What to Expect during your Newborn Session


With so many new followers to our page and also lots of new changes going on I thought I would pop on and talk more about our stunning newborn sessions!
Firstly if you are reading this because you are expecting and are considering booking a newborn session, congratulations. The journey to parenthood is not always easy and as two mums ourselves we know how absolutely precious your little babies are.

Newborn photography is something we feel incredibly passionate about and hopefully our images tell that story. The amount of love and care we pour into every session I hope has been evident to all of our lovely clients in the past 10 years and we cannot wait to continue to meet new families and to continue this journey with you all.

Newborn Photography is an investment, producing photographs that you will treasure forever. We do not rush our sessions, they are a labour of love from the session itself through to the editing process and beautiful art products that we sell once you have chosen your photographs. We also invest in beautiful outfits, props and fabrics from some of the best vendors in our business.

I thought I would pop a few common questions that we often get in regard to Newborn Sessions!

When should I book my Newborn Session? 

We advise booking in your session after your 20 week scan.

Our newborn slots get filled very quickly and due to the unpredictable nature of birth we never overbook and only take on a few limited sessions per week.

This allows us to ensure that if baby is early or late we always have availability for you!


How much does a Newborn Session cost? 

Our newborn sessions cost £95 during weekdays and £145 during weekends.

The Session fee covers your 2-3 hour session on the day, Photographers talent, use of all props, fabrics and outfits plus the editing and preparation of your Newborn Gallery.

Packages start at £395 which includes 10 high resolution digitals. We also offer a selection of beautiful framed Art work to compliment your home. The session fee only is required at the time of booking.


Why is there a different pricing structure for Newborn Sessions?

Newborn sessions are specialist not only in the way in which we create your images but also the way we edit them. There is so much love, care and work that goes into every newborn image we make.

We do not rush things and take great pride in all of our photographs. We prefer to take a baby led approach with our newborn shooting so if we need to stop to ensure baby is fed and happy then we will do just that.

We often use composite images (when two images are taken in quick succession, placing a safe hand on baby in a different position) to ensure baby safety at all times, these images require additional editing.

Quite often baby milk spots, milia, jaundice and other common newborn conditions may need gentle retouching which can be time consuming so this is all included within our pricing structure.

We understand that our sessions are an investment for our families and we want to be accessible for everyone. Please speak with us for more information on payment plans.

Are Newborn sessions safe at the moment? 

We completely understand that some families may have concerns about distancing and although rules are set to change on the 19th July please speak with us if you are worried.

Shooting newborns requires close contact and we will ensure we wash hands frequently. We have both been vaccinated and have a strict wellness policy for both photographer and client to keep everyone safe.

Do I have to have props if I prefer a more natural look? 

Definitely not. Every newborn session we do is tailored to our clients. We will always be happy to advise, guide and style your session but ultimately we are here to create images that YOU love.

Newborn sessions can be absolutely natural and stripped back with more of a focus on beautiful newborn details such as hands, feet, hair curls and details.



How to Prepare For Your Session

Before your Newborn session we will have had a chat about what you love so that we can plan the styling for your session. We’ll discuss favourite colours and thoughts on accessories and set ups.

It’s always useful to think about what to wear, What can you imagine in a frame up on the wall?

White always looks beautiful and timeless. Why not choose colours that may compliment your home and surroundings and that you feel most comfortable and confident in.

As we will be in the comfort of your own home you will be able to rest and relax as we take your photographs.  It is helpful for us to have a clear area to work in as we will be bringing our light and sets. If you feel there may be a more suitable space to shoot in please let us know before we set up. This may even mean having the shoot at a friend or family members home. We also love to take family portraits in the bedroom or by a large window so it is helpful to have these areas tidy and accessible on the day of your session.

As baby will sometimes be naked or wrapped it is very important that your home is warm and comfortable (sometimes a little warmer than what is comfortable for you is preferable)


What To expect on the day of your Session

On the day of your session we will arrive and set up. We can have a chat and show you some of our favourite outfits and accessories that you can look through and select whilst you feed and settle your baby. We will often wrap baby first and have you feed and settle rather than have to disturb your little one after a feed to change them. Once baby is happy, sleepy and fed we will begin to work our magic and work through the different set ups we have prepared.

