Royal baby watch & the joys of a growing family

As I write this, in the final days of April, the world is waiting with baited breath for news of the imminent birth of the Royal baby; Kate and Prince William’s second child and brother or sister to their firstborn, George. Kate is rumoured to be four days overdue but now in labour so apparently news could come at any time!

baby gets kisses from older brother

Much like the first time around, the world’s news media has kicked into overdrive and scores of journalists and photographers are literally pitched up outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington where the birth will take place, desperate to be able to report the news as it breaks and to catch a glimpse of the new baby to share with the world.

father standing with his 5 boys

Of course, I love the news of a baby’s birth, whether Royal or not, and as a mum myself, I can recall those unforgettable emotions you experience as a new parent. The birth of a new baby is the most amazing, euphoric and completely mind-blowing experience (once the hard bit of the delivery is over with!).

Kate and William are bound to be feeling a mixture of emotions right now – anticipation of the birth, excitement for what’s ahead but also nervousness, no doubt, at the thought of soon having two children to care for. And with the world watching, these emotions must be all the more intense.

I would love to have been the photographer commissioned to take the portrait of the new Royal baby when he or she arrives. Sadly, I didn’t that call this time – perhaps they’ll think of me for baby number three!

older brother cuddling his newborn baby sibling

But seriously, adding to your family – as the Royal couple are about to – with a second or perhaps third child is such a significant step in your family’s history, and is a great opportunity to update your family photos.

It’s the reason why many of my clients decide to not only have photographs taken of their newborn baby, but also to get a family shot or two at the same session, or to photograph the new baby with his sibling(s).

sister cuddle newborn baby brother

It’s something I would wholeheartedly recommend and it’s the kind of portrait that I love to do. I’ve featured some examples here of the many gorgeous growing families I’ve had the honour of photographing recently. I hope that you enjoy!

older sibling holding newborn baby

Until next time,

Karen x