Little Crumpets Photography | Newborn, Baby & Family Photographer
I specialize in newborn, baby and family photography and I'm professionally trained in newborn safety and posing by UK leading experts in the field. These end up being some of my favourite shots because it is so magical to see how entranced parents are by their little newborn!
If you’ve met me you know I’m particularly animal obsessed. I love all animals- cats, dogs, guinea pigs etc. So when I’m asked my an expecting couple if they can incorporate their dog into their maternity or newborn session I’m all over it. I adore capturing your first fur-baby with your new arrival.
For maternity sessions the best way to do this is to do an outdoor session as it is the most natural for a dog. We go to a lovely forest and have them run around and they have a great time with the other dogs there. I have a series of poses I do for dogs in maternity sessions and make sure to capture their beautiful essence in the images. The first image is a beautiful English bulldog named Bella and she adores her mum! She follows her everywhere, this has particularly increased since Bella has known mum is pregnant! She spent the session doting on her mum and wandering around with us while we posed mum and dad around the forest. Bella was a fantastic model with her delightful squishy face and I can’t wait to photograph her with her family’s new arrival!
The second image is my nephew with his big sister Saydee! Saydee was bribed to do this shot with lots of treats! This is a typical studio session pose I do with newborns and their dog as it is a safe pose to do as we can composite unruly dogs in the picture without being harmful to baby. Saydee has known from the minute that he was in his mum’s belly! Once he arrived she has been so great with him and even got up every hour with mum and dad. It was absolutely hilarious watching her because she was just as tired as new parents because she felt she needed to always be awake when he was awake!
On the 4th of April my little nephew was born and I hurried home to Canada to photograph him. I had instructed my mum to buy studio lighting and my brother was in charge of finding rustic barn wood to use as a backdrop. I packed two suitcases full of props for little Camden’s newborn session and flew home to Canada to photograph him. He was 8 days overdue and quite a chunky little guy so I was worried that he was a bit more awake than the usual newborn. We did the session in their basement as it was the darkest place in my brother’s home, amongst his exercise equipment and their laundry, and made a makeshift studio. We were able to replicate it perfectly and Camden was as good as gold for me the first day we did his session. We had planned greens and blues for his session and I tried my best to make the session as personal to my brother and his fiancé as possible. I brought lots of props that were woodland themed so that we could match the nursery theme. I also used an old car bucket that I have as Camden’s initials are C.A.R and incorporated an old nascar toy of my father’s as my family has a great love for cars. My mum knitted a Hudson’s Bay themed wrap and hat set as we knew we wanted to incorporate Canada somehow. I absolutely adored photographing my nephew as the session felt so personal to me and it was amazing photographing him and seeing some of my brother’s features in him while doing it. It felt incredible being able to capture these memories for him that will be there forever and he can look back on and think, “My auntie took those pictures”.
Are you looking to be a newborn photographer? Do you know how important it is to be trained prior to handling a baby and trying to pose them for newborn photography?
At “Little Crumpets Photography” I teach 1-1 mentoring and training to help give you a strong foundation to start your career as a newborn photographer. In our workshop I teach safe posing techniques, soothing and editing. It is so important to get this foundation prior to trying to photograph newborns as safety is the most important factor in newborn photography. Here, I trained Lauren 1-1 mentoring (above is our workshop) and she loved learning about all the safe techniques and was surprised at how some poses were done. During 1-1 mentoring on newborn photography I teach things that took me over 5 years to learn! It is so important to give yourself this foundation before starting your career and putting newborn safety at risk.
My 1-1 newborn photography training days include 2 little newborn models that I show you how to pose safely with and go through my posing flow to create a quicker and comfortable session for baby. My editing techniques are also taught and cater to saving time in your editing workflow so you can spend more time with family! It is quite a fully day packed with information but crucial to beginning your career as a newborn photographer. My attendees feel ready to start their business and are informed on how to do poses safely and keep baby happy! My 1-1 mentoring ensures you get my full attention and can ask any question you like. I also provide ongoing support for my attendees after their workshop and as they start their new career in newborn photography.
I absolutely adore teaching newborn photography as it is my true passion in life and I adore meeting other photographers. To attend my 1-1 newborn photography workshops please email me at Reddington.email@example.com.
Are you interested in newborn photography at your home? I do offer an option in my packages that is quite a departure from my studio style but just as beautiful. A newborn home lifestyle session is for those that prefer a more natural, minimal and laid-back look. As I can’t bring my entire studio to your home we focus on natural moments with natural light and no props. This type of session captures all the firsts at your home with all the family. It can capture younger siblings interacting with baby, your pets and extended family. This type of session captures all those firsts in the first few days at home. My home session focuses on family interaction with baby and no posed images. It is all natural and gorgeous!
