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

Baby photographer in London and Surrey - photography tips for 1-3 month olds
12th December 2013
Babies between 1 and 3 months are my least favourite age to photograph - although at this age they are very sweet, they have lost the curliness of newborns, but can't sit up or lie on their belly. It means that I have to get creative to take 30 different photos, especially if the family don't want to be in any pictures. This is where props come in. Toys, blankets, hats, name blocks or even Dad's favourite football kit! Here are some photos of 10-week old Valentina from a baby photography session in Wimbledon, South London illustrating this:



As with all baby and child photography:

- have a plain and uncluttered background such as a blanket
- set a wide aperture e.g. F4 or set camera to portrait mode (for blurry backgrounds)
- put your camera in continuous shooting mode to capture every moment
- have someone stand behind you to get your baby's attention

Here are some of my favourite pictures from recent baby photography sessions in Surrey:



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.
Baby photographer in London and Surrey - photography tips for 4-8 month olds
10th December 2013
Babies between 4 and 8 months are my absolute favourite to photograph - they have developed individual personalities, smile on demand (obviously with silly noises from me!!) and can be photographed in a variety of different poses. Lying on back with feet in the air, sitting, lying on belly photos (my favourite), sometimes even standing holding mummy and daddy's hands. And they can't yet crawl away from the camera!!

The pictures from my baby photography session with 6-month old Hugo in Clapham, South London show the variety of poses that babies at this age can do:



The main baby photography tips I would share for babies at this age are:

- take a variety of different poses and in different outfits (naked on belly is also great)
- make sure that the background is plain and uncluttered - I throw a blanket over the bed
- aperture should be set wide e.g. F4 or set to portrait mode to get those blurry backgrounds
- camera should be in continuous shooting mode as heads are constantly moving
- have someone stand behind you making your baby laugh (or use a squeaky toy yourself)

Here are a few of my favourite photos from recent baby photography sessions in Surrey:



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.
Child photographer London & Surrey - outdoor photography in London parks
06th December 2013
The beautiful mild autumn and winter weather has meant I have been able to do some photography sessions with older children in some of the lovely London parks - such as Dulwich Park, Clapham Common and Wimbledon Common. Outdoor photoshoots are not as suitable for younger babies who don't walk, especially if they are trying to crawl through the mud!

Getting the light right is the most important thing for outdoor photography. Backlight is the best, with the gorgeous yellow and oranges showing behind the child. The most important thing is for the sun not to be behind the photographer, as then there will be harsh shadows falling on the child's face as well as squinting eyes!

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.
Newborn photographer in London and Surrey - photography tips
03rd December 2013
I have been so busy doing newborn, baby, child and family photography shoots around London and Surrey in the run up to Christmas that I haven't had any time for blogging. So rather than my normal individual posts about the babies and children whom I take photographs of I though I would show you a few of my favourite pictures from the sessions, along with some handy tips to recreate the magic at home this Christmas :-)

First of all I will start with the gorgeous newborn photos that everyone loves to take. There are a few important things to remember if you want sleepy, curled up photos:

- newborn photos are best taken within the first 5-10 days
- naked babies need to be warm so crank the heat up
- a full newborn is a happy newborn so feed them just before the shoot
- make sure your baby is undressed before sleeping so you don't wake him or her by undressing her
- camera settings - wide aperture e.g. F4 or set to portrait mode, continuous shooting to capture those elusive smiles

Here are some examples of the gorgeous pictures which can be taken following the above rules (Hunter, 6 days old, Clapham, London):



It's not always possible to get sleepy shots if your newborn likes being awake, so I always go with the mood of the baby. You can get some amazing pictures of newborns with their eyes open too, providing they are alert and not screaming! Another tip is to mix up your composition - some close ups, some full length, different angles. See these photos of Layla, 9 days, from Dulwich, London for examples.



Lastly, don't forget those cute details like photographing your newborn's hands and feet. Black and white photos also are timeless and classic as Owen, 7 days, from Wimbledon, South West London shows.



Don't worry, I haven't forgotten about including your family within the newborn session - there will be a separate post on this :-)

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.
Child photography at Baby Expo in Guildford, Surrey
30th November 2013
Last weekend I teamed up with Leanne of Design B Photography to be the official photographers for the Baby Expo in Guildford, Surrey. There were lots of stands exhibiting all things pregnancy and baby related, and lots of entertainment for the children including Sid and Sarah-Jane from CBeebies and Humphrey from Humphrey's Corner. See http://www.babyexpobabyshow.co.uk for more details. Here are a few of the photos I took of the Expo.



