My little photography business has hit its 4 year milestone! I love being a Newborn photographer & Wedding photographer. As much as I see four years as a huge achievement and one I am really proud of, I wouldnt still be succeeding and doing a job I can honestly say I ADORE if it wasn't for my clients, my friends and family who not only support me in all kinds of ways wether that be booking in for shoots year on year, recommending me, or even something like sharing a post on social media.
Church view farm is a family run farm and shop that grows and sells fresh fruit and vegetables, at this time of year they have over 5000 fresh Pumpkins. The farm is situated opposite St Thomas church and less than half a mile from the scotch piper pub which is the oldest inn in Lancashire, in close proximity to from farmer teds.
Newborn Photography Cheshire | What do I hope to achieve from every newborn session I do? As an experienced newborn photographer, I have chosen my sessions to be mainly baby led which means choosing poses and props and the flow of shots dependant on each baby's individual moods, character and needs.
Its mad really, as parents its easy to take every day things for granted. It wasn't until Harry's Diagnosis last year that I really sat down and take in just how special every moment is with the people with love. Harry is a probably one the strongest four year olds I know and I don't say that lightly. After coming though what he and his family been through and beating cancer it was wonderful and amazing to be invited to celebrate two extremely special celebrations.
I remember photographing Harry's First birthday here three years ago...A little boy I have been taking photos of before he was even here, and yet today meant so much. As a family friend it was amazing to see him playing and running about like any other four year old again, I can't begin to imagine how his parents and family feel knowing they finally have their 'Harry' back.
Gorgeous Family and a very special little man....x
Jude's Graduation from Pre-School
Like many mums (And a lot of my clients) at the moment, my first born is soon to be starting 'big' school in September. Today was really emotional as he had his pre-school graduation. Jude called this the time he has to wear the hat with the 'square on'. I wanted to share some photographs from the day and also say how amazing this nursery has been. More than four years ago I dropped my tiny 'baby' off, truly afraid and a mess. And yet I had nothing to worry about as they have loved him and helped him grow in so many ways. For many working mums the prospect of choosing a nursery is hard, and for me I am so glad I found this one. The staff here are amazing, my little boy has grown into such a loving, clever and thoughtful person. He has made some lovely friends who I am sure he will be so sad to leave, I can't recommend Dunky's enough. Special thanks for Harley, Kelly-ann and Johanna who have been the last of the many staff who have worked with Jude...we will be really sad to leave you all...and I am beyond grateful for all the time and effort you put in every day he has been in your care..x
We see them everyday, or at least I know I do. These beautiful 'angelic' images of a brand new baby beautifully wrapped in the arms of their very 'well behaved' sibling. I follow that many newborn photographers on Facebook and Instagram I am like a Serial Newborn photographer stalker! As simple and as perfect as the shots looks, sometimes (my judgement is about 90% of the time) its a little bit more tricky and a lot more hard work to get something that has the correct mix of emotion, reality and usability.
As a mum of two now I know first hand how hard it is getting that perfect sibling shot, even now my babies are getting a little bit older and the baby is more sturdy, its almost impossible to get two smiles, or a perfect cuddle. Hiring a professional sometimes is a great option and sometimes its all about letting them be and capturing something more natural. This image here is probably as 'natural' as it gets. This particular one I have up in my house as it makes me smile. 'My' children clearly are a little bit 'Camera Shy'. Anyone that knows me, knows how much I adore kids being kids and how much I love the more candid shots of my own babies.
We as mums (and dads) don't always have time or money to go the photographer to get a lovely sibling image and sometimes you just want a nice image for nana and grandad, so heres so few tips...
1. Take your time...
Its always very daunting for a new sibling when they become that 'big brother or 'big sister'. A lot of the newborn babies I photograph are between 3-16 days old, which in sibling time isn't a lot of time for them to 'get comfortable' with their new baby. You get siblings who are extremely excited and happy to hold, kiss and cuddle their newborn baby. And then theres the other side of the scale which is a nervous sibling who wants to cuddle mum and would quite happily cling to an iPad than be within an inch of this new baby who has taken over their world! (this type is my son Jude). Its all about taking time with them, easing in with maybe a parent in the = shot, letting them choose the parent they want to sit with etc. Children are much happier when they feel they are little bit in control.
2. Take away all the scary props..let them be.
A photography studio can be an extremely daunting place for a young child, clean backdrops and scary fluffy wool blankets. Not to mention a scary women with a camera in your face...Who you have probably never met before in your whole life! What if we take it all away and just let them be, ask them if they want to hold the baby? give them options so they feel in control, do they want to kiss the baby or give them a cuddle? Some of my favourite family/sibling shots have been from lifestyle sessions at home where we let the children be as close or as far away as they want, they are in their own environment and don't feel under pressure to 'Perform'.
3. Bribery - Wheres that biscuit tin!
I have heard it all, Maccie D's, Toy shopping, Cakes, and of course the classic 'Kinder egg'. If all else fails sometimes a little treat can do the trick as does the old - Its 'Just one photo' promise. Quietly turning my camera to continuous mode and hoping to get a good 20 images in a brief moment.
Even as an experienced newborn photographer and a mum. I don't always get these photographs exactly how I plan them and sometimes they are challenging to get perfect or even get at all. In some cases the less than perfect ones turn out the best ones.
Something I do love is that every single sibling shot is unique, every child is different, different ages, sometimes more than one, older, younger, some bold and some shy. Thats what also makes these Newborn Photographs so special.
So to conclude my little blog today heres some of my work when it has been a success...
And after a moan, a full on tantrum, and the promise of a yes a 'Kinder Egg', Jude decided his Newborn sister wasn't that bad after all....x
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In February my little business is 3 years old! wow where did that time go?!
Over that time lots of change has happened. I have grown so much within my myself, my work has evolved and changed I have become a Mummy 'again'! One thing that hasn't changed is how loyal and lovely my clients are and this year I am putting a huge focus on existing client rewards, including discounts, product promotions and promo shoot days!
So if your an existing client and you would love to be added to the list please pop your email and name here, I promise no spam or harassment just keeping you all up to date and most importantly rewarding you! As without my clients I wouldn't be able to do something I love everyday...