London Newborn & Family Photographer: Why Hiring An Experienced Newborn Photographer is important?



I was having a very rare Saturday sleep-in (yay!) and though I could write an email that could possibly help you find your perfect newborn photographer. Choosing one can obviously be daunting as a newborn photography session is very intimate and a special time and for many first-time-parents to-be something totally new as well.

During a photo session, your newborn baby will be handled by a photographer most of the time and it is important that the photographer is an experienced newborn photographer because they will be posing and soothing your newborn baby.
I am sure, because I am a mum too, that you would rather rest assured you are hiring someone who is experienced and trained in baby posing safety?

So, you know you want to hire a newborn photographer to memorize your baby when they are super tiny and fresh. So, the first point in doing your research is Google (which is amazing in so many ways!!!). But, then you realize there are so many newborn photographers in London that you only become confused and you honestly do not know who to choose? You don’t know what to look for! What your search must be based on? Who is the best one? Who has the most props? Who is the closest one? This list can go on and on….

Personally, I think the most important thing to look for when thinking about hiring a newborn photographer is to check if they are experienced photographing newborns, do their images look immaculately and comfortably posed and do they advocate safe posing and/or composite images?

Composite photograph

After so many conversations with my clients I have come to realize that many don’t understand that being a newborn photographer is not just about photography itself.

It is, here mainly, about handling a little life in hands, soothing and posing a very new baby, recognizing their needs…  Some of the fancy poses seen online (that so many parents love) require from a photographer experience, training and understanding. Newborn photographer understands spotting, composites, newborn startle reflexes, poor circulation and those little cues babies give ( I, sometimes, am able to spot that little moment when baby is about to ‘smile’ for few seconds).

You may off course want to hire a photographer who is looking to build their portfolio, who has cheaper prices, and that is fair enough. There is no place for judgment here. But, maybe it is good know/ or check if that is the case, that some of them may not have the education and training related to newborn photography. I have seen many times (online) babies being forced into doing a pose they aren’t comfortable with only because the parents wanted the ‘ideal posed baby’ or a photographer needed a photograph like this for their portfolio? Photographer did not probably have the heart to say they don’t know how to safely do it and in other instance – lack of their knowledge pushed for posing a baby that way (that is a big NO!). Of course, everyone starts somewhere but starting with workshops and training is the best place to start working as a newborn photographer.

Lastly, it is also a good idea to check if portfolio of a photographer you are considering to hire is within your taste. After all IT IS YOUR PERSONAL TASTE that matters too; whether you would like an album filled with more simplistic photographs or with use of many props. Those portraits will be a lifetime treasure for you and your family.

I’ve been running my own newborn photography business for over 6 years now. Newborn photography is what I can honestly say – is my passion and when I first started I took many training newborn photography workshops with some of the best newborn photographers in United Kingdom and Poland. Since then, I have worked very hard to be great in my craft and I love my clients  walking out of my doors – with a smile!

Wishing you a great day,

Monika – Lavender Hill Photography

HERE IS WHAT MY CLIENT SAID AFTER THEIR PHOTO SHOOT


“A photograph keeps a moment from running away

– Eurora Welty

People think print is dead in today’s day. Print is not dead at all. This is such a special thing…

I mean, digitals are cool too!

But, are you going to sit down and look at your images on your computer all the time? The answer is simple: You really are NOT going to!

So, what you really want is make sure you have something that is going to be there -live forever. Not only for you to enjoy, but also something to pass on to your children and even further down the line – just like the ALBUM (more about albums here). Digitals should not be just on a computer, or a phone, where they just simply die over time.

I am a huge advocate for prints as I believe photographs should be experienced, should be looked at, should be touched, should be hung on walls and enjoyed every day. …to have that emotional feel of the day you are drawn at, every time you look at those photographs.

Old wedding albums, framed family photographs and rusty tins full of loose prints – that is how we remember viewing photographs with our friends and family.Prints tell stories.

Looking at photographs in their physical form allows you to slow down and enjoy the memories associated with them on their own and without the distractions of notifications and adverts popping up while you view them.

