Posted on January 30, 2019
I’ve been a bit slack with my post session blog posts since moving to the new studio so with the New Year comes a resolution to keep on top of them! The New Year started with a busy week of Newborn Photography Sessions, here is the first.
Welcome to the World Wyatt!
Wyatt was the first Newborn of 2019 and what a cutie he is! It was a fabulous 1st session of the year. Wyatt’s newborn session was booked in September which meant that he had the priority first session after the Christmas break. We also pencilled in the last session of 2018 as he was expected to be a little early, guess he was just too comfortable!
Booking a Newborn Photography Shoot
Being organised pays off and I highly recommend booking your newborn session in as early as possible, after your 20 week scan is ideal. Don’t worry, the session date isn’t set in stone. I keep a flexible diary and I will reschedule if the session isn’t suitable when baby arrives. However in order to run a flexible diary I have to limit the number of Newborn Photography Sessions I accept each month. Please book early to avoid disappointment!
As you can see Wyatt has an older brother & sister who are school age. I was away during the holidays so Wyatt’s session fell on their first day back to school. Rather than have them miss their first day we booked the family and sibling photos in after school later that week. If you have school age children please get in touch for a chat and we can work out a suitable arrangement to include them in the images. It might be possible for Dad to pop out and collect the older children to join us during their lunch break, if school isn’t too far away. That would give us enough time to do sibling and family images. Alternatively, if you aren’t local I am happy to do a 30 minute after school session with the older siblings. Not sure how to make it work? Give me a call and I will suggest an arrangement to suit your family.
This families arrangement worked really well resulting in a very peaceful Newborn Session, where Mum & Dad could fully concentrate on their newborn. And a bit more lively mini family session where the older children were very much the focus. Win, win all round.
Please don’t worry, little accidents are a typical part of Newborn sessions. It’s just what happens when you take a baby’s nappy off. All my props/ blankets and wraps are washable and are washed in non bio detergent after every use.
Sometimes someone bears the brunt of the “little accident”! I have been caught out whilst wrapping or posing babies on numerous occasions (I now keep a spare set of clothes at the studio!) and sometimes Mums and Dads get caught out. Well this time it was Dad’s turn! Unfortunately Dad got a handful during one of the Dad & Baby images and he handled it really well (pardon the pun!). I think there is something soothing about Dads’ big warm hands that encourage the baby’s to relax… I jumped in to help Dad out so I didn’t get an “out take” photo but it was pretty funny and luckily Dad thought so too.
Here are a few of the family’s favourite images from their Newborn Photography session:
For bookings or further information please email or call Sarah on 01763 289732.
Posted on January 27, 2019
Portraits by Sarah Newborn, Child & Family Photography has moved to new premises!
The spacious but cosy Newborn, Child & Family Photography Studio is near Buntingford, East Hertfordshire. Clients travel from Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, North London and beyond. The studio benefits from a large shooting area with a variety of backdrops & props. There is a comfortable seating area and even a log burner which is lovely to sit beside, when it’s not being used for photos! You don’t have to leave straight after your shoot. The quaint adjoining tea room provides the perfect setting for a post shoot treat. The peaceful garden is a great spot to enjoy a cuppa whilst the little ones run off some steam! If you wanted to make a full day of it Wimpole Hall Farm, Audley End House and Mountfitchet Castle are only about 30 minutes away.
Sarah specialises in Newborn Photography. She also offers Maternity, Baby, Cake Smash, Child, Teen, Family and Fine Art photography. The larger studio has enabled Sarah to increase her range of photo sessions to include extended family shoots and pet portraits.
Are you expecting a baby in 2019? Are you celebrating baby’s 1st birthday? Is 2019 the year for your professional family portrait? If so, please contact Sarah on 01763 289732 to book a studio tour or discuss your requirements. Sarah will personally guide you through the entire process: from initial enquiry to order collection therefore making your experience as enjoyable and memorable as the images you take away with you. Sarah will capture beautiful photographic memories of your loved ones that you will treasure forever.
“Let me start by saying how absolutely beautiful the photos are of Sophie’s shoot. You captured each moment perfectly.”Jane, Herts
Portraits by Sarah offers seasonal Outdoor Shoots and themed Mini Photo Shoots on certain dates throughout the year. Please contact Sarah for details.
