Returning After Covid-19

Returning After Covid-19

As you may know, I am now able to offer social distanced outdoor photography sessions!  These can be for newborns (about 3 months), 6-10 month milestones, cake smashes or family sessions.  We’ve been incredibly lucky with our weather during lockdown and I am hoping that the beautiful evenings will continue.


To make sure we are safe, to protect you, your family, my family and my other clients, I have put several new procedures in place.

These include:

  • All bookings will be online or via the phone.
  • All sessions are outdoors in a quiet location with few general public about.
  • Only members of the same household can be involved in the photoshoot.
  • I will stay 2m away and direction will be given from a distance.
  • Any posing must be done by the parents.  Posing will be very limited.
  • If I do need to come any closer for an over head shot, full PPE will be worn (in accordance with government guidance).
  • Sessions will be shorter to minimise contact.
  • I will wear a face mask during the session.  Anyone not taking part in the session will also be asked to wear a face mask too should they wish.
  • Galleries will be delivered via an online gallery until the government guidelines state that it is safe for clients to be in my home studio.
  • Orders will take place via an online Zoom meeting where I can share my order screen with you.
  • Prints and Products will be delivered to you safely via courier mail should you prefer.  There is also an option to collect them from my drive (at a safe distance).
  • Digitals are to be downloaded via wetransfer
  • If you or a member of your household feels sick, or have been in contact with someone who has covid-19 symptoms, I am asking for the session to be rescheduled.

As always, props, outfits etc will be cleaned thoroughly before and after the photoshoot.


If you have any questions, concerns or worries, please get in touch!


Nicki x

Being with The Guild of Photographers

Being with The Guild of Photographers

When I first trained with Claire Elliott at Newborn Baby Posing Ltd, their Newborn School course was linked with The Guild Of Photographers.  Naturally, I joined.  I am in my second year of being a member of the guild.  But why join?  What’s in it for me?  Do my clients benefit too?

The main reason why I have stayed as a member of The Guild of Photographers is because I am working towards my newborn photography qualification, which would be awarded through The Guild of Photographers.  My  mentor, Claire, is incredibly supportive and gives me feedback on my images and shows me where I can improve – everyone can always improve!

Claire is a ‘Craftsman’ at the Guild, which means she’s got hawk eyes when it comes to looking over your images and knows everything there is to know about newborn photography, safe posing and lighting.

Being with the Guild is similar to being with a trade union (except we don’t have trade unions for photographers lol).  They offer advice to their members and via The Guild, I can offer my clients an Interest Free Credit Service as an option for payment for any products they may want to purchase.

The main benefit to being a member of the Guild is the support network.  It can be very lonely being self employed – I do often miss my school team – but here, we have a great support network and Facebook groups too where we can share work, ideas, success, advice and meet up with other local photographers.

The Guild also have Image of the Month competitions where awards can be won.  This is something I would like to enter into in the not-too-distant future.


So if you’re thinking of joining the Guild, take a look at how the network can support your work at https://photoguild.co.uk/r/5CB4pa (This referral link will also get you a discount!)

Have you been pleased with my service?

It’s always interesting to me how you got to know about my business.  The majority of my new clients come from word of mouth – this means their friends have been super happy with what I have done for them that they’ve told their friends to use me too.  That is absolutely the best feedback I can get.  (As a side note, I will be introducing my refer a friend scheme VERY soon!!!).


The next most common is Facebook.  Facebook has really helped our small business community grow and I, for one, will forever be thankful to it.  Sharing my work, recommending me on groups when people ask for newborn photographers near Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, Tamworth etc even just interacting with me posts all helps boost my visability so others can see.


When people come to choose their newborn photographer, they tend to put a lot of research into it.  And rightly so!  You want the person who’s taking your baby photos to know what they’re doing, be well trained and also to producce beautiful images.


That’s where your Google reviews come into play.  I always read the reviews on Google first for a business if the business is new to me.  It’s a huge thing!  To leave a google review, you just need to have an accoutn with Google and then click my link.  It only takes a minute.  It is very much appreciated from my end to all of you who do take the time to fill out a review and it really does make a difference to my potential clients.  I now always make sure I review small businesses that I have used as I know how much of a difference it really can make.


If you haven’t left a Google review but have been for photos with me, I would very much appreciate you taking the time to leave a review. https://g.page/nickibyrnephotography/review?rc

Thanks 🙂



Following the government advice regarding covid-19, I will be reopening on Monday 15th June 2020.  They advise that photography studios may reopen from 15th June 2020 providing social distancing can be adheared to.


Unfortunately, because my studio is a home studio and also not the largest I will not be able to social distance and therefore I am only offering outdoor shoots for the time being.  


This is also giving me a bit of extra time to get the studio up and running too.


There will be a few changes to how I operate even with outdoor photoshoots too.  We must keep to the 2m rule which means I cannot style, move, handle, pose.  Although this is going to be quite difficult for me as I like things to be quite precise, I know it’s for the best for you and me.  I will also be wearing a mask.  All payments must be via bank transfer – no cash can be accepted.  Any props or material that is used will be thoroughly washed and anti bac’d – this is something we always did anyway.  Take a look at the picture below for our safety guidelines for our outdoor photoshoots.