With so many digital storage options at your client’s fingertips, it is important to remember one thing – technology comes and goes. Would you have the same nostalgic feeling if all you had to view your parents wedding images on a floppy disk? Would you even be able to use it?


My gorgeous looking client Toni with her mum: LEFT photo from her Maternity Session and RIGHT: at print collection day in my home studio.

I really love when my clients invest in prints and wall art. I only use professional photography printing lab that produces high quality products that can be enjoyed for years and generations. You can print photos from your Newborn Photo Session, Maternity Session, Portrait session or even a Branding session during which we create beautiful portraits of you and your family.

Wall products look fantastic in living rooms, bedrooms or even hallways. Albums can be very handy whenever you want to remind yourself about that particular day. All comes in variety of sizes and finishes. Check out my PRINT SHOP and see what suits your needs.

Akpinar and her newly extended family during her photo session LEFT, and at a Print Collection day, London
Wall Art Frame
I took this video with my phone hence I got low quality video (oopsss)

Digitalab.co.uk says “prints tell stories. Looking at photographs in their physical form allows you to slow down and enjoy the memories associated with them on their own and without the distractions of notifications and adverts popping up while you view them.

With so many digital storage options at your client’s fingertips, it is important to remember one thing – technology comes and goes. Would you have the same nostalgic feeling if all you had to view your parents wedding images on a floppy disk? Would you even be able to use it?

As technology evolves, chances are that the method of storing images, like USB storage keys, are going to go the way of the floppy disc within the next decade. When was the last time you saw a computer with a working floppy disk drive? Will home computers still have USB drives in ten years?”

I hope this post will convince you, my lovely client,s that it is worth investing in prints, albums and wall art products. You photo session experience should not end only on receiving photographs in digital form.

PRODUCT CATALOGUE HERE.

Pricing information for Headshots and Personal Branding Sessions

All pricing information below includes all post-production/finishing of the images.  It is totally up to you which images you would like to purchase, however most people fall in love with them all.

Your private viewing appointment takes place approximately two weeks after your portrait session. This is your opportunity to see and order your favourite images from the session – be prepared to get emotional!

Orders placed at this special viewing appointment must be paid for in full at the viewing. Therefore, make sure to bring along everyone involved in the decision making. Subsequent viewing sessions are £50 per session, and products ordered after your initial viewing session are subject to 10% increase from below prices. 

In addition to the three Photo Collection packages you can consider albums or wall art. Album range in size from 20×20 cm; wall-art includes framed prints, stunning canvases and contemporary acrylics.

Check PRODUCT CATALOGUE here.

Please consider where  you would like to hang your wall art before you come for your viewing. It is a great idea to measure your walls, so products you order will have the right size, and fit your walls beautifully.

Buying or viewing unedited images is not an option. Investing in wall-art is something you will never regret. 

Personal Branding


How it works

ONE

CONSULT

An e-mail or phone consult is the first step and gives me the opportunity to get to know you, your business and your branding session goals. Let’s brainstorm ideas and get a solid picture of your needs.

TWO

PREP TIME

From what to wear and hair/makeup, to scouting locations for your shoot – I am personally involved in all of these [fun] prep tasks. So all you need to worry about is showing up and slaying your session.

THREE

SHOOT DAY

Get ready for the most fun and, dare I say, empowering day. All your preparation culminates and you show up feeling amazing – ready to show the world exactly who you are. I’ll handle the rest.

FOUR

DELIVERY

Within 3 weeks of your session date, you will receive your private gallery of hi-res edited photographs ready for download and use all over your website, social platforms and more.


YOU MIGHT BE WONDERING ABOUT…

The Impact of Brand Photography

Professional brand photographs are powerful. They help you build your visual identity, convey your mission and build trust with your [potential] customers. 

In the internet age, almost 100% of your prospective clientele will find you or vet you online. Having strong imagery is essential to explaining what your business offers and how your customers can get to it. You might have the most amazing product or service in the world, but if someone lands on your site and your look isn’t polished, cohesive or enticing – they most likely will continue searching. Instead, we want your photographs to emotionally draw them in within seconds. 

If you’re serious about scaling your business, professional brand photography is the way. 

If you’re ready, so am I. Let’s talk about you, your business and your goals.