In addition Leanne and I had our own photography stand, where we had a Winter Wonderland theme to take photos of all the gorgeous babies, children and families who came to the show. Here are a selection of my favourite pictures from the day. Aren't they all gorgeous? :-)

Sara-Jane x



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Baby photography session in Herne Hill, South East London
11th October 2013
I love it when I get to stay in my home town of Herne Hill, South East London for baby photography sessions! I met 7-month old Freddy last month for one such session. It's my favourite age to photograph as not only can they sit up on their own (and normally not crawl away!) but their personalities have started to develop and you can capture lots of giggling and smiling! Freddy was a particularly gorgeous and smiley baby as you can see from the pictures below. His family loved them all and ordered lots of prints!

Sara-Jane x




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Newborn baby and family session in Tooting Bec, South London
07th October 2013
Earlier this month I went to Tooting Bec in South London for a newborn baby and family photography session with 5- week old Elvie. Elvie is not technically still a newborn (newborn shoots are done in the first 2 weeks) and she made a point of reminding us of that by staying awake for most of her session!!! However, as she was the most chilled and happy 5-week old baby I have ever photographed, I got some amazing pictures which already show off her charming personality!



I also love the black and white family portraits below which show mummy and daddy interacting with Elvie. So gorgeous :-)

Sara-Jane x



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Baby and family photography in West Kensington, London
04th October 2013
I first met Jiya at a baby and family photography session at her home in West Kensington, London when she was 3 months old. She's now 10 months old with a gorgeous, but very serious, little personality! Her shoot was part of my Watch Me Grow Package where the family has three shoots with their baby over a year. I'm looking forward to meeting her again in another 5 months when she's up and walking!

Jiya was a proper little girl and had several outfit changes during the session as you can see from the pictures below! I think she definitely suits red best!!!

Sara-Jane x



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Baby and family photography session in Croydon, Surrey
01st October 2013
I love taking photos of one-year old babies, but they don't ever sit still!! So I have lots of tricks up my sleeve to get over this, my favourite two being taking photos of them standing up in their cot, or putting them in the bath. All babies love bath time! I used these tricks at my baby and family photography session with Will in Croydon, Surrey last month. I think the resulting pictures are really cute, don't you?!! Will really does have the cheekiest smile!!

Sara-Jane x



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Baby photography session in Battersea, South London - 2nd visit to 7 month old Henry
26th September 2013
Earlier this month I went to visit 7-month old Henry in Battersea, South West London, for the second of his three baby photography sessions as part of the Watch me Grow Package. I first met Henry when he was a tiny 10-week old. I love watching the babies I take pictures of grow up into their own little personalities!

Tiny babies are cute, but I much prefer taking photos at this stage of a baby's life. The variety of images I can capture is far greater, so I can be more creative - sitting up, lying on back, tummy time, close ups, giggles, favourite toys..... You can see from the images below what I mean!!

Sara-Jane x



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Family photography in Clapham, South London - three children under three
26th September 2013
A family photography session with three children under three is fun but a little chaotic!! I did such a shoot with 2 1/2 year old Chloe and 11-month old twins James and Sophia in Clapham, South West London.

Getting one 11-month old baby to sit still is hard, but two is very hard!! In the end we had to let them crawl around the bed while I took photos, with mum or dad laying out of sight ready to jump should one of them try to crawl off!! The twins also didn't want to be held, so the family picture was taken just after mum and dad had spun them round, one of my tricks to get them to smile!

Chloe wanted to jump around and play as well, so there were only a few opportunities to get her to sit still and pose. I managed to capture her smiling by getting her to say "daddy's smelly" rather than cheese.... works every time!!!

As you can see being a baby, child and family photographer is fun but crazy :-)

Sara-Jane x



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Family photography session in Dulwich, South East London
26th September 2013
Earlier in the summer I was in Dulwich, South East London for a family photography with not three, but four generations of the same family! 2-year old Malo's grandparents and great grandmother had come all the way over from Australia and his parents wanted to make the most of the opportunity by booking a portrait session with me.

It was a lot of fun especially squeezing 6 of them onto the bed, my favourite place to take photos!! The black and white pictures below are my favourite to come out of the session - I think they are more classic and timeless than colour photographs.

Sara-Jane x



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Baby and child photography session in Dulwich Park, South East London
18th September 2013
Ooooh I love it when the weather is good and I can hold a baby and child photography session outside. Such a session was with the very gorgeous 6-month old Lilla and her 6-year old brother Luke in Dulwich Park, South East London.

I will let the review from the family speak for itself:

"Sara-Jane has taken pictures of my daughter twice (6 months) and my 6 year old, once. The first time I walked away feeling convinced that my then 18 week old had just wasted the photo time as she has been particularly grumpy. How wrong was I! Sara-Jane produced the most gorgeous pictures of my grump, who was then signed (on the back of the photos) to an agency for tv/modelling work. Needless to say, we went back for another shoot with our two children and decided to do it in Dulwich Park. I walked away again, worried that we hadn't quite captured the children at their best, but again - shouldn't have worried. Sara-Jane has captured the MOST beautiful pictures I've ever seen of my two, and I'm having to sit on my hands to not share them yet and post them on Facebook (as I'm going to give some as presents to grandparents!) - very difficult for an over sharer like me ;) Sara-Jane had SO much patience with our 2 and a great eye, she is just so talented"

Here are my favourite pictures from the day.

