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It happens with so many things in life, we have an idea, it seems simple but when we look into it, the decision you are going to have to make start to unfold and it feels complicated, so we shelve it for later when we have ‘more time’. That’s the thing though, there is no MORE time, time is time, it will pass as time does (think background noise of clocks ticking).

Newborn photography is a bit like that and having worked with hundreds of newborns and their sleep deprived parents over the last decade, I’ve answered a whole heap of questions as you can imagine.  Most parents start out seeing some cute baby pictures and think “We should get some done!”, so they start Googling ‘baby photo shoot’ and after five minutes they’re like “WAIT, so do we have to book now or later?”, “Do we want the photos done at home or in a studio?”, “What age should my baby be for a newborn session?”, “What should I wear?”. The more you look, the more questions bubble to the surface.

My role in life, as it turns out, is to provide super-cute photos of newborns for their parents while giving everyone the very best and most relaxed experience possible. Unless photoshoots with newborns are something you regularly attend (Ahem), you’re likely to be a little anxious because as a new parent, we are venturing into: The Unknown.

Understandably, we want those events to go smoothly but have all heard the quote ‘Never work with children or animals”, so we think the worst will, inevitably, happen to us. By that I mean, parents worry that their gorgeous little baby will pee all over the photographers blankets (they all do that), their brand new perfect tiny human will have a huge meltdown and need to guzzle All.The.Milk mid session (they all do that) or their toddler will refuse to hold their new baby brother/sister

“Come on, hold baby Ellie”. 
“No”
“Don’t you love your baby Ellie?”
“No”…

They
All
Do
That

So let’s go right ahead (she said after waffling on for 340 words) and address the questions I hear everyday from parents before booking a session. If you’re bursting to ask something, pop it in the comments box below r send me an email and I’ll be straight on it!

What is the best age for a newborn session?

After a decade of photographing new babies of all ages, experience has taught me that we will achieve the images I love to create for clients far easier when your baby is around one week old.  If dreamy, sleepy photos are what you want then that’s the ideal. After that, I find that babies (generally speaking here) may be less likely to sleep soundly enough.  Having said that, having a baby is no small event on you physically and not everyone is back on their feet and ready to be photographed within a few days.  I do my Newborn sessions up to three weeks old, after that we move onto Baby sessions during which your baby may (or may not) have a snooze but we’ll get some great photos for you regardless.

When do we need to book our newborn session?

The earlier the better!  I am well aware that the majority of births are not predictable and that due date is rarely the birth date but that’s ok, my business is geared around that.  As I can only take on a certain number of newborn sessions per month, by booking, we pencil a session in about a week from your due date which reserves your session around that time so it’s no problem if we have to move it a few days.  Booking in advance also gives us time to talk about some things that will help you be well prepared for your session even before your baby arrives.

Where will the session take place?

As I mentioned above, my super power is making sure you have the best experience possible and not everyone wants to have to tidy their home for a photoshoot with a newborn in tow! So that I can provide a warm, comfortable environment for you and you baby (not to mention the gooey chocolatey biscuits) so that you can simply arrive and be looked after, I have a studio in Surrey.  We’re not talking white backgrounds here (hello 1998), I have an ever changing lifestyle set up in the studio with a carefully curated collection of vintage finds and sumptuous bedding to create a cosy, homely vibe for your images while keeping your baby as the star of the show. Alternatively, if you’re passionate about having your session at home, I can do that too.

What will happen during my newborn session?

Making sure you’re well prepared for your session is the key to it’s success and why I have developed my very own system to ensure the smooth running of things.  The images you will have seen on this website or my social media are variations of similar techniques I use in every session.  We’ll move through various positions making sure we capture your baby and the rest of the family in a variety of combinations, stopping whenever we need to for you to feed, cuddle or change your baby. While your baby is fast asleep, I’ll gently move them while they lie safely on a huge bed to capture the tiny details. This is a good time for you to put your feet up, have a cup of tea and a break while I work.  You will also have the opportunity to browse all the gorgeous products available to display your photos when they’re ready, from framed prints and albums to vintage style keepsake boxes.

