Baby photography, Essex | Baby & toddler photo shoots

The best thing about my job is seeing parents faces light up from watching their little one laughing, coming out with the best expressions and gargling some words in their own beautiful language. To be able to capture this for parents to treasure is such a joy, especially when they do something new for the very first time and I get to see the parents incredible reaction! These moments are priceless. Document these special moments before it's too late.. Before you know it they'll be walking and talking! These moments go by with a blink of an eye.

I have been doing baby photography in the Essex area for over 5 years now and my baby mini sessions are definitely one of my favorite photo shoots to do! The squidgy legs, the little giggles and funny noises is just the best.


'Thank you Laura again for fantastic photos! You were so patient with Harry. I don't know how you managed to get so many wonderful photos whilst he was moving about so much. Best photographer ever - Baby photography - Tracey Woodfine - Essex

I thought I’d give you a run through of your baby photography session in Essex and how it works from start to finish as I have been getting quite a few questions on this recently.

After sending your inquiry I’ll get back to you as soon as I can and we can discuss dates, times and your requirements for the shoot. Once I have secured your date and time I will then get your email confirmation sent over to where I will include all the details you need to know about the shoot, including the full studio address for your baby photography session in Essex. From here we’ll discuss ideas such as background colour, decor and props. I will make a note of this so I know exactly what to bring when your baby shoot comes around.

On the day of the shoot, I always recommend arriving 10 minutes early just in case i’m shooting back to back, I want to make sure I start you right on time. At the beginning of a baby shoot I tend to spend the first 10 minutes getting your little one used to me and it’s new surroundings. I encourage you to bring some of their favourite teddies/toys so we can all play together and get them comfortable. My baby photography shoots in Essex last approximately 30 minutes; I find this is the perfect amount of time for this age group.

After your shoot I’ll sort through the images and upload them to my website where I have a private online gallery for you to access with a password. From here you can favourite the photos you’d like and once you’ve made your final selection I’ll get these edited and sent over to you in a high resolution, digital format. Photos are kept on the system for 1.5 years so you are able to purchase any others at a later date.

I’ve also been getting similar questions crop up about what to bring, when is best to book etc so I thought I’d write them all down in one handy place. Here are 6 tips/advice for your baby photography session in Essex.

  1. I'd suggest booking your session up to one month before your desired date. When booking your photo shoot be sure to pick a time slot that works around your babies naps. I can be flexible, so even if you need to alter nearer the time just let me know and I will cater for you and your child best I can. It’s best that your baby is completely refreshed.

  2. Bring their favourite teddy/toys.. As I mentioned above I like to spend the first 10-15 minutes of the shoot getting them comfortable with myself and the environment - by having this amount of play time before the shoot they instantly feel more relaxed as opposed to me just sitting them in front of big lights as soon as they arrive.

  3. Avoid trying to calm toddler with something that you know they may not want to give back i.e ipad, phone, bubbles etc.. this could end up irritating them and distracting them from the shoot

  4. Feel free to bring any sentimental items i.e their first ever blanket/teddy.. It’s nice to add a real personal touch to your images and babies often feel comforted by this..

  5. Bring a drink and a snack just in case they get hungry/thirsty - it’s nice to give them a little break sometimes and this can also settle them if they need

  6. I’d recommend dressing your toddler in something timeless.. It’s always tempting to dress your child in the latest trend but in 20 years time you might not think it was such a good idea. Also make sure you’re happy with the outfit matching your background choice (I will show you a selection of backgrounds beforehand for you choose from) - if you need advice with this just let me know and I’ll be happy to help.


So why wait? Get in touch and book your baby photography session in Essex today. You can get in touch by filling out the contact form or sending me an email at We can discuss our ideas for the shoot and any other services you may be interested in.

Laura Whitchurch Photography is available for baby photography bookings now and is located in Benfleet, Essex, easily accessible from Rayleigh, Woodham, Maldon, Leigh-on-Sea, Thundersley, Southend, Billericay and Chelmsford.

You can also check out my other professional photoshoots in Benfleet, Essex for 1st and 2nd birthday cake smashes, child modelling portfolios, fine art portraits, newborn photography, and dance shoots. All are available for booking all year round.

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Laura Whitchurch