Newborn & Baby Photography | Somerset

Newborn and baby photoshoots are such an absolute pleasure to do, there are many milestones throughout our lives, but the first few days and weeks are nothing short of magical! Newborns are often sleepy making it easier to photograph all those little details - tiny fingers, tiny hands, wispy hair and perfect little sleepy faces! My newborn and baby photo shoots in Somerset also include family portraits with mum and dad, and can include sibling portraits by extra arrangement. Newborns are best photoagraphed in the first few weeks, but baby's of all ages are fun to photograph, it's the perfect way to document the first special days and weeks of baby's life. Photo shoots are easy to book, and and can also make fantastic gifts for baby showers!

Sessions are just £95, last around three to four hours and include a Gift Print in 14x11 deluxe mount. Other prints and digital portraits are bought separately.

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Baby photography

Newborn babies are best photographed between 5 - 21 days. During this time a baby retains some of their natural curl from before they were born. A newborn baby is often more sleepy, flexible and happier to have their clothes changed. It's a good idea to book an appointment while you are still pregnant, we can always adjust the time for your Newborn Session, if needed, when baby arrives.

If it's not possible to book a newborn baby photoshoot within couple of weeks, please remember that beautiful baby portraits can be taken at any age, in fact some of my favourite shoots have been with older babies who missed that early window during lockdown.  For older babies, expect photographs to show more of baby's character and possibly less of the curly sleepy poses. Some older babies are happy to be wrapped, and all will enjoy cuddles with mum and dad!  Don't miss out on these beautiful early days of your baby's life and get in touch as soon as you can to book your shoot.


Newborn and baby photography - just £95 

Beautiful photographs of your favourite people and life's most meaningful events, are an important investment. My newborn photography package is just £95 and includes:

  • Up to 4 hour studio shoot.
  • Use of props, backdrops, wraps, hats and headbands.
  • Multiple set ups.
  • Online gallery for viewing your images.
  • Complimentary print in 14x11" luxury mount.
  • Bundles of prints and digital images are available to buy in addition to your complimentary print - see below

As a mum of two, I understand how important it is to know that you and your baby will be safe and comfortable during the shoot. I am a member of the Guild of Photographers; have been a professional photographer for over 20 years and, since moving to my studio in Ilminster, I have enjoyed photographing babies for five years now. I keep up regular training and mentoring in all aspects of baby photography including baby saftey and comfort and network with other professional Newborn Photographers worldwide.  I would throughly reccommend that you pop in to the studio to meet me and talk through the kind of photography that you like and be reassured that you and your newborn will be in a safe pair of hands. But in the meantime ... here are some kind words from my clients:

"We are so happy with the lovely photos Deborah took of our 2 week baby girl. They are beautiful, Deborah is very talented! Her attention to detail shines through. Deborah was so patient and careful with our little girl to make sure she was happy and comfortable. We would definitely recommend, particularly for newborn photos."   Nicole Gilligan
"We recently had a newborn shoot with Deborah and we honestly could not praise her enough. She was so good with our daughter, had some amazing ideas for creative and artistic shots but also listened to what we wanted. The studio has a very relaxed feel and Deborah went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable, offering us cups of tea and allowing time for changes/ feeds between shots. The end gallery was just wonderful.The photos were better than we had ever expected! Simply stunning. Thank you again Deborah for being so lovely, patient and professional!"   Natalie Burton

Bundles of Digitals and Prints to compliment your newborn session

After your photo shoot I get busy with editing and processing to create a gallery of beautiful images for you to see. From the gallery you can choose one print to be made into your complimentary Gift Print in 14x11" deluxe mount. You also have the option to buy further prints and digital images. Below are some of the cost saving bundles and packages I offer, to suit all budgets:

Newborn baby photographed yawning
Newborn Bundle One

10 Colour downloads; 10 matching black and white downloads; 2 x Gift Prints in Luxury 14x11" mounts; 2 x Gift Prints in Luxury 10x8" mounts; Upgrade to add extra digitals for £15 each; PLUS £20 toward you next studio session


Newborn baby photographed in fathers arms
Newborn Bundle Two

5 x Digital downloads; 5 x Gift Prints in Luxury 10x8" mounts; Upgrade to add duplicate digitals in black and white for £35; PLUS £10 toward you next studio session


Newborn Bundle Three
Newborn Bundle Three

1x Gift Print in Luxury 14x11" mount; 2x Gift Prints in Luxury 10x8" mounts; PLUS £10 toward you next studio session


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Mini Newborn Baby Shoots

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Some of your questions about newborn and baby photography answered

How much does a baby photoshoot cost?

