Top 10 Newborn and Maternity Photographer: Guild 2023


Congratulations, you’ve found a good one!


Newborn Photography captures your tiny baby in those precious first few weeks. From the moment you fall pregnant, your mind wanders to what the baby will be like, how they will look and you have to wait 9 long months to find out! When the baby arrives, you fall in love instantly and as each day passes they change before your very eyes!  As a Newborn Photographer in Essex, I love to capture babies, from their tiny toes and button nose to their bright eyes and little smiles (if you’re lucky!). Booking a specialist in Newborn Photography will give you pictures that last a lifetime and years of happiness, preserving memories of when your baby was so small. Baby Photography isn’t just about getting incredible images and pieces of art for the walls, it is also an amazing experience, which can only be achieved in such a small window of time.

Newborn baby with his Mum picture

A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years and in your heart till the day you die. Mary Mason

Picture of Dad and newborn baby black and white


I offer tailor made Newborn Photography sessions with me in my home studio in Hatfield Heath, Essex and full use of my stunning newborn props. I am proud to be sponsored by some amazing newborn photography brands including Dream Olivia and Little Bundles 247 giving me (and you!) access to beautiful outfits and accessories for your shoot. I only photograph 1 baby a day in order to give you my full attention with no time pressures. The session itself is cosy and relaxed, we laugh, we chat, you get to relax with a hot drink whilst I take the utmost care with your new baby, photographing them in the colours and styling you choose.

I’m proud to have been awarded Top 10 Newborn and Maternity Photographer 2023 (Guild of Photographers), International Newborn Photographer of the Year 2021 (MPA) and I am extremely passionate about my work and each session is unique to you.



A newborn photography session fee is £99, which secures a date in my diary, covers a tailor made newborn photography session with full use of my props in my Bishops Stortford Newborn studio, high end editing and a personalised viewing, where you can discuss and choose your images after the day.

Print boxes for newborns

Beautiful Fine Art Prints

Newborn pictures deserve to be printed and treasured for years to come, which is why I offer the most beautiful print collections. Each of your selected images are printed and mounted then carefully added to a personalised print box. You can choose the colours, text and even the material for your box, making it a truly personalised product.

Enjoy the flexibility of being able to put them on display with the mini easles provided, or add them to picture shelves or even small frames. 

Having a newborn means having your hands full, so let me take the hassle out of printing them yourself. All prints ordered also come with their matching digital file at full resolution.

Print collections come in 5, 10 or 20’s.

Prices start at £399.

Framed and Wall Art Pieces

Make your house a home and enjoy your newborn pictures every day by purchasing something beautiful for the wall. From framed canvasses to contemporary aluminium prints or more traditional wooden edged framed prints, I have a beautiful variety of options to suit your home.

Style your newborn photography session to suit your interiors; from neutral options to bolder colours, then let me help you choose the best product to fit. I can even create you a visual of your room so you can “try before you buy”! 

You’ll never regret having a stunning piece of art for your wall.

Framed print prices start at £150.

Newborn Photography
newborn baby album

Babie’s 1st Album

These baby albums are just so beautiful and offer the viewer time to sit down and enjoy the pictures one gorgeous page at a time.

12″ in size, with customised soft plush interior and exterior fabrics, a stunning acrylic photo cover and matching box, your baby pictures are carefully designed across the page.

2 different size options with either 20 or 25 images in the book, these baby albums are not only beautiful to open but the box sits proudly as a seprarate display, almost like a second piece of wall art in itself.

All newborn albums come with the matching digital files included, so essentially you get your whole digital collection of images included too!

Prices start at £995 for 20 images in the album and on download..


In addition to fine art prints and wall art, I have a range of print collections which feature a hero wall art and the smaller prints in their personalised box. This means you can enjoy your favourite picture on the wall, but also have the smaller ones dotted around your house and the matching digitals with them too.

I also have a range of smaller grandparent products, which make for perfect gifts, like these gorgeous mini albums you see here, or trio folders. Grandparent gifts start from just £35 when you purchase a print box.

Collection prices start from £699 to include a 20″ piece of wall art (framed/canvas/aluminium) and the 10 fine art prints and digitals.

