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!
I love outdoor maternity sessions. Actually, I love any type of outdoor photography session. There’s something about being outdoors that makes me feel freer and my client feel freer. It is amazing what a bit of foliage and sun (or overcast most of the time in London) can do!
“I’m camera shy, is it better for me to do an outdoor maternity session or a studio maternity session?”
I truly recommend an outdoor maternity session if you are a bit camera shy. I find we get to know each other really well as we walk around to my favourite photo spots so this helps ease you a bit. I also find that the birds chirping, dogs running around and the walking help ease your nerves and it feels less like a photography session and more like a fun walk through a forest!
I also love the variety we can get outdoors, the images above were taken just seconds from each other with vastly different looks! One is a bit moodier and darker while the other looks like it was on a sunny day! In the outdoor space I use there’s a toilet nearby so you can change into the array of dresses I can bring for your session. The dress in this image is one of mine and I also have it in cream!
“When is the best time to do a maternity photography session?”
I always suggest doing a maternity session from 32-35 weeks pregnant so we can get your session in before you get too big and it is too hard to move! This way we also are safe if you deliver a few weeks early. At this stage your bump is the perfect size and you can show it off to remember forever in the images!
To book your maternity session please email Kirstin at email@example.com.
I often get asked if I only photograph newborns and the answer is no! I photograph all ages and adore doing so! My next favourite milestone after newborn is when baby can first sit, this can be around 6-9 months depending on when they decide to sit! This stage is so lovely because they aren’t yet crawling so they can’t run away from the camera and they are so smiley at this age! I adore the amazing expressions I can capture at this age and the massive variety I can get with a sitter session. I love seeing my newborns through each milestone and see how they’ve changed. For a sitter session I love to incorporate an item from their newborn session to reflect on just how much they’ve grown in such a short amount of time. With this little guy I used the same tartan blanket and boy does he look different in it now! I can’t believe just 7 months ago he was a curly little newborn! He was amazing for me for both his newborn and his sitter photography sessions. A little modelling pro!
For this type of session baby must be able to sit unaided without toppling over! I often keep set ups quite simple as I think it is so adorable to see their chubby baby rolls at this stage. So so gorgeous! I also love capturing them laughing, their silly faces and natural ones of them just looking down. We are able to get some absolutely stunning portraits.
To book your sitter session please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When I tell people that I’m a newborn photographer I often get, “Isn’t photography a dying industry with the invention of iPhones and more accessible DSLRs?” The answer is no, definitely not for newborn photography. One may think they can take pictures of their own newborn and that is fine if you are doing natural images of baby with zero posing. The trouble starts if someone tries to do a DIY session of images they see on Pinterest. Posed newborn photography should never be attempted by someone who is not a professional. Professional Newborn Photographers are highly trained and experienced and know everything about posing a baby SAFELY. Newborns are not dolls and must not be treated as so as newborn photography is not as it appears in the final edited image. There are many tricks happening behind the scenes to create safe comfortable images for baby. An untrained person does not know these tricks and does not know how a newborn’s body works so posed images must never be attempted without proper training.
As you can see in the above images, hands never left baby when creating this posed. Two images were merged together in Photoshop to create one final image that looks like no hands were on baby. This is called a Composite image. There are so many other things that go into newborn photography that the regular person does not know about until they see it. It is best to be cautious and go to a highly trained professional newborn photographer if you would like posed images of your baby.
I’ve worked with newborns for 5 years now and completed many newborn training workshops from professional newborn photographers all over the world. I’m highly trained and experienced with newborns.
To book your newborn session please contact me at email@example.com. I book up very quickly so it is best to book your newborn session after your 12 or 20 week scan.
As a professional newborn and baby photographer, it is so important to me to stay current in my field. Regularly I do training workshops from other professional newborn photographers across the world. This week I went to Coventry to see Kelly Brown, an Australian newborn photographer that I’ve admired since the very beginning of my career. As a professional newborn photographer it is so important to remain up to date with training and styles. I love seeing how other newborn photographers run a session and pick up tips to make my sessions even safer and smoother than they already are.
It was such a lovely experience to see Kelly Brown as she was one of the photographers I discovered early in my career and I remember watching her training videos in a tiny flat many many years ago. At that time I decided to go to clients homes as I had no studio then and as I didn’t drive I would carry my very large suitcase filled with props on the train, tube, bus etc. I remember lugging my heavy suitcase up stairs, dealing with very tiny flats and very little natural light in clients homes. I’ve come so far since then and attribute it to all the training I’ve received over the years. I now have a gorgeous studio and the quality of my work is consistent and high-quality. I’m so very grateful that my career has bloomed over the years and given me a job that I absolutely adore.
