When is the best time to book maternity photos

Your pregancy is such a special and life-changing time of your life. It is amzing how your body is perfectly designed to change to support your growing baby. Everyday there is a new change and experience …… some wonderful and others not so great.

It all passes by so quickly, it no time at all you will be holding your little baby. That is why having professional maternity photographs taken is such a wonderful thing to do – documenting this magical time forever, so that you can look back and remember how amazing it was to carry your baby.

When you are planning a maternity photoshoot, you may have many questions. From to wear to the best time in your pregnancy to have the photographs taken.

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How Far Along In Your Pregnancy Should You Be For Maternity Pictures?

You will find thar every photographer has their own preference about when they take maternity photographs during your pregnancy.

The window for a pregnancy photoshoot falls between months 7 and 8 of pregnancy. Having your maternity session at this time will usually result in the most flattering photographs as your bump is nice and round at this stage, but not so heavy that you feel overly tired and uncomfortable.

It also means that you have the photographs taken well before your baby reaches full term at 37 weeks.

After all, you can’t go back and take the photographs once your baby arrives.


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What happens if I am having twins  or triplets,

or am due to have my baby early.

Are the rules of maternity photos different?

Every pregnancy is different, and you may be in a situation where your doctor has discussed the possibility of you having an early delivery.

In  this case please don’t worry. The 30 to 36 week guideline is only that and not a rule.

It is important to let me know if this is the case. You may need to come in at the start of the window. We will discuss the kinds of photographs we can take earlier in your pregnancy.

When to Book your Maternity Photo Shoot


I recommend that my clients book their maternity photo shoot as soon as they have had their 12 or 20 week scan. Since there is little flexibility over when you can have the shoot this gives you the best chance of securing the most convenient time and date for you. This gives us plenty of time to plan your shoot that is tailored to you.

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Pregnancy flies by really quickly. Between appointments, baby shopping, choosing your baby’s name and researching your birth options, it is really easy to let your maternity shoot slip your mind. I hope this information helps and gives you a better idea of the timings involved so that you can plan your shoot in time.



Your can find out more about booking a maternity shoot with me here:

Autumn Baby Shoots

Autumn Baby Shoots are here and we are loving it!



This special season is a wonderful time to capture some beautiful images of your baby. Unquestionably, Autumn is my favourite season of the year. The sun glowing through the autumn leaves is breathtaking. We are so fortunate to experience this gorgeous time of year with our families and friends.

At this time of year, I love to capture amazing images of babies, families and children enjoying the fresh air. Besides the abundance of fallen leaves providing a wonderful opportunity to capture some fun and candid images, sometimes I bring the leaves into the studio to create precious and eye-catching images for your photographs. A beautiful blend of Woollen sweaters and natural beauty for your photographs.

Last but not least, children love to play in nature playing and having fun. It is worth every second stepping into nature and enjoying the beauty.

This is an adorable collaboration images I have captured over time during this special season. I hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed capturing them.


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Fun things to do with your family Celebrating Autumn in Edinburgh, Scotland.


1. First and foremost, Princes Street Gardens is phenomenal at this time of year.  Enjoy a splendid picnic with your children in the park. In addition, you will find the Floral Clock ticking away, the historical Scott Monument and the Gardeners Cottage. Without a doubt this is a great place to capture special photo memories of your children relaxed and happy.

2. Secondly, visit the Ivy Autumn Display. The Ivy is a snazzy restarant located in St Andrews Square and they go crazy with seasonal decor. Expect bigger and grander than ever. Insta-worthy fun photos with the whole family.

3. Breathtaking and Iconic Ivy turning from green to deep red can be found near the Dean Bridge which takes over the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art.

4. Visit the incredible Marshmallow Lady! This famous destination is very popular for monster marshmallows and include complete enjoyment! Especially the gourmet marshmallows the size of the palm of your hand. Imagine a photo with a Supersize marshmallow!

5. You cannot even go on to winter without visiting Craigie’s Farm without going apple picking and pumpkin shopping in their gorgeous fields and fresh air. This is a winner everytime with the children and you will definitely have great photo opportunities here.


