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

Baby and family photography session in Peckham, SE London
11th August 2013
Last month I was at a baby and family photography session in Peckham, South East London with the very gorgeous 4-month old baby Scarlett. For family sessions, I like to take a few posed portraits and then get mum and dad to play with their baby while I am in the background with my camera. This results in more beautiful and natural photos than formal studio shots. Below are some examples of the sort of family pictures I like to take. Hope you love them!

Sara-Jane x



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Baby photography session in Richmond, SW London
11th August 2013
One year old toddlers can be hard to photograph if they are already walking, as the last thing they want to do is sit still and pose for portraits! They want to run around continuously, which can be challenging for a baby and child photographer. The camera can't focus as quickly as a child can run around. Shutter speed can also be a problem, especially if you are using a flash inside. Outside it's not an issue as you have enough natural light to ensure that the shutter speed can be quick enough to capture movement. Luckily, the weather was kind at my baby photography session in Richmond, South West London, so I was able to capture lots of photos of Alex playing outside. These pictures really capture his cheeky personality, don't you think?

Sara-Jane x



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NCT baby photography session in East Dulwich, South London
05th August 2013
I have recently introduced a baby photography package for mums local to me in Herne Hill, South London, which is great for groups such as NCT. If you have 4 or more mums in your group, I will come to one of your homes and for £50 each you will get a 15 minute photo session and 4 fully-edited high resolution digital images of your baby. Last month I did one such session with four 4-month old babies in East Dulwich. Out of the whole NCT group, only one was a baby girl but she wasn't there on the day. Here are my favourite pictures....I think you'll agree they are all very handsome boys :-)

Sara-Jane x



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Baby and family photography session in Colliers Wood, South West London
25th July 2013
Last month I went to Colliers Wood in South West London for a baby and family photography session with the very beautiful 4-month old baby Sasha. Her uncle had bought the family a gift voucher for Christmas, before Sasha was even born!!! Sasha's mum loves to dress Sasha up in pretty dresses and bows, and as you can see we had many outfit changes during the session. All the dresses and bows could be interchanged of course though!! All that modelling wore poor Sasha out, so she had to have a little power nap at the end. Which I took advantage of by getting some cute sleeping portraits as you would with a newborn baby!! Here are my favourite pictures from the shoot, although it was hard with so many gorgeous photos to choose from!

Sara-Jane x



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Baby and family photography session in East Molesey, Surrey
21st July 2013
Earlier this month I met the very gorgeous 13-month old Alexandra at a baby and family photography session in East Molesey, Surrey. I have been totally loving this beautiful weather, which has allowed me to get some amazing natural lights portraits. With photos outside, it is important to stay out of direct sunlight to avoid squinting and shadows. Alexandra had just learnt to walk, so didn't sit still for long.... so I also took some photos of her in action! Here are my favourite pictures from the session.

Sara-Jane x



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Baby and family photography session in Chislehurst, South East London
15th July 2013
I met the very sweet 3-month old baby Abigail at a baby and family photography session in Chislehurst, South East London a few weeks ago. She was very beautiful and posed nicely for her photos, but the session wore her out so she needed a little power nap towards the end. No problem.... I just took some portraits of her asleep - which the family loved as they didn't have a newborn photography session when she was little!

Here is some lovely feedback from the parents: "Sara-Jane did a fantastic job taking some amazing photos of our 3 month old daughter. We were happy with the quality of the prints too. The photo session was relaxed and she had some great ideas for different poses that worked really well."

Hope you enjoy the pictures!

Sara-Jane x



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Newborn baby photography in Camberwell, South East London
10th July 2013
A few weeks ago I went to Camberwell in South East London (5 minutes from where I live, bliss!) for a baby photography session with the gorgeous 6-week old Ossie. Not quite a newborn, so none of those curled up baby portraits I love so much, but he already had such a fab smiley personality that I think his parents were right to wait a few weeks to have his photos taken. I was able to capture some beautiful images which the family loved. Which one is your favourite? I think I like the one where he looks like a mini buddha myself :-)

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.
Baby photography session in Redhill, Surrey - 6 month old Thomas
05th July 2013
Last month I went to Redhill in Surrey for a baby photography session with the very adorable 6-month old Thomas. 6-month old babies are amongst my favourite to photograph, as their personalities are starting to shine through, and you can get a lot of different poses - sitting, lying and my favourite, the tummy time poses. Thomas had such a smiley personality and was an absolute delight to photograph. I knew his family would love all of the pictures I took of him, as they were all so gorgeous. I like to think it's all because of my skills as a baby and child photographer but I think I need to credit the model here!!!

