NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY IN SURREY & LONDON

The first weeks with your new baby are such a magical time; a crazy whirlwind filled with love and emotion. And they pass in a flash!

My newborn sessions capture these precious early days for you, so that you can remember just how tiny your baby was when they were first born, how it felt to hold them in your arms, and all of their gorgeous details.

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NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY IN SURREY & LONDON

The first weeks with your new baby are such a magical time; a crazy whirlwind filled with love and emotion. And they pass in a flash!

My newborn sessions capture these precious early days for you, so that you can remember just how tiny your baby was when they were first born, how it felt to hold them in your arms, and all of the gorgeous details that make them so special.

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New Love

SIMPLE, NATURAL, TIMELESS NEWBORN PORTRAITS​

Welcome! And congratulations on this precious moment in your family life. I’m sure you’ll want to make sure that you choose the best newborn photographer to capture this time for your family.

If you’re looking for simple, natural photographs of your baby and you hate the idea of cheesy props or awkward posing, you’re in the right place.

I specialise in creating natural, timeless baby photographs that won’t go out of fashion. No props, no babies in buckets and no unnatural poses. 

If this sounds like what you’re looking for please do get in touch. I’d love to hear from you.

How It Works

Surrey Newborn Photographer Clare Murthy

SETTING A DATE

The ideal time to have your new baby photographed is when they’re aged between 5 and 14 days old so it’s best to book before your baby arrives.

When you book I’ll make a note of your due date, and ask you to let me know when your baby is born. We’ll confirm the exact date of your session after your baby’s birth to ensure it’s within the 5 to 14 day window.

To book your session please get in touch by email, phone or by filling in the form at the end of this page. When I receive your session fee your place is confirmed in my diary.

BEFORE YOUR SESSION

Before your shoot I’ll be at the end of the phone to answer any questions you have, and learn about your family so that I can tailor the shoot to you. 

I’ll also share lots of practical tips to help you prepare, from what to bring to what to wear.

A few days before we’ll have a chat on the phone to run through all of the final details, and make sure you feel prepared for a relaxed, enjoyable session.

Elmbridge Newborn Photographer Clare Murthy
Thames Ditton Newborn Photo Shoot

YOUR NEWBORN PHOTO SHOOT

The day of your session has arrived! We’ll usually spend 3-4 hours together, but I won’t spend all of this time taking photographs. Most babies will need a few breaks during the session for a feed, nappy change or cuddle with you.

During the session you’re my guest. With a selection of organic teas and coffee, snacks, baby change, feeding pillows, and organic toiletries on hand I’ll make sure you feel relaxed and comfortable. 

At the end we’ll photograph you all as a family, including sibling portraits if you have older children.

VIEWING YOUR PORTRAITS

Around a week after your session we’ll meet at my studio for your viewing. This is when you see the photographs from your session for the first time, and choose your favourite pictures.

I’ll be on hand to give as much or as little help as you need. I can help you design albums and gallery walls, or choose the best way to display your new photographs. I promise that there’s no pressure or hard sell – that’s just not my style!

The viewing is where you place your order and make payment. Once payment is received, digital images will be delivered within 24 hours and printed items will follow 4-6 weeks later.

Surrey Baby Photographer

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I’m sure you’ll want to make an informed decision about who you choose to photograph your baby, and you might have some questions. If you can’t find your question here please send me a message using the form below, and I’d be delighted to answer it for you.

You can book your newborn session any time after your 12 week scan.

When you book I’ll make a note of your due date, and ask you to let me know when your baby is born. We’ll confirm the exact date of your session after your baby’s birth to ensure it’s within the 5 to 14 day window.

If your baby is already here please give me a call to check last minute availability. I may be able to squeeze you in if other babies have arrived a little earlier or later than planned.

You can book your newborn session any time after your 12 week scan.

When you book I’ll make a note of your due date, and ask you to let me know when your baby is born. We’ll confirm the exact date of your session after your baby’s birth to ensure it’s within the 5 to 14 day window.

If your baby is already here please give me a call to check last minute availability. I may be able to squeeze you in if other babies have arrived a little earlier or later than planned.

We’re all learning how to navigate the ‘new normal’ at the moment, and I completely understand that you may be worried about booking a session and then it not being able to go ahead because of Coronavirus restrictions.

At the moment, during tier 2 restrictions my business is operating as normal. Studio and in home sessions are still going ahead with extra safety precautions in place to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.

