New Life

Natural and timeless newborn photography based in Colchester, Essex and serving Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and London.


Beautiful and Natural Newborn Portraiture…

Is there anything more wonderful than welcoming a beautiful new baby in to the world? I’m not sure there is… So let’s capture it and remember this precious time forever and ever!

Babies grow up at lightning speed and the whole experience can whizz by in a blur of wakeful nights and dirty nappies. A newborn portrait session can be a wonderful way to take a step out of the new baby whirlwind and create a super special memory that will last forever. Capture those velvet cheeks, almond eyes and tiny toes, so that when they’re too big to be rocked to sleep another night you have something really special to remember those early days by.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”

Leonardo da Vinci


Let’s be clear on one simple fact: there is nothing on this earth more beautiful than your baby. Nothing inspires me like new life and so my style is entirely about focusing on the beauty of these brand new, tiny humans. So when I style a newborn portrait session it’s very minimal, because what could possibly be worth the distraction in a portrait of these precious wee ones? I like to use lots of white and organic textures. I utilise natural light for a warmer, softer glow over their delicate newborn skin. I also use gentle posing techniques to capture every individual baby as they like to be. Basically, it’s all about baby.

When do Newborn portrait sessions happen?

Newborn photography sessions happen in the first two months of life, though most recommended within the first two weeks. Essentially you want your brand new bundle to be as sleepy and curled up as possible as it is the easiest time to get those peaceful, snoozy shots. You should contact me as early as possible in pregnancy to book and start planning your newborn portrait session.

How the sessions work…

I am a professionally trained and insured newborn photographer with specialist newborn studio equipment. So whilst having a brand new baby can be a chaotic time, you can put your trust in me as a professional specialist newborn photographer.

All newborn portrait sessions take place in my specialist newborn portrait studio at my home in Layer de la Haye (just outside of Colchester in Essex). With the primary focus on having a relaxing sessional experience I have everything we could possibly need to keep you and your new family happy. From comfortable feeding and changing spaces for your new arrival, to toys and TV for lively older siblings and endless caffeine supplies for sleep deprived parents.

Sessions usually take 2-3 hours to allow plenty of time for feeding and settling. (Plus I love a birth story and new parents need time to chill and caffeinate.)

Trust me, I know it’s tough to think about leaving the house with a new baby…

As a mum of 3 young children I know all too well that leaving the house with a new baby can seem daunting but rest assured I’ve got it all in hand to make sure that your newborn portrait session is a really calm and special affair. Because every baby is special and capturing their arrival deserves not just beautiful images but a wonderful time welcoming them to the world whilst we take them.


“Minimalism is not a lack of something. It’s simply the perfect amount of something.”

Nicholas Burroughs

Newborn Portrait Packages


Newborn portrait session
Optional family portraits
10 digital images on USB



Newborn portrait session
Optional family portraits
Full gallery on USB



Newborn portrait session
Optional family portraits
Full gallery on USB
4 prints up to 12×8
Traditional or wooden canvas up to 20×16



Newborn portrait session
Optional family portraits
Full gallery on USB
4 prints up to 9×6
4 prints up to 12×8
12 page album
2 traditional or wooden canvases up to 20×16


Bump to Baby Package

Maternity portrait session
Newborn portrait session
Full galleries on USB
4 prints up to 18×12


If you would like to discuss a newborn portrait session please get in touch below or go straight to the online Newborn Booking Form.

Had a photo shoot with my daughter Martha and she was only 10 days old so I was nervous how she would be and how Charlie would get on with us. From the moment we arrived she made us comfortable and supplied is with as much tea and coffee as a new mum could possible want. She was very patient and Martha soon relaxed in the new surroundings due to the calm location. The photos were hugely anticipated and we were not disappointed when they arrived. We also ordered a wooden canvas which is just stunning. I can’t recommend Charlie enough and never at one point felt we were taking up too much of her time. Thank you so much for our stunning pictures of my beautiful little Martha which will also come in handy when she is 18!!

