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Thinking about booking a newborn photography shoot? Here we answer all your questions…

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Over the last year the number of pregnancy and newborn shoots that we do at our Wimbledon Studio, has increased. We have had the privilege of photographing some really special moments in lots of families’ lives and hope to continue doing this for many more in the future.

newborn baby sleeping on a chair

As a result of the increasing number of newborn shoots we are finding that we are getting booked up very quickly.  In order not to disappoint families who want to book in a newborn shoot for their little one we thought it would be useful to put together a blog post answering a lot of the frequently asked questions that we get from our families.

mum and newborn baby

1. What is the best age to do a newborn shoot?

We recommend doing the newborn shoot in the first 10 days of the baby’s life. When babies are in those first few weeks they spend a lot of time sleeping and still curl up into very sweet poses, which makes them a lot easier to pose for the shots that we want to capture.  After two weeks babies go through a growth spurt and will start stretching their arms and legs and will not be as amenable to curling up for a picture or sleeping as soundly.

newborn baby sleeping in dad's arms with tattoos

2. When should we book in our newborn shoot?

Because we recommend that newborn shoot should happen in the first 10 days of the baby’s life we suggest that families call to pencil in a date for the shoot as soon as possible.  Ideally we like to have shoots booked in a few months before the baby is born.  Once you’ve had your 20 week scan and you know everything is going well give us a call! We have just had a couple book in a newborn shoot for January 2014.

newborn baby in vintage suitcases

3. What if the baby arrives early or late?

Don’t worry if your little one doesn’t appear on the due date…they rarely do so once you are pencilled into our diary we can work around the date when your baby arrives.  We will give you a call as your shoot date approaches and find out how things are going.  If we need to push the date back a few days we can do that no problem. As soon as your little one arrives give us a call and we can get the shoot date confirmed.

location newborn photography london

4.  What happens if our baby is a week old and we have only just decided to do a newborn shoot?  Can we call to book in a shoot?

We hate to turn away any client who calls to book in a shot but if you leave the newborn booking until after the baby has been born we may be fully booked and unable to schedule you in. We stick to our 10 day old rule for the newborn baby so we will do everything we can to get your shoot booked in but in order to not be disappointed please book in your newborn shoot a few months before they arrive.

newborn photography putney

5. Where does the shoot take place?

We can do the shoot either in your home (no extra charge for within the London area) or at our Wimbledon Studio. It all depends on where you would rather do the shoot so the choice is yours.

In the studio we have a wide range of props and set ups, which we can use for the shoot, unfortunately we wouldn’t be able to bring all those to your home.

At your home you have your own comforts around you and you may feel more relaxed here with your little one.  We like to use natural light for the home location shoots so we would ask that you have 1 or 2 lovely light rooms where we can do the shoot for you.

mum, dad and newborn baby

6. How long does the shoot last?

We leave at least 2 hours for a newborn shoot; sometimes it can take a little longer to get those beautiful shots.  In order to get those gorgeous sleepy newborn shots it is important not to rush the shoot so we take our time. If the baby needs to be fed, comforted or have their nappy changed then we want to make sure we have time for that. It is important that there is a lovely calm atmosphere during the shoot so the more relaxed it is the better.

newborn baby sleeping on chair with rocking horse

7. Do you do newborn shoots on a weekend?

We only do newborn shoots on a week day.  The reason for this is that we need to make sure we have the time for the shoot and not feel rushed because there is another shoot booked in.  Our weekends are full of family shoots so we have more time during the week for our newborn shoots.  We usually find that dads are on paternity leave for a few weeks after the baby arrives so it is fairly easy to book in a week day for the shoot.

newborn baby bottoms

8. What do I need to bring to the shoot?

More often than not we take naked shots of the babies so there is no need to bring a large selection of outfits for them.  Of course we will do some family shots with the baby in an outfit so you can bring something for the baby to wear but the most adorable newborn shots are the naked ones where you can see them curled up with their very cute hands and feet.  If you do choose to bring an outfit for the baby then make sure it doesn’t swamp them as you don’t want to loose them in the clothing.

We often recommend bringing a change of clothes for mum and dad.  Babies have a tendency to pee, poo and puke during the shoot.  (Every baby does this so please don’t worry about it, we’re used to it. : ) ) This can happen on our backgrounds/blankets or on mum and dad.  Our backgrounds/blankets can be cleaned up easily but you may not want to travel home in dirty clothes after the shoot

Clothing for mum and dad – we recommend you wear dark clothes as these always look very classic in the shoot.  We like to do skin on skin shots with each of you and your little one (if you are comfortable with this) so wearing tops that are easy to remove are good options.

We also suggest that you bring spare nappies, wipes and formula if you are bottle-feeding.

newborn baby asleep with bunny ears hat

9. Should we feed the baby before we arrive?

We often suggest that you feed the baby when you get to the studio as they will hopefully drop off and fall asleep ready for their close ups.  Taking a baby out of the car seat and then removing their clothes wakes them up so taking some time to do a top up feed can help them to drop off and be perfect models for the shoot.  If we are coming to you for the shoot then undress the baby down to their nappy, and wrap them up to feed them before your photographer arrives.  This means that once the photographer has set up for the shoot your new little one will be sleepy and ready for his/her shots without having to undress them and disturb them.

location newborn photography sw london

10. How do you make sure the baby is comfortable?

Our newborn photographers are very experienced in photographing and handling tiny babies.  We take great care in ensuring that the environment for the shoot is right for the baby.  We keep the area warm and have soft music/white noise playing which can calm the baby (and the parents). We never make the baby go into a pose which they are not happy with and are very happy to take our time so that no one feels rushed into getting the perfect shots.


If you are expecting then please give us a call to book in your newborn shoot.  We also do packages for newborn and pregnancy shoots too.  We can’t wait to hear from you.