Welcome to the world, Carter

Carter – I love that name – was just 6 days old when he came to my newborn photography studio for the first time.  Well, to be honest, he wasn’t even born yet as 4 weeks ahead of her due date Lisa and Kerry came in for their bump photo shoot, which was really great fun.  I think Carter is going to be a very affectionate little boy when he grows up, because this gorgeous little cutie just wanted to be cuddled the whole time.  But, he did go off to sleep and we were able to get beautiful newborn photos of Kerry and Lisa’s gorgeous little man.

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What if newborn photography was timeless?

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The average person lives 27,375 days so there will be many opportunities over the years for photographs that make you chuckle, but we have only the first 10 days to capture the very beginning, to create newborn art that will last and be beautiful forever.

Newborn photography is immensely satisfying – as a baby photographer I am very aware that I am taking the very first professional portrait of a person’s life.   That’s a big deal.  True newborn photo shoots need to happen within your baby’s first  ten days, a very small window to get those gorgeous curled up sleepy baby photographs.  After 10 days it is too late for newborn photos.  They want to stretch out their legs, get wriggly, are less sleepy and every day they grow that much bigger.  Of course it is still entirely possible to get gorgeous baby photographs, just not true newborn photographs.

We’ve all seen the trends of newborn babies with angel wings, Christmas babies dressed like puddings, Halloween babies dressed like pumpkins, babies looking like chefs etc etc.  The list goes on.  They are cute and adorable and always make me chuckle, but I can’t help thinking that when your baby is a too cool teenager or a 20 something professional, will they want to see these cutesy images proudly displayed on your lounge wall?  I don’t know – we are all different.  How can anyone really know the personality of a brand new human being at less than 10 days old?

But what if their baby photographs were timeless, simple and beautiful?

I always strive to create something different from the average family and newborn portrait, something a little bit special.  I try to create images that are highly personalised art that could easily be displayed on the wall of an art gallery.  These images are never going to go out of fashion, they are not shot using whatever current styling is trending.  The emphasis is on lighting, composition and how you feel when you look at the photographs.

They will always be art.  Beautiful.  Simple.  Breathtaking.  

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A portrait of pregnancy


I just love bump photo shoots!

When designing my studio I specifically thought of the space I would need to create dramatic, artistic images and how women would feel to be photographed there, because when you are in beauty, you feel good.  So, my studio is warm and airy and packed with a great variety of backdrops, sets and floaty materials to make every pregnancy portrait experience truly unique and enjoyable.

No two bump photo shoots are ever alike, even if I use the same techniques, because so much depends on my client, how she’s feeling just 4 weeks ahead of her due date, her personal style, how comfortable she is in front of the camera and whether her partner and or other children are going to be in the photographs as well.  A bump photo shoot is also a fantastic time to start thinking about the newborn photo shoot as we can plan gorgeous “before and after” photographs – beautiful maternity poses that can be repeated at the newborn session, but this time with her adorable new baby.

With other styles of portraiture I concentrate on drawing out a person’s personality so that it shines through in the image.  With maternity photography, it is all about shape, change, expectations and the future, so my approach is more fine art.  I work on conveying the beauty of pregnancy, the miracle of a new life, dreams and the love and devotion a mother feels for her baby.  And because I have a big, beautiful studio packed full of stuff, photographing maternity portraits with gorgeous creative flair is one of my favourite ways to spend my day.

Nothing is more feminine than pregnancy, so with each maternity photo shoot I strive to create an elegant, feminine and artistic portrait of pregnancy that will make a heavily pregnant woman feel gorgeous…and make her friends wish they too had a lovely big bump to photograph!

And then I get all excited waiting to meet and photograph her gorgeous little newborn.

Here’s a link to our maternity photography image gallery.