Most of my clients come to me as they are expecting their first baby enquiring about a newborn photoshoot – you may well have found this page by Googling ‘best newborn photographer in Essex’. I hope you have!
If you are expecting your first baby, congratulations! As far as baby milestones go, pregnancy is a huge one (bellies included!).
Some mums want to start with a maternity session, which is the start of your baby’s story. Of all the milestones captured in the studio, the newborn stage is by far the most popular. Sadly many have missed this opportunity due to the pandemic. I want to be positive and say this – let’s not miss what we cannot relive but celebrate the wonderful moments that we can capture during your baby’s first year.
If you would like a newborn shoot with me, book in a couple of months in advance on your due date so I can manage my diary. I can only do 2-3 shoots per week and quickly get booked up.
Traditionally, babies are best brought to the studio between 7 and 14 days. This is because they are sleepiest at this stage. After two weeks, some babies get unsettled or break out in baby acne. However, 2020 lockdowns taught me that this ‘newborn’ stage can be extended well to around 12 weeks. Babies will just be more alert and some poses limited, but they will also be characterful and smiley which parents love.
At 3 months old, babies have settled nicely into feeding routines and colic disappears so this is a wonderful time to bring in a baby that had an unsettled start when born. Babies also may have control of their head at this stage which allows me to photograph them on their tummies while awake. Best of all are the smiles and giggles – this stage is probably the favourite of all parents!
6-9 months – Sitter Sessions
This stage varies so much from baby to baby. Some will be able to sit unaided, which is a wonderful time to photograph them. At 6 months, they also love lying down and grabbing those chubby little toes and showing me their gummy giggles. They are still very much a baby but with far more character and personality.
First birthday – Cake Smash
Your baby’s first year has witnessed amazing developments and milestones, and this is the big finale. When it comes to celebrating first birthdays, cake is most definitely in order. So is a bubble splash and a family lifestyle session. Watch this space for 2021’s new lifestyle cake smash sessions!
Whatever baby milestone you want to treasure, your photoshoot will always begin with a consultation either in person or on the phone. It’s a way of us getting to know each other so I can discover what you like. This is how I can plan the perfect shoot for you!
*Please have a look in more detail at these baby milestones from the drop down menu above, under ‘photoshoot services’. My website is undergoing some milestone developments!*