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

Baby photographer in Nunhead, South East London
25th July 2014
Earlier this month I went to Nunhead in South East London for a baby and family photography session with the very gorgeous 9 month old baby Noah and his mum. The session was a lot of fun but Noah was already crawling, which makes my job as a baby photographer so much harder as focusing can be tricky and pictures turn out blurry! Mum also had to keep grabbing Noah so he didn't crawl off the end of the bed!!

Below are my favourite photos from the day - I think you will agree Noah is a very beautiful smiley little baby and I just love the green blanket with his skin tone :-)

Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in Nunhead, South East London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Newborn baby photography in Claygate, Surrey
21st July 2014
A couple of weeks ago I went to Claygate in Surrey for a newborn baby photography session with 7 day-old William. I first met the family a couple of years ago in East Dulwich when I was just starting out my business, when his sister Clara was also a newborn baby of about the same age.

The two of them couldn't have been more different! Clara was awake for the whole of her newborn baby photography session, whereas we couldn't wake William up if we tried! It meant I was able to capture lots of cute, squishy, sleepy photos. I thought I would share the pictures below, to show both how props can be used effectively and how it's cute to also include photos of hands and feet within the portfolio of images.

I was so happy that the family loved all of the photos and purchased the whole CD.

Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in Claygate, Surrey please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Newborn baby photographer in Kingston, Surrey
10th July 2014
I was fortunate enough to meet the beautiful 5 week old Harry at a newborn baby photography session in Kingston, Surrey last month. Such a little angel and an absolute cutie :-) He slept for the majority of the session which is something I can't always get newborn babies to do!! It meant I was able to photograph him as if he were a newborn, and to get those gorgeous sleepy squished up photos you see below. I was also able to capture a few pictures of him showing his gorgeous blue eyes too. His family loved all of the images, how about you?

Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in Kingston, Surrey please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Child photography session in Clapham, South West London
04th July 2014
Last month I went to Clapham in South West London for a child and family photography session with the gorgeous 18-month old toddler Thomas, who I first met when he was a smiley 6 month old baby. This summer has been kind to baby & child photographers like me, so we were able to go into the garden to take some photos. Not only is this great because of the fantastic natural light, but also because 18-month olds don't sit still! Without a flash you can capture them running and playing!!! I love these relaxed and fun pictures below :-)

Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in Clapham, South West London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Baby and family photography in Penge, South East London
01st July 2014
Last month was the second of my three baby and family photography sessions in Penge, South East London with the gorgeous 8-month old baby Valentina. I first met Valentina when she was a beautiful tiny newborn, and I will see her again in a few month's time as part of my Watch Me Grow Photography Package. We managed to get some posed portraits inside, both in her favourite dress and naked against the gorgeous green blanket I bring along to photography sessions. We also got some time outside in their stunning local park, which is one of my favourite things to do as a baby and child photographer as it makes the most of natural light (and because I don't get to do it that often in London!!).

The family loved all the pictures, what about you?

Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in Penge, South East London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Baby and family photography in Brockley, South East London
06th June 2014
Last month I went to Brockley in South East London for a baby and family photography session with 18 month old toddler Eliza, who I first photographed at her christening when she was a 6-month baby. She was beautiful back then, and has now grown into a gorgeous, smiley and cheeky little girl. At this age I like to take natural rather than posed family photos, as shown by the pictures of Eliza and her mummy below. Such a beautiful relationship between the two of them :-)

Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in Brockley, South East London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Baby, child and family photography in Anerley, South London
04th June 2014
Last month I went to Anerley in South London for a baby, child and family photography session with 3 year old toddler Rayhan and his little brother Harris, 6 months. Both boys were exceedingly good and posed so well for the camera. The difficulty at this age is getting photos of both children together, as the eldest needs to sit still and the youngest be distracted enough to look at the camera. This is where bribes are a baby and child photographer's best friend!!! I love the picture of the boys together below. I was also able to capture my favourite family photo, where the children sit on the bed and the parents lie on their tummies next to them. Gorgeous!

Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in Anerley, South London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Baby photography in Grove Park, South London
01st June 2014
Last month I had such fun at a baby photography session with 10-month old baby Harrison in Grove Park, South London. Harrison was such a gorgeous, smiley and easy going baby that I was able to capture lots of beautiful photos of him posing and smiling. However after about an hour he got very hungry, and mummy needed to feed him. I don't take a lot of lifestyle shoots, as that's not my particular style as a newborn, baby and child photographer. However I really enjoy it when I do, especially when it gets messy like with the pictures of Harrison below. All of the family love these images :-)

Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in Grove Park, South London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Baby and family photography in Barnes, South West London
16th May 2014
I first met baby Xavier when he was a newborn, as part of my Watch Me Grow package - where I visit the family 3 times in the first year of their baby's life, to document the various stages as their newborn baby grows up! Now he is a gorgeous 8-month old child with amazing blue eyes. The baby and family photography session took place at the family home in Barnes, South West London. 6-8 months is my favourite time to photograph babies, as they can sit up on their own, do tummy time, but can't crawl away! It means I can spend longer actually taking photos rather than chasing around after them!! Therefore, different outfit changes are possible as well as the use of several props, such as the teddy and jump-a-roo as can be seen in Xavier's pictures below. The family absolutely loved these images :-)

Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in Barnes, South West London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Baby, child and family photography in Nunhead, South East London
14th May 2014
Another baby, child and family photography session which I have recently done outside is with 1 year old toddler Joseph and his baby cousin, Sofia, 6 months. We chose Dulwich Park as the location due to the amazing light, big open spaces but plenty of trees to provide the necessary shade.

Sofia is not yet crawling, but Joseph was running around, so we needed plenty to keep him entertained and in one place. One thing I love about outdoor baby, child and family photography is that no flash is necessary, which means that the shutter speed can be set high enough to capture movement. One of my favourite photos is the one below of Joseph being thrown in the air by his dad :-)

Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in Nunhead or Dulwich Park, South East London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Child and family photography session in Honor Oak, South East London
11th May 2014
The lovely weather in May meant I was able to do lots of photography sessions outside, which is ideal with older kids who just want to run around all the time!! I met William (6), James (4) and George (2) from Honor Oak in South East London for a child and family photography session last week. We chose Peckham Rye as a location, a beautiful local park with a closed-in garden, perfect to allow the boys to run around without a lot of other people around, and to give me plenty of shade. The one tricky thing for a baby & child photographer when taking photos outside is the light, as direct sunlight causes harsh shadows and lots of squinting. Ideally you want a shady place, with light falling behind the subject on the ground, to get those gorgeous greens in the background.

Here are my favourite family pictures from the photo session, aren't they just gorgeous?

Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in Honor Oak or Peckham Rye, South East London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Newborn, baby & family photography in New Cross Gate, South London
07th May 2014
Another baby girl for whom I did a newborn photography session this month was 4-week old Ivy, in New Cross Gate in South East London. Newborn baby photography sessions are normally best within the first 10 days while babies are still in the curled-up squishy stage. However, Ivy was determined to prove this theory wrong and slept like an angel for most of her session. I normally don't like using props such as hats but check out the cute picture of her below :-)

Ivy also had about half an hour where she was awake and very happy, unusual according to her mummy!! She loved tummy time and had an unusually strong head for a 4-week old baby, resulting in the gorgeous photo below - which I normally only get with children over 4 months old! Her family loved all of the images and I was a happy photographer :-)

Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in New Cross Gate, South East London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Newborn baby photography in Loughborough Junction, South London
05th May 2014
I have done a lot of newborn baby photography sessions recently. One such session was with the gorgeous 10-day old newborn baby Rose in Loughborough Junction, South East London. Babies like her make my job as a baby & child photographer so much easier! She slept really well, despite the changes of blankets and props, and as a result I was able to get the gorgeous squishy sleepy pictures below.

Rose's mummy loved them - here was her feedback "I just want to say thank you to Sara-Jane for this fantastic experience. We absolutely loved the pictures she took of my 10 days baby girl, Rose. She was so patient during the session. She did a great job with editing the photos. I absolutely recommend her to anyone who wants to make a nice memory of her newborn."

Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in Loughborough Junction, South East London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Professional baby & family photographer in Forest Hill, South London
25th April 2014
Last month I had the pleasure of meeting the very gorgeous 8-month old baby Helena at a baby & family photography session in Forest Hill, South East London. Helena was the smiliest little baby I have ever photographed, and because she was in a good mood, her parents relaxed and I got all the photos taken in a short amount of time.

