The transition between a bump in your belly into a breathing, sleeping, and crying child 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.

I capture every detail of your new little baby, in natural poses, whether the baby is days old or sitting proudly with a cheeky smile.

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 photoshoots, so if a bum change is needed or a reassuring cuddle we have time.

The £125 photoshoot 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.

All of my collections include a mix of digital file and print credit, enabling you to choose exactly which products (prints, wall art; both framed and canvases, plus albums) you’d like included. My collections start at £429.

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What’s the process …



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

If you feel we are a good creative fit, we can get your photoshoot scheduled.

A session booking fee of £125 and a little paperwork 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.


Selecting your favourite photographs for your chosen collection. Each of my collections includes a number of digital files, AND a print credit (think of it as a gift card) toward beautiful wall art, handmade albums, and gift prints.

I have structured it this way so that you’ll end up with products on your walls, that actually suit your needs. Collections start at £429

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

Did you take photos of the birth of your baby?

Did you take photos of the birth of your baby?

When it comes to giving birth, there are a million and one things to think about. During labour and delivery, your main focus is on getting baby out safely. Then immediately after, there’s the phones calls to make, the announcements, and the endless stream of visitors...

Propping up the shoot: how using props can make all the difference

Propping up the shoot: how using props can make all the difference

Propping up the shoot: how using props can make all the difference If you take a look at my portfolio, you will notice that I sometimes like to use props in my shoots.  It's a great way to customise your session to your family, by including favourite toys, blankets...

Taking photos of a baby…how hard can it be?

Taking photos of a baby…how hard can it be?

Taking photos of a baby .... how hard can it be? Now that we all have affordable digital cameras, tablets and smartphones, it has never been easier to take a photograph. And that’s not a bad thing: I think it’s fantastic that people can now take their own photos and...

Five of the best baby photo ideas

Five of the best baby photo ideas

Five of the best baby photo ideas One of the best things about family pictures is their ability to tell a story, to create an image in one’s mind and to evoke a precious memory. With that said, it’s important to remember that not all family photoshoots do this. ...

storytelling in baby photography

storytelling in baby photography

“Sometimes you can tell a large story with a tiny subject”  Eliot Porter Nice looking photographs are great and should be a prerequisite for any professional photographer, but I like to be a little more ambitious than just taking a nice looking photograph....

What exactly is a cake smash?

What exactly is a cake smash?

If you’ve done any exploration into baby photography before, then the chances are that you might be aware of a term that has been doing the rounds for a few years now.  I am of course talking about a ‘cake smash’.  The cake smash has become increasingly popular in...

Why you should get some newborn photographs before it’s too late

Why you should get some newborn photographs before it’s too late

Obviously there are a million and one things that you’ll want to do when you have a child, and there are likely to be a million and one people who want to pop by and say hello to the newest addition of your family too, but one of the things I urge you not to neglect...



How will newborn babies stay still for the session?

As an experienced newborn photographer of sixteen years, I have photographed hundreds of babies, so I have a few tricks to keep them still …ish.

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

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

When you’re pregnant, to guarantee a slot we 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 newborn photography?

It depends on 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 the 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 sleep 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.

How do you take a 3 month old picture?

I’ve put together a free guide with picture ideas to help.

Download: Free guide to baby photo ideas here

In the studio I photograph a lot of 3-4 month old, in fact, any age of baby.

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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