I consider it such a priviledge to capture those precious early moments in a family’s life together and provide some images that will be treasured and looked back on. My aim is to create something unique for each of my clients. My approach is baby led/natural in both – Portrait & Lifestyle photoshoots – because every baby is unique. Alongside your baby’s photos, I will capture variety of images with siblings and parents too.
There are two options...
I offer 2 types of newborn photoshoots however there are similarities in my approach. There is always plenty of time to feed your baby, to settle (I happily help with this to give you a rest) and to change sets/different room if in your home around. It’s a very relaxed atmosphere and if you need privacy with feeding, it’s not a problem. I am very much led by your baby, with posing, wrapping or settling and I won’t persevere with poses if they don’t work for your little one, especially in portrait sessions.
1. PORTRAIT SESSIONS
This session focuses on capturing your baby in variety of poses. My style is minimalistic, simple props, using natural light. I offer this in my home based studio in Leigh on Sea, Essex but I’m able to travel to you. It is advisable that baby is between 7-14 days old preferably, however I can work with older babies too.
2. LIFESTYLE SESSION
In home sessions are really relaxed and a window or two is all i need. The focus of lifestyle session is capturing little moments of connection between your baby and whole family and we can work around your family routine if you have older children. Combination of indoor/outdoor like nearby park or garden are also available.
Package 1 (Portrait)
Private online gallery
Up to 5 fully edited digital images in colour & B/W
Additional images £20 each (digital+print)
7x5” prints of all ordered images
Package 2 (lifestyle)
Private online gallery
ALL digital images edited in colour & B/W
Set of 7x5" prints of all images
Presentation felt wrap
If you are booking your newborn session before your baby arrives and was toying with the idea of having pregnancy session as well, the perfect time would be between 32-38 weeks. These are super fun and relaxed and can be done in style that resembles YOU!
FAQ about your newborn session
I advice to book whilst still pregnant. I will note your EDD in my diary and will patiently await your exciting news to then arrange a suitable date/time. If your baby is already born, please don’t worry, contact me ASAP for my availability.
For portrait session, I recommend babies to be between 5-14 days old to achieve sleepy images of your baby. At this age they are happier to be repositioned, swaddled and sleep most of the time.
Lifestyle session focuses more on natural and baby-led posing, there is no set time frame for these sessions. Most of the new babies are within the first 1-8 weeks after birth. Babies closer to the 2 week old will be more sleepy, while babies closer to the 5 week old are more awake for their sessions. No matter what age your baby is, we will capture some absolutely beautiful portraits of him or her! Your sessions can take place on weekday during school hours or Saturday which I like to prioritize with families with school age children, as these book up very quickly. Managing my diary in advance can ensure that my clients have flexibility in dates and also seamless turnaround times for edited galleries
There is an option of combining newborn package with a maternity session. Maternity clients receive £50 credit towards their newborn session.
I always leave certain days in the week free to accommodate changes. Babies almost never come on their EDD.
If you have booked Bump&Baby package, I always advise your pregnancy shoot to take place anytime from 32-37 weeks gestation so the risk of missing out on pregnancy images is minimal.
I recommend that parent’s and sibling’s outfits are kept to earth tones and pale hues like linens, greys, creams, blush and blues. Remember to pick outfits that are comfortable and easy – nothing too restricting or form fitting so we can capture some beautiful flow and movement.
I recommend to avoid vivid colours, fine stripes (as these warp in images), checks and tops with large patterns, logos and pictures.
Regarding props – for portrait sessions I have wraps, throws and props available in my studio for you to choose from and baby will be mostly naked. For lifestyle session I recommend baby to be in simple white vest or just in nappy, no props required.
The average turnaround time from session to online gallery is around 2 weeks and up to 2 weeks for your download. Product and prints will follow in the post/or collection once I receive them.
I advise to allow around 4 hours for a portrait newborn session which allows for settling and feeding and ensures relaxed, unrushed atmosphere. I only book 1 session in the day so there is no rush on my part.
Lifestyle in home sessions take approx. 2 hours.
For babies no clothes is needed except some extra nappies on hand and if bottle fed I suggest to bring more milk than they would usually take just in case. A special toy/hat/blanket or any knits that have sentimental value, you are welcome to bring with you and I will try and incorporate it within photos.
Change of clothes for everyone is essential as accidents are inevitable.
As this session is quite long, please bring snack or lunch with you. I will provide hot/cold drinks.
If you have older children, maybe you would like to bring something to entertain them with however I have loads of toys here that they are welcome to play with.
For a PORTRAIT session final images are fully edited (dry skin, spots and blemishes removed, patched skin corrected and skin tone adjusted. Editing is done by me appropriately and not at all over the top (see my gallery) and I discuss any special editing with clients prior finalising the order.
For LIFESTYLE session, all images are cropped, colour corrected and skin tone adjusted (ie. baby’s skin is reddish). I keep these images natural, as they happened. If by chance baby has a massive scratch across a cheek, I will remove that but other than something very obvious, they are not edited in the same way as Portrait photos.
Tell me more!
I have created a super helpful Welcome newborn guide which explains the way I work in my home based studio and in clients’ homes/location. To request one, please get in touch!
Have a question?
We can arrange a no obligation call to talk about options, practicalities, dreams for the photos and all things babies any time!