Here are my favourite photos from the session.

Sara-Jane x



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Baby photography shoot in hotel in Kensington, London
02nd July 2013
Last month was a first for me.... I was invited to a hotel to take photos of a woman's 4 month old baby while the family were on vacation in London. It's the only time I have ever been asked to do a baby photography shoot in a hotel!! Luckily hotel beds are big with lots of white sheets and pillows and so a perfect setting for a mobile portrait "studio"! Faris was an absolute angel from start to finish and we were able to get the pictures quickly before he needed to nap (I would want to nap if I had been lying on a comfy hotel bed for an hour!).

I was quite impressed with myself at how quickly I was able to turn around the photos - the shoot was on a Friday and by the following Thursday his mum had all the edited photos on CD and five prints to take back with her to Abu Dhabi!

I love the cute little baby outfits that his mum dressed him in, what do you think? :-)

Sara-Jane x



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Outdoor baby and family photography session in Fetcham, Surrey
02nd July 2013
My first baby photography session with the gorgeous Amelia was when she was 6 months old. Her parents had purchased the Watch Me Grow Package where the family get three photoshoots over the course of a year, so last month I visited again when Millie had just turned one. The family had moved from their small flat in London to a large house in Fetcham, Surrey with a lovely garden. Fortunately, the weather was perfect for taking photos outdoors, and as Millie had just learnt to walk I was able to capture movement with a high enough shutter speed (this is not possible indoors when using a flash). As well as running around, Millie's favourite thing was sitting in the baby rucksack on her dad's back, so we got a few pictures of that too! Hope you like the photos!

Sara-Jane x



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Baby, child and family photography session in Raynes Park, Surrey
01st July 2013
I met the lovely sisters, 19-month Phoebe and 5-month Evie (yes, really only a year separating them!!) at a baby, child and family photography session in Raynes Park, Surrey earlier this month. Phoebe was adorable, but really knew her own mind and would only sit and pose if she wanted to... I found the best way was to start taking photos of Evie and she would want to join in. When she got bored of that, the chocolate bribes came out!! She also loved having raspberries on her feet and could say "other one" really well! Evie herself was just a giggly delight as are most babies at that age :-)

It can be really hard to get images of siblings together when the children are so young, but I was really pleased with the pictures that I was able to capture. I also love the portrait with them and their mum too. Such a happy family :-)

Sara-Jane x



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Newborn baby photography in Hackney, East London - 4 week old Archie
30th June 2013
Earlier this month I went to Hackney in East London for a baby photography shoot with 4-week old Archie. Not quite being a newborn (newborn photography is done in the first 10 days) it is always hard to predict how babies that age are going to be. Asleep is great; awake is great.... but sometimes at 4 weeks when they are awake they are not happy, or so tired that their eyes are not open properly. But I needn't have worried with little Archie as he was a dream from start to finish. I managed to get photos of him in various different outfits, some naked shots, he went on his tummy, we had pictures with mum, pictures with dad (who took his top off for some great skin-on-skin images) and family portraits.... all in two hours. Definitely one of the most chilled out babies I have ever photographed!

Archie's parents had a great range of outfits... which ended up being some of my favourites pictures. What do you think?

Sara-Jane x



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Baby and child mini photography session at the Dish and Spoon, Nunhead
30th June 2013
Last month I did another one of my mini baby and child photography sessions at The Dish and Spoon cafe in Nunhead, South East London. This involves a 15-minute photo session per baby/ child for £10, with prints starting at £5 and digital images at £15. The children at my May session were particularly gorgeous, and some of them had been to see me before so it was lovely to see how they had grown up. The mummy of little Lilla (first picture below) submitted the portrait of her afterwards to a baby and child modelling agency, and Lilla was signed up. Such a proud moment for ShutterBaby Photography!

Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Sara-Jane x



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Baby and family photography session in Chelsea, SW London
29th June 2013
Last month I was in Chelsea, South West London for a baby and family portrait photography session with the very gorgeous 1 year old baby Matteo and his family - German mum and Italian dad. It was a beautiful sunny spring day so we were able to get some lovely natural light pictures. The one difficulty was that Matteo had just learnt to walk and so wasn't happy to stay in one place. As half of the garden was in the sun and half in the shade, it was difficult to capture every image perfectly. So we moved inside.... to the bath! With bubbles and splashing Matteo was very happy and the final photos were amongst the family's favourites :-)

Sara-Jane x



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Baby photography session in Denmark Hill, SE London - 6 month old Anna
29th June 2013
You can tell when I've had a busy month... as there are very few blog posts about my lastest photography sessions! So over the next couple of days I am going to try my hardest to catch up. Here are some pictures I took at a baby and family photography session with 6-month old Ana in Denmark Hill, South East London. She was such a sweet baby and had a great range of expressions for the camera. I took some photos inside on the family bed and some outside in the garden. It was a perfect day for it, overcast but with a bit of sun poking through. You don't want it to be too sunny as then your child will squint and you will get shadows falling across their face.