Some babies take a little longer than others to settle but please do not worry! It may also be a wonderful opportunity to capture some beautiful wide awake shots! We will photograph your family together if you would like these as well as any sibling photographs you may like too. Our sessions can sometimes run over schedule and this is ok! We are mainly baby led so please do not worry at all.

We will always ensure that we capture the very best images for you. At the same time we are mindful that you are parents of a very teeny baby and we know exactly how this feels, there is a lot of patience involved in our sessions and the trust of you welcoming us into your home. We always try to be respectful and work through our set ups as efficiently as we can. Once we pack up we will prepare your gallery of images to view and these should normally be available one week after your session.


How do you choose your photographs after your session?

We will send you a link to a private, password protected gallery that you can look through at your own leisure in the comfort of your own home. We will prepare a beautiful edited gallery for you to choose from including some beautiful ideas for wall art too. Your photographs will be edited in colour with some black and white choices too.

You will have seven days to select your images and we will liaise with you and finalise your choices and payment. Once your payment has cleared images will be available to download and we will begin the ordering process for any wall art chosen.

Wall art may take up to 4 weeks for delivery and we will always endeavour to keep you updated should any unexpected delays arise. We ask that digital images that are downloaded within 7 days and are checked for quality upon download and we advise these are backed up on multiple platforms, such as a hard drive, cloud and desktop.




I hope I have given you all a little more information on our lovely Newborn at Home Sessions and got you a little excited about getting ready to have your session! Please always feel free to message us or give us a call any time to go through any questions you may have! We always prefer to chat on the phone, after all you are welcoming us into your home to photograph your tiny new bundle of joy! We love to get to know our clients as that ensures we can do the very best job in capturing ‘You’ in our images.

I hope you all have a wonderful week and we look forward to meeting you soon!

Lots of Love

Cate & Orli xxx



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What a wonderful start to our new adventure as Rock and Rose Photography takes to the road!

The sun has been beaming, children have been playing and flowers are blossoming. We have had the joy of photographing two beautiful girls amongst the buttercups,

a brother and sister under a beautiful willow tree and amongst a field of dandelions,

and a family in the sunshine with a handsome furry friend that would do anything for his small human!

If you are thinking about having a family session and your imagination has taken off or you need some inspiration please get in touch.

Surrey, West Sussex and Surrounding – Cate 07858450190

Surrey, Berkshire and Surrounding – Orli 07379329463

We hope to hear from you soon

Orli & Cate xx

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  • July 2, 2021 - 2:15 pm

    Eva - Hi,
    I wonder whether you have availability for family photoshoot on Friday 9th Jul afternoon or Saturday 10th.
    I Just thought it could be a nice birthday present for myself.

    I would like studio shoot or possibly location. I haven’t thought of any specific location, but I like tall grass/meadow pictures.

    Can you give me more information please?

    Best Regards,


    • July 5, 2021 - 8:11 am

      rockrose - Hi Eva,

      Yes of course! We have availability this Friday, please do email us on info@rockandrosephotography.co.uk or telephone us directly on either:
      Surrey, West Sussex and Surrounding- Cate- 07858450190
      Surrey, Berkshire and Surrounding- Orli- 07379329463

      And we will get you booked in!

      Best Wishes


We’re Back!

Hello Friends, us girls are safely back in our Rock and Rose Studio! Hooray!  We are both doing everything possible to get back up and running and maintain our lovely Surbiton High Street. We are working together to adapt the studio and make it work safely for everyone through this new situation that we find ourselves in until we reach some normality again.

It’s been a tough few months wouldn’t you say!?

Cate and I found it extremely daunting closing our doors in March, there were many tears and the sheer worry of what would be left for us at the end of this crisis. (Covid-19 to be precise!) It was the not knowing what financial situation the studio would be in after this and whether we could pull through, but with a little magic dust from the government we had some help for our small independent business and we have just about survived. NOW with a little help from YOU we plan to open our doors again next week.

202007067922584670418634745What are we up to in the studio?

We are prepping the studio in line with the new Covid safety guidelines and making sure all risk assessments are completed to ensure our studio is fully compliant.

We are now open by appointment only- you may notice our new sign on the door from tomorrow. We are asking you to please knock for any assistance and wait outside or get in touch through our social media pages if the studio seems busy. We would love to see you but where possible please let us know if you plan on visiting us.


