newborn session peterborough

a close up image on newborn baby fingers

What age is best for a Newborn photography session?

If you are looking for a Newborn photography session in Peterborough you might be wondering what the perfect age is. 

Newborn photography session is just that- a photography session to capture your Newborn as, well, a Newborn. As of those little details and features that make your baby “Newborn”. The way they curl up just like they were in the womb, their dry skin from adjusting to life outside the womb, their sleepiness and not to mention their tiny fingers and toes! It is no wonder why Newborn photography sessions are so popular. Who wouldn’t want those adorable features documented forever? All of those things that are unique to your baby in those first few weeks- photographed for you to remember forever. 

a close up image on newborn baby fingers

What age is best ?

Many Newborn photographers say 2 weeks and under is the best age. But I am, in many ways, not like most Newborn photographers! I have photographed so many different aged babies in the last 8 years. I never refuse to photograph a baby just because they do not fit in my ideal age range. I am confident that I can get a beautiful gallery of any baby no matter how many weeks they are.

Whilst this information is my ideal from my experience of being a Newborn photographer for the past 8 years, it is always worth checking with your Newborn photographer for their ideal age.

A sweet baby girl I photographed at 8 weeks old- full of smiles!

With that being said…

If you are looking for curly, posed, more likely to be asleep images then anywhere between 1-4 weeks is my definition of the “ideal” age for your Newborn photography session. You will be amazed at how different your baby looks at 3 weeks old and 6 weeks old! Trust me! Ideally 1-4 weeks old is perfect.


What if my baby is older?

Beyond 4 weeks baby might tend to be naturally less “curly” as they have had more time to adjust to being outside of the womb. You might also find they are awake for longer periods of time and not as sleepy as they were in those earlier weeks. 

None of this is an issue- it is just important to highlight the differences between bringing your baby in earlier and leaving it a little later. Letting you know what to expect is important.

To conclude

At any age, no matter how many weeks old your baby is I can create a beautiful gallery for you. If you are looking for the very Newborn images between 1-4 weeks is the best age to bring your baby in for their Newborn photography session. If you missed the ideal window 4 – 6 weeks is also fine for a Newborn session as long as you are aware they might not be as curled up and sleepy. 

Beyond 8 weeks the session is no longer classed as a Newborn session and will then be classed as a family session.

When is best to book my Newborn photography session?

It is best to book your session whilst you are still pregnant. Many women book once they have had their 12 week scan but anytime is perfectly fine. Due to babies arriving early or late it is often the case that I have last minute availability too. Also feel free to get in touch to see what is possible even if you have already had your baby!

Upon booking you will receive a session guide which goes over the session is lots of detail so you know what to expect.

“I would recommend Emma to people who want to capture their newborn in the early weeks with some beautiful photos. She was very professional and very very kind and great with the babies!”

– The Avory Family

If you have any questions or would like any information on booking a Newborn session please feel free to get in touch. I am always happy to help! I would love to be your Newborn photographer!

Emma xx

| Newborn photographer based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire | Olivia Rose Images is also a Maternity photographer, family photographer, child photographer and cake smash photographer (first birthday) |

5 things to consider before you book your Newborn photographer

Are you expecting a baby? Congratulations! I know what a wonderful and exciting time this is for you! Are you considering a Newborn photographer to capture those precious first few weeks? Read on for my best guidance when it comes to that all important decision

These images are going to be there to serve your memory for years to come. Anytime you want to relive all of those fleeting moments you will refer back to these beautiful images. You want to make sure you make the best choice.

Here are some helpful points to consider when choosing the perfect Newborn photographer


If a professional Newborn photography session is something you’d defiantly like once your baby arrives it is a good idea to start doing your research whilst you are still pregnant. Many Newborn photographers in Peterborough and surrounding areas can be booked well in advance. Once you have found your perfect Newborn photographer contact them to schedule your session. Most Newborn photographers will use your due date as a preliminary date. Once your baby is born we will schedule your proper session date. 


Consider the style of Newborn photography you are looking for. Once you have the style of photography in your mind you can easily narrow down your options.

You will want to consider where you want to display your images and the overall look you imagine. There are so many styles of Newborn photography. This can include elaborate posing or a baby-led Newborn posing. Images of baby on colourful or dark backgrounds or Newborn photographers who use no colour at all (like myself).  Newborn photographers that use a lot of props in their images or photographers that do not. Photography styles that have a specific style of editing or those that have a more natural approach to editing. 

