Welcome to Newborn Photography by Deborah Longmore Photography
RUNNER UP NEWBORN AND BABY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2020
Firstly, congratulations on your pregnancy! If you are looking for a professional newborn photographer, you have come to the right place!!!!!
Capturing the earliest moments of their precious life is the first steps to creating life long, timeless memories to cherish forever. Being able to see themselves in pictures from the very beginning has been proven to boost self esteem. It’s easy for these days to pass by so quickly, your baby changes every day. Booking a newborn baby photographer ensures these moments aren’t missed ensures that you can remember them forever, celebrating the new life, lovingly created.
When looking for your newborn photographer it can get a little overwhelming, please click here Newborn Photography Saftey Guide for a little guide that hopefully will help you know what to look for. Unfortuntely, newborn photography is not a regulated industry, and it is so important for parents to know what to look for when looking for a professional baby photographer.
The most precious time in your family’s life, preserved in a natural, strikingly beautiful collection of images that you and your family will treasure forever.
£100 booking fee secures your booking
Why book Deborah Longmore Photography?
Not only am I a mum myself to two beautiful children, I am also one of the few photographers in the UK that hold the Craftsman status with the Guild of Photographers in Newborn and Baby Photography and Master Craftsman in Professinal Photography. I have been awarded the title of Top 10 International Newborn and Baby Photographer since 2016 and absolutely thrilled to be also be awarded Runner Up Newborn and Baby Photographer of the Year 2020.
Your tiny newborn deserves to be handled with care and love. Rest assured that as a professional, your baby will be taken care of. With plenty of training and mentoring along with my awards, feel confident in the knowledge that your newborn baby’s safety is paramount, coming first above any pose. Feel peace of mind because of my years of training and experience as a photographer and being named International Runner Up Newborn and Baby Photographer of the Year 2020.
I have I have plenty of experience handling and photographing babies and have attended various newborn training courses over the years. Your baby’s safety is always paramount paramount and all my sessions are baby led meaning that baby sets the pace of the session and the poses that they are comfortable with. Every baby is different and every session is different!
I am fully qualified with the Guild of Photographers and hold the status as a Craftsman specialising in Newborn and Baby Photography with them.
I have a beautiful studio in the heart of Tamworth Town Centre which is equipped with everything I will need for your session. I was previously based in Birmingham.
My newborn shoots are very relaxed and calm, babies are gently posed. All sets and colours are used as requested that are themed to match your tastes or homes decor. All my newborn shoots can included parent and sibling shots at no additional charge.
After many years of a being a mobile newborn photographer, I have found that being in a studio environment is the perfect situation. Not only does it give you the comfort of being in a relaxed environment where everything is on hand to ensure your baby will be safe and comfortable, all props are available and interchangeable should baby not settle in a particular prop or we feel the colours do not suit baby. Many returning clients from my “mobile days” have enjoyed the experience of the studio visit far more than having their home disrupted with with lots of props and equipment which can take over an entire room.
It also means that being in a studio environment, I will have some sets ready for your arrival based on your chosen colour scheme so all focus is on baby (always a cuddle first). Sets are also interchangable depending on babies particular needs, for instance if they dont like a particular prop.
I have won some amazing awards for my newborn and baby photography with the Guild of Photographers including placing in the Top 10 International Newborn and Baby Photographer for 5 years running as well as being Runner Up Newborn and Baby Photographer of the Year 2020.
Some Frequently Asked Questions:
When to book a newborn photography session
The best time to book in for your newborn photography session is during pregnancy to guarantee your session time. Many newborn photography sessions are held around 7-14 days of age, when your baby is most sleepy and able to curl up into beautiful womb poses. However this timing is flexible as each mother and her baby is unique, sessions can be accepted up to 10 weeks. Please note, after around 6 weeks, your baby is likely to be more alert and the sleepiest of poses are not guaranteed. It is recommended that you get in touch around the 20 week mark of your pregnancy following the detailed scan, because only a limited number of sessions are available in each month, to ensure that you receive a high quality and unforgettable experience.
Sessions usually can last anywhere between 2-3 hours. I allow time for baby to feed, become settled and fall into that deep sleep that is needed for some poses. To enable babies to reach this point I may start your session wrapped. If baby is asleep at the start of the session, once they have been undressed etc, then wraps are not used as often. Every baby is different, and I will go with the flow and needs of the baby.
Some sessions can be much shorter, and some sessions can take longer than 90 mins (2-3 hours). Once I have achieved a varied gallery of all poses that baby is comfortable with (including family and sibling images if required) the session will end.
I only shoot one full newborn photography session a day to ensure that should additional time be required I am able to do so. Unfortunately I will not shoot over 3 hours as in my opinion anything longer is expecting too much of such a little person!
No sessions are ever rushed and we can only go with what baby is happy with.
Below is the same baby from their session, which hopefully shows that with each each session I aim to produce the highest standard of images possible. I dont aim for “one good photo”, I want every image to be the best it can be!
What if baby won’t settle?
As mentioned above, I am a baby-led photographer. I will always do my best to get your baby to be as relaxed as possible and into that deep sleep. Very rarely, some babies just don’t settle and if this is the case we will take some beautiful awake images of your baby. If in the very rare circumstances baby is ill or completely unsettled then it would be entirely possible to reschedule for a date in the near future when baby will be more at ease – however this has not happened yet!
What do I need to do to prepare?
It is recommended that on the day of your session, you avoid any tight fitting clothing as these will leave markings on your baby’s skin.
Dress your baby in easily removable baby grows with no vest as this can often wake baby when removing over their head.
Ensure you bring additional supplies (milk if formula fed, nappies, muslin cloths if needed) as we may need them during the session. Whilst I have my own muslin cloths, parents do prefer to bring their own too. If baby does take a dummy, please also bring one with you. I do have specific dummies in my studio that do not leave a mark around babies face as well as my own sterliser in case they get dropped during the session. Any of my dummies used during the session will be given to you to take home after the shoot.
A newborn photography session guide will be sent out to you upon booking to enable you to have all the information ready and avaialble for you to plan your day.
EXAMPLES OF SOME RECENT CLIENT GALLERIES CAN BE SEEN BY CLICKING ON THIS TITLE SO YOU CAN SEE WHAT CAN BE ACHEIVED FROM A SESSION
What poses and props should we expect?
I use a variety of cushions and support pillows to ensure that babies are always supported in no matter what position or prop.
Babies are never placed in a position/pose where they would be uncomfortable, and all poses are natural. The use of the support pillows gives the baby the curled up “posed” look.
I have a variety of props that I have sourced over the years. Before your session you will receive a questionnaire asking what particular colours you would like me to use along with any props that you have seen on my website or social media. Using this information I will then create a look that is unique to you.
You can either go with multiple props and colours to suit your home, choose just one colour throughout, or you can choose my very popular “Pure and Simple Newborn” session. This is a pure white session only and baby will be minimally posed throughout the session and this is detailed below.
I attempt to create something different each time whilst maintaining my style, however, is there is a particular image of mine you do want recreating please let me know.
I have a cute collection of outfits and wraps in a range of colours that I use in my sessions to suit the colour scheme that you have chose.
When it comes to beanbag poses, I prefer to shoot babies at their most pure and innocent and for this reason I don’t often use outfits for the beanbag but incorporate hats and headbands and my popular bears for baby to cuddle. If you would prefer an outfit then please do let me know prior to your shoot.
Also, if you prefer a more styled session with a particular theme in mind, whether that being using some traditional outfits or colours, please let me know.
When do I need to book?
The best time to book your newborn session is before baby arrives, anytime between 12 and 20 week scan, i will get you penciled into my diary and I reserve a floating date each week around your due date till baby arrive. When baby is here, you can then contract me to let me know of the little ones arrival and a mutually convenient date is then arranged.
It is due to a babies arrival being unpredictable that I limit how many newborns I book per month so I know that I can always accommodate your session should baby be early or late.
I always aim for sessions to be held between your baby being 5-15 days old however these dates are flexible and we can discuss your families requirements with regards to session dates. Some clients prefer to wait until baby is older, some want the the “typical” newborn stage.
If you specifically require a weekend session, please let me know upon booking whilst pregnant as weekends do get booked months in advance.
What if my baby has already been born?
If your baby has already been born and you feel like you have missed the newborn stage but would still like similar photographs taken of your baby then please get in touch.
I have photographed many older babies and this is usually not a problem at all, it just means you might have more awake photos. This is not always the case, however, and some babies sleep much deeper when they are a little bit older as they have established a feeding/sleeping routine. Every baby is different and the session will be baby led throughout..
Sometimes mums prefer to wait a little until they feel they are more settled in with a new baby before getting photographs taken. I have taken beautiful photographs of babies in a newborn style up to 10 weeks old so dont feel you have missed out if your baby is slightly older.
Are parent and sibling images taken?
Family images can be as posed or as relaxed as you wish. These are your images of your family!
For parents that may feel a bit sleep deprived and not at there best, a very simple silhouette family image is ideal!
Parent images can either be taken in your own clothing, or alternatively you can choose to use one of my gowns for a bit of an extra special image or bring your own.
If you are thinking of having family images included in your session please do not hesitate to let me know what family images you would like for you and your family.
Will my images be kept private?
Privacy is taken seriously and your newborn images will not be used in any way without your PRIOR permission from you. Upon booking, you will receive a questionnaire that will ask for your consent.
Mini Session Options
I offer two mini sessions as opposed to full sessions. These sessions are approximately 45 mins in length include 3 digital images. There is no need for babies to be asleep for their session and can be held at any age. These sessions are an Unposed Baby Photography Session and Family Focused Baby Photography Session
Unposed Baby Mini Session
What if I want a natural or unposed session?
No problem. I have had many clients request a natural unposed newborn session and for this reason I offer a unnposed mini session. I like to think of these as simply baby sessions. Most clients who have booked in previously for these sessions have requested a very simple colour theme but you can choose to have another colour if you wish. I do think a nice white colour though does give these images a more natural feel. If you are interested in this type of session, please click the picture below and it will take you the relevant page for more information.
Family Focused Baby Mini Session
What if I want only family photos and not a full newborn session?
No problem. I have had many clients want to focus on their growing family as opposed to the new addition, particularly if older siblings have not had a newborn photoshoot of their own. This is quite common, especially since Covid-19 where photography studios were closed. It is a lovely way to capture the newest addition to the family but with the focus being on the family and not the new baby. Family images and sibling images are the focus of these sessions although some of baby on their own can be captured. If you are interested in this type of session, please click the picture below and it will take you the relevant page for more information.
For information on full newborn and twin newborn sessions, please click the corresponding picture below and it will take you the relevant page for more information.
For any more information on newborn or twin newborn photography sessions or how you can prepare for your sessions, please click on the either of the session guide covers above
If you do not require prints with your collection, please contact me to discuss a bespoke “digital only” collection
If you do not require prints with your collection, please contact me to discuss a bespoke “digital only” collection
Runner Up Newborn/Baby Photographer
Winner Portrait Photographer
All Round Photographer of the Year