I have also introduced a new product, a multi-image storyboard picture. If you buy the digital images this can be printed for you in 12x8 for only £20. This can be done with any newborn, baby, child or family photos from your session, in colour or in black and white. The portraits of Ana looked great in B&W as you can see below.

Here is what the parents had to say about the session: "We were completely impressed with Sara- Jane and loved the pictures. She put us all at ease during the shoot and was very flexible, allowing us to take a break for lunch. Will definately use Sara-Jane again."

Sara-Jane x



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Family photography session in Surrey Quays, South East London
15th June 2013
Last month I went to Surrey Quays in South East London for a family photography session with the gorgeous 6-week old baby Robbie and his parents. Robbie was so awake and alert for the whole two hour session, so I managed to get some absolutely gorgeous photos of him staring directly into the camera. I also captured some of my favourite belly shots, which is unusual in an almost newborn baby!! Usually you have to wait until they are at least 3 months old for that! However, my favourite pictures from the day were the family ones, which I converted into black and white for that classic timeless feel. My favourite photos are posted below.

Sara-Jane x



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One-year old baby photography shoot in Bickley, South East London
15th June 2013
I am very behind with my blogging but will attempt to catch up in the next couple of weeks!!! Last month I went to Bickley in South East London and met the very gorgeous baby Harry, for his first ever professional photography shoot. He didn't have one when he was a newborn so his parents wanted to make up for it!! One-year old babies are one of the most difficult ages to photograph, as they just want to be on the move all the time, and are too young to be given direction. So I have a new trick which I use - putting them in the bath!!! This contains them in one place, they normally absolutely love it so you get the gorgeous natural smiles and the white provides a perfect backdrop and great light! Here are three of my favourite pictures from the photo session, which the family also loved!!

Sara-Jane x



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Baby, child and family photography session in Bromley, SE London
31st May 2013
A couple of weeks ago I went to Bromley in South East London for a baby, child and family photography session with the very cute 7-month old baby Fleur and her big sister Marlene (yes, they are French!). Such happy and smiley children, who were a joy to photograph. I have decided that I should tell all future families to wear bright colours, as I think they really make the picture pop. I especially like Marlene's tutu which was made for her by a family member! Here are my favourite pictures from the photo session, the first two especially really make my heart melt :-) What do you think?

Sara-Jane x



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Wimbledon newborn photography session - 6 day old Freddie
31st May 2013
I met 6-day old Freddie at a newborn photography session in Wimbledon, South West London. He was the best behaved newborn baby I have ever had the pleasure to photograph. He slept for most of the session, didn't cry when he was awake and didn't need to stop to feed at all. Because of this he is the only newborn I have ever photographed in an hour and a half!! (normally sessions take about 3 hours!). I was also able to get all of the newborn pictures which are only possible when baby is asleep, such as the one on his front below. The family loved every single one of the images I uploaded to their online gallery!

For those of you who wonder what a baby photographer's trick is to get a newborn to sleep soundly through the session, there are three main necessities:
- a very very warm room - this means heating even in summer
- a very full belly
- a white noise app (the heartbeat is their favourite noise!)

Hope you love the pictures! Mum and dad certainly did :-)

Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in Wimbeldon, South West London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Christening in Bromley, SE London - baby, child and family photography
24th May 2013
A couple of weeks ago I was at a christening in Bromley, South East London taking photos of the beautiful baby Eliza and her family. Their photographer had cancelled on the day, so I stepped in, and I am so glad I did. It was the most incredible fun! Whilst the adults sipped champagne, the children had their own room with private entertainer (Mr Wand - he's brilliant!!) and as much ice cream and sweets as they could eat (I may have sneaked a few sweets myself!!!). The feedback I got from Eliza's mum was so lovely:

"Sara-Jane did the photography for my daughters christening and she was most professional from start to finish. The photos that she took were beautiful and also she got some lovely natural ones of the guests. The final edit CD is brilliant and the quality of the final images well worth the money. I would highly recommend Sara-Jane and have nothing but compliments about the photos."

Below are some of my favourite pictures from the day, of Eliza, her sister and her dad. Enjoy!

Sara-Jane x



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