You will want to think about where you plan to display your images. If you have a bright and colourful home your Newborn images are going to look perfect with bright and colourful colours incorporated into the images. If you have a neutral home, you might want to consider a Newborn photographer that focuses on neutral styling and colours.

newborn baby posed in a bowl with lots of textured white fabric  in front of a bright window
I am known for my bright, white, clean, simple, modern and timeless style of photography


Do you want to use a local Newborn photographer? Or, would you take into account photographers further afield? If you are traveling you might like to take a quick look at what amenities there are near by. You might like to eat a meal after the session before the long journey home. So in this case consider a studio that has some suitable restaurants near by perhaps.

Not all photographers have a dedicated studio space like I do. Everything in my studio has been chosen with you in mind! My Newborn photography studio supplies everything I need to create beautiful images for you and your family. I supply nappies, wipes, cotton wool, nappy bags, muslin clothes, snacks and water for your convenience. I want the experience to be as relaxing and stress free as possible.

If you were hoping to have photographs taken in your own home you will want to search for mobile Newborn photographers. 

Safety and experience

So now you have narrowed down your Newborn photographers based in the style of images you want for your memories and the location where you want to have them taken. It is time to start thinking about what you want your photographer to offer in terms of experience, knowledge and insurance etc. 

The Newborn photography industry is unregulated and therefore anyone can “be a Newborn photographer” without any training. Your Newborn baby is the most precious thing in your world right now. I understand that you want to sure you choose a professional you can trust to handle your baby with care and patience.

Reviews are fantastic way to research what other parents who have used the photographers services before are saying about their own experience.

How much experience your Newborn photographer has might be something else you will want to consider and if they have any training from another more experienced photographer. We all start somewhere and I wouldn’t disregard a new photographer as long as they are posing babies safely.

I have 8 years of Newborn photography experience and have had the privilege of photographing hundreds of Newborns, babies, children and families in those years. I have also had several training sessions with other experienced photographers and have trained other photographers too.

Behind the scenes of me using one of my techniques to comfort baby

What is included

It is important that once you have chosen your Newborn photographer you take a look to see what is included for your investment. You will want to consider what is important to you in terms of having your images as digital files, as prints, as wall art, provided on a USB etc. 

Some Newborn photographers will have a session fee that is taken like a deposit. It can sometimes be used towards a package and sometime it cannot. Other newborn photographers might have packages whereas others will be all inclusive. It is really important you check you fully understand what is included and what isn’t when you are viewing Newborn photography packages

There are Newborn photographers In Peterborough and surrounding areas to suit everyones budget. 

If you need any further help

If you need any further guidance then please do get in touch and I will be more than happy to help assist you in choosing the perfect Newborn photographer for you and you family. Your baby will grow and change, but you will always have these images to look back on. Make sure you love them!

If you feel that Olivia Rose Images could be the perfect Newborn photographer for you then I would be delighted to capture these memories for you! Send me an email and we can get you scheduled in!

Emma xx

| Olivia Rose Images is a specialist Newborn photographer based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire | As well as Newborn photography they also offer Maternity, older baby, sitter, family and first birthday sessions | to view my portfolio please click here |


Discover my best parent poses

8th June 2020

My best and my favourite go-to parent poses for creating simple, timeless and beautiful images for you and your family



These are not the only parent poses that I do- but they are the ones I really love capturing!

I wanted to say at this point, I never insist that parent poses/images are part of your Newborn session, it is very much optional. I always advise that you have them taken, even if you choose not to have them as part of your package, at least then you have no regrets of not having them taken at the time. But as I say, they are completely optional!

As you will see in this selection, there are options where your hands and arms can be in the photos with baby instead of your whole self, if that feels more comfortable to you.

First up,

1. Baby in Parent Hands

I love this shot because parents hands are such a great size reference! When baby grows you will never believe they used to squish that small and fit into the palms of your hands. When baby is older and you show them the image they will never believe that is them- in Mummy and Daddy’s hands!


newborn baby boy posed in his tummy with parents hands on him

This is a great image for getting siblings hands included too

This image is really sweet when baby is awake and is looking up at me too!