This lifestyle newborn home session is an example of when I flew home to Canada to photograph my brother’s new arrival! My nephew is all kinds of chunky and adorable! My brother and his fiancé really wanted to capture their first baby (their dog Saydee) with them as a family as she is just as important! The lifestyle home session is the perfect way to capture these gorgeous moments like doggy cuddles, baby stretches and reactions to those loud poo explosions!
If you’re interested in a home lifestyle session in your London home, your home must have lots of natural light and you must want your home to be in the images as we photograph your home as the background to your family images. We photograph by windows, on your sofa, in your bedroom and in baby’s nursery. We capture all those first moments like nappy changes, first baths and feeds.
To book your newborn session please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I do often book up months in advance so please book ahead if possible.
Maternity photography is a beautiful celebration of life. It celebrates the miraculous things a woman’s body can do and also acts as a time preserver so you can reflect on those 9 months where you created a little human being.
Did you know I do Mini Maternity Sessions? They are the perfect small session to capture such an important time in your journey as a new mother. Mini Maternity sessions include 7 images, an hour session (studio or outdoor) and maternity dresses if you would like them. This enables us to get a great variety of images in a shorter time (as adults are much easier to photograph than little newborns) and you get 7 images of your beautiful bump! You may bring your husband and children too so that we can do a maternity family session before your new arrival comes!
Choosing an outdoor or studio session depends on your style, the time of year and your preference. I find an outdoor session tends to look more natural and relaxed while a studio maternity session does have a more posed look to it. It completely depends on your personal aesthetic and the time of year!
Contact me at Reddington.email@example.com to book in your session!
You want to cuddle cute babies all day, take pictures of them and have a lifestyle you can control and be your own boss? Yes, it is a great lifestyle but it takes many years to get to that point. Did you know by having me as your mentor, I can help get you there quicker?
Newborn photography is so much more than knowing how to use your camera. It is about soothing techniques that make baby feel calm, safe and comfortable. It is about handling a newborn baby with confidence and knowledge on safe posing. You could spend years learning how to do this or I could show you how. I did it the backwards way, I started out by myself and then years later I started taking newborn training workshops. If only I had done it earlier I would have saved myself so many years of learning and growing my business!
Newborn photography is not just about picking up a camera and snapping away pictures of newborns (unless you are doing lifestyle photography and then it is quite simple), however posed newborn photography requires safe posing techniques and training. Ask me about my newborn photography training workshops, I can do 1-1 or 2-1 workshops so we have an intimate learning environment and I’m all yours to answer any questions! I’m passionate about teaching safety in newborn photography and sharing my vast knowledge on newborn photography posing. I can show you how to have a quicker session, how to use your studio lighting, how to put together newborn props and develop your own style, I can show you how to edit newborn skin and how to market yourself. I am an open book and as your newborn mentor, I will be available after our newborn training and mentoring workshop to keep helping you!
I strongly recommend newborn photography mentoring before you even pick up your camera with a baby, this way you can ensure that you are working safely and not putting precious little newborns at risk!
Check it all out here and email me for more information!
Each year new trends for newborn photography arise and certain things fade to the wayside. Where are we now? Nude highly posed images used to be all newborn photographers did but in the last 5 or 6 years this has slowly changed. Now with the introduction of gorgeous knits, buckets and fabrics, there is less inclination to do the whole session as minimal and nude.
1.) Rustic- Now rustic has been in for awhile but now the number 1 “newborn photographer must have” is old wooden barn boards. They make the perfect neutral backdrop and provide the perfect rustic look! My style as a newborn photographer is very rustic and these wooden boards go well with all my vintage wood buckets, organic fabrics and the colours I love.
2.) Swaddled- As I said, newborn photography used to be entirely nude highly posed images but swaddling is now a fixture in newborn photography. It helps calm them, just like inside the womb and shows just how tiny baby once was all curled up! It helps add variety to sessions while keeping a fussy baby calm and happy. I love using all sorts of wraps from organic cheesecloth to beautiful mohair knitted wraps.
3. The Potato Sack Pose– This pose is the marmite of newborn photography! Some love it and some hate it! I love how when I start with this pose it eases baby into a deep sleep and makes them super comfy just like in the womb!
4.) The Cuddly Parent Pose- Cuddly parent poses are so adorable and this one has been trendy the last few years because it shows off mum and baby’s face so beautifully in a close up portrait. I love capturing the love between mum and her new arrival and this pose evokes such emotion!
5.) Nude Posed Images– These poses will also be in style, they are minimal, classic and show off all baby’s details!
I was thinking about my honeymoon, we went to Venice and Paris. In Paris we stayed in Montmartre. For those who don’t know, Montmartre has an artists square and is steeped with art history that blew my art history geek mind away!
