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– FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS –

Where is your studio?

 

Our studio is located in the quiet little village of Copthorne (RH10 postcode) right between Crawley and East Grinstead on the West Sussex and Surrey border.

 

Do you only do newborn & baby photography?

 

Not at all... we specialise in newborn photography and baby photography but also offer maternity shoots, and photograph infants, toddlers and children of all ages - including family portraits in the studio and outdoors on location.

 

Do you only offer baby photograpy in West Sussex?

 

Although most of our customers come from West Sussex or Surrey (we're right on the border between the two) they're certainly not just from our local Crawley and East Grinstead areas - in fact our customers come to us from all over Sussex, Surrey, Kent, London and other surrounding areas including overseas!

 

Our on location portraits and lifestyle photography can take place anywhere in the UK.

 

What can we do to get the best baby portraits?

 

Once you book any type of portraits shoot with us, we'll send you all the information you'll need to help us take the best baby portraits for you.

 

What's included in a photo shoot?

 

All portrait sessions include an optional consultation to help plan your portraits experience, our time and talent during the session itself, use of any studio props.

 

Full retouching and editing of all images purchased is also included as standard, plus a viewing and ordering session so you can choose which images and products you want to buy from us. All products or images must be purchased separately.

 

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– MATERNITY FAQS –

When should we arrange a maternity shoot?

 

For the best maternity portraits we recommend arranging your maternity photo shoot between 7 to 8 months - based mostly on how big your baby bump is. We want you to look visibly pregnant, but also be comfortable in yourself.

 

How long will a maternity shoot take?

 

Because we understand that everything is hard work when you're heavily pregnant, we aim to keep our maternity shoots down to no more than around an hour - and we'll do our very best to keep you as comfortable as possible throughout your maternity photo shoot.

 

Does my partner have to come?

 

No this isn’t compulsory... but if you'd like to include a few portraits taken of you with your partner, they are welcome to join us for your maternity shoot.

 

Do I need to bring props or maternity gowns?

 

We have a selection of specially made gowns which have been produced exclusively for use as props during maternity photo shoots, that you are welcome to use during your maternity shoot... so all you need to do is turn up!

 

If you'd like to bring along your own gowns and/or a few props though, you're more than welcome to do so.

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– NEWBORN FAQS –

What’s the ideal age for best newborn photography?

Our experience has shown us that the perfect age for the best newborn photography is usually between 5-7 days old, so we strongly recommend booking your shoot for around this age – or no later than 2 weeks old if you are unable to visit any sooner.

 

If baby is already 2 weeks or older, we can still arrange a newborn shoot for you, but may need to adapt our shooting style to suit your baby, so newborn shoots for older babies may involve simpler poses, more wrapping/swaddling and more portraits of baby awake and/or with parents.

 

Why so early?

After just two short weeks, your baby will be bigger, much less sleepy, less flexible, and may also develop some minor temporary skin complaints such as flaky skin and milk spots… and without a deep, soundly sleeping baby it is impossible to pose baby in the super-cute poses we know you'll love... for this reason, it’s important to book early if at all possible so we can schedule your shoot to get the best portraits for you.

 

When should I book my newborn photo shoot?

As early as possible! After your 20 week scan is a great time to book, but certainly before your baby arrives if at all possible: our pre-booked clients get priority when finalising shoot dates - which means we may be unable to schedule your newborn session if you haven't already booked before baby arrives.

 

What if my baby arrives earlier or later than expected?

This is no problem: when you initially book with us, we’ll pencil in a provisional date so we can organise our schedules – then if baby arrives early or later, we'll adjust the date and time for your newborn portraits if needed.

 

My baby is already born – Am I too late?

If your baby is already born, please contact us as soon as possible - we can't promise to be able to fit you in at short notice, but we'll check our schedule and let you know as soon as possible.

 

If your baby is already older than 2 weeks we can still take some beautiful baby pictures for you... but these may not be quite the same style as our super-curly posed week old newborns.

 

How long does a newborn photo shoot take?