Grandparent or smaller newborn photography gifts from £35

Newborn Photography Products

What does your newborn photography cost?

Photographers (like babies) are all unique and offer different products and services.

Your £99 session fee secures your date in the diary and is flexible as to when baby actually arrives. Framed prints start from £149 and Fine Art Print Collections from £399. Collections featuring both prints and something for the wall are available from just £699.

Clients spend anywhere between £250 and £2500 and this is entirely up to you and how you would like your newborn photography displayed.  Payment plans are available should you wish to split the cost.

You also don’t need to decide on which you would like before you have seen your gallery!



Book your newborn photography session 10-14 days after your due date, which secures your space in my diary. I only take a limited amount per month, so that if your baby is early or late, I can move the date for you.



When baby arrives, message me to tell me and we can either firm up or move your date if needed. You can then fill in the questionnaire here to find out the colours and styling you would like for your newborn photography session. You also get a handy prep guide!


On the day, you bring your newborn baby to my Hatfield Heath (Essex) studio with extra nappies and milk for their session. You chill out, have a drink and enjoy watching your amazing baby sleeping and posing through their newborn pictures!


During the newborn shoot I take some behind the scenes videos (you don’t have to have this if you don’t want!) which I then create a reel for instagram as an amazing memory of the shoot, along with an edited preview of one of your pictures.


A week or so later I will invite you to come back to Bishops Stortford and see your beautiful newborn gallery and you can choose your pictures or collection so you can have them exactly the way you want.


As soon as your prints, albums or wall art are ready, you pop back to collect your products, which will look AMAZING and ready for you to show off and enjoy. Digitals are available to download.


 Check out what some of my lovely clients say…!

Rachel is amazing! The entire experience has been a complete joy from planning the session, to the produced pictures. Words cannot describe how wonderful it all is.


Fiona Chen

A very nice, relaxed atmosphere. Rachel knows how to deal with newborns, even the most tricky ones. Fantastic photos – simply perfect! I would highly recommend


Ewa Lloyd

Rachel is truly a baby whisperer and I felt immediately comfortable and my baby put at ease. The images are stunning and something we will treasure forever


Katy Michaelides


Book your Newborn Photography

You can book your newborn photography based on your due date. I suggest choosing a date around 10-14 days after you are due. This is flexible according to when baby actually arrives, so if they are early or late, I will move your date for you free of charge! The session fee of £99 is due at the time of booking and is non refundable, but transferrable in cases of illness with fair notice.

When should I book my newborn photography?

You can book your Newborn Photography at any time, but i suggest soon after your first baby scan, as you will have more accurate dates and as I limit the amount of sessions per month, this will secure your date in my diary. Bookings are provisional dates 10-14 days after your due date and flexible as to when baby actually arrives!

How old should my baby be for their newborn photography?

Newborns stay all sleepy and curled up for 2-3 weeks after their arrival, so 6-14 days is ideal, but no problem if you baby is a little older. For premature babies I go based on their birth weight and original due date as they are often smaller.

What if my baby is unwell?

I want everyone to enjoy their session so if baby or you are unwell then I will postpone your session for a later date. Booking fees are non refunable but you can transfer your booking to another date or session type if needed.

What if my baby doesn't sleep for their newborn photography session?

Newborn babies are unpredictable but generally sleepy in those first few weeks. I send you a prep guide as part of the process and this has a whole load of information on getting a sleepy baby for your newborn photography session. However, I love awake images too, so it’s no problem, we will just go with the flow and get beautiful newborn pictures either way!

What should I bring to my newborn session?

My Bishops Stortford studio is packed full of beautiful newborn photography props so there is very little you need to bring other than nappies and milk, unless you have something specific in mind. My prep guide will give you all the information you need, but please let me know if you have some unique ideas, I’m always up for a challenge!

How long does a newborn photoshoot last?

Newborn Photography sessions usually take around 2.5 hours but it can be an hour either way depending on how sleepy the baby is and how many changes/feeds they require. I don’t rush it and only photograph one newborn baby per day, so I’m all yours, however long it takes.

Baby and big sister picture