Surbiton Newborn Photography

Surbiton newborn photography by Clare Murthy

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

Late last year I had the pleasure of photographing this adorable newborn baby girl and her family at my studio, which is around a 10-15 minute drive from Surbiton or Kingston.

black and white portrait of sleeping baby girl by Surbiton newborn photographer Clare Murthy

At just under two weeks old she was at the perfect age for a newborn photo shoot; sessions ideally take place when babies are between 5 and 14 days old.

You might ask 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 and hands tucked up into their chest at this stage.

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

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Natural newborn photography near Surbiton

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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KT6 newborn photography

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

So I strive to create a relaxed environment for parents, and to make the session as easy as possible for older siblings. 

To start this session we focussed on family photographs. This meant that this baby girl’s older siblings could have their turn first, and didn’t have to wait in the studio for the whole session.

As well as photographing these lovely siblings together, we also captured parent and baby photographs and family photographs, to make sure that everyone’s excitement at having a new addition to the family was captured.

newborn and sibling portrait by London newborn photographer Clare Murthy

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

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natural black and white baby portraits by Surbiton baby photographer Clare Murthy

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.

macro newborn photography by clare murthy  

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

Are you thinking about booking a newborn session? Click on the link below to find out more about booking a session with me:

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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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