Stories from my sessions and some ramblings from me
Aw the gorgeous Sophie! Back for her sitter session, and we were treated to the perfect sunny summers day at Pendower Beach. This is such a cool age to photograph - so happy and there's quite a lot you can do so there is always a lot of variety. Sophie was a dream, and it was lovely to spend time playing and laughing with her - just look at that smile, it's just amazing and so infectious! It was still a bit bright, being Summer and all, and I am a huge fan of sticking to the shade when the sun is so strong. She's just a little ball of happy fire and I can't wait to see her for her 12 months session later in the year!
Another outdoor first birthday photo shoot! Location - Ruan Lanihorne on the Roseland - one of my favourites. It's so hard really to find outdoor locations in the Summer that aren't heavily shaded and have the right amount of colour and accessibility. By the time we had this shoot I was in my 8th month of pregnancy and starting to feel it. We started by the bridge and then went over to the other side of the bridge. Embarrassingly about halfway through I suddenly felt really dizzy and proceeded to faint. I had the sense to grab onto Ysella's dad's hand and hold on tight, and managed to stay on my feet while Kelen ran to my car to grab my water bottle. They helped me sit down and come back around. Fortunately Ysella kept herself amused and didn't think to wander anywhere near the river. It was while I was sitting there still out of it that I looked over to her and snapped the ones of her by the basket which I couldn't resist. I was soon ok and we carried on but I learnt to respect my body's limits that day and keep hydrated and not push it any more.
They were absolutely wonderful, and I hope Ysella has a brilliant birthday party!
Lowan, my favourite little chunkster! It was such fun and an honour to take photos to commemorate his first birthday. His parents wanted something fun and casual, and being mid summer in the height of a heat wave outdoors was a must. Man it was hot! Being 7 months pregnant didn't help! But it was absolutely fabulous down by the river at Ruan Lanihorne, and Lowan loved being outside, playing in the grass and munching on a cupcake. This is the most lovely, sweet family and I really think of them as friends after spending the past year getting to know them all. Happy birthday precious boy!
Baby Alfie is besties with Lowan, who I have photographed a number of times. I met Alfie when he came for a Christmas mini session last year at about 5 months old, so I was thrilled to be asked to take his photos again for his first birthday. His mum wanted to do something outdoors, being summer and all, and I found the perfect location not far from me on the Roseland Peninsula. We met on a beautiful sunshiny morning and I'd arrived early to rake away all the old grass cuttings under a very knobbly tree which was the perfect spot for some prop shots. They arrived and I suggested we walk over to the grassy field to start off before the sun got too high, and then we could return to the shady tree which was near the cars (in the corner next to the car park in fact) and take the rest there afterwards. We had a lovely time in the field and then headed back. To our dismay a car had been parked right under the tree (not that it was really in the parking lot) and our spot was no longer available. By then the sun was too high and I needed shade, and there was nowhere else with cover. We had not choice but to drive down to the beach and continue the session there, so we headed to Pendower and took the prop photos of Alfie by the hedges in the car park there. He wasn't in the best of moods but I love what we got! It's going to be Lowan's birthday shoot in a couple of weeks and I love how similar they are!
Noah Morris my main man! Turning one has never looked so much fun!! Cake smashes are a bit hit and miss - some kids love the cake but lots don't, and after 20 minutes of poking it and trying to get off the set we have to call it a day. So when Noah's mum suggested ice cream instead, I was all over it! Sundae smash it was! So much simpler to prepare and he absolutely loved it! We all laughed til we ached and I had a ton of gorgeous funny photos at the end of it to go through and whittle down. The bubble bath at the end has never been so needed - I mean, he really did need a bath!! This was not a wet-wipe job! What an awesome session and sad to say goodbye to another family I've spent the past year getting to know and becoming friends with. Hope it won't be long before the family expands and I get to see them all again with a second baby :) (we discussed it - it's imminent !!)
Loved this maternity session at Pendower beach for this family. Gabriel is the cutest - just look at his big blue eyes! And don't get me started on his gorgeous mum and dad - this is one good looking bunch!
We originally met at Carne beach just down the road but the tide was freakishly high and all that was left of the beach was taken up by some grumpy fishermen so we hopped in our cars and headed to Pendower where there the sand goes back a bit. It was perfect and the morning's rain was all gone. Gabriel had so much fun being the centre of attention, getting loads of cuddles and exploring. His world is about to be rocked by a new baby and at age 2 he's a bit young to understand. I'm sure he'll be great though and I look forward to meeting his new sibling soon!
Milestone sessions and bump to baby packages make me so happy! It's hard not to fall in love with these little ones when you are seeing them grow up through their first year. It was super to see Albie and his parents again - each time feels more familiar and like old friends which is what I love the most. This age is fabulous to photograph. He is now 9 months and can sit very well unaided, and is just such a cute little charmer. These sessions are lots of fun, full of playfulness and laughter. I could have spent all day just playing with Albie, trying to make him giggle. Won't be very long until his first birthday session. Until then, here he is in all his blue-eyed gorgeousness...
This year I decided to offer seasonal mini photography sessions and donate all the shoot fees to Little Harbour (the children's hospice in St Austell). If I can do a small something to help bring comfort or a smile to children and parents dealing with limited life conditions, it's my way of expressing the gratitude I have for my family's health.