PACKAGE OPTIONS

Just Starting Out
or Established Business Owner?

Let’s find something that’s perfect for you in the package options below.

Starting Out

£599

This 90-minute photography session with Monika will include 10 edited photographs ready for print, website, and social media. Since each business has unique needs, your session can focus on the offerings below that make the most sense for you: 

  • Up to two (2) locations
  • Multiple outfit looks
  • Headshots for up to (4) team members
  • Custom branded stock photos
  • Behind-the-scenes of your workspace

Being Boss

£899

This 2 hour photography session with Monika will include 30 edited photographs ready for print, website, and social media. Perfect for businesses who want to create a lot of content in a short amount of time. Your session can focus on the offerings below that make the most sense for you:

  • Up to four (4) locations
  • Multiple outfit looks
  • Headshots for up to eight (8) team members
  • Custom branded stock photos
  • Behind-the-scenes of your workspace

Quarterly Content

£1490

Ideal for businesses who regularly need fresh content ready for print, website, and social media. Includes three (3) 60-min sessions with Monika, scheduled every 3-4 months. Each business has unique needs, so your session can focus on the offerings below that make the most sense for you: 

  • Updated headshots of team members
  • Custom branded stock photos
  • Behind-the-scenes of your workspace
  • Ongoing project documentation
  • Product photography


SO, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Let’s Elevate Your Business With Captivating Photography.

Read more about Head shots and Personal Branding sessions here.

Connect With Me

At Lavender Hill Photography, nothing is more important than your little one’s safety! We will hopefully come out of the lockdown meaning my small studio will finally open its doors to you (yay!)And, I am making every precaution to maintain a sterile environment at my studio so that my littlest clients and their families are protected – which I should mention I was doing long before this new strain of Coronavirus was a concern. I’ve always been extremely conscientious about germs anyways.

I’m very fortunate because my studio is in a separate location from my home so there’s no kids or pets in and out to spread germs around. Clients park directly in front of my door and come inside through my house and then separately to my garden-located studio. I always recommend leaving a car seat cover over baby until we get settled inside the studio anyway so they’re not exposed to the cold breeze or any germs outdoors. I sanitize every surface that can possibly be touched before and after sessions so that germs aren’t spread between clients. I wash all blankets, wraps, etc. that come in contact with your baby prior to every session as an added protection and practice good hand hygiene to a great degree. I use hand sanitizer liberally and frequently throughout the session. Before I ever touch your baby, my hands are sanitized just to be safe.

Additionally, I will never schedule a session if I’m even slightly under the weather. I will reschedule if I’ve been exposed to anything and wait until after the incubation period to ensure I’m in the clear and won’t develop symptoms before I even consider rescheduling our appointment. I take your baby’s health VERY seriously and would never knowingly put anyone at risk. As far as I’m concerned, you can never be too careful! I will keep masks on hand at the studio and am happy to wear one during the session if it makes parents feel more comfortable.

Lastly, my studio has a strict no-sick policy. Clients are required to reschedule if their child or anyone in the family who will be attending the session is under the weather to prevent anyone bringing unnecessary germs into the studio. I am monitoring my temperature daily just to ensure I never run a fever and I’m asking my clients to check theirs as well before coming to the studio.

*Right after we get a green light from the Government and I will be able to open the studio, sessions will be limited to immediate family only. Only the people being photographed (parents, sibling, etc) will be welcomed for newborn sessions for few following weeks. Extended family will be restricted from newborn sessions over at least the next month or so to limit the number of people visiting the studio.

While I might avoid taking the baby to public places frequented by large crowds or stores during this time, a one-time trip to my fairly isolated studio is  safe. Truthfully, baby has a far greater chance of being exposed to germs in the hospital or during check-ups at the pediatrician.

