Natural newborn photography

Newborn Baby Photography

The transition between a bump in your belly into a breathing, sleeping and crying babe in arms is almost indescribable; and to really do it justice I think it needs to be photographed.

It’s a baby essential! You really don’t want to miss out on documenting those first weeks and months, with this idyllic and beautiful little baby.

The good news is baby’s don’t stop being cute, and as a professional baby photographer, I am very happy to photograph them at any age.

Your newborn baby photography portrait session will give you images to treasure and display forever.

Room view of a nursery with a framed baby portrait on the wall above the baby's cot

I capture every detail of your new little baby, in natural poses, whether the baby is days old or already wide awake and curious about the world around them.

Siblings are welcome to join in too.

And don’t worry, I do not expect them to perform. I adjust the baby photoshoot to them.

I allow plenty of time for my baby photography sessions, so if a bum change is needed or a reassuring cuddle we have time.

The £125 photography session booking fee is payable when you book and secures your date & time in my diary. It does not include any product or digital files.

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Next Steps…



A 15 minute call is the quickest way to go over all the details and answer any questions you have about working together.

Or if you are ready to book or wish to check the availability of photography sessions you can do so here.

A session booking fee of £125  is all that is required to confirm your booking.


I’ll send you a prep guide, a few days before, but I am always happy to set up a time to chat if you want additional help.

Please allow up to an hour, two if the baby is just days old, and there is plenty of free parking available at my Studio at Parndon Mill, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2HP.

For more information on your Portrait Experience click here.


Viewing your portraits is THE best bit of the whole experience. This is where you get to see the moments we captured, and your portraits are projected larger than life in your own private film screening. 

During your appointment, you will be able to select as few or as many portraits as you desire (be prepared to love most of them!) and then you choose how you’d like them to be displayed in your home. 

studio for Newborn Baby Photography at Sue Kennedy Photography, Parndon Mill, Harlow

Every baby photoshoot takes place at my studio at Parndon Mill, Harlow, Essex.

This out-of-town riverside location has plenty of free parking, and the odd sheep or duck.

I operate on a by appointment basis to ensure that each family has the time they need with me.



Had another really good newborn session with Sue. She was great with the baby and allowing us to tend to him when needed. And also really good with our whirlwind 2 year old running around.



Thank You to Sue for our beautiful photos for the newborn photo session that captured the moment perfectly. highly recommend!

I will treasure these photos forever.



The pictures were beautiful. I love all the pictures she has taken, wish I could buy them all. It was worth every penny though and Sue was flexible enough to let us spread the payments.

All the presentation was done beautifully, I was very touched & got emotional every time with happy tears. Thank you Sue! I would definitely recommend!



Newborn Baby Photoshoots and Articles on the Blog

5 Reasons to Photograph your Baby

5 Reasons to Photograph your Baby

I want to share my 5 reasons to photograph your baby, as time will fly, and you will miss it when it's gone. Reason 1 - Baby’s are not little for long. Reason 2 - Cherished memories - Babies grow! Reason 3 - To have more than cameraphone photos. Reason 4 - You...

What age is best for baby photos?

What age is best for baby photos?

What's the best age for baby photos? Great question, and it's a fair question because babies are cute for a long time. There are so many milestones that are a great guide for planning professional baby photos. Here are the options: Newborn Baby Photos - under 2 weeks...

7 Photos to take of your baby at 6 months

7 Photos to take of your baby at 6 months

The first half year of a baby’s life can be some of the most challenging six months for a parent, but it can also be an awe-inspiring time as you witness their change and transformation from a sleeping newborn to a laughing, playful baby. At this age, babies start...

What to expect from my Baby Portrait Club sessions

What to expect from my Baby Portrait Club sessions

One of the most popular services is what I now call The Baby Portrait Club, a.k.a. Baby Club for short. Baby Club is a package of three photoshoots including a first birthday photoshoot at my Harlow studio. I’ve found that increasingly, parents really want to tell the...