How long is a newborn session?

I allow two hours of shooting for capturing a perfect gallery of images, you should allow another half an hour if you’d like to try on some pieces from the client wardrobe and perhaps a bit longer to give your baby a good feed before you head home. For sessions in your own home, I’ll be there no more than the two hours shooting time.

What should I wear?

By the time you’ve had your baby I expect you’re pretty fed up of your maternity clothes but perhaps not quite back into your pre-pregnancy wardrobe.  In the studio I have an ever growing collection of dresses, skirts and tops that photograph well and are chosen to flatter post pregnancy shapes.  You are welcome to pop in prior to your session and browse or just choose some options on the day. Alternatively we can chat about things that work well and I will guide you in the session planning stage with some ideas and inspiration.

When will my photos be ready?

Within two weeks your photos will be ready to view online in a private gallery and make your purchases. Some clients prefer to schedule some time back in the studio to view the images and discuss the options whilst going through the images (with a relaxing glass of wine-remember wine?) so the choosing and ordering gets done in one go.  The choice is yours and whatever suits you.

I’d love an album of my newborn photos, how does it work?

I’ll design your album for you using images from your session that I feel work best together and tell the story of your family. You will then have the opportunity to see the design as it will look printed in the album and make any changes or image swaps.  You choose the album cover and the text for the front cover and it will be with posted out to you in four weeks.

Can you do a maternity session as well?

Of course!  I love meeting mum’s before their baby arrives, it feels so complete to capture them both before and after the birth.  Maternity sessions can be in the studio entirely, we can use the outdoor studio (private land next door) or we can choose another location altogether. They are best done at around 30 weeks and are a little shorter than newborn sessions at 90 minutes.

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A few weeks ago I visited a simply gorgeous Bristol newborn for her newborn session slightly later than normal at three weeks old.

Most of the year round it’s impossible to get outdoor newborn photos due to the weather so it was a real treat on this gloriously sunny and warm day to pop out into the garden for part of the session.

Super chilled out parents, lovely warm weather and a very full tummy (Edith’s, not mine!) made for a very sleepy baby so sleepy in fact, she slept through the whole thing.

If you would like to know more about my newborn or baby sessions, drop me a line here.

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Oh my goodness, what an adorable newborn session in Hampton. This session took place some months ago but I’m only just getting around to sharing it with you now!

I get asked a lot of questions about my sessions as for many parents it’s their first newborn session and more often than not, their first baby.  When they book a session, (hopefully) they haven’t already had their baby so they are a little nervous about the whole new baby business and how a photography session is going to go with a tiny little human they haven’t even met properly yet! It can be daunting, which is where my experience comes in.

After photographing literally hundreds of babies over the last ten years, ranging from two days old upwards I’ve learned a thing or two about making a newborn session a really positive experience. An experience that results in beautiful photographs for you to look back on of a time that, I promise you, will feel like a whirlwind and frankly, a bit of a blur. It will feel like moments before your tiny new baby has grown out of their newborn clothes, filled out a little and is suddenly not newborn anymore.

My newborn sessions are scheduled for a week after your due date but can always be moved if your baby arrives earlier or later than planned.  Prior to your session, I’ll make sure you have all the information you need to prepare your baby, yourself and your home with the minimum of effort and fuss to ensure a really successful session. I’ll be in and out within  couple of hours having captured some really great images of your new family so that you can get on with getting to know your new baby knowing your memories are safely documented. x

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This newborn session in surrey came about after photographing  a friend of Sarah’s a month or so beforehand, she saw their photos and got in  touch just after their new baby arrived. So he was a couple of weeks old by the time we got to do his photos but that didn’t hinder the session in any way.  Mostly I like to old newborn sessions at about a week old as new babies are still very sleepy and don’t mind being moved around a bit while they’re sleeping.  It’s important they sleep during a session as when newborns are awake, they generally need either feeding or changing and their eyes, hands and feet are constantly on the move as they learn to control their movements. So a sleeping baby makes for those gorgeous relaxed moments when I can capture tiny details and their beautiful newborn features.

