Based in Muswell Hill, North London, N10
Older babies & childhood sessions
Thanks for visiting. I’m Louisa, an award-winning Muswell Hill photographer who’s been capturing local children and families for over 10 years. On this page you’ll find all the information you need to book a childhood photoshoot with me. If you have any questions, please just call.
Typically, a childhood photoshoot is for babies who are sitting up unaided (around 7 months) and all the way up to preschool years. The sessions are about an hour long and are loads of fun! It’s kind of like a playdate in my studio (right next to Highgate Woods), where I have their favourite music on and cool toys to mess about with.
I’m a mum of two and have photographed over 100 children. There’s no point in asking a toddler to pose or even to smile, as inevitably this results in awkward faces. In fact, I encourage a little bit of cheekiness and misbehaviour to capture all sides of their personality.
This is the photography playdate where they can truly be themselves, have fun and you get a stunning collection of images capturing their milestones, from sitting up to twirling!
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How it works
I adore working with kids and treat each photography session as a kind of playdate, where I get to know your children and make them laugh.
Often the kids leave begging their parents to come back for more!
Before the photoshoot, I’ll do a pre-session consultation with you to find out the type of image you’re after and how you’d like to display your portraits. This way I can plan ahead and keep things efficient, getting the best out of your little one and keeping session times down to around half an hour.
Your child can do what they like; there’s no rule book for posing or behaving. If they want to sit on mama’s lap and have a snuggle, that’s gorgeous. If they want to jump around and show off their dancing to me, that’s great. And everything in between.
I believe kids are perfect already; they don’t need OTT costumes or silly hats to look cute. I’ll suggest neutral outfits so the focus is all on them.
CHILDHOOD PHOTOSHOOT – £195
The session fee includes a 1hr baby or childhood photoshoot, including any siblings, at my studio in Muswell Hill, 15-25 images fully edited for viewing, a pre-session consultation over the phone or in-person, and a cinematic-style viewing appointment at my studio.
Prints and digital images are extra – see below for more details.
Create Your Own Collection
– in 2 easy steps
Choose printed art
First step, choose from my carefully selected range of gorgeous wall frames or quality albums.
From the offset I’ll help you work out how you’re going to display your stunning photos. Don’t go to the trouble of hiring a pro only to then let the images sit in a drawer on a memory stick.
Frames from £195
Albums from £395
Wall displays from £595
Pick digital images
Second step, choose:
All large digital files: £795 (printable to A1+, delivered on USB memory stick, a gorgeous box with all prints and 30 announcement/ thank you customisable cards designed by me)
All medium digital files: £445 (printable to A4, delivered online)
p.s. just want the digitals?
Don’t want to create your own collection? No problem! If all you’re after is the digital negatives so you can share or print them as you please, that’s fine.
A set of 10 is £445.
Louisa was absolutely wonderful with my 2 year old daughter and the photos are stunning! Before the session I was unsure about how my little girl would respond to a photoshoot, especially as she is very active and lively.
As it turned out, Louisa kept her so entertained with toys and imaginative stories that she had an absolutely wonderful time, and has asked me if she can ‘go back to Louisa’s house please’! Our wall art is beautiful- we will definitely return for another photoshoot.
You really captured my son just as he is and it was a really good, fun photoshoot too. Thanks so much!
So pleased with the final photos, I’m loving how you got every side of my daughter’s personality across
We had a lovely day having photos taken of my 5 month old. We were really pleased with the final shots!
The whole experience with Louisa was perfect. From the moment we made our booking, to the final viewing of the photos, she took care to explain everything clearly, and provided all the essentials on the day of the shoot so we could relax as parents to a newborn. The photos are beautiful and will forever remind us of that special time in our lives.
How long does a baby/ childhood photoshoot take?
Typically a kids’ photography session takes around 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your little one’s age. Babies around 7 months old generally manage shorter sessions, that’s why I pre-plan the shoot with you in terms of what you’re after, so we don’t waste time during the photoshoot.
What should I dress my Baby or child in?
Less is more! Typically I advise parents to dress their little angels in neutral, neutral colours. So think whites, greys, khakis, navy blues. Jeans are great with grey t-shirts for boys and girls. Plain, white summer dresses look amazing on girls. But keep it simple. The focus is all about your kid, not what they’re wearing. During our pre-session consultation I’ll talk you through in more detail what to bring.
Can my baby’s older brother come along?
Yes of course! As a parent I know how hard it can be to just focus on one child and not the other – so if you’d like to mark your younger child’s milestone, such as sitting up or standing, then why not bring his older siblings along too. It makes for great shots when older brothers or sisters help their baby sister, such as holding her hand or cuddling her. Precious memories for mum and dad for many years to come.
My child won’t sit still and I’m worried he’ll misbehave throughout the session.
Please don’t worry! In fact, I actually encourage a little cheekiness during the session as this helps your child to feel at ease and enjoy it (without being told what to do all the time). I’m a mum of two active, cheeky boys myself and so know how to deal with children who are playing up a bit. It’s ok – they all do it, it’s perfectly natural and I have lots of tricks up my sleeve to keep them on board.
My baby is really sensitive to loud noises and is weary of new situations. How can I make him feel at ease?
My firstborn was like this too. We’ll take it really slowly and play soft, gentle music as he arrives. I’ll give him a few new toys to keep him busy and very carefully start interacting with him to make sure he’s comfortable with me. Often I can spend a little time at the beginning of the photoshoot to play with babies so they trust me. Then by the time I pick up my camera, they’re not afraid to be themselves.
How do you keep the studio clean and safe in these COVID times?
I take cleanliness and hygiene with a new baby extremely seriously. I always do, regardless of the pandemic. I am following the advice given to photographers from several national bodies, such as to make sure the studio is deep cleaned between clients, to always wear a mask and tie my hair back, to make sure the space is well ventilated and so on. To find out more of what I’m doing to help keep babies and parents safe please see this blog.