Kelly’s workshop was held at The Newborn Photography Show in Coventry and it was so nice to see all the prop vendors I buy from in person and meet other newborn photographers from across England and Wales. Newborn Photography can be an isolating job if you work alone so it was so amazing to talk to others who share the same passion.
While I absolutely adore newborn photography, I believe that family photography is even more important. It is so important to have family images and be in family images with your children!
Tired- I often get clients who back out of the family portion of our session because they claim they are too tired or didn’t get ready. Your children will not care that you looked too tired in their newborn portraits when they look back on them in 40 years. They will notice how young you looked, how you look like them or their children. It is so important to have a record of you with your children, not for you but for them to treasure and their family to cherish forever.
Timeless/Heirloom- Family portraits are so important to have forever. They are a record in time and capture your family as it was growing and as your children grew up. Your children want to be in photographs with you, they don’t just want portraits of themselves as they grow up. Family portraits also have a timeless quality and become heirlooms for families to keep forever. I have images of great-great-grandparents that I treasure greatly and will show my children one day.
Natural- I have a lot of clients that don’t want to “pose” and worry images won’t look natural. I always say that the key to natural images is to be natural! You can kiss baby, play with baby, rock baby and just revel in this beautiful creation that you have made! You don’t need to pose and look at the camera as I prefer to capture my clients as they adore their new baby!
To book your newborn photography session please contact Kirstin at firstname.lastname@example.org
It is very important to book your newborn session while still pregnant. For those that have only come across newborn photography after baby is already here, they will realise it can be tricky to find a professional newborn photographer in London that has space within the ideal 2 week period of baby first arriving! Why are newborn photographers so booked up when baby is already here? We ask that clients pre-book their due date with us after their 12 and 20 week scan, this way we can be prepared for your newborn’s arrival and save them a spot during your due date month. It works better to pre-book because the ideal window to photograph baby is under 2 weeks old. If you wait to book until baby is here time goes by quickly and before you know it they are one month old and you are now looking for a photographer.
It is best to photograph baby under 2 weeks old as they are much sleepier and womb-like which results in an easy session for baby as they are much easier to pose as this stage. This results in the best possible images! As a result of pre-booking clients from their 12th or 20th week, we are often very booked up in advance so it is best to secure as spot as soon as you have your 12 or 20 week scan (whatever you are most comfortable with). This way we can prebook you in and have a spot secured for you when baby arrives! It is just one less thing to take care of when baby is here and you can focus on getting to know baby instead of frantically searching for an available newborn photographer when baby is a week old already.
To book your newborn session please contact me at email@example.com.
My job is amazing. I am so so grateful I discovered newborn photography and have run a successful business for many years now. I live and breathe newborn photography, so much so that it tends to take over my day! Running a full-time small business all by yourself is time-consuming and takes a lot of hard work. I often have mums in envy of my job when they watch me in a newborn photography session in my studio, however they are only seeing a tiny portion of my day and it isn’t the most glamorous!
Before the session: Before your session I set everything up, I clean the studio and then I set out all the props for your session. I carefully plan the colours you have asked for and plan a session that will flow well for baby and have the easiest transitions for them. This usually takes me an hour to plan out as I love to think of new combinations of prop set ups for my clients. I then answer emails and send receipts. I do all my admin work throughout the day when I can.
Our Session: Our newborn photography session usually lasts 2-3 hours. Depending on the baby it can be shorter or longer. Sessions are quite intense as I not only take photographs but I soothe baby as well so we can get the best possible images. I carefully pose baby in each set up and there can be lots of feeding or nappy change breaks! The studio is quite warm so we can pose baby and have them be comfortable so I am usually very sweaty by the end of a session!
After Your Session: After the session, I put everything away and clean the studio again. I then answer all emails and send receipts again. I then begin the longest part of my day, either editing your session or editing all my other sessions. Editing is the most time consuming part of newborn photography as it requires careful work to get the best possible images. I then write blog posts or do any marketing/advertising that is required for the day!
There are hundreds of newborn photographers in London. Hundreds! How do you possibly choose when every single one offers a different price point, some sort of deal, a different location, props, mobile or studio photography? It may be tempting to find the best deal out there but the key is to look for a professional newborn photographer who has been working with newborns for many years as you want someone who is specialised and trained in photographing newborns. These are your precious little bundles after all and you want someone who knows how to safely pose newborns. A newborn photographer who has been posing newborns for many years has dealt with every situation, knows how to soothe baby and knows all the little quirks that come with each newborn.
