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.

2017 {Newborn and family photographer, Surrey}

They say that when you find your passion you'll never work another day in your life and I've found this to be amazingly true since starting my business just over a year ago. I've met so many lovely people - both new clients and fellow photographers - attended some inspiring workshops, won four Bronze Awards in the The Guild of Photographers Image of the Month competition, as well as having my work featured several times on The Teabreak Tog community pages.

I'm really proud of my achievements this year and I thank each and every person who has liked or commented on my work or referred me to a friend. Your support means so much to me. I'm especially grateful to all the wonderful families I've had the joy of photographing throughout the year - it's been a huge honour to capture so many memories for you. It's impossible to share something from absolutely every session but here are just a few of my favourites from the year...

Video produced by Ben Strivens