Ideally, our newborn portrait sessions last around 1-2 hours… but we allow up to 4 hours for all newborn portraits in case baby needs extra time for feeding and cuddling between sleepy sessions.

 

What if my baby’s umbilical cord is still attached?

This is no problem: we can still take your pictures for you, and we'll use a combination of careful posing, and retouching where needed, to hide tummy tags from view.

 

Can we add parent or sibling photos?

Although we concentrate mostly on just baby, so we can get the best newborn portraits for you, we do also usually include a few family portraits as standard as well.

 

Do you offer newborn portraits on location?

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer newborn photo shoots on location. The reason for this is because due to the large number of props, accessories and equipment we use to style and shoot your newborn portraits, it would be impossible to achieve the same level of quality we produce, on location. We feel the consistent quality of our work is of the utmost importance, so all newborn portraits are conducted in the studio which has al l the necessary equipment and props to create the very best newborn portraits for you.

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– AFTER THE SHOOT –

How do we view the images after our portrait session?

After we've taken your portraits for you, we'll schedule a viewing and ordering session at our studio, usually within 2 weeks of your shoot, after your images have been edited and retouched. This is when you'll choose which images and products you would like to buy from us.

 

Do you do any retouching?

Yes indeed... we'll utilise our extensive Photoshop skills to fully edit and retouch every single beautiful portrait we supply - so no need to worry about that milk spot, pimple, or patch of flaky skin on baby's hands or feet - we'll take care of all that at no extra cost.

 

How many images do you take?

With the emphasis always on quality over quantity, and producing only the very best examples of each particular pose we arrange for you, we typically show around 20 beautifully finished and fully edited photos for you to choose from.

 

Can I buy the digital files?

Yes, you can buy digital image collections from us if you want to. We also sell a number of products that already include digital image files as standard, so depending on which products you choose, you may not need to purchase digital images separately at all.

 

Are the digital files restricted in any way?

No. We believe that if you are buying digital image files, you should have every right to print the images at whatever size you want. To that end, every digital image we supply is a full size high resolution file - fully edited and retouched, with no watermarks, and perfect for printing at any reasonable size (not just a small resized file only suitable for printing at postcard sizes)! Additionally, all our digital image files come with written usage rights so you can make as many copies as you want.

 

Do you sell gift vouchers?

Yes, we do offer gift vouchers. Please contact us directly if you would like to purchase a gift for a friend or loved one.

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Do you still have question?

If you still have any further questions at all after reading the FAQs or are unsure about anything prior to booking your newborn, maternity or baby photography, we’re only a phone call or email away so please don't hesitate to contact us and we'll be happy to answer any questions you still have.

 

Karen & Rob. x

Best newborn photographers Sussex

Location and areas of coverage:

 

West Sussex baby photographers providing fine art newborn photography and luxury baby portraiture in Sussex, Surrey and the south.

 

Our nearest towns include Crawley, East Grinstead, Horley, Horsham, Redhill, Reigate, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Burgess Hill and Brighton.

Contact info:

