Baby Portrait Photos2019-12-12T17:41:16+00:00

Your baby changes so much in their first two years with you.  They move from those sleepy dozy newborns who can’t even support the weight of their own head to fast moving, fast talking toddlers with their own (very strong) opinions all in the space of twenty four months!

Baby Photography East Grinstead West Sussex

My baby photo shoots take place in my warm and welcoming studio in Crawley Down (about half way between Crawley and East Grinstead) and my flexible set up, backdrop and lighting options allow me to comfortably and safely work with any age of little person plus offer you a wide variety of styles to choose from.  I’ve been working with babies of all ages for fifteen years so any portrait that I undertake comes with the benefit of experience which really comes in handy when you’re trying to persuade a mobile toddler to stay still for long enough for us to capture their little personalities!

  • Flexible studio and lighting options for a variety of styles

  • Selection of backdrops and backgrounds

  • Range of props and accessories to suit all ages

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  • East Grinstead Baby Photography Studio
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  • East Grinstead Baby Photography Studio
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How Much does a Baby Photo Shoot Cost?

Every baby photo shoot includes your three favourite digital images to download, print and share as much as you would like to. The cost is £95.   Sessions also access to my props and accessories and, most importantly, include an hour of photography time to allow us plenty of time to create a beautiful set of baby and family images for you.

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Join the Baby Photography Club

If your baby is under four months old then you could always look at joining my baby photography club – the Joey Club.  This gives you three sessions in your baby’s first year plus your favourite image from each session in a souvenir triple aperture wall frame at the end of the year.  The price for the membership includes your sessions and the frame and is £39.95.

As with all of my photography, there’s no expensive sales session to attend.  You simply view and order any images you’d like in either print or digital form directly from your private online gallery.

In addition, when you book a newborn photo shoot, you automatically receive free membership to my baby photography club worth £39.95.  You receive three sessions in the first year with your little one – one each at four, eight and twelve months plus a souvenir triple aperture wall frame containing your favourite image from each session.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use my phone/camera in the studio ?2019-06-14T10:15:43+01:00

Sorry but no.  Obviously you can use your phone for making and receiving calls but I don’t allow any videography or photography inside the studio.  If you are caught recording or photographing the session, you will be asked to leave and the session will be terminated without refund.  All in all, that’s a horrible situation for us all to be in so please respect my copyright.

What size and format are the digital images?2019-06-14T10:14:47+01:00

Any digital images that you purchase will be sized at 10×8″ at 300ppi so perfect for printing up to this size or slightly larger (you have more flexibility on size when it comes to canvases as they are printed at a lower resolution).  I offer a range of larger prints and canvases that you can order from my gallery if you would like them.

How do we see our images?2019-06-14T10:12:30+01:00

About two weeks after your session, I’ll have your images edited and uploaded to your private online gallery.  There’s no sales or viewing session to attend. I’ll email you a link and a password and that will take you straight to your finished images.

How much are additional prints and digital images?2019-06-14T10:11:24+01:00

I believe in complete transparency when it comes to pricing so you won’t get any nasty surprises.  You’ll already know what your session fee includes in terms of images, and you can simply order more from your online gallery if you’d like to – there’s no sales or viewing session to attend.

Here are the prices for additional digital images and prints. 

Is there a minimum spend?2019-06-14T10:11:04+01:00

There’s no minimum spend or nasty pricing surprises with any of my photography.   You’ll already know the price of your photo shoot and what’s included and if you’d like to order more, you simply do so from your online gallery.

Where do sessions take place?2019-06-14T10:09:47+01:00
How long will it be until I see my pictures?2019-06-14T10:09:10+01:00

Each of your images is professionally edited and so there will be a bit of a delay before you can see your images while I get everything ready for you. This can vary according to a number of factors but generally, it’s about a two week wait before your images are uploaded to your private online gallery.  I’ll be able to advise you better on exact waiting times at your session.

What backdrops do you have?2019-06-14T10:08:09+01:00

I have a range of backdrops you can use for your child at a photo shoot and you can make a choice on what  you would like when you arrive at the studio.  However, if you’d like to take a look in advance…

Do we see images in colour and black and white?2019-06-14T09:55:50+01:00

I present all of your images in colour and then I’ll add in black and white copies of some that I think particularly suit it. Of course, if you’d rather have an image in black and white then just ask and I’m happy to switch it over for you.

When is the studio open?2019-06-14T10:17:50+01:00

My studio is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm.

