Photography Award for Baby and Toddler category won by Alison McKenny Photography 2021
Newborn baby boy in a navy wrap and lying on a grey mattress and pillow smiles while he sleeps on a Newborn bed on a brown wooden floor during his first photoshoot with Alison McKenny, Cambridge Photographer
Newborn Baby Girl sits in a bucket and smiles during her photoshoot with Alison McKenny Photography
Newborn baby boy in a teal wool romper and hat sleeps on a Newborn bed on a brown wooden floor during his first photoshoot with Alison McKenny, Cambridge Photographer
Newborn baby boy lies in a wooden bowl during Newborn Photoshoot at Suffolk Photography Studio
Headshot of Newborn Baby Girl on a pink blanket in a pink wrap
Newborn Baby Girl with black hair wears a pink wool romper on a white bed and stretches her arms
Toddler kisses his newborn Baby Brother during a Newborn Photoshoot with Alison McKenny Photography
Newborn boy in a teal romper lies in a wooden bowl during his Baby photo shoot in Suffolk
Professional Photograph of Newborn Baby boy wearing a wool romper and hat asleep on a blue blanket
A brother and Sister cuddle their newborn baby sister on a brown rug
Baby boy in blue wool romper and sleepy hat lying on his front during his Newborn Photoshoot in Suffolk Studio
Father holds Newborn Baby Girl during photoshoot with Suffolk Photographer
Newborn Baby in grey blanket and hat asleep on a vintage white bed
Newborn Baby Girl wearing a pink wool romper on a pink blanket with a pink teddy
Newborn baby smiles while wearing an emerald green bonnet and wrap on a emerald green blanket
Baby girl in tin bucket and purple scarf lies with her head on her hands during Newborn Shoot at Suffolk Studio
Baby boy in tin bucket during his Newborn Photoshoot in Suffolk Studio
Newborn boy in a cream romper lies on a bed of cream wool curls and blue feather wreath
Newborn Baby Photographer Haverhill photographs baby boy on white day bed
Black and white image of Newborn Baby Photographed in Mothers arms


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.

Professionally, I have been awarded Master Photographer Status with the International Portrait Photographers and won ‘Image of the Year 2021’ with the Guild of Photographers in the ‘Newborn and Baby’ and ‘Children’s Portraiture’ Categories. 

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

"We felt at ease as soon as we met Alison with our newborn baby."

“If you are thinking of newborn shoots or even later on down the line when your newborn becomes a toddler, Alison is the person you need to go to, to capture those moments.  We felt at ease as soon as we met Alison with our newborn baby.  She is professional and very talented. Alison handled our baby impeccably throughout the whole shoot, and the photos came out better than we could have imagined. Alison is a true pro and we would highly recommend her.” 

– Deena & Mike


"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 retainer of £99 is charged upfront.  This is then deducted from whichever collection you choose to buy.

If you would prefer to buy a piece of Wall Art instead of a collection, then the £99 is not deducted from whatever product you buy, and there is a minimum order of £399.

Hair and Makeup Artist is available on request at £55 for hair or makeup or £110 for both.

At the end of the photoshoot, we will make an appointment for your viewing and ordering session in the following two weeks which we can do in person or via Zoom.  You don’t need to decide which Collection or Products you would like to buy until this meeting and you have seen your gallery of x20 images and chosen your favourites.  There is no pressure to buy any images should you decide not to.



Pre Shoot Consultation

3 – 4 Hour Photoshoot

Viewing and Ordering Session

20 High-Resolution Fully Retouched Digital Images

Print Credit of £199 towards Mounted Prints or Wall Art

£50 Credit towards your Baby or 1st Birthday Photoshoot

with Alison McKenny Photography

Full use of my Newborn outfits, gowns and props

Midweek or Weekend dates available

Family & Sibling images included in the session




Pre Shoot Consultation

3 – 4 Hour Photoshoot

Viewing and Ordering Session

10 High-Resolution Fully Retouched Digital Images

Print credit of £149 towards Mounted Prints or Wall Art

Full use of my Newborn outfits, gowns, and props

midweek or weekend dates available

Family & Sibling images included in the session




Pre Shoot Consultation

3 – 4 Hour Photoshoot

Viewing and Ordering Session

5 High-Resolution Fully Retouched Digital Images

Print credit of £99 towards Mounted Prints or Wall Art

Full use of my Newborn outfits, gowns, and props

midweek or weekend dates available

Family & Sibling images included in the session



Minimum Order – £399 if purchasing without a collection above

Digitals and Mounted Prints  (only available if purchased with a collection)

Additional Digitals  – £50

Mounted 8×6″ print to fit in a 10×8″ Frame – £40

Mounted 10×7″ print to fit in an 11×14″ Frame – £50

x10 Mounted 8×6″ Prints  – £349

x15 Mounted 8×6″ Prints  – £499

x20 mounted 8×6″ prints – £599

(For 10×7″ Prints, add £10 per print to the prices above)


Luxury Picture Folio Box

perfect for displaying and storing up to 20 mounted Prints

from one or multiple shoots with us

Available in White Wood, Black Wood or Walnut Wood.

10×8″ Wooden Box including x5 Mounted 8×6″ prints – £599

14×11″ Wooden Box including x5 10×7″ mounted prints – £749

Wall Art

Framed prints from £399 (20×16″)

Acrylic Wall Art from £399 (20×16″)

Archival Canvases from £349 (20×16″)

Framed Canvas from £399 (20×16″)

Elegance Frame with a circular Fine Art Print from £499  (20×20″)



8×8″ Album – £399

10×10″ Album -£499

"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?


Newborn Photoshoots can vary from 2 to 4 hours.  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 or if they take some settling and feeding, it can take 4 hours.  If you would like Family and Sibling Photos in addition to the Newborn Photos, I would definitely allow 4 hours.  

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 or during your session while I photograph your newborn.  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.  It would be an additional charge but worth it to give you that little confidence boost.   Both hair and makeup is £110 and either hair or makeup by themselves is £55.   Please give me as much notice as possible if you would like to add this service to ensure she is available for your session. 

When will my photos be ready?

This process of editing your photos generally takes anything from one to three weeks in busy periods.   We will set up a mutually convenient date and time during your session for your viewing and ordering session which we can do at the studio or if necessary on Zoom.   

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 prints?

There is no pressure to buy anything at all but Digital Files are only available to purchase with a Collection.    The Collections also include a Print Credit which you can spend on Mounted Prints or Wall Art.  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.

Baby boy in blue wool romper lying on his front during his Newborn Photoshoot in Suffolk Studio

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.

If you don’t receive a reply within 24 hours please do email me directly at or call me on 07966 468944! Thanks and I’ll look forward to hearing from you! 

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