NEWBORN PHOTO SHOOT- what it is and what to expect?

Have you ever wondered how photographers capture photos like these of the tiniest of babies? Keep reading, I will tell you all 🙂 

Capturing babies in their first few weeks of entering this world is incredible. Images document their tiny features and their amazing flexibility, that enabled them to be curled up and grow inside their mother’s womb.  A newborn photo shoot creates a lasting memory to look back on. Photos that document your new baby’s features before they start to develop and change.

Thinking about a newborn photo shoot can be daunting……….which photographer?  When does the shoot take place? What will happen at the session?

WILL MY BABY BE SAFE?

Questions that you need answered. 

When to book?

Booking a newborn shoot is recommended soon after your 20 week scan, sooner if you wish.  The reason for this is because I only book a limited number of newborn sessions per month.  This allows me to focus and provide a premium service. Nothing is compromised or rushed because my workload is stretched.  Having a limited number of sessions per month allows the flexibility of moving sessions, should a baby arrive early or late. The upmost care is dedicated to you and your new born baby.

Of course, being pregnant is a big deal, you have so much going on around in your head, I know, I have been there!  The idea of having precious images of your newborn is exciting, but looking into and booking a newborn photographer won’t be on the top of your list.   I will always do my best to fit a customer in should they contact me after their baby has arrived.

When does the photo shoot happen?

Newborn photography sessions ideally take place within the first two weeks of birth.  It is possible to get those curled up sleepy images up to 21 days old, but it does depend on the baby. 
However gorgeous images will still be captured.  By booking your session in before your baby arrives enable us to provisionally book in a date within 14 days of your due date. This means that you are booked into my diary and my time has been allocated to you.  

I will send you an e-mail before your baby arrives. I will advise how to prepare for the session and all the important information you need.  Once your baby has come into the world you contact me and we confirm or rearrange the photo shoot.

Parents / Family  photos


I am a big fan of parents photos. As a matter of fact, I spend half of the time taking family photos! I believe this is one time when you can actually have professional portraits taken with your baby being so tiny it fits in your hand. Just look at the examples above!

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Beanbag posing and Prop photos

 Sometimes a baby is sound asleep so we begin with the first pose. Should a baby be alert and decided sleeping isn’t for them at that time then I adapt my routine and wrap them.  Images of a wrapped baby when they are awake are adorable. You get their beautiful big eyes without their flying around arms. Wrapping is a great way to relax an unsettled baby and they often drift off to sleep. Once the beanbag poses are finished we move on to the props.  Your baby will be snug and safe and look adorable. 

To book your session simply message me through the CONTACT form or to lavenderhillphotography@gmail.com .  You can also go to my online store and 

RESERVE YOUR NEWBORN SESSION

I only book 10-12 newborn photo sessions each month, therefore I always advise on having your booking done early. Once your booking is finalized your due date is in my calendar and once the baby is born you photo shoot’s date is prioritized.

I have been doing Mini Newborn sessions for at least three years now and they bring a lot of interest.  With that I get asked many questions too.

WHAT IS A MINI NEWBORN SESSION -THE WRAP-UP PHOTO SESSION?

My offer of WRAP-UP COLLECTIONS are very popular choice for clients visiting my home-studio. They include an option of either focusing on a baby solely, or parents and the baby. They are time and budget friendly too.

So, what are the specifics?

  • They last maximum 45 min
  • If baby is awake, we will use wraps to help baby to settle
  • Photographing the baby whether is awake or asleep
  • Maximising session to get nice baby portraits, full body portrait and family portraits. If time allows doing one creative portrait involving a prop set up. (a basket for example)
  • Selection and ordering process straight after the session
  • If you would like to bring a sibling, we recommend only from the age of 4+
  • Guidelines provided of what to bring/wear 

Examples of newborn baby poses possible during Mini session.

Here is a selection of some simple poses I do during mini sessions. You have to bare in mind that since we have very limited amount of time, not always babies do sleep. Normally newborn mini sessions would be done with awake little ones. That is why you see here mostly awake newborn photos. Pretty much all of these newborn poses are possible with awake or asleep baby. It all depends how settled babies are.

AWAKE BABY ON A BEAN BAG ONLY

PARENTS AND A BABY ONLY

ASLEEP BABY ON A BEANBAG

These are just examples of what can be achieved in most cases. We need to remember that babies are just babies and sometimes they can be unsettled, or cry a lot. It is then your choice whether to continue the session and getting photos of a crying baby or not. In my opinion, images of crying babies are as precious as of those sleeping. The moment is caught – that what is important!

if you are looking to CAPTURE THE MOMENTS YOU LOVE there is no better way than to decide on hiring  A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER.

Newborn sessions are held in my small home studio in Walthamstow and are starting early in the morning. From my experience , I know this is the best time of the day as newborns get more tired and sensitive as the day goes by.

Once you arrive here, I will take over your baby and start the session. It’s quite good and important to do the shooting in early days of baby’s life to achieve those cute curly positions. With that being said, the best time is between 4th and 10th day of baby’s life. Although, you must know and be assured that I NEVER force a baby into ANY position but, again, newborn babies grow quickly and become less sleepy and less flexible with every day and with every day it becomes more difficult to achieve certain positions. I photograph newborn babies until they are 12 weeks old.

o book a session I require £50 of booking fee that is non- refundable.

Also, important thing,  I only take 10-12 newborn bookings each month in order to stay flexible for my clients ( babies are rarely born in their due date).

To pay a deposit, please go to my on-line shop and select your due date from a drop-down menu

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE A PHOTO SESSION

Mini session PHOTO COLLECTIONS are priced at £200 and include full resolution digital files.