Award winning Newborn photographer in St. Albans
SOMETIMES, the smallest things
take up the MOST room in your heart
In the first few weeks of that dreamy newborn stage you will be welcomed to my custom designed newborn studio in the heart of St Albans. A quick chat over a cuppa to work out the best colours and stylig for your session means we can create perfect portraits to display in your home to suit your style and taste. Entirely led at baby’s pace, you can relax while your baby is soothed, positioned and photographed by your very own baby whisperer! After your session we will arrange a date and time for you to return to the studio to view your gallery and select the best combination of images and products for your home and family to treasure for years to come.
What a fantastic experience we had with Carli! My wife and I sat back, just what we needed after a few nights of minimal sleep, while Carli did all of the work to capture some stunning photographs of our little girl. She has a natural talent to produce beautiful shots as well as keeping our baby relaxed. If you are thinking of getting new born pictures with Carli to cherish-then do!
Your Newborn session is very special and unique. It is a very calm and relaxing place to be. There is lots of laughing, nurturing and cuddles.
The studio is set up so all you have to do is come along with your beautiful baby. Everything will be provided for you, including stressless chairs for your comfort and a nice hot cup of tea or coffee.
The studio is secluded so if you’re not feeling up to getting dressed on that particular morning, you could turn up in your pyjamas if you want to – you wouldn’t be the first!!
As special and exciting as this time is, as a mum myself, I completely understand your concerns about handing your brand new baby over to someone for a couple of hours whilst they create images for you to treasure forever. That is why it is important to always be in continuous training to ensure you receive the safest practices and best images. Since starting, I have photographed over 500 babies in the 7 years since starting Newborn photography.
Please watch our video for a glimpse into what happens at a newborn session.
There are midwives that come in and check the studio and last year I gained the Newborn safety certification from the Master Photographers Association. Being only the 4th in the country to do so and the very first in Hertfordshire. I am also very proud of having received a Licentiate Qualification which requires a panel of judges to assess the level of work produced and am now a Fully Qualified Master Photographer. I am also a Pro Banpas member which means my work has been assessed for quality, and am one of only a handful of photographers in the UK to have been appointed as an Ambassador for the organisation, which promotes safety and excellence in Newborn Photography.
From all this, you can see that I take your baby’s safety very seriously, with a tonne of experience and the knowledge to know exactly what to do in a variety of situations. This experience will be one where you can sit back and relax knowing your baby is in safe hands. Please see this post about Newborn Safety
WHEN DO NEWBORN SESSIONS HAPPEN
Newborns change very fast, and so its best to capture those magical early days as soon as possible. Within the first 2 weeks is best because much after that babies wake more easily, and become less curly.
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK IN
Its best to book as soon as you can after your 12 week scan. This ensures your slot when baby arrives. If you left it until baby arrives we may not have space to fit you in during busy times. We use your due date to book you in, and schedule your session in when baby arrives, no matter if she is early or late.
WHY DOES IT TAKE 2-3 HOURS
Unlike a more traditional studio photo session that might take an hour, we do things very differently. Baby runs the show, and everything is done at her pace. We take time to settle, feed, change, cuddle and soothe. Then when I start the posing its all done slowly and gently and I don’t clock watch, and I won’t rush baby.
WILL YOU BE HANDLING MY BABY?
Yes, throughout the session I will handle your baby. I’ll settle her, pose her and create the images you hope for. If she needs you then of course I’ll hand her back, but its best we get to know each other for me to achieve the poses I am known for.
WHAT IF MY BABY CRIES OR IS UNSETTLED
Many parents worry ahead of their session that their baby will cry and I won’t be able to get the images they hope for. Rest assured that the session is very calm and relaxed, and that includes the baby. All newborns cry sometimes, and if your baby does we will take our time and make sure he is happy again with feeding or winding, just as you would at home. Babies I am posing sometimes squeak a little when moved while asleep, but you don’t need to worry about him screaming and preventing the session from running smoothly. In nearly 7 years this has only ever happened when the baby was poorly, and we simply rescheduled. If for any reason I feel he is unhappy with what I am doing, I will stop. No image is more important than his comfort.
