Newborn photo session | East Dulwich

My Life in Lockdown project brought me into contact with so many different people from the Dulwich community. I took a doorstep portrait of Helen (and her dog Coco!) when she was about 7 months pregnant. A few months later she contacted me to ask if I could do a newborn session with the new arrival, little Oscar. At the time of the photoshoot he was about 7 weeks old. 

People often ask me when they should book in a newborn session, and what the “perfect” age for this is. My answer? It’s really up to you! A newborn photo session can be booked in any time - from just a few days after you give birth to a few months after your baby is born. I always advise people to do whatever feels right for you and your family. 

Babies younger than two weeks old are still very sleepy, so this age is great for those curled-up sleepy shots, and photos of feeds and cuddling moments. Babies older than two weeks tend to be more alert and they can already show so much personality by then! They won’t be asleep all the time so there will be more “eyes open” shots and maybe even some first smiles.

My newborn photo sessions tend to take a bit longer than my Slice of Life family photo sessions. Mainly because I don’t want you to feel rushed. There should be time for feeding, sleeping, nappy changes etc. I will document all of these moments as well, but I don’t want it to become a stressful experience just because we are trying to fit it into a set two hour window. So I allow up to three hours, to give the time and space for it to be as relaxed as possible.

Below you’ll find a few of my favourite shots of Helen’s session. I hope you like them!

Mini family photo sessions in the park | Dulwich or Peckham Rye

I love my mini family photo sessions but I don’t offer them very often as it’s definitely a challenge to make these shoots purely ‘documentary’ in the same way as my longer ‘at home’ family sessions. But when I do run my mini shoots I always try to make them just as fun, relaxed and informal. 

I hold my mini shoots in Dulwich Park and Peckham Rye Park, and sessions take about 45 minutes. I typically combine natural, unposed ‘documentary’ shots with some more traditional family portraits. After your shoot you will receive the very best 10 images from your session as fully edited high resolution digital files. 

I always ask families to bring a few of the kids’ outdoor toys - anything from a kite, ball or scooter to (everyone’s favourite) the bubble machine! This way the photo session becomes instantly more relaxed, giving the children plenty to keep them entertained and enabling me to get the natural, intimate shots that I’m after. 

I am planning on doing a few more family mini photo sessions before the summer ends. If you would love some professional photos of your family taken, but can never seem to find the time, then book one of my minis! Send me a message and I’ll get back to you as soon I can. 

Documentary family portraits

While a documentary family photo session is all about the fun, unposed and natural photos, I often get asked to also take a few more traditional pictures of the family. I am more than happy to do so, but I also always try to catch the entire family in one picture during my documentary family photoshoots. This can sometimes be quite challenging, but I do believe that a more dynamic and natural photo of the whole family will tell your family story in a better way. 

A great family portrait preserves the story of your family life right now. Nothing directed or posed. Maybe it’s not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of family portraits, but I’d like you to think beyond the “posed, all look into the camera and smile” family portrait. Paul Caponigro, an American photographer from Boston, once said: ”It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.” And I could not agree more. 

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