Choosing a Baby name – Tips from a London Newborn Photographer

Below is a selection of some of the babies and children’s names I’ve photographed in the last year (2018). I’m also sharing my 10 top tips for choosing a Baby name.

I’m not sure that I can actually list all of the babies and children I’ve had the pleasure of photographing! Simply because this could well be a very long list, but hopefully this will be an interesting reading for you.

I’d say Charlie, Sebastian and Leo did appear at least two or 3 times in my list for last year. Here goes:

  • Alana
  • Isla
  • Rosie
  • Koya
  • Oliver
  • Estelle
  • Dax
  • Roddy
  • Eleri
  • Nara
  • Sebastian
  • Anya
  • Iyanu
  • Kaiyan
  • Daphne
  • Adrian
  • Imogen
  • Charlie
  • Malachi
  • Karim
  • Hari
  • Reya
  • Luna
  • Talia
  • Abi
  • Jacob
  • Laila
  • Kush
  • Aaria
  • Felix
  • Orla
  • Nikol
  • Robbie
  • Mackenzie
  • Finn
  • Paloma
  • Robert
  • Leo
  • Sophie
  • Axel
  • Cruz
  • Emmeline
  • Ved
  • Mallory
  • Camille
  • Vivienne
  • Avtar
  • Arlo
  • Cooper
  • Neo
  • Lacey
  • Alberto
  • Nikhil
  • Dylan
  • Hugo
  • Shiloh
  • Grayson
  • Siya
  • Akari
  • Anastasia
  • Hannah
  • Danny
  • Evie
  • Maxwell

11 Tips to help you when choosing a name

  1. How does it sound with the surname?
  2. Is it easy to pronounce and spell?
  3. If it can be shortened do you like the shortened version. If not, is it the right name/are you happy to put up with that?
  4. Do you both love the name?
  5. Does it suit your baby? Yes I know, this is a tough one!
  6. How does it sound with your other children’s names?
  7. What do the initials spell out?
  8. Is it popular? Do you mind that?
  9. Is having a a gender neutral name important to you?
  10. Does the name age well?
  11. Lastly, does name significance and meaning play a part?
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Did you find this post on choosing a baby name useful?

If so, and you’d like to see more names from my previous years of photographing babies and children, let me know by leaving a comment below and I’ll share those too!

You’re very welcome 🙂


Samantha is a multi- award winning Portrait, Family, Maternity and Newborn Photographer based in North London. She covers London, Essex and Hertfordshire. Samantha can travel to your home or a place of your choice for your session.

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