I'VE HAD A C-SECTION WILL IN BE COMFORTABLE IN THE STUDIO
Yes. I have mums in within days of having had a section, and they are always lovely and comfortable. The studio is cosy and has Stressless chairs with cushions you can use if you wish.
Newborn Session Fee
- 10 prints beautifully packaged from your newborn session.
- Digital files are not included
15 Digital files
- 15 Digital files from your Newborn session.
- Hand edited in our signature style
All Digital files
- All your digital files from your Newborn session (on average 25)
- Slideshow of images
- Complimentary Sitter session
- £100 wall art voucher
- All packages include exclusive use of the studio, creative styling and professional image retouching.
[Please note: Prints included in session packages are for collection from the studio ONLY. This is not due to postage costs, but rather the safety of the images considering the nature of the contents. Parcels in the past have gone missing even with tracked post and i am not prepared to take the risk of this happening. Images must be picked up by a parent or by somebody of your choice who will need to be given a password if not yourselves]
Please note: Prints and products are kept in the studio for 12 months post session. If these are not collected within this time they will be discarded.
NEWBORN SESSIONS TAKE PLACE MONDAY – FRIDAY AM. I do not open at weekends unless necessary.
If i cannot fit you in on a weekday within the recommended 21 day time frame then a weekend will be offered at no extra charge.
If you request a weekend session for whatever reason e.g siblings attending, this will be charged at £50 extra.
Sessions must be paid in advance of your session. Your order will be paid in full at the ordering appointment. No images including sneak peeks will be edited or shown until balance is settled.
Prints / USB’s are collection only.
Our specialist newborn studio in Harpenden, Hertfordshire covers pregnancy through to babies first birthday. We don’t believe in hidden costs, just honest transparent pricing that you are able to see before booking. This includes product pricing too should you wish to purchase any prints or wall art after your session.
Newborn sessions are advised to be secured any time following on from your 12 or 20 week scan. We try our best to accommodate last minute bookings but due to pre booked sessions being a priority we are sometimes unable to accommodate new arrivals when a deposit has not been secured.
We take on a maximum of 3 newborn due dates per week, so these sell out fast.
Please get in touch for availability for your due date. I encourage people to book after their 20-week scan as sessions get booked up months in advance. The session is provisionally booked and a session date booked once your baby has arrived.
WHAT IS SAFETY IS NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY? Every parent loves those cute curled up little poses we see everyone posting a few weeks after having their baby, they are becoming a ‘must have’ item for every new parent. But before booking in for your...
I have been a Maternity and Newborn photographer for a long time now. Probably the longest in the area. I am proficient with my use of light and I have great skills with babies and their parents. So why after 7 years in this business did I decide to qualify...
I am a pro banpas member - Wahoooo As an established newborn photographer, I'm constantly honing my skills and attending specialist training to ensure I deliver the very highest standard of portraits to my clients. I'm also an active member of BANPAS - the UK's only...
What to Expect When I’m Expecting You The diary of a newborn and baby photographer is a complicated place! Nobody told your baby that they are expected to turn up for their portrait session and while some can’t wait to get here, some are fashionably late. This makes...
TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL NEWBORN SESSION We LOVE photographing newborns! That is why we are specialist Newborn Photographers. Newborn photography is incredibly challenging, but it’s so amazing to be a part of baby’s life when they are just days old. ...
So today we have been challenged to create something helpful for our clients. I am going to help you prepare for your newborn session. It is quite easy to prepare for your newborn session, get in the car, pack some extra feeds and relax during your newborn session,...
Bailie & Belle photography was born when, after having my third child, a beautiful baby girl, i got quite seriously ill. I had no energy, my organs were shutting down and i ended up bedridden for 18 months of my life. I'm not even old, what was going on inside...
As a newborn photographer my working day involves listening to the amazing miracle of birth stories while I shoot. I’ve heard the good, the bad and the ugly and each story is wonderful and special. Recently I had the pleasure of taking newborn portraits of beautiful...
As a photographer during family photography sessions I often hear, "oh I don't like myself in that photo", I would rather just have one for the children". And yes of course you must have images of your children. But it is equally important to have images of you all...
Exciting new blog! So i have joined a lovely group of ladies, who are blogging about their life each month to give a bit more personality to their businesses or their hobbies. The idea is that we can show you some of our work that is different to what we shoot...