Anyway, Montmartre is still is rich in art culture and in the artist square there are various artists selling their paintings and drawings. It is amazing to see so many styles and price points as you walk through the square.
What bothered me is how easy it is to get caught up by price. Of course, I just had my wedding and was on my honeymoon so was on a tighter budget than usual but one does forget how much work and education goes into being able to produce work like they do in Montmartre.
You are getting value, hard work and a work of art that you will cherish forever from a unique place steeped with art history. Can you really put a price on that?
The same goes for newborn photography- the internet is like our huge artist square in Montmartre, we have different styles, vast educations and training and different price points. Each of us have a reason for our price, be it large overheads like expensive studio costs and advertising costs, the huge amount of work involved with sessions and editing and a desire to support our families.
However we all produce work that will be cherished forever in your home and be a lifelong treasure for you and your ancestors. Capturing memories are our work of art.
To book your newborn session please email me at Reddington.firstname.lastname@example.org
I often get clients who are baffled that newborns need to be photographed under 2 weeks old. To them it seems odd, too soon or like torture after just having a new baby. While it can be hard to leave the house just after having a baby, I assure you it is for good reason. In order to get all the gorgeous images of babies delicately posed, sleeping in buckets or curled up in a womb-like pose, we need to do the photography session when baby is under two weeks old. This ensures that we get those beautiful images you see on my website. Why under two weeks old?
Your newborn has just emerged into a scary new world after spending 9 months curled up in the womb with warmth, motion and lots of noise inside. It was a super comfy place! When a newborn is first born they sleep many hours, I often have clients tell me about their struggles to wake their newborn when they are trying to feed them! Newborn sleep about 16- 18 hours a day! I often have dads ask me, “Why do they need to be asleep? Can’t you just photograph them awake?” I always try to get some awake shots of baby but there isn’t much variety we can get before baby gets antsy and starts crying. Their focus is a bit off when they are newborns so very rarely do you get shots of baby looking directly at the camera. The reason we photograph baby asleep is primarily for safety reasons, I would never put an awake baby in a bucket or in a pose. Newborns can be very strong and can easily kick themselves off something and baby must be safely supported at all times. While sleeping baby is flexible and happy, so we can put them in cute positions and safely spot them for photographs.
After three weeks I find it harder to get the more complex poses and colic soon begins. A session under two weeks old is generally less stressful for everyone so we can get beautiful images of baby! During a session I do everything (except feed baby of course) so parents get a chance to relax!
Newborn Photographers recommend photographing a newborn under 2 weeks old, it seems crazy when you’ve just given birth and are settling into life with a new baby. It can be a feat to leave the house at this stage so why on earth would you want to go to a photography studio and have your baby photographed at that age?
Well, after many years of photographing newborns I’ve come to recognise just how much they change week by week after they are born. We want to capture them when they are fresh, tiny and curly just like they were when first born. You want to remember their tiny toes, delicate eyelashes, their little back rolls, wispy soft hair and the way their curl naturally into a womb-like pose all on their own. By one month old they lose their womb-like curliness, are more awake (so we can’t get those adorable posed images), are spotty and often have bad colic. All of this does not make the easiest session!
In fact, doing the session under two weeks old actually helps us to have an easier session? How? Well, when baby is under two weeks old they are very sleepy as long as they are warm and full. This helps us to get the gorgeous bucket poses, nude poses and adorable swaddled images. Newborn babies love rides in the car as they lull them to sleep so long car rides and travelling aren’t a problem at all. Once you get to my studio you are able to feed baby and my studio is carefully planned out to accommodate newborns (as I specialise in newborn babies) by being very warm and having all the supplies you may have forgotten like nappies, wipes and nappie bags!
Wow, has it been a year! There are 177 newborns here but about 78 sessions are missing (family, maternity, images I wasn’t allowed to use online etc). This year was the best I’ve ever had in my business, the one with the most growth and my busiest yet. I am so so humbled and grateful that I get to live my dream life.
2018 was the year I put all my focus on my business, I always have, but this year was just me constantly working to build up my business and save for my dream wedding. I can’t thank my clients enough for choosing me to photograph their little ones. I know we forget that small businesses need you but I literally do a happy dance every time I get a booking because it means I get to photograph your little one and continue to do what I truly love!
I’ve had such a great year, in my business and with family. I got married on the 11th of December and it truly was the best to have all my favourite people over on my side of the world for two weeks. It truly was the holiday/ wedding of my dreams and I’m so grateful for such a blessed life. I’m also going to have a little niece/nephew in March, along with my brother’s wedding in September so I’m super excited for what 2019 brings!
Now that my wedding is over, I will be doing less newborn sessions in 2019 than I was doing (20-25 a month might be a bit too much, what do you think?) so I can focus on family, indulge in self-care and create even better work! I do book up quickly so I recommend getting your 2019 newborn session booked in!