I specialise in natural, un-posed baby photography whether it is within my studio setup or in your home environment. The aim of my photo shoots are to capture your babies developing personality and newborn movements - be it a big yawn, stretch, smile or their tiny hands and toes.
Your baby can be awake or asleep; some of the most beautiful photos are of baby wide awake and looking around. So long as your baby is calm, comfortable and relaxed then I am happy. I intentionally do not offer 'Anne Geddes' style portraits as my personal view is it is too distressing for babies to be repeatedly manipulated. Instead, I focus on capturing their tiny features, photographs with parents or siblings or just photographing them cosy and sleepy. This is even more important during the current coronavirus pandemic as I need to keep touching your baby to a minimum.
After having my first son 6 years ago I struggled mentally and wasn't able to enjoy any of the newborn moments with him. Luckily having my second son in 2019 was a different experience and I was able to enjoy those first stages. I want to be able to capture these moments for new parents to cherish. This is even more important with the current environment.
I offer two different options - either photographing at my studio or I can travel to your home. With both options I would allow approximately 3 hours. I work with your baby - the priority is ensuring they are fed, comfortable and relaxed. This doesn't always happen immediately hence the 3 hour slot.
If capturing some relaxed and natural photographs of your newborn is what you are looking for then do contact me and we can talk through your options.
A baby for starters!
It's a good idea to contact me whilst you are pregnant so I can pencil in some dates - babies very rarely arrive on time but to get the best out of these sessions I advise carrying these sessions out within the first two weeks of babies arrival. However, because I do not focus on fine art, posed images then it is not mandatory that baby is asleep so I can work with whatever is thrown at me (not literally)!
I offer studio and 'newborn at home' photography-see below...
Travelling to my studio between Burford and Bourton-on-the-Water, I offer a warm, calming room for you and your baby. You can sit and relax while watching your baby being photographed. There is studio lighting used but at a low output so as to ensure your baby is not startled.
I will use a range of throws / bean bags / outfits depending on your requirement but with the aim of keeping a natural environment.
I also offer the opportunity for you to be photographed with your baby along with any siblings. Although due to the size of the studio and coronavirus restrictions this must be limited to a family of 5.
If the thought of travelling to a studio fills you with dread, or you just feel more comfortable being within your home surroundings I also offer the opportunity to travel to you.
I will most likely require the use of a bedroom or similar and utilise the natural light to capture your images.
If your room can accommodate my props then I will bring these along too.
Should you have an older baby / toddler then I would recommend at home or outdoor sessions.