Baby and Family

Being a Hampshire newborn photographer and producing gorgeous photographs for families across the county has to be one of the most rewarding jobs in the world. My style of photography is very natural capturing your newborn and family in their purest form. With the reportage style of my photography I can also capture fleeting moments of your family beautifully, doing everyday activities that can go by without even realising they have happened. Moments such as story time with your children or a game of football in the local park between father and son are perfect examples of this.I offer a variety of family photography services ranging from maternity and newborn photo shoots to whole family photographs. All of my family and baby photography is based on location either in the comfort of your own home, in a field full of Bluebells or a local park, anywhere you can just be yourselves. Please read on to see some of the photography services that I offer.

Newborn Photography

As a father myself I know the love you can have for your little newborn and how overwhelming the first few weeks of parenthood can be. This is why my newborn photography takes place in the comfort of your own home to keep you and your newborn as comfortable as possible. I bring with me a collection of backdrops, hats, wraps and props for you to choose from to create the innocent pictures that my clients love. All of my newborn photography uses natural light as to not disrupt your little bundle of joy and all I will need is access to a window with light coming through.

The best time to photograph newborns is when they are between 5 and 10 days old. They are much sleepier then and I am able to pose them more easily giving you the innocent images you are after.

Baby Photography

As the days and months go by and your baby grows from a tiny bundle of joy into a smiling, laughing little person, there are so many special moments to record for both you and your family. The best time to have your baby photographed is from about twelve weeks onwards, once your baby can prop their head up and are showing us lots of smiles and giggles. This is a lovely time with your baby’s personality shining through.

My style and approach to baby photography allows me to photograph your baby as they play with you and take in the world around them. This creates natural images, which focus on how your baby interacts with all of their other family members and the ever-changing world that they are starting to notice.

When your baby is a little older, at around 8 or 9 months, there’s a wonderful opportunity for more interactive baby pictures. These sessions often have the excitement of your baby beginning to crawl, rolling around and possibly standing for the very first time, truly magical moments for every mum and dad.

As with all my portrait sessions, everything is very natural, fun and relaxed. I will discuss with you before hand the best time to come to you, which is usually after breakfast, so I fit in with your baby’s routine. We can stop for as many sleeps, feeds and changes that your baby needs to. Your baby will really dictate the day and I will work around them to achieve the beautiful photographs you are after.

Maternity (Baby Bump!) Photography

Maternity photography, or baby bump photography as it is now more commonly known, can be a really beautiful way to remember one of the most special times in a woman’s life. Women are at their most beautiful when they are expecting, with a certain ‘glow’ about them. I like to capture a series of natural images, which incorporate the mum on her own, mum and dad to be and any little ones you may already have. The photo shoot is very relaxed and fun which will give you beautiful pictures of your pregnancy. I focus on the love between the family and the excitement of how their lives are about to change for the better.

My advice is to book your maternity, or ‘baby bump’, portrait photo shoot after your twenty week scan, aiming for it to take place between twenty four and thirty four weeks. It is best not to book maternity sessions too close to your due date in case your baby decides to arrive early.

By the end of the photo shoot you will receive a collection of beautifully natural photographs of a truly magical time in your families life.

For a list of my session fees please visit my baby and family prices page.

Let it be your family’s turn in the spotlight

with Martin Bell Photography