In this article I’ve explained what will happen if we can’t go ahead because of a lockdown or if someone in your household or my household has symptoms:

What if my photo shoot can’t go ahead because of Coronavirus restrictions? 

I want your photo shoot to be a special and enjoyable experience for you and if you have any other questions please do get in touch.

My studio is in East Molesey which is on the Surrey / London border.

We’re a short walk from Hampton Court train station, which is served by direct trains from Waterloo, Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Wimbledon and Surbiton.

Most families choose to drive, and there’s plenty of free parking outside.

On occasion I do take my studio kit to clients homes to photograph their baby there. There is an extra charge for this service.

If this is something you would like to explore please do get in touch. You can send me a message using the form at the end of this page, or give me a call on 07522 760530.

 

Please click on the link below to visit the newborn pricing page:

Newborn Photography Pricing

The ideal time for newborn photographs is between 5 and 14 days of age. After 2 weeks, babies will typically start to spend longer periods awake, uncurl, stretch out and grow larger. As these changes happen the likelihood increases that a baby may not be able to manage some of the poses, and may spend a larger proportion of the shoot awake.

However, it is possible to create beautiful photographs after 2 weeks of age, and on occasion I do photograph older newborn babies up to 10 weeks old.

If you’ve missed the 2 week window and would like to find out about your options please do get in touch.

You can send me a message using the form at the end of this page, or give me a call on 07522 760530.

The first days with a new baby are a rollercoaster of emotions. If your baby is born prematurely or has an extended hospital stay you’ll probably feel this even more intensely as you recover from the birth and adjust to your baby’s unexpected situation.

When you’re ready to think about newborn photographs please get in touch and we can have a chat about the specifics of your situation. Often we can be a bit more flexible with the ‘optimal window’ when babies are born prematurely.

You may also find this article helpful: I’ve booked a newborn photo shoot. What if my baby is born prematurely?

My style of photography is very natural, and I don’t use props. I prefer the focus of the photographs to be on your beautiful baby, rather than lots of props or novelty sets. I use simple blankets and wraps as I pose your baby. The exception is for special, sentimental items such as a blanket crocheted by Granny or a special soft toy. Please feel free to bring these to the session and I will incorporate them into one or two of the photographs with your baby.

My style of photography is very natural, and I don’t use props. I prefer the focus of the photographs to be on your beautiful baby, rather than lots of props or novelty sets. I use simple blankets and wraps as I pose your baby. The exception is for special, sentimental items such as a blanket crocheted by Granny or a special soft toy. Please feel free to bring these to the session and I will incorporate them into one or two of the photographs with your baby.

I take your privacy very seriously, and will only publish your pictures in my online portfolios with your permission. If you do give permission the pictures are always shared anonymously (I would never share your or your baby’s names.)

I will ask you about this when you book your session, and if you don’t want me to share the pictures from your session you can tell me then.

Yes. After your session you’ll have the option to buy high resolution digital images, printed items or a combination of both. Whichever option is right for you.

You can find my newborn photography prices here.

I fully expect that your baby is going to be awake or unsettled during their session, so please don’t worry if you seem to have a particularly wakeful baby.

This is partly why I allow a few hours for the session; I use the times when babies are calm and sleepy to take the photographs. The rest of the time I will be settling them into poses, soothing them to sleep or they may be with you for a feed. Whilst all this is happening you can relax, and I have a good supply of tea, coffee and snacks for you to enjoy!

That being said, there is a lot we can do to give us the best chance of your baby settling to sleep. Before the shoot I will give you some simple tips for preparing your baby so that we have the best chance of them being sleepy when you arrive. I also make sure that the studio is a nice environment for babies to sleep in. 

Most babies will be unsettled at some point in the shoot, and it won’t be a problem if your baby is unsettled too – I expect them to be to be honest!

 

You might also find these articles helpful:

My baby is very unsettled. I think we should postpone our newborn session.

It’s very unusual for me to photograph a baby during the newborn period who doesn’t have spots or flakes or blotchy skin. Most babies do, in my experience, and it’s a completely normal part of their development.

When a baby has blotchy, flaky or spotty skin (which is the vast majority of babies that I photograph), and with their parents permission, I fix these issues when I am retouching the photographs after the shoot. 

You can see a before and after photograph in this article:

My baby has spotty or flaky skin. Should we postpone the shoot?

GET IN TOUCH

If you’d like to make a booking or ask a question you can get in touch here. 

I’ll always respond to your message within 24 hours. If you haven’t heard from me during this time there has probably been some kind of technical hitch. Please do get in touch again.