Dorset Newborn Photography

Bournemouth Photographer holding a camera in an autumn photoshoot

Hi, I’m Fiona, welcome to my Newborn and Baby page. I have been a Dorset Newborn Photographer for 10 years now, and have loved every minute of it!

I have been trained in newborn photography by one of the UKs leading newborn photographers and I work in my comfy home studio in Ferndown, Dorset.

I am completely baby led during your session and your baby’s comfort and safety are my absolute priority at all times, you are in safe hands. I am also know as the baby whisperer which come in handy when helping to settle your newborn baby.

I am proud to provide parents with an excellent service when it comes to newborn photography, you can expect to receive a service which is professional yet relaxed, friendly and always with a smile.

I am passionate about my job as a Dorset Newborn Photographer and would love to answer any questions you may have.

Take a look at Sitting Sessions and First Birthday sessions here

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Newborn baby boy and his sister during a newborn photography session with Dorset Newborn Photographer
Black and white newborn photos of baby boy with bis parents during a newborn photography shoot with Dorset newborn photographer
A Dorset newborn photographer has taken these lovely newborn photos of baby in a basket

Fiona is an outstanding photographer! From the moment I first made contact to finally meeting Fiona has been wonderful, professional, a good communicator and accommodating of our requests. Our 3 week old daughter, my husband and I were welcomed into Fiona’s studio offered tea and coffee and made to feel at home. Fiona explained how the session would work and wanted our input throughout, making the session very personal to us. Fiona has a lovely vibe and wants to get to know her clients personally. The photos received are the best pictures we could’ve asked for, we actually cried when we viewed them! I’d highly recommend, great value for money and a wonderful experience too. Thank you, the Steele’s.


Newborn baby girl and her big sister during a newborn photography session with Bournemouth newborn photographer

Your Bournemouth Newborn Photography Experience


Before the session

Newborn photography sessions are for babies between 6 days and 6 weeks old. The ideal age is between 7-14 days old. Although babies over this age can still have great newborn sessions, so please don’t think you have missed the boat.

It is advisable to book the session after your 12 week scan. The session is usually booked in 10 days after your due date, if you give me a call once baby is here then we can adjust your session date if we need to.

I will send out an invoice for the session deposit of £50 to secure your booking. A contract and questionnaire will also be sent for you to fill in online.

I would love to have a chat with you on the phone before your newborn photography session to answer any questions that you might have.


During the session

Once you have parked on the drive or immediately outside the house, you will be warmly welcomed into my home. If baby is awake and settled then I make a start with some awake shots. If baby needs a feed then this usually settles them for some lovely sleepy shots. If you can hold off feeding until you arrive that is great, I appreciate this is not always possible.  This allows us to get baby settled in the new environment.

I will take care of everything so you can relax and put your feet up. I will work at baby’s pace ensuring their comfort and safety at all times.

I have all the props, backdrops, wraps etc that we will need. I will ask you what colours, props and posing styles you like This is YOUR newborn photography photoshoot.


After the session

The images are all edited usually with in 1-2 weeks. They are then loaded onto an online password protected gallery, from here you choose the images you would like to purchase as digital images. You can of course share the gallery with family and friends.

You will also be offered a viewing appointment if you would like one, where we will view the images together and you can have a look at my beautiful samples of frames and prints should you wish to order your images as framed prints.

Rest assured, you will have a wonderful time and will love your finished images. As a Dorset newborn photographer I really do look forward to welcoming you into my home and getting to meet your new precious little baby.

  Please contact me here or  call me on 07854 442391  for a chat if you any questions at all, I would love to hear from you.

Proud new parents looking a newborn baby during a shoot with a Bournemouth newborn photographer
sleeping newborn baby on a grey background during a session with a Dorset newborn photographer

We recently used Fiona for a newborn photoshoot and it was an amazing experience. From the moment we arrived she made us feel so comfortable and so at ease. She was just fantastic with our little boy and her patience and calm warming nature made him feel so comfortable and we knew that he would be in safe hands.
Her home studio is beautifully set up and she has an array of backdrops, colours and props to create those perfect pictures.
We would 100% recommend Fiona and will be booking more sessions with her in the future to capture those special moments.


We recently had newborn and family photos with Fiona, the pictures are beautiful and we all really enjoyed the day. Highly recommended!


Bournemouth newborn and baby photography
Bournemouth newborn and baby photography

Your Frequently asked questions 


Do I need to bring anything to my newborn photo shoot?

You need to bring anything that you would usually take out with you such as nappies, bottles, pacifier, all your baby essentials.

You may own a special item, such as a blanket or teddy that you may wish to have in the photos.

If you want photos with baby (highly recommended!) then bring your clothes.

I will provide hot drinks during natural breaks but you may want to bring a snack.

Can other family members or siblings be included in the photos?

Yes absolutely! My favourite thing is to capture that beautiful bond between siblings and their new brother or sister. Think about what they should wear in the photos, neutral block colours work well, avoid large patterns or pictures on clothes.

What happens if my baby is crying during the photoshoot?

The main thing is for your baby to feel safe, and secure and have everything that they need. Therefore, if your baby needs feeding or a nappy change, that is no problem at all and certainly no rush. I have photographed hundreds of babies in my time as a Dorset newborn photographer. I spend plenty of time cuddling and soothing baby and have often been called the baby whisperer as I am experienced at calming babies.  A “baby shusher” is always on hand which is great for soothing baby.

Do I need to bring any props or clothing for the photoshoot?

 I have a variety of props, wraps, backdrops, baskets, and hats. If you would rather I use no props, that is perfectly fine. So unless you have anything specific that you would like added to the photographs, don’t worry.  I recommend you have family photos with your baby, it is ideal to wear light, toning colours avoiding patterns.

What if my baby won’t sleep?

Sometimes when you arrive baby will wake up whilst being undressed and wrapped ready for the shoot. This is absolutely fine and nothing to worry about. If baby is still awake after a feed then we can continue the photoshoot regardless and the images will feature your baby’s beautiful eyes, these are some of the loveliest photos.

Are the poses safe for my baby

Your baby’s safety is my absolute priority. I have been fully trained by one of the UK’s leading baby photographers and have captured images of over a hundred babies so have plenty of experience.

How long does a newborn photoshoot take?

The full newborn photography session can last between 2-3 hours. It is worth allowing the extra time just incase baby is unsettled. It sounds like a long time but trust me it goes really quickly and it’s a lovely time to just kick back and relax knowing baby is in safe hands.

Are you ready to book your newborn baby photoshoot?

I hope this has answered all your questions. If you do have any other questions that I haven’t answered here, then please do contact me. I am happy to discuss any questions or requirements.

Rest assured,  you will have a wonderful time and will be love with the finished images. I really do look forward to welcoming you into my home and getting to meet your new precious little baby.


  Please contact me here or  call me on 07854 442391  or a chat if you any questions at all, I would love to hear from you.

Bournemouth newborn and baby photography
Bournemouth newborn and baby photography
Bournemouth newborn and baby photography