Baby boy in tin bucket during his Newborn Photoshoot in Suffolk Studio
Little Girl cuddles her Baby Sister on a white rug during a Newborn Shoot in Stoke By Clare, Suffolk
Newborn boy in a teal romper lies in a wooden bowl during his Baby photo shoot in Suffolk
Newborn Baby Girl with black hair wears a pink wool romper on a white bed and stretches her arms
Baby girl in tin bucket and purple scarf lies with her head on her hands during Newborn Shoot at Suffolk Studio
Baby boy in blue wool romper and sleepy hat lying on his front during his Newborn Photoshoot in Suffolk Studio
Baby girl in purple romper and teddy hat rests her head on her hands on a pink background during Newborn Shoot at Suffolk Studio
Newborn boy in blue romper and hat asleep on a little white bed during Newborn Shoot in Suffolk
Newborn boy in a cream romper lies on a bed of cream wool curls and blue feather wreath
Baby Boy sleeps on his Dad's shoulder during Newborn shoot
Baby boy in white wooden crate cuddles his blue teddy during his Newborn Photoshoot in Suffolk Studio


At Alison McKenny Photography, I specialise in Maternity, Newborn and Baby Photography at my home studio in Stoke By Clare, Suffolk, which is very close to the Essex and Cambridgeshire borders. 

As a Mum of two beautiful boys, I know only too well how having a child can turn your life upside down and inside out.   But it is such a special time and you will savour every moment from the minute you find out that you are pregnant, to the first time you hold your baby in your arms, to when they finally let go of your hand and walk on their own two feet, for the very first time.   It is pure magic!

And believe me when I tell you it is over in a flash, and I just think it’s such a shame when all you have to remember it are a few hastily taken photos or video’s on your phone, that may get downloaded to the computer but rarely go any further.

Now is the time to capture this new beginning for your family with timeless artistic portraits that you will cherish forever.

Alison x

"Thanks so much Alison for our amazing photos."

“We couldn’t be happier with them. You were so patient especially as Jake was being a little Tinker and wouldn’t sleep you made me feel completely at ease and you were great at keeping him calm and cosy while trying to get your photos. We will definitely be back. Thanks Again. Xxx”

– Vicki

"Her work is classic, stunning and unlike other photographers, I have seen."

“Ali is the ultimate professional. I was drawn to Ali’s work by the quality of the photos and just how lovely they looked. It helps that Ali herself is lovely, puts you completely at ease before, during, and after shoot.

Our newborn shoot with our 8-day old daughter was so lovely, shot at Ali’s home studio in Stoke By Clare, Suffolk, where we were made to feel welcome and comfortable while she worked her magic with our baby.  Ali’s eye for detail and advice helped us to decide what package worked best for us and what photos to have.  I would recommend Ali to anyone for any occasion or those wanting to capture memories to last a lifetime.”

– Suzanne



To book any of the photoshoots below, a session fee is charged upfront.  This is not included in the collection price and it does not include any digital or printed images but secures your date and time.

At the session, we will make an appointment for your viewing and ordering session which we can do in person or via Skype.

1 – 4 Hour Session (depending on whether you choose a Mini Session or a Full Session)

viewing & ordering session

gallery of 10 – 25 images to view before choosing your collection to purchase below




 3-4 hour Photoshoot at my studio 

midweek or weekend dates available

20 High-Resolution Digital Images

20 matching mounted 8×6″ prints

£100 credit towards wall art 0r album

£100 credit towards Folio Box.



3-4 hour Photoshoot at my studio

midweek or weekend dates available

15 High-Resolution Digital Images

15 matching mounted 8×6″ prints

£100 credit towards an Album or Folio Box or piece of wall art



3-4 hour Photoshoot at my studio

midweek or weekend dates available

10 High-Resolution Digital Images

10 matching mounted 8×6″ prints 

£50 credit towards an Album or Folio Box or piece of wall art



Available from Monday to Friday and includes:

1-hour Photoshoot at my studio

Due to time constraints, Baby will be wrapped in all photos

Viewing and ordering session with a gallery of 10 to 15 images to choose your favourite 4 High-Resolution Digital Images

4 Matching mounted 8×6″ prints 


In addition to my Collections, you are also welcome to choose products from my

A La Carte Collection:

Additional Digitals plus matching mounted 8×6″ print – £70

Upgrade your prints to mounted 10×7″ prints – £10 extra per image

Luxury Picture Folio Box perfect for displaying and storing your mounted prints – 10×8″ wooden box (for 7×5″ mounted prints) – £325 

14×11″ wooden box (for 10×7″ mounted prints) – £425

Album (8×8″) – £400

Framed prints from £395 (20×16″)

Acrylic Wall Art from £395 (20×16″)

Archival Canvases from £325 (20×16″)

"The hardest part was choosing which images to buy as they were all so beautiful. "

“We were given a newborn photoshoot as a gift. From the first contact with Alison we knew we were going to have a great experience and images.

