It’s so true what they say about time flying when you have a baby. Your precious sleepy newborn will become an alert, moving mini-you in no time at all! Newborn photography is the perfect way to cherish the memories of those first few weeks in your baby’s life – in all their sleepy, snuggly glory.
I know how precious those first few weeks are and how much courage it can take to leave the house with your new baby. When you come into my studio, I’ll do my absolute best to make you feel at home and offer you the chance for some well-earned rest while I work my magic with your little one.
I wouldn’t trust my baby with just anyone, and I wouldn’t expect you to either. I like to speak to my clients on the phone before booking so that you can get a feel for who I am and to make sure that we’re a good fit for each other. However, you can rest assured that I am fully trained and insured to safely handle and pose newborn babies. I am also trained in paediatric first aid so your baby will be in safe hands.
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Katie is so professional she instantly bonds with her clients (mummies and babies) and makes the photoshoot a very happy and memorable time.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! When we arrived I was a little apprehensive as it was my first outing with me my newborn, however Katie greeted us and showed us into her studio. I felt at ease immediately, she asked if I was happy with the colours and props used and then began to work her magic. My baby was trying to fight going to sleep but after an hour she finally went to sleep thanks to Katie’s patience. A couple of weeks later she called us back to view and choose the pictures we wanted, we were speechless with all of the pictures she took! I would like to thank Katie for her excellent service and for capturing the moments we will cherish for the rest of our lives.
Katie was brilliant from the start. She made sure me and my partner were comfortable and that baby was settled before we began anything. She was so patient and confident with my son even when I needed to feed and clean him up in between. Katie took time to get to know us all and was very easy to talk to. Great photographer with amazing results!
The newborn photography packages available to you are listed below but please don’t get too caught up in them now. You don’t need to make any decisions until after you’ve seen your photographs. All I ask on booking is that you pay £100 as a deposit to secure your appointment and this will be credited entirely to your chosen package at your View and Order Appointment. If you’d prefer to make a bespoke order, you’re more than welcome to do so, however there is a minimum spend of £299.
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Yes! If you fancy making your photoshoot that little bit more special, you can get your hair and make-up professionally done right here in my studio before your session. Just ask if this is something you’d like me to arrange for you.
Yes! You are more than welcome to pay for your preferred photography package in monthly instalments in the run up to your session. Please let me know if you’d like to take advantage of this when booking your session. Payment plans can also be used to pay for your products after your view and order session, however no photographic products will be received until your invoice is paid in full.
No, you are welcome to make a bespoke order. There is, however, a minimum spend equal to the relevant silver package.
Ideally, yes. The purpose of the view and order session is for you to sit back and enjoy your photographs and decide which, if any, package is right for you. Additional view and order sessions may be requested, however a booking fee will apply.
Yes! Although there are lots of photographers who choose to use natural light for newborn photography, I prefer the control that studio lighting gives me to really create the style of image that I love and am known for.
You needn’t worry though, the very short duration and unfocused nature of the flashes make flash photography perfectly safe for your newborn baby’s eyes.
No, not at all! I’d love to welcome you with all your children into the studio!
A newborn photoshoot typically lasts between 2-4 hours, but can sometimes take longer. Babies are all different – some might comfortably sleep through their entire session whereas others might be in a phase of cluster feeding which makes it difficult to get a good sleep period for me to work my magic. It just all depends on the baby and how they’re feeling on the day. The pace is set entirely by them. And if that means I need more than four hours to get you a beautiful gallery full of photographs, then that’s absolutely fine. Please don’t plan anything else for the rest of the day – then we can all relax and enjoy the experience without any outside pressures.
Prices for newborn photoshoots vary wildly. And whilst I understand that cost is likely to be a factor in choosing your photographer, I would highly recommend that you do not base your decision solely on price.
If you’d like to know more about how much my newborn photoshoots cost, head to my newborn photography page.
I’ve written a blog post detailing the additional precautions in place due to COVID-19. If you have any questions about something that I haven’t covered, then please do not hesitate to ask.
