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!

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!

Events, Information

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!

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, Newborn shoots

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)

Information, Newborn shoots

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! 😉