We have social distancing measures in place and a new rule of only one family in the studio at any one time. We will still be our usual bubbly, friendly selves – our aim is for you to have the most enjoyable experience in the studio to capture some amazing photographs.  

Sessions may seem a little different and we will be relying on you to follow our posing guidance with us maintaining a social distance. We have plenty of creative ideas to make your session with us enjoyable and fun from a suitable distance… plus as you can see we get to model our new face masks! My mask is by the lovely Suzie at MonkeyPupSews

How can I help?

So this is where you come in, our local clients, Suburbitons, Londoners, our customers from France, Paris, Italy, Australia and New Zealand, the only way we can succeed is having you walk through our pretty pink door again! We have committed our lives to photographing people, families, pets, couples and most of all children and we would love the opportunity to continue. Family is more important than ever and we want to open our doors again to be here to capture your memories, your family life and your baby’s milestones.

This is our passion, our love and now our new beginning like many other small businesses to start again.

Can I book a session with you?

Yes! We will be opening limited slots so please keep an eye on our social media pages. You can contact us through the tab above here on our website, give us a call or send a facebook message. During this time of uncertainty we will be asking that sessions now booked in the studio are prepaid to ensure studio time is used efficiently and that we can reserve slots exclusively for those customers who are investing in us. This ensures that for the limited days we are reopening per week, until we can resume normality, that time in the studio is not wasted and everybody is able to access a slot.

Whilst the weather is on our side why not consider a location session? We are looking into scenic places for our location sessions and will be releasing some dates for photographs in the lavender fields so watch this space!

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Above is my daughter Annabelle amongst the bluebells with a giant balloon and below are photos of Cate’s daughter Florence on photoshoots taken during the lockdown.

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When you get these opportunities as a photographer you just can’t resist using your own child! If you have an idea for a location session do give us a shout!

Can I book a Maternity or Newborn session? 

Pregnant women are considered to be a vulnerable group and should be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures. Whilst we will do everything possible to maintain a safe social distance during your session anyone wishing to attend a maternity session would need to discuss procedures before coming in.

We are carefully following health and Safety guidelines to enable us to resume shooting newborns safely. We are happy to offer sessions where parents can handle baby and we can help guide and position. We can also now start to take bookings in advance for the coming months with the hope that we are able to resume full and normal hands on shooting.

Send us a message of when you are due and we will get in touch with all the relevant info.

To our existing customers

If you had a session with us before lockdown and are awaiting products, frames and photographs, we ensure you are at the top of our list and we hope to get everyone’s orders dealt with asap, thank you for your understanding, patience and kind messages through this time. We have tried to contact everyone but if you haven’t heard from us in a while please give us a little facebook message and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

So, what have we been up to during lockdown?

IMG-20200706-WA0015I won’t go in to the lows and the emotional rollercoaster that both Cate and I have been through during lockdown but I will talk about the positives and show you a few pictures of our family life and the arts and crafts that we have been up to!

It was certainly a new way of life to adapt to and having our children and loved ones by our side certainly helped us during lockdown. We were both fortunate enough to have loved ones that helped us through the lows and were there to show us there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Being a Mum is top of the list for both of us and making sure our babies were loved, safe and happy throughout this time was our number one priority.


Florence celebrated turning 4, enjoyed riding her new bike, had an art lesson with her Mum and had a beautiful photo session amongst bluebells!



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Annabelle and Theo have been busy gardening, sowing seeds and planting veggies and herbs. We dried flowers from the garden and decorated a frame. I bribed them with lots of chocolate for a photoshoot in the garden and they have been feeding and caring for their guinea pigs! I got back in to crocheting and Theo turned 3 early in the lockdown!

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Both Cate and I complied with the social distancing rules religiously and the hardest thing for both of us was not seeing our parents, family and friends.

My two enjoyed story time over FaceTime with both sets of grandparents and shared kisses over a screen!

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and this photo by Cate totally left a lump in my throat when I saw it.


Both myself and Cate would like to thank everyone for your patience, particularly those who have existing orders with us or those who have enquired over the last few weeks. We are slowly catching up with everyone and really thank you so much for being so understanding during this time. With everyones help we hope to continue capturing all of your special memories for years to come.

