About Rachel Lou
My name is Rachel, and I am a photographer living in Reading, Berkshire. I specialise in natural, authentic pregnancy, newborn and baby photography in and around Reading.
I am Mum to three spirited little people, wife to a country sports-mad husband and owner of Authentic Baby Photography.
My favourite things to do are chat over a cuppa with friends, explore the great outdoors with family and consume my body weight in chocolate on a regular basis!
(I may also be persuaded to enjoy a cheeky gin every now and then)
My guilty pleasures include Love Island, paté on toast and Chesney Hawkes - please don’t tell anyone!
I became a Mum in 2011 when my eldest son Billy arrived. We didn't have a lot of spare money at the time, so were unable to invest in professional newborn photographs for either him or our daughter Keira who was born just 13 months later (the close age gap seemed like a good idea at the time!!)
Missing the opportunity to have baby photographs taken of them is something that I regret hugely, and are memories that are sadly now lost forever.
By the time our youngest son Jack arrived, I was determined not to make the same mistake and decided to search for a photographer to capture those precious early days for us.
Unfortunately I was unable to find a photographer that matched the style of photography that I was looking for. I wanted something authentic and honest that truly showed my baby boy as he really was, and not the prop-filled images that were all over the internet.
I fell in love
This is when I decided to specialise in natural, authentic, honest newborn photography. Showing babies as they really are on the day; whether that be asleep, awake, crying, sneezing (or worse!) I want to capture memories as they actually happen, giving you a true collection of images from your newborn photography session.
These are the images that make my heart sing, and that you truly will treasure forever.
Being a creative at heart, I love to capture moments and tell stories through my photography. Life is all about relationships and I love to capture the small interactions that often go unnoticed between people....
~ The tenderness of a Mother kissing her newborn baby's forehead whilst rocking him to sleep.
~ The look of absolute and utter adoration in the eyes of new parents.
I don't use props or frilly outfits in my newborn portrait sessions, instead keeping it simple and honest. Capturing baby's beauty in simplicity, real moments within new families.
Coming to you removes the hassle of getting everyone out of the house, and into a studio environment. Photographing you and your young family in the comfort of your own home appeals to lots of new Mums for this very reason. I also find that younger children are more relaxed and comfortable within their own environment, meaning that I am able to capture lots of lovely natural moments of them playing, cuddling and enjoying time with their family.
Want to find out more?
If you are looking for a photographer with a relaxed shooting style, a sense of humour and a warm heart then get in touch for a cuppa and chat (and more than likely a Jaffa cake or two).