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* SPECIAL OFFER *
50% off your session Fee & £50 credit towards your order.
Quote Offer code: 50/50 2019.
Valid for 2019 photo shoots.
Offer expires 30th April 2019.
Offer excludes ALL Mini Photo Shoots.
Photo shoots must be taken by 31st December 2019.
Sarah is a Licentiate of The Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers and Qualified with The Guild of Newborn Photographers. As part of her ongoing personal development Sarah trains with leading UK & International Newborn & Family photographers. Sarah follows industry safe posing guidelines therefore ensuring your baby or child’s safety at all times.
Portraits by Sarah
Newborn, Child & Family Photography Studio
The Black Barn, North End Farm, Hare Street, Buntingford, SG9 0NU
Posted on December 14, 2018
Looking for that last minute Christmas Gift? Portraits by Sarah Mini Photo Shoot Christmas Gifts are the perfect solution to your Christmas Shopping.
With prices starting at £30 there is something for everyone.
Mini Photo Shoot Christmas Gifts are available to purchase until 22nd December. Limited Availability so don’t delay!
(Deadline for gift certificate posting is Thursday 20th December at 12pm.)
Please Contact Sarah with any queries.
Posted on November 24, 2018
I had the pleasure of hosting a Mini Newborn Photo Shoot for this gorgeous baby girl, Harper. So beautiful with tiny but perfectly formed features. She was a dream to photograph too! Congratulations to her parents, they must be very proud of their baby girl.
So, what’s a Mini Newborn Photo Shoot and how does it differ to a Bespoke Photo Shoot?
A mini newborn photo shoot is an hour long session which includes 5 photos, poses as above, using neutral backdrops (cream, beige, brown or grey). The images are all about baby, no hats, hair accessories or fancy props, just baby. It is possible to swop one of the images for a parents and baby photo but, due to the 1 hour timeframe, it isn’t possible to include sibling images. These sessions are suitable for babies from 5 days to 6/8 weeks and possibly older depending on each individual baby. Your 5 images will be provided as digital downloads (high resolution jpegs) or digital images on a Crystal Portraits by Sarah USB with a 7×5″ mounted print for each image depending on which package you choose.
A bespoke newborn photo shoot is 3 to 4 hours long (usually 3 hours but I allow 4 incase baby is unsettled or particularly hungry that day!) and is completely tailored to your taste and requirements. It starts with a pre-session consultation which can take place over the phone/email or during a studio tour, your session will be styled to take into account your preferred colours, props, accessories and images, family and sibling images are included and usually take place at the beginning of the session so that everyone can relax once they are done. We work at baby’s pace and I don’t book any other sessions in on a Bespoke Newborn Session day so you have my undivided attention. You will be invited back to the studio for a private viewing session and I will be on hand to provide advice when choosing your images. In fact I will provide you with unlimited email/telephone guidance throughout the whole process, if required. There are various packages for you to choose from, each providing beautiful products to compliment your home. These sessions are suitable for babies from 5 days to 3 weeks with 5 to 14 days being the optimal time.
Which session to choose?
Well that depends on your requirements, baby’s age and budget. If baby’s age and budget allows the Bespoke Session will always be the preferable option as it is completely tailored to your requirements, taste and home colour scheme. Family and sibling images are included together with a pre-session consultation and viewing session. However, sometimes things don’t go to plan and Mum and/or Baby need to stay in hospital for a little while, perhaps budget just doesn’t allow, maybe you hadn’t even considered a newborn photo shoot until baby had already arrived or perhaps you just want a couple of simple newborn photos! In any of these circumstances the Mini Newborn Photo Shoot would be a perfect alternative to the Bespoke Newborn Photo shoot.
If you are interested in either of these Newborn Photography Sessions, I am now taking bookings up to April 2019. There is 24 hours remaining to grab yourself a Black Friday Special Offer providing a £50 discount on a Bespoke Newborn Photo Shoot Session or a £30 discount on a Mini Newborn Photo Shoot. Hurry though as these offers expire at midnight on Sunday 25th November 2018 and they will not be repeated!
Please select and pay for your chosen session and I will be in touch to arrange a suitable date. If you have any queries, please contact Sarah via email or on 07827 443960.
