Newborn shoots

Baby B’s portrait session

Last week, I had gorgeous Baby B come to the studio for his newborn portrait session.

Look at those BEAUTIFUL eyes!

He didn’t fancy sleeping much during his session, he found everything going on around him to be far too interesting!

I managed to grab a few sleepy bean bag shots, but once those were done with, Baby B spent the rest of his session watching me work.

I’ve never been watched so intently by such a cute little face! You can almost hear him going “What on EARTH is this crazy lady DOING?”

Baby B’s parents ADORED his photos, and loved how I managed to capture all his cute little expressions. A few tears were even shed during the viewing session!

I had such a wonderful time photographing Baby B, this is why I love my job!

If you, or someone you know, is expecting a new arrival, get in touch now to book your own newborn session and capture memories just like these ones!

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The Newborn Photography Show

Last week I drove up to Coventry to attend the Newborn Photography Show at the Heart of England Conference & Events Centre.

This annual event is a big hullabaloo in the newborn photography world, as both photographers and vendors from all over the country gather together under one roof in the heart of the beautiful countryside in Coventry.

Once inside, I was greeted by stand upon stand of vendors and suppliers, all showcasing beautiful products; I couldn’t decide which direction to turn first!

I spent what felt like ages walking round all the stalls, admiring all the different products on display:
Props, wraps, baby outfits, maternity dresses, accessories….

I saw a few familiar faces; all the top-end printing labs were in attendance, as well as other companies such as website providers, customer management partners, photography associations, and even a couple of charity organisations.

Of course, one cannot attend an event like this and not spend money.
I left the conference with my purse considerably lighter, and my arms full of goodie bags!

It’s a good thing I left the hubbie at home for this one, otherwise I probably would have spent even more money!

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Your Investment

All too often, I receive inquiries that go along the lines of something like this:

“Hi, I came across your website, and I really like your photos. How much do you charge for 10 digitals?”

I get it, there are a LOT of photographers out there, and you need a way to compare them.

Most people use the price of a product to compare photographers, like you would a plumber or mechanic.

But let me tell you why this method of comparison is unreliable:

Different photographers have different levels of skill and ability.

There are those of us that have invested time and money into our art. As our skill set grows, so does our self worth and self value. We come to understand that our time is money, and charge appropriately.
We learn that when it comes to selling photographs, it’s not the paper and the ink that our clients are paying for, it’s the images that we produce.

Allow me to share a quote by Seth Godin that I live by:

This rings true especially for photographers – we don’t just click a shutter on a camera, we capture memories, moments, and details that disappear in the blink of an eye.

We spend years fine-tuning our skills. There is so much more to photography than just our cameras.

I have spent over £1000 in newborn photography training, and my photos reflect this.
When it comes to photographing your precious newborn baby, I’m one of the best out there.

So allow me to finish with this:

“If you’re choosing a photographer based on price alone, I can’t compete. There are plenty of other photographers out there who are cheaper than me, without a doubt. 

But if you want the best in service and artistry; if you want to be completely taken care of every step of the way, and actually see your portraits printed beautifully on your walls, I’m your girl!

There’s no one comparable”

— Gaby Chung

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Rebranding: My Story

When I first started my business, I gave it a very generic name: Kalysha Photography

My logo was very simple and to-the-point. It was clean and professional, and for a while, I was happy with it.

As time passed, I grew tired of this logo. My artistic and photographic skill was developing, and I was becoming more invested in maternity and newborn photography. Baby photography was my true passion: being able to capture those tiny little features and immortalise them forever in beautiful photographs was a gift that I could offer new parents who were so sleep deprived they could barely think straight.

I started thinking about what name I could give this growing passion. I wanted something cute, something that immediately shouted “baby!”; I wanted something that was meaningful and personal to me.

After mulling it over for a few days, I landed on baby elephants.

Growing up, I was always on the chubby side, and my Dad would call me his “elephant” (in jest, I’m sure!). When my boyfriend (now husband) found out about this tease, he was delighted! He started calling me his “Heffalump” to wind me up, and so I started calling him “Dumbo” in retaliation. These names soon became terms of endearment, and when we were on our honeymoon in Thailand, I got an elephant tattooed on the inside of my right wrist.

So it was settled: My business would be named after something was was both personal and meaningful to me.

I spent a couple of weeks designing my new logo, and TA-DA!!

elephant & rabbit circle colour

Needless to say, I love my new branding – it encompasses everything I set out to achieve, and looks sleek and totally bad-ass!

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Elli Cassidy Training

My newborn photography journey started back in March 2017 when I attended a training course at Fresh Studio Academy in Watford, London. The training was led by Elli Cassidy, one of the top newborn photographers in the UK.

visit Elli’s beautiful site!

It was a whirlwind of a day, our class of 6 learnt all about the studio set up, basic posing and lighting needed for a newborn photography shoot. By the end of the day, my mind was buzzing from all the information it had absorbed, and I was eager to try my hand at my own newborn sessions.

Over the next year, I spent time honing my skills and building up my business. By the end of the year I felt more confident with the direction my business was going, and I was ready to take the next step in my personal growth and development.

In early 2018, I bumped into Elli at a photography conference, and we got chatting. I told her how much I enjoyed her training at Fresh, and that I’d love the opportunity to further develop my skills with her. She suggested I take a look at the training section of her website, which offers a wider array of course options.

After some deliberation, I took the plunge and invested in a two-day 1:1 training course with her. I was a little apprehensive at first, the course was A LOT of money! I thought back to that day at Fresh and how much I learnt and how much I enjoyed myself, and it was an easy decision from there.

I saved up for the course, and BOY, was it worth it! I spent two whole days getting hands-on training with Elli, learning all her secrets: her posing and wrapping techniques, the best lighting set ups, her “baby whispers”, how she markets to local parents, and how she provides an out-of-this-world service to everyone who comes through her doors.

The two days positively flew by, and all too soon we were saying goodbye.

I learnt so much from Elli, and I simply CANNOT WAIT to put everything I learnt into practice.

I put together a short video documenting some of the best moments from our course, I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed creating it!

View the video HERE (link opens new tab in YouTube)

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The Journey Begins

Hello world!

I’ve decided to start a blog to document my photography business.

You could say that I’m a bit late to the party – I’ve been photographing newborns for over a year now, so this isn’t quite the start of my journey.. oops!

However, I’m super excited to start a blog, because I’ve just got SO MUCH to share with you guys, and I can’t WAIT!

To start it all off, here is a shot from my very first newborn shoot:

Looking back, there were SO MANY things I should have done differently. Oh well! Hindsight, eh?

They say you never forget your first, and this was certainly true for me! 😉