Alison has a fantastic studio in Stoke By Clare, Suffolk and great accessories to make the shoot very unique and special. It was a really relaxing day, even with our son only being 9 days old. We cannot recommend Alison enough and will certainly be telling everyone about her work.”

– Anna

"We’ve worked with Alison 4 times now and are always so very impressed with her work."

“Alison is very professional, friendly and puts us at ease, she did a great job with our baby capturing him so beautifully and our older son who she has photographed at different ages. Highly recommended!”

– Ebonie & Andrew


Newborn photography shoots are best booked when you’ve had your 20-week scan to ensure availability in my diary.   I’m usually booked up at least a month in advance but it’s always worthwhile getting in touch even if your baby has been born, just in case other babies haven’t arrived yet, there may still be some flexibility.

The best time to photograph a newborn is before they reach 3 weeks old and ideally between 10 to 14 days old.  This is because around this time, they start to become less sleepy, more alert, and sensitive to touch, so can be more difficult to pose.

Every child is unique however, and I’ve had some babies as old as 4 weeks that slept through the entire session and others at 7 days old who were wide awake the whole time, so you can never predict how they are going to be.  This is why we allow up to 4 hours per session to ensure nobody feels rushed, and we can take it at the baby’s pace.   This allows us lots of time for feeding, changing, and settling your baby.

Siblings are also welcome during these sessions but for younger children (age 5 or under) we would suggest one Parent or Grandparent takes them home or to the park after we’ve done the family and sibling shots as they may well get bored in the studio waiting for the session to finish, and as it’s a small area, there isn’t a lot of safe space for playing.

We also need a calm and quiet atmosphere to get the most from your newborn so if you feel it’s unrealistic for your child to stay quiet for that amount of time, do please arrange for someone to take them home or to the local park while we do the rest of the session.

We have lots of props and blankets, hats, headbands and wraps available to choose from so you don’t need to worry about bringing anything special with you.

I only offer Newborn photoshoots in my Suffolk studio as I have found over the years that my chances of successfully settling baby and achieving the overall look to the images that I’ve become known for is only possible when shooting in my studio. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.  

How long is the Photoshoot?


We offer session photoshoots that range from 1 hour(for Mini Sessions) to four-hour sessions (for full Newborn Sessions). We allow enough time to take breaks for little ones so we are led by the baby mostly and if your Baby sleeps throughout then we could be done in 2 hours.  I’ll let you know when I have enough for a full gallery. 

Can I bring my Partner and other kids?

Your Partner and other children are welcome if they are being photographed with the newborn and family. We do request that siblings kindly leave the studio after their photos with their Dad or a GrandParent so that we can continue the newborn shoot in a quiet and calm studio. Clients who live far away often take the Siblings to the local park, out for lunch, or a walk around the farm.

Do you provide hair and makeup?

Yes we can offer Hair and Makeup which usually takes an hour and this can be done at our studio before your session.  We have been working with our Hair and Makeup Artist for years and her work is beautiful so she will help to give you a confidence boost for your session.  If this is something you are interested in, she charges £110 for both hair and makeup or £55 for one or the other.

When will my photos be ready?

This process of editing your photos generally takes no longer than two weeks. Due to COVID, I am now doing my Viewing and Ordering Sessions via Skype and we can set up a date in the diary before you leave your photoshoot. 

We can do this in the evening when the children are in bed if that suits you best. 

These sessions usually take no more than an hour and I will show you your images on a slideshow to music, and then can help you narrow down your favourites using a star system.  I can also advise you on products including wall art, and Albums should you need help.   

I just want Digitals! Do I have to buy a Collection?

There is no pressure to buy anything at all but you can buy an Album or piece of Wall Art from the A La Carte list rather than a collection if you prefer.

However, Digital Files, Mounted Prints, and Luxury Folio Boxes are only available to purchase with a Collection.

Having been in this industry for 11 years now, I know a lot of my previous clients who just bought Digitals have never found the time to do anything with them, which is such a waste.  When investing in a Professional Portrait Shoot, I want my clients to have photos that they can display around their homes and enjoy every single day.

As I use the best suppliers I know my clients will receive top-quality products that will last for years and years, so that future generations can also enjoy their family portraits.

What precautions are you taking with regards to covid19?

Since COVID has appeared, we have taken it very seriously and want to make sure we are doing everything to keep our clients and ourselves safe.   We have safety guidelines in place and will send you more info on that before your session so you know what to expect.   We are following Government lockdown restrictions so are unable to shoot at the moment.  However we are hoping that will change shortly and that we will be able to start shooting outside initially, and then indoors as soon as retailers are allowed to reopen.  I am taking bookings from Mid March 2021 onwards and am happy to reschedule session dates or refund your session fee if you decide you no longer want your shoot.


I would love to hear from you, and if you do have any questions at all before booking, please do feel free to contact me using the form below.

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