Posted on November 9, 2018
Isn’t she gorgeous…
What a great 1st photo shoot we had with Mia. I’ve taken photographs of some of Mia’s cousins and so it was a real pleasure to welcome Mia for her Newborn Photography session.
Mia’s parents opted for a neutral colour palette for their newborn session to compliment their colour scheme at home. I love the soft ivory and grey in these images
and what about those gorgeous cheeks. Aren’t they just the cutest!
I alway enquire about a Clients home colour scheme and style when we are choosing backdrops and props for a photo shoot. We then go through and choose various items which will produce a gorgeous flowing gallery of images that will beautifully compliment their home. I can also incorporate sentimental items into the photography shoot like the gorgeous bunny in the image above which was a gift from Mia’s Aunt, Uncle & cousins.
If you would like further information about Portraits by Sarah’s Newborn, Baby, Child or Family Photography sessions please contact Sarah, email Portraits by Sarah or call 01763 289732.
Portraits by Sarah is based in East Hertfordshire but is delighted to have Clients who travel for their photography shoot from all over Hertfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, North London & Northamptonshire.
Posted on October 29, 2018
Grand Opening of Portraits by Sarah’s Newborn, Child & Family Photo studio at The Black Barn, North End Farm, Hare Street, Buntingford SG9 0DY.
Please pop along and join me for a glass of fizz or a cuppa and take a sneak peek at the new studio.
Enter the Grand Opening Day free prize draw to win a complimentary photo shoot including a Framed Portrait. The winner will be drawn at 15.55.
Exclusive Opening Day special offers for bookings on the day. If you are thinking of booking a photo shoot it would be worth popping along. (Your booking fee will be reimbursed if you win the Complimentary Photo Shoot).
All welcome, existing Clients, prospective Clients, Friends, Family and Locals. I look forward to seeing you all.
Posted on September 23, 2018
What can be more miraculous than the ability to grow another human being? Our bodies are just truly amazing. The changes they undergo during pregnancy and childbirth are incredible.
This is Claire’s second pregnancy and she wanted to capture this incredible time in her & her family’s life whilst they eagerly await the arrival of their new baby. It’s an exciting time and my pregnancy shoots are peaceful, relaxed and enjoyable and a good excuse to get all glammed up! (I can arrange for a hair & make up professional to attend for the ultimate pre-session pampering!) The session can be just for Mum or they can include partners and children (if it isn’t a first pregnancy), the choice is entirely yours.
And, did you know that I offer Mini Pregnancy Photo Shoots exclusively to my Newborn Clients. A 30 minute session providing you with 5 beautiful images for just £145! But not for long – these are going to increase to £195 from 1st December 2018 so if you are expecting a baby and you would like further information about Mini Pregnancy and/or Newborn Photo Shoots please contact Sarah using the link below.
Maternity, Pregnancy & Bump Photo Shoots covering Baldock, Bassingbourn, Bedfordshire, Biggleswade, Bishops Stortford, Broxbourne, Buntingford, Cambridge, Cheshunt, Duxford, Essex, Harlow, Harston, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, Hitchin, Hoddesdon, Letchworth, London, Melbourn, Much Hadham, Royston, Saffron Walden, Sawbridgeworth, Stansted, Stevenage, Ware, Welwyn Garden City.
Posted on September 8, 2018
We’re all familiar with Street Photography with it’s derelict buildings, dubious walkways and graffiti, it’s the perfect setting to capture a bit of teen moodiness and rebellion. Well living in a small village in East Herts your fortunately don’t come across many dubious walkways or graffiti so Street Photography is a little bit out of reach. Yes our local town has a lovely high street, a car park and a path along the river but it’s certainly not moody or rebellious!
However, what we do have locally is lots of fabulous outdoor locations, fields, footpaths, buildings and farms and so my Country Style Moody Teens idea was born. Street inspired outdoor country photos using old farm buildings, barns, walls that are passed their best, gates, trees. Just stuff that we see everyday and take no notice of. The tattier the better really. Add some moody teens and we have a Moody Teen Outdoor Photo Shoot.
Obviously, permission is required if shooting on private property, as was the case for this photo shoot, however there are plenty of fabulous opportunities on public land too. This is a selection of images taken one evening this summer in my village with 3 teenage brothers. It was great fun.