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Keeping your children entertained in the October holidays

can be quite a challenge especially when the weather is chilly and windy.

Nonetheless, there are great ideas to keep the kiddos entertained.

Check out our pinterest board for some cool ideas:




Autumn Baby Shoots is a wonderful shoot


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All that said, a newborn photoshoot is still worth the effort. The 3 hours you’ll spend having your newborn photoshoot will give you a lifetime of joy and pleasure. Every time you look at those photos on the wall you’ll remember just how teeny tiny your baby was and how much love you have for that child.

Two-week-old babies are great for newborn sessions. They are still super sleepy, easy to pose in traditional newborn poses. This is why many people that teach newborn photography use it as the date to gauge when a baby is too old for newborn pictures

Children develop neck strength at different rates but between 12 and 16 weeks is usually about right for a photo shoot. This is such a lovely age, still tiny babies but full of personality.Amazing maternity, baby, infant and cake smash portraits in the best studio in Scotland. Edinburgh and Murrayfield maternity, newborn and cake smash portrait photographer.Award-winning family photographer, specialising in newborn, maternity & family photograph.Edinburgh based baby cake smash photographer Nicky Mclean will captures those special moments that families treasure for a lifetime.

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(Age: 2 to 8 weeks)

Older newborn sessions capture your baby’s 1st few weeks with a set of beautiful baby and family portraits. Preserving your unique and special memories. The early days can feel a little crazy adjusting to your new life with a baby so it is very normal to waiting to bring your baby into the studio.

What is the difference between a newborn photoshoot (6 to 14 days)

versus an older newborn shoot (2 weeks to 8 weeks)?

For newborn babies within the 6 to 4 days Newborn Sessions, babies are usually more comfortable moving into the different poses. A newborn baby this age with a full tummy and no wind can sleep and moved around quite easily and does not mind being posed in a variety of cute newborn positions.

However, older newborn babies with the 2 to 8 week time period, feed more often so their window of sleep is shorter as a baby this age have longer periods of being awake. Older newborns are starting stretch out and don’t enjoy being wrapped up too tightly.


Why should I consider an older newborn photoshoot?

Your baby will be tiny once-in-your-lifetime and is changing very quickly. This is unfortunately the reality of a newborn baby. Preserving these memories of this unique time in your life is captured in exquisite newborn photography.

Older newborn babies are so adorable as their eyes sparkle and their personality flows through their images. You will obtain images of your baby in good lighting awake or possibly asleep, posed in bowls and wearing specially made outfits. I encourage family images for this age as this is such a wonderful opportunity to mark this beautiful time in your life together.

Gorgeous older newborn was 8 weeks in this video.

A baby led approach to older newborn photography

As I work through the session I’ll take a baby led approach. I will pickup from you and you baby what your baby’s preferences. For example many babies do not like to sleep on their tummys.

I will never force your baby into a position that they are not comfortable in. My priority is that your baby is comfortable and safe throughout the shoot.

Before your shoot we will discuss your preferred colours of blankets and wraps.

At the studio, I have a huge selection of gorgeous blankets in soft, neutral and a variety of colours. Freshly laundered before each session.

Usually I work with colours that work lovely together and will achieve a cohesive look throughout your image gallery. This will make your time a lot easier should you wish to create a print or canvas collection for your wall, the images will work well in your home or you may want to create an printed album.

Before the session, we will discuss which colours you would like to choose and if you are not sure I can help you with your decision.

Choosing the colours will also help with determining which colour wraps and outfits you would like me to use in your images. The main goal is to use colours, wraps and outfits in order to bring the best focus to your baby. Usually simple backgrounds and texture achieves this very well.

Including Sentimental Items in your Photo Shoot

Special crocheted blankets by granny or a special toy or any special item can brought tot he studio. I always ask if you share an image of of this before you come to the studio so I can plan to co-ordinate it within on the setups. 

These are your images of you memories. Sentimental items are always welcome. 

Do I need to bring clothes for my baby to wear at our older newborn session?

You don’t need to bring anything for your newborn baby to wear during the session – just an outfit to take them home in afterwards.

