Newborn Photography in Surrey & London
My signature newborn session captures your baby in a natural and timeless way. With no props or unnatural poses, the focus is purely on your gorgeous new baby.
All About Newborn Sessions
Behind The Scenes
How It Works
Newborn sessions take place at my warm, comfortable home studio in East Molesey, close to Hampton Court. At the studio I have everything I need to photograph your baby safely, and space for you to relax and unwind whilst I do.
The ideal time for a newborn session is when your baby is under two weeks old. During this period babies are typically sleepy and enjoy being curled up in the newborn poses. Whilst I can capture gorgeous newborn photographs of your baby up to four weeks, these sleepy, curled up poses may not be possible after the two week stage.
I’ll be on hand every step of the way to make sure you feel well prepared, and have a relaxed and comfortable shoot. Before your session we'll have a telephone consultation where you can tell me all about your family and your hopes for the shoot, so that I can tailor it completely to you.
A Baby-Led Approach
Making sure that your baby is safe, comfortable and happy through the shoot is my number one priority. I won’t place your baby in unsafe or unnatural positions, and I’ll follow their lead throughout the shoot.
"The photos are irreplaceable and something we will treasure forever."
"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
Frequently Asked Questions
I know you'll want to make an informed decision about who you choose to photograph your family, and will no doubt have lots of questions. You can find the answers to the questions I'm most commonly asked below. If you have any other questions please do send me a message here, and I'll be delighted to answer them for you.
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.
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.
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!
As you are preparing for the shoot these articles may also help you:
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.