Balham Newborn Photography | Simple, Natural Baby Portraits

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As I write this post, it’s February 2021, we’re a month into the UK’s third lockdown and it’s 6 weeks since my last newborn session. I’m missing my days in the studio with these little people so much, but spending time going through my archives and sharing some recent shoots with you here is definitely keeping my spirits up!

If you’re reading this during lockdown and are wondering whether you will be able to have your own newborn baby photographed you may find these two pages helpful. Take a look once you’ve scrolled through this gorgeous baby boy’s session!


balham newborn portraitsNow, back to this session. This gorgeous baby boy was just 6 days old when he and his parents came to the studio for his session. Whenever it’s possible, most families schedule a newborn session for the second week after baby is born (days 8-14) as this gives them time to rest and recover at home after baby’s arrival. Sometimes it isn’t possible because of work and family commitments, though. This family had some special family birthdays coming up and wanted to have the photographs in time to give them as gifts, hence them coming a little earlier.


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A Cream Colour Palette For Newborn Portraits

At the studio I have a large selection of blankets and wraps in soft, neutral tones. And before each session I’ll work with the family to choose a colour theme that fits their style, and complements their home decor should they choose to display the pictures on the wall.

For this baby’s session his parents chose a cream colour scheme.

I love cream for newborn photographs. The simplicity of the backdrop means that the focus is entirely on your baby and their gorgeous little details.

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Time for newborn portraits and family portraits

During a newborn session I’ll spend the majority of the time photographing the new baby, and take a baby-led approach. I follow each baby’s lead and if they need to pause for a feed, nappy change or cuddle we will do just that. I build plenty of time into the session to allow for these breaks, so there’s no rush.

At the end of the session we’ll take parent and baby photographs, family photographs and sibling photographs if you have older children. We can also take some photographs of baby inside their parents’ hands, so that they can remember just how tiny their baby was in the early days.

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I hope  you’ve enjoyed seeing some of my favourite photographs from this newborn baby boy’s session. If you’re thinking about booking a newborn photo shoot it’s best to get in touch to book your session before your baby is born as I can be booked up weeks or months in advance. You can find out more about working with me here:


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Clare Murthy

Clare Murthy

I’m a newborn, baby and family photographer working with families from South West London and Surrey. I specialise in timeless, natural photography with no props or unnatural posing. I photograph babies at my studio, and families in beautiful outdoor locations. I'm based on the Surrey / London border, close to Hampton Court.
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