As a specialist newborn and baby photographer in Gloucestershire for over 9-years, I have met many amazing families that are beginning a new chapter in their lives.

Over the past few years, it has become clear to me that many parents would love heart-warming photos of their new baby, but certain factors have stopped them from booking a newborn photoshoot or booking with their favourite photographer.

Having a baby is exciting but can also at times become overwhelming.  So many things to buy, a cot, a pushchair, a car seat, the list goes on and on.  Then there is the opportunity of having beautiful photos taken of your baby in their first few weeks in the world.  You have grown and loved your baby from the start, but the cost of a newborn shoot is just not affordable. 

A newborn shoot can take up to 3 hours, with a carefully thought out workflow, styling changes, and extensive time editing a full gallery after the session. Time is taken to ensure the posing of the baby is delivered safely. A newborn photographer should have attended specialist training. Training is paramount to our business. Therefore, the cost of a full newborn photoshoot is an investment.

It may not be a cost that you can justify, or you would prefer a smaller number of photos in a shorter time frame, but do not want to compromise on safety and quality.


This is where my MINI NEWBORN PHOTOSHOOT is perfect for parents that are on a tighter budget, time restraints or their baby ie 5-6 weeks old when booking a shoot. These short and sweet affordable newborn photoshoots have been carefully designed to offer heart-warming photos in an hour with an all-inclusive cost attached of £199, including 5 digital images.

A wrapped baby also enables the session to begin straight away, even if they are awake, making this type of session perfect for babies up to 8 weeks old.

To create a newborn shoot that is more cost-effective and completed in a shorter time, there have to be some compromises.

These sessions are for baby only, as there isn’t enough time to pose families and young children.

Back and white photo. Mum, Dad and newborn girl

However, it is such a special session that I offer one parent and baby image like the one above.

WHY IS THE BABY WRAPPED – Creatively wrapping a baby throughout the photoshoot allows the session to move forward without disturbing the baby too much.

Due to the shortened shooting time, the style and colours will be the same throughout. There will be fewer images to choose from, in some way that might be a good thing.

Differences between a mini and full session are below:

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Mini newborn session Full newborn session
Length of session 1 – 1 and a half hours 2 – 3 hours
Includes siblings and family shots No Yes
Includes parent shots 1 B&W Yes
Number of styling options 1 3-4 – bespoke
Includes prop shots 1 (limited choice) 2 to 3 – All props available
Posing options Only wrapped limited posing Wrapped and curled up unclothed – bespoke
Number of images to choose from 10 25-30
Age of baby 5 days to 8 weeks 5 days to 4 weeks
Price All-inclusive (includes 5 images) Session fee. Choice of collections
Personally gallery reveal No images emailed Informal and relaxed gallery reveal at the studio


Willow & I had a great time at Natural Essence Photography. I was a little apprehensive as I hadn’t done a newborn shoot previously with my two other children.

Zoe made us both feel relaxed as soon as we walked through the door. The setting was extremely calm & very professional. Would very happily recommend her fab service to all of my friends & family. Thank you again Zoe… you also made it look so easy to capture such beautiful memories xxx

Leanna Jones

I have run my portrait photography business in Gloucester for over 12 years and began specialising in newborn babies just over 9-years ago.

I have photographed many families from all over Gloucestershire and love hearing about what resources/companies that have helped and supported them throughout their pregnancy and beyond.

Early Life Ultrasound Centre in Cheltenham is a company that many of my customers have used and loved.

To see more of the images you can expect from affordabe newborn photo shoot in Gloucestershire, please click HERE and scroll down to the gallery

If a mini newborn shoot sounds more of what you are looking for, please get in touch HERE or call me on 07900 433058.

To take a look at my full newborn session click HERE