Musings of a professional newborn, baby and child photographer in South London

Family photography in Clapham, South London
17th September 2012
I wanted to share with you some of my favourite family images from a recent child photography shoot in Clapham, South London. They epitomise why I don't work out of a studio and prefer instead to come to your home, especially since we were lucky enough to have gorgeous weather and so could have the session in the garden. I told the family to play with their daughter, and I was just there in the background clicking away. I love the natural expressions that I have managed to capture through the lens. It's photos like this that make me love being a baby and child photographer :-) Sara-Jane x



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The smiliest 3 month ever? Baby photography in West Norwood
12th September 2012
Last week I had the pleasure of photographing little Max at a baby and child photography shoot in West Norwood. It was one of my favourite shoots as his 2 year old sister was there too, and I got to include her in the photo session. As well as having a good chase round the garden catching bubbles!! I think you'll agree that he is one of the smiliest 3 month olds ever! Sara-Jane x



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Beautiful babies at photography shoot in East Dulwich
03rd September 2012
Last week I was at The Dish and The Spoon in East Dulwich, South London for another mini photography session. There were so many gorgeous newborns, babies and children for me to take photos of, the most photogenic bunch of all I think :-) Luckily the weather was not too rainy and I didn't have to use my flash, as I much prefer the look you get with natural light. I did have to shoot at 1000 ISO though, so had to apply some noise reduction in post-production. Enjoy some of my favourite photos from the day. Sara-Jane x



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Child photography at the Dish and Spoon, East Dulwich
24th August 2012
Last week saw the second of my mini baby and child photography sessions at The Dish and The Spoon in East Dulwich, South London. If I thought it couldn't get more chaotic I was wrong! Several mums didn't turn up, but there were a few walk-ins who took their places. There were a few sets of siblings who are difficult to photograph. The eldest often runs off, or the youngest cries, so to get them to both look at the camera at the same time is a challenge to say the least!!! My favourites this time weren't the little babies but the older children.... they loved the camera and I was really able to capture their individual personalities :-) Sara-Jane x



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Playtime photography in Ealing, West London
14th August 2012
This weekend I went on a child photography shoot in Ealing, West London where I met the lovely Amy and George. Amy was wearing a pretty dress, and George some very cute dungarees. I got some lovely photos of them posing, along with some amazing family images with mum and dad. But the thing I love most about being a baby & child photographer is capturing the natural moments in a child's life. The photos of the two of them playing in sand and water in their mini wetsuits are by far my favourite of the day. Sara-Jane x



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First mini photography session in East Dulwich, South London
07th August 2012
Last week saw the first of my mini photography sessions at The Dish and The Spoon in Nunhead, nr East Dulwich in South London. There were 12 mums at the cafe, who each got a 10 minute slot for me to take photos of their newborn, baby or child. It was so much fun, although a little chaotic with some kids refusing to smile, running off or needing to feed mid session. Being a baby & child photographer requires a lot of patience and flexibility to deal with this!! Luckily all the mums were very relaxed about it, and quite happy to sit and enjoy a yummy coffee and cake while they waited. It really was a great morning, and I'm looking forward to the next one already. Here are some of my favourite photos from the day. Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child, family or pregnancy photography session in East Dulwich, South London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Face painting child photography at EPL, Clapham, South London
01st August 2012
Last week I was at Eat Play Love, an amazing cafe on Battersea Park Road in Clapham, South London. EPL has a variety of children's activities on during the year, a soft play area for your babies and children and an amazing menu for parents. I was the official child photographer at their end of term party, which included face painting and a disco. It was so much fun and I really had to exert willpower not to go and join the kiddies dancing. Jeanette, who runs EPL, is am amazing face painter. Here are some of my favourite photos from the day. I especially love the cat. Meeeooow!! Sara-Jane x



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Newborn, baby and child mini photography sessions in East Dulwich, South London
26th July 2012
I am very excited to be doing my first mini professional baby & child photography session at The Dish and The Spoon in Nunhead, nr East Dulwich, South London tomorrow. I will be photographing newborns, babies and children in 15 minute intervals for two hours. Families will get a 6 x 4 photo included for only £5. The first session was so popular it sold out in a day!!! So we added another session on 16th August, again this sold out like hotcakes. We are thinking about putting another session in at the end of August if demand is there. Please contact shona@thedishandthespoon.co.uk if you are interested.

The Dish and The Spoon is a fabulous cafe which has excellent coffee, cakes and light meals (I can highly recommend the sausage ciabatta :-) and space for babies and children to have fun. They are also running an activities programme for children over the summer holidays. See their facebook page for more details.

