I am fast becoming a fan of photographing babies at 12 weeks old. The idea started when my second baby was born. We had a newborn shoot which was wonderful, but were fortunate enough to have a second photography session when he was around 12 weeks old. By then he was smiling and responding in a way which newborn babies haven't learnt to do yet.
I've since photographed a few babies at this age, and love the variety of images that I'm able to capture. We can still take sleepy and cuddly photographs, but we can also capture smiles and laughs! The other advantage of a photoshoot when your baby is 12 weeks old is that mum has had more of a chance to recover from giving birth, and other siblings have had a chance to adjust to the new arrival.
I recently met Freddie at just around this age, and our 12 week photography session was great fun. Having previously photographed his big sister as a newborn, it was good to try something a little different with the latest addition to the family.
If you're interested in an at-home photography session for you and your family, please get in touch and say hello!
One of my most requested images from parents is a photograph of their children together. Parents typically find this really hard to catpure themselves, because children are much less likely to obey a parental request for a photo than mine. It is also usually the case that the younger the child, the shorter the amount of time I will have to capture the shot!
This weekend I met this fab pair - big sister who is 2 years and 3 months, and her younger brother who is 3 months old. One to three year olds are the most challenging to photograph with a baby, as they are often too young to sit still for long, and sometimes have little interest in cuddling their new sibling. Safety is also of utmost importance.
For this shot I placed baby on mum and dad's bed, with dad holding my reflector and mum nearby for safety. Big sister was not at all interested in lying down with her brother, so I shifted my focus on to him and let her carry on playing. After taking a few photographs, big sister couldn't help but come over to investigate what was going on - she laid down for a few short seconds. It was brief but just long enough to capture this gorgeous image!
If you'd like me to photograph your children together, get in touch and say hello!
I recently met this new family of four, and looking at their photographs just makes me want to smile!
newborn and toddler and mum and dad
Today I am excited to announce that I've been accepted as a qualified member of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP). A portfolio of 20 of my photographs has been judged worthy of the 'Licentiate' qualification by a panel of five experts, across the areas of impact, creativity, composition, lighting and photographic technique.
I decided to apply for the SWPP Licentiate qualification because it's really important to me that my photographs are not just emotive and meaningful, but also technically excellent. I get regular validation from the families that I meet that they love my photographs, but having your technique and vision deemed of a professional standard by a panel of experts is also very rewarding.
The judges concluded that my submission is, "a wonderful set of images capturing childhood at its very best".
The SWPP is one of the world's largest organisations for professional photographers, providing training, business support and networking opportunities to wedding and portrait photographers.
Thank you to all of the families who chose me as their photographer and helped me compose this portfolio of images. I'm excited to share them with you below - can you spot your photograph?
There are so many stunning locations to hold a family photoshoot, but on of my favourites is a backdrop of beautiful pink blossom trees.
We were lucky to have a sunny sunday morning for this photography session in Teddington, and I've really been looking forward to sharing these images!
I have limited availability remaining for spring photoshoots in Surrey, so please contact me if you'd like to book one for you and your family.