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If you’re still concerned, there are some simple steps you can take at home to protect yourself and your loved ones from this new strain, as recommended by the CDC:

  • COVER ANY COUGHS OR SNEEZES.  It’s always best to cover your nose and mouth with a paper tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then immediately discard the tissue in the trash and wash your hands with soap and water. If you’re not in a place where you’re able to actually wash your hands, sanitize with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • WASH YOUR HANDS! THOROUGHLY AND FREQUENTLY. It is important to wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds frequently throughout the day to avoid spreading germs. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol making sure to cover all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
  • AVOID TOUCHING YOUR FACE (EYES, NOSE, MOUTH) WITH UNWASHED HANDS
  • DON’T SHARE PERSONAL ITEMS. It’s best to avoid sharing personal items such as dishes, drinking glasses, cups, utensils, cosmetics, towels, or bedding.
  • SANITIZE HIGH-TOUCH SURFACES DAILY. High touch surfaces include, but are not limited to: counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, light switches, phones, tablets, keyboards, and remotes. Use a household cleaning spray like Detol to sanitize these surfaces each day. There’s a multitude of alternative or organic cleaners available these days that are great for homes with young children.

I do understand the caution and realize many are concerned at this time; there’s nothing wrong with that. I also recommend listening to the experts and healthcare professionals who know much better that we (definitely than me!). Stay safe everyone, and if you have any questions do contact me .

How are you today? I just wanted to show some of my work today….that part of work that nobody really sees! 😀 

Did you know the photo above is actually a composite made of two separate images ( photo below). In newborn photography this is a common thing to do, and this is due to very important thing:  safety of your newborn baby!


So, when you come here, with your new bundle of joy, the most precious person in your family, be sure that when I pose your little one , they are in really safe hands!


I have taken part in many Newborn Posing & Newborn Safety orientated workshops. Additionally, I photographed almost 400 babies so far (and still counting), so I can easily say that I not only am TRAINED but also very EXPERIENCED Newborn Photographer too.


                             BELOW YOU SEE AN ILLUSTRATED STEPS OF MAKING A COMPOSITE 

I also recorded the whole process :

I now wonder if you were AWARE of such thing as compositing photographs? 
Do let me know! 🙂

And, if you are still thinking about BOOKING A NEWBORN PHOTO SHOOT with me, but want to know more  how the session looks like, head to my blog here where you can read more about what can you expect?

To book your session simply message me back to this e-mail or go to my online store and reserve your spot as I only book 10-12 photo sessions each month (to know why head to my blog – link above).



Wishing you all the best today!

With love,

Monika

Lavender Hill Photography
Published Photographer in Baby Model Magazine and International Kid Model Magazine

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The photo shoot isn’t just for your little one. I encourage everyone to get in the shot. Mom, Dad, brother, sister. This moment won’t last and these shots are timeless. More to that, having a beautiful photo product, like album or canvas, or framed print is an amazing final touch as you not only get yourself digital files (that , let’s be honest, will only be saved on your PC or phone and will will never get that photos printed! You will want to, that is for sure! But, as life comes in the way- you will forget about it day by day… 😉 )

After a new year I introduced professionally printed PREMIUM ALBUMS and FRAMED CANVASES in to my offer. They cost £265 for 8″x8″ size, BUT for those clients deciding to get GRANDE PHOTO COLLECTION (20 photographs), they only cost £155!!!! No better deal for such quality and long-lasting product which you can physically touch and show to your family and friends.

Here, this is how the album presents itself  – I also made a short video (it can be found below). I simply love album’s thick pages and the colors totally match the digital files that I deliver to all my lovely clients!

Let me know if you like the product or would like to book a session (I will drop direct link to my on-line booking system down below the video).

Hugs, Monika

Here is a short video ( forgive my white paint – stained – hands 😀  I was repainting studio walls that day hah!) 

Today I am sharing with you few images from my latest maternity photo session. This mum-to-be wanted something bold and decided for semi-nude and nude photo session. I was so pleased to be able to do it for her! I think its amazing when future mums come to my studio and bloom just like flowers in front of my camera. 
I know those images will be treasured forever! And, I can`t wait to meet the little person growing inside this beautiful belly and photograph them both together!

Maternity sessions can take place outdoors (I love shooting outdoor maternity sessions at my favorite location very close to my East London home studio, or in studio), especially at this time of the year!

The best time to book your photo session is after 20th week scan.  And the ideal time to have a session is between 24 and 36 week of your pregnancy. 

To BOOK A SESSION contact me here or click BOOK button below:

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