The first day of mini sessions was on 13th November 2016 for outdoor family photos. I picked a spot local to me on the Roseland Peninsula called Towan Beach - I love it for the beach and fields, even though it's a little further out for non-Roselanders to travel. Once again, the weather gods were kind to me and despite not great forecasts and wind and rain the day before, we had a bright, dry afternoon.
Each family had 30 minutes shooting time and I met the first lot on the beach - Kathy, Matt and their two girls. Next up was baby Theo with his grandparents, visiting from Spain. I'd photographed him with his mum and dad on the beach a few weeks prior so it was nice to see him again so soon after. Lastly was Karen, Phil, Charlie and Archie for the perfect golden hour session. I love how they all turned out and it was really great fun and a good challenge doing a few sessions back to back. It was a fantastic way to raise some money and get a taste for mini sessions.
Here are a few from the day. Make sure you like my Facebook page to keep informed about future mini sessions - I'm thinking of doing some more in Spring 2017.
This one of those sessions I shall never forget. It was one of those stormy-then-sunny days - bright sun with black clouds around, rain coming and going. We'd scheduled the shoot and were in touch through the day deciding whether to go for it or not. The weather appeared to be improving so we decided to go ahead. It was Billy's birthday so they were out for the day and some online research of areas that we could meet halfway brought up Laddock. I know it's beautiful around there and was delighted to find a walking route map starting from Laddock woods - it sounded ideal: accessible and easy to find for both of us.
I arrived first and was a little confused - all I found was a farm gate and some small holdings. No parking or anything as I'd imagined. I asked a dog walker about the woods and he pointed to a large copse in the distance, saying it wasn't far and confirmed that the stile behind my car and wide mud path was the way. Hmm, not sure a pregnant woman with a two-year old and small dog would manage that. They arrived and I explained the situation, but despite a sudden shower opening up on top of us, they just shrugged and said fine. So off we set, in the mud. Fortunately we all had wellies on and somehow made it over more stiles and through cattle churned muddy crossings to the small wood. The clouds lifted and the colours were just perfect for a couple of photos there. We carried on along the path to see what lay ahead, when suddenly a cow in the field alongside started to run towards us. Instead of stopping and carrying on with his business when he got to the fence, he started sort of jumping, and his herd all turned and began making their way towards us as well. There was no question in my mind that they had malicious (if not murderous!!) intentions and we were in danger of being stampeded if they figured out how to leap over the fencing. It was terrifying!!! We turned around smartly back along the path, and unsurprisingly they turned too, growing in their numbers. It was only a few meters thankfully and we got to the wooded bit and could turn off the path and get away from the field and those menacing cows!
It was very shaded and gloomy especially as it was now overcast, but the colours were really beautiful and we had a lovely spot on the edge where the light could come through. We had a fun shoot there and I'm very glad to say there were no more threatening incidents with cows!
Christmas mini photo shoots for babies under age 1 are now booking fast! They will take place in the studio on the Roseland Peninsula, 25 minutes from Truro and St Austell, on 20th November 2016.
Christmas is officially on everyone's radar now - it's all over the shops and everywhere you look. If you'd like to avoid getting too caught up in the shopping frenzy this year, and just enjoy it for the fun things, then a mini session might be for you. Short and sweet photo sessions that take half the time, for a nice selection of images and a special selection of products that will make the perfect gift for friends and family.
Details are over on the Christmas Sessions page and please do get in touch if you're interested in a full or mini Christmas session.
I am so excited about these mini sessions - it's going to be Christmas cuteness overload!
Here are some of our cute Christmas baby model, Nancy :)
Looking at his gallery, it's easy for me to forget how tough this session was. In fact, I'm pretty proud of how many I managed to get despite the fact that he did not want to play ball for most of the gruelling 4 hours we spent in the studio! This little fella just wanted to feed and sleep right there with his mum, and woke up as soon as we tried to move him. Nevertheless he is just lovely and I adore these images from his session!!!
I recently photographed a baby sitter session at one of my current favourite outdoor locations, Tresillian (just outside Truro city). Sitter photo sessions, in case you didn't know, are for babies aged around 7 - 10 months, when they can sit unaided but aren't yet walking. They are super fun to do - there's a lot of versatility in 'poses' at this age, and the reason I absolutely love sitter sessions is that I can control the composition, or what's in the shot. The beauty of babies this age is that they are upright and independent but aren't running all over the place, so I can place them exactly where I want them and 95% of the time that is where they will stay. The artist (control freak) in me is very happy with this! I can pop them in the best light with the background I like, and compose the photo how I want to. This, together with the cuteness factor, makes the most gorgeous images possible.
Doing these sessions outdoors is fantastic for the variety of backdrops available - the possibilities are limitless and it's so awesome playing with the light and different scenes. This shoot for Maia took place on an overcast Tuesday afternoon. As long as it's not raining, I don't mind if it's sunny or cloudy. We were lucky enough to time it perfectly for the peak of the autumn. The leaves had changed and were still fresh on the ground - not yet turned to dark mush. It had been dry for the few days prior to the shoot too so fortunately the ground was fairly dry.
It's a wonderful stage in babyhood to document. As soon as your little one can walk you'll realise how suddenly babyhood is over. Whether in the studio or at a local outdoor location, photographs at this age are not to be missed!
To enquire about or book your baby's sitter session, contact me.
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