Sunday, 20 December 2009

Baby Sweetness in a Red Stripy Hat

Isn't this little cherub the sweetest thing ever in his red stripy hat? The very first time I saw him on the school run wearing it, I knew, I simply had to take his pictures and he had to be wearing his hat! It's a special little hat to his mum too, as it was the very first thing he wore, even before they'd cleaned him up and dressed him, the nurses asked for a hat for him because his little head was cold. What a darling, he was so sweet to photograph, and slept all morning.

Dimples! Oh how I love dimples!

I love the little details of newborns, the fuzzy hair that still softens their ears and foreheads and shoulder blades, their wrinkly bodies, their flaky feet and little button noses. But best of all is their lovely smell when you cuddle them and get them ready for a shot. Thanks Lizzie, for letting me get my fix with your gorgeous new baby boy!

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Babe in the Woods

This was probably my most expensive prop to date...when one of my photography forum friends found it at Hobby Lobby in the States, it quickly became the most sought after basket ever. After a mad scramble I think every Hobby Lobby sold out within a week, and these baskets were shipped out across the States, and in my case, across the world!

I've used it once before, but I must say, I love how natural and organic it looks in the great outdoors, as if there was nothing strange about finding an infant fast asleep amongst the grasses. Thanks for letting me try this Liz, it's going to be one of my all time favourite images ;-)

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Look Who's Four!

Okay, so technically he's four and 3 months already, and I took these images back in July, but I have only just got around to processing them. The little guy and I went down to the beach while his big sister was at holiday club to do his fourth beach chair installment, and we had a lovely day. It was so much fun driving down with him, singing Mama Mia at full volume, chatting with just him, for an hour there and an hour back. The wind was howling something terrible, and in fact my very last frame shows him rubbing his eye - which quickly went bright red and necessitated a hasty retreat to Grandpa's house.

I loved these jeans on him, and I do believe he should wear navy tops as much as possible - doesn't he look gorgeous? Sadly, he's growing so fast there's no way they'll fit him for much longer, so it's nice to know I've got him on camera wearing them ;-)

Thursday, 9 July 2009

The Magic of Twins

I had the honour of photographing these two beautiful baby girls a few weeks ago. They were such little angels, sleeping like I've never had a baby sleep for me before, squishy and bendy just the way they were when they were born ten days earlier, perfect for taking photos!

Little miss f. even let me get 'the pose' which in baby photography circles means the impossible position of the baby sleeping with it's head in it's arms. This is the first time I've managed it and I've tried three times before.

I did something a little different with miss h. so that the girls each have a unique image, as well as the ones of them together and the ones of them mirroring each other.

Thank you Calvin and Sarah for letting me into your home, to catch a glimpse of the magical, albeit hectic, world of twins.

Saturday, 20 June 2009


I had the pleasure of photographing this family just over a year ago, when little miss c was newborn. They asked me to take their family portraits when family were visiting from Australia. I had my work cut out for me, with three little ones who were on the go non-stop! Shooting in full sunlight on the downs was tricky too, but the view was beautiful and I think we captured some lovely moments.
I have a twins shoot next week, little girls who were born a week ago, and I can't wait to try out some sweet twin poses I've seen. Keep an eye out for them in a week or two!

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Something a little different

I saw something similar to this image a while ago on TwoPeas, and it's always been at the back of my mind to try something similar when I do a bump to baby session. Of course, getting a bump to photograph has been near impossible - why is it that pregnant women think they're big and fat with their gorgeous bumps and refuse to let me anywhere near them with a camera?

Luckily though, a friend was willing to let me capture her a few weeks before she was due, and then of course once little baby P was born, I did her newborn shots too. This shot is a composite of two images - a nice close up of the bump, with the mum's arms cradling it, and a curled up newborn shot. Getting it into position with the baby in proportion to the bump was quite tricky, but I'm pleased with the result. I've always struggled to relate pregnancy with a baby - part of me still believes my Ob/Gyn was a master magician, who magic'd my babies from thin air! This image kind of lets us imagine that there really is a baby inside there.

The hands forming a heart on the bump is a popular shot, and I like to folow through with the hands forming a heart with the baby's feet.

Thanks for letting me take photos of your precious bundle of pink Becky, it always makes me happy when people like their portraits.

Monday, 27 April 2009

Miss Molly

I love newborns. They are by far my favourite subject to photograph. I love that I'm so much better at getting them to sleep now than when my daughter was born - I used to feel so overwhelmed when realtives could soothe her and get her to sleep in minutes where I'd been trying for hours. Now, with the newborns I photograph, I get to remind myself that not only have I developed as a photographer, but I've come a long way as a mother too. This little cherub did not like my new basket at all, but once we figured out she just wanted to be snuggled in a blanket, she slept and slept.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Look Who's Six...

...and a half! My mom suggested waiting until the spring to do Holly's pink dress photo shoot. Taking her into the woods in the middle of the English winter in a light summer frock with chiffon scarf was not much fun - and I'd strip down to similar layers to get an idea of how cold it was - VERY!
So, here we are, spring is most definitely here, and Holly was really keen to head out to do her sixth installment of the pink dress photos. I shot over 200 frames, because every time I asked if she was done and did she want to head home, she'd go off and twirl or float the scarf out or do something beautiful and I'd end up shooting a few more frames! These are from the last few, when the sun was low and I could get some pretty back lit images. Nana, more to follow soon, I promise!

Sunday, 5 April 2009

A Walk in the Woods

Every time I go somewhere new in England, I fall in love again. I could happily move to the country side, to a little village where you know everyone and you can walk to the local shops. This family's home in a quaint little part of Surrey was no exception, and they were lovely people too. Miss P and her little brother were such cuties, and did very well walking around the woods with me pointing a camera at them every time they moved!

Monday, 30 March 2009

A Little Vintage Love...

Do you remember the Kim Anderson posters and greeting cards from the 80's? My sister and I loved them, we had more than a few stuck up on our walls. I was asked to recreate the look with these gorgeous children, and with the styling and their cute cute faces I couldn't exactly fail, now could I? Once again the fabulous Vintage Kiss Me Hard action proves itself, giving these the perfect amount of grungy vintage nostalgia.