Baby Melissa came to my studio in SW London when she was just 6 days old.
I already knew the parents, as I photographed her big brother a few years ago, so everything was easier and quite relaxing. I remembered him very well because he was the quickest newborn session I ever did 🙂 They look so adorable together, right?
I asked mum a few questions and I hope they can help other parents too.
We met a few years ago and I took your first baby photos. I wasn’t the closest newborn photographer to you, coming from outside London, but you still decided to come to Battersea. Why did you choose me? What did you like about my style?
We saw you the first time at the Baby Show in London in 2013. We liked you the most out of other photographers because of your timeless style of photography and the way you capture the babies in your photos and also your friendly and easy-going nature. My husband and I are really pleased we had the photos done. It’s something we can look back on in years and enjoy.
How was the experience of having your newborn photographed? Were you nervous or relaxed? Did you feel your baby was in safe hands?
Our first session with Joseph was very relaxed. At the time it was really helpful that you came to visit us at our house. From that, we knew Melissa’s session would also be very relaxed. We had no problem trusting you with our baby and trusting that we would end up with some really fantastic photos! This time we enjoyed visiting your studio and seeing your set up (which was great), and loved it when we saw that Joseph’s photos were up on your wall 🙂
Do you have other children? How do they react to the baby? Do you have any cute stories about their relationship?
We just have Joseph (3) and Melissa. Joseph does like giving Melissa cuddles and talking to her. The cutest thing was actually this morning when Joseph said to Melissa ‘you are a pretty girl’ and then gave her a kiss.
2 children later, what’s your top parent advice tip?
We find Joseph gets bored, and therefore into mischief quite easily (as I’m sure do all toddlers)! Getting him out of the house for a run around on a daily basis or making time to do activities with him (eg crafts) tends to keep him focussed and out of mischief and therefore equals happy parents.
Melissa is quite young to have too many top tips yet, other than whilst it’s nice to get a routine established it doesn’t always work that quickly so easier and less stressful to go with the flow, they get there in the end!
What’s your favourite family place in London for a day out?
We enjoy the Natural History Museum with Joseph, he loves looking around there.
Here a few more photos from their newborn session.