The best time to photograph newborns is within their first 10 days of life. Babies are still very sleepy and inclined toward the foetal position, they can easily curl up resulting in adorable portraits you will enjoy for years to come. It is best to book the session while you are still pregnant and we will set a provisional date based on your due date. Of course, the date can easily be moved if the baby comes early or late.
Last minute sessions are always welcome if I'm available. Unfortunately sometime I had to turned down parents becuase I was full so please try to arrange the session in advanced.
You can choose between a studio and a home session. I know how hard is getting out of the house when you have a new baby and how tiring it can be. That’s why I still offer a home service, so you can relax in your own environment without thinking about travelling and packing all your baby gear. This is a great option especially if you are thinking about having a ‘lifestyle session’, documenting the new baby in your home, the relationship of the family, capturing the nursery, some clothing items and toys etc. I can include some “posed” images at home but if you prefer that look it’s better to come to the studio. For a home session an extra fee is required.
However if you feel your house is not an ideal place, or you don’t want to worry about cleaning and tidyng up before and after the shoot, or if you just want to have a break from your routine you are welcome to come to my studio. It has been purposely created with a homely feel, so you can relax on the couch with a cup of tea and watch while I take care of your newborn baby. A much wider option of props are available here and you can get inspired by my products. However, I tend not to use many props, because my style is quite simple and I like the focus on the baby.
The studio is located near Richmond, West London, very close to public transports. Wi-Fi also available. It’s your choice!
A newborn studio session takes a little bit of time and patience.
I never rush any of my sessions, especially mums with newborns. There is always plenty of time to nurse, feed, cuddle the baby in between shots. Usually, the session takes about 2-3 hours but they could last up to 4 hours depending on the baby’s needs. I will allow all the time necessary to ensure we have beautiful images of your baby as well as some with mum & dad.
I always encourage parents to be in the photos with their baby. It's probably one of the most precious image you could get in the session.
I know mums don’t feel at their best so soon after birth but I always encourage them to have a couple of photos with their precious baby. Once they see the finished product they always have the same reaction: “I love it! Thanks so much for having taken it”.
Siblings if any are very welcome to come along. Usually I will start the session with the siblings and baby and then family. I understand it can be hard for children and especially toddlers to stay for the entire time of the session in a warm place. They can easily get bored. That's why they are free to leave with dad once it's done so I can carry on just with the newborn.
I do have a range of props that include baskets, bowls, little bed, hats, blankets, wraps . . . however, I like simple and clean images. I use neutral tones and I love the simplicity of the white to show baby purity and the black to emulate the inside of the womb. I don't use many props, big hats with pompoms or flowers. So if that's what you like, probably I'm not your best fit.
To deliver timeless images I really believe in "Less is More"
I will never turn down a baby because is already 3 or 4 weeks. I know the guideline is within the first 2 weeks and that would be ideal. However there are many factors to consider and I understand some babies (or mums) have health issues, they have to stay in hospital longer, they could be prematures or there have traditions that won't allow baby to go out that early or simply mum is too busy with the new life and has not time to think about photography.
I have photographed babies up to 5 and 6 weeks before with some lovely images. Just be aware that they will be more alert and awake.