Baby Shoots Photography

Mill Lane

Copthorne

West Sussex

RH10 3HW

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Testimonials

Serena Nygaard
Serena N.
09:58 14 Nov 19
A wonderful experience had capturing our gorgeous baby boy. Karen and Rob were so patient and professional as our little man was very alert for most of the day (he was 2 weeks old at the time so a bit older than most of the newborn shoots!), but they still managed to get all the shots they'd hoped for and for us, absolutely beautiful! The studio is such a lovely space to be in, very calm and relaxing and all the cute props they use, was so lovely to watch it all! They really know how to get the perfect picture! So thankful that we're were able to have this experience. Thank you sooooo much!
Zoe Green
Zoe G.
15:03 08 Nov 19
We had a wonderful experience for our new born baby shoot. This was an extremely professional shoot. For first time parents who were just 6 days post new arrival we arrived very sleep deprived and a little nervous what if baby cries and it just becomes a nightmare! We can’t believe how chilled the atmosphere was & we were able to completely relax & even have a moment to ourselves. Karen is a master at dressing, undressing & her attention to detail to get baby in the correct poses whilst he slept throughout was amazing! Robert took fantastic pictures that are priceless & we will treasure forever. For us it was just easy & slick throughout the shoot & with communications before & after. The slide show & music to view our images was actually a little emotional but lovely. We are very pleased & Satisfied customers. Thank you both x
Penelope Searle
Penelope S.
18:40 07 Nov 19
Amazing service from Karen and Rob - I took my time searching around on the net before I booked baby shoots for our newborn pictures. I was really impressed with their standard of photos and loved all the props they used. Our shoot took around 4 hours when our baby was only a week old. Karen was so gentle and caring when handling our little girl, her safety and well-being was the main priority, and that put us new parents at ease! Time was taken between outfit changes, nothing was rushed and the studio was lovely and warm and our baby slept right through. Karen and rob make a fantastic team and the photos we received at the end are amazing, we will cherish them forever! There was no pressure from a sales perspective to purchase any products and I highly recommend booking with baby shoots, we will definitely be back for the 1 year cake smash! Thanks again Karen & Rob!
Caroline Smith
Caroline S.
07:34 28 Oct 19
Had a fantastic experience with Rob and Karen and absolutely love the pictures of our little one. They made the morning so relaxed and enjoyable, and Karen was like the baby whisperer to a grizzly 3 week old! Would definitely recommend and will be going back for more pictures when she’s a little older!
Caroline
Caroline
07:34 28 Oct 19
Had a fantastic experience with Rob and Karen and absolutely love the pictures of our little one. They made the morning so relaxed and enjoyable, and Karen was like the baby whisperer to a grizzly 3 week old! Would definitely recommend and will be going back for more pictures when she’s a little older!
Emma Mcfarlane
Emma M.
04:38 23 Oct 19
Fantastic service and great quality! I had both maternity and newborn shoots booked in with the team and was highly impressed with how both went in terms of the professionalism and extent the team went to capture the exact images that I wanted. The photographer and image quality is amazing and the level of care when dealing with my newborn was exceptional. I couldn’t be happier with the service and would highly recommend anybody to book baby shoots photography.
Marron Beautē
Marron B.
04:24 23 Oct 19
Fantastic service and great quality! I couldn’t be happier with the professionalism and the extent the team went to capture the exact images that I wanted. I would highly recommend!
Nicky Judd
Nicky J.
22:04 21 Sep 19
I’d highly recommend Baby Shoots to capture those first precious images of your newborn baby. Right from the start, Rob & Karen were helpful, warm, professional & accommodating in every aspect from answering queries promptly prior to booking through to doing their best to get the shots we requested which have turned out perfectly. Our baby girl was treated with the utmost care at all times during the shoot & we were all made to feel very welcome & at ease throughout the process. We are absolutely thrilled with the photos & wouldn’t hesitate to use you again.
Lee Hand
Lee H.
08:44 04 Sep 19
Aleisha King
Aleisha K.
12:43 29 Aug 19
Highly recommend baby shoots! Rob and Karen are both so talented and lovely people! They made us feel incredibly welcome and captured some amazingly beautiful photos of our little man even though he was already over 2 weeks. We are over the moon with our prints, worth every penny for such special memories!!
Gemma Russill
Gemma R.
18:01 16 Aug 19
