Towards the end of last year I had the pleasure of taking some portraits of this gorgeous 8 month old baby girl at a Baby Milestone Session at my Surrey studio.

Milestone sessions can take place when a baby is between 3 and 13 months old, but the ideal time is when they can confidently sit unaided but aren’t yet walking.

At this stage babies are usually very expressive and love to engage with me and the camera. But don’t become frustrated because they want to crawl away and explore. Typically this is somewhere between 6 and 10 months.

This baby girl fell perfectly into this window. She had recently learned to crawl, but was still happy to sit and engage with me and her new surroundings, as well as having lots of cuddles with her parents. This meant we could capture a nice variety of photographs, including some of her on the move, like this one:

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baby photography surrey by clare murthy

Each Baby Milestone Session is a little different, as I tailor it to each baby’s age and their temperament.

For example, a session with a younger baby who can’t sit up on their own will be different to one with a baby who can confidently sit and crawl.

I’ll also follow each baby’s lead as to when we take family photographs. Some babies will need a bit of time to warm up to their new surroundings, in which case we’ll start with family photographs so that they’re held by their parents. Other times babies are ready to go and we start with their solo photographs.

Either way, plenty of time for family photographs is included and in this beautiful baby’s session I made sure to capture lots of different family photographs as well as photographs of each parent on their own with their baby.


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surrey baby portraits by clare murthy

I don’t use any props or decorative backdrops in my photography, but the sessions do allow time for a change of outfit for baby. As you may spot as you look through these photographs this family brought two beautiful outfits to the session.

I usually recommend choosing no more than two or three outfits for a baby milestone session; most babies will have a limited tolerance for being changed, photographed, changed photographed. Two outfits was the perfect number for this session.


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I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of my favourite baby portraits from this little one’s photo shoot.

If you’d like to find out more about booking a newborn session at my Surrey studio, you can find more information here:


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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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