Sara-Jane x



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Newborn and family photography session in Camberwell, South East London
18th September 2013
It's been a while since I have done a newborn photography shoot, but earlier this month I went to Camberwell in South East London for a session with 8-day old baby Senan. He was very alert and didn't want to go to sleep.... so I was able to capture a mix of awake and asleep photos. It's also the first time I have ever had to resort to the "put the blanket over daddy trick" (see third photo below)!!

The family loved the pictures... here is their feedback:

"We wanted to capture some pictures of our 8 day old son without actually venturing out to a studio. Sara-Jane arrived on time and spent three and a half hours with us (in-between feeds!) to try and capture the right shots of our baby and our new family. Unfortunately he wasn't very keen on sleeping (when some of the best shots are taken) so Sara-Jane came back later in the afternoon when he was finally asleep - true perseverance! The results were well worth the long session - we couldn't decide which pictures to purchase so we got all 30!!! Sara-Jane was professional, easy to book and a pleasure to deal with. Double thumbs up!!"

Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in Camberwell, South East London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Family photography session in Golders Green, North London
16th September 2013
Last month I went north of the river to Golders Green in central London for a baby and family photography session with 6-week old Juli. With a blond-haired Swiss mum and a dark and handsome Jordanian dad I was expecting her to be beautiful and she really was :-)

I took a variety of pictures of her both asleep and awake but my absolute favourites were the black and white family portraits below. They really capture the love which mummy and daddy have for Yuli. In fact the first photo is one of my favourite photos I have ever taken and I really hope it takes pride of place in the family home :-)

Sara-Jane x



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Baby, child and family photography session in Wimbledon, South West London
16th September 2013
Last month I went to Wimbledon in South West London for a baby, child and family photography session where I met 2 1/2 year old Henry and 1 year old Sophie. With toddlers my approach is always to taylor the session around them and their personalities. If they don't want to sit still and pose for pictures on the bed, then I will never make them. Grumpy children don't take great portraits!!! It's also a lot more fun to follow them around with a camera and capture them just being themselves! I love the below photos of Sophie in the bathroom and on the stairs. I even followed Henry to the park to take some pictures of him there, my favourite being the one of him on the swing. Cheeky little monkey :-)

Sara-Jane x



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Family photography at christening in Bromley, South East London
12th September 2013
Last month I was asked to take photos at the christening of the gorgeous 6-month old Harry in Bromley, South East London. A great opportunity to get family portraits with the parents and grandparents. Harry slept through the while christening but woke up for the party!! And like all good parties, Harry had a few outfit changes including his christening gown and a lovely silk body suit. He was happy in both outfits but I think he liked being naked the most!!

Aren't the pictures beautiful? I love being a baby and child photographer when babies are this smiley!

Sara-Jane x



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Family photography session in Clapham, South West London
12th September 2013
I've been a bit slack on blog posts recently as I've had a really busy first couple of weeks of September, so am catching up today!

Earlier in the summer I was in Clapham, South West London for a family portrait photography session with 1-year old India and her 3-year old brother Isaac. I first met India when she was a baby, and she has now grown up so much and is toddling about. The weather was beautiful thankfully so I was able to capture her running around - something which is really hard inside when you are relying on a flash, as you can't get a quick enough shutter speed.

The pictures below really capture the exhilarating feeling a child has when they are able to freely run around, don't you think!

Sara-Jane x



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Baby and family photography session in Maida Vale, West London - 3 month old Harrison
16th August 2013
Earlier this month I went to Maida Vale, West London to do a baby portrait photography shoot with the gorgeous 3-month old Harrison. His mum was the lucky recipient of a photography gift voucher from her best friend, and so she wanted to capture some images of Harrison while he was still tiny. Although he wasn't that tiny.... he's already grown out of his 3-6 months clothes :-) Despite being somewhat tired during the session he performed like a little star, and I was able to capture lots of lovely pictures of him and his family. My favourites are the black and white photos below.

Sara-Jane x



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New product launched for newborn, baby, child and family photography in London and Surrey
12th August 2013
I have recently launched a new product for my newborn, baby, child and family photography business in London and Surrey - multi-aperture pictures. This enables you to pick your four favourite images from the shoot - one portrait and three landscape - and put them together in a "storyboard" type frame. This is great when you can't choose which photos you like best, or as a gift for the grandparents! The pictures below are examples of what can be produced - in either colour or black and white. These are for one baby/ child but you can include siblings or the whole family in the picture if you would like.

Sara-Jane x



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