painted, lights fitted and now the heating is going in, should be ready by the end of November for our first clients to test out., cant wait! All we need now is some snuggly cushions! Chumba Newborn Studio DoneChumba Newborn Studio DoneImage of completed studio

[email protected] (The Nisbets) Chumba East Anglia Peterborough baby baby, studio newborn Tue, 04 Nov 2014 09:50:21 GMT
Baby & Toddler Event Preparation for Chumba Chumba are getting prepared for the Baby & Toddler show on Sunday 2nd November, hopefully we will see some of you there! Details on

Baby and toddler show east Anglia, Chumba to attend



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