Lifestyle Bump&Baby with McKenzie Family

Lifestyle Pregnancy & Newborn Photography

Leigh on Sea

I was so excited when my lovely friend Dee messaged me that she will need my services to capture some family moments with growing bump and then welcoming their baby once he was born.

It was autumn time at 31 weeks pregnant and it was just a lovely evening to spend with them, chatting away, just having some lovely family time.

When little Blake was born, they invited me to their home to capture some photos and video, he was about a month old. Blake wasn’t feeling it but to me that just added to the normality of adjusting to daily tasks with new baby and I felt that we really captured their family in reportage style way they have requested.

Slideshow of Pregnancy photoshoot at Two Tree Island in Leigh on Sea.

Video below from Newborn photoshoot in their home.

Lifestyle Newborn Photography - Sedgwick Family

Newborn photoshoot at home

Leigh on Sea

Newborn session doesn’t need to take hours. Lifestyle session may be perfect for you

  • if travelling is difficult in early days due having c-section or any complications;

  • you prefer very relaxed, documentary-style vibe. These images are less about getting the baby in a perfect pose, and more about capturing the baby in a more informal way;

  • because it truly tells a story what early days with newborn baby means to a family and I think lifestyle images are unique in that they can really show a special connection – in a way that posed portraits can’t;

  • would like shorter, simple photo session and feel more comfortable in your own surroundings;

  • because it’s tough in early days to get everyone ready and out of door for photoshoot;

  • you like to be more flexible; lifestyle session don’t necessary need baby to be certain age for the posed images portrait session requires.

This photoshoot was taken when baby H was 4 weeks old. Big brother took charge of the photoshoot and kindly showed me all of his games, showed me his fav dino outfit and had a sing off with Eddie, the dog. Kind of normal morning with a toddler! We pretty much stayed in living room and just chatted away. We captured baby Hayden awake and asleep which was lovely and Ethan didn’t mind to get involved too and showed me plenty of times how much he adores his baby brother. It was a combination of natural candid moments and little direction from me, only for lighting purposes, otherwise we let things unfold organically. After hour and half it was time to go, just in time for some lunch. Thank you for having me xx

More information about Lifestyle newborn package here or message me to send you my Newborn guide to help you choose which Newborn package would suit you best.

Newborn photoshoot with Oxenham Family

Newborn photography | Leigh on Sea

With natural light in my home based studio. 

 Nearly 4 year old Ember and 6 days old Lyra. We got some lovely siblings shot, baby photographed on her own and also family portrait and individually with mum and dad! 

Comments more than welcome!


It is possible even at 8 weeks old...

First I planned to go home for May half term and do this newborn shoot for my sister’s second baby but somehow life got in the way and perhaps it wasn’t meant to be as I would miss his birth anyway.

So here I am and Damian is 8 weeks old now. Knowing my sister actually had a newborn session done by a local photographer was a big relief and less pressure on me to create those dreamy photos, as at 8 weeks old babies don’t tend to be so sleepy and accepting repositioning so easily.

The temperature outside was reaching nearly 40C so there was certainly no need for a fan and the hot weather for sure helped to keep him sleeping most of the time.

The focus of this shoot was capturing siblings together. He is already smiling a lot and holds long eye contact so it was lovely to capture him holding onto Sabina, smiling. I love shooting against the light as it gives the photo lovely, almost 3D effect with gorge depth of field (also known as bokeh) so there are lovely impromptu photos from when we first met. The sleepy and more posed ones were done on another day.

I am happy that I could take those (as I have done for Sabina when she was around 3 months old) and I can already see how different these two are personalities-wise ;)

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