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 is needed, is the baby itself.
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.
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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
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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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.”
Lots of new parents who come into the studio are anxious as to whether their baby will sleep but with our baby-led approach to newborn photography, that’s really not a problem. Our 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.
If they need to be cuddled, comforted or fed then that’s OK. If you’ve booked the full newborn experience session then I’ll take the time to photograph these moments too, in order to document the special bond that is developing between you all.
Whilst we may be aiming to get those sleepy, curled up shots, we’ll still get some lovely images should your baby stay awake. And what’s more, they really don’t need to be asleep for long as this little one proved on his recent visit…
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