Deidre Sorensen is a London UK based photographer. She specialises in maternity, newborn, and baby photography in her Kensington & Chelsea portrait studio.
High key photographs
March 8, 2014
I love shooting with my back-lit pure white studio set, particularly for babies and toddlers where there the simple modern tones really make for crisp beautiful images.
Quote of the day
March 5, 2014
The reward of our work is not what we get, but what we become.
- Paulo Coelho
Fingers and toes
February 28, 2014
From our archives: originally published May 1, 2012
Another image from the same shoot. She was so precious and tiny, so I tried to ensure we captured the fingers and toes close up.
February 20, 2014
From our archives: originally published May 1st, 2012
Absolutely love this image from a newborn shoot a few weeks ago. Such a gorgeous little girl, who just curled up serenely in this fur-lined bowl. Really love the natural symmetry and balance.
February 17, 2014
From our archives: originally published 16 May 2012
Another fabulous maternity shoot. Each shoot is so different, because every woman is different and they all carry their babies differently. So I have to approach each session in a unique way, trying to understand the subject and the relationship between the mother and her baby, and then finding a way to bring this out through the style of the photograph. Everything matters — the exactness of the pose, the highlights and shadows from the lighting, the direction of the gaze. All for one perfect picture to capture the special moment before birth … a woman’s body and life in transformation.
I ♥ twins
February 14, 2014
From our archives: originally published 8 May 2012
Images from my recent photo shoot with two gorgeous twin girls. They were absolutely lovely to photograph — both individually and together. It was fun watching their dynamic as they snuggled together while we posed them. And I absolutely LOVE that in the shot of them in the wooden bowl, the shape forms a heart. Sigh.
Why shoot newborns in the first two weeks?
February 8, 2014
I get asked this question a lot, so I thought it was worth explaining in a bit more detail. The best time to do a newborn session is really between days 6 and 12. Here’s why:
• By day 5/6, they’re more accustomed to the world and parents are feeling a bit more settled. Everyone’s ready to venture out for a shoot.
• In those early days, they sleep most of the time, which is what we want — beautiful, peaceful sleeping babies. [I’ll explain in another post why we do sleeping shots versus awake shots.]
• In the first 2 weeks, their sleep is very deep, allowing us to move and reposition them for the best shots, without disturbing them. As they get a bit older, they are more restless and do not necessarily let us move them as much, resulting in fewer poses and less variety.
• Within a few weeks, they start to stretch out. Between 6-12 days, they’re still gorgeously curled up and we get to capture those tiny, precious moments.
A day or two doesn’t sound like it should make much difference, but it really does. And a week or two, even more so. We can always try — every child is unique — but we’ll get more poses, more variety, and better shots if we shoot early.
So, plan and book in advance! I book most sessions before the baby is born and just adjust the date as necessary depending on the exact arrival date. If you haven’t pre-booked, don’t worry — just try to ring in the first few days, and I’ll do my best to fit you in!
Quote of the day
February 5, 2014
Original post from Jan 5 2012:
If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.
- Eve Arnold, photojournalist who died today, 3 months shy of her 100th birthday. 1912-2012
a happy sleeper
January 31, 2014
From our archives: originally published 26 February 2013
More lovely images from a recent shoot. He was the happiest, sleepiest little baby, so we managed to get a whole range of images for his parents to choose from. I love shoots like this!
Vogue … again!
January 28, 2014
From our archives … blog post originally published Feb 6 2012
Studio Deidre does Vogue — again!
A huge thank you to Vogue for surprising us by including us in their photography feature again this month. March 2012 issue. On sale now.
(In the high-res version, you see Studio Deidre second in the Hot Shots list…)