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 can be a little confusing. With too many options and some apprehension about the timing, will the baby be good, what about my older child, it can quickly turn into a worry. 

I want to make it really easy for you to plan your newborn’s first photoshoot and be ready on the day, without a hitch.

First let me tell you straight from the start that I know how delicate babies are and also how unpredictable. It hasn’t been long since they arrived in this world, a big transition for them and for you. However on the day of the photoshoot, nothing has to be different from their normal routine. I can make the photoshoot fit around that.

Planning the day in advance, ideally 1-2 months ahead of the time will ensure that all goes smoothly. 

I know from experience, as a mum of two boys that those first weeks fly past in a blur.

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What to expect

My 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 and in the moment. 

I guide you all the way and I look at all the details, including placing you in the best lighting. I incorporate your own environment as part of the shoot, including picking out on any interesting features: making use of windows, interior design features, flowers, steps etc.

To make the preparation seamless, I will send you my Newborn Love notes, on how to get ready on the day for you and the baby.

Prior to the photoshoot, we will also schedule in a phone call to discuss everything. Your preferences, who you want to be in the photographs and what your vision for the photoshoot is. This will also be an opportunity to discuss how you would like to display the portraits we will be creating, on your walls, in the nursey, gifted to family members? These are just some ideas, you might have more, I would love to hear all about them.  

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. 

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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 £700-£1050 in collections, print products and wall art. They love the quality of the products and being surrounded by the beautiful images of their children, displayed in their home.

SESSION FEE

In order to confirm a photoshoot, a £150 session fee is due upfront.

This secures you preferred session time, including one print in 8×10 inches, in a modern frame. 

The price of the collections is in addition.

£150

collections

These are the types of collections I offer and they are not set in stone, i.e they can be flexible.

A newborn photoshoot session takes time, as there will be breaks and top up feeds, changing time etc. I do not rush the session that’s why I allow for 1-2 hours.

The collections differ by the number of images they include which are your final choice of photographs. I edit the final portraits taking the time to make them look “perfect” and “spotless”.

I love seeing the final portraits in print, which is why I always include one print in a farme with the sesion fee.

You don’t have to choose the collections upfront. At the time of the viewing prepare to fall in love with all of them, that is why I do my work.

COLLECTION I

Collection I has 10 digital images that we finalise together and are edited.

In addition I also include 5 prints from the 10 digitals that you choose to have printed in 7×5 inches format. The prints are mounted and ready to be framed.

£350

COLLECTION II

Collection II has 15 digital images that we finalise together and are edited.

In addition I also include 5 prints from the 15 digitals that you choose to have printed in 7×5 inches format. The prints are mounted and ready to be framed.

£400

COLLECTION III

Collection III has 25 digital images.

In addition it also includes, a beautiful album with a 10 page spread that is a precious memory book from the photoshoot session.

Wall art products are in addition.

£600

Wall art

We can disucss wall art options, at the time of the booking and we can continue the conversation to make sure we find the right solution for your home, your style and your needs.

Having your photographs and portraits printed and on display, on your walls, is a great source of everyday joy and positive reinforcement.

I work alongside a great interior designer with great experience in residential design projects who can also be involved to give you her bespoke expert advice.

After all, art is a great source of joy and inspiration.

MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY

Maternity photoshoot, Tooting Photographer

Maternity photography

I love working with pregnant mums, to capture the emotions, excitment and fear, dreams and projections.

Maternity Photoshoot with Newborn Booking

For maternity shoots booked alongside newborn bookings, I offer a complimentary session in my home studio and 4 complimentary images. Additional images are available for purchase, should you wish to.

A maternity photoshoot in the studio can be up to 2 hours with a number of styles and outfits.

Maternity photoshoots can also take place outdoors from May to October.

Maternity Photoshoot only (without Newborn Booking)

Collection I

£300 for 10 digital photographs

Collection II

£450 for 20 digital photographs

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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%.