How long do you keep the images?2019-06-14T10:19:57+01:00

I keep your images for 18 months following your session date and after this point, they are permanently deleted so if you are purchasing digital copies, I can’t stress enough to back them up safely.

When is the best time to get baby photos?2019-06-14T10:24:26+01:00

This is a tricky one as there is something special about all of your babies development stages.  However, if you miss the short window for newborn images or just don’t fancy them, then I recommend waiting until your baby can lift their head when they are on their tummy before coming to visit for photos.  Prior to this stage, they’re very limited in terms of what they can do (I’m not criticising!) and although I have a specially designed pillow that allows them to sit up, until they have good neck control they tend to just slump.  If you wait until they’re a little bit stronger, then you’ll get much more variety in your finished images.

What if my baby cries?2019-06-14T13:14:50+01:00

When you book a baby photo shoot, we have the studio for an hour where, in reality, a baby wouldn’t usually shoot for more than 20 minutes or so.  We have that extra time for allowing for feeding, settling and generally gently encouraging them.  That said, if your baby is really inconsolable (and days can happen when they just won’t settle down), we simply reschedule for another time.  Trying to pursue photography with a baby that has really had enough of the whole affair is just stressful for them and for you, so if it comes to it, know that we can book another day to take care of things when they will no doubt being in a happier mood.

How much does a baby photo shoot cost?2019-06-14T13:17:56+01:00

A baby photo shoot includes your three favourite digital images and costs £95.  There’s no sales or viewing session to attend – you simply view and order from your online gallery.  Parents and siblings are welcome to join the session as well.

Can parents and siblings be in the pictures?2019-06-14T13:24:40+01:00

Absolutely – parents and siblings are welcome to join in with the photos.

What time of day is best for sessions?2019-06-14T13:28:09+01:00

You should aim to bring your baby along when they are at their best so have napped and eaten – though babies are notorious for changing their schedule just when you think you’ve got it nailed.  Quite often that means that a start time of 10 or 11 is ideal and after lunch and afternoon nap means the afternoon sessions start at 2pm and 3pm.  That said, there’s no fixed start time as far as I’m concerned – just whenever is best for you and your little one.

How long is a baby portrait shoot?2019-06-14T13:31:22+01:00

We book the studio for an hour for a baby photo shoot although in reality, little people would never actually shoot for much more than half of that.  When they’re really small, sometimes the window can be just 15 minutes before they’ve had enough – don’t worry though, we can still get lots of great images in that time.  The rest of the time is there if we need extra for feeding, settling and getting changed.

What happens if my baby is ill?2019-06-14T13:33:06+01:00

We won’t get good pictures if your baby is ill or unsettled and so it’s normally best to cancel if you know that your baby is under the weather.  If you could give me as much notice as possible then that’s always appreciated although you can’t always tell in advance of course.  I don’t offer refunds for sessions but you’re always welcome to reschedule if you need to when your baby is not feeling their best.

Can I bring my dog to sessions?2019-06-14T13:35:46+01:00

I love dogs and they’re welcome at my studio.  When you’re combining a dog and baby portrait, the only advice I have for you is to wait until your baby is able to sit up unsupported as otherwise it’s very difficult to pose them together.  Probably don’t bring them if you are having a cake smash as that’s probably just a disaster waiting to happen – even the best trained dog is probably going to be unable to resist all that cake!

Can I order gift certificates?2019-06-14T13:47:23+01:00

Yes, you can order a gift certificate for any of my photography services. You can order a personalised voucher by following the link below…

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My baby can’t sit up yet, can they still come for photos?2019-06-14T13:57:09+01:00

Yes of course, I have a giant beanbag they can lie on and a specially designed cushion that allows them to sit up.  If I’m being entirely honest, if you’ve missed the newborn window of two weeks, then I think you get better value from a session if you wait until they have good neck control and can get their head up when they are on their tummy (even if it’s just for a moment or two).

My baby is crawling, is that a problem?2019-06-14T15:08:46+01:00

Once your baby is crawling, it does get harder to persuade them that sitting still for photos is a fun idea so there is definitely a lot of chasing and resetting once the initial surprise of an unfamiliar environment has worn off. That said, it’s a good work out for us and there are still tons of great photos to get.  If you’re interested in using a lot of props, then it’s best to get in while they can sit unsupported but before they crawl but a mobile baby isn’t an issue at all in the studio.

What do I need to bring to my baby photo shoot?2019-06-14T15:11:02+01:00

Other than your normal baby bag (like you’d leave the house without it!), you don’t need to bring anything to your session.  You might like to bring along changes of outfit and any props and accessories that you’d like to include but it’s not essential, I have everything we need at the studio.

