The first year of your baby’s life is a remarkable time and they change all too quickly. As your baby approaches their first birthday, there’s no better way to mark this milestone than a baby photography session. With minimal props to distract, I’ll let your baby’s emerging personality shine.
This little girl was a dream when she came in for her recent session, and she slept contentedly throughout, enabling us to finish with those comfortably curled shots that everyone loves. At this early age, most babies find comfort in maintaining the position they had in the womb; bent elbows, hips, and knees; arms and legs tucked close to the front of the body. She won’t be this small and curly for very long; my newborn photography sessions are designed to provide a lasting memory of this special time, in a beautifully simple, timeless and, most importantly, natural way.
I’m teaming up with Emma from Bump, Birth and Beyond, who runs midwife-led antenatal classes, and together we have a fantastic prize for one lucky mum-to-be.
For a chance to win a place for you and your birth partner on a five-week antenatal course starting in April, worth £179, plus a maternity photoshoot and five images, worth £175, simply like both our facebook pages and comment on this post. You may also want to share this competition with your friends if you think they will be interested. A winner will be picked at random on 28th February 2019.
To be eligible, you must be at least 26 weeks pregnant by 4th April and be prepared to come to Horsham for both the class and photoshoot. The antenatal course will run on Thursday 4th, 11th, 25th April and 2nd and 9th May 2019. Classes are held at FairKind Child. Full course details can be found here: https://www.bumpbirthandbeyond.net/antenatal-classes
You must be available for a one hour maternity photoshoot, in Horsham between 28-34 weeks after which you will be able to choose 5 images as digital files and 7×5 prints, plus you’ll get £50 off a newborn photoshoot. You must consent to us using the photographs to promote and advertise both Beth Moore Photography and Bump, Birth and Beyond and consent to us sending email communications about our businesses and events and promotions that may be of interest.
If you’ve already had a look at my portfolio then you’ll have realised that I don’t pose newborns. Popular poses like the ‘froggy’ and ‘potato sack’ do not feature in my workflow. I simply don’t believe that a baby’s fragile body should ever be posed in a way that their muscles won’t naturally allow. If you book a newborn photography session with me, you will also not find your baby shoved into a drawer or placed in a flower pot. I prefer to take a more natural, authentic approach.
I have deliberately kept well away from the posed and prop-heavy style that has become synonymous with traditional newborn photography. I don’t have a pre-determined list of poses to tick-off or an exhaustive variety of props to incorporate. My baby-led sessions are exactly that. I believe the best images I can give you are largely unplanned and inspired by your baby’s uniqueness. I want to capture images that resonate with parents; images that show the way their baby likes to sleep or how they stretch and yawn and wiggle. All the little details and mannerisms that are beginning to develop, even at this early age. I photograph newborns using natural light, in a studio room in my home which is always warm and clean, with baby comfortably cushioned on a soft beanbag. And, above all, I stick to safe, natural positions.
I often start with a gentle swaddle, most babies love to be wrapped in this way, it’s calming, reassuring and they are more likely to settle to sleep. From here, I am able to transition through a workflow without moving a baby too much. Using different angles to add variety rather than continually repositioning them. And I love to incorporate hands, after all there’s nowhere safer for a baby to be then in a parent’s hold. If they’re asleep, I’ll often switch to my macro lens to capture all the little details; the eyelashes, the lips and the hands and feet. I’ll transition from fully wrapped to unwrapped without overly disturbing them and, if they are sleepy enough, we’ll finish with those comfortably curled shots that everyone loves. For babies under 14 days old, this is still a very natural position for them to be in. Most find comfort in maintaining the position they had in the womb; bent elbows, hips, and knees; arms and legs tucked close to the front of the body.
After all, your baby won’t be this small for very long and soon it will be almost impossible to imagine that they were ever inside you; my newborn photography sessions are designed to provide a lasting memory of this special time, in a beautifully simple, timeless and, most importantly, natural way.
The first year of your baby’s life is a remarkable time and they change all too quickly. Baby photography allows us to capture these special moments. One of the best times to photograph your baby is between 6-10 months, when they are sitting unaided.
Sitter sessions are amongst my favourite.
These are ideal for babies between 7-10 months, or when they can sit unaided but are not yet on the move. Babies are very interactive at this age; smiling easily, giggling and making faces. And, with minimal props to distract, a baby’s emerging personality can really shine.
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 … like this gorgeous little girl who came into the studio recently.
There are many things to think about, plan for and buy when you are expecting a baby and a maternity photoshoot may not be first thing you think of, but I certainly think mums-to-be should consider adding maternity photos to that list. After all, motherhood is a remarkable time and something that I think should be recorded and treasured.
A new baby brings many changes; life as you know it will never be the same. A maternity photography session allows you to take some time to capture the way things are right now. My maternity photography sessions are designed to create a lasting memory of this time, in a beautifully natural and simple way.
My maternity photography style is simple, classic and elegant. I often get asked about the best clothes to wear for a maternity photoshoot. While there are many ways to use colour in photography, my favourite by far is to use a very limited colour palette. I love the timeless look of whites and neutrals for ensuring that nothing detracts from my subjects. Neutral-coloured clothes tend to work best and creams, whites, soft pinks or even light greys will bring cohesion to your images. The studio wardrobe includes some lovely dresses that Mums-to-be are welcome to wear and there’s nothing more beautiful than a growing bump, so this is the time to let your belly show. Bring a basic white or grey vest top and a neutrally-coloured lingerie set with you and we can use these, together with the pieces I have, to create a range of looks to celebrate this special time.
Lots of new parents who come into the studio are anxious as to whether their baby will sleep but with my baby-led approach to newborn photography, that’s really not a problem. My newborn sessions are such that babies often sleep contentedly throughout however that’s not to say that’s always the case but whether they sleep or not is never an issue.
Whilst we may be aiming to get those sleepy, curled up shots, we’ll still get some lovely images should they stay awake, especially if your baby is as alert as this beautiful little girl …
No matter how old a firstborn child is, they’ll have some adjusting to do when a brother or a sister comes on the scene. As a Horsham newborn photographer, I love the opportunity to incorporate siblings into newborn shoots, as I did during this recent session. Capturing this interaction is one of my favourite things to do but I’m sensitive to the fact that it can be quite an unsettling time for them.
I like to take the opportunity to make them feel special, for them to dress up and have a few photos on their own. There’s no pressure for them to cuddle or interact with their new brother or sister. We take things at their pace and, when they’re ready, I’ll be there to simply capture the moment.