While chatting to a client during another newborn session in Surrey earlier this week while she gave her baby a feed between photos, I was explaining that some children I first met as newborns, exactly as were doing right then, were now at school!  It really made me think about how wonderful that is. How great that I get to see these amazing families grow, new siblings arrive and keep photographing them through each stage every year or so. How fabulous that these children who I held as newborns, tickled as toddlers, played games with as pre schoolers, now are completely comfortable with me turning up every now and then, hanging out and photographing them.

This year, I’m working on making it even easier for you to get beautiful photographs of your family.  I know life is busy with families, work and keeping the wheels turning, so I’ve made it my mission to make things as simple as possible for you. Get in touch by email or give me a ring on 01483 272016 to find out more or just to say hi, I love to hear from you. x

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The last couple of weeks have been utterly crazy busy, I have met so many unbelievably wonderful families and people and it’s made me feel quite sentimental about the incredible transformations our lives go through when we have families. I’ve met blooming mums-to-be just brimming with anticipation to meet their new babies, to become part of the ‘motherhood’ tribe. I’ve met new parents who are wrapped in the warm, fuzzy blanket of previously inconceivable emotion and pure adoration for their newborn child. There have been slightly frazzled parents with second babies who thought their hearts couldn’t love more than they did only to find that yes, oh yes they certainly can. Not to mention the wonderful chaotic gaggle of many cnnhildren in larger families who play, tease, poke, laugh and just are together.

Each type of session, each stage of a growing family has a special place in my heart, each family is every bit as beautiful as the next and so often mothers are not in the frame and in the whirlwind that is family life it gets left behind so easily. I wanted to share these images with you from a session to mark the arrival of Philippa and Ben’s second child as they tell a little story that is both beautiful and demanding to be captured. It’s the story of their love, of crazy, busy days with a toddler and a newborn and of the purity of emotion when you hold your new baby close, having known them only a week but also a lifetime.  Time kind of stands still during that first week, after the weeks of anticipation, trying to plan for a massive life event but not knowing precisely when it will happen. It’s a bit like a storm, you can feel it coming, there’s a period of intensity as Mother Nature steps in and reminds you of her awesome and overarching power, then peace and safety.

Thinking about how incredibly fast these years go, in fact if I think about it too much I’m afraid to blink, keeps me going when things are tough. Just knowing that by capturing these beautiful and precious moments now for so many gorgeous families, they will have the memories for the future. I love that years down the line, these images will still be hanging on walls, probably moved from home to home, but will become part of a family’s history, part of their story. They will inspire questions and conversations about childhood. As they grow up, the children will see themselves as a family in those images and feel so loved and safe, even if they don’t remember the day, they will recognise the feelings and know that it was a truly special time in their lives.

If you would like more information about having a newborn session please get in touch by email or on 01483 272016.

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A few weeks ago I visited a simply gorgeous Bristol newborn for her newborn session slightly later than normal at three weeks old.

Most of the year round it’s impossible to get outdoor newborn photos due to the weather so it was a real treat on this gloriously sunny and warm day to pop out into the garden for part of the session.

Super chilled out parents, lovely warm weather and a very full tummy (Edith’s, not mine!) made for a very sleepy baby so sleepy in fact, she slept through the whole thing.

If you would like to know more about my newborn or baby sessions, drop me a line here.

 

The post Baby Edith’s Bristol Newborn Session appeared first on Natural Newborn Portraits and Authentic Maternity and Family Photography by JoJo Cooper.

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Oh my goodness, what an adorable newborn session in Hampton. This session took place some months ago but I’m only just getting around to sharing it with you now!

I get asked a lot of questions about my sessions as for many parents it’s their first newborn session and more often than not, their first baby.  When they book a session, (hopefully) they haven’t already had their baby so they are a little nervous about the whole new baby business and how a photography session is going to go with a tiny little human they haven’t even met properly yet! It can be daunting, which is where my experience comes in.

