NEWBORN & MATERNITY

Newborn & Maternity Photographer in London

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Welcome, let me tell you more

I absolutely love the special energy and excitement that comes from a pregnancy and expecting a baby. Holding the baby up for the first time is the strongest emotion we parents will ever experience.

However, finding the right newborn photographer for you can be tricky. I want to make it really easy for you to feel you are in the right place. 

Babies are delicate and this moment comes just once in a lifetime. Those first weeks fly past in a blur. I take utmost care of the baby and parents during our session and my approach is very gentle.

I don’t use a lot of props or forced set-ups. Think of me as a natural newborn and maternity photographer focusing on what is most special about the baby and the bond that is being created with the parents.

My goal is to help families feel celebrated, create special memories and make the most of the precious moments.The first few weeks of your newborn’s arrival should also be a time to stop and appreciate the miracle of life that you have create.

Maternity photography is included as a complimentary gift for newborn bookings, for 30 minute maternity photoshoot sessions in my home studio.

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How it works?

My visual style is natural, relaxed and timeless, focusing on the love and connection in your family. I encourage families to cuddle their baby and be as natural as possible, without looking at the camera in a forced way.

I advise families on how to sit or where to stand, guiding you with regards to body positions. I look at all the details, including placing you in the best lighting. I also incorporate your own environment in your home or when shooting outdoors as part of the shoot. Including picking out the most interesting features both indoors and outdoors: indoors – windows,  design features, wallpaper. Outdoors – trees, flowers, park sculptures, bricks, stone steps.

Maternity, baby and newborn photography sessions can take place outdoors, in my home studio, or in your home. The choice is yours. 

To enquire about my availability, you can call me on 07934788100 or email me directly at photography@shimilimears.com. Alternatively, you can complete the form at the end of this page. 

After the initial enquiry, I will reply back with more details and the price list. We will then schedule a consultation on the phone or via Zoom or Skype where we will plan the photoshoot, your preferred style and clothing choices. This is where you can ask me all the questions you may have. 

I have added answers to some of the most common questions I get as a newborn and maternity photographer in London further down the page. 

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A nice homely touch

“Really enjoyed the experience. Photoshoot had a nice homely touch. Pictures were professional. Family photos excellent. Reasonably priced to buy also. Highly recommend.”

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Pricing for newborn and maternity photography

The final prices will depend on the collection selected and below I give a general indication of the price range. You can also ask for a price list to be sent to you.

Investing in beautiful portraits of your children & family is invaluable and you will have precious memories to cherish forever.

Clients usually spend between £500-£850 in collections and print products and they love the quality of the products and being surrounded by the beautiful images of their children, displayed in their home.

SESSION TYPES

MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY

Maternity photoshoot, Tooting Photographer

Free 30-minute maternity session in my home studio, when booked alongside a newborn photoshoot.

Four complimentary digital images. 

From £350

 

Free with newborn bookings

NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY

Newborn photoshoot

A number of different collections are available including digital images and prints.

 

From £350

BABY
PHOTOGRAPHY

Baby photoshoot

A number of collections that includes digital images and prints.

 

From £350

SESSION FEE

In order to confirm a photoshoot, a £100 deposit is due upfront.

This secures you preferred session time, including one print of 8×10 inches in a mount ready to be framed. The price of the collections is in addition.

£100

collections

COLLECTION I

Includes

Photoshoot of 1-2 hours

5 Digital images

5 prints in 7×5 inches, including mounts

£350

COLLECTION II

Includes

Photoshoot of 1-2 hours

15 digital images

5 prints in 7×5 inches, including mounts

£450

COLLECTION III

Includes

Photoshoot of 1-2 hours

Full digital gallery – 25 images

Album with 10 page spread

A large frame of a 10×12 inches print with mount and frame

£750

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Placed him gently

“Laura was clearly experienced in handling babies and managed to calm my baby down and placed him gently into various appropriate poses. The studio was warm, homely and welcoming. I’d be recommending the grandparents here for a shoot later as a gift.”

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READY TO make an enquiry?

If you’re ready to book a London photoshoot, great! Please do fill in the form below with all the details of your enquiry.

If you’re not ready yet, please scroll down for more information and some commonly asked questions from previous customers.

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PORTFOLIO NEWBORNS

PORTFOLIO MATERNITY

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very kind

We are very happy with the resulting photographs. Laura kindly came along to our home for the gallery viewing to save us the trip with our little one, which was very kind.
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YOUR QUESTIONS

See below for answers to some frequently asked questions, if anything below isn’t covered please get in touch and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.
When to book?

Maternity photography in London

A maternity photoshoot can be booked one month prior to the due date. As a maternity and newborn photographer in London, I offer maternity shoots in my home studio or outdoors depending on the weather. A partner is more than welcome to attend the session and join in the fun.

After the session I make the images available in a gallery for you to view and select your favourites.

Newborn photography in London

As soon as you know you’d like to book a newborn photoshoot with me please do get in touch. Sessions ideally take place in the first 2 weeks after birth when babies are still sleepy and can sleep through the session! However timings can be flexible.

After the initial enquiry we pencil in a date and time. I make the price list available from the beginning upon request.

Baby photography in London

These sessions are for babies older than one month and can take place in my home studio, in your home, or outdoors weather permitting.

how to book

To reserve a booking the £100 session fee, is due upfront and can be paid by bank transfer. I will make my bank details available. The price of the collections is in addition. 

Before the shoot

Once the booking for your maternity and newborn photoshoot is confirmed, I will send a confirmation email and we will schedule a time to speak on the phone or on zoom/skype so we can plan every detail of your fantastic experience.  I will also send you a Style Guide that includes notes on how to get baby ready for the session.

What happens on the day?

Newborn photography

For a newborn photoshoot in your home, I will arrive at our agreed time and I will bring with me some items I use to make babies comfortable when sleeping, a small cushion, wraps (babies love to be wrapped), some syper cute baby clothing items and other peices of equipment, such as lighting etc. Ideally it is good to give baby a feed, 20 minutes before I arrive so you have time to feed and wind them adn we can make a start, soon after my arrival. 

For a newborn photoshoot in my home studio, after you arrive, I recommend you feed the baby so that the baby settles into sleep. I will then take the baby ready for the photos, with a number of set-ups and if you wish at the end I will take family photos.

Baby photography

I will have a number of set-ups ready for the shoot.

I will take a number of shoot of the baby and with the parents, with variety.

What happens after the shoot?

Afer the photoshoot, I edit the images for the final preview and we will book a date together for the viewing of the photos.

Usually images are made available after the shoot within a couple of weeks.

In the press

To document a moment in history and to bring joy to families in my local area, I took Doorstep Photographs during the month of May as a fundraiser for St George’s Hospital.

See the project on their website

Doorstep portraits by Local Photographer for St George’s

The project has been a great blessing duing the lockdown and it has been amazing meeting so many local families and capturing unique memories for them.

The project was captured in an article by the South West Londoner together with another local photographer taking photographs of families in South West London staying at home.

South West Londoner article.

South West London stays at home for St George’s 

professional photographer

I am a trained photographer in studio photography, children & outdoors photography and newborns.

I am fully insured, and am a partner with Clapham Mums online magazine designed for mums, dads and carers with the most up to date information on events & activities in Battersea and Clapham. Members of Clapham Mums receive a 10% discount with partnered businesses. So if you have their card let me know and I will happily take off 10%.