Natural Newborn Baby Photography


for babies under 14 days old in Essex and Hertfordshire

It’s a baby essential!

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.

You really don’t want to miss out on documenting those early days, with this idyllic and beautiful little baby.

Your newborn portrait experience will give you images to treasure and display forever.

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

For older babies aged 3 months + head to milestone photography.

When you are ready we are happy to answer any questions you may have about a portrait session for your new baby on 01279 433392.

For more info scroll down.

Sleeping newborn baby curl up on a soft blanket professionally photographed in Harlow, Essex

How Much?

 What’s Included:

The £125 portrait session fee is required on booking your date and covers our time, creativity, and editing of photos. This does not include any products.

There is no obligation to choose anything other than what you love on the day of your big reveal a few days after your portrait session.


A two Hour Newborn Portrait Experience

Initially, I will book a floating appointment based on your due date, and adjust once your baby arrives, as ideally we like to photograph your new baby under 14 days new.


Private View of your Photographs

We know you are going to love your photographs, and so have kept things simple with a choice of four collections & easy ordering.


Parents & Other Siblings Included


Studio located in Harlow, Essex.

Finished portraits are available to order from your maternity session starting at £125, and custom wall art at £450

new baby cradled in parents hands & arms asleep

Professional Newborn Photography

What’s the process …



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

Call us on 01279 433392.


I’ll send you a prep guide, a few days before, but I am always happy to answer questions.

Please allow up to an hour, 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. 

Newborn Photography Portfolio

Newborn Baby Photography Studio in Harlow, Essex

Studio Location

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

Every newborn portrait experience 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.

Check out the questions section below for more tips on how to prepare for your newborn portrait experience.



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.

quiz answer for multi choice
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.

baby in parents arms
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.

baby boy sitting and looking down in black and white



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 Photography Experience


“I’m Sue & I’m passionate about helping you to tell your family’s story in photographs.”

I absolutely believe you should print the photos that you love, hang them on the wall and enjoy them everyday.

Someone once said to me “digitals are temporary, prints are generational.” And it’s true.

I offer both options and will guide you through each step of your portrait experience, at my studio in Harlow, Essex.  

As a mother myself, I know how priceless those framed photos of my daughter are. And I want the same for you.

Portrait of baby photographer Sue Kennedy

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