2. Kisses from Mama

I absolutely love capturing this shot and this memory for you! It is the part of the session where you haven’t got all the other stresses of your world- it is just you and baby in the moment and you get to look down and love on this little miracle you have created without any distractions- it is always a special and beautiful moment for me to capture that I am very grateful for!


3. In Dad’s arms

The babies always feel safe and secure in Daddy’s hands they always relax right into this pose!


newborn baby girl swaddled in a white material held by dad kissing her

4. Back lit

This is where the light is behind my family instead of to the side. I love capturing the side profile of baby and the way the light falls to illuminate all their little features. Back lit images also look especially beautiful in black and white to really emphasis the contrast!


a family looking at newborn baby swaddled in white material

5. Classic family portrait

This is an image that everyone gets at their session if they request family images! I always do these images swaddled and at the beginning of the session- I find that the combination of baby being swaddled and held by their parents really helps to make them feel comfortable and relaxed and starts the session off on the right note!

The classic family pose is also great for siblings


newborn baby girl held closely by both parents on all white background

I hope that you have enjoyed looking through some of my favourite parent poses that I love to take during Newborn session! I think I will share my favourite sibling poses next!

Are there any here that you would request for your session? 

Take a look at my Newborn portfolio here

I cannot wait to see you all 


Emma xx

| Newborn Photographer | Maternity photographer | Peterborough, Cambridgeshire |

Your free guide to stunning Newborn photographs at home

7th April 2020

Your free guide to creating beautiful images of your baby at home!

I have put together this simple, free guide to capturing some beautiful photographs of your baby at home. Whilst these images are never going to replace the ones you would get with a professional photographer- you will look at these images in years to come and love seeing how small they were. You will be so glad you captured them!

Depending on how soon you are due your baby, it is worth bearing in mind that babies even up to 6 weeks can “pose” very much like newborns and 12 week sessions have been some of my favourites in the past- they can smile and have such character! Do not rule out a professional photo session- even if it is a few weeks later than you had originally had in mind

Sitter sessions (when baby is sitting unaided) are another wonderful milestone session you might consider. I absolutely adore sitter sessions. 

This is a guide to create a simplistic set of images- with one, simple “pose” and it doesn’t matter if baby is awake or asleep! You could even try the series of images with baby both awake and asleep- why not!

I am using my stand-in-baby little Rosie to show you how to create these images. I am using my bean bag that I use in all my sessions and I purchased this from Dunelm. You might have a bean bag, or a foot stall, your bed, a sleepy head pod, even one of your sofa seat cushions on the floor- the surface area needs to be quite large to get enough of the “back drop” behind the baby” and so that the baby can safely be laid down without the worry of them rolling anywhere- you’d be surprised at how strong and wriggly they can be!


Items you’ll need to gather before your at home session

– a surface to use- bean bag, foot stool, sofa seat cushion

– some thick throws/non textured blankets/material

– A hand towel

– A blanket to wrap around baby

– A teddy

– Any little accessories if you are using them such as headbands or hats

How you have baby dressed for this is really up to you- a plain white vest would be my suggestion as it still shows a lot of their skin, the nappy is on so you do not need to worry about accidents and it makes a nice timeless image- babies- in white- there is nothing better!


How to set up your bean bag

The placement of your bean bag ( I am just going to call it a bean bag for the sake of the blog post!) is very important. It needs to be near a window as show in the photo above. I am using my patio doors- in the next few days take a note of where the sun comes into your home and which windows are the brightest. The light does not need to be directional (by that I mean, the sun doesn’t need to be shining directly through the window) the window just needs to be bright and your “bean bag” quite close

You will need to use a few thick throws/fleecy blankets over the surface you are using- in my case my bean bag. This made a nice smooth “back drop”. If you throws are big enough, fold them so you have a double layer from one throw

You will then need a rolled up hand towel under the layers of throws/blankets as a little cushion for babies head- to raise the head up ensuring it is the main focus of the image

Where to begin

-Ensuring that baby has a full tummy and is nice and warm is going to give you the best chance of capturing these images successfully

-You will want to gently lay baby down on their back on your make shift bean bag making sure their head is resting on that pillow we just made!

-At this point it doesn’t matter if baby is awake or asleep but we will assume they are asleep (I will talk about what to do if they are awake further down).


Capturing the first shot

The first image to get is of baby laying just as you’ve placed them- their hands might naturally rest on their chest or tummy, they might naturally pull their hands to their face, they might draw their legs up, or relax them out- however they naturally pose themselves when you lay them down- capture that shot. Start by standing on the left side of the bean bag with the window on right and take a full body shot from this angle

Next move in and get a close up of just baby’s face. This is a particularly lovely image that I love to get in all my newborn sessions. I love how the light comes in and highlights their side profile detailing all their little facial features

At this point, depending on how their hands naturally fell, you could try and gently reposition their hands. Babies will naturally want to clench their fists but if they are relaxed enough they will open up their fists and lay their hands flat- try stroking the back of their hand- when their fist uncurled lay their hands flat on their chest- gently hold your hands or fingers over theirs for a few moments whilst they adjust to the new position. If they move their hands- do not stress about it- it isn’t what is important and you can always try again at a later stage (or another day) if you really wanted to!

With their hands newly positioned (or not), whilst still standing to the left side, come further above baby and capture this angle

At this point you could add a teddy- something that has been given as a present or that you have brought baby. You could use this teddy to do a month photo and see how baby grows next to this teddy over their first year!

Gently open out their arm and place the teddy in close to them. If baby has a little squirm just gently hold them in place and give them a little shush

Ta-da! Simple, stressfree and timeless

So there is a basic set of 9 beautiful keepsake images that capture your baby as a newborn- simple, stress-free and timeless!

Do not forget to add your little accessories if you wish to- head bands or a little hat for example and capture different angles if you want to get creative! Close ups of the swirl on the back of their head, their fingers curled around your finger and their fuzzy ears could be extras you might like to include

If baby is awake (or you want to try a different look)

If baby is awake, or you want to get the set with baby asleep and awake- it might be best to use a little basic swaddle. This isn’t my full swaddle that all the parents are amazed by in the studio. This is just a basic one to keep those arms from flying around! Babies have no control over their arms or legs as newborns so by giving them some security from a swaddle helps to keep them settled and ensures you can get some lovely images of their face without the windmill arms! However, if you wanted to add some of baby having a stretch and waving their arms about you should defiantly do that!

So you will need a long (ish) piece of material, or a blanket (something you’ve brought or made for them would be a nice sentimental touch), even a scarf would be suitable.

-Lay the material/blanket/scarf out on your bean bag, place baby in the middle with their arms by their sides, and then simply criss cross the material over baby and tuck it under them to hold it in place. Do not worry about their legs- just concentrate on containing the arms!

-Take a full length and close up of their face, the side profile we captured in the first set

-Then wrap the material round the babies feet and grab some close ups of their feet- from above so you can see all their toes and from below so you can see their soles would both make great images

Place their little teddy next to them and take the images with the teddy



*Always ensure safety of the baby when asking siblings join their baby brother/sister. Make sure you have someone to “spot/watch ” the baby ensuring they can’t make their way off the bean bag whilst your helping their older sibling into position*

My Olivia came and helped me for the next few images!

If you have siblings then leave baby in the position on their back and ask the sibling to come and kiss baby on the forehead. It will make a lovely “silleuette” type shot against the bright window.

You can see the back ground here- and that is not important- do not worry about that. The main focus of this image are the children (or stand in baby in this case!)


I personally wouldn’t worry about editing. For these images I have made no edits- I didn’t think it would be fair to show you editing DIY newborn session images! These are all straight from the camera.

If you are using your phone then I would advise just using your cameras “Editing” functions to play around with the brightness and perhaps crop the edges if you need to- like I need to in some of these.

If you are using a DSLR or a compact camera then I am sure there are some free editing programs out there (but cannot recommend any because i haven’t used any) but cameras usually come with a editing program. I would not try and adjust the photos any further than just playing with exposure, white balance if you need to and cropping. The more natural the better!

I really hope that this little guide was useful to you and gives you some inspiration and confidence to capture these Newborn images. If you did find this useful it would be amazing if you could leave me a comment and share this with anyone else you think might be interested in reading! It would mean a lot to me!

If you have any questions let me know in the comments, email or DM me and I will be happy to help

Also, feel free to share your images with me afterwards too! I would love to see them!

Thank you


Emma xx

 To view my Newborn portfolio click here