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

Newborn baby and family photography in Battersea, SW London
14th May 2013
I love newborns! Their cute squishiness, the fact they sleep all the time, those lovely curled up shots. However, at his newborn baby photography session in Battersea, SW London, 7 day-old Zachary broke all the rules, and was awake for most of the photoshoot. He was a happy little bunny though so the pictures turned out beautifully. I turned many of the family ones into black and white as I love the timeless feel of them. Which one is your favourite?

Sara-Jane x



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Newborn baby photography in Kingston hospital, Surrey
07th May 2013
One week ago today my nephew Tommy was born, 4 weeks early, weighing 4lb 11 - so teeny but perfectly formed. So I went into Kingston hospital in Surrey to visit my sister and Tommy that day .... obviously with my camera in hand!!!! The youngest baby I have ever had a newborn photography session with was 5 days old.... so this was a first. And a first to have the shoot in the hospital!

The challenge with newborns is very red blotchy skin and lots of flakiness. This is where black and white is your best friend! Converting the images to B&W evens out the skin tone and saves a lot of time in post-production editing.

Enjoy these pictures :-) There will be a lot more as Tommy grows up! And I can't wait until the family are back home and I can do a proper newborn session.... the ones of Tommy and his big bro Bobby will be sooooo cute!

Sara-Jane x



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Professional newborn baby photography session in Beckenham, South London
22nd April 2013
Ooooh I love newborn babies! Here are my favourite pictures from a professional newborn baby photography session in Beckenham, South East London with 6 day old Charlotte. Her family is American, so she is named after her mum's home town - Charlotte in North Carolina. Very sweet!

It is important to try and keep your baby awake for a few hours before your newborn photography session, and feed them just beforehand. This ensures they sleep for as much as possible during the three hour photoshoot. Charlotte was an absolute angel and slept for the majority of the session - although we had a few awake moments where she needed to feed so I was able to get some wide-eyed shots too. Beautiful, natural images - and no hats or baskets in sight!!

Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in Beckenham, South East London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Professional baby and child photography session in Catford, Lewisham, South London
22nd April 2013
There is nothing cuter than siblings when they get on, play together nicely and pose beautifully for the camera! Here are my favourite pictures from a professional baby and child photography session in Catford, Lewisham, South East London. Merry is 3 and took direction really well, and posed like a true mini model. Although she did get bored after half an hour and tried to drag me off to play in her bedroom!! Maeve, her 13 month old sister, is at that age when you cannot ask her to sit still and pose, so we just played lots of games of hidey-boo and I was able to capture her cheeky smiles and personality. The portrait of the two of them together is just so cute as well.... very natural. And the family adored them all! Sara-Jane x



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Baby photography session in East Dulwich, London - 5 month old Isobel
12th April 2013
I don't believe in using huge amounts of props on my newborn, baby and child photography sessions - in fact pretty much the only ones I have are blankets and hats. I am really not a fan of the baby in a basket/ hanging from a tree images - I much prefer my portraits to be a lot more natural than that! But when they work they work really well!!! Here is 5 month old Isobel at her professional photography session in East Dulwich, London. The series of three pictures would make an amazing display on the family's wall. She is just sooooo incredibly adorable, don't you think? Sara-Jane x



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Professional newborn baby, child and family photography in Clapham, South London
10th April 2013
Last week I had a professional photography session in Clapham in South West London to welcome baby Felicity into the world. At only 4 days new she was the youngest ever newborn I have photographed. I thought this would mean she spent the whole session sleeping, but oh no, she was wide awake, alert and as happy as anything. Abigail, her 2 1/2 year old sister, was an absolutely angelic child and a delight to photograph as she did exactly what she was told. Not to mention when I left I got a hug and a kiss with the words "I love you Sara-James". Now that's why I love my job :-)

I also got this feedback from the family after they had seen the pictures:

"We absolutely love them thank you so so much! You were born to do this job. We were allowing ourselves to hope for perhaps one or two priceless photos to fall in love with - never imagined tens of them! Can't thank you enough - you've made the end of our first week so special". Awwwwwww.

