Helen Bartlett / Family Portraiture

Muswell Hill newborn baby and family photography


Last weekend I woke up in my new house in Crouch End for the first time. The sun was shining and I was delighted to be catching the bus for a local newborn baby and family photography session in Muswell Hill. I have known Paula for a number of years now as she worked with my boyfriend (the talented wedding photographer Tom Catchesides) at the Cambridge Film Festival. I was delighted to hear that she was expecting a baby, and doubly excited when we scheduled in a newborn baby and family photography session for her twin baby boys at their lovely home in Muswell Hill, North London N10.

As always, I was up bright and early for our newborn baby photo shoot and I arrived at 8am to find the family just finishing breakfast. Coffee was drunk and the boys were so serene drinking their milk and preparing for their moment in front of the camera.

After breakfast we began our shoot by capturing lots of family shots and also pictures of the boys together and individually, creating a really lovely record of this very special time. Newborn babies grow so fast that it is only in the first couple of weeks that you can really capture this early stage.

I love photographing newborn babies – capturing their tiny snoozing faces, those early glances and interactions with their parents, the little gestures and minute details that are marvelled over by new parents with such joy and wonder – the curl of the hair, the shape of the ears, the little fingers and tiny toes. It’s such a special time and a priviledge to capture this in newborn baby and family photo sessions in such a wonderful setting as Paula’s beautiful Muswell Hill flat in North London.

With the spring showers holding off, we finished our shoot with a few photographs in the garden of Paula’s home. It’s always interesting to look for a different perspective in a London garden and I always enjoy finding plants to use as foreground to add depth and interest to a family portrait. Today I enjoyed shooting through the lovely young tree in the garden and also integrating the garden studio into the images – particularly the ‘Living the Dream’ sign, which was bought as a joke but somehow summed up the feeling of being the luckiest people in the world that was so wonderful to behold when Paula and Pascal looked at their beautiful newborn baby boys.

I hope you enjoy this selection of newborn baby and family portrait photographs from Muswell Hill in North London N10 as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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