Kitty's Newborn Photo Shoot | Hemel Hempstead

Kitty's Newborn Photo Shoot | Hemel Hempstead

I first met Kitty’s family back in 2015 when I did a Newborn Photo Shoot for her big sister Grace in St. Albans.

I’m getting so many siblings come through my door right now and I am always so excited to receive their emails letting me know they’re expecting baby number two or three.

When Kitty’s mum got in touch she was already a few days old so I booked her in nice and quick so we didn’t miss those first sleepy 5 - 10 days.

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Carys's Lifestyle Newborn Shoot at Home | St Albans

Carys's Lifestyle Newborn Shoot at Home | St Albans

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Carys’s mum and dad and asked to do a lifestyle newborn shoot at their house in St. Albans.

Lifestyle photo shoots are a lovely, natural and unposed alternative to studio newborn photography where the emphasis is on taking relaxed photos of the entire family in your own home.
The photos show a perfect little snapshot of this time in your life.

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Elise's Newborn Photo Shoot | Hemel Hempstead

Elise's Newborn Photo Shoot | Hemel Hempstead

Newborn Elise came to my house in Hemel Hempstead for her Photo Shoot a few weeks ago and was the perfect little model.

She loved to be wrapped but wasn’t a fan of being on her tummy so I kept her where she was happiest, on her back and her side. Not all newborns like all positions and I never force them into a position that they aren’t happy with (I can tell by the wriggling!)

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Riley's Newborn Photo Shoot | Hemel Hempstead

Riley's Newborn Photo Shoot | Hemel Hempstead

Riley came to me in Hemel Hempstead for his Newborn Photo Shoot back in June. 

I had put word out on Facebook that I was looking for newborns between 5 & 10 days old to come in for a free photo shoot so I could perfect a few poses and try out some new set ups. 

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Everything you could ever need to know about your Newborn Photo Shoot

Everything you could ever need to know about your Newborn Photo Shoot

If you're like me, you like to plan everything down to the detail. 

I have check lists of things to take places, routes (and back up routes) of where I am going and will leave with enough time to spare that it's highly likely that I will be early. 
I'd much rather sit in my car and wait for an appointment than worry about being late (or even worse, actually be late)

If you're even a little bit like me, then this blog is just for you. 

The aim of this blog is to answer any question you may ever have about every stage of your newborn shoot - from booking to purchasing your images.

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Darcie's Newborn Photo Shoot | Hemel Hempstead

Darcie's Newborn Photo Shoot | Hemel Hempstead

I first met the lovely Montgomery family back in 2015 when they were expecting their first son, George.  We've done Maternity, Newborn, Christmas, 6 month & 1 year shoots together and it's been really great getting to know them and watching little George grow up. 

When they got in touch to let me know they were expecting baby number 2 I was very excited!  We discussed everything they wanted from this next newborn shoot and counted down the days till her arrival. 

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Logan's Newborn Photo Shoot | Hemel Hempstead

Logan's Newborn Photo Shoot | Hemel Hempstead

Logan's mum first got in touch about a month before her due date to book in her Newborn Photo Shoot.  We discussed everything she liked and didn't like and booked her in for around a week after she was due. 

Logan, it seems, had other plans though as he arrived almost 4 weeks early!  He had to stay at Luton and Dunstable Hospital for around a month so we kept pushing his shoot date back until he was given the all clear and was able to go home. 

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Lottie's Newborn Photo Shoot | Hemel Hempstead

Lottie's Newborn Photo Shoot | Hemel Hempstead

Little Lottie came for her Newborn Shoot a few weeks ago in response to a Model Call a put out on my Facebook Page.

Model calls are when I ask parents to bring in their newborn baby for a free photo shoot so that I can perfect something before trying it with a paid client. 
It might be that I want to practice a certain pose or try out new lighting.  In Lottie's case I had a few new creative ideas that I wanted to try.

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What to Wear to your Newborn Photo Shoot

What to Wear to your Newborn Photo Shoot

A common question I get asked is - What should I wear to my newborn photo shoot?

Firstly, if you're not having photos taken you can wear what ever you like!  You are very much very welcome in your pyjamas if that's what makes you happy.  If anyone has anything negative to say about that, point to your newborn baby and carry on.

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Spence's Newborn Photo Shoot | Hitchin

Spence's Newborn Photo Shoot | Hitchin

A few weeks ago I travelled to Spence's house in Hitchin for his Newborn Photo Shoot.  

His mum had had a C-section and was unable to travel to me so I hopped in my car and went to them instead.
When I arrived, the house was nice and warm and ready for me to set up in their living room.  

People always worry that their houses won't be big enough when I travel, but usually any living room space is fine.  I may have to move a table or close a curtain but I'm pretty adaptable!

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Newborn Photography | Edgware | Enzo

Newborn Photography | Edgware | Enzo

Little Enzo came from Edgware for his Newborn Photo Shoot when he was 15 days old.

When I can, I try and photograph babies between 5 & 10 days but if it doesn't work out like that, it's fine.  The older the baby the less likely they will want to curl up and sleep but that doesn't mean we still can't get gorgeous photos!

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Poppy's Newborn Photo Shoot | Hemel Hempstead

Poppy's Newborn Photo Shoot | Hemel Hempstead

Little Poppy came from Berkhamsted for her newborn shoot when she was 10 days old.

And when I say little, I really mean it.  She was born at Luton & Dunstable Hospital at 35 weeks and weighed just 5.5lb. 

She was the perfect little sleeper but my goodness did she like a good wriggle!  I would get her into position, let her get comfy, and then we were good to go....until she decided it was time to wriggle again!

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Eliana's Newborn Photo Shoot | Hemel Hempstead

Eliana's Newborn Photo Shoot | Hemel Hempstead

Eliana came for her newborn photo shoot when she was 7 days old.

Her mummy knew she was having a c-section so we were actually able to book her shoot in on a certain day and keep it there, which doesn't happen very often when you're working with unpredictable newborns!

With a full tummy and toasty warm room, my run of perfectly sleepy babies continued as she slept from beginning to end without any fuss.

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Newborn Photography Props - Blankets, Bowls, Bonnets & Beyond

Newborn Photography Props - Blankets, Bowls, Bonnets & Beyond

When it comes to your Newborn Photo Shoot I have everything you need.

Years of hard work (...shopping) has resulted in a large selection of blankets, wraps, hats, headbands and props as well as all the 'behind the scenes' items that make your newborn shoot run smoothly.

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Newborn Photography | Hemel Hempstead | Charlie & Alice

Newborn Photography | Hemel Hempstead | Charlie & Alice

When Charlie & Alice's mum got in touch asking for Newborn Photography for twins I was very excited!
This is my 6th twin photo shoot and it's never any less special!

The twins arrived at 26 weeks and spent around 2 months in hospital before being allowed home.  I got to meet them at at around 3 months old, at which point they still hadn't reached their due date!

Charlie was small and Alice even smaller but they were happy and healthy and ready to be photographed.

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