Rob and Karen were Fantastic! They are Baby whisperers.We couldn't have asked for anything more, quick turn around and the photos of our baby Florence are fantastic!Highly recommend, they are not the cheapest BUT it is definitely worthwhile paying a little bit more. We went for the heirlooms box and it's so nice to be able to change the photos around. Fab idea! Thanks again!!Gemma & Adam.
James Bodkin
James B.
16:28 16 Jul 19
We had a fantastic time at our recent baby photo shoot. We were really happy with the way that Robert and Karen looked after our newborn. This gave us a moment to rest and relax! The end result was beautiful and will create a long lasting memory for us and our baby boy.
James Bodkin
James B.
16:27 16 Jul 19
We had a fantastic time at our recent baby photo shoot. We were really happy with the way that Robert and Karen looked after our newborn. This gave us a moment to rest and relax! The end result was beautiful and will create a long lasting memory for us and our baby boy.
Samina Ahmed
Samina A.
15:47 12 Jul 19
Amazing! I was a bit nervous taking my 2 boys and new baby along for photo shoot where they would have to sit still for a considerable amount of time, but both Robert and Karen made us all feel so comfortable and at home. The whole experiance was so lovely and a lot more relaxing then i thought it would be. Karen took care of everything for my little girl while i just sat back and watched in amazement as they both created some beautiful photos. Thank you so much Robert and Karen for giving our family these beautiful memories.
Samina Ahmed
Samina A.
15:46 12 Jul 19
Amazing! I was a bit nervous taking my 2 boys and new baby along for photo shoot where they would have to sit still for a considerable amount of time, but both Robert and Karen made us all feel so comfortable and at home. The whole experiance was so lovely and a lot more relaxing then i thought it would be. Karen took care of everything for my little girl while i just sat back and watched in amazement as they both created some beautiful photos. Thank you so much Robert and Karen for giving our family these beautiful memories.
Laura Ainsworth
Laura A.
13:48 02 Jul 19
Laura Ainsworth
Laura A.
13:46 02 Jul 19
I would highly recommend Baby Shoots Photography. Rob and Karen were amazing and made sure our baby was comfortable throughout the shoot. The photos provide the perfect newborn memories.
Laura Cameron
Laura C.
18:33 10 May 19
I can’t recommend Baby Shoots Photography highly enough! Rob and Karen did an amazing job of capturing perfect shots of our newborn baby that we’ll treasure forever! I was highly impressed by the way Karen was able to dress our little boy and put him into different positions without disturbing him whilst he was asleep. Her patience was incredible considering how fidgety little ones can be. Rob is very relaxed but professional in his approach and instantly makes you feel at ease. There was also no pressure when it came to deciding what package we wanted to purchase at the end. All in all, a fantastic experience and worth every penny!
Sian Dalton
Sian D.
20:37 15 Feb 19
Rob and Karen are fantastic! Theyabre true professionals. They have patience and are real experts in their trade. The way Karen take scare with babies to get them into poses is unbelievable. We did our photo shoot for our 6 day old daughter and it was the best thing we did. They both made my husband and I so welcome and we did nothing but laugh and enjoy the morning with them. When we went to view the photos, I (mum), cried because they captured our daughter wonderfully and have given us photos to cherish forever. I’d highly recommend Rob and Karen, they are true professionals and will give you memories to last forever. Thank you Rob and Karen.
Sian Dalton
Sian D.
20:37 15 Feb 19
Rob and Karen are fantastic! Theyabre true professionals. They have patience and are real experts in their trade. The way Karen take scare with babies to get them into poses is unbelievable. We did our photo shoot for our 6 day old daughter and it was the best thing we did. They both made my husband and I so welcome and we did nothing but laugh and enjoy the morning with them. When we went to view the photos, I (mum), cried because they captured our daughter wonderfully and have given us photos to cherish forever. I’d highly recommend Rob and Karen, they are true professionals and will give you memories to last forever. Thank you Rob and Karen.
Lucy Chalmers
Lucy C.
10:42 06 Feb 19
Amazing photos! Will recommend to all our friends :)
Lucy Chalmers
Lucy C.
10:40 06 Feb 19
Ib Dzzle
Ib D.
14:32 11 Oct 18
I had so much fun and loved the price and the pictures, I could do this again and again. I couldn't be happier with the experience and the results.
Ibidunni Ogunrole
Ibidunni O.
14:23 11 Oct 18
