What to Expect When I’m Expecting You

The diary of a newborn and baby photographer is quite a complicated place!

Nobody told your baby that they are expected to turn up for their portrait session and while some can’t wait to get here, some are fashionably late. This makes my diary a wonderfully fluid place!

When you first book your newborn session you will be required to pay the session fee to reserve your place in my diary.


I take a limited number of newborn sessions each month. This way I can ensure I can fit everybody in and work around midwife and health visitor appointments once baby is here. That’s why I normally pencil a date a week after due date and then be in touch with parents-to-be to have updates on birth, health status, midwives appointments. So once your baby arrives and you have settled back in at home just give me a call and we can then confirm the best date and time for your session.

Your portrait session will take place in my comfortable home designed studio.


Newborn studios are not like traditional photography studios. No big rooms with high ceiling, background rolls all over the room, light equipment and cables, warehouse style spaces.  They are designed to be warm and comfortable. I want you and your baby to feel relaxed and at ease.  You are able to feed on demand and put your feet up with refreshments and a magazine. I even have some new mums who take a quick nap and surely the calm and warm environment is the perfect place to relax 🙂

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So that I can capture your baby perfectly while they are still so brand new, for most of the photography session your newborn will be in their birthday suit.


Newborn clothes never fit correctly so we don’t get to see all those beautiful details that say ‘Hey, I’m brand new!’ I love getting the baby rolls, or little fingers and toes. They are simply adorable!

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However, one of the downsides of this, is your baby is guaranteed to poop and/or pee on props, blankets, perhaps even me or you! This is just part for the course, something I’m used to dealing with on a daily basis and something I allow for.

All of my blankets and props are washed after each session and I have plenty of cloths and towels to hand. I always suggest parents to bring a change of clothes into the changing bag, just in case the worse happens 😉 This below are not my photos. I just wanted to show that happens and it’s okay.

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Your newborn portrait session can take up to 3-4 hours.


The reason for this is your newborn will need feeding, cuddles and cleaning throughout the session which is baby led rather than photographer led! Sometimes it can be done in less than 2 hours. It depends on the baby, but be prepare for the long run. I offer warm and cold drinks and usually prepare some fruits or croissants for the parents. You are welcome to bring some snacks with you, especially if you have specific diet requirements. I have some magazines but a good book is always better or if you can, you are happy you can have a nap (after baby has been fed).

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I hope this article answers the many common questions parents have. You can read more info in previous posts: fun facts and  When is too late.

However, if you would like to book or discuss a session please don’t be afraid to send me an email.


Newborn photographer Chelsea, London.








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