Photographers carefully work out prices in order to offer the best value while making their business work. We have studio, equipment, prop and laundry costs to cover, and then there is time is spent on preparation, during the shoot, editing, processing and administration, which when added up can take up to two full days ... Phew! ... for just one shoot!  We do all this because we love our work, but we also have to pay the bills. Good photographers have spent years training and even longer working, gaining experience and constantly learning new skills and developing artistic talents  - this is why people book us!  My newborn baby shoots start at £95 and include a beautiful Gift Print. If all the hard work I put into the photo shoot pays off you will feel happy to invest in the beautiful photography that I have created when you see your gallery ... I constantly review products and prices and will send more prices and bundles when you contact me.

How long does a newborn baby photo session last?

Because every baby is different, every session is different.  Happy, content babies are wonderful to photograph and when babies drift  into a deep sleep I can gently and safely flow them into sleepy little poses. If baby is a light sleeper sessions can take a little longer and could mean that baby is less happy to be posed naked. I take my cues from baby and also from you, the parent.

What happens if my baby won’t sleep?

Some babies are sleepy, some are less so and can be more curious, especially when in new surroundings. If baby is wide awake and happy, I don’t waste these moments and get to work. These early open eyed shots and photographs of them stretching and yawning can be so full of character.

If baby still wide awake after a little kick about and a good feed, I will wrap them. Wrapping helps baby to feel secure and is a lovely way to photograph them regardless if they are awake or asleep.

All babies drift off eventually, if they fall into a deep sleep this is the ideal time to try gentle posing on their side and tummy and without clothes on.

What happens if my baby cries during the session?

All babies cry for a reason, it could be that they are hungry, windy, too hot or too cold, or that they need their nappy changing or simply need a cuddle. If baby is unhappy we have time to work with them and help them to settle.

What is newborn and baby photography?

In the early 1990s photography Anne Geddes took newborn photography out of the hospital and into a new era, sparking a stylised field of photography where a photographer works closely with parents to create beautiful portraits, while keeping the health and welfare of their little subjects at the heart of the shoot. Every photographer has a style, I use natural light and prefer to keep my portraits natural and authentic, working with how the baby is feeling to capture all the tiny little details that make newborns so very special.

How old should a baby be for newborn photos?

The ideal age is between 5 and 14 days. That said, I have photographed babies at 6 weeks and they have slept soundly throughout the session - which just goes to show how each baby is different and why it is best for sessions to be 'baby led'.

Is photography safe for babies?

Baby's safety and comfort is absolutley the top priority during one of my newborn and baby shoots. The sessions are baby led, meaning there is plenty of time for feeding, soothing and making a baby comfortable. I only use natural posing and work gently with baby's movments. If a baby is unsettled then there will be a reason why, if baby is having an unusually fussy day, or can not be soothed I will offer a second date, nothing is more important than newborn baby's safety.

What if my baby is poorly?

If you, your baby or anyone else taking part in the shoot is unwell, I will offer a second date. It simply makes no sense to try and push ahead if there are any concerns whatsoever.

Are you offereing newborn shoots during the pandemic and what precautions do you take?

My newborn shoots only go ahead with the strictest of Covid precautions. The main differences being that newborn shoots only take place a minumum of 48 hours after any previous clients; I wear a mask and do not directly handle baby, instead I am guiding parents through a simple 'comfort wrap' and how to gently and naturally position baby. Parents love this, as they often find that this simple wrap can also help to sooth the baby at home. For full up-to-date Covid precautions please visit my FAQ page.

Do you photograph newborn babies at home?

Yes! I offer 'Welcome Home Baby' sessions. These are booked within a similar timeframe - from 5 days onwards. Welcome Home sessions are less stylized, having more of a lifestyle and documentary feel, which some parents prefer. Session fees are £150 and cover between 2-3 hours of photography at home and either a Gift Print in 14x11" mount or £30 credit towards a print or digital bundle.

Professional newborn and baby photographer based in Ilminster, Somerset / Devon border, serving Taunton, Bridgwater, Yeovil, Crewkerne, Chard & the surrounding areas.