Just a little boy, in a big world
Babies grow so fast and one day, in the not too distant future, you’ll look back and wonder how they could have ever been so small. Luckily, George’s mum has the memory of this time perfectly preserved, thanks to our recent newborn photography session in Horsham, Sussex.
Carried out in the first two weeks after birth, my newborn photography sessions are gentle, relaxed and unhurried. I specialise in a more baby-led style of newborn photography – simple, natural and unposed. Removing the posing also removes the pressure for babies to be sleeping, which is just as well as George didn’t want to miss a minute of his photoshoot and stayed wide awake throughout.
Awake or asleep
Wrapped or unwrapped
Whatever works for you, and your baby
I hate having my photo taken, I definitely prefer staying firmly behind the lens, so I totally understand that not everyone is comfortable in front of the camera. But my clients needn’t worry; my photography style is relaxed and natural. There’s no awkward posing and I rarely ask anyone to even so much as look at the camera. I prefer instead to focus on the connection between my clients; like the one between these soon-to-be parents. After all, a new baby brings many changes; life will never be quite the same. This relaxed maternity photography session allowed us to take some time to capture the way things are for them right now; creating a lasting memory, in a beautifully natural and simple way.
The first year of your baby’s life is a remarkable time and they change all too quickly. Booking baby photography sessions at key times throughout their first year allows us to capture some of these special moments, such as sitting unaided. Ideal for babies approximately 6-10 months old or when they can sit confidently but are not yet on the move, a sitter session will capture a baby’s emerging personality.
Babies are very interactive at this age; smiling easily, giggling and making faces. Just like Leon, who came in for his sitter session this week. Over the last year, I’ve had the pleasure of photographing Leon as a bump, baby … and now boy.
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Expectant parents often ask me when’s the best time to photograph their baby. Certainly as far as newborn photography is concerned, the initial two week window is key. Anytime from birth to about 15 days is the best, as they spend most of their time sleeping. This means that I have a greater chance of getting those comfortably-curled shots that my clients love.
After the newborn stage, then I really would advise parents to wait until their babies are sitting. Ideal for babies approximately 6-10 months old or when they can sit confidently but are not yet on the move, a sitter session will capture your baby’s emerging personality. Babies are very interactive at this age; smiling easily, giggling and making faces. Baby photography allows us to capture all the expressions that make your baby who they are. And, as your baby approaches their first birthday, there’s no better way than a baby photography session to mark this special milestone.
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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 it’s something that should be added to the list. A new baby brings many changes; life as you know it will never be the same. A maternity photography session allows us 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.
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Sitting unaided is one of the milestones of your baby’s first year and it won’t be long before they are running around, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to capture this special stage with a baby photography session. Ideal for babies approximately 6-10 months old or when they can sit confidently but are not yet on the move, a sitter session will capture your baby’s emerging personality. Babies are very interactive at this age; smiling easily, giggling and making faces. Baby photography allows us to capture all the expressions that make your baby who they are.
It was lovely to welcome Alexia from Roots and Wings Parenting into the studio to help her celebrate and document her third pregnancy. This is what she had to say …
With my first I could tell you, to the day, how pregnant I was at every stage. I could tell you when she was the size of a seed or satsuma, I could tell you her pattern and movements, I could tell you the day I felt her wiggle for the first time, or how every stage felt and the new things.
Baby three doesn’t get as much attention. I don’t have the space in my head to observe every moment in the same way. I have two other little people taking all my attention. I may not know exactly how many weeks I am, or what fruit size he is at every stage. But I do know that I will love him every bit as much as the other two.
Thank you Beth Moore Photography for giving me an hour just to think about this baby!
Can’t recommend maternity photography shoots enough. Even just the time to think solely about the baby growing in your tummy. No distractions, no other demands. Just time, and images you can treasure, focusing on this baby.
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.
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.”