Why book Claire Grant Photography?

As a mum to young children myself I have plenty of experience handling and photographing babies and your baby’s safety is paramount in everything I do. I have photographed hundreds of babies, have trained with the first and most renowned, newborn photographers in the UK and continue to update my skills regularly to bring you the best. I am also a member of BANPAS and follow their safety guidelines on safe, composite posing. 

I strive for perfection in my photography and I’m always looking for the perfect prop, perfect pose, perfect angle and perfect lighting to make sure that every image in your gallery is a work of art that you can’t wait to put up in your home.

I have won some amazing awards over the past 18 months with over 30 bronze and 1 silver award. 

I only book one session a day, which allows plenty of time to feed and comfort your baby throughout the shoot. I’m entirely baby-led, they decide the pace of the session. I have had many lovely comments from parents who mention my caring and loving style when working with their little ones. This patience and care is how I create such a varied and beautiful gallery of images.

How long will the shoot take?

Usually between 2-4 hours because we allow time for baby to be settled and comfortable. The shortest newborn shoot I’ve ever done was only 1.5 hours! I completely understand that new Mums and Dads are keen to return to the comfort of their routine and I try to gather images for a complete collection as quickly as possible but you should come to the shoot with the mindset that it will take as long as it takes dependant on how baby is that day.

What if baby won’t settle?

I am a baby-led photographer which means that if baby is awake, we will take some gorgeous awake shots and capture that fantastic eye contact of a nosy baby. When they want to sleep I will allow them to be completely comfortable and relax into natural poses. I am experienced enough to handle any given situation and I have never had to ask a client to return. 

What will baby wear?

I have a large, handcrafted selection of props for your baby. From outfits to wraps, hats and tasteful accessories I do like to keep things simple though.I create set ups for your baby based upon colours you tell me you prefer and I create something based upon my own unique ideas.  I do not copy the work of others, my images come from my own creativity and things I am inspired by. You are paying for me to style and produce unique work and not a replica of someone else.  

When do I need to book?

Most customers book their session before baby arrives, after their 20 week scan. However, I know life never goes to plan and babies always surprise us! Therefore, I limit how many newborns I take a month so that I can usually accommodate all photo shoots.

What if my baby has already been born?

If your baby has already arrived, then it is still worth contacting me. Sometimes, gaps in my diary can arise if I have had several early or late babies at once. If not, then I can offer you an alternative baby session. 

What do the parents do during the session? 

Absolutely nothing but relax. Once you arrive at my studio, I will ensure you are comfortable and talk you through the session, what I am going to do and how I am going to do it. After this, I will undress baby and give to Mum to feed. After baby has fed, I will take him/her back and begin the session. Parents can then relax, enjoy a hot cup of something (i have lots of choices), help themselves to snacks, read a magazine or catch up on some sleep. 

What happens next? 

After your session, I will provide a few sneak peaks on my Facebook page. This will only happen if parents permit however. Parents may choose to not have their images shared and this is fully respected. 

I will then work hard to edit the best 20-25 images from you session, within 1-2 weeks of your session date. Once they are ready, I will then invite you to view your images via a private viewing session at my studio or via an online gallery which can be viewed in the comfort of your own home. Here you will view your beautiful images and select your favourite images, package and products.