Hampton Newborn Photography | Natural Baby Portraits Near Hampton Court

Hampton newborn photographer

Hello, and thank you for visiting my website! I’m Clare, an experienced newborn, baby and family photographer based just down the road from Hampton, close to Hampton Court.

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of photographing this adorable newborn baby girl at my studio.

At 9 days old, this little one, accompanied by her parents and big brother, was at the perfect age for a newborn photo shoot; sessions ideally take place when babies are between 5 and 14 days old.

During these first two weeks, babies are typically very sleepy and like to curl up, in similar positions to the ones they were in in the womb. This makes it an ideal time for posed newborn photography, as babies are comfortable, relaxed, and more likely to enjoy different poses.

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. Of course, most babies don’t arrive exactly on their estimated due date, so I make a note of your due date when you make the booking. Once your baby arrives, we can confirm the date for your session, helping to 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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Natural newborn photography by Hampton Newborn and Baby Photographer Clare Murthy

Capturing Newborn and Family Portraits

This baby girl was accompanied by her big brother and seeing him was incredibly special, as I had also photographed him as a newborn two years before!

So that he could have ‘his turn’ first, we spent the first part of the session capturing some lovely family photographs. I allow time for this in every session, as welcoming a new baby is a special experience for the whole family, and capturing this moment of love and joy is incredibly important!

Newborn and family portraits in South West London

Natural family and newborn photography in Hampton

Baby-Led Newborn Photography Near Hampton

Newborn photography is unlike any other style of photography, because as well as understanding how to take the photograph, we also have to be experts at soothing and posing babies.

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. Sometimes a baby will snooze through the whole session, but more often than not they’ll need a break at some point for a feed or nappy change. Newborn sessions allow plenty of time for this, so we can take a baby led approach, and follow each baby’s lead.

After the family portraits, I focused on capturing precious shots of this gorgeous baby on her own. I began by photographing her in a swaddle, and then wrapped, and unwrapped her to capture a wide variety of photographs, showcasing different poses and details.

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Classic baby photography by South West London newborn photographer Clare Murthy

Black and white newborn photography by Hampton photographer Clare Murthy

Photographing All Of Your Newborn Baby’s Little Details

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.

Photograph of newborn baby toes by Clare Murthy

Photograph of newborn baby fingers by Clare Murthy

Sleepy newborn portraits by Hampton photographer Clare Murthy

I absolutely loved photographing this beautiful baby girl and her family. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a selection of the photographs from her session.

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

Newborn Photography Sessions


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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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