Stories from my sessions and some ramblings from me
I just adore this little man's face! He was the sweetest, though I don't think he was going for the most settled baby award that day! Sometimes newborns are just having an off day, possibly hitting a growth spurt or simply being babies - unpredictable! I don't make any other plans on newborn session days because there is no telling how long they could go on for. Usually 3 hours is the cut off - if we're still getting nowhere by then I would call it a day and offer a reshoot. It's completely normal to spend a fair amount of any newborn photo shoot waiting for baby to feed and settle. Anyone with a newborn knows these two things can take a while! Ultimately I am aiming to capture your baby as they are, not necessarily a posed sleeping pin up of a baby, so as long as he or she is calm and settled, I shoot. Isaac settled for a bit but started to fuss (I suspect either in cluster feeding mode or having an abovementioned growth spurt). We managed to get him settled again for a few more shots, and his mum decided to call it a day, happy with what we had already - she only wanted a couple of prints so I was glad not to overwhelm her with a large selection gallery, though I was sorry there wasn't a little more variety from his session.
Here are some from our morning together. If you're expecting a baby soon, book a newborn session now - I'd love to help you make the most of this most precious time.
I did this newborn session for Christine and Dan when baby Natalie was 18 days old at their home in Camborne, Cornwall. I love home newborn sessions!! It was a pretty grim winters day - heavy clouds and plenty of rain, but the house was toasty warm. When I arrived Christine was giving Natalie a feed and being on the upper story, their bedroom was getting the most light (sometimes a challenge on a dark day!). So this is where we ended up having most of the session.
I decided to start off with some photos of Natalie in her cot which was set up beside her parents' bed. She looked so tiny, and it looked huge with her in it! I asked Dan to move it closer to the window so I could have more light on her, and started off with a few simple ones in her onesie and then stripped her down for some shirtless and loosely wrapped. She wasn't quite settled and so after a bit more milk she went off to sleep and I decided to swaddle her in the pink alpaca knit wrap. Christine said she was likely to wake up when put back down into her cot (she's used to sleeping on the bed after her feed), so I was conscious of wanting to be able to transfer her without disturbing her too much, and swaddling is the best way to ensure this. Unfortunately there just wasn't enough light that day reaching the bed to be able to keep her there, otherwise I probably would have worked with her where she was. But I love what we did get!
She woke up when I unwrapped her, but I did want to move her or at least change her position, and she was calm enough to have some cuddling shots with her parents. We moved into her lovely nursery for that - painted a deep plum colour with some gorgeous vintage style wall stickers. I really love the photos we got of her with both her mum and dad!! I had to work fast and be really bossy (sorry Dan!!) because I felt like she was going to start crying any minute and knew that it would probably be the end of the session then. But she kept it together long enough for plenty of fantastic shots and we called it a wrap, satisfied that we had enough.
It is so lovely to meet couples like Christine and Dan whilst pregnant, and then with their newborn. I get to meet so many wonderful people and being invited into their home while they're still finding their feet as a new family is truly an honour.
Newborn and baby home photography sessions in Cornwall are easy to book - just get in touch for more information. I send out a prep guide prior to each session and am happy to answer any questions.
It was a much anticipated delight to meet Mr Samuel! I photographed his big brother from birth til his first birthday, and unfortunately was not able to capture his new baby brother's newborn-ness as I'd just given birth myself! So this was the first time I was getting to meet the new addition and he did not disappoint. It was rather strange photographing a baby so similar in age and size to my own - same in many ways but very different too. I automatically find myself making all the noises and silly things I do with my own kids if they're similar in age, and so Samuel had me on full throttle. He didn't find me as amusing as my little one does, but I did get a few giggles and anyway, I have a thing for serious baby faces.
Next time I see him for his 7-9 month milestone session he'll be sitting up and be looking very different I'm sure - can't wait.
Bump to baby packages are my favourite - I truly deeply madly love seeing these little things through the first year of their life journey, and it's so amazing to capture that development. So if you're considering booking the Tummy to Tot package, please do!! Info on my Baby's first year packages page.
I was so excited to meet this little lady for her newborn photo shoot! I guess I'm excited before every newborn session but it's tinged with nervousness when I haven't met the family before. I felt like I knew these guys well after their family/maternity session on the beach in October and was looking forward to catching up! Having had a baby myself 6 weeks before meeting them, we had lots to chat about. Their twin boys are 7 years old now so I'd imagine lots of details have faded from memory for them and it was good to pass on little bits of info I thought could be helpful whilst still fresh in my mind.
Nelly is so gorgeous and she was lovely and chilled. I loved the colours we used and the shots we got, but my favourite part was seeing the boys' reaction when it was their turn for photos. Their excitement at being able to cuddle their new baby sister was palpable and so sweet. I would never have placed Nelly with them if I doubted they could handle it, but they were thrilled with the responsibility and it was really the cutest thing. The moment that will stick in my happy memory bank is when Alfie had her in his arms, and he asked his parents with a Christmas morning face if he could do this at home too.
I can't wait to see them all again for Nelly's next milestone session at 3-4 months!
For bump to baby packages check out the First Year Packages page or contact me for more info - firstname.lastname@example.org.
This maternity photo session went a little differently to most because the request was to have a mix of indoor and outdoor images. Christine and Dan came to my home studio in Veryan where we took some studio style bump photos, and then we drove to the local beach. And lo and behold the sun popped out for some gorgeous golden hour light. Ooh I do love this time of year in Cornwall for outdoor shoots! Such a lovely couple, they are going to make wonderful parents and I look forward to their newborn session in a couple of months, when they are a family of 3!
