Maternity Shoots, photography, portrait shoot

Beautiful summer’s day maternity shoot!

Summer this year has been so incredibly busy – I’ve barely had time to keep up with my blog posts!

This gorgeous Mamma-to-be came by for her maternity portrait session back in June, and gosh, did she photograph well!

Most Mammas-to-be aren’t feeling their best when they’re 8 months pregnant – but this beautiful lady proved that trend wrong! She was a natural in front of the camera, and took my breath away with every shutter click.

As usual with my maternity sessions, we started off in the studio with some traditional Mum & Dad shots:

We then moved on to some sentimental shots – with items that were to be incorporated into the newborn shoot:

 

We then went for a little walk to my “secret location” where we got some stunning outdoor shots!

 

As our shoot was at 1pm, the sun was at its highest point in the sky when we went outdoors – and this is usually every photographer’s worst nightmare. Harsh sunlight casts unflattering shadows on even the best models, and this day was no exception.

Thankfully, I had taken my off-camera flash with me, which provided a bit of extra light to lift those dark shadows on her face, meaning we could continue taking irresistible photos!

I love it when clients request the full bump to baby package – there are no words to describe the importance of leaving your legacy behind in photos that will become a family heirloom, treasured by their children & grandchildren for years to come.

Head over to my website to read up more on how to create your own legacy!

Maternity Shoots, Newborn shoots, photography, portrait shoot

From bump…..to baby!

One of the best things about my job is being able to be part of a beautiful journey with my clients.

This gorgeous couple came to me for a maternity shoot back in November. We hit it off straight away, they were both such naturals in front of the camera!

After about 45 minutes in the studio, we went for a short stroll to my “secret location”.

Don’t be fooled by that golden sunshine! It was the end of November, and was actually FREEZING!

I admire Dad’s bravery, he was able to smile through his shivering so I could capture this beautiful photo!

 

Then, in January, I welcomed their little girl to my studio! She was as natural in front of the camera as both her parents, and we got some stunning photos!

Her family are from South Africa, so her parents were eager to incorporate small touches of this into her photos, I was only too happy to oblige!

And finally…!

No story is complete without the photos being printed and presented in a beautiful keepsake album!

What a perfect end to a perfect story…

… but of course this story isn’t over! Not by a long shot! Mum is already making plans to return to my studio when her little girl is a bit older.. Watch this space!

Maternity Shoots, Newborn shoots

Go big or go home!

In the words of Steve Jobs: “People don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

Sure, he may have been talking about the iPhone, but I find this statement to be true in so many aspects of life.

Even when I go food shopping, Simon will ask me: “What do we need?”, and all too often, my response is “I don’t know! I’ll know when I see it.” As in, I’ll walk down an aisle, see something, and go “Ooh! Yes, we need one of those!”

Bearing this in mind, I took the plunge a few weeks ago to order a HUGE metallic print from my lab in Germany. When I say I took the plunge, I mean it. I paid the same amount I make from one newborn session for just ONE studio sample – that’s an expensive sample!

But, oh my, it was WORTH it!

Now, every client that walks through my doors has their breath taken away just like mine was when I first took this photo. And they all say the same thing: “Wow, I wish I had that hanging on my wall!”

Good news! You can! All you have to do is book a portrait session with me, and you can soon have your beautiful portraits hanging on the wall, just like this one!

Charity work, Events, Fundraising

Running for Bliss!

On October 14th, Simon and I will be running the Royal Parks Half Marathon in aid of Bliss.

Bliss is a fantastic charity that does an incredible job supporting the families of babies born premature or sick.

Some of my clients owe so much to Bliss, and after hearing their stories on how much Bliss has helped them through difficult times, we decided to support Bliss as much as we can.

To help raise funds for Bliss, Simon and I have signed up for the Royal Park Half Marathon in October.

The 13.1 mile route takes runners through the capital’s world-famous landmarks and four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park, and Kensington Gardens.

This will be my first every half marathon, so I’m feeling a tad nervous! Luckily Simon has run a half marathon before, so he knows the drill!
He will be running alongside me, so that we can cross the finish line together.

 

Here’s the best bit:

We have spoken to our suppliers (more like twisted their arm!), and they have generously agreed to help with our fundraising efforts. SO……(drum roll please)

Anyone who donates £20 or more to our cause will be entered into a lucky draw to win a 30×20″ Canvas Wall Art! (worth £529)

Shortly after we cross the finish line, we will do a Facebook Live broadcast from Hyde Park. Team Bliss will draw a name out of a hat, and the lucky winner will be contacted.

So be sure to like and follow our page on Facebook , and keep an eye out on the 14th of October to be the first to know who the lucky winner is!

If you would like to make a donations please follow this link.

Information, Maternity Shoots, Newborn shoots

How much are your photos?

I get a lot of new enquiries that go something along the lines of:
“Hi, I’m interested in a newborn shoot. How much are your photos?”

I struggle with questions like this because:

You wouldn’t walk into a car dealership and go “I’d like to buy a car. How much are your cars?”

Answer: it depends on what YOU want and what YOUR needs are.

The car salesman would probably inquire as to whether you want a family car, a personal car, or a company car. He would ask if you want 3 doors, or 5 doors. He would ask if you’re planning on using this car for social or commuting. He’d also ask how much power you’re after – would you want a 1.0L, 1.6L or 3.0L engine? Do you need lots of space for child car seats? Or are you an eligible bachelor looking to draw everyone’s eye?

The same goes for photography: I can’t charge one flat rate for every client that walks in through the door.