Her family loved all the pictures and so bought all of them on CD. Which one is your favourite? No contest for me, naked tummy-time portraits are the winner every time!!

Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in Forest Hill, South East London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Newborn baby photography in Wapping, South East London
25th April 2014
It's been a busy month for me as a newborn, baby, child and family photographer - with lots and lots of gorgeous newborn babies being born. One such baby was 2-week old Leonardo who I met at a newborn baby photography session in Wapping, South East London.

He was the most chilled little baby, just lying there happily while I snapped away. I differ from other newborn photographers in that I don't try and force babies to go to sleep if they are happy awake, especially as that tends to reflect how their personalities are in real life! Luckily after a couple of hours he did go to sleep so I was able to get a mix of cute squishy sleepy photos and alert portraits.

The family absolutely loved them and bought the CD of all the pictures :-)

Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in Wapping, South East London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Baby photographer in Dulwich, South London: model Lilla
04th April 2014
Back in January I held my third baby photography session in Dulwich, South London with Lilla, who needed some photos to update her portfolio. Baby Lilla is already signed to an agency, and has modelled for the likes of Boots. As she is so used to the camera, it makes my life as a baby and child photographer much easier :-)

I think you'll be able to see why she is a model from these pictures, she is so beautiful and extremely photogenic!!!

Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in Dulwich, South East London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Christening in East Dulwich: South London newborn baby photography
02nd April 2014
It's been a while since I have posted anything on my blog - this year I have been crazy busy with lots of newborn, baby, child and family photography sessions, christenings, children's birthday parties and maternity/ pregnancy shoots. Not to mention a holiday in the Galapagos Islands! Ah, the life of a newborn, baby and child photographer!!

One such christening was that of 7-month old baby Aoife, in East Dulwich. Normally vicars do not allow photography during the ceremony, but I was lucky that this one did - so was able to get some amazing reportage-style photographs as well as some more traditional posed portraits of Aoife and her family.

Here are some of my favourite pictures from inside and outside the church - what a beautiful little baby :-)

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.
Maternity/ pregnancy photography in London and Surrey
24th December 2013
I have recently started doing maternity/ pregnancy photography in London and Surrey and have launched my bump to baby package - for £300 you get a pregnancy photography session + 5 digital images and a newborn photography session + 10 digital images. Here are some pictures I took on a recent session in East Dulwich, South London.



The most challenging thing with pregnancy/ maternity shoots if like me you don't have a studio, is lighting in the client's home. You can either use a flash as per the first photo below or be more creative with the lighting as in the second and third pictures. On this shoot in Clapham, South London I had a lamp on the floor behind the woman and one draped over the door to the left.



Sara-Jane x

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To book a pregnancy, newborn, baby, child or family photography session in London or Surrey please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Family photographer in London and Surrey - photography tips
21st December 2013
When I do family photography sessions I like to mix it up between colour and black and white, and posed and candid reportage type-shots. It's nice to get both:-)

Here are some posed pictures from recent family photography sessions in London and Surrey:



The main tip I would give for photographing families, especially with older children, is to keep it fun! Spin your child around and that moment where you stop is when to press the shutter. Throw your baby in the air. Tickle them. Laugh with them. Let them climb on your back. Make it into a game. Here are some of my favourite natural family photos:



Sara-Jane x

Click to view my home page, further examples of my images in my galleries or my pricing page.

To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in London or Surrey please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Child photographer in London and Surrey - photography tips
16th December 2013
Taking photos of children/ toddlers is so much fun but can be some of the most challenging shoots a professional baby and child photographer can do. Mainly because they just never sit still!!!

I have several tips for photographing children between 1 and 3 years of age:
- give them something to play with that will keep them in one place
- take photos in the bath - use bubbles to make them look up/ laugh
- lie them on the bed, get someone to tickle their belly, and take photos from above
- take them to the park and get photos on the swing/ seesaw

The main thing is to go with their mood and don't force them to sit in one place but follow them around with the camera instead. And keep them entertained as they get bored easily!! In a child photography session I will often take photos in several rooms, including the bathroom and the garden.

Here are some pictures from recent child photography sessions in London and Surrey to illustrate:



Sara-Jane x

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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in London or Surrey please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.