Socially distanced outdoor photo sessions


Outdoor family photo sessions

I’ve moved a lot of my sessions outdoors for now. Why not, when I have such gorgeous surroundings in Buckinghamshire?! I have not been able to invite newborn babies to my studio (or indeed open my new studio yet – more on this to come), but I have had the pleasure to either visit families in their gardens or meeting in a public outdoor location, documenting memories of their brand new tiny baby. Babies don’t stay little for long, so even in the midst of this pandemic, it is so worth booking in with a photographer who can photograph your new baby cradled in your arms. Your baby will seem little for a while, but looking back on those first few weeks, it is easy to forget just how small they really were.

I enjoy the different aspects available for these outdoor sessions, having something plain like a fence panel, or more of a scenic background such as a wide open space, or a little nook somewhere that feels almost cosy as it surrounds the family.

As the restrictions of lockdown ease, little by little, I can work with parents to gradually adapt my sessions to include individual images of a newborn, styling them in positions and adding textures, similar to those that I create in my studio sessions. These type of images can also be achieved via guided posing on a video call if you are shielding, involving ample preparation and lots of talking through. Please note, as parents are not trained in posing safely, any posed set ups are guided and are baby led, gentle and simple.

Some of my recent outdoor sessions with a newborn.
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New birth in lockdown

Lockdown: when the world stood still. Or did it?

The world has been through a lot of change during these past weeks and months and our country has been experiencing a time of stillness and closure. Shops, restaurants and other businesses have had to close their doors. Play parks and National Trust spaces have been off limits to the public. Nevertheless, life has continued to grow and new births have brought us happiness, even if we have to witness them from a distance.

I have been missing newborn photography, meeting the tiny new little people, inviting them for a photo session to capture their first few days in the world, and of course enjoying a time of cuddles! The way I am able to work has had to change. Previously, I have invited families to me, where I have control over the environment and set the scene, but Government guidelines cannot permit this. So I, like many other photographers around the country, have ventured out to you, to your doorsteps.

Doorstep portraits

The doorstep portraits have had heaps of interest (see my previous blogpost about doorstep photos here). I’ve photographed nearly 150 doorsteps in just over 3 weeks. It started mostly with families including children of all ages, but more recently, I have had couples contacting me to request photographing their new birth arrival. This is not always babies, but fur babies too! I feel so excited to mark these memories for prospective or new parents. I’m really enjoying the doorstep photos involving anyone living at the home, but to capture memories of wonderful new arrivals or those waiting to arrive and join the family, edges a little closer to my usual area of photography.

I’m keen to share a few moments I’ve captured of these lovely proud parents.

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If you have had a baby during lockdown, or introduced a new fluffy member to your family and would like a doorstep photo to document their arrival, please email me to book a doorstep mini session, or one of my longer garden or outdoor sessions. New blog post coming soon of my recent garden sessions for newborns…