New parents: why newborn & family portrait sessions in your own home are more relaxing – Essex based Family & Baby Photographer, Fairweather Photography

New to parenthood? I’ve been there.

As a mother of 2 not so little kiddos, I (vaguely) remember those first weeks after my return from the maternity, it was a mixture of elation and exhaustion. I felt immense pride whilst it seems too unreal a the same time to think those 2 human beings were mine and there to stay.

A a new parent it takes some adjusting to this new life and routine with a baby, most of us wish to record these first moments, we’ve been told it all goes so fast… So whilst it is on the mind of a lot of parents to capture those first weeks it is also a real chore for any new parent to travel to a studio for a shoot. There is just so much to bring, we feel tired before we even left the house.

And this is why ‘at home’ shoots are getting so popular. Most newborn shoots that I am booked for are now shoots arranged in the parents home. From a parents prospective it is a lot less stressful and everything that is needed for baby is on hand. I will fit around the feeds or midwife appointments, I will not rush you in any way.  Plus I am happy to travel anywhere and all my equipment is portable. I adjust to any surroundings and only need a short glance around the house to see what areas to use for the shoot. It is that simple.

And you don’t even need to tidy your house or make me a cup of tea! Remember, I’ve been there.

I want this to be a positive happy enjoyable experience. I am there for you and your new family, I will advise you on what works best picture wise and once you are happy with the number of images, I will leave you in peace.

Its  always such a privilege to be invited to people’s home to photograph the parents first weeks with their newborn. I simply love capturing those moments and take a lot of joy in observing how the mother & father bond with and adapt to their new arrival. To book a newborn shoot I advise you contact me as early as possible in your pregnancy to book a provisional date shortly after your due date. I will of course keep the date flexible as newborns rarely arrive on the due date! Newborn shoots are best booked 7 to 10 days post partum. Wishing all new mums-to-be a healthy pregnancy and look forward to meeting lots of new babies in 2018!

For this ‘at home’ photoshoot below, I was asked to travel near Oxford and spent just over a couple of hours with the parents, the new member of the family and Neve, the ever so sweet family boxer pet who took on her big sister new role very seriously… x

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Stéphanie Fairweather – Baby & Family Photographer covering Essex and the UK

For newborn shoot it is advised to book approx 7 to 10 days post partum although not essential.

Fancy viewing another relaxed at home shoot, head over to this ‘at home newborn shoot’

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  • I have the privilege of working regularly with the Basking Babies offering during some of their sessions mini photoshoots for mum and baby. This massage group offers new mums the opportunity to learn about the benefit and technics of baby massage. If you’d like to enquire further, do check them out: