Intimate and honest baby and family photography
There’s no connection like the true tenderness of motherhood…
Katy Melling’s family portrait sessions have been created to skillfully capture precious moments you’ll want to hold on to forever.
From baby bump to the newborn nestled in your arms, and throughout the joyful years that follow, photographs of these memories become increasingly valuable, giving you something to look back on when your children are grown.
This is your legacy
“Katy has a wonderful way of making you feel at ease and, in the best way possible, you would forget she was even there. There was no one else I would even have considered for newborn photography. I can’t wait to share the photos with our daughter when she is older.”
With an eye for capturing the beauty of natural light, Katy creates glowing, flattering portraits of your family in images filled with love and emotion.
Katy specialises in maternity, motherhood, newborn and family photography with the use of beautiful light and neutral calming tones.
Naturally putting you at ease with her gentle approach, Katy builds a relaxed rapport and taps into an affinity she finds with her subjects. Working together in this collaboration ultimately results in imagery that captures the innermost beauty of your family.
Katy finds herself constantly inspired by the unbridled joy of family life, the innocence of children and the unconditional love a parent has for their child.
Her style is simple, classic and natural. She approaches each session thoughtfully, from the initial enquiry through to delivery of your images.
Katy will guide you on styling and preparing for the day, ensuring that your shoot results in a collection of stunning, heartfelt images your family will cherish for a lifetime.
These are then made available to you in a stunning private online gallery, or you may opt for the heirloom quality albums, birth announcement cards and prints to treasure.
Katy is able to accept a limited number of portrait sessions throughout the year and is often fully booked up to three months in advance, so please enquire early to avoid disappointment.
Celebrating a woman’s femininity, softness and strength as you prepare to enter a wonderful new phase of life, Katy’s maternity portraits are the perfect way to capture the beauty, anticipation and excitement of pregnancy, either solo or with your partner included in the shoot.
Depending on your preference, the session can take place at your home or on location at one of Katy’s favourite outdoor spots. These are often best done at sunset to make the most of the warm, flattering evening light.
As a mother herself, Katy knows how important it is that you feel completely at ease and deeply relaxed. You will be gently but expertly guided and cared for throughout the session.
This is a chance to document the radiance of pregnancy, and the tenderness between you as a couple.
Maternity photography is priced from £350.
Please allow one hour for your photoshoot.
The first few weeks with your newborn baby are precious and fleeting. This time in your life might be a blur but Katy will pull it all into perfect focus. She will capture your baby’s newness and those small details, documenting everything from delicate eyelashes to tiny toes.
Newborn sessions are always baby-led. A calm, soothing presence, Katy understands what it is to be a new mother and won’t rush you. There is plenty of time for feeding and changing throughout these shoots, allowing new parents to feel completely at ease. The shoot will take place at your home, in the comfort of your own surroundings.
The ideal time for a newborn photography session is within the first two weeks after your little one’s arrival, although they can be done up to twelve weeks old. Babies older than two weeks sleep a lot less and are much more aware of their surroundings, making it harder to achieve those sweet, sleepy newborn shots. To avoid disappointment, please get in touch well in advance of your due date.
Newborn photography is priced from £490.
Please allow two hours for your photoshoot.
Exclusively for the mother and child, Katy’s Motherhood Sessions are designed to celebrate your most special bond.
These shoots are kept shorter than a family session and offer a genuine time to pause and reflect on the tenderness of motherhood, and the simplicity of the moments of pure joy and love shared between you and your little one, from around three months old up to preschool age.
Katy will gently guide you through the process, alleviating any self-consciousness and ensuring that you and your child are comfortable at every point, allowing her to focus on capturing the natural intimacy and emotion.
Motherhood photography is priced from £325.
Please allow 35 minutes for your photoshoot.
Childhood races by so quickly and tangible mementos that truly show your children’s individual personalities as they grow, are utterly priceless.
Always a fun memory to look back on, Katy’s Family Sessions are a joy to be a part of, creating authentic and informal captures of you and your family in the moment.
These shoots are a mix of relaxed, candid and playful moments, and are best outdoors where your children are free to roam around and explore. At times, Katy will blend into the background or she may guide you into some light posing, calmly putting even the most camera shy at ease with her experience and natural warmth. This approach allows her to capture the individuality and joy of your unique family forever, celebrating the energy and love at that moment in time.
Family photography is priced from £390.
Please allow one hour for your photoshoot.