Covid-19 – Latest Update

Bump to 1st Year, Location, Studio

Social Distance Photo Shoots

Following the Governments latest guidance we are OPEN!

Social Distancing Photo Shoots are in full swing and are going well!

I thought it might help if I provide answers to some Frequently Asked Questions:

When will I be able to have my photo shoot?

Outdoor Photo Shoots are available from 1st June!  The studio has a great secluded outdoor space which can be used for photo shoots.  This is great news as I think parks and public spaces are going to be very busy and social distancing during a photo shoot there might be tricky! 

The studio opened 15th June offering Social Distance Photo Shoots.  The studio is spacious and it is possible to maintain social distance and do a completely hands off session for all genres of photo shoot.  

How will Family, Baby & Cake Smash Photo Shoots be affected by Coronavirus?

Apart from not shaking your hands when you arrive and maintaining social distance, they won’t be too different really. 

I don’t need to be hands on for these type of shoots.  I usually direct you into poses anyway and ask you to position baby and/or the children.  Don’t worry, it’s much easier than it sounds.

I will use my longer lens so I can be further away from you.  I have already moved my studio around to accommodate social distance photo shoots.  Please also see the section below about additional safety measures.

Don’t worry the shoot will still be fun and relaxed.  Your photos will be fabulous and it’s a really poignant time to have a photo shoot (we’re in the midst of history in the making!). 

Gallery viewings will be online via zoom rather than in person at the studio.






Why are newborn photo shoots different?

Well for a start we have to be super careful with Newborns delicate immune systems at any time but particularly now, in the midst of a global pandemic!  Newborns haven’t been classed as a vulnerable group but I personally wouldn’t want to take chances with anyone’s precious new baby.

My usual style of Newborn shoot is hands on.  I wrap, pose and soothe baby before stepping back to take the images.  This, for obvious reasons, is something I can’t do at the moment and probably won’t be able to do for some time yet even if I wear a face mask and gloves.

Can I have a newborn photo shoot during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Yes you can!

From Monday 15th June photography studios are permitted to reopen.  However, my usual Newborn photo shoots will not be available for some time as they are so hands on. 

But fear not, I have diversified! 

I have purchased and set up a Lifestyle Set in the studio which is suitable for Newborn, Maternity, Baby and Family social Distance Photo Shoots.  I have also purchased a stunning range of outfits for babies to wear during the shoot.  The theme is white, simple and elegant (with a touch of pastel thrown in for good measure!).  Your images will be relaxed and natural.  I will offer direction as necessary.

The set is really quite beautiful, even if I do say so myself, and is proving very popular.  Although the studio opens 15th June, I am booked up until August, when I only have a couple of shoots still available.  I am also receiving bookings for September/October so please get in touch asap if you are interested in further information or booking.


I would prefer your usual studio photo shoot…

Not keen on the lifestyle set?  That’s absolutely fine.  I can offer these shoots to all babies over 3 months.  It’s perfectly possible to host this type of shoot and maintain social distancing.  I would just ask Mum or Dad to position baby. 

For further information on Baby photo shoots please visit: 


I’m worried that I will miss out on capturing my babies newborn features while waiting for my photo shoot… 

Don’t worry, I’ve put together a complimentary guide to safely photographing your newborn at home to help you create your own images of your babies early days.  I’m more than happy to offer guidance and answer any queries you have too.


How can I have a safe newborn or baby photo shoot during the Coronavirus pandemic?

I’ve been thinking about this since before we went into lockdown and even more as it has become apparent that Coronavirus is going to with us for quite a while restricting our daily routines in some way for much of the foreseeable future.

So quite obviously I cannot offer newborn or baby photo shoots before 15th June.  After this date I will be able to offer all shoots.  However I will have to adapt my style of newborn shoot.  I currently offer quite a simple but styled shoot which involves wrapping, posing and soothing baby.  This quite obviously isn’t going to be possible to do for some time and, even when I am permitted to do this, I would imagine quite a few new parents would quite rightly feel uncomfortable with it.  However, at some stage in the future I am sure it will be possible to offer this style of shoot again. 

