Why newborn photos are a so wonderful …
If someone had told me how wonderful it is to have a child, I would have had one a lot sooner! Newborn photography is relatively new to the UK and is such a wonderful way to capture those first few days of a baby’s life. They stay that small for such a short period of time. My style is simple and classic. Some of the pictures are taken when the baby is sleeping in gentle poses on a blanket on my cosy beanbag. Others are of the baby being held by their parents in poses that look natural and relaxed. I want pictures of your baby to be timeless and beautiful. My lovely newborn photography studio is in Twickenham Green, not far from Richmond-upon-Thames, Southwest London. It’s full of natural light and the photos of your newborn baby will be unique and stunning, just like your beautiful growing family. I also have a sofa in case one (or both!) parents feel like taking a little nap while I photograph their little treasure. I’ve been trained in newborn photography safety so you can rest easy during your newborn’s photography session.
Some useful FAQs
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK AND HOW OLD SHOULD MY NEWBORN BE?
I suggest booking the newborn session after your 20 week scan. I only do a certain number of newborns a month so booking early will ensure your spot.
Since newborns are at their sleepiest around 7-10 days, that’s when it’s best to photograph them if you’d like delicately posed photographs. It’s still possible to take pictures after this time, but the images will be a mix of sleepy and awake images rather than mainly sleepy pictures. I am happy to photograph older newborns, particularly if you want more awake images.
Don’t worry if you’re baby is born early or late. I ask parents to get in touch within a day of their baby being born so we can find a suitable date 7-10 days later. Photoshoots typically take place in the morning.
WHAT STYLES OF NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY DO YOU DO?
POSED PHOTOS: You know the photos where the baby is on a little nest or basket? They are posed images. For these newborn photography images, I use natural light with the baby carefully posed on blankets, baskets, bowls etc. This type of photography focuses almost exclusively on the baby when they are about 7 days old. This style takes place in my newborn photography studio in Twickenham Green.
LIFESTYLE NEWBORN PHOTOS: This style brings in other members of the family. My goal is to capture the tender interaction with the baby’s family, particularly mum, dad and brother/sister. This can take place in my studio or at your home.
CAN YOU COME TO MY HOME?
YES I CAN! The days following the birth of a baby can be quite tiring and I am happy to come to your home. I don’t charge extra for this but only provide lifestyle photos of the baby and family around the house. If you’d also like posed images of the baby (see my previous FAQ question), you’ll need to come to my lovely newborn photography studio in Twickenham Green.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO IF YOU COME TO MY HOME?
The photoshoot can take place anywhere in the house, but normally centres around 2-3 rooms. These are typically the ones with the greatest natural light since I tend not to use lighting equipment if possible for lifestyle photos. These rooms tend to be the main/baby bedroom, the living room and sometimes the kitchen. The big tip for preparing these areas is to remove ‘clutter’. For example, remove any small items etc. from the side tables beside the master bed. Don’t worry if you don’t get a chance to do this. When we start doing the shoot, we will start moving some things around, but it will help if the rooms are as clutter free as possible.
My fees for a newborn photography session
Newborn sessions are up to 3 hours long and are only done as one of my Full Sessions. Sessions take place either in my studio (for posed-style images of the baby asleep on a blanket) or can be done in your home (for lifestyle photos of the baby). See my FAQ above for the different styles of newborn photography.
- I pencil in your due date and once the baby is born, we confirm a date 7-10 days later
- Photo shoots can take place in the home or in my comfy newborn studio on Twickenham Green
- 12 x 10 inch fine art mounted print included
- Digital downloads / packages purchased separately. Most families spend an additional £225 – £950 on digital downloads and products.
- 60-100 images edited on a password protected online viewing gallery
- Video montage