Balham Newborn Photography | Simple, Natural Baby Portraits

Balham newborn photography by natural baby photographer Clare Murthy

Hello, and thank you for visiting my website! I’m Clare, an experienced newborn and baby photographer based in South West London.

Late last year I had the pleasure of photographing this adorable newborn baby boy at my studio, which is close to Hampton Court, and around a 30 minute drive from Balham.

It’s always a huge privilege to meet families with their new babies – sometimes a family’s trip to the studio is their first trip anywhere and I know what a huge moment it is for everyone.

This session was even more special than usual because I had photographed this little one’s big sister when she was a newborn, and now she was bringing her baby brother to the studio. It was great to see how she had grown up!

natural newborn baby photography near Balham SW12

At just over a week old this sweet baby boy was at the perfect age for a newborn photo shoot; sessions ideally take place when babies are between 5 and 14 days old.

You may be wondering why these sessions happen so early.

During the first two weeks after birth, babies are typically very sleepy and like to curl themselves into similar positions to the ones they were in in the womb. You’ll often see new babies sleeping with their legs tucked up into their chest at this stage.

This makes it an ideal time for posed newborn photography, as babies are comfortable, relaxed, and more likely to enjoy the different poses.

SW17 Natural newborn photography

As newborn sessions happen so early on in a baby’s life, it’s best to plan ahead and book before a baby is born to make sure I have availability when they arrive. 

Of course, most babies don’t arrive exactly on their estimated due date! So I will make a note of your due date when you make the booking and we then confirm the date for your session when your baby is born. This means we can make sure it happens at the right time regardless of whether your baby is born a few days earlier or later than expected.

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portrait of sleeping newborn baby in South West London by Balham photographer Clare Murthy

As a mum of two I completely understand that the initial weeks with a new baby can be a bit of a whirlwind as you get to know your little one and adapt to your new life together.

That’s why I strive to create a relaxed and stress-free environment for parents. My studio is designed to be a little oasis of calm, allowing parents to sit back, unwind, and enjoy the session whilst I photograph their precious new arrival.

To start this session we focussed on family photographs. This meant that this doting big sister could have her turn first, and didn’t get bored waiting around.

As well as photographing the whole family, we also captured parent and baby photographs and sibling photographs, to make sure that everyone’s excitement at having a new addition to the family was captured!

newborn and sibling portraits in London by Balham newborn photographer Clare Murthy

newborn and family portraits Balham

After the family photographs, everyone else could relax whilst I focused on capturing precious shots of this gorgeous baby on his own. 

There’s a bit of an art to making sure that babies are relaxed and comfortable so that I can gently pose them. During each session I use a careful blend of warmth and soft stretchy wraps to help babies feel warm, cosy and secure. This helps them to relax and sleep peacefully throughout the session.

First of all I focused on capturing precious shots of this gorgeous baby on his own. I began by photographing him in a swaddle, and then wrapped, and unwrapped him to capture a wide variety of photographs, showcasing different poses and details.

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black and white newborn photography in South West London

One thing that I’m often asked by parents is whether I can take some of the ‘detail’ shots that they’ve seen in my portfolio – close up pictures of baby’s fingers, toes, and lips.

The answer is always yes – I take these photographs in every session as standard. I find these little details amazing as they are the things that make each baby unique.

Babies change and grow so much during their first year, but I find that these little features stay with them. And it’s lovely to look back at these pictures and see how many of those gorgeous little details that you see in your child each day were there right from the start.


baby and sibling portraits at Clare Murthy Photography in South West London

I absolutely loved photographing this lovely baby boy and his family. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a selection of the photographs from his session.

Are you thinking about booking a newborn session? Click on the link below to find out more about booking a session at my South West London studio:

Click here to learn more about newborn sessions

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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