ABOUT NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY
Little pitter patter feet walk all over your heart very fast, trust me five years ago this was me a new mum and now she's off to reception and I have barely caught my breath from her being born - so as much as everyone annoying tell you to cherish them. I cant even describe how true this is. From babies I can pose to sassy mini adults in no time.
Welcoming a little baby into your world is one of the most emotional and incredible times in your life, during a Newborn Photoshoot I want to capture those feelings for you and immortalise them for you forever.
That's the amazing thing about photography; it has the power to transcend you back to those special memories. I look back on my baby's photographs from 2014 and I just want to go back there and relish that moment again. Portraits trigger memories, they are so important!
Your baby’s first portraits will be some of your most treasured possessions. I will ensure that the pictures we capture are taken in a very safe, warm and comfortable environment for you and your baby and the whole experience is one you will remember as part of your experience of being a parent, be it the first or one of many times you have ventured into this journey...
My brand new studio is kitted out with everything you could possibly need, forgot your nappies, or wipes - not to worry I have them as well as cotton for gentle bums. I even have stock for you the new mama bear. You may start to feel like you're being forgotten but I have not forgot you and what you may need. From toiletries to a hot cuppa and fresh coffee! You are taken care of. I want you to enjoy your session as much as you can.
Parents, particularly Mama’s need to ‘feature in the picture’ and yes whilst every stage in your children's lives should be celebrated & captured; photographing newborn babies is something truly special. I wholeheartedly believe you should be in the picture, even if you are the shy type, we can capture your hands holding baby. The symbolism is still there :) If you want to be in your baby's portraits I have an array of fine art dresses you are welcome to wear but I also send a prep guide out as part of your booking process which covers what to wear.
I aim to create beautiful, timeless images using natural tones & textures with splashes of colour as indicated by you as part of your booking in form that best compliment your baby and your home styling. I highly recommend taking a picture of the space you intend to use for your baby's portraits, I have a great app where we can project your portrait and chosen frame into your room so you can see how it will look and feel and also will it fit your space.
The ideal time to photograph newborns is between 5 and 14 days old; so please book your session as soon as you know your due date. We will make a provisional booking for 10 days after your due date and we can adjust this if your baby is early or late.
Newborn photography is a very specialised genre of photography and you only have a small window of opportunity to get it right. Trust me with your new baby and your family's first set of captured memories..have a look at all my reviews from real clients! Lots of photographers have other photographers leave reviews for them to help with the review count, yes their work may be wonderful but this goes against the grain for me. I want you to see real clients and what they experienced with me. Your baby is precious and not a commodity.
Here is the link to my google reviews and here is my Facebook which is full of older reviews as I try and steer people to leave reviews on google wherever possible.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO PHOTOGRAPH MY BABY?
The best time to photograph newborns is between 5 and 21 days. You will need to book in your session well in advance so book in as soon as you know your due date as I book in advance and cannot guarantee space.
We will make a provisional booking for 10-21 days after your due date and we can amend it if your baby is early or late. Because newborn sessions can take up to four hours we only book them Monday to Friday and all newborn sessions start at 10am. We only ever book in one newborn session a day so there is no rushing your baby.
DO YOU WORK ON WEEKENDS?
Unfortunately no, all of my newborn sessions are booked Monday to Friday. However if you have other children of school age, I will happily open up on the weekend to capture these few missing portraits to add to your finished gallery.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
There is a session fee of £99. This covers my time and expertise. You are mostly paying for a wonderful experience that you will remember forever, it is such a special time in your life and we want to capture that for you. You do not have to purchase anything if you decide at your viewing session that you don't like what you see. (This has never happened) But when you do place your order, I have a min spend of £399. You will order the photo’s that you love at a separate ordering session. Please refer to the prices page for more details or contact us and request a pricing guide.
DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE PHOTOGRAPHING NEWBORN BABIES SAFELY?
This is question does not get asked enough. A typical newborn session can last up to three hours and your baby will be with me for most of that time. I have been photographing newborn babies since 2013 (I have lost count of the amount of babies, I will sit down and count them all one day) and have been trained to handle and pose them safely. I have trained with 8 trainers over this time to ensure I am at the top of my profession in my area. I practice safe posing techniques and put the comfort and safety of your baby first. I have won over 25 awards and I gained my Newborn Certification and Licentiate from the Master Photographers Association and here you can see me receiving my recognition - you can also see how nervous I was at being judged and yes I blubber :)
WILL FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY HARM MY BABY?
Absolutely not, I have never witnessed a baby react to the flash, asleep or awake. The light that is emitted from my studio equipment is no brighter than that which comes through your window at home on a bright overcast day.
DO I NEED TO BRING ANY PROPS OR ACCESSORIES TO MY NEWBORN SESSION?
There is no need to as I have an Aladin's cave of beautiful props and accessories as I am a bit of a hoarder and I love to make things for my sessions. However, if you have something special that you would like us to include in your pictures, please feel free to bring it along.
I have a selection of outfits, fabrics and accessories that we can use to style your session.
Once you have booked your session we will send you a guide on what to bring to your session.
IS IT POSSIBLE FOR MY PARTNER AND OTHER CHILDREN TO BE INCLUDED IN THE SESSION?
Of course! having a new baby is an exciting time for everyone in the family and we would love to document that for you. For families with school age children I generally make an allowance to have you all come back at the weekend or after school for the family portraits. The newborn session will have been done already so we just will fill the gaps with missing family members.
WHEN WILL I SEE THE IMAGES THAT ARE TAKEN?
We will schedule an ordering session roughly 1 week after your session. This is when you will choose and order your photographs.
HOW MANY PICTURES DO YOU TAKE?
On the day of your session we will photograph your baby in different outfits and poses. You will then see 20-30 beautifully edited and printed photographs at your ordering session.
WHERE IS YOUR STUDIO BASED?
Our studio is based in the pretty little village of Stanstead Abbotts which is in Hertfordshire just next door to Ware and Hertford. It is conveniently located just off the A10/A414 with easy access for public transport with st Margaret’s station located just a 3 minutes walk away. There is parking available for those who are driving.
IS THERE A MINIMUM SPEND REQUIREMENT WHEN IT COMES TO ORDERING MY PHOTOS?
There are different collections for different budgets, our entry level collection starts at £399. Please contact us for a full pricing guide that list our different collections and add on products.
Our clients typically spend between £900 and £2000 on their photos and other beautiful products such as wall portraits and beautiful hand crafted albums.
There is never any obligation to purchase a package from us and there is definitely no pressure sales environment, the photo’s of your beautiful baby sell themselves.
HOW DO I BOOK MY SESSION?
You will need to arrange your session directly with my booking portal , sessions are booked according to our diary availability.
Link here: BOOK HERE