London newborn photographer shares her tips on how to prepare for and capture baby portraits
Will it be a boy or a girl? Will the baby have a modern or traditional, family name? With just days to go before Duchess Meghan Markle gives birth, the country is rapt with anticipation over the arrival of the UK’s newest and soon-to-be cutest royal family member.
Only a mother can truly understand how Meghan must be feeling now, on the eve of the birth of her first child. Whether you’re a royal or not, it’s a life changing experience that no parent is ever truly prepared for. If the royal parents plan to follow with tradition, it’s likely there could be another George; Elizabeth or perhaps even a Diana on the way. However, if they choose to follow current trends, it’s more likely we could expect a Sophia, Olivia or maybe a Jackson or Noah. These were some of the country’s most popular baby names in 2018, implying the celebrity fad for naming children after compass points and fruit may not have filtered down to the sensible masses just yet.
Whatever name they choose, the newspapers will soon be awash with perfectly posed images of the glowing mother and father and their bonny newborn, courtesy of the royal photographer. These photographs can be difficult to capture but will no doubt cause everyone who sees them to let out the customary, ‘aaaw…’.
Someone who knows all too well the complexities of capturing the perfect newborn photographs is Marta Stoyanova. For the past eight years, she has been welcomed into hundreds of London homes to capture family’s most unforgettable moments – a big brother holding his baby sister for the first time, proud grandparents meeting the next generation, new mums and dads lost in adoration of their tiny new child.
“It’s a great privilege to do what I do for a living,” she says, “And I enjoy every minute of it. As a visual storyteller, I often capture fleeting moments of love, nervousness, joy and happy tears.”
Despite being a photographer for over 15 years, working in fashion, beauty, travel and the music industry, Marta eventually found her true calling specialising in newborn baby photography and Magic Rainbow Photography… was born.
From adorable Anne Geddes-style scenes to modern family portraits, Marta’s clients love the way she brings each child’s unique personality to life through her photographs and makes the whole family feel at ease.
“My style is clean, timeless and elegant. The best portrait photography is about the subject, a unique facial expression, a spontaneous laughter, a look exchanged between two people, a beautiful silhouette against the morning light.”
Though she says she likes to keep her sessions quite informal and relaxed, always adapting to the mood and character of the child, she does have some tips for parents considering their first baby photo shoot.
- Tip 1: Plan ahead. Ensure you have plenty of time so that you don’t feel rushed or stressed to be anywhere else.
- Tip 2: Always book an experienced professional. Working with babies and children can be challenging so experience can make all the difference in getting those perfect shots.
- Tip 3: Book early. Plan your shoot a few weeks before your due date so that you don’t feel overwhelmed and miss the opportunity later when the baby is born.
- Tip 4: Keep it comfy. Host the shoot at home where the baby has all they need close by and feels the most relaxed and comfortable.
- Tip 5: Enjoy it. This is an incredibly special moment for a new parent and one which you should cherish as much as the photographs you have in the end.