July2015

100% Pure Baby photography

How do you want to remember you baby in years to come? What is it about this phase you want to hold onto and be able to revisit forever? I feel there is a bit of a shift happening in the world of baby photography and more focus is being moved back to pictures that are 100% pure baby, pictures about mum’s with babies, and less focus on hats and hairbands.

I have never been into the really awkward and unnatural newborn posing, and my style has always been quite natural, but recently I have had the opportunity to do some even less “styled” baby shoots, and it occurred to me that they feel very genuine and very real to me. They feel 100% pure baby, and incorporate much more emotion and memories than just the baby in a basket.

Lifestyle baby photography shoot at home

This gorgeous little prince had a studio session at two weeks old, but wouldn’t sleep. We did another session at his home, to incorporate the grandparents visiting from abroad, and I simply fell in love with his home shoot. So many personal memories are captured in the images, his nursery, his first clothes, teddies, grandparents and just him with his beautiful mum at this magical stage in life! I look at these images and I wish I had images like this of me and my boys (but of course like most women I refused to get in the picture)!!!

pure baby lifestyle photography at home

Lifestyle photography at home with mum and baby

Baby lifestyle photography with grandparents

Older babies are perfect for lifestyle images

There is a lot of pressure on bringing in newborn babies for pictures in the first 10 days of being born, but the first couple of weeks fly by in a blur and many new parents simply miss this tiny window of opportunity. The great news is that lifestyle baby images along these lines are great for older babies as well. This gorgeous boy is 4 months old and full of smiles!

Older babies photography

Styling a lifestyle baby shoot

Gorgeous pictures never just happen by luck! Even natural lifestyle image like these are not left to chance, I will help you choose what to wear, choose what the baby wears, what colour bedding works, what room has good lighting – I can do lifestyle images in the studio or at my house as well, if you house isn’t suitable. And actually it can be quite a big deal to have a photographer come to your house right after having a baby, I don’t want you to feel pressured to tidy up and be the “perfect hostess”, so most people prefer to come to the studio, and that is absolutely fine.

Styling a baby photography shoot

I still love my newborn studio pictures, which are also quite natural, and I do always include the parents as well, but I do feel there is something special about these 100% pure baby shoots, and if I could turn back time this is what I would do with my boys!

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Great family holiday pictures in 15min

With the big holiday around the corner, I thought I would share 5 easy tips on how to come back with better than normal holiday images. The aim isn’t to get perfect pictures, but imagine coming back from holiday with images of your family that will be lovely memories and you can proudly display around your home (and Facebook!). Even if you are doing them on your phone, following a few tips will make a big difference!

Even a simple trip out on the bikes can make for sweet pictures

1. Set a date and a time – ish...

During the holiday we typically go to picture perfect locations, so decide that you will do your shoot the day you go to the beach/the forest/going through a picturesque village or just going out on the bikes, but choose a day! Do the pictures when you arrive at your chosen destination – before the kids are covered in sand and ice cream! Prep the family (including dad!) that you will spend the first 10-20min doing pictures, and be disciplined about it, is it really easy to just not do it...and you will regret it later

2. Never wear a cartoon t-shirt!

A holiday shoot isn’t about being perfectly colour coordinated, but a guaranteed way to ruin any picture is putting kids in t-shirts or dresses with cartoon/superhero faces on the front. This alone will improve any image you ever take of your family!

3. Close up, far away, down low, details...

Vary your shots, take some close up portrait style images, but also do some further away that includes more environment. Don’t forget the details, this will look great if you want to put an album together from your holiday or collages on your wall. Include sandcastles, flowers, ice creams, signs, sandals and sunglasses, whatever tells the story of your day out.

Get variety in your family pictures

4. Handling the light

We all LOVE a sunny holiday, but anyone who has ever done a shoot with me will know that I don’t love harsh sunshine for portraits. So in order to get half decent close up pictures of your children, look for a shaded area, maybe under a tree, by a log cabin, by a beach hut or in a door way. Playful action type images are fine in the sun, particularly on the beach. If you have a somewhat simple camera, you might be best of not shooting into really bright sun light as you will lose most details, so keep the sun behind you.

find a shady area for close up pictures of your children

5. Controlling the kids... and dad...

Remember it is officially much harder to photograph your own children, so don’t be upset with yourself if it feels a bit stressful – it will be worth it! Prep everyone beforehand, and get the children involved; say you are all doing some great pictures to put in their rooms or to make a book with. After that, there is really only one thing to do, bribe them! Promise them ice creame/pony rides/fish&chips/sweets WHAT EVER will keep them focussed and cooperative for 15min, and doesn’t involve chocolate! Don’t let them eat during the pictures, they will have odd facial expressions! Focus on the relationships between the children, it is lovely if they sit next to each other giving cuddles, they don’t necessarily have to sit and give you picture perfect smiles. Get your children sitting with dad, and make dad do some pictures with you and the children. Ask a random stranger to do a picture with all of you in it! Don’t over pose it – let the kids be kids and just shoot whatever they do :o)

Let the kids be kids and just capture them

That’s it, simple! 15mins later you will have a great set of varied images that will look great in a photobook, perfect as postcards to the family and great for putting on the wall at home.

Happy holiday! I hope you enjoy taking great pictures of your family!

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A full boudoir session

The nature of boudoir images is very private, and hence I never really get to share a full shoot. So, with the permission of this gorgeous girl, I am delighted to be able to share quite a few images from this shoot, and hopefully give you a good idea of the variety you get from just one shoot.

Stockings or no stocking?

Boudoir can be interpreted in different way, by different people, and it is entirely down to the individual what to wear for a session! You don’t have to wear suspenders and stockings, but I love this shoot because it shows how it can actually be quite “safe” to wear something that perhaps sounds daunting. The little shaped slip dresses often come with detachable suspenders, and they are excellent for pictures. They absolutely look the part, quite suggestive but very little skin on show. And as a bonus they are brilliant for wearing afterwards in real life under dresses for a night out!

Boudoir photography - wearing slip dress with suspenders

Boudoir photography - wearing slip dress with suspenders

Big chunky jumpers

Big chunky jumpers are mighty popular for boudoir photography. Very classic in look, and feels like a very safe option. You can either wear it over lingerie or go for a suggested “wearing nothing underneath” look!

Boudoir photography - wearing chunky jumper

Do something different

I am a creative person, and therefor trying something new will always appeal to me! It can be daunting preparing for you shoot, and it is easy to loose your nerve and revert to a set of M&S bra and pants, but if you go some something out of the ordinary, there is a chance you will end up with images that are that little bit more special and unique. I LOVE these – I feel they are stylish and beautiful and quite anonymous, you could frame them and hang them up and people wouldn’t know instantly it was you? Or have it as the front cover of a notebook? What would you wear at your very own boudoir experience???

Boudoir photography - wearing slip dress with suspenders

These images were all done at The Nevill Arms, a lovely venue for boudoir photography, what's not to love about those amazing windows!

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