The Beauty of Black and White Newborn Images in you home

by Helen Rowan

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”

Ted Grant

Alfie’s Lifestyle Newborn Session at 21 Days Old

I had the most wonderful lifestyle newborn session with Alfie in their home in Sheffield.

Laura contacted me after her 20 week scan to say that she followed me on Instagram and loved my newborn lifestyle images. I just knew that we’d be a perfect fit. They are the loveliest, most relaxed family. Their beautiful baby is 3 weeks old in these photos.


I am a big fan of black and white images for newborns and so are a lot of the families that I photograph.

I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk a bit about black and white images; why they’re great for newborns, how they make you feel when you see them, and why lots of families still choose them when ordering wall art for their home.

Helen Rowan Photography Newborn Home Black and White - 12

The purest form of photography

In the past the old masters of photography had no choice but to photograph in black and white. Really you’d think with all the advances and choices when creating colour images black and white would have died out.

The main reason that it’s still so popular in my opinion is because black and white images remove the distractions of colour.

In black and white the viewer only studies the form, light, shadow and texture within his face.

A portrait  is generally not about the surroundings or the colour in the picture, it’s just about the beautiful face.