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 photoshoot with Curno-Miller Family

Family lifestyle photography in Leigh on Sea

Sitters (after newborns I guess) are my most favourite subjects to photograph. Not yet walking away and quite curious in what is happening around them - plus mostly they are not yet wary to give smiles away to strangers :D

Originally booked as children package, I am glad parents got involved too. We did most of the pictures by large patio door and moved to nursery and in bedroom for some snuggly ones, it worked really well and love the dark grey colours with mustard yellow bedsheets... 

Gallery below as it happened...

If you fancy a photoshoot but would rather stay at home or perhaps outdoors (weather permitted obviously) then contact me here. You can find more about Lifestyle package here!


Fatherhood photoshoot = Fun at home with West Family

Lifestyle photography for dad and daughter in their own home.

My lovely friend bought this Fatherhood photoshoot for her husband as a Father's day gift!

With baby #2's  arrival fast approaching, it was a great opportunity to capture the playfulness these two share! It was fun, relaxed and limitless... 

For more information on Fatherhood/Motherhood style photoshoot please click here or just message me :)

Comments welcome! 

I am expanding my newborn photography services...

Some exciting things are happening behind the scenes and I would love to share the news with you!


From September I will be offering a new service – Lifestyle newborn photography. FRESH. CANDID. TIMELESS.


It was a while coming and as for all my photography ventures, it comes from my “needs” or “wants”, whether is a new challenge or just curiosity to try something new.

I would be the first to admit that I am a bit of control freak (in a good way btw lol) and strive for perfection in my photography, if baby allows me I will get the shot right! With our third baby’s arrival (now this is a year ago!) we opted to hire a reportage style photographer because my children are SO DIFFICULT to capture!! I am not even joking, it takes skills, I tell you.

Anyway, we adore them! In retrospect I wish I was a bit more relaxed about the shoot (I guess I have certain expectations as it is my profession) however I feel so apprehensive of the result that it is difficult to enjoy it (hence my children act the way they do but that’s for another blog). It wasn’t an easy shoot either, we had 2 sets of grandparents involved and it’s lots of people to manage plus my expectations lol…. BUT I could see that everyone around me responded so well, especially my mum who can be so stiff when camera turns her way!


With that in mind, I wanted to incorporate reportage style within my newborn photography but stay true to myself (always) and allow a hint of portraiture (that’s what I do and love) and offer something bit more unique and fresh. So I am on my way on yet another venture J That said, I am still doing my dreamy newborn style photos and I have some new things coming up in that style soon so watch the space too!


Little bit more about how it works and what’s involved…


This photoshoot takes 2 hours and it’s all about capturing you and your baby in your own surroundings where you feel the most comfortable and safe, capturing all the little expressions you want to look at all day long (I did anyway), feeding, rocking, settling, cuddling and just be, all captured in beautiful selection of images.


Also I will be bringing my mini set with me (beanbag, selection of wraps and blankets) to capture some beautiful portraits of your baby (sleepy or awake) as I would normally in my usual newborn photoshoot but there is no pressure on baby sleeping, therefor no stress on parents part either.


Preferably this session is suitable from 5 days old and ideally done within 2 weeks of baby’s arrival however few weeks older babies would be perfect also so I am open to offer this to upto 2 months old babies (for lifestyle children or family photoshoots please refer to Lifestyle on my home page).


If this resonates with you and would like to know more, I would love to send you my Newborn Welcome Guide with more information about my newborn services, to share more about the experience and what your investments includes. Please get in touch via my facebook page @photographybypetra or email me on


Test shoot is done and here is an album of 4 days old Beatrice <3 Claire & Adam, thank you so much for making me so welcome in your home!


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