Everything you need to know to prepare for your newborn baby photo shoot in South East London with photographer Sandra Cullen.

Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby!

It is such an exciting time for you and your family and I feel privileged that you chose me to remember this time forever. The first few weeks go so quickly and your little bundle changes so much that of course you want to remember all the cute little details with a photo shoot!


10 handy tips to ensure you have a stress free newborn baby photo shoot in South East London:


Keeping baby awake for 1-2 hours before our session ………This can be hard, but if baby already had a good sleep before our session begins, I will be spending a lot of time getting them to sleep before I can begin posing them . A bath is a good trick to help keep them awake, or get them naked.These little tricks will help ensure we get amazing images of your baby while they are asleep during the session.
Bring along a bottle of formula or breast milk and a dummy…. Many mums try to avoid a dummy during this critical time of learning to breast feed, however we may need to use it if absolutely necessary.The reason is to avoid contact with mummy as much as possible while we are in the “rhythm” of a session.Baby can smell mum and hear her voice and this triggers their instinct to feed. It can be quite a distraction for a little newborn.Using a bottle or dummy when needed helps us to maintain the fluidity of the session and helps baby settle easier.We will only use it as a last resort to soothe a fussy baby. If you are adamantly against dummies or bottle, please let me know.
Mum should avoid eating anything too spicy or gassy if breast feeding …. I know it’s probably the last thing you want to hear but pizza, spicy sauces, garlic, broccoli, thai food, high fat etc… might upset baby’s tummy for 24 hours preceding your scheduled session. It’s best to stick to a relatively bland diet the 24 hours before your session. 
Schedule a feed for the time I arrive.It really helps to ensure baby is full when we start, so please schedule your baby’s day to give a full feed as I arrive
Dress baby in loose fitting clothes … This is to avoid any lines on skin – a onesie that opens in thefront is best. I also recommend taking baby’s clothes off before you feed him and wrap him in a nice little blanket with only his nappy on. It helps a lot to not have to remove his clothes if he’s sleepy! 
Dress in layers … The room in your house that I will use will be heated intensely to keep your little one warm, so dress in layers so that you can remove some if you get too warm. 
 Our photo shoot can be a time for you to do something for yourself …During the session, take advantage of this time to rest as I don’t need any help. Feel free to take a nap or a shower!
Allow up to four hours …Newborn  photography sessions generally take up to 4 hours, so please plan for that. 
Siblings are welcome….If you have older siblings that will be included in photos, those images will be photographed at the end of the session. If you can, ask any relatives to take your other child to the park or somewhere else while we photograph your newborn. 
Less is best I recommend that only yourself, your spouse/partner and children are present while I am with you. Lots of people can be quite distracting for myself and baby.



I’m really looking forward to working with you and creating amazing images of your new baby, if you have any questions please send me an email or give me a call. I’m always happy to help.


Thank you again for choosing me to document this special time in your lives.


Sandra xx

South East London Photographer Baby Safety and Training

South East London Photographer Baby Safety

I hope you enjoyed my last blog post about Safety and Training. I would like to tell you a bit more about my experience with training and safety as a Newborn Photographer in South East London and I hope it will give you reassurance that I will always handle your babies safely.

When I first started to become passionate about newborn photography in 2014, I had no idea how other photographers could achieve such cute curled up poses. It never came to my mind to try these poses without knowing how to do it the proper way. Babies are so precious and fragile I would never want to hurt them.

Through recommendations from my photographer friends I was given the names of fantastic photographers in the country who offer newborn safety training. I chose one of the best newborn photographers and trainers not only for her way of doing things but also for her style. I wanted to learn from the best.

My training session with Cass Davies was at her studio in beautiful Chester. The morning was spent showing me how to help your baby sleep and how to safely pose them. Then in the afternoon I was given the opportunity to do everything by myself, with Cass’s assistance.

I have to say this was a real eye opener for me. It is a lot to learn but with the right person teaching you and a lot of practice, I am now confident I can not only do it, but do it safely.

Here are a few images that I took on the day:

Baby Photographer South East London

Almost a year later I am very proud to say I am now a member of the Baby And Newborn Photography Association whose mission is to promote the safety of all newborns and babies during photoshoots.

Have a look at their website for articles on safety:


Safety is my number one priority and I will never force a baby into uncomfortable positions. If they do not want to do a certain pose, I will try another one.

I also work around baby so if he/she need a feed or a cuddle, we can take break and relax.