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