I have to admit that blogging is not my top priority as it has been a long while since the last post. If you want to keep more up to date with my goings on then try my instagram . You can find me here. However my daughter very kindly put together a video of my favourite best newborn and family photography last year. Please sit back and turn up the music and enjoy it all the way through. It is dedicated to Rob Johnston and Sophie Sutherland. Both sadly lost their fight against cancer. It was an honour to capture their precious family memories. Photos that their families can treasure and remind them off happier times. Having lost my own brother recently I am familiar with the sense of loss. The first thing I reached for were the photos of him to keep him close to me.
I have many photographs over the year that I love. Not all of them can be shown in my photo film above but below are a chosen few. My photography sessions are relaxed and natural. I only use natural light so I can work quickly and can capture honest moments without being contrived. Do expect to spend a morning or an afternoon with me. As a natural, newborn, family photographer I like to spend time making my clients feel relaxed and unaware of my camera. If you would like to know more about my work and how it all works then please contact me here. I look forward to hearing from you.
I have always wanted to call myself an Award Winning photographer. Well the time has finally come and I am proud to have been awarded the title of “Cotswold Photographer of the Year” by the British Institute of Professional Photographers. I will be blogging my winnings in due course but am very honoured and shocked to be awarded such a title. I am not one to brag, promote or even advertise my work but this is something I might have to do.
Anyway enough about me. I have been prompted to blog about this lovely family in my favourite neighbourhood of Northcote Road Battersea. I went visit Jen at her home when she was expecting baby girl number three. Having three girls myself I could have total empathy. It’s funny but people often assume that you are hankering for a boy but I have always been happy and blessed with three girls and happily so was Jen.
There is something quite delightful about photographing a family that is expanding as they get more relaxed and chilled with life as their family grows. I always think a family needs a dog to complete the chaos. However in this case Bolshy the dog was the first baby and am delighted that he is a much part of the family as the kids! They were so relaxed that Stella the newborn baby was allowed to snuggle with him. I love it as it’s such a special relationship that is a natural part of childhood. The other bonus to third child is that the older siblings get a real baby doll to play with. Fabulous fun! Until of course baby Stella reaches the age of 2 and can hold her own. Then the she might develop her own ideas and not want to conform. Until then enjoy the calm.
I am delighted to be going back to photograph the family and document their changes. Lets see if we can make it to the park this time now I am an award winning photographer! Sorry I just like saying it!
If you would like to know more about my Award Winning Photography then please contact me here. I look forward to telling your story.
I am proud to say that being a newborn, bump photographer is fast becoming my speciality. The older I get the easier it seems to be for me. I love to calm the newborn babes and make the mothers feel comfortable, whether its their first, second or fifth baby! I love to capture the curiosity or sometimes indifference with the siblings. Kids can be quite honest about their feelings towards their new brother or sister. It doesn’t always go the way you expect.
Bobby is a dream older brother. Very affectionate and was happy to hold, love and kiss his new sister Nelly. He will be the proud big brother looking after his sister when she’s older. This is my third or fourth time of photographing Amy and Bobby. I was delighted when Amy asked me to capture some photos of her bump, as I knew that she was blooming in her pregnancy. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea to have their bump photographed but I think there is nothing more beautiful than a blooming, pregnant woman. Amy certainly fits this category. It’s such an amazing thing that happens to your body and should be celebrated! I like to make my clients feel relaxed and comfortable and take the time to appreciate their body and enjoy the calm before the storm!
I love the family shot of all the family looking down at Nelly. This was towards the end of the shoot and Bobby was starting to get restless. He loved the camera to be on him and was starting to feel that he wasn’t the main spotlight. However he loved to look at himself in the big mirror behind me. I let him enjoy his own reflection in the mirror and then when he was ready he looked down at just the right moment.
If you are looking for a newborn, bump photographer and would like to know more about the way I work or book a session, please contact me here. I look forward to hearing from you.
Here’s another little video of what I’ve be up to this year. I’ve been too busy to blog.. so thought I would condense it all onto a video! I’ve met some amazing people, each with a different story to tell. Can’t believe the year has whizzed by and I’m already putting up the Christmas tree! Don’t forget that vouchers are available for Christmas, a personal timeless gift. In the meantime, enjoy what I’ve been up to. If you would like more information on my natural family photography, please contact me HERE.
So this is a first for me….taking the time to reflect on my last years work as a children’s family photographer. I think it’s a great thing to do. Not just to show my past and future clients what I have been up to during the year but for myself. To remind myself of what a privilege it is to be asked to photograph families, newborns and relationships. For them to let me into their lives and share their milestones. Or simply to capture the simplicity of their day.
Although I have photographed many families last year I have not been able to include everyone. For this I do apologise! As you can imagine I have many more favourites and have found it hard to whittle it down to a mere 90 photos! Please take the time to sit back and enjoy my little slideshow. If you would like to know more about my relaxed style of photographing friends and families then send me an email with your details and I will be happy to discuss your needs. Just here! I am looking forward to what 2015 has to bring.
