Newborn Baby Photography

Newborn Photography Melbourne 

Hold on tight to these precious times…
Your newborn enchants you like no other human you’ve ever met. They captivate your attention, hopes and dreams in ways you never thought possible. As newborn parents we can look at our precious bundles of joy all day.

A professional portrait of your newborn will help you hold on tightly to these precious feelings as your child grows and changes into the individual they are meant to be.

Newborn Photography Photos

Trying to get a four-year-old girl and a six-month-old puppy to sit still is near impossible. Yet Jude retained her sense of humour, stayed nimble on her feet, and gave as much time needed to capture the bond between my mischievous daughter and her equally naughty Samoyed.

You can never repeat the past, and kids and dogs grow so quickly, so I am grateful when I look at Jude’s portraits of Yasmine and Pasha that we’ve preserved this time in their lives.  

Belle

Newborn Photography

Hi, I am Jude, Studio Owner & Portrait Artist

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 Not many people in life get to love what they do, aspire to be better, and do better, and to be constantly inspired by those that enter their lives – but I do. Throughout my 12-year career, I have pursued my passion to create artistic, meaningful images. I pride myself in being a storyteller; I love to learn about people, and then capture the special connections and unique stories I hear in beautiful portraits. 

Like most of us, life has thrown many curveballs my way. I have learnt resilience, and that by thinking positively, I can turn just about any challenges into an opportunity. The drive to not only survive, but thrive, comes from my deep love of life and all its beauty. I believe in living in the moment, enjoying the simple things, and the unlimited possibilities in this journey called life. 

I am a multifaceted photographer who specialises in photographing families, pets, motherhood, branding portraits and women’s empowering portraits. Capturing life and emotions through portraits feels important to me. Children deserve to have the love that created them captured in a portrait, women deserve to feel strong, beautiful and powerful, and our fur babies can’t be with us forever, but their portraits should be. I want to make a difference, and capture history.

And most of all: I  can’t wait to capture your unique story! 

I would love to show YOU  how amazing  YOU  are through my camera. I know how to see and show you your true  essence, that you perhaps forgot, or maybe have never seen in yourself.  Everyone is photogenic; you just need the right photographer who knows how to light, pose and coach you to show your inner light and make you shine. 

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Newborn Baby Photography

Your Ultimate Experience

In 3 Easy Steps

1

Phone Consultation

We will discuss what you are hoping to capture in your portraits and the unique story behind your decision.
After hearing about the experience and process you’ll enjoy with us, we’ll arrange your booking.

2

Guided Portrait Experience

Your photoshoot will take place in our modern, bright studio in Altona.
This day is all about celebrating your life and loved ones. No need to stress, Jude will guid you throughout your whole experience.

3

Cinematic Presentation &
Ordering Appointment

Only 30 minutes after your Portrait Experience you will get to enjoy a fully guided Cinematic Presentation of your portraits, and together we will design artwork that brings life to your home.

Newborn Baby Photos

 FAQ Newborn Photography Session

 

How old should my baby be for our newborn photography session?

Most photographers advice having your newborn portraits done as soon as possible after your baby is born, however I find it more important that you, your partner and your little one are ready. And this will be different for everyone. I’ll never forget both times I gave birth, nothing went as planned and there was no way I could have done a photoshoot 4 days later. Every story of becoming a parent is different, sometimes it goes really well and we can do your photoshoot when your baby is a week old, and sometimes you need a little more time and that is totally fine too. So please don’t stress, the best part of your little baby is that they look adorable for many years to come. We will arrange everything before your big day, so once your baby is born, all we have to do is finalise your session date.

How long do newborn sessions typically run?

This is a very difficult question to answer because every baby is different! I’ve had newborn sessions where the baby slept most of the time, didn’t need a drink, and didn’t pooh and wee all over his parents. Those sessions are done in about 30 to 45 minutes. And then there are very hungry babies who want a drink after about every pose and in between pooh and wee their parents all over a few times. Needless to say those sessions will take much longer, and can take up to 2 hours. However whatever happens we never rush, and take all the time you need.

Tips to prepare for your newborn photography shoot

During our planning consultation we will go over everything that is involved and discuss your wardrobe preferences.
Make sure your baby is well rested and fed before. Bring enough wraps in case of accidents, and to keep your baby warm during a feed.
I will guide you all through a mix of poses where we focus on the unique bond between everyone involved. If you have proud and excited grandparents who would love to be part of this experience, they are more than welcome to join in the fun.

Newborn Photographer
The Melbourne Portrait Studio

The Photo Studio 

Our portrait studio is light, inviting, and will make you feel at ease. We have many beautiful collections of artwork on display, to help you imagine how your own collection will come to life in your home.

 Recently we moved from a large commercial studio into our current luxurious and cosy home studio in Altona, Melbourne. The move was made for our clients and their fur babies; to capture portraits in a more welcoming and relaxed environment.

Our clients travel to us from all over Australia because of our personalised approach to understanding the unique story and personalities behind the portraits, which leads to stunning gallery style artwork.

There is ample free parking.

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Join Our VIPS

Glow-Getters by The Melbourne Portrait Studio is our VIP group for all our favourite clients to keep you up to date with our latest projects, model calls, behind-the-scenes news and giveaways!

It’s a beautiful place where we focus on positivity and empowerment and to meet like minded people.

I would love you to join in on all the fun!

Trying to get a four-year-old girl and a six-month-old puppy to sit still is near impossible. Yet Jude retained her sense of humour, stayed nimble on her feet, and gave as much time needed to capture the bond between my mischievous daughter and her equally naughty Samoyed.

You can never repeat the past, and kids and dogs grow so quickly, so I am grateful when I look at Jude’s portraits of Yasmine and Pasha that we’ve preserved this time in their lives.  

Belle

Together Apart: Life in Self-Isolation

Together Apart:
Life in Lockdown


Together Apart is a coffee table book about life in Lockdown in Melbourne’s western suburbs.

Since self-isolation began in March 2020, I’ve been capturing people’s stories in words and photographs. Their stories tell about how they feel being in self-isolation, the struggles they experience, what they do differently now, and whether anything positive has come out of this extraordinary situation in which the world finds itself.

The book shares our experiences of solitude and loss, counterbalanced by the joys of self-discovery and much-needed family time, as well as the rainbows, ancient trees and fairy gardens re-discovered as the world slows.

Together Apart tells the stories of 60 individuals, families and businesses. Each double-page spread features one black-and-white photo and the accompanying story.

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