Capturing your Baby’s First Year Photos at Home

Capturing your Baby’s First Year Photos at Home

One of the things that I always say about baby photography – especially when it comes to baby’s first year – is that it’s really important to have both professional and amateur shots of your child in order to tell the whole story.   Despite the fact that I...

Older Newborn Photography – Is my Baby too old?

Older Newborn Photography – Is my Baby too old?

Great question, short answer yes! Older newborn photography existed before newborn photography became a thing. I get it, you blinked - and all of a sudden your baby is two weeks old. And everywhere you look, baby photographers say they will only take photos of your...



How will young babies stay still for the photography session?

As an experienced newborn photographer of eighteen years, I have photographed hundreds of babies, so I simply work to their development stage, adjusting the type of photographs I capture depending on whether they are sleep or wide awake.

I don’t expect them not to move, and for this reason, I have one parent close for safety, and to reassure them.

When’s the best time to book our newborn photo experience?

When you’re pregnant, to guarantee a slot I recommend booking your experience after you’ve had your first scan (if you’re past that call us as soon as possible on 01279 433392). Even though your baby’s arrival is unpredictable we’ll be able to reserve a ‘floating’ diary time around your due date. If you are having a c-section or induction we may be able to book the session date in advance.

Is my baby too old for a newborn photography session?

It depends on your baby, and what newborn photographs you would like to capture. I can photograph any age of baby, and work to their development stage.

Once babies are 14 days new, they are not so fond of the curled-up sleepy poses you see. Some will, every baby is different.

It is still possible to create beautiful photographs of your baby after two weeks.  After all they don’t stop being cute!

Read more on my blog – Is my baby too old for newborn photos?


How long will a new baby photography session last?

Allow an hour, although for babies under 14 days old allow 2 hours if you particularly want photographs of them asleep, otherwise, I will adjust the posing to suit them remaining awake.

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When should newborn photos be taken?

Ideally, 5-10 days for the cute asleep curled up photos. After that it is unpredictable. Some babies are good for another week or so, others less so.

My blog “Is my baby too old for a newborn shoot?” covers this answer it more detail.

Is photography safe for babies?

There’s been a lot of research & Doctors have concluded that there is no harmful reaction between the flash & babies.

Is one month too old for newborn photos?

Probably – it’s likely your baby will be awake more, and the photoshoot will reflect this, and that’s fine. I prefer to work with, and not against their development stage.

Still have a question?

Please drop me a line here.

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Do you have bottle warmers?

Yes, we’re fully kitted out with ‘everything baby’.

What happens if my baby needs a nappy change?

Please do. I have a changing mat or space for you to use your own. I have already factored this into my timings for baby photoshoots.

Do I have to be in the photos?

Hey I understand, and hear that a lot. As a parent myself I remember how I felt. 

It’s great if you can be in one of two. I like to take a snugly family portrait at my sessions. Although it’s your baby that’s the focus, they like to see you in the photos too as they get older.

How should I dress my baby for the photos?

Babies under 6 months old, I would generally just photograph in a nappy (with a cover: frilly knickers or shorts) or plain vest. Wear a plain top yourself, as some shots are of baby on your shoulder or in Dad’s hands.

For older babies, please do bring a spare outfit. Ideally something fairly plain without busy patterns (think Hawaiian shirt busy), and that fits baby well.

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Your Photographer

🧡 Hello, I’m Sue, a photographer who captures the milestone moments of your growing baby WITHOUT adding to new parents’ stress.

Here’s my thinking, booking a portrait experience is an investment of time, money, and energy, and I also believe you should print the photos that you love. Someone once said to me “digitals are temporary, prints are generational.” I offer both options and would encourage you to make use of your print credit in your gallery store to achieve this.

I created my podcast Photographs in a Shoebox to inspire you to preserve your memories in print, and share ideas on how to do that. You can listen here.

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