Here are some maternity photos from the beach - taken at Pendower Beach, Cornwall.
Cornwall baby and family photography sessions on the beach or outdoor locations anywhere in Cornwall.
A delight to have little Sophie back for her 12 months session - the final in her 'bump to baby' first year package. (Not that I photographed her as a bump or newborn - her baby photography package was tailored for her as her mum only found me when Sophie was a couple of months old!).
As ever, her smile brightened up the room in no time, and she was on the move. I forgot how fast they can crawl - she's definitely got some speed, and it was really funny trying to track her and get her to stop and look at me (or just stop, full stop!) Amazingly she did stick around in the set up area for some gorgeous photos, although some of my ideas had to be abandoned as they just wouldn't work and she obviously didn't think they were particularly good ideas! The session was briefly interrupted by the appearance of my little baby boy, only 2 months old, who was mesmerised while he watched the last part of the session.
Wish these packages didn't have to end, and maybe I should create one that includes a follow up second birthday session! It's a cliché but I really do love seeing little ones as they grow, and it's quite special to remember our first couple of sessions together and then see how much they've developed.
Return customers always get 10% off from me, plus the odd little extra something as a thank you for coming back. So fingers crossed I'll be seeing Sophie again in the future (who knows, maybe when she's preparing to be a big sister maybe...?!).
For more information about bump to baby type packages or if you need a baby photographer in Cornwall, get in touch - email@example.com
Here are some of the photos from her session.
I was so happy to do this session for my friend Emma and her family. We met when I first started out as a photographer in Cornwall, bringing Isla in when she was 6 weeks old (if my memory is correct!). They are also local to the Roseland, so it wasn't long before we were bumping into each other at playgroups and seeing a lot of mutual friends on Facebook etc. I always enjoy a chat with Emma and Ben absolutely loves playing with Isla! I was super excited when Emma announced she was pregnant, just a couple of months behind me! And when she asked for a bump shoot because she'd never done it with Isla it was a no brainer.
We had the session on Pendower beach - one of the better known ones on the Roseland. When there is a child included, these sessions generally are more of a family photo session, with maternity images included. It's all the same really, isn't it?! I love that Emma included me in her decision making for outfits, and I like that they are coordinated without being too matchy. The teal works with the setting and the pink dress Isla is wearing just breaks it up a bit.
It was a bit of a grim day but not raining. We had the session in the late afternoon - I always time it so that if the sun is shining, we get a bit of the golden light. I still like the moodiness of cloudy days and it's great for a soft even light.
Family and maternity photography sessions can be anywhere in Cornwall - take a look in the sessions section for further info or get in touch!
I was thrilled to be contacted by Clare to say she'd had a baby and wanted to book a newborn session. Having just had a baby myself it was lovely to hear her news. I'd photographed her with hubby Paul and their little boy Theo about a year ago, and again with Theo's grandparents a few months after that. They were all lovely - we had beach sessions and they are still among my favourite shoots to date. We decided to do the session at their home in Porthtowan. It was unbelievably stormy (you know, those fronts that come in and dominate the news, wreck the roads, wreak havock!) so the drive across to the North coast was interesting, but I made it. I nearly lost my car door when I opened it... but I made it!
They have a beautiful home, which they rebuilt themselves to their own design. We stuck to the lounge which had great light. Theo was asleep when I arrived, so I had a chance to catch up with Clare and Paul while she fed baby Gabe and tried to settle him. When Theo woke up we got going, with a brief tantrum break, bless him. It's such an adjustment bringing a new baby into the fold, and being in the thick of it myself I could really feel for all of them. But tears were soon dried off and we managed to get Gabe onto the floor for a few gorgeous photos. I love these type of lifestyle sessions, there is no predicting what shots I'll be able to get (true of all sessions, really), and it's really about capturing details and real life for the type of momento images that hopefully as years go by become more precious.
Lifestyle sessions are great for any age, as an alternative to outdoors or the studio. Please get in touch if you're interested in finding out more.
Here are a few from our session.
My first session after taking 6 weeks off to have my baby and I couldn't have asked for a better way to ease back in! A dreary, dark and gloomy day suddenly brightened up literally as we met in the car park, and it turned into a gorgeous autumn afternoon. This is by far the best time of year for outdoor photography sessions. I'd quite happily have it autumn and winter all year round just for the beautiful light. Summer is seriously challenging (for me anyway!) to shoot in, and I adore the golden earthy tones and soft side light.
But I digress! Becci contacted me during my maternity leave and was already 31 weeks pregnant, so by our session she was a month away from her due date. She and husband Ben have two boys - 7 year old twins Alfie and Jack. They were such fun, thick as thieves but so compliant too, taking direction with an eagerness to please that was simply adorable. It was a good shoot - the light was perfect, the family were wonderful and I'm beyond excited about capturing their baby's first year!!
Lovely to see this gorgeous couple again with their brand new gorgeous baby girl. Aurelia was the last newborn session I had booked before I break to have my own baby, and she was seriously the easiest baby ever. She hardly woke up, didn't make a peep the entire time and we were done in an hour and a half. Newborn sessions can be very hard work, and can take hours if a baby isn't settling, and there is usually a lot of waiting and soothing which can be really tiring, so it was heavenly to have a very straightforward shoot (being almost 8 months pregnant and all!).
There's not a lot more I can say other than she was utterly beautiful and I'll love her forever for making the session such a dream!!
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!
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!
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 !!)
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