After photographing literally hundreds of babies over the last ten years, ranging from two days old upwards I’ve learned a thing or two about making a newborn session a really positive experience. An experience that results in beautiful photographs for you to look back on of a time that, I promise you, will feel like a whirlwind and frankly, a bit of a blur. It will feel like moments before your tiny new baby has grown out of their newborn clothes, filled out a little and is suddenly not newborn anymore.

My newborn sessions are scheduled for a week after your due date but can always be moved if your baby arrives earlier or later than planned.  Prior to your session, I’ll make sure you have all the information you need to prepare your baby, yourself and your home with the minimum of effort and fuss to ensure a really successful session. I’ll be in and out within  couple of hours having captured some really great images of your new family so that you can get on with getting to know your new baby knowing your memories are safely documented. x

The post Welcome Baby Theo – A Newborn Session In Hampton appeared first on Natural Newborn Portraits and Authentic Maternity and Family Photography by JoJo Cooper.

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I’ve always maintained that having your newborn photo shoot at home is definitely the best place as not only is it easier for you, it makes your photos truly personal, telling the story of where you were as part of your baby’s early days. As my newborn sessions ideally take place in the first two weeks, getting packed up, timing feeds and getting out the door can be akin to a military manoeuvre, so having your new baby photographed at home takes the stress right out of it. Yes, there’s a little bit of preparation but if you book before your baby is born, you will have plenty of time to get things ready with a little guidance from me.  Normally I stick pretty much within Surrey, but on this occasion I ventured much further afield to the far reaches of The Other Side of London. I know, adventurous huh?

Just avoiding the Dartford Tunnel and back towards the city is like another world to me being a country girl. Give me trees and long grass and I’m a happy lass, having said that I have recently become a huge fan of the city break after a recent trip to Rome but that’s a whole other story.

On the day of this newborn shoot I found myself in an stunning apartment in a converted factory with a pretty amazing couple and their totally adorable baby. Yes, I know I say that about all babies but I can’t help it, they just are. In a sec you should scroll all the way down through the pics and I bet you can’t do it without a little smile and a sigh at the cuteness going on. I mean, check out the curls! Wherever you are and whatever time of day (or night) it is, I hope you are enjoying pootling round my website, if you have any questions at all about my sessions, click the link at the bottom and say hi. Right, I won’t keep you reading any longer. X

 

As promised, here’s the link, do get in touch, I’d love to hear from you. or give me a ring..

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This newborn session in surrey came about after photographing  a friend of Sarah’s a month or so beforehand, she saw their photos and got in  touch just after their new baby arrived. So he was a couple of weeks old by the time we got to do his photos but that didn’t hinder the session in any way.  Mostly I like to old newborn sessions at about a week old as new babies are still very sleepy and don’t mind being moved around a bit while they’re sleeping.  It’s important they sleep during a session as when newborns are awake, they generally need either feeding or changing and their eyes, hands and feet are constantly on the move as they learn to control their movements. So a sleeping baby makes for those gorgeous relaxed moments when I can capture tiny details and their beautiful newborn features.

While chatting to a client during another newborn session in Surrey earlier this week while she gave her baby a feed between photos, I was explaining that some children I first met as newborns, exactly as were doing right then, were now at school!  It really made me think about how wonderful that is. How great that I get to see these amazing families grow, new siblings arrive and keep photographing them through each stage every year or so. How fabulous that these children who I held as newborns, tickled as toddlers, played games with as pre schoolers, now are completely comfortable with me turning up every now and then, hanging out and photographing them.

This year, I’m working on making it even easier for you to get beautiful photographs of your family.  I know life is busy with families, work and keeping the wheels turning, so I’ve made it my mission to make things as simple as possible for you. Get in touch by email or give me a ring on 01483 272016 to find out more or just to say hi, I love to hear from you. x

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