Can we bring our own props?2019-06-14T15:12:31+01:00

You’re welcome to bring along anything that you’d like to include in your photo shoot – including any props or accessories. In fact, it’s a great idea as it makes your session really unique to you.  I’ll do my best to work with anything you bring along to create your personal images.

What should my baby wear to their photo shoot?2019-06-14T15:16:10+01:00

That’s totally up to you – you just need to bring along things that you love that you’d like to see your baby photographed in.  If you’re having more than one family member in the pictures, it’s a great idea to coordinate – even if its just in colour or tone (you don’t need to twin, though you’re welcome to).   I have some outfits at the studio (think pettiskirts and rompers for girls, and nappy covers and knitted trousers for boys) that you’re welcome to borrow and some people like to have photos of their little ones wearing nothing but a smile.  It really is about whatever works for you.   There’s always time for outfit changes if you want to.

What props do you have?2019-06-14T15:31:28+01:00

My prop and accessory collection do change a bit over time as I like to keep things fresh but to give you an idea, I have a ton of bunting (and that really does keep on growing as people come up with new ideas), some very cute miniature chairs, an ivory vintage suitcase and a whole Harry Potter themed mini set (complete with owl) if you are a little bit of a Potterhead. Harry Potter Themed Baby PhotographyPhotographic prop childrens photogpher sussexBaby Photography West Sussex

What payment methods do you accept?2019-06-14T15:33:58+01:00

My preferred method of payment is bank transfer although I also accept credit and debit cards through the PayPal facility. You don’t need to have a PayPal account in order to use this – you can just enter your card details as you would on any other online transaction.

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How many pictures do you take in a session?2019-06-14T17:51:47+01:00

This is question that I get asked a lot and it’s a really tough one to answer as it depends on so many things.  If I’m photographing a baby and they’re in a great mood, then you have lots of photos where if they are finding things a bit difficult then you get less.  Gun to my head, if I had to offer an average image count, then I’d say that you can expect to find about forty fully edited images in your finished gallery but that can vary wildly so it’s probably not a very useful statistic for you.

If we buy digital files, can we print and share them?2019-06-14T17:54:26+01:00

When you buy a digital file from me, the copyright stays with me as it would with pretty much all other photographers out there.  However, that’s just a legal term that I retain as the creator of the image.  You’re able to print and share the image as much as you’d like to – the only things that you can’t do is sell the images or claim that you took them.  Other than that, they are yours to do as you wish with.

Can we use different backdrops within a session?2019-06-14T18:04:46+01:00

My studio is really flexible and I have lots of different backdrops and lighting options to choose from. They’re very easy to switch between so we can simply create lots of different styles of images for you within one session.

Can I have a first birthday shoot without a cake smash?2019-06-20T09:55:17+01:00

Of course, when you book a first birthday photo shoot, you are welcome to cake smash, tub splash, do both or do neither.  Whatever works for you.  I have some first birthday props such as number 1’s that you’re welcome to include.

When do I need to pay for my session?2019-08-10T14:35:25+01:00

You need to pay for your photo shoot when you book it.  If your session is more than two weeks away, then you have the option of paying a £20 deposit with the balance being due the week before your session.  Otherwise the full balance is due on booking.

How does the Order Gallery Work?2020-01-17T10:03:51+00:00

My online gallery should be fairly familiar to you if you shop online but in case you need a bit of extra assistance, you can click on the button below to access a help document that walks you through how to access your gallery, choose your favourite images and place an order.  Of course, if you are having problems, just get in touch and I’m always happy to help.

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How Many Outfits can I Bring to my Baby Photo Shoot?2020-01-15T11:53:18+00:00

This is quite a common question that I get when folk are booking their baby photography club photo shoots.   The answer is as many as you want.

I’m down with creating whatever images you would like as part of your photo shoot – I don’t limit you to one style of photography. For some people, this means they have several outfits that they want to include so go right ahead as far as I’m concerned.

However, where this system can fall down is when it comes to your baby’s tolerance for getting changed. Therefore, if you have multiple outfits to include, we get them all out before we start the session and prioritise them. That also lets me see what I’m working with and get out any complementary blankets and props that I think would work well with them. When we have the in priority order, we then work out if we can layer stuff up to minimise the changing fuss. Then we get going and get through as much as we can before your baby gets the hump with us changing them!  Simple as that…

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