Generally in life I think less is often more, and I certainly think this is true when it comes to newborn photography. When I started out as a newborn photographer I was challenged with how to reconcile my minimalist tendencies with the posed and prop-heavy approach that has become synonymous with traditional newborn photography. Then I realised that I didn’t have to. It was possible to start with a completely blank canvas and then leave it as precisely that. The only adornment that was needed, was the baby itself. After all they are pretty cute on their own. By using a limited colour palette and with minimum props to distract, I could ensure that it’s the baby itself which is always the focus of the shot. So I sought out mentors who shared my vision and I’ve trained with some of the very best in the industry. I’ve worked hard to develop a style of newborn photography that isn’t at odds with my own. A style that is pared-down, unposed, unscripted and authentic. And, I’ve enjoyed finding those clients who appreciate this approach too. Over the last year, I’ve seen and photographed bumps which have become babies, and babies who have become sitters, and I’ve had the pleasure of photographing both new and returning families. My clients certainly appreciate a more relaxed, baby-led approach to newborn photography. Removing the posing also removes the pressure for babies to be sleeping. While my newborn photography sessions are such that babies do often sleep contentedly throughout, that’s not to say that’s always the case but if you’re not striving for that perfect pose, then it’s never an issue. Above all, I want the babies I photograph to be comfortable and the Mums and Dads to be as relaxed as possible. If a baby needs to be cuddled, comforted or fed then that’s OK. I’ll take the time to photograph these moments too in order to capture the special bond that is developing. Documenting this intimacy, against the timeless background of whites and neutrals enables me to ensure that I can deliver a very personalised style of newborn photography that can be enjoyed for years to come.
“Beth created a relaxed, peaceful and calm atmosphere to take the most naturally simple and timeless photos of my 2 day old baby girl Tilly. Professional and welcoming, it was lovely just to sit and watch Beth create these amazing images. Will be going back to her again and again, and would highly recommend to others.”