During the session, I will use blankets, wraps and specially created outfits you’ve chosen from my collection to wrap your baby and keep them comfortable and secure.

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What should the rest of the family wear?

Choose a colour palette

Having a co-ordinated colour scheme to base everyone’s outfits on can really help to bring your photographs together and give them more impact.

I recommend choosing a maximum of one or two colours that you will base everyone’s outfits around. Neutral colours always work best with newborn images which include greys, whites, creams and navy wor well.

Once you have chosen your colours, choose an outfit for each person that fits into the colour scheme.

Keep it simple

It helps to avoid patterns and clothes with writing, logos and pictures on them as these are very distracting and will age your images far more quickly.

Co-ordinate, rather than match

When choosing each member of the family’s outfits bear in mind that the goal is to co-ordinate and not to match. You don’t need everyone to wear the same thing just for everyone to look good together.


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What do we need to bring with us?

At the studio I have some of the things you may need like a changing mat, feeding pillow, nappy bags and water wipes. So you don’t need to bring these things unless you want to.

The things that I recommend are:

  1. Nappies – bring more than you would normally just you baby is having a day where they are going through more nappies than usual.

  2. If you are bottle feeding, bring a few extra feeds that normal as we may need them.

  3. If you are using a dummy, please bring it a long because this is very, very useful to soothe your baby while moving between shots.

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What happens on the day of your shoot?

On the day of your session, you can park infront of my home and take advantage of our free parking. Once you are in the studio, your can make yourself comfortable and we will briefly chat about how the session will flow. You will also have an opportunity to have a look at the selection of props that I have set out for you and see if there is anything you don’t want in your images.

During the shoot, I will bring the family into some of your images. I’ll include each parent, sibling portraits and pictures of the whole family.

At the studio, I have tea, coffee and bottled water and plenty of biscuits for you to enjoy whilst I am photographing your baby. Feel free to bring your own if you want to.

I also have samples of albums, prints and frames items I offer. You may find you might want to look through these too.

How long does an older newborn session take?

Older newborn sessions typically last 2 to 3 hours. 

The reason for this is every bay is very different and every day with each baby is very different.

Sometimes babies are settled through all the photographs. Sometimes they need a couple of breaks for a feed, nappy change or just a cuddle with a parent in which case things may take a little longer.

I work with each baby’s pace and individual needs. I try and create a good variety of images for your final gallery so it all depends on how you baby is on the day. I safely allocate a minimm of 4 hours so I am able to deliver the best possible images to you at the end  of your shoot.

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How do we see our images?


7 to 10 days after your session I’ll send you your private online gallery where you can see your fully edited gallery of photographs from your session. 

Your USB will be prepared and will be delivered to you by Royal Mail and processed as “1st Class, signed for”.

Should you wish to choose albums or any other printed products this could take up to 4 to 6 weeks.

How much does an older newborn session cost?

Your can find my current older newborn session pricing here:

This is great,  how do I book?

If you are ready to book an older newborn session for your baby, please send me a message below.

I’ll get back to you within 24 hours. Once we’ve settled a date for your session, I’ll send you a booking agreement and invoice for your session fee and when these are returned your session is confirmed.

Then we can get started with planning your session!

Rainbow Smiles

Rainbow Smiles Children's Charity
Rainbow Smiles Children's Charity

Rainbow Smiles


“Children may not remember all the hard work and support that was required to raise them properly but they will always reflect on how happy they were while growing up. Children deserve to grow up knowing they were worth it and that they mattered enough for people to care.”

Nicky Mclean

Nicky Mclean Photography is more than just capturing a pretty picture. We are very aware on how important it is to capture the best memories for our wonderful clients and their families.

On the other hand, we are also very aware of the dismal reality of children in this world who do not have a happy time growing up. We thrive on sharing part of our success with the amazing charity organisations that are committed to improving the lives of children and their families in our community. We are always looking for effective ways to be part of the bigger picture; being part of the solution.

Raising Smiles

Raising Smiles is a charity that has been setup to provide smiles and happiness to children that are in hospital or hospices throughout the UK.


Phone: 0800 772 0824  /  Email: [email protected]

Registered Charity: United Kingdom Charity No. 1180029