Mum and daughter cuddling in corn field

Mother and baby portrait session - golden hour photography

I loved photographing this wonderful mother and daughter session. These two have an amazing bond and I am lucky to have photographed them a few times now. Shooting during golden hour is one of my favourite times to shoot because the light is just so beautiful.

For this session myself and Lauren (Mama) scheduled an early evening shoot when it looked like we were getting run of good weather and it paid off! Lauren got baby Sienna to have her nap a little later than usual – we made sure to take toys/blanket/snacks along with us to keep her happy but she enjoyed being outside and cuddling her mummy so much their was no need to worry.

What is golden hour?

Also know as magical hour, golden hour is the last bit of evening light just before sunset. It’s most prominent on a clear, sunny day. As the sun gets close to the horizon, the light takes on a golden glow and it’s much warmer and softer than earlier on in the day when the sun is higher in the sky.

Mum holding young daughter in corn field
Mum and baby walking through field during golden hour
Mum and daughter walking through fields during golden hour
Young girl smiling at camera during golden hour
Mum and daughter cuddling in corn field

Man and woman holding newborn baby

Newborn photography using natural light - my Staffordshire studio

I love photographing newborns in my studio, I often opt to use the natural (window) light instead of studio flashes as it creates a softer warmer look to the images.

Ideally newborn images are best done whilst baby is 10-14 days old but I have photographed newborns as young as 5 days (hours old if you include my own!…yes I took my camera to the hospital) and slightly older at around 3-4 weeks old, even 6 weeks old. Please don’t ever convince yourself you have “missed the boat”.

They will never be as small and as new as they are today, they change so so quickly.  The only difference between very new babies and those that are a few weeks old is that they are less ‘curled up’ and tend to have longer waking periods so whilst may not get the curled up sleepy shots you had in mind you will still capture some amazingly cute moments….they may even be smiling by the time they are 5-6 weeks old!

Soft neutral tones work well when styling newborn sessions, I tend to advise my clients to avoid lots of contrasting colours and pattern allow the focus to be on themselves and their new baby. Denim, white, creams, pale grey, pale blue or pale pink work well. We can include special little toys or blankets and hats too, if you don’t have anything you wanted to include then I have plenty of options in my Stafford photography studio.

I tend to avoid unnatural poses when it comes to newborn photography, its just not my style, I like babies to look like babies, how they would be at home….if they were cosy and relaxed and beautifully lit 😉 This is how you will remember them, not propped up in a plant pot or tiny armchair.

If you would like to find out more about my newborn photography sessions please get in touch or call 07773 064280. I also offer gift vouchers which are perfect for new parents or as a baby shower gift.

Man and woman holding newborn baby smiling
Newborn baby wrapped in blanket
Newborn baby asleep wrapped in blanket
Mum and dad holding newborn baby
Mum with newborn baby