Sara-Jane x



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Black and white baby and family photography in Epsom, Surrey
30th March 2013
Last week I went to Epsom in Surrey for a photography session with a family who were given a gift voucher for their baby shower. What nice friends they have! They didn't want a newborn session so waited until the youngest child was 3 months old. They also have an older boy of 2. He was an angel throughout the session which meant I was able to get some lovely sibling portraits. Joshua was awake through most of the shoot, but slept right at the end.... so the perfect scenario of being able to get both types of pictures. Here are my favourite black and white images from the day. Hope you like them! Sara-Jane x



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Professional baby photography session in Greenwich, South East London
23rd March 2013
A lot of my work as a professional baby and child photographer is very young babies, as this is the time when parents, especially first time parents, want to capture their special moments. So it's lovely for me when I get to photograph toddlers. It's a lot more of a challenge as they never sit still, but the key is to work with the child and what they like doing. It never pays to make them sit in one spot and pose as you will end up with one grumpy child!! This results in much more natural, lifestyle type images, such as the ones I took below of one-year old Zak at a photography session in Greenwich, South East London this week. Sara-Jane x



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Photography with Tippee Toes in Dulwich, South London
21st March 2013
Last week I went to a Tippee Toes children's event in Dulwich, London to take some professional photographs for their website. Tippee Toes offer music workshops, baby massage, parties and soft play for energetic babies and toddlers in South East London! It was so much fun and I fell in love with the ball pit! Not only for the bright colours that they add to the pictures, but also because it stops the children from running around!!! It's very hard to capture movement when you are inside and have to use flash photography with a slow shutter speed. The bouncy castle was near on impossible!!! Here are my favourite images from the day. Sara-Jane x



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Baby and child photography party in Sydenham, SE London
18th March 2013
One of the unique services I offer is a baby & child photography party, where a group of mums can get together and share the cost and experience of a professional photography shoot. Last week I held one such session in Sydenham, South East London. The babies were all 4 or 5 months old which is one of my favourite ages for photos, as I can capture that cute tummy time without risk of the little 'uns crawling away! I also was able to use my new alphabet blocks, which make such an awesome picture spelling out your baby's name :-) Sara-Jane x



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Child photography in the snow - 2 year old Marius
12th March 2013
This weekend I took a break from London and went to Norway to visit some friends from when I lived there. While I was there I had a child photography session with my friend's son, Marius, a 2 year old toddler. It was still very snowy over there, but really sunny, so there was some amazing late afternoon light to be had - and no need to use my flash!! Here are some of my favourite pictures that were taken in their local playground. It means that in my first year as a baby and child photographer I will have photos on walls in the UK, France, Norway, America, Australia and New Zealand. How international!! Sara-Jane x



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Monthly photography session at The Dish and Spoon, Dulwich, South London
08th March 2013
My monthly newborn, baby and child photography sessions at The Dish and Spoon in Nunhead, near Dulwich, in South London are proving as popular as ever. Mums get a 15 minute slot for me to take some photos of their babies and kids, and for £50 they also get 4 digital images. So it's an affordable way of them getting some pictures of their children, and to see my skills and a baby and child photographer. Hopefully then booking a longer family session at a later date! This month it was mostly boys, amongst which there were some real cuties as you can see below. Sara-Jane x



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Baby photography session in Fulham, South West London - 11 week old Coco
07th March 2013
Earlier this week I went to Fulham in South West London for a professional baby photography session with the gorgeous 11 week old Coco. She is a very pretty little girl and an absolute delight to photograph. Modelling made her sleepy though and she had to have a power nap halfway through! The last set of pictures that we got were of her on her belly, with Coco lifting her head all the way up for the very first time. You go girl! The family are moving to Australia so they will now have some amazing portraits to put on their walls over there :-) Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in Fulham, South West London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Happy newborn baby photographer in South Clapham, London
05th March 2013
In February I was a very excited photographer when I sold a gift voucher to a woman in Australia, who wanted to buy my Watch me Grow Package for her friends in London. This is a great way to document the first year of your baby's life through pictures. Normally the first photography session is best when your newborn is under 10 days old, the second around six months when your baby is able to sit and loves tummy time, and the third at a year when they are toddlers developing their own little personalities. The first session took place last week at the parents' home in South Clapham, London when Hugo was only 8 days new. The first 7 days of his life he slept constantly, and a quick feed would make him sleep. On the day I was there he loved the attention and only slept for a few mins of the 3-hour shoot. Fighting his tiredness with every breath!!! So while we didn't get many of those "traditional" newborn poses, we were able to get a nice mix of pictures for mummy and daddy. Sara-Jane x



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ShutterBaby Baby and Child Photography - One year old today!!
01st March 2013
A year ago today I left my career as an accountant to pursue my dream of becoming a newborn, baby and child photographer. I didn't know what the future would hold or whether I would be able to make it in such a competitive business. I was passionate about photography and had been taking photos as an amateur for years but I knew nothing about editing, website design, SEO, marketing or generally running my own business. How was I going to get clients? Would I be able to pay my bills? Could I really leave the corporate world forever?

With a lot of research (google became my best friend!), help from some amazing people I met along the way and many many many hours of hard work I made it through the first year. I am so immensely proud of myself for how far I have come, and how much I have learnt. The day I googled "baby photography south london" and came up as the first name I jumped around for joy. I am happy to say that I have a steady stream of clients and am absolutely loving my change of career (despite the crazy hours!). It is so amazing to be my own boss, but more than anything to create something which makes people smile. Do I ever want to go back to accounting? No thanks.

Sara-Jane x

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Child photography session in East Dulwich, South London
28th February 2013
Earlier this week I was very excited to go to East Dulwich in South London for a professional baby and child photography session with 3-yr old Mimi and her 13 month old sister Evie. Most of my shoots are with tiny babies so I was very happy to be able to take some pictures of older children for a change. Mimi was absolutely adorable, took direction really well and above all instinctively knew how to pose for the camera. She really could be a children's model. I wonder if Evie will grow up to be like her big sis!!

I also got some amazing feedback from the family after they saw the pictures:

"With a curious one-year-old and frisky three-year-old, it's very hard to even get them in the same place at the same time, but Sara-Jane managed it and the results were great. She was so patient and put the girls at ease, capturing their cheeky personalities perfectly. The only problem was trying to choose which photos we wanted, as they were all so lovely!" Awwww.

Sara-Jane x



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Professional baby photography session in Balham, South West London
26th February 2013
Last week I was in Balham in South West London for a professional baby photography session with 7-month old Sofiya. This is one of my favourite ages to photograph as you can get across their personalities a lot more than newborns. I have also started to think about offering additional products alongside traditional prints and digital images - one of which is a storyboard with three square pictures, such as the ones below, in a multi-aperture frame. With the right acrylic frame they will look amazing on the family's lounge wall! Sara-Jane x



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Newborn baby photography in Leatherhead, Surrey - 5 week old Theo
22nd February 2013
Although a newborn photography session is best within the first ten days of your baby's life, in order to get those cute, squishy asleep portraits... older newborn babies offer a little bit more. They are able to focus more so you can get some wide-eyed images and if you are lucky you can capture a windy smile or two. Here are some black and white photos with 5-week old Theo in Leatherhead, Surrey which show the variety of pictures you can get with an older newborn baby.

I also got some lovely feedback from the family:

"We booked a newborn photo shoot for our little boy Theo, and Sara-Jane did a wonderful job and took some beautiful pictures. She made the whole thing very relaxed and enjoyable for us all, and worked brilliantly with his mood. We now have some amazing photos of him and all of us together. Thank you!" Awwwwww.

Sara-Jane x



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Newborn baby photography in Bromley, South East London - 10 week old Jessie
20th February 2013
Last week I went to Bromley in South East London for a newborn baby photography session with the very gorgeous 10-week old Jessie. Unusually for a baby that age, we managed to get a mix of sleeping and awake shots - normally they are just wide awake!! Jessie was great on her belly and very smiley, so I was able to get a good mix of images including some lovely family portraits. The parents' favourite pictures were those images which I took in black and white - a few of them are posted below. Sara-Jane x



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Professional newborn baby photography session in Fulham, South West London
14th February 2013
It's been a busy February so far! Last week I went to Fulham, in South West London, for a professional baby photography session with 3-month old Jiya. This was the first of the three sessions which the family have booked as part of my Watch Me Grow Package. The Watch Me Grow package includes three professional photoshoots in the first year of your baby's life, with 15 high-resolution edited photos on CD from each session. Although she was a little bit sceptical of the big, black scary camera, she was incredibly cute, and I love the final images. Especially the one of her sleeping on her mum's shoulder.... so adorable! I can't wait to take more pictures of her as she grows up. Sara-Jane x



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