I hope to see all your smiles in the studio soon.
Orli xx
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Hello to all our wonderful followers 🙂 It’s been a while since I jumped on to write anything. There’s some big changes happening here at the studio and you’ll be seeing the results very soon!!! I’m here tonight though to wish a fond farewell to our lovely Emily who is off to start a new job whilst she trains in Art Psychotherapy. Emily has been absolutely wonderful here at the studio she has kept Orli and I in check and kept things super organised. The children absolutely love her, my own daughter included. Actually i’m not sure how to break it to her that Emily is leaving as I think she will be devastated!!! We’ve all gone on quite an adventure together over the past year, full of ups and downs and we will miss her dearly. She has created some absolutely stunning artwork for our customers and I know many of you have some gorgeous pieces up on your walls

Here are some of the things that make us think about Emily!

The Giant Moon:  The time at Christmas that Emily and I attempted to construct a giant crescent moon and what a disaster it nearly was! Running out of spray paint and spraying the cove and Orli not being happy about the mess that was left and the spray that made it on every bit of our fresh white cove !

Her pet Cat: Ziggy and the scratches/mauling/bruises she would often be sporting. Her cat is vicious!!!

Daily News and Love Island discussions: Every Lunch break we would have a little update on the goings on in the world and of course recently have to discuss every moment of Love Island!!!

Bringing in Goodies: Emily knows how to keep us girls happy!!! And that means bringing in many, many delicious sweet treats to share!!!

Tea! Never in all my life have we gone through as much milk as we have since Emily started with us!!!

Crafting: Emily has made some gorgeous props for us including our gorgeous Floral Hoops for our shoots and window display.

Here’s a few pressing questions I asked Emily before she leaves us!

Have you enjoyed working at R&R?

Absolutely! I’ve learnt a lot and i’ve also come out of my shell too thanks to working alongside Cate and Orli – two big personalities!!!

What has been your highlight of working at Rock and Rose?

Meeting all the lovely families, I particularly want to say thank you to Courtney who was my very first maternity test shoot. I also got to photograph her beautiful daughter Leah for her Christmas shoot.

Which type of shoots would you say were your favourite?

Definitely Sitters,  6-10 months is my favourite age to photograph and just being able to be a little bit more creative in a fine art style also using all the gorgeous studio props!

Off the top of your head, is there a shoot that you have been really proud of?

I’ve enjoyed all of my shoots, so I couldn’t possibly choose one!

What was your favourite moment working with us? 

So many great moments, my ultimate favourite is getting to ‘glammed up’ for the 2018 Kingston Business awards

What was your funniest moment in the studio!?

I remember trying to help get Frank the Pug to sit like he was riding a bicycle for his Christmas shot! We were in stitches for ages!!! (Poor Frank)

Who is the Rock and who is the Rose?

Orli is the Rock because she is inspirational and strong! Cate is the Rose because she is hilarious and softer… I can get away with more!!!

What will you not miss?

Painting the cove every 2 weeks and getting covered in paint! And buying lots of jeans!!!

Parting words: 

We have Charlotte who is joining us to take your place, what would you like to say to her?

If possible wear kneepads!!! Remember to write things down for Orli and Cate and remind them CONSTANTLY. Chocolate keeps them both happy!

Where are your adventures taking you next?

Doing a little exploring with my own photography but mainly concentrating on my training for Art Psychotherapy

Is there anything else you would like to add?

A massive thank you to Orli and Cate for hiring me and to all of my lovely customers who’ve made me smile during my time here.


Good Luck Emily! We’re going to miss you!!! Lots of Love Cate & Orli xxx


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It’s that special day again…time to celebrate our favourite hero, Dad!  Let’s spoil him rotten!

Here’s our Dad proof suggestion for this Sunday,

Father’s Day Ideas:
No.5. The New Men in Black film in the cinema
No.4. Bottle of Bombay Sapphire
No.3. Day out at Longleat Zoo
No.2. A Weekend Away
AND AT NUMBER 1…A fun family session at Rock and Rose Photography to capture all those beautiful memories to display in your home x

Book Now or create a personalised Gift Voucher to put in his Card 0208 390 5558

Love, Emily. Orli and Cate xxx

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