A once in a lifetime event, the beginning of a new life as a parent; the birth of your baby is an event so utterly life-changing that it's impossible to remember your world before this wonderful little person entered it. 

Choosing your newborn photographer is an important decision. Newborn photography is unique in the skills and training required to handle, pose and capture our tiny clients safely. As a specialist photographer, I am proud to be a Qualified Newborn Photographer, through The Guild of Photographers and also a member of the Newborn and Baby Photography Network as such am committed to providing the highest standards of safety and art in my work.

Don't miss the chance to capture these precious early days!

Newborn Fine Art 

Sweet sleepy poses, organic textures, knitted bonnets, pretty halos and beautiful props all coordinated and individually styled to create a stunning fine art gallery of your baby's first images. Sessions include parent and family images followed by my full beanbag and prop posing flow.

Newborn White Onesie

Our pure white studio allows me to create captivating, timeless images to document your baby and family during these precious weeks.


Natural posing, capturing all those little details you will want to look back on - leg stretches, yawns, wriggles and cries - are all captured in beautiful detail. These sessions focus on the gentle interactions between you and you baby, producing a beautiful and emotive gallery for you to choose from.

Newborn Photography Frequently asked Questions

When should I book my session?

There is a relatively small window during which the sleepy newborn poses you see here can be achieved. Ideally, I aim to photograph newborns when they are between 5 and 14 days old, although I will accept newborn bookings up to 6 weeks of age. I receommend booking as soon as you decide you want to work with me. This ensures availabilty for your due date and means that there is one less thing to do once baby arrives.

What happens if my baby arrives earlier or later that my 'due date'?

Only around 5% of babies arrive on their estimated due date. Because I book a maximum of 8 newborn sessions per month, I am able to allow plenty of wriggle room in my diary for early and late arrivals. When you book your newborn session I use your due date as a guide in my diary. Once your baby arrives I ask you to get in touch within the first few days to arrange a convenient date for your session. This way you do not need to worry about baby arriving in time for a set date and I can easily accommodate other circumstances such as hospital stays or prematurity.

Can pets be included in our session?

I understand that many clients have a fur baby who is very much one of the family. I am always happy to include dogs in newborn sessions as long as it is safe to do so. Most commonly I will include pets in the family images at the start of the session and then next to baby in a prop. Prop images will usually be achieved by using the compositing technique - taking two separate images and merging them together to make the final image - so that your baby and pet can be photographed calmly and safely.

How long do newborn sessions last?

A newborn photography is very different to any other professional photography session you may have experienced. Sessions last between 2 and 4 hours, with much of the time dedicated to soothing, feeding and posing your baby, in preparation for actually taking the images. I reccommened that you aviod making any other commitments for the day of your session so that you can relax and enjoy the experience. All our sessions are baby led to ensure that your baby is happy and comfortable at all times. I only schedule one newborn session per day, so there is never any pressure on my time. Importantly, there is always time to feed, change and settle your baby before your leave to go home.

What happens if my baby is awake during the session?

Each session usually includes some awake and some asleep time for baby. When baby is awake you will be able to do everything you would normally do at home to ensure that they are happy and settled - feeding, winding, changing, rocking - which will usually result in a contented baby, either awake or asleep. If baby is awake and happy I will continue with your session, capturing some beautiful awake shots which are always a favourite. Then, if necessary I will use my experience and soothing techniques, including white noise and swaddling to help your baby fall back to sleep.

Is newborn photography safe?

In short, yes. The safety of your baby is always my foremost priority throughout your session. I am experienced in handling and posing newborns to ensure that they are safe throughout the session and that your baby's circulation and comfort are never comprimised. Some babies are not comfortable in certain poses due to their position in the womb, soreness and bruising from birth or because they are just not as flexible. I will never continue with a pose if baby is uncomfortable or unsettled in that position.

What if my baby has red/ spotty/ flaky skin?

Many newborn babies have red, blotchy, spotty or flaky skin. It is also normal to have marks from their birth, scratches from tiny fingernails and gummy eyes! I am skilled at reducing these in post processing so they will not detract from your baby's finished images.

What do we need to bring to our session?

I provide all the props, wraps and accessories for your session. All you need to bring with you are your usual baby supplies and plenty of feeds if bottle feeding. I also have spares of most things you might need on hand in the studio. If you have something of sentimental value that you would particularly like included in your session, please mention it in your pre-session questionnaire and I will be happy to weave it into your session flow, as long as it is safe to do so.

What happens after our session?

At the end of your session we will arrange a mutually convenient time for you to return to the studio for your ordering appointment where you will view your images as a beautiful high resolution slideshow. During your ordering appointment you will be able to choose your image collection and printed products. Your chosen digital images will be available for you to download immediately from an online gallery while your printed products and USB are being processed. Printed products are usually avaiable to collect from the studio within 4 weeks of ordering.

How many images will we receive?

Following your session I will select and professionally edit a gallery of 20 -30 beautiful images for your to view at your ordering appointment.

How much does it cost?

Our Newborn Session fee is £95. This includes your 2-4 hour studio session, use of our studio props, wraps and accessories and professional editing of 25-30 images for you to view at your ordering appointment. Digital image and print collections are chosen at your ordering appointment with prices starting from £295. As a guide, most clients spend between £500 and £800 on collections and printed products. We are pleased to offer both Military and Blue Light discounts on all full sessions. Please mention that you qualify when you book your session. Newborn Sessions make the perfect baby shower or new baby gift! Ask about our complimentary Gift Registry.

Drop me a line to receive our brochure and check availability for your baby's due date.

Rachel Burnside is a Newborn & Baby Photographer serving the following areas in and around Salisbury in the UK;

Salisbury ︳Wiltshire ︳Romsey ︳Tidworth ︳Bulford

Andover ︳Amesbury ︳Swindon ︳Stockbridge ︳Dorset ︳Shaftesbury ︳Gillingham ︳Marlborough ︳Wilton

Contact: info@rachelburnside.co.uk

Telephone  01722 322667

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