Newborn & Baby - Sarah Swift Photography

Because time goes by so quickly, especially when you have little ones, remembering just how small and precious they were when first born, or how their little smile and giggle made you laugh can be hard as our lives are so hectic. This is why I love photography and my job so much, I can capture those precious moments and give you photographs that you can treasure forever.

Being a natural light photographer, baby sessions can either be a lifestyle shoot in your home or outside in the warmer months, or for newborns I can use various posing aids to create those posed studio style photos whilst they are still very small and sleepy. For family photos of yourselves with your baby and of course their siblings, I will use your home surroundings for backdrops as I tend not use white studio backgrounds (mainly for cake smash sessions)

Details of my newborn and baby packages can be found on my Lifestyle & Baby Investment page.

Newborn Photography Sessions


Newborns photograph best when they are 5-10 days old, but up to 14 days is still ok. Within the first 2 weeks after birth they are much more sleepy and settled and can be positioned more easily, which helps to create more natural and beautiful photos, especially if you are wanting those adorable curled up poses with baby sound asleep. This doesn't mean that I won't photograph newborns after 2 weeks. Your baby might be more alert and will probably try to keep their eyes open more, or stretch out during certain positions, but you will still end up having a lovely collection of beautiful photos. 

Newborns can also be photographed as a lifestyle session if you are wanting more natural and relaxed looking photos, using the nursery and master bedroom as the main background and focus for the session. 

When booking for a newborn session please get in contact as soon as you can. I will pencil in my diary around 7 days after your due date, and once baby has arrived we can confirm if that date is still suitable. Please also state if you are wanting studio posed newborn photos or a home lifestyle session. 

Lifestyle Baby Sessions


What is a lifestyle baby session?

At-home lifestyle baby sessions are about the baby being in their natural home environment and capturing special moments of them with each family member, as well as the family all together. If siblings are involved, I usually take care of these photos first so that they can go and play during the rest of the session. There will also be time for photos of the baby alone; these are usually done when the baby is sleepiest and while I'll pose the baby a little, I keep it very natural. I take photos of babies swaddled or undressed and they are posed in a way you'd find them naturally. Using as much natural light as possible, the session will take place preferably in the nursery, master bedroom and living room.

Photographing your baby doesn't just have to happen when they are newborns. Between 3-12 months old, babies are starting to develop their own personalities, smiling and giggling at you, sitting up and starting to explore the world. Capturing these precious moments with a lifestyle session in your home will leave you with a collection of beautiful photographs of your baby.   

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Cake Smash Sessions

Would you like to celebrate your little one's 1st birthday with something a bit different and fun?  Cake smash or birthday party themed photo sessions are a fantastic way to remember this big occasion, leaving you with amazing photos and great memories and moments as you watch the birthday boy/girl enjoying themselves during the shoot. I have a small selection of different coloured backgrounds, various coloured bunting and birthday hats to use to create the birthday celebration look.

Cake smash shoots are a lot of fun to watch as your one year old starts to destroy, eat and play with their delicious cake. A beautiful cupcake style or tall round cake is provided by Yvonne's Cake Creations and is included in the photography package.

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