I get quite a few enquiries about Newborn photography in Oxford so I though I shall write a page about the Newborn photography service I supply in the Oxford area.

What to Expect When I’m Expecting You

My diary as a Oxford Newborn Photographer and baby photographer is a complicated place! Nobody told your baby that they are expected to turn up for their portrait session and while some can’t wait to get here, some are fashionably late. This makes my diary a wonderfully fluid place!


I take a limited number of newborn sessions each month so that I can ensure I can fit everybody in and work around midwife and health visitor appointments once baby is here. Once you make a booking we will set a provisional date about a week after your due date. Then when your baby arrives and you have settled back in at home just [give me a call/email me/message me] and we can adjust the date accordingly.

If your baby has arrived already and you are looking for a last minute booking then please contact me and I will do my best to fit you in. 

Your Oxford Newborn Photography session will take place in my comfortable purpose designed studio based outside Malmesbury in a Village lending itself to a relaxed atmosphere.  Newborn studios are not like traditional photography studios - they are designed to be warm and comfortable with a temperature of 25-29 degrees. I want you and your baby to feel relaxed and comfortable so you are able to feed on demand and put your feet up with refreshments and a magazine (I even have some new dads who take a quick nap!)

When you arrive you can relax, have a drink and get settled whilst I go over the health and safety policy with you. I always have a session plan arranged before your photoshoot. I will discuss this with you to make sure you are happy with the arrangements I have made.

Newborn sessions take the longest to do and the longest to edit. They can often take a long time until they sleep quite often because they have slept on the way here in the car. Do not worry eventually they will. 


The props are expensive as they are hand made for purpose. I have lots of background choices, beautiful wraps, animal outfits, delicate soft lace knitted blankets, head bands and plenty of baskets, buckets, beds and bowels to create some beautiful Newborn Baby Photography for you to treasure for a life time.


You do not need to bring anything but if you have a favourite blanket or perhaps something special to you we can try to incorporate it into a photo. The sessions are season inspired so the decorations and floral arrangements around the props tend to change according to season. As well as an abundance of artificial flowers in the garden I grow tulips and daffodils for the spring and roses and lavender for the summer. These can all be used in your session. Of course if it is spring or summer and you would like an Autumn set up it is possible. On average I will have 10 different set ups ready for you when you arrive. 


You can let me know you colour preferences and if you prefer lighter or darker backdrops and I will incorporate you preferences in. If you don't like colour only neutral I can do many woodland inspired set ups. 

I also have a Winnie the Pooh and Beatrix Potter set ups which I expect to be very popular.

I do not use digital backgrounds all my images and set ups are my own. I find it a little false editing your baby out of one thing and into another. Also it makes your images individual so no one else will have the same. I try to adjust my set ups for each session. I don't like to do the same thing twice so if I have done it once I sit there and think how can I do it better and make slight adjustments. There is always room to improve. This has the benefit to you of having images that no one else has. 

For older siblings I have just acquired a whole wardrobe full of clothes including Trish Scully Dresses in sizes 2 - 15,  boys shirts, trousers, shorts, braces and vest tops. Please let me know your childrens sizes before hand so I know when I work on your session plan. 

As a mummy I know how precious your little newborn is to you. I can assure you having a baby myself and being a qualified member of the Master Photographers Association and a member of BANPAS your baby is in safe hands. I will not put your newborn in any dangerous situations. When you see a baby hanging is a basket or dream catcher this is a composite image. A baby was never left hanging in a basket. This is part the reason why the editing takes so long after. 

Please see my Newborn Photography Safety Page to understand how I importantly I take your newborns safety and what you need to be aware of during you session.

The comfort of your baby is of upmost importance to me. Some babies do not like being on their sides, some hate being on their tummies. It becomes quite apparent early on as to what they are not happy with and I will not push them if they are not happy. There is enough other poses we can do instead. 

Newborn photography is best taken within the first two weeks of your baby being born. This is because after this period they tend to be awake more so are harder to settle and pose them. Many of the poses after the first two weeks become uncomfortable for the baby, and their reflexes become more developed adding to additional safety concerns. I will not turn down an older baby but you need to be aware that not all the poses we can do and it will be much more stressful for you as it will take so much longer to do because they don't sleep as much.   

You can of course include sibling and mum and dad poses in your session. I tend to do the sibling poses earlier on once we have done the first set up of the newborn photos else they soon loose interest. The Family poses I do at the end as it is less important for the newborn to be asleep then. 

I have a play room here with plenty of toys in and a garden outside. There is also a park round the corner so there is plenty to keep your toddler or older children entertained. 

Your newborn will want feeding and cuddling thoughout and this is not a problem as there is no time limit on my session. Most of the time you are here will be spent sitting around chatting and cuddling and settling your newborn. They very much lead the session they will not do anything they don't want to do. 

So that I can capture your baby perfectly while they are still so brand new, for most of the session your baby will be in their birthday suit. Newborn clothes never fit correctly so we don’t get to see all those beautiful details that say ‘hey I’m brand new!’ However, one of the downsides of this, is your baby is guaranteed to poop and/or pee on props, blankets, perhaps even me or you! This is just par for the course, something I’m used to dealing with on a daily basis and something I allow for. All of my blankets and props are washed after each session.

I hope after seeing my Oxford Newborn Photography and reading this you will be convinced to choose me as your Oxford Newborn Photographer.

A days bespoke photo shoot costs £100. This includes my time both on the day and editing after, use of all the props and editing all the images for you to choose from. This needs to be paid prior to your session by using the booking form below or by bank transfer (Please contact me for details). I am afraid I have had to many people not turn up or cancel the day before. I have to arrange child care 

 and obviously I keep that day free for you and not take another booking. I can no longer risk everyones time being wasted so it is important you pay the session fee before hand.  

After your session we will go though the photos together and you will select the final 20 images you would like edited. I will whats app them to you to check before I send the USB via post. The cost of the final images edited is £250. This needs to be paid on the day.  Unfortunately I have had one customer ruin it for everyone where I whats apped the images for her to check then she did not pay so now sadly I have to ask for the final payment to be made on the day of the session. Such a shame as it was the first time it has happened in three years!

If you want some mum and baby photos along with your newborn but think like we all do "oh my god I look awful I certainly don't want any photos of me!" Don't worry for an extra £35 I can arrange an excellent hair and make up artist to make you look beautiful just let me know when you make your booking. It will make the world of difference in your photos. 

I am a member of Banpas which specialises in Newborn Safety and a qualified member of The Societies of Photographers. I am also CRB checked and hold an up to date Paediatric First Aid Certificate. You can rest assure your baby and children are in safe hands and you are working with a fully trained, professional, fully insured photographer. 


You can book your session now online and I will contact you after to arrange a provisional date. When the baby arrives we can adjust the date depending.

I hope that you choose me as your Oxford Newborn Photographer

Cotswolds Baby Photographer Joanna Osborne -  Photographer based in Malmesbury covering the Cotswolds, Cirencester, Stroud, Tetbury, Swindon, CheltenhamWiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxford, BathBristol & Oxfordshire. All your family photography needs from newborn, baby  though to family photography.

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