As a newborn photographer, I have to be really careful not to pass on any nasty germs to the babies that enter my studio so, please, if you have any contagious illnesses, I do ask that you stay away from the studio for at least 48 hours. There is no charge for rescheduling planned sessions due to illness, so let’s be safe rather than sorry.
Standard terms and conditions can be found here.
As your photoshoot draws to a close, we’ll arrange a convenient date and time for you to return to the studio for your view and order session. I don’t like to keep clients waiting too long, so I normally aim to get you back within a couple of weeks of your photo session.
If you can’t wait that long, you’ll be offered the opportunity of a sneak peek of one of your photographs on Facebook the evening of your photoshoot. Please note that I need your consent to use your images in this manner, so if you have not already opted into this within your contract, you may be asked to complete a model release form.
At your view and order appointment, you’ll be shown a beautiful, customised slideshow of all of your photographs. You’ll be reminded of the packages available and shown the art of the possible when it comes to wall art. And then it’s up to you to choose how you’d like to proceed. There’s never any pressure and, of course, if you don’t fall in love with your photographs, I will happily refund your deposit. Thankfully I can report that 100% of my clients have loved their photographs!
Orders are to be made at the view and order session so please make sure all decision makers can attend. I accept cash or debit card and can also offer payment plans if necessary.
I am passionate about helping families across Gloucestershire to celebrate family life but I know that not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to afford a luxury such as professional photography to help them do this. From an early stage in my business, I decided that I would do my bit to support those who can’t, so I chose to donate a portion of all standard packages sold to two charities in Gloucestershire that resonated with my values, Gloucestershire Bundles and The Family Haven.
You can find out a little more about this here.
A £100 deposit is payable for all photo sessions to secure your booking. This is then used as a credit towards whichever package or products you would like to buy. The deposit is non-refundable in the event of a no-show.
After the formalities of booking are over and done with, you’ll get an email confirming everything you need to know about your newborn photography session (you can get a head start with the blog post How to Prepare for Your Newborn Portrait Photography Session) and inviting you to my home photography studio (soon to be garden studio – eek!) in Gloucester.
You can expect to be in the studio for around two to four hours but don’t worry, your new baby won’t be in front of the camera the entire time – I allow plenty of time for feeds and cuddles!
At the end of your photo session, we’ll arrange the best time for you to come back for your in-person photo viewing and order session. We’ll normally aim for about two weeks later because I don’t want to keep you hanging for too long! If you’re up for it, you’ll get the option of a sneak peek of your photos on Facebook that very same evening.
To find out more about what to expect, read this blog post.
Newborn photography sessions best take place between the ages of five and 28 days. Some photographers might only accept babies in the first few weeks and others might allow a bit later, but generally, the best time to photograph a newborn is in those first few weeks of their life. Because that puts us on quite a tight timescale, I would highly recommend booking your session well in advance to avoid disappointment. In fact, as soon as you’ve had your 20 week scan, I would recommend getting in touch to put a date in the diary.
Of course we have no idea when your new arrival is going to, well, arrive, so we’ll aim for about 5-7 days after your due date. Then if we need to move things around, it’s no problem.
After your photoshoot, your photographs will be edited to my highest standards before being presented to you. This process typically takes three weeks, however may take a little longer during busy periods. As soon as your photographs are ready, you’ll be invited back for your personal view and order session, where you’ll be able to view your photographs and choose the packages and products that you would like to purchase.
Please note that some mini sessions and event photography packages may not include a personal view and order session; in these cases you will be provided with an online gallery from which to download your photographs.
My studio is located at my home in Longlevens, moments off the A40 and M5 motorway, making it ideally situated for clients in Gloucester, Cheltenham and further afield.
I’d love to! But I will never show your photographs to anyone without your consent. When you sign your portrait photography contract, you’ll be asked permission to use photographs from your session for marketing purposes. I know that some people feel uneasy about this until they’ve seen their images and that’s fine. You’re welcome to make up your mind at your view and order session and, if you’re happy for me to share your beautiful images with the world, I’ll simply fill ask you to fill in a model release consent form. And of course, if you’d prefer they stayed private, then that’s absolutely fine as well.
I wrote a blog post which goes into a little more detail about this here.