1.) Safety- Safety is so key when it comes to newborn photography. There are many baby photographers out there offering the best deal but are they experienced? Newborn photography requires specialised training and experience. Did you know that some images require composite images? Composite images are two images that are photoshopped together to create one image, this way hands can safely be on baby at all times! Newborn photographers are required to know about temperature of baby, circulation of baby and how to safely pose baby.
2.) Quality- The quality of newborn photography varies immensely in London. There are photographers that now train other newborn photographers and there are those that are just starting out. The quality can be seen by the lighting they are use, the style of their photography and how comfortable baby looks in their poses.
To book your newborn photography session please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Newborns are best booked after your 12 or 20 week scan and are best photographed under two weeks old. This is because at this time they are still so sleepy and womb-like so we can get those adorable poses!
1.) Choose your newborn photographer- Make sure to check they are available for your due date, it is best to book after your 12 or 20 week scan so you can ensure your newborn photographer has enough room for you as we book up months in advance. Newborn photographers schedule a limited amount of newborns per month to ensure we have flexibility for early and late births as newborns rarely arrive on time!
2.) Pay the Deposit- We reserve a spot for your approximate due date month and then I have you contact me within 48 hours of giving birth to schedule in the exact date as it can be too messy to book an exact date before baby is actually here. A deposit secures your spot to ensure I have availability in your due date month and your spot is guaranteed.
3.) Choose Colours- Once you pay the deposit I send over a long booking email that has all the important information such as the studio address, how to prepare for the session, what to wear and I also ask you to pick 3-4 colours you love for the session from a long list of colours I have and I also ask you to choose your favourite images from my website/Facebook page or Instagram so I get a feel for your style and what you prefer from my portfolio.
4.) The Session- Once baby is here we book our session for when baby is 5-14 days old. The session is at my studio in North London and includes a 2-3 hour session with baby and family portraits. My studio is cosy and well-equipped for newborns. I have lots of baby supplies like nappies, wipes and nappy bags in case you forget something! I do a range of poses with baby and we take our time to get the best possible images for baby in a calm and relaxing environment (many parents fall asleep on my sofa as this is the first time they get to relax since baby’s arrival).
5.) The Final Editing- After you leave our session the editing begins for me! My galleries take 2 weeks to create as I spend a long time editing them (newborn photography requires a lot of retouching even when it looks natural) so you can choose your images. Once I send off the gallery you choose which ones you like best!
Everyone has a unique style- this extends to the way we dress, the way we decorate our homes, the cars we drive and the art we like. Just like all of this, a newborn photographer is generally not a “one size fits all” type of photography. Each newborn photographer has developed their own style, based on the props they use, the lack of props they use, the poses they use or lack of, the way their edit their images and the colours they use. This can all be demonstrated in a newborn photographer’s portfolio. Everyone is completely different but you can find a photographer who’s style matches yours so their is no need to ask a photographer to change their style to match yours so you get the best results possible!
1.) Look at their portfolio- Sometimes I get a client who hasn’t looked at my portfolio and is surprised when I have a different style than theirs, it is best to look carefully at a photographer’s portfolio to see if you love the style they have so carefully perfected over the years. Remember, an artist excels at something they’ve perfected and trained in, commissioning an artist to paint a landscape rather than a portrait when they specialise in portraits will not yield the same results as if they had done what they specialise in!
2.) Look at the props they use- You can tell a lot about a newborn photographer’s style by looking at the props they use. Do you have a minimal/simple style and prefer all white? Or do you prefer cute, vintage images with lots of textures and hats/headbands?
3.) Look at the posing they use– Do they only do nude posed images of newborns or do they incorporate buckets/bowls etc into the mix? Do they do no posing at all and have a natural lifestyle look? These are all things to be greatly considered when choosing your photographer. Do newborns look comfortable and relaxed in their poses (this is a telltale sign of an experienced and professional newborn photographer)?
4.) Look at the colour they use- Everyone prefers different colours, it’s just the way we are. We all have unique styles and personalities. Some houses in London are decorated all white with the bare minimum of accents while some are bright, colourful and filled to the brim with knick knacks and decor. Look at the newborn photographer’s use of colour, do you prefer all white/ black or do you prefer a range of colours to be used in your newborn photography session?
These are all things to think about when choosing your newborn photographer as it is best to find one that suits your style so you get the best results possible!