Certified Newborn Photographer

Certified Newborn Photographer with the ANP


I am very pleased that I am the first Certified Newborn Photographer in Perth. Here the announcement of The Academy of Newborn Photography:

We just love awarding certificates to these fantastic photographers committed to their professional development and ensuring they are up-to-date with their health and safety training! Congratulations to our first Perth Photographer Karin Shugrue from KS Photography on completing the Certificate in Newborn Photography!! 
Certified Newborn Photographers complete a total of 19 Subjects on Birth, Newborn Health & Safety and Workplace Health & Safety and they have achieved a 100% Pass mark in 3 examinations.
They have completed their Infant CPR and First Aid Certificates. They will either be fully immunised or disclose their immunisation status to clients.
Congratulations Karin!!!! 

I feel so lucky that as a Newborn Photographer, I am able to meet so many gorgeous little babies and their parents. Newborn babies are such wonderful miracles and to work with them gives me such joy.

My Experience

I have specialised in newborn photography for the last 8 years. As a result, I am very experienced settling any of my client babies to sleep. It comes natural and I strongly believe that babies feel safe and secure with me. Moreover, I can often feel babies relax in my hands and I can read their state of readiness for sleep. When your baby is asleep, I can tell by their breathing and movements when they are about to wake up.

I can also distinguish their different cries for being hungry, tired or even if they have tummy pains. Consequently, parents are often amazed when they watch me and call me a “baby whisperer”. I also receive requests for babysitting regularly.

However, despite being a mum myself, 8 years of experience and hundreds of babies later, this year I felt that I wanted to take my craft one step further. I have always strongly believed that your baby’s health and safety is my top priority. Although I feel very confident through my extensive experience and practise, I wanted to become a certified newborn photographer.  The training with the Academy of Newborn Photography was a perfect fit for my professional development.

Health & Safety for your Newborn Baby

Are you looking for a Newborn Photographer?

The increase in popularity of cute newborn photos has led to a big increase of baby photographers offering their services to the public. How do you choose your newborn photographer? There are such big differences in skill levels, experience as well as pricing? What questions should you ask when enquiring before booking?

Don’t choose someone who wants to practice their posing and baby handling. Or someone who’s rude, impatient or demanding upon first contact. Chances are that the photographer could be worse during the session. But above all, you need to ensure that your baby’s safety comes first. Below are some suggestions to check out.



Perhaps you’ve asked your relatives or friends get a Whooping Cough vaccination in preparation for your baby’s birth? But have you thought about asking if your photographer is vaccinated? (Yes, I am.)

Newborn Training

Being able to handle a baby in a normal day situation is not enough to be a certified newborn photographer. The poses, so desired by most parents, don’t just happen. They require experience, knowledge and training to achieve safe, comfortable positioning.




Unlike some other businesses, there is no regulatory body to supervise the practices of photographers in Australia. The Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) is the only countrywide recognised body where photographers can apply to become accredited members. I am very proud to say that I am a fully Accredited Professional Photographer with the AIPP since 2013.

  • Can you see an ABN number displayed on the website? If not, please ask if the business is registered with the Australian Business Register.
  • If the business is operated from home, is it registered with the Local Council and licensed? Has the business the council’s permission to operate from home?
  • Check to see if the photographer insured against public liability?
  • Being a member of a professional organisation such as the AIPP shows professionalism and a quality standard. Is the photographer an Accredited Professional Photographer?


How can you assess a photography business for its integrity?

  • Someone who shows patience, understanding and kindness to you and your baby. You should get a feel for that when you’re contacting your prospective photographer.
  • Read the reviews on Google or on Facebook. Don’t just rely on a 5 Star rating, but see how many customers have actually contributed to that rating.
  • Are package prices easy to understand? Do you get the impression that there will be pressure selling?
  • Will you be able to obtain digital images and be in control of your photos?
  • Does the photographer offer ways to spread the load? Gift Vouchers, Credit Card or instalments?
  • Different packages for different requirements (I offer my premium Newborn Art Photography, my mini Short & Sweet Package and my relaxed Lifestyle Package).

Google Reviews

Vikki Mair
Vikki Mair
04:22 29 Nov 16
We were so lucky to have Karin take pictures of my pregnancy and of our beautiful baby girl. We have received lots of wonderful comments on the images and will cherish the pictures. The whole experience was wonderful, she made us feel at ease throughout both sessions. I would highly recommend her!
Tiffany Ochs
Tiffany Ochs
09:37 01 Dec 16
We couldn't have asked for more! Karin did such an amazing job with our baby. Our little one didn't want to settle, but Karin was patient and calming and we ended up with incredible results. Karin also accommodated our special requests and incorporated a quilt that was made for us in the shoot and also photographed our baby with my mother who was over visiting from the states. Could not recommend her highly enough. Looking forward to booking our one year cake smash session with her when the time comes!
Sara Duncalf
Sara Duncalf
06:08 29 Nov 16
Karin was so fantastic, gentle and patient during our little buns newborn photo shoot and the pictures she took and edited were beautiful. We have received a lot of very positive comments on the photos from friends and family. We were very impressed! Thanks Karin!
Kasey Magro
Kasey Magro
11:29 28 Nov 16
Karin was so wonderful with our girl and captured her perfectly. She matched what we wanted so well and we couldn't be happier! Thank you so much for your beautiful work
Aliza Magalong
Aliza Magalong
02:31 17 Sep 16
Would definitely recommend KS Photography to all our family and friends without hesitation. Karin is not only an amazing and talented photographer, she is also a wonderful person to work with. She also has a gift with babies, our little Kiana was so at peace with her which made the experience that much better. We were beyond impressed with our maternity and newborn photos which we will treasure forever. Thank you again Karin, it was an absolute pleasure with you and look forward to working with you again in the near future.
Nicole Jessop
Nicole Jessop
01:18 22 Dec 16
I absolutely love KS Photography! If you are looking around for a photographer I highly recommend that you use Karin - you will not be disappointed! I have used Karin for both my kids newborns photos and will definitely be using her again when baby #3 arrives next year. We also just recently had a family photoshoot done and have just loved every single photo she has taken! We have her photos hanging up in pretty much every room in our house! I can't wait to look back at all the photos when the kids have grown up ???? perfect memory keepsakes ????
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