Why parents should be in newborn photos {Carshalton newborn and baby photographer}

Every so often parents-to-be will tell me they really only want photos of their newborn. They worry, especially mums, that they won’t be feeling or looking like their best selves, that they won’t have the energy to ‘get dressed up’ for photos, or that they’ll feel uncomfortable in front of a camera. I get it! I felt the same way after having my first baby but it really is worth having at least a few photos with you in them. In years to come you’ll want to remember what it felt like to be new parents, the enormous and indescribable love you had for your new baby, and the love you experienced for each other, knowing that you’d created this wonderful tiny human! And importantly, you’ll want to share these precious memories with your child.

In their pre-session questionnaire, these lovely Carshalton parents told me that they didn’t really want to be in the photos. Citing the reasons above, I managed to convince them to have just a few together! Part of my role as a photographer is to put you at ease and make the session as relaxed as possible. There’s no stiff posing and you don’t even have to look at the camera! All I do is make sure you’re in the best light and then click away from a few different (and flattering) angles while you get on with loving your little bundle. Oh and there’s no need to get dressed up - I’ll give you plenty of clothing advice with an emphasis on comfort.

So even if it’s just one or two, please make sure you’re in the frame when you have your newborn photos taken. I promise you won’t regret it!

Thank you so much for the photos they are beautiful and will make the memories of baby’s first weeks last forever. Thank you also for capturing our little family, you were right the family shot is amazing.

In-home maternity session {Carshalton maternity photographer}

When I asked this beautiful Carshalton mum whether she’d like some maternity photos before her newborn photography shoot she was actually a little hesitant and this is something I completely understand. It’s easy to feel like we’re being a bit narcissistic, that our bodies are not ‘perfect’ enough, or that it would seem unfair to the children we already have. At the same time, I truly believe that if we can put all our fears and insecurities aside, pregnancy photos are a wonderful way to celebrate what our amazing bodies can do. They are also memories you can share with your children in years to come, showing them what it was like when they were in mummy’s tummy and how much you were looking forward to meeting them. I really enjoyed being pregnant but apart from a few phone snaps, I have no lovely images from my two pregnancies and I really, really regret it.

Thanks to a bit of encouragement from her husband, this gorgeous mum-to-be really embraced the moment and was even brave enough to reveal her beautiful bump - not a requirement of a maternity session with me but something you may want to at least consider. I think her reaction to a photo I sent shortly after the session shows that there were regrets - “Oh my goodness it’s lovely!! I love it! 

I offer both in-home and outdoor maternity sessions and the best time is between 32 - 36 weeks. If you would like to book, do get in touch after your 20 week scan as my diary does tend to fill in advance. I also offer a discount when you book both a maternity and newborn session together.

Baby and parents in home photography session {Sutton baby and family photographer}

Photographing babies when they’re around four or five months old is such a treat. At this age, babies really come alive and engaged with both the camera and their parents. And let’s not forget those sweet, squidgy baby features. For me it’s just as important to capture the joy of parents and so I always encourage mum and dad to get in the frame. I had the pleasure of visiting this gorgeous family at their home in Sutton, South London a couple of weeks ago. Here are a few favourites…

Winter outdoor family photography session at Coulsdon Common {Coulsdon family photographer}

If you and your family love the outdoors and are willing to embrace the cold with some extra layers, winter can be a magical time for family photos. The light has a truly unique quality to it, filled with cool but rich tones, while the sun is softer and hangs lower in the sky meaning you don’t need to get up with the birds or keep the kids up late for the best outdoor light.

I met this lovely family for outdoor family photography session at Coulsdon Common in Surrey’s North Downs. Fast becoming one of my favourite locations, Coulsdon Common offers a wonderful mosaic of grassland, scrub and woodland to explore, along with some beautiful views across the Downs. The children were delighted with the touch of left over snow from the previous week. I won’t lie - it was pretty chilly but with a bit of running about and hill climbing we soon warmed up and as the light was so even I only really needed just over an hour to capture some lovely, natural portraits before it was time to head home.