All together, a beautiful experience. I experienced excellent customer relations from the almost immediate response to my first enquiry email and in following 4 weeks till I had all my photos. The photos are absolutely beautiful, that was no surprise given the fantastic props, organised studio and the passion which Rob and Karen put into their work. Baby Shoots is highly recommended and I'll definitely be back.
Amelia Scott-Cowley
Amelia S.
16:07 10 Aug 18
Wonderfully patient despite a very non compliant 4 year old! Got some lovely pictures to cherish.
Emily Nesbitt
Emily N.
13:05 20 Mar 18
Great photographer and made us feel very at ease! We lost our files too and Rob helped us get another copy with no problem! Definitely would recommend
nadia kazakevica
nadia K.
18:38 06 Mar 18
Rob and Karen,We just wanted to write and say thank you for the amazing pregnancy photos you have taken for us. They are so beautiful, and exactly what we were hoping for. You have managed to capture exactly the way we feel about pregnancy, and we will treasure them forever. We also wanted to thank you for your professionalism and easy manner on the day of the photo shoot. Finally, thank you for the quality of the pictures you provided us with, it looks fantastic and very natural. They are already looking stunning on display in our home, and the response from our friends and family has been fantastic. I will happily be recommending you to other pregnant women, and we look forward to seeing you for another photo shoot when our little one is born!Kind regards,Nadia and Remi
Davide Arbisi
Davide A.
15:08 20 Feb 18
Felicity Stone
Felicity S.
18:10 25 Jan 18
Couldn't recommend Rob and Karen from Baby Shoots more highly. Karen was a baby whisperer with our very awake 4 day old and Rob's photos were completely gorgeous, we were so happy with our whole experience and especially the beautiful photos!
Anna Arbisi
Anna A.
21:33 11 Dec 17
Recently we visited Rob and Karen at Baby Shoots Photography for our maternity photo shoot and we are extremely happy with the work they have done. From the moment we came Rob and Karen made us feel very welcome and comfortable, they are very friendly and spent as much time as needed with us to create the best images. We received so many compliments already from our friends & family for the beautiful and professional pictures, we would highly recommend Baby Shoots Photography for your most important life events as they will help to keep the great memories. We are expecting our baby girl very soon and cannot wait to see Rob and Karen again for the new born photo shoot!
Darren Larder
Darren L.
08:19 25 Nov 17
We Took our daughter to Rob and Karen when she was 5 days old for a baby photoshoot. I honestly cannot recommend Baby Shoots Photography highly enough! We were a little apprehensive taking our little girl to strangers at such a young age, however we need not have worried! Rob and Karen put us at ease as soon as we walked through the door and could not have been any more professional. They work so well together to create stunning photographs, whilst all the time putting the needs of the little on first, stopping for feeds etc. When we went to look at the finished photo's we were simply blown away by their work. Rob was brilliant, and patient, in helping us choose the photos! We purchased the photos on USB, a framed canvas and album. The quality of the album and canvas is simply stunning and friends and family have been really complimentary of them! We could not be any happier with our photos and will cherish them forever! We will definitely be using Rob and Karen again if we have any children in the future!
Emily Pretlove
Emily P.
18:21 23 Oct 17
I highly recommend using Baby Shoots Photography, Rob and Karen were such welcoming & friendly hosts and were great with my baby. The used various props and backgrounds to create stunning pictures, I absolutely loved them and couldn't have asked for more! Reasonable pricing for a selection of different albums to take home with you, I will definitely use these photographers for the future! Thank you so much for creating and capturing wonderful memories for me and my baby!
Richard Bowring
Richard B.
05:07 26 Jul 17
Recently we have made a return visit to see Rob and Karen with our 2nd baby. They were fantastic as we knew they would be. Made us feel very welcome, extremely patient with our little model and of course the pictures are amazing. We will be back for more pictures of both the kids when they are a little bigger as babyshoots are definitely the best in the business! Thanks again Rob and Karen 10/10.
Jen Shepherd
Jen S.
10:15 24 Jul 17
Once again a wonderful experience and a beautiful set of memories created. Rob and Karen are extremely friendly and welcoming and do a brilliant job with your little one to create the perfect package for you. Reasonably priced, professional and beautiful photos. We will definitely be contacting them again when we extend our brood! Thanks again! Jen, Mike, Harry & Rosie x
Karen Horan
Karen H.
12:59 22 Jun 17