We LOVE our photos and we had the best time at both our shoots! Had the bump-to-baby package and so incredibly pleased with the result! Charlie is amazing at what she does, such a personal touch and she made us all feel so comfortable and at ease on both occasions.
And to not even mention the photos!! It’s more than just amazing, every time I look at the photos of our beautiful little family and our gorgeous little girl and baby boy I’m so grateful that we could capture moments like these, moments of joy and laughter, intimacy and closeness, love and peace and family fun and newborn purity!
Thank you Charlie for making us feel comfortable and so at home in front of the camera, thank you for capturing memories than I’ll treasure forever and now do not have to forget as they are forever captured in your/our beautiful photos … I’m so grateful that you’ve done it with such ease but such perfection.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

I had photos taken of my daughter Lyra when she was a week old. I cannot praise Charlie highly enough for every single aspect of our experience, from booking, to the session, to the photos and aftercare we received.
Booking was simple and straightforward, with Charlie answering all our questions quickly.
On the day itself, we (being new, seriously sleep-deprived parents!) arrived at Charlie’s a little late but were greeted so warmly and made to feel completely comfortable and relaxed (even when Lyra pooed and peed her way through several blankets!). Being a parent herself, Charlie knows all the things that are tough in those early days and solved it all with a comfortable place to feed, plus tea and biscuits!
The photos themselves are simply gorgeous. I know we’re biased but she captured our little girl so beautifully. Plus Charlie humoured my request for a particular shot I wanted. The prints and canvas we ordered are of the highest quality and the disc and USB stick have been very useful for printing additional shots for family and friends.
Sorry for the long review, but I wanted to do Charlie and the experience justice. In summary, perfect!

We had a lovely morning at Charlie’s cosy studio for our daughter, Eliza’s photoshoot. Charlie kept us very relaxed with endless mugs of tea, and was very patient and relaxed with Eliza who was determined to fight off sleeping!!
We are over the moon with the photographs, totally what we wished for; natural, gorgeous and calm-they really show off Eliza’s personality. We will treasure the photographs forever.
We would highly recommend Farlie photography-Charlie is very professional and friendly, and has a wonderful talent!
Thank you!

We have had two photo shoots of our young boys with Charlie now and she is amazing! The wonderful photographs she has created will be treasured forever and we constantly get people comment on them (they are all over the house in various forms!) Apart from that Charlie is a lovely warm person who understands children. She immediately puts them at ease with her lovely nature, the key to capturing wonderful photographs. There is no “hard sell” which can be an issue in this line of work in our previous experience. We wouldnt consider any other photographer now and hope to be soon planning our next photoshoot with Farlie Photography!

We booked both a maternity session and newborn season with Charlie. Both were absolutely perfect. She makes you feel so comfortable and her work was impeccable. Both my husband and I were so impressed with her work – the photos were everything we hoped for and more! We can’t wait to work with her again to capture more more memories as our little one continues to grow!

Charlie did a newborn photo session for our daughter and we cannot recommended her highly enough. Not only are we delighted with the photos but the whole experience was perfect. Charlie made us feel so welcome (with tea and cakes!). She was very laid back and created the perfect setting to maximise the sleeping time (and hence photo opportunities) for our newborn. She soothed our baby perfectly – it was plainly obvious that she had personal experience of handling young babies. We can’t wait to return to her studio for her to capture more photos of our daughter as she grows up.

We love the photos Charlie took of our baby Oscar, and of us all. We love Charlie’s style & use of natural light. We had a great morning at Charlie’s home studio, especially our 4 year old son, who cried because he didn’t want to leave!! Thank you for being so welcoming & producing such fab photos for us!! The coffee went down a treat too!!

Just received a lovely package full of our photos and an amazing shot we decided to capture on wooden canvas. Lovely experience with Charlie from start to finish and we are really pleased with the final results we will treasure forever. Thank you Charlie x

Absolutely brilliant photos guaranteed. I have had several shoots with Charlie including a maternity shoot and newborn shoot and everytime I am over the moon with the photos she has captured. Such a lovely person its a real treat to have shoots done as she makes you feel so comfortable and right at home. I look forward to having a family shoot done in 6 months time 😀 xxxx