AUTHENTIC, NATURAL & BABY-LED NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY

Firstly, it’s my absolute privilege to get to photograph so many newborns, thanks for stopping by and considering me to capture those early days and weeks. My approach to newborn photography is all about documenting babies in very simple poses that are baby-led, allowing them to be in the positions they find most comfortable. I think newborns are perfect just as they are, so I photograph them against plain and cosy backdrops in a minimalist style, without the use of props. Your baby is my guide for the session, meaning each shoot is totally unique.

  

NEWBORNS IN THE STUDIO

MINIMALIST STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY

I photograph newborns at two really lovely stages, either their first 21 days when they’re at their sleepiest and tiniest, or between 6-8 weeks old, when they are still very small but becoming much more aware of the world around them. For shoots that take place in the first 21 days, you’ll get beautifully natural sleepy pictures focusing on all your baby’s tiny brand new details, everything new parents are utterly besotted with. If you choose a 6-8 weeks session your baby will be much more alert during the shoot and my focus will be on their eye contact, smiles, and everything that makes up their unique character. Babies between 6-8 weeks may or may not sleep during the session but if they do, you’ll get sleepy portraits too.

SESSION LOCATION & DURATION

I have a cosy home studio just off Queen’s Road in Aberdeen’s west end. Typically sessions take between 2-3 hours, it’s important the whole process is calm and unrushed, leaving plenty of time for feeding and cuddle breaks.

EXAMPLE SESSION

You can see an example of a typical studio session here

  

NEWBORNS AT HOME

DOCUMENTARY SESSIONS AT HOME

At home sessions are purely documentary, my main focus is you and your little one and telling the story of your first days together, whether that’s giving baby their first bath or just cuddling on the couch.  I also take lots of pictures of baby on his or her own, focusing on all the tiny details.  For those images I might photograph baby on your bed, in their crib or somewhere else in your home.  I don't bring any studio equipment with me other than my cameras, it's all about using your environment as the backdrop.

TIME AND DURATION

I usually find mornings are best but the shoot can happen whenever you like and lasts between 1-2 hours.

EXAMPLE SESSION

You can see an example of a typical at home newborn session here

  

PRICING & BOOKING

SIMPLE PRICING

I simply charge a flat rate for the whole shoot and that includes all of your images in high resolution with full printing rights. You receive your images via an online gallery and you can download the images to your home computer, tablet or phone, it’s also perfect for sharing with friends & family. I do offer a printing service but there is never any obligation to use this.  You can see my prices here.

WHEN TO BOOK

If you are booking a first 21 days shoot, it’s usual to book whilst you are still pregnant, anytime after your 20 weeks scan is perfect. We won’t know when your baby will actually arrive so I block out session times for the month surrounding your due date and we confirm an actual date once your baby has arrived. If you are booking a 6-8 week session, it’s still best to book in whilst your pregnant to ensure availability but if your baby is already here please do get in touch, as I can sometimes fit in extra sessions.

HOW TO BOOK

You can ask questions,  check my availability or book by filling in the enquiry form at the bottom of this page.

Kind Words

Harvey

After being recommended Emma Lawson Photography by a friend, I decided to book a bump photo shoot as well as a newborn shoot once ‘bumpy’ arrived. I’m so glad I did, as I love all the photos. Emma instantly made me feel relaxed during my pregnancy shoot. My husband came along too, but was a little unsure of having a bump shoot. However, with Emma’s laid back and relaxed approach we forgot we were even in front of the camera lens.

A month or so later Emma came along to meet our new addition for his newborn shoot. She was brilliant with our baby boy Harvey. Such a natural with newborn babies and she has oodles of patience. You can definitely tell she loves what she does. My husband and I love the beautiful pictures Emma took for us, capturing memories we with cherish so much for many years to come. Thank you Emma X

EMILY

As new nervous parents we were slightly nervous about how Emily would react to a photo shoot but it was such a relaxing, exciting experience! Emma made us feel very relaxed and we took our time and worked around Emily. The photos have turned out amazing and well exceed our expectations. We can’t wait to show her off to the world! thanks Emma!

MATTHEW

Thank you we love the pictures so much and can’t stop looking at them, I already have my favourites. You have captured Matthew’s little personality and we finally have pictures of the three of us! You did a perfect job!

ODELL

The shoot was super comfortable and relaxing with plenty of opportunity to stop for feeds, changes and cuddles (!) The pictures are beautiful – simple and timeless. I can’t recommend Emma enough and am excited to show the shots off to all our friends and family!

MAISY

We had Emma for our newborn shoot and she was fabulous. She is such a nice person, very chilled and so patient. We absolutely LOVE the photos she took of Maisy. So much so we are booking her for Maisys 1st Birthday shoot and our wedding.

Max

Thank you Emma for doing what you do best and giving us so many wonderful pics of our beautiful baby boy we can cherish forever.

  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT HAPPENS IF I BOOK AND MY BABY ARRIVES EARLY OR LATE?

Don’t worry about it, lots of babies don’t arrive on their due date. Once you are booked in I allow for your baby to be early or late by blocking various dates out for your shoot. I also limit the amount of newborns I shoot each month so I always have good availability for every baby, no matter when they decide to appear.

WHERE DO THE SESSIONS TAKE PLACE?

From my home studio on Rubislaw Park Road in Aberdeen’s west end or in your own home depending on the session type you book.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A STUDIO AND A IN HOME SESSION?

With studio sessions the greatest focus is on baby and with in home sessions the focus is on you as a family. You can see a typical studio session here and a typical in home session here.

HOW LONG WILL THE SESSION TAKE?

2-4 hours for a studio session, which sounds like a long time but allowing for changes, feeds and cuddle breaks, it really isn’t.  2 hours for in home sessions.

WHAT IF MY BABY WON’T SETTLE?

Don’t worry about it, if you are stressed and anxious, your baby will sense that. All newborns are different and my style of shooting is very natural so if your baby isn’t ready to sleep right away, we’ll do some awake shots.

DO YOU USE PROPS?

Not really, I like to keep the images very minimalist, focusing on all your baby’s little details. 

WHAT SHOULD OUR BABY WEAR?

Just a baby grow and take a plain vest with you. Most of the time I will shoot your baby in my own wraps so you don’t need to bring your own outfits. If there is a special shawl or blanket, I’d be happy to incorporate it.

HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHS WILL WE GET?

You will get all of your final images, anything from 40-70 images.

DO WE GET THE DIGITAL FILES?

Yes, you will receive all of your final images via digital download using a password protected gallery and on a USB.

CAN WE MAKE OUR OWN PRINTS?

You sure can, until your heart’s content. You can never have enough cute baby pictures.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET OUR FINAL PICTURES?

3-4 weeks.

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