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If someone said to you “describe the colour white” (ok I know technically white isn’t a colour but go along with me!) the words that might spring to mind would probably be “pure, innocent, fresh, perfect, new”. If someone then asked you to you “describe a newborn baby” the words you used to answer the first question would probably be the same! 

newborn baby girl laying on a ruffled white blanket swaddled

the colour white is the most perfect fit for a newborn baby

I believe that the colour white and newborn babies fit perfectly together- as though they were made for each other! 

A simplistic approach to my Newborn photography enables me to ensure the baby is the whole image. Nothing added- your baby is all that is needed to create a beautiful image. The white colour palette lends itself perfectly to the natural essence of a newborn baby

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Aesthetically pleasing to my creative vision

When I first started out as a Newborn photographer I would spend a long time going through google images and pinterest looking at professional Newborn photography for inspiration for my own work. The images that always caught my eye and stood out were the pure white ones. Aesthetically, it is what my artistic vision likes the look of. Once I start incorporating all white set ups into my work, that was it, I was hooked and never went back! I fall in love with my galleries all the time just as much as my clients do!

newborn baby girl swaddled in a white material laying asleep on a white blanket wearing a headband

A stress free environment to create your Newborn images

I had to let go of the belief that I needed endless props and bean bag material in every colour to create the “perfect photo”. Truth is none of that is needed at all! Just your already perfect newborn.

Not needing to have and store an abundance of props means that I have a clutter free spacious environment. It makes me feel so calm, centred and allows my mind to be free to be creative. My clutter free studio is the ideal stress free environment for parents and baby. I know that my studio is often one of the first places parents will visit with their baby and I want it to be as relaxing as possible!

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Without all the added extras in terms of props and colours the attention is all on the baby- how the baby is posed, the composition of the shot, how the light is falling and the pureness of the white. There are no distractions so everything has to look good- otherwise it is really going to stand out! I ensure I get creative with light, pose, angles and textures to add an element of artistic interest to the image.

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Ensures images remain timeless

My bright white, airy, minimalist photographs would beautifully compliment a modern home interior design. In 50 years time when trends have moved on and something else is modern and fashionable- these images are still going to look classic and timeless! There is nothing in the photo to make it dated or old fashioned. There is no time stamp on these images. You cannot tell what year they were taken by anything that is used in the image. Photography trends come and go so quickly but these will remain timeless. You can enjoy and display them forever! Plus, no matter when you come back for updated images in the future the style of all your photography sessions with me will be the same! Meaning that all of your images compliment each other beautifully next to each other!

What do you think of an all white minimalist style? Is it your vision of the perfect photo of a newborn baby? I would love to know your thoughts in the comments

Emma xx

| If you are due a baby in Peterborough (or surrounding areas) I would love to be your Newborn photographer! Please feel free to email me if you have any questions- I would be more than happy to help! emma@oliviaroseimages.co.uk |

newborn baby yawning laying on a white blanket photographed my Newborn photographer Peterborough

You have just given birth to your beautiful baby. Now it is time to enjoy the Newborn baby bubble. Those first few weeks of bringing home your baby is pure joy. You cannot stop staring at them, amazed at how wonderful the human body is. In awe of yourself for creating such a perfect little human! You are in complete and total love!

newborn baby yawning laying on a white blanket photographed my Newborn photographer Peterborough

Is that how it went for you?

If not, you are not alone. For many, many women, that is not the reality for them. There are many reasons as to why this might be the case. From the obvious reasons such as sleep deprivation, to a traumatic birth or a difficult postnatal journey.

Jo from “Love parenthood” says-

“Birth doesn’t always go to plan. When we’re traumatised we’re left in a constant state of stress which is draining and damaging. It’s not your fault and you deserve to enjoy parenthood. 3 Step Rewind can help you to feel like yourself again”.

Examples of how birth trauma can look –

  • The type of birth you had (if it didn’t go how you planned)
  • Things being out of your control
  • You felt frightened
  • The pandemic
  • You felt unsupported
  • Baby/parent health
  • You were overwhelmed
  • Not treated with respected or listened to

These are some examples of what postnatal trauma could look like

  • Sleep deprived
  • Your health
  • Physical healing from birth
  • Relationship changes
  • Overwhelm
  • Not being listened to
  • Returning to hospital
  • NICU

If any of these trauma’s resonate with you, it could be time to consider a birth trauma coach. All too often women who have experienced birth or postnatal trauma have been told “that is just part of it” “Things don’t always go to plan, stop being dramatic” “well I had to go through x, y, z, what are you moaning about?” “what did you expect life with a newborn baby was going to be like?” “at least you have a healthy baby”. You do not have to live with the effects of your trauma because of any of those reasons!

My story – very briefly

I had my daughter 11 years ago. I had the easiest pregnancy and birth. It was when Olivia was 3 weeks old everything went wrong. I was a first time parent with nothing to compare my birth or postnatal journey with. Going through a very difficult break up and completely over whelmed. Looking back, I realised I was suffering with postnatal depression. Although at the time I knew I didn’t feel right and I was finding being a mum extremely difficult, I felt it was my fault. I felt so guilty for not enjoying motherhood. In truth, I don’t remember much of Olivia being a baby. My brain has worked really hard to block it all out. Which I could never understand because I always wanted to be a mum.

