Juggling a baby and a toddler is a tricky task at the best of times, and the prospect of managing the situation for a photoshoot can break the most grounded of mums, but it can be amazing!Are you juggling a baby and a toddler? Would you like some gorgeous images of them but worry about the prospect of organising a photoshoot? An outdoor session could be just the thing! These gorgeous images are from Kew Gardens in London, which needless to say is a bit of a photographers dream location, but we have equivalently beautiful potential right here in Leicestershire! The thing with toddlers is they have no time to sit still and take orders, but they are fantastic at running around and doing their own thing. They also love cuddles with mum and dad, and actually this is a winning combination and perfect for pictures. lifestyle family photographer or please contact me for availability.
If you are on your 2nd, 3rd, 4th or what ever is your number “last” baby, I challenge you to look at these pictures and not melt...baby photography work here, and I sometimes do special offers for babies, so have a look in the special offers section too. Or please contact me to book a session or find out more 🙂
Leicestershire isn’t exactly renowned for spectacular cherry tree displays, but I’m super pleased with this little shoot – I think all mums and little girls should have pictures like these.
Talk about threenager!I don’t mean behavior, Leo was good as gold, but look at these images, can’t you just see the future teenager?! Sometimes it frightens me a little bit that you can capture such “mature” looks in really young children – a bit like getting a sneak peek of the future but they do look amazing!
Reveal the locationLocation spotting is great, I love it and subconsciously I am always doing it. However, quite often what I see as a great photography location might not look like much potential to others. I do think occasionally customers might wonder about my judgement when they turn up to my chosen spots. This is what I spotted one evening behind our local school, and I am very grateful that the head teacher allowed me to use it!
Often my lifestyle photography is very pretty and perfect, and it can be a bit girl heavy – I know terrible from a mum of two boys! Well, here is a little celebration of mums with boys, friendships and playing in the woods!
It might look like chaos...I like to think of it as controlled chaos, but I do appreciate that for people just walking past it probably does look a mess, here is a short behind the scenes video...
Reveal the locationThis series of images were taken in the woods at West Lodge Farm in Northamptonshire. It is one of my favourite locations for family shoots. There are great walks and the vast grounds and woods offers such a variety as a photography location. If you like my photography please follow my work on Facebook.com/dortekjaerulff
I always come back to the same thing – mums in pictures! I photograph babies all the time, and regardless of how a session pans out, I always come away with picture of both baby and baby with mum, and I simply don’t think I will ever tire of these pictures, would you?Remember, you will only have a baby for a year, so don’t miss out on getting some fantastic pictures to treasure for a lifetime and to pass on to new generations. Maybe you missed out on newborn pictures, or maybe you suddenly sense just how quickly your baby is growing up and changing. To me it’s the combination of baby pictures and having mum in the picture that tells the full story! This is divine 8 month old baby Willow and her beautiful mum, who came to the studio and kindly agreed to share their shoot. Facebook.com/dortekjaerulff I work as a baby photographer in Market Harbrough and on location in Leicestershire. I occasionally have special deal for mini baby sessions, please double check in the special offer section.
Lifestyle family photography is greatly associated with warm glowing summer days, and draws a natural close after autumn. This year I have made it a bit of a personal challenge to keep shooting during the winter months, and I am loving it!We are having an amazing UK winter really, the light is fantastic, it’s very mild and there are textures and colours everywhere that suit my style down to the ground! Here are some of my favourites so far of my own two all-time favourite models ;o)
On a dull wet dayI say it over and over again, clothing will make or break your shoot, and the yellow coat and wellies do absolutely make these images (both are from JoJo Maman Bébé )You cannot plan your outfits carefully enough for shoots. Being Scandinavian I am naturally quite obsessed with dressing kids warmly and never want them to be cold, especially not during a shoot as they will be instantly miserable. So during this time of the year make them wear ski layers underneath their normal clothes allows them to stay nice and warm without unattractive big coats.
By the lakeThese are done in Denmark a few days after Christmas, it was quite a dull dark day but with the sun just about to break through!
In the snowI utterly failed on the clothing for these, but who can plan for a snowy day! These images are not really portfolio material, but it was gorgeous lighting and they will serve as valuable memories to me all the same - and that is what I want to do, create these little time capsules!
I firmly believe that having children is the biggest life changing event for women, and hence photographing bumps is a delightful part of my work, and it just got a lot more glamourous!
I continuously invest in professional photography training, and earlier this year I did a maternity course. I have since been experimenting and playing with new styles and I am really loving the new look and feel!
Pregnancy is often associated with feeling heavy, achy and swollen so being able to present women with glowing images like these, are amazing! Here is a glimpse of what I have been working on. If you like them, and are blessed with a bump I am offering bump photography sessions in my Market Harborough studio at significantly reduced rates while I am further practising this new style.
Sun set maternity photography
I love these sunset bump pictures, but admittedly they didn’t just effortlessly happen. We had talked about this shoot for weeks and weeks, but when the day came the weather was somewhat against us with a stretch of cloudy evenings and no sign of the glowing rays we had in mind. I was also, once again, reminded that you cannot plan things 100% with newborns, and thing were further complicated by the baby suddenly being scheduled for c section a few weeks early. But right when I thought it was all lost we had a tiny window of opportunity and got some really special pictures! The light changes rapidly this time a day and created dramatically different looks within our shot little session and we got a great little mix of bump and sibling shots.
I offer maternity photography in my Market Harborough studio and on locations in Leicestershire. You can find out more about my work as maternity photographer here I occasionally do special offers for maternity 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)!!!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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)
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.