I went to visit this family in their beautiful cottage in Sutton Benger Wiltshire. Rebecca had just given birth to her second boy Rufus, who was a delight to photograph. Wiltshire is just on the border of Gloucestershire so I was happy to travel to their home. I do prefer it if your family photo shoot is based in your own home. It gives an emotional backdrop to your images that are priceless and meaningful. Everyone is more relaxed and if baby is feeding then I can nip off and photograph other siblings without any pressure or agenda. That’s when I am able to capture the most natural shots of your children and family. One of my favourite photos from this newborn photography session was actually of Ted gazing at his film. Another favourite is of all three boys sitting in the window. A simple but perfect moment.
We took some reportage photos on the family bed. One of the best places to achieve relaxed natural shots. One of the places you spend a lot of family time, especially with young children.
We took a few family shots outside with the front door as a backdrop. Rebecca has an eye for colour and design that I wanted to use this in my photography. Just at the end of the shoot when Rufus was quite exhausted. I spotted a beautiful half upholstered chair (a family heir loom) which made a perfect backdrop. When you are a busy mum of two then the upholstery jobs are last on the list! However we managed to make it look perfect.
I wanted share some quality time with Ted and daddy. It can be a bit of a shock when mummy and daddy bring home a baby brother and then realise he’s here to stay. Andy was happy to play a bit of rough and tumble with Ted. His rugby side coming out! I wanted to capture natural play and laughter between them. I am very conscious that I didn’t want to spend all my time fussing over baby Rufus otherwise Ted might be jealous. However, I didn’t need to worry. He was happy to show his affection to his little brother. Even if it was super quick!
I thoroughly enjoyed this newborn family photography session in Wiltshire and am delighted to hear that they would love a big family! If you would like to know more about my photography then contact me here.
I was delighted to be invited back to this lovely family for one of my newborn photography shoots. I have had the pleasure of many fun photo sessions with the Aldridge family but this was my first newborn one. It’s such a brief window of opportunity to capture that really teeny, tiny baby and all the fascination that goes with it. The first thing I notice when I walk in the door is the smell of fresh laundry. It always amazes me how much washing a little bundle can create. Then there is the pristine moses basket that we love to bundle our babies in and admire them as they fit perfectly. Not for long……so I always like to capture them in this perfect snug bed. This is little Joshua and he was a dream to photograph. We had some special time to photograph him before his brother Jake joined us on the photo shoot. Big brothers are great for giving big hugs and kisses and Jake delivered perfectly. However, it doesn’t always go according to plan and that is where you have to be patient. Fortunately,I have plenty of patience! With a few cuddles and gently rocking(the best bit) Joshua nodded of and I was able to get the sleeping shots which I love. There is something very calming and serene about a sleeping newborn baby. Something you never tire of looking at. I am looking forward to this little man growing up and capturing the next stage. I am also looking forward to putting together your “Laura wall”.
If you would like to know more about my newborn baby photography shoots, in the comfort of your home then please contact me here.
I was delighted to hear from this lovely family when they announced that number 3 was on its way. Sometimes I feel that not only am I the family photographer, capturing their priceless moments but a friend just popping in to check on the family! I feel honoured to be one of the first in the queue for a newborn cuddle and share the excitement. Sophia and Scarlett are two very gorgeous girls who adore their baby brother. Full of gentle kisses and cuddles but then very keen to dash of and spin around in their beautiful dresses until they are so dizzy they can’t stand! I am looking forward to our next family photography session where we can include the man of the house!
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This is a little sneak peek of Emilie’s bump and baby photo shoot at their home in Cheltenham. Poor little Sophia has come down with the chicken pox and therefore we had to cancel the viewing until all is better. Hope you are on the mend and looking forward to showing you the rest of your photos. In the meantime here is a little something to cheer you up as it can’t be easy with new baby,toddler with chicken pox. Two beautiful girls like peas in a pod!
This was a delightful maternity and newborn photography session from a delightful couple. They are temporarily living in the UK and have embraced Cheltenham and all it has to offer. They are on an exciting journey and I feel honoured to be asked to capture their precious moments. Having your first baby is very exciting but when you are so far away from friends and family it can be a little more daunting. Fortunately, baby Christopher arrived with out a fuss and they were blessed with a very calm, chilled out baby. For me, as a newborn photographer this makes my job a little easier. Although some babies just demand a little more cuddling and gentle rocking to calm them into place. This is why my newborn photography sessions can take a little longer than you think. However, baby Christopher was happy to be passed around, dressed or undressed. Fortunately, Brienne has a lovely collection of blankets that I enjoyed using. I love the shot of the cat in the background just wondering if the baby is here to stay? If you are interested in a similar family and baby photography session then please contact me here.