Pictures from the day to be posted soon!

Sara-Jane x

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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in East Dulwich, South London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
New photography collaboration in Clapham, South London
17th July 2012
I am excited to be working with London Mothers Club. Check out the blog at London Mothers Club for details of my photography collaboration with them. I will be running photography classes showing mums how to take better photographs of their babies, newborns and children, using compact cameras or smart phones. I will go through composition, exposure and lighting, tips for posing and each mum will have individual help on how to take a photo of their little one. Each class will be very informal and the emphasis will be on having fun and a time to relax, with the added bonus of having some practical tips and some nice photos of your children to take home afterwards.

Also take a look at their other events: LoMoc offer classes in card making, jewellery making, flower arranging, child nutrition, personal style and much more. The beauty of each event is that you can bring the little ones along as nannies will be on hand to help supervise them.

Sara-Jane x

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Natural baby and family photography - Wimbledon South London
10th July 2012
I am a big fan of natural family photography rather than staged studio-type poses of the parents and baby, trying to get everyone to smile at the camera at the same time, which can result in unnatural "forced" photos. This is my favourite picture from a recent professional newborn baby photography session in Wimbledon, South London. The way mum and dad are looking at each other makes me want to melt! Photos like this are the reason I prefer to do all my work at your home or on location rather than at a studio. Much more relaxed and natural images are the result :-)

Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in Wimbledon, South West London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Finally a girl!! Newborn baby photography session in Bromley, South London
03rd July 2012
All of my recent newborn and baby photography has been of little boys, so I was very happy to go to Bromley in South London for a professional newborn baby photography shoot with 5 month old Evie. Isn't she just the cutest little girl? :-) She loved posing for the camera and despite not having eaten or taken a nap she was happy for an hour and a half. Normally I leave additional time on a shoot to allow for mid-shoot feeding/ napping but I didn't need to with Evie! The family absolutely loved the pictures below. Sara-Jane x



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Hats are cute... but that's it! Newborn photography shoot in East Dulwich, South London
28th June 2012
Unlike many other professional baby and child photographers, I believe in the totally natural look for your newborn baby. Swaddling a newborn in a blanket, with an animal hat, in a small basket, in a field.... that's just not my style! However one thing I do agree with.... hats are cute :-) Especially the stripy ones with the long tails. Here are some of my favourite pictures from a newborn photography shoot in East Dulwich, South London.

Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in East Dulwich, South East London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Ever fallen in love.....I did, at my baby and child photography shoot in Dulwich, South London
21st June 2012
I absolutely fell in love with 10 month old Daniel at my baby photography session in Dulwich, South London at the weekend. Such a little model and check out those gorgeous big eyes....

I wanted to share with you the two most important tips for getting close ups of newborns and babies. Having your aperture wide open is important for the blurry background, but if the babies eyes are not on the same focal plane you won't get both in focus. F4 - F5.6 is optimal, stay away from F2.8. The second important thing is your focus points. Use a single focus point and focus on the pupil. A perfect close up of your child!

Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child, family, pregnancy or birth photography session in Dulwich, South London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Actor in the making? Baby photography in Clapham, South London
19th June 2012
This weekend I was on a baby photography shoot in Clapham, South London. Here's my favourite images of 9 month old Ted... he had a range of great facial expressions!! I love being a professional baby and child photographer when babies are this cute! Luckily the weather held out so I was able to get some photos of him crawling around the deck with the perfect catchlight in his eyes. No bright sunlight to throw shadows onto the face but perfect natural diffused light. The family loved these pictures of him. Sara-Jane x



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Families in black and white - professional photography in Bromley, SE London
11th June 2012
I really love black and white photography when it comes to families. They are timeless portraits which last forever. Here are my favourite pictures from my professional baby and family photography shoot in Bromley, South East London. Very natural and informal images captured on the parent's bed. I especially love the one of daddy laughing with his son - heartwarming :-) Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in Bromley, South East London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Bathtime is fun! Baby photography in Beckenham, South East London
05th June 2012
Yesterday I was on a my first paid professional baby photography session in Beckenham, South East London.... what an exciting time for ShutterBaby!! I left my 15-year job as an accountant in March to set myself up as a baby, child and family photographer - scary but I am so glad I took the leap!!! The photoshoot was with the very adorable 1 year old Yoen. He was very excited to be able to have a bath in the middle of the day and just get to play with the water!! The pictures are amazing and mummy and daddy loved them! Sara-Jane x



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