NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY

it was love at first sight

Those first few days of your baby’s life fly fast. A cliche, perhaps – but one that you can see happening right before your eyes, right now.

A bespoke newborn photoshoot is a perfect way to ensure that those tiny details are always remembered.

Recording these memories for you is what I love and do best. I am a newborn baby photographer with over ten years’ experience in creating beautiful, natural portraits of very new babies in their homes or in my studio in Basingstoke.

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NATURAL NEWBORN PHOTOS

My philosophy for photographing newborn babies is very simple: it’s all about your baby and the love in your family.

My newborn baby photo sessions flow organically and are completely baby led. Every baby is different, and each set of portraits is unique to him or her. I work with very minimal staging or props; instead, I will pose your baby very loosely, and let him/her to move into the most comfortable positions for him/her.

I am patient – each little movement will be observed closely, ready to be framed – every smile, puckering of the lips and curling of the fingers.

FAMILY PORTRAITS WITH YOUR BABY

My aim is to capture your family connection in a natural, uncontrived way.

Whether it is just the three of you, or you have a larger family, I will create a range of stunning portraits for you.

You will be photographed sympathetically and expertly, in the purest light and most comfortable surroundings.

Take a look at my full newborn portraits portfolio to see how I use light, colour and textures for portraits of newborn babies with their siblings and families.

NATURAL LIGHT IS BEAUTIFUL

Whenever possible, I use natural light for my newborn portraits, because of the intimate and soulful results it produces. Using natural light allows me to work efficiently virtually anywhere, avoiding the inconvenience that a studio set-up would bring to your home.

My approach to props is minimalistic and classy. I will bring a selection of high quality soft props, like scarves, blankets and wraps. I choose these carefully based on colour, material, texture and comfort for your baby.

With so many looks available, we will choose together the style and colours that better suit your personal taste.

WHEN TO BOOK

The ideal time to get in touch is right after your 20-week scan. Usually, the perfect window to photograph newborn babies is at 7-10 days old, when they’re still sleepy and very new.

We will pencil in your photo shoot for a week after your due date.  Of course, babies rarely arrive on time, so we’ll move your booking date forward or back to accommodate this.

My diary usually gets booked a minimum of four weeks ahead. However, if your baby has already arrived, please get in touch anyway! I may well be able to fit you in at short notice, as other booked sessions may be moved to accommodate other babies’ actual arrival dates.

LOVE NOTES

(It’s mutual!)

We have had our three children photographed as babies by Cristina. She has a natural way with babies to make them calm and sleepy, I often think of Cristina as the ‘baby whisperer’. She did an amazing job of making sure our babies were happy and content, so that she could photograph them. She was very patient and allowed for breaks for the children and for us too. The tea and coffee and nibbles kept us refueled and the results were breathtaking and we couldn’t be happier. Indeed, capturing our children at such a young age was the best money we have ever spent.

C. H., Isle of Wight

We were so thrilled with the photos Cristina took of our 11 day old daughter. We found the session itself completely enjoyable and Cristina’s warmth relaxed us into the shoot. She did a brilliant job capturing so many images of our daughter – even with eyes wide open at such a young age. We have beautiful images from that day that we treasure.

E.W., Thatcham

From the moment I set eyes on your website, I fell in love with your work. Thank you so much for all our beautiful photos (2 maternity & 2 newborn sessions). The results are breathtaking.

Your patience and unassuming nature always manage to capture the moment in a natural contemporary way. All our sessions have been truly relaxed and lots of fun. We will cherish your photos forever, and are sure our future grandchildren will too! Thank you again, our photos are priceless.

L. A., Fleet

We asked Cristina to take some memorable shots of our new born baby Elliot.

After we made the appointment doctors fitted him with a full body harness. As I didn’t want memories of the harness I was ready to cancel, but Cristina was very positive and persuaded us that we could still get photos that we would treasure.

She came to our house and with her clever use of camera angles she managed to hide the harness still showing a lot of our baby. She was really good at handling him even with his extra equipment and told us she was happy to take as long as we needed for her to get the right pictures. She also had plenty of extra heating to keep a naked baby comfortable for long set ups.

Cristina was great at capturing his expressions and as she is a mum I felt relaxed around her and posing with more intimate breastfeeding photos.

So a big thank you to Cristina for creating a lovely cosy bubble of time during which we were her subjects and giving us the memories we will always cherish.

A. C., London

LATEST NEWBORN SESSIONS

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Basingstoke, Hampshire
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