Until then…

I have a plan!

There is a way to host a Newborn Photo Shoot and adhere to Social Distancing! 

A lifestyle Studio Newborn Photo Shoot.

Lifestyle shoots are much more relaxed photo shoots with a light airy natural unposed look and feel.  In theory they are posed (or should I say directed) but in a way that is natural. I can offer a  Lifestyle Newborn & Family Photography Shoot in my spacious white walled studio and complete the whole shoot without touching your baby and maintaining social distancing. 

If you are a lover of white, clean, simple yet elegant images then Lifestyle Studio Newborn Social Distance Photo Shoots could be the safe hands off option to capturing those precious early days as your new family.

Do you love Pinterest and Instagram homes?  Love the simple, elegant, white premium home furnishing look?  But don’t have the time to tidy up let alone redecorate for a photo shoot!  Then Lifestyle Studio Social Distance Photo shoots are perfect for you!

But wait, there’s more! 

Because baby isn’t being posed and wouldn’t need to be asleep it isn’t necessary to host the photo shoot so early in babies life. My current style of Newborn photography works best with babies between 5 and 21 days.  During a lifestyle studio newborn photography session parents are holding and/or interacting with baby and so it doesn’t matter if baby no longer wants to curl up into the foetal position or is too interested in whats going on to sleep.

This is great news because the older baby is, the stronger their immune system is.  For this reason I would recommend booking a Lifestyle Studio Newborn Photo Shoot in for around the 4 to 6 or even 8 week mark.

It will also be a shorter shoot as we won’t need to wait for baby to go to sleep.  Rather than a 3 to 4 hour shoot it would be about an hour, perhaps an hour and half to allow for feeding. 

The shoot below took an 90 minutes from start to finish including feeds, nappy changes and outfit changes.  A fun and relaxed shoot which I think shows in their gallery:

What Safety Measures have you put in place?

For Newborn Lifestyle Studio Photo Shoots:

As mentioned above because baby isn’t being posed and wouldn’t need to be asleep it isn’t necessary to host the photo shoot so early in babies life.  

It will also be a shorter shoot as we won’t need to wait for baby to go to sleep.  Rather than a 3 to 4 hour shoot it would be about an hour, perhaps an hour and half to allow for feeding.

For all shoots:

I will wear a mask, keep my distance and Parents will change and move baby and older siblings.  It will be a completely contactless experience but still fun and relaxed.  I am into my third week of social distancing photo shoots and I can say that it has been possible to maintain social distance and still have a very successful photo shoot.

I only book 1 shoot per day, regardless of what type of shoot it is, with a maximum of 3 shoots a week.  This is to ensure I have time to fully clean all surfaces and door handles with antibacterial spray.  I will change my clothes after cleaning the studio and before your shoot and I have purchased individual hand towels for more hygienic hand drying.

I will not be offering refreshments during this time but you are obviously more than welcome to bring your own.

All gallery viewing sessions will take place online via Zoom.  Don’t worry I can talk you through this if it’s not something you have used before, it’s very easy!

Virtual Studio Tour

Set in a rural village location with onsite parking the Sarah Cockerton Photography Studio is the perfect place for your Social Distance Photo Shoot.  But don’t take my word for it, take a whistle stop virtual studio tour here:


How do I book a Social Distance Newborn, Baby, Maternity or Family Photo Shoot?

Does this all sound good to you?  

Are you interested in having a chat about what type of photo shoot might suit your current family needs?   

I would love to hear from you.  Please get in touch and we can discuss this further.

Best wishes

Sarah x


Don’t leave it too late to get in touch, I’m getting busy!

People aren’t going on holiday this year and they would like something to look forward to.

A Photo Shoot is the perfect solution.

A fun family experience which results in some beautiful images to treasure and display in your home.

Only a couple of spaces left in August.  Also booking for September, October & November.


 I also have a 2020 FEEL GOOD SPECIAL OFFER to get the ball rolling.

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