If moody and rebellious isn’t your teens style we can put a different spin on your country style teen photo shoot. How about the day dreamer sitting under an enormous tree in the middle of a field with the sunlight filtering through the leaves just contemplating life or perhaps strolling through the middle of a field wearing your shooting gear or even a completely inappropriate prom dress and wellies! The options are limitless.
I am enjoying the Moody Teen Sessions so much that I have decided to run a 25% OFF September Special Offer.
For further information on Moody Teens & Older Kids studio or location shoots please contact Sarah.
Posted on August 3, 2018
“Happy 1st Birthday Leo”
Another fabulously fun cake smash. What a gorgeous baby boy and fabulous family. It was a pleasure to host a Cake Smash Photography Session to celebrate and capture this special milestone for Leo.
Did you know that a Portraits by Sarah Cake Smash has 3 parts?
Part 1 – The Birthday Portrait
We take a few minutes at the beginning of the session to capture a traditional birthday photo before the real “messy” fun begins.
We did get a head and shoulders image but I like this one better as its a bit more fun.
Part 2 – The Main Cake Smash Event
With a bespoke handmade giant cupcake in your chosen colour theme with balloons and decorations to match the fun begins. We sit back and watch as the confidence grows and smashing commences! Sometimes we assist, sometimes we are surplus to requirements but there is always fun, giggles and mess.
And just when you think they are finished, they change their minds and go for it big time!!
I would say that for pretty much every cake smash I have held we have managed to salvage some cake for the Clients to take home. Every cake smash, except this one! It was basically crumbs! Good job Leo!!
Part 3 – The Bubble Bath
The bubble bath is optional but it’s a great way to clean up after all the messy cake smash fun. It also has a calming and soothing effect on the babies and helps get them ready for a great sleep on the way home. But mostly it provides some fabulous “splash photos” to add some variety to your gallery.
I can honestly say with my hand on my heart that I love a cake smash. It’s a wonderful photography session and celebration of baby’s 1st birthday. A memory for parents to treasure and precious images to share with your gorgeous baby when they are older.
For further information about Cake Smash Photography Sessions please contact Sarah.
A big thank you to The Cake Rooms for the gorgeous and obviously very tasty Giant Cupcake.
Posted on July 26, 2018
Introducing the beautiful baby Remii-Lorraine & her handsome big brother Chayce. What a gorgeous family and wonderful Newborn photography session.
I do love a Newborn session with older siblings, it’s so heartwarming to see how proud they are to introduce me to their baby brother or sister. I always start a Newborn & Sibling Session with a couple of family images, followed by sibling & newborn images. These images can be the trickiest to capture, especially if the siblings are very young because they can get bored quite quickly which is why we get their photographs done first. Big brother or sister will be the centre of my attention for those initial photographs and they will be made to feel very special and important. After all, proud as they may be, we all know how tough it is for them to have to share Mum & Dad with their new baby brother or sister.
Once I am happy that I have a couple of family and sibling portraits I move onto the newborn photographs. At this stage, big brother or sister’s job is done and they are free to have a snack, play with some toys, do some colouring or watch their ipad while I focus on baby. Portraits by Sarah’s photography studio is very spacious with plenty of room for playing. Chayce brought his colouring with him and drew me the most gorgeous rainbow picture. It’s still on my desk and it makes me smile every time I see it 🙂
After the family and sibling images baby is usually ready for a feed and once he/she has had their fill I start their photos either on my beanbag with some lovely soft blanket backdrops or in a prop depending on whether he/she is asleep. I aim to provide a gallery of images with at least two different blanket backdrops and 2 different props together with family & sibling images. I work quite quickly during a Newborn and sibling session and we are usually finished in about 2.5 to 3 hours which I think is plenty long enough for the older sibling.
Please find following a selection of images from Remii-Lorraine’s Newborn Photography Session featuring “Big Brother Chayce”. Beautiful children and a lovely family, I wish them fun and laughter always.
For further information about Newborn or Family photography sessions please contact Sarah.
Clients travel to Portraits by Sarah from North London, Bedford, Watford, St. Albans, Cambridge, Saffron Walden, Stansted, Hoddesdon, Ware, Stevenage, Royston, Buntingford, Hertford, Letchworth, Hitchin, Baldock, Biggleswade and surrounding towns and villages.