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!

Newborn shoots, photography

Baby B’s milestone session

Who else remembers Baby B from back in August?

Baby B’s newborn portrait session

GUESS WHO’S BACK??

I was delighted to welcome Baby B and his family back to the studio for a milestone session.

I couldn’t believe how much he’d grown since I last saw him!

Some babies are just pure naturals in front of the camera, and Baby B is certainly one of those blessed bubbas!

Those gorgeous blue eyes steal my heart every time I look at him!

I cannot WAIT for Baby B’s first birthday. I’m already counting down the days!

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!

Newborn shoots

Baby B’s newborn portrait session

Hello everyone! Meet Baby B, who came for his newborn portrait session at just 9 days old!

He absolutely ROCKED his shoot, it’s not often I get a baby as sleepy as Baby B, so I made the most of it!

If I had to pick a favourite colour, I would have to choose this colour scheme: these traditional browns and wooden textures perfectly portray that warm, fuzzy feeling of family and love.

I cannot express how much I love this timeless shot!  Those three perfect profiles just make my heart melt every time I capture it.

Look at this Mamma! Just look at her! Isn’t she gorgeous?? How can someone give birth to a BABY and look this fantastic just a week later?

This signature shot is LOVED by every single parent I’ve done a portrait session for. There’s just something so classic about the scale of the picture, and you just know that as their baby grows up, Mum & Dad will look at this photo and go “Look! Look how small you used to be! Your whole body could fit in between my arms.”

This was my HOT SHOT from Baby B’s session – this portrait now hangs in my studio as a whopping 60×40 inch metallic print, perfectly positioned to take the breath away of everyone who walks into the studio!

Newborn shoots

Baby T’s newborn portrait session

Everyone, meet Baby T!

This gorgeous girl came through my studio for her newborn portrait session, and I was super excited because I was able to make use of some of my props for the first time!

The beautiful doll in the photo is hand-made by Welsh business Cwtchi Coo, who use locally sourced wool. They make incredible props and textiles, I can’t get enough of them!

Baby T didn’t come alone to her shoot! Her big sister joined in and we got some adorable shots of the two of them together.

Baby T was a perfect model, and pretty much slept right through her whole session!

I had such a wonderful time capturing these beautiful portraits for her Mum, who spent ages agonising over which portraits to purchase (can’t say I blame her, it took me ages to whittle the final selection down to 25!)

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.

Information, Newborn shoots

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

Information

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!