Helen Bartlett / Family Portraiture

Delightful moments from their first incredible year. Precious baby photography to look back at with wonder.

Black and white baby photography to cherish

Your baby’s first year will fly by. Before you know it, they’ll be sitting in front of their birthday cake, smiling for the camera.

Capturing the first twelve months with the help of a professional baby photographer gives you unique keepsakes of this very special time.

Book a single baby photography session and focus on one precious age or choose regular photoshoots to document your baby’s story throughout the year.

Each photoshoot is carefully tailored to your baby’s age to produce stunning black and white pictures of the early days of their life.

Pictures you’ll all be able to look back at with wonder.

My photography is all about you as a family. I spend the morning at your home, a relaxed approach that allows us to fit in with your baby’s routine, or lack of it! Often, we can do half the session before a mid-morning nap and half afterwards, or we can pause to wait for an unexpected snooze or extra-long feed.

If the weather is kind, we can also venture outdoors for half the photoshoot which adds lovely variety to your pictures.

I don’t bring props or elaborate outfits; instead we focus on what you enjoy as a family. Maybe your baby loves sitting on your lap listening to stories or bursts into giggles when you place them in an extra-bubbly bath?

With everything you need to hand, this style of baby photography gives natural, relaxed images that will always remind you of this wonderful time in your lives.

Your baby will go through many different phases throughout their first year. Below is a selection of ages when special milestones are often reached, making them the ideal time to take some magical pictures.

Please get in touch and we can chat about the ideal age to photograph your baby.  You’re welcome to opt for one my suggestions or choose an alternative time.


A natural London newborn portrait in black and white - classic capturing of time by London newborn photographer Helen Bartlett.


The first days with your newborn baby are magical. I recommend arranging photography in the first fortnight when they’re still so beautifully tiny and new.

Images taken now will capture that irreplaceable excitement and wonder about the new person in your family.

Please explore my dedicated newborn photography page to read more about this specialist service.


16 weeks

This baby shrieks with delight when his mother makes a stuffed toy come to life. Mothers are clever!

16 weeks

At 16 weeks, your baby’s personality will be starting to shine. Gorgeous smiles and stronger head control allow a whole different type of photograph: still a tiny baby but with plenty of charming interaction.

Eight months

A parent and baby photo taken at home in London. It has a baby girl, her mother and father smiling at her.

Eight months

Four months later and your baby could already be on the move. They’ll also be sitting up with confidence so again, the images capture a completely different and glorious stage. A growing attachment to favourite toys and books means they’ll be easily engaged and show us their unique spirit.

One year

Baby photography: a boy looking down a tunnel in London.

One year

Time to say happy first birthday and celebrate this amazing moment with timeless pictures. At this age, sessions capture all their favourite things and places, creating photographs to look back on in years to come and smile.


Helen arrived at our flat and was instantly a hit with our daughter. Helen was flexible, professional and super friendly and made the whole experience (one that we were slightly nervous about) a total pleasure.

– Penny and Mike

Thomas' first year

Thomas' first year

I’ve been photographing Thomas’s family regularly since his older sister was six months old. It’s an ongoing pleasure to watch them both growing up and to tell their story.

During Thomas’ first year, we did five photoshoots starting when he was still a tiny newborn. I visited the family home again at three months, six months, nine months and the all-important twelve months as their baby photographer.

Every milestone has been captured from just learning to lift his head, the early days of sitting up unaided and when he began to crawl. And of course, we topped it off with celebratory images of his first birthday party and a very special visit from his Grandpa.

Take a look through the gallery charting Thomas’ first year with his family and be inspired by the photographs I can take at different baby ages.

Baby photography: this baby sits in a swing, smiling and pointing at the camera.