Welcoming a baby sister – newborn photo shoot in Wimbledon

They say pictures speak louder than words and I tend to agree. Simple, natural and joyful – that’s the kind of newborn photography that makes my heart sing.
This newborn photo shoot has to be one of my favourites of the year. As with all my new baby sessions, the shoot took place in the family’s home in Wimbledon, south west London. The family had welcomed their new daughter just 7 weeks earlier, and it was wonderful to capture her so alert and playful with her big brother. 
newborn photo shoot in Wimbledon, London
Wimbledon newborn and sibling photo shoot
New baby girl with brother, Wimbledon newborn photography
Natural at home newborn photography with older toddler
Tips for photographing new babies and toddlers together
newborn photographer Wimbledon, west London
Natural family photo shoots, London

Welcoming a new sibling can sometimes be difficult for young children and toddlers, and I recommend bearing this in mind when booking your newborn shoot. At the time of booking, we will pencil in a provisional date but, if you feel you all need a little more time to adjust, we can move the date to a time that is right for you all. It’s one of the reasons I held back on having my own newborn photos done after having my son.  

Here are a few tips and ideas for preparing your older child for a photo shoot with their new sibling:  

1. Let them know the photographer is coming over to have fun and play with everyone in the family. They’ll then feel the photo shoot is just as much about them as it is their new baby brother or sister.  

2. Do not change their routine for the sake of the photo shoot. I can easily work around snack, lunch and nap times.  

3. Do not worry if you child is usually very shy around strangers, it is totally natural and I am used to it. I promise we will be best of friends by the end of the morning.  

4. If possible, allow your child to hold and touch your new baby before the session and give them lots of positive encouragement. This will help them feel comfortable and connected to their new sibling and won’t be a big shock when you ask them to do it on the day of the photo shoot.  

5. During the shoot, do not worry if your older child doesn’t want to be involved or sit still in the photographs. I’ll give plenty of time for them to play and have breaks – the best photos are always those that aren’t forced.      

Unposed newborn photo shoots with older siblings, London
Mother and newborn photography, London
Newborn baby photography with parents, Wimbledon
New baby photography
7 week old baby newborn photography
At home newborn photo shoots in London
Wimbledon newborn photographer

If you are interested in booking a newborn photo shoot for your baby, I would love to hear from you. You can use the contact form at the bottom of this page or click here for more information on my at-home newborn photography.

"The shoot was so fun and relaxed, we felt
at complete ease with Jess and her camera"

"The shoot was so fun and
relaxed, we felt at complete
ease with Jess and her camera"

About Jess

I am a newborn and family photographer and live in west London with my husband, ten year old daughter and two year old son. Inspired by the magic of childhood and the simple sweetness of everyday moments - I capture genuine and emotive images of family connections without posing or forced smiles. My photography style is very relaxed; perfect for loving families who want to document their family life and children just as they are.

I offer outdoor and at-home photo shoots across London and Surrey including Kensington and Chelsea, Richmond, Kew, Fulham, Putney, Chiswick, Wimbledon, Teddington, Twickenham and Kingston-upon-Thames.

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