I vividly remember standing in my kitchen and phoning the health visitor at breaking point. She answered and I said “I can’t cope”. She asked me what I meant. I told her “I just cannot cope with my baby. She won’t stop crying and I am finding it really hard”. Now, I don’t know what I thought she would do. I don’t know what she could of done. She told me that this sounded like something the doctor would be better helping me with…

I had just used up every ounce of anything I had to phone a “professional” and tell them that I cannot cope with my own baby. I felt ashamed, embarrassed, guilty and scared. There was absolutely no way I was phoning someone else and telling them as well. So I didn’t. And yes, we muddled through. I am here to tell the tale, things got better and Olivia and I have a wonderful relationship. But I cannot help but think perhaps I would of had some more children by now if I had been able to get the support I had needed at the time. During my Newborn photography sessions clients always ask me if I plan to have any more children. I always reply “oh goodness me no, I am still traumatised from the first time”. Those are the exact words I use and this was before I knew birth trauma was a thing!

Birth trauma coaching

This is where a birth trauma coach can really help. Jo from love parenthood has a program called 3 step rewind. During the 3 step rewind program you get the chance to talk to Jo about the journey and the traumas you encountered. She then uses a guided relaxation to play the memories from start to finish from a disassociated place. You repeat this together rewinding to the beginning and slowly coming back into your body. Eventually, you watch the memories from you own body again. Jo recommends 4 sessions during the last one she teaches you how you can build on this and how to maintain your wellbeing day to day.

Jo is so warm and friendly. If there was anyone I would feel happy to talk to about my own traumatic postnatal journey it would be her!

If you feel that you could benefit from the 3 step rewind sessions I highly recommend getting in touch with Jo. You can also take a look at her Instagram (@love_parenthood) where she shares so much valuable information. In her recent blog post Jo says that 200,000 parents a year report that some aspect of their birth was traumatic. You can find out more about her coaching here. That statistic doesn’t even cover the postnatal part of birth trauma! You are not alone and there are people out there who can help! My inbox is open to anyone who wants an impartial person to talk to.

Emma xx

| Olivia Rose Images based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. I specialise in Newborn photography but also photograph Maternity, older babies, children, families and first birthday sessions. I would love to be your photographer! You can view my work here |

baby boy with dark hair asleep under a white blanket

If you are expecting a baby- congratulations! You are probably here reading this because you are considering which Newborn photography session is right for you! I am going to explain the differences between them so you can make the most informed choice. I know how precious these Newborn moments are! They pass by in the blink of an eye. Preserving our memories is so valuable.

I currently offer two types of Newborn photography sessions. There is the Mini Newborn session and the full session. They are quite different sessions in every way.

The Full Newborn photography experience

This full Newborn session is the full experience. There is no time limit on this session but it usually lasts around 2.5/3 hours. The full range of swaddled images is included in this session. Only with the full Newborn session do you get the full range of posed images as well. These are the classic undressed, baby led, posed images that I capture. There is a lot more variety with this session in terms of poses. You will also get lots of images to choose from.

The full Newborn photography session also includes 10 digital images on a USB stick plus those 10 images as 6 x 4 prints too! This means that you will have printed images ready to frame and enjoy straight away. You are welcome to make further prints and enlargements from the digital versions on your USB. If you do not have a USB drive these can be sent via web transfer too. You are welcome to upgrade your package to include more images after the session. I have 3 simple packages to add on if you wish to.

So to conclude, the full session offers a wide range of poses and lots of varied images to choose from, 10 digital images and 10 prints!

If you are looking for a Newborn photography session in Peterborough that includes digital images plus prints this session is perfect for you!

The mini newborn session

The mini Newborn session is perfect for you if you are looking for a shorter session (1.5 hours of studio time) with less images included and to choose from. The Mini session includes swaddled images only. I will achieve a beautiful gallery for you and lots of variation for you but it doesn’t include any of the undressed posed images. 

This session includes 6 digital images provided as digital download. It doesn’t include a USB or prints. However, you are welcome to buy a USB and prints in additional if you required them. As with the full newborn session you are welcome to purchase additional images from your gallery too.

Family and sibling images

With either session family and sibling images are more than welcome! I absolutely love taking family images during Newborn sessions. I know being in front of the camera isn’t always the easiest thing to do. But trust me, you will thank yourself! You will be so pleased you did!

Siblings are more than welcome to join too with either Newborn photography session that you choose!

Additional images

No matter whether you choose the full or mini Newborn photography session you are able to upgrade- if you wish. I have 3 very simple packages that you can add onto your existing package to create the package the  perfect package for you!

You are welcome to make prints and enlargements from your digital images provided. I know how hectic life gets with a Newborn baby, so I also offer a professional print service. You can shop for prints and wall art from your gallery and have them delivered straight to your door for your convenience!

Which is best for you?

I hope this helps you when choosing the perfect session for your Newborn images! I know how precious those first moments are. I would love to be your Newborn photographer and help you to preserve those memories!

Click here to read the feature Mother & baby magazine did on one of my Newborn sessions!

If you are looking for a Newborn photographer in Peterborough and need any further guidance please feel free to email me and I will be happy to help!

Emma xx

| Olivia Rose Images in a photographer in Peterborough Cambridgeshire specialising in Maternity and Newborn photography |

emma@oliviaroseimages.co.uk