The Welcome to the World session is a series of three photo shoots capturing some of the most magical moments in your baby's first year and beyond. The first session will capture their earliest days as a newborn baby. We will then meet again, 6-8 months later, to document how your baby has changed in this time - how they can sit, roll and giggle away at a game of peek-a-boo. The final session will capture them as they celebrate their first birthday or, if you want to leave it a little later, their wobbly first steps - normally between 12-16 months.
My newborn photo shoots capture the special memories that will make up the early days of your new family life. At your shoot, I will capture beautiful natural portraits of your baby and relaxed photographs of the whole family - magical moments and tiny details that can often be forgotten in the haze of becoming a new parent. These sessions are perfect for babies aged from birth to 12 weeks of age.
At home with newborn twin boys
New baby session with Blake
Welcome to the world baby sister
During our time together, I can also create a short film to breathe life, movement and sound into the memories that make up this new chapter of your lives. As with my photography, I'll focus on the small details of your baby: a yawn, their newborn squirms and stretches as well as everyday moments of togetherness.
Alexander & Nikolas newborn session
The perfect photo for me isn’t of you all looking at the camera, it’s in a tangle of arms and giggles; in the joyful messiness of real life and love. I combine family documentary, lifestyle and classic portraiture to tell the story of your family. To put you at ease and document your family in the most honest way, I let my sessions flow organically, always being led by the child. I’ll give some gentle direction to make sure everyone is in the best light and fully at ease, but I’ll also give time to let you all just be yourselves in order to capture spontaneous and meaningful memories as they unfold.
I will come to your home, so you can relax in the comfort of your own surroundings and use soft, natural light to achieve honest and unposed photographs. The session will flow organically, providing you with an opportunity to slow the time down with your new arrival. I will take your baby's lead; working around their feeds, nappy changes and when they just want to be held and comforted. I'll freeze time on these 'in-between' moments and capture beautiful photographs of your new baby, their siblings and the whole family together.
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The perfect photo for me isn’t of you all looking at the camera with forced smiles, it’s in a tangle of arms and giggles; in the joyful messiness of real life and love. I combine family documentary, lifestyle and classic portraiture to tell the story of who you all are - right now - with a beautiful light and airy aesthetic.
To put you at ease and document your family in the most honest way, I let my sessions flow organically, always being led by your baby. As a mother, I know how important it is to be patient and calm as a newborn is fed and comforted, or as a toddler slowly sheds her camera shyness. Occasionally, I’ll give some gentle direction to make sure everyone is in the best light and fully at ease, but I’ll also give time to let you all just be yourselves in order to capture spontaneous and meaningful memories as they unfold.
I offer a bespoke experience for all my families; every single shoot is unique - just as every family is. For newborn sessions, I charge a fee of £245. This covers the photo-taking time on the day and also some time in the weeks leading up to your shoot preparing: getting to know you via a consultation and ensuring space in my diary should your baby arrive earlier or later than expected. It also includes my time and artistry to create a gallery of beautiful images that tell the story of a morning in the life of your family. I will work in a digital dark room to enhance each photograph to the very best professional quality: working on colours, black and whites and any re-touching, if required.
The session fee does not include any of the photographs, printed or as digital copies. You have the freedom to choose from a selection of products and collections. I do not have a minimum spend but as a guide, most of my clients invest a further £750 - £3,000, on a range of beautiful, heirloom-quality, printed and digital products. For further details of my product pricing please order an e-brochure.
I take on a limited amount of sessions each month so that I can provide the highest level of service to my clients. For newborn shoots, I recommend booking your session after your 20 week scan. This may sound early but it will guarantee my availability for when your baby does arrive.
When you book, we’ll pencil in a date (usually 5 - 10 days after your due date) which can be moved if your baby is born earlier or later than expected, or if you need more time to recover. I am very flexible so if you feel you need more time to settle into new life as a family, that is more than fine.
If you recently had a baby and have only just thought about having photographs, then please feel free to get in touch. I may have space for you if I’ve had to move a date for another family.