First I have a pre-shoot consultation with you: I sit down with you, either in person over a cup of coffee, or over the phone. I find out what your needs are, which images from my portfolio you love, where you would like to display your portraits, what colour schemes you have in your home, and so on. No two clients are the same, and no two shoots are the same.

Throughout our session my husband Simon and I will get to know you and your story – how you met your partner, how you found out you were pregnant, what you do for a living, etc. We build up a relationship with you to further understand what your passions are.

At the viewing, we present your portraits to you in a beautiful slideshow. We help you decide what products you want, and make every effort to ensure the decision-making process is as easy as possible. We don’t overwhelm you with 100+ photos and rush you into making a purchase!

When you book a session with me, you become part of my family. The session fees are simply retainers to guarantee you a slot in my diary.

Get in touch now if you would like to join our little family!

Newborn shoots

Baby O’s portrait session

Another adorable baby boy came through my studio doors last week.. Everyone, meet Baby O! 😮

O how gorgeous are those folds on his back! His mum squealed with delight when she saw them!

Check out those dinky little toes!

Baby O was such an angel during his shoot – he literally slept like a baby!

I had such fun photographing Baby O, this beautiful blue blanket was knitted specially by his Granny ❤

Most Mums looks tired and worn in the weeks after giving birth – not this Mum! She looked too stunning for words! She was a superstar, both inside and out

 

If you would like portraits just like this, simply get in touch to book your session!

Information

FAQs

Q: How much do you charge?
A: It depends on what type of portrait session you would like. A full list of my session prices can be found here.

Q: What’s included in the session fee?
A: The session fee acts as a retainer, and simply secures you a place in my diary. It covers use of the studio and all its equipment – i.e. professional lighting, a variety of backdrops, props, wraps, and outfits for you and your little ones. Your session fee also pays for our time and expertise (newborn shoots can last up to 4 hours, and post-processing can take up to 3 hours). It does not include any products – these are purchased separately at the viewing session.

Q: How much are your digitals?/How much for all the digitals on a CD? 
A: I cringe when I hear this question. I don’t sell digitals, I sell portraits. Digitals is such a crass word, used to describe photos that are stored on a media device (phone/CD/memory stick) and are never looked at. Can you remember the last time you went through your camera roll on your phone? When you have guests round, do you crack out the laptop/tablet to show them photos that you took a few months ago? CDs and memory sticks eventually end up on a shelf or in a drawer gathering dust, fading from memory.
I create portraits designed to be shown off – on the wall, in a presentation box, or in an album. Nothing beats turning the pages and hearing the gasps of wonder from your nearest and dearest when you show off your pride and joy.
For this reason, I only sell digitals as back-ups to accompany a product purchase. So when you buy an album or presentation box, you are provided with a complimentary memory stick that matches the design.

Q: When should I book a session? 
A: As soon as possible! My diary fills up quick, so leaving your booking till you’ve had your baby may not guarantee you a session. I usually pencil you into my diary a week or so after your due date; if your baby arrives earlier/later than expected, we can always shuffle your session date around – it’s easier to shuffle a provisional date around than to book an entirely new date in.

Q: Do you only photograph the baby?
A: Certainly not! Although the new arrival steals everyone’s attention for the first few weeks/months/years, the rest of the family is so important as well. I always encourage parents and siblings to join in as well. Mum and Dad will take dozens of photos as the little one grows up, but how often will they be in the shot? A portrait session is one of the rare occasions where the whole family will be in the shot together.

Q: How do I book a session?
A: Simple, just get in touch, and I’ll take care of the rest!

Events, Information, Local Baby Services

Hello Baby Event at Singleton Village Hall

Wow what a whirlwind of a day!

Simon and I spent yesterday at Hello Baby’s open afternoon at the Singleton Village Hall, and BOY, did we enjoy it!

This was my first exhibiting event, so I was a little nervous at first! I’m not normally comfortable meeting new people in environments as busy as this one, but the organisers and other vendors were so lovely and easy to talk to, I soon came out of my shell!

I’m still buzzing from meeting so many people! New parents, parents-to-be, and not to mention all the other lovely vendors that were exhibiting there as well!

There were baby massage services, baby swimming groups, baby slings, baby sign groups, and so many more!

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be interviewing as many of these businesses I can, and posting about them RIGHT HERE so you can learn all about local baby services for you and your family!

Be sure to follow my page and blog for all the latest updates!

 

P.S. Rumour has it…there’s going to be another Hello Baby event in the next couple of months! Watch this space!

Information, Newborn shoots

Your Studio Experience (Newborn portrait session)

When you book a newborn portrait session with Baby Elephant Portraits, you are guaranteed a top-notch service.

From the pre-shoot consultation, right up to the delivery of your products, you are treated like part of the family. Every client that walks through our doors is well looked after, and given a personal service. We get to know our clients and their stories – how they met, what they do for a living, what they’re passionate about.

Those first few weeks are a cloud of haze for most new parents. They’re still riding that high of having brought a brand new baby into the world, and BOY, are they tired!

For a few hours, you’ll be able to clock off. Both Simon and I are fully trained in newborn handling and safety, and will look after your precious baby while you relax and take a break.

Refreshments are provided at every session (Baby needs to eat, and so do YOU!).

Throughout the session, we will (bottle) feed them, burp them, clean up after them, rock and soothe them, and photograph them.

This is probably one of the few opportunities Mum and Dad will get in the next few months to be waited on hand and foot, and have every need taken care of.

No two shoots are ever the same – every baby settles differently, every parent has a different story to tell.

Let us get to know you and help tell your story. We will capture memories in portraits that you and your family will treasure forever.

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!