My husband and I have just had our first daughter and we decided we wanted to get some professional photos of her to capture the very precious early stage of her life that we could treasure. I came across Baby Shoots photography on google and was immediately impressed and booked in right away. From start to finish Rob and Karen were very friendly and welcoming and made us feel relaxed. I was so impressed how they managed to get Eva into the different positions without her even waking up! The attention to detail for each shot and the quality of the photos afterwards is what makes them stand out from the rest. So much so we brought all the photos! You won't be disappointed!!!
Isobel Jennings
Isobel J.
07:13 17 Jun 17
We were given a photo shoot with Baby Shoots as a gift from our family when our daughter was born. Rob & Karen have a very informative website which told us what we could do as parents to make the shoot go more smoothly which was very helpful.The studio is based at their home in Copthorne and it is fully equipped with lots of wonderful props for the photos.Karen was very calm and gentle with our daughter when putting her in poses for the photos- this was very important to us.We were thrilled when we reviewed the pictures- they were better than we could have imagined and we now have gorgeous photos of our daughter which we will cherish forever as well as beautiful pictures of us as a family - we will treasure them for years to come. Thank you Rob & Karen.
Kira Charlton
Kira C.
14:05 21 Mar 17
We took our 4day old Trai to a newborn shoot and we cannot be happier. From the moment we arrived Rob & Karen made us feel very welcome and at ease. The time and effort spent putting our little Trai in all the positions for each take was really amazing to watch, the attention to detail in each shot is what we feel like makes our photos unique. When the photos where ready we was invited back to view them and each and every photo was beyond our expectations. We purchased all photos on a usb and 10 prints which we haven't stopped showing friends and family. Over all the experience was truly magical and a day we will never forget. Can't wait to return for another shoot soon!
Kerri Hibberd
Kerri H.
23:32 21 Feb 17
I had a shoot a while back with my daughter who had just started walking. Rob and Karen were fantastic with her and made her very comfortable in unusual surroundings. The photos were beautiful and lots of people comment on how lovely they are. I look forward to having another shoot with baby number two!
beella엘라
beella엘라
14:04 18 Jul 16
We've just been to baby shoots photography last week to select our photos which we are really happy with. The shooting was difficult because our daughter Louisa decided she didn't need any sleep. But Karen and Rob are very professional and patient they still made sure we had a great selection even if some poses weren't possible.
Kristina Bowring
Kristina B.
08:03 17 Mar 16
We took Jacob to baby shoots photography when he was 10 days old. Although he wasn't the easiest to photograph Rob and Karen were amazing with him and were very patient. Karen and Rob were very welcoming and were brilliant with Jacob. The photographs were amazing and we couldn't be happier. I will definitely be using their service for any other photography needs and recommending them to family and friends.
katie lawlor
katie L.
14:54 04 Feb 16
We recently visited Rob & Karen at Baby Shoots for our second newborn shoot (first in 2013) and again cannot fault the service provided to us throughout all steps of the shoot process from booking, to the photoshoot, to receiving our final images. Our baby was not the most willing of subjects to be photographed as he did not want to cooperate and sleep peacefully, but Rob and Karen were patient, helpful and professional and managed to achieve some stunning pictures which we will treasure in the same way we have with our first. You definitely get what you pay for with these kind of shoots and I am so glad we chose to return to Baby Shoots, not only for the perfect final images but for the care that goes into achieving them too. I would recommend to anyone looking for a way to perfectly capture their newborn with stunning photos that are complimented by all that see them!
Zeevar Harris-Patel
Zeevar H.
12:28 09 Apr 14
We came across the website on Google and were very impressed by the photographs and prices in particular since there wasnt a minimum spending requirement. On contacting Rob via email we found him to be very approachable and he stayed in touch with us throughout the pregnancy responding to all our queries straightaway and keeping us well informed about the process. We were even more pleased to meet him and Karen in person and see their endless patience and care with our 10 day old baby. They made us feel totally at ease and we trusted their decisions on which props or shots they could do. It was also very relaxing for us as parents to get some peace and quiet time while they carried on with the shoot. Definitely worth the experience!!
Richard Bowring
Richard B.
19:53 06 Feb 14