I love photographing new babies of all ages and I'm very flexible as to when the shoot takes place. My newborn session fee covers all new arrivals from birth up until 12 weeks. If you long to capture your baby while they still have that fresh "newborn look", you might want to schedule the session for 5 to 10 days after your due date. At this age you can expect your baby to sleep (and feed) for a good part of the session - just one of the reasons why I love to document these hazy, early days of parenthood so much.
If you'd rather give yourself a little more time to settle into new life as a family, then that is absolutely fine too. As the days and weeks unfold your baby will become more alert and awake for longer periods; allowing me to capture more connection and maybe even a few smiles. Whatever you baby's age, my promise is to create a wealth of beautiful and meaningful memories.
If your home doesn't look like it belongs in the pages of an interiors magazine then please do not let it put you off having an in-home photo shoot. Over the last ten years, I have photographed families in homes of all shapes, sizes and styles of decor - including small basement apartments. I can craft beautiful stories in any home and lighting condition as I believe there is beauty and light everywhere if you look for it. Your home is your safe place and the foundations of your children's memories, so it's the most natural setting for your newborn photo shoot.
If you want a real documentary feel to your images then let's roll with the chaos that is parenting a new baby - it all adds layers and texture to the story and will make them all the more meaningful as the years go by. If you prefer to have things 'just so', or somewhere in the middle (like me), then feel free to clear some surfaces before my arrival or even as we go.
Your personal style is who you are so please dress for the photo shoot in a way you feel most comfortable. It's important to look back at the photographs and see you and your children as you actually were all those years ago, rather than people dressed up for the occasion.
If you do want the photographs to have a harmonious aesthetic, you might want to consider the colours and shades of your family's clothes and how they work with the backgrounds we are shooting against. A good and simple rule is to coordinate but not match. For young babies, I prefer simple items like vests but for toddlers and older children, feel free to play around with patterns, layers and accessories. You might also want to avoid brand logos and large slogans which can be distracting.
Most of my newborn photo shoots last about 2 hours, and this includes any time needed to feed and change your baby. However, you won't find me watching the clock and I will only finish when I have fully captured everything we set out to. If we need more time because your baby is unsettled for any reason, or is particularly hungry that day, then please do not worry. It is my utmost priority that you and your baby are happy, so I will follow their cues entirely. Having worked with new babies for the last 10 years and as a mother myself, I have certainly learnt the art of patience.
Your package includes:
A relaxed newborn photo shoot
in the comfort of your own home
2 Further sessions between 6 & 18 months
Guidance on how to prepare for
the shoots with tips to put you all at ease
An online proofing gallery of 60+ beautifully edited photographs for you to purchase separately from each shoot (please request an e-brochure)
15% discount off an Heirloom Album
*when purchasing a collection or full gallery of digital files
"You made us feel so relaxed and comfortable - it was like you weren't even there but at the same time like we'd known you for years which just made us feel ourselves and really enjoy the precious moments with the boys."
IRINI / SURREY
Your most treasured memories deserve to live on your walls so I work with a leading framer who specialises in the mounting and framing of photographic art. These beautiful, handmade, frames come in a variety of sizes and finishes to suit the style of your home.
A range of luxury thick mounts are available and specialist, ultra clear, glass comes as standard.
For the best quality prints with the most exceptional colour reproduction,
I use the same archival papers that are used in my heirloom albums.
Available exclusively as part of my Storybook, Gallery & Ultimate Collections, the fine art print box provides a great keepsake for your family's photographs. The linen box provides a nest for your prints which are gallery mounted.
My fine art albums are my favourite way to present your family's story and allow generation after generation to re-live the moments you never want to forget. Hand bound using traditional methods and new, eco friendly, print technologies. Your photographs are printed on a thick fine art paper from a sustainable source, using archival inks that will stand the test of time.
Many of the families I photograph choose to have digital copies of their images as it allows them greater flexibility over the years, as well as the option to share with family and friends. Full sets of files are presented on a USB stick in a hand-crafted folio, along with a complimentary selection of beautiful fine art paper prints.
Once you have seen the finished photographs from your photo shoot you can choose from an a la carte range of beautifully presented digital and printed products. You also have the option of choosing from three different Collections; each offers a selection of digital files, an heirloom album, wall frames and prints. Please request an e-brochure for full pricing details.
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