Newborn Photography in Surrey & London
Would you love some natural, sleepy photographs of your newborn baby?
When you book a shoot with me I'll photograph your baby naturally, with no props or unnatural poses guaranteed!
Natural Photographs, Focussed on Your Baby
When you book a newborn shoot with me I’ll take a baby-led approach to photographing your baby.
I'll create gorgeous, sleepy photographs of your baby, and family photographs that capture the connection between your baby and the most important people in their world.
As a mum I completely understand how busy life with a newborn is, and just how precious photographs of your baby's first days are. I'm committed to making the process of getting these photographs as easy and enjoyable for you as possible.
From advice on preparing for the shoot, to helping you choose the best way to enjoy your photographs afterwards, I'll be on hand every step of the way.
Beautiful Ways To Enjoy Your Photographs
Whether you choose digital images to print and share, an album to tell the story of your baby's first weeks, or a set of frames to hang on your walls I have some beautiful ways for you to enjoy your photographs after the shoot.
These items have all been chosen for their quality and beauty, and are designed to last a lifetime so that you can enjoy them now, and pass them down to your children as family heirlooms.
My Promise To You
I understand that the arrival of your new baby is a very special time for you, and you want to make sure the photographs capture it perfectly.
I’m confident that you'll love your photographs after your session, but if this is not the case I'll refund your session fee without question.
What Clients Say
"Nothing can prepare you for how fragile and emotional you feel post birth, Clare completely understood this and made us feel very looked after with her calm and caring approach right from the start. The photos we have of us as a new family with our son at 5 days old are irreplaceable and something we will treasure forever."
Kristy - Dulwich
"Clare provided a fantastic experience - we had a newborn session in her warm and relaxing home studio. My 2 year old was a less than willing model, however Clare was very patient and had many tricks including toys and surprise treats in her armoury to help and much to my surprise and delight managed to capture stunning images of my toddler and newborn together. "
Kimberley - Surbiton
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I see some more of your work?
Yes, you can find my newborn portfolio here.
Where do the shoots take place?
Newborn shoots take place at my warm, comfortable home studio in East Molesey, a short drive from Esher and Kingston. It's easily accessible by car, with plenty of free on street parking, and less than 10 minutes walk from Hampton Court station.
How much does it cost?
I know that you’ll want to understand exactly what you can get for your investment, and believe in being open and transparent about costs - no nasty surprises!
You can find all of my prices for newborn photography here.
Why are you more expensive than other newborn photographers?
I know that when you're comparing newborn photographers the price can vary quite significantly. The main reason for this is that we're all offering something completely different, so your investment gets you different things.
Why are your prices so cheap?
It’s true, with some larger studios you could end up spending more than double what you spend with me.
There are two reasons why my prices are lower. First, my studio is within my home, so I don’t have a huge rent to cover in my business costs. It’s also just me working here, so I don’t have the payroll costs that larger studios have.
Can we buy digital files from you?
Yes you can. I completely understand that some families like to have digital copies of their photographs for safe keeping, and to print and share themselves.
The complete set of digital images is available to purchase after your session, along with a print release and an online gallery where your family members can download the images should you wish them to.
Do you sell gift vouchers?
Yes I do. Vouchers are available to purchase in any amount from £100 upwards.
If you're thinking of purchasing a newborn photo shoot as a gift you may find this article helpful: How much should I spend on a photography gift voucher?
Can we share the cost and invite extended family?
Yes absolutely! Lots of my clients invite their parents to join the session. Having a new baby is an exciting time for the whole family!
If you are bringing additional family members to the shoot I'll usually suggest that they join us towards the end, so that they can arrive fresh, and ready to be photographed at just the right time.
When should we book our shoot?
I recommend booking your shoot during your second trimester, just after your 20 week scan.
How can we schedule a date for the shoot when I don't know exactly when my baby will be born?
When you book your newborn session we won’t actually schedule a date in the diary, unless you are having a planned cesarean and know the date that your baby will be born. Instead your booking guarantees a place in my diary, and we will schedule the exact date once your baby is born. All I ask is that you give me a call as soon as you can after your baby arrives so that we can confirm a date for the session.
My baby has already been born. Is it too late to book a shoot?
If your baby has already arrived but you haven’t booked your session then please give me a call on 07522 760530 to see whether I have availability. If one of my client’s babies has arrived early or late it’s possible that I may have space for an extra session.
How old should my baby be at the shoot?
The ideal time for a newborn shoot is when your baby is between 5 and 14 days old. There are two reasons for this - firstly babies tend to be more sleepy during the first two weeks, and they often enjoy being curled up in the foetal position which makes the newborn poses comfortable for them. Second, by 5-7 days most families have had time to rest and recuperate at home, and are ready to travel to the studio for the shoot.
My baby is more than two weeks old. Have I left it too late for a newborn shoot?
Depending on how old your baby is, it may not be too late for a newborn photo shoot. Please call me as soon as possible so that we can discuss your individual situation and see whether I can help.
You may also find this article helpful: My baby is more than two weeks old. Is it too late for newborn photos?
I'm ready to book. How do I confirm my session?
I'm so pleased that you would like to book a shoot with me, and will look forward to hearing from you.
The first step is to contact me and let me know that you'd like to book - you can either give me a call, e-mail me or send me a message using this contact form.
To confirm your session, I'll send you an invoice for the session fee and a booking agreement for you to complete. Once these are returned your session is confirmed.
How do we choose which photographs we would like?
After your shoot we'll arrange a convenient time for you to come back to the studio and view your photographs. This is usually one to two weeks after your shoot.
The viewing appointment is designed to be a relaxed an enjoyable experience. I'll be on hand to offer as little or as much support with your decision as you would like. I can suggest which photographs would work well together, or create example layouts for you to compare.
How many photographs should we expect to see?
I'll present between 30-40 fully edited photographs to you at your viewing.
Will I be put under pressure to spend a fortune?
Definitely not. That's just not my style! I believe in honest, transparent pricing. I love all of the products I offer - I wouldn't list them otherwise - and only want you to purchase what is right for you. Whether that's an album to tell the story of your baby's first weeks, a set of frames to hang on your walls or digital images to print and share, the right choice for each family will be unique to them.
Do we have to decide what to buy before the shoot?
Not at all. I don't expect you to make any decisions about what you will buy until you've had a chance to properly review the photographs after your shoot.
Will the photographs be in colour or in black and white?
When I edit each photograph I'll make an artistic decision as to whether it works best in black and white or in colour. Where I feel that a photograph works well in both colour and black and white I will process it both ways to give you greater choice.
How long will it take to receive my order?
I expect to be able to deliver albums, frames and printed products to you within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving payment. Digital images can be made available for you to download within 48 hours, whilst you wait for your USB.
Do you fix things like runny noses and baby acne?
Yes. Editing of each photograph is included in the service. If there's something that you're concerned about on the day - for example a spot or a blemish - just let me know.
I always look terrible in photos. Can you help?
I completely understand that it can feel uncomfortable to be in front of the camera, and helping you to feel relaxed, and to look your best in the photographs is all part of the service I provide.
I think that feeling comfortable with your photographer is one of the biggest contributors to feeling relaxed in front of the camera, and hence looking happy and relaxed in the photographs. I'm always happy to have a chat on the phone before you book so that you can check that you'd feel comfortable having me photograph you - just let me know if you would like to do this. I won't be offended at all if you decide I'm not the right photographer for you!
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Do you have a CRB or DBS check?
Yes. I have a clean 'Basic Disclosure', which is the form of DBS check that self-employed individuals can apply for.