Newborn & Baby Photography

Newborn & Baby Photography by Captive Photography – I am a portrait photographer specialising in natural photography of newborns, babies, children and families. Childhood is fleeting and it gives me great joy to offer my clients images of the first baby days that they will treasure for a lifetime.

My baby photography has a recognisable style, soft & natural, where light is paramount. My approach is to capture babies in their first few weeks & months in their new home. Whilst it is a special and enchanting experience for the parents, as a photographer I will ensure all the right elements are present – gentle composition, soft light, and flattering poses. My photography is all about capturing real emotions – and presenting them in a collection of stunning images, which tells the story of your baby's first weeks, months or year.

The first weeks and months of a child’s life are precious, and it is wonderful to capture these special times to look back on in future years when family life gets busier and  busier!  I photograph your baby and you at home, using simple natural backdrops around your home – to create beautiful relaxed images.

How I Work

We come to your home with everything we need for a professional make-over and newborn baby photography session. Together we will make sure we create beautiful, honest pictures that will last a lifetime.

For a newborn photography session it is best to book in before your baby is born so the shoot can take place within the first 2 weeks of your baby’s life. It typically takes 2 hours but there is no rush, no time limit. 

But it’s easier said than done. .. which is why it helps that I’ve been doing this for years, had many happy clients on the way (who keep coming back for more…) and I don’t mind waiting patiently for baby to finish feeding or a nappy to be changed!

After the session you will receive a beautiful collection of  fully-edited images – all the digital files are yours to keep.  We can also produce a photo book or album of your favourite images as an optional extra.

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A few weeks after your shoot your pictures will be ready to view. The best images from the session will have been carefully selected and edited. This is typically 50-100 photos.

I offer a completely bespoke service with high quality products, yet they are still affordable. Photo books are great for telling a story, frames are perfect for displaying a family collage or for that one special image. If you want a particular frame to fit in the space above your bed then I can help with that too. Or you can just choose your own frames and I’ll supply the prints or digital image files. The choice is all yours.

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Frequently Asked Family Photography Questions

Where does the shoot take place?

Newborn & baby photo shoots always take place in the comfort of your own home.

How long does the shoot take?

We will usually be with you for about 2 hours but we can take longer if babies (or parents!) need a break to feed or change. There is no time limit.  We start with the professional  make-up session and move on to the photography session when everyone is ready.

How many photos do we see and are they all going to be edited?

I will select the best images (typically between 50-100) from the shoot and all that you see will be edited in my style and ready to print. They are NOT straight out of the camera files.

Do we need to prepare?

It is important to book a time of day when your baby will hopefully be relaxed and not too tired, well fed and calm.  However it is also important we have the best natural light which is usually not too late into the day. 

What shall we wear?

It is best to keep clothes soft and light.  No formal, stiff textures and nothing with big logos that can dominate the photos or look dated in a few years.  Soft pastel colour is best. It is best to avoid plain black and plain white. Some baby wipes and a muslin are often useful! New favourite toys and props are welcomed.

What if my baby or I am unwell on the day?

No problem, we can reschedule…

Can we have the whole family photographed?

Yes! Make sure you wear clothes you are happy to be photographed in, and the colours blend well together for photographs of you all as a family. Even if you want the main focus to be on the new baby, a few relaxed informal portraits with older siblings can also be scheduled in.  

How do we order prints and other products from you?

A few weeks after your shoot your pictures will be ready to view. Viewings normally happen in the evening when the children are tucked up in bed, I am happy to come to you or alternatively I can send you a link to view the gallery online in your own time. I bring show you samples of frames and albums if you would like help to decide how and where to display your favourite images.

Do we get to keep the digital images?

All the fully-edited digital images are yours to keep.

Can we upload our favourite photos on facebook?

If you want to share your photos with family and friends, go ahead and tag and share them, just remember the photo credit to Jo Hughes, Captive Photography please..

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