A glimpse into the photo shoots I do for the newborns, children, babies and families of Cornwall.
Freddie came for his first birthday cake smash photo shoot to my home studio on the Roseland in Cornwall a couple of weeks before turning one so that his mum could show the photos at his birthday party. He was a little star from beginning to end - he loved the cake, was full of gorgeous smiles, and looked so adorable in the outfit his mum brought. Some cake smashes don't go so well - we have to encourage the baby to try the cake, and sometimes they just aren't interested. But Freddie just went for it without hesitation, and I quickly had all the shots I needed. He was equally as happy in his little bubble bath, and we were done so fast there was time for some normal portraits at the end.
His mum and dad love the images and so do I. He looks so sweet, and I hope he has a fantastic first birthday!!
It was a delight to meet Tommy and his lovely mum and dad out by the bridge at Ruan Lanihorne on the Roseland in Cornwall. This is one of my favourite spots - it's quiet, open and so pretty. It's not somewhere many people have ever been to and I love introducing clients to new and different spots off the beaten track in our beautiful area.
We stuck to the Falmouth side of the bridge as the walkway to the other (slightly more lush) side was ankle deep mud. The weather was perfect - lightly overcast and mild, so Tommy was happy to sit by the river on a blanket. The wet grass prevented him from straying off - making our jobs easier! He was happiest on the road though, and I love how those ones turned out!
First birthday photo shoots are so much fun to do outside! For more information visit the Cake smash and first birthdays page, and if you're interested in celebrating your baby's first birthday with a photo session, get in touch - I'd love to hear from you!
Photographing all these little Cornwall newborn babies is a wonderful part of my job. I truly love it! It's taken some time to get to where I am, which is pretty relaxed and confident in my ability to capture newborns in a way that is timeless, respectful and true to my style and vision. It's been a long road of learning, and I still learn something each session, and am refining how I do things all the time - and I expect always will be (which is awesome!), but it's great to have reached a point where I can just do my thing.
I started off like most others, I'm sure - imitating the big names and trying to copy what everyone else seemed to be doing. I suppose all creative pursuits start off like that - it's how you master the basics before finding your own way and style. My first few sessions bear no resemblance to what I now like (and most certainly looked nothing like the pros I was attempting to imitate), but we all start somewhere!
Here are one of my first newborns (minion) and one of my most recent.
For ages, newborn sessions were really hard work. They still are but not in a stressful kind of way. I've stripped away as much stress-causing factors as I can (I no longer shoot without a nappy apart from the odd one here and there, and I keep set ups simple and can quite quickly decide on what looks good to me - setting up used to take hours and hours!). Instead of having my mind crammed full of things I want to try, I really do take it as it comes and let the baby lead the session. This doesn't mean I just plonk them down and take photos - there is still a lot of soothing and positioning and I do have a rough plan in mind prior to every session. But I am not going into newborn sessions wanting to get a particular pose or anything. Whatever I get just kind of happens. I also don't prepare numerous elaborate set ups any more that require lots of moving and changing. Before each session I put aside a few outfits and wraps to choose from based on a simple palette so that it's all interchangeable. This makes it easier to get a bit more variety if the baby is unsettled - I don't have to disturb that much.
Some days I have the magic touch (or luck on my side) and the baby is calm and settled, even sleeping for most of the session. Then there are days when they aren't comfortable for whatever reason, or are cluster feeding and don't want to be put down. These sessions take a little bit longer - often the settling can take as long as an hour, between attempts to photograph and stopping again for more cuddles and feeding. I can see parents despairing and I do try to prepare in advance for the possibility that the session could take up to 3 hours long. I'm used to it and know that eventually we'll get there, but it may mean not as much variety in poses and props etc. I would feel more than satisfied if got a handful of truly beautiful shots, and honestly, in years to come, that's all you'll really need.
After the session is the culling and editing. I usually need to retouch babies skin - newborns can be very blotchy and pimply! I tend to take out anything that isn't permanent (acne clears up and is soon forgotten about - I don't believe there's any loss of integrity or authenticity by editing it out). This is the part that can take many hours, and where the magic truly happens. This is a before and after - definitely not the most dramatic example but one I found without having to dig too far back.
I'll have to do a blog soon on other aspects of my journey so far - it's fun looking back!
If you live in Cornwall and are expecting a baby, or are looking for a newborn photographer, I'd love to photograph your baby! I'm based on the Roseland Peninsula and also travel to clients' homes for their sessions if requested. Visit my newborn portfolio page to see my current work and if you scroll back in the blog you'll find posts with more images.
Baby Nora joined me for some photos one beautiful spring morning on the beach and helped me test out my tepee. I've been dreaming about these sessions all winter, waiting patiently for it to warm up a bit. A tepee on the beach/outdoors means I can shoot any time of day in the bright summer months and have some ready made shade. Dressed up with some flowers and accessories, and it's a lovely addition to any location. It's great for all ages, though in hindsight Nora was a little small - I think sitter age and up would work a little better.
We set the tepee up on Pendower beach on the Roseland for the photo shoot. I had my 7 month old as well as my 4 year old in tow, so it was quite a job lugging them, their belongings and picnic, as well as the tepee and paraphernalia to our spot. But it was fun and Nora was excellent!! And when she needed a break my baby could rest a bit in the shade as it was a scorcher for April! I love the ones of both babies looking at each other - aren't they both so cute!!
I'm so pleased with this set up for summer baby and child photo shoots and can't wait to see it out again! Mini sessions with it on the 12th May (fingers crossed for the weather!).
For an outdoor session using the tepee, get in touch and we'll discuss the details :)
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.
A brilliant family photography session on location at their home in Cornwall! It was right after the Beast from the East snowstorms - they even had the tiny remnants of a snowman (well, apparently it was a snow penguin, I was told!). So it was really cold outside but lovely and sunny. We got everyone out and up on the drive for some family group photos, and then headed back in to let the cousins mess around for some more photos. The best light was in the entrance hall, where there was a small sofa bed, which saved the day when someone suggested we pull it out - it was perfect for all of them to spread out on and I absolutely love the photos of them all lying there together. It was a fun age range - from 4 months to 8 years old. As kids get older it can be difficult for them to loosen up in front of the camera, and I'm not going to lie, I was finding it hard to think up things that would draw them out while keeping a 3 year old's attention. But I had the team behind me (mums, dads and grandparents) and between us I think we did a great job!
If you're wanting to capture your family all together, a home or outdoor photo session can be a lot of fun! Visit the family photography page or get in touch for more information. I'd love to hear from you!
I was contacted by this extended family to take photos while they visited Cornwall to celebrate their mum's 70th birthday. They'd booked a beautiful house in Percuil on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall, and decided to have the photos taken there. The day was grey and wet, so we were limited to indoors, which was a pity because they had the most beautiful location looking down to the Fal. But they were only down for the weekend with loads planned so we made the most of it inside.
In large family sessions like these, the focus is on getting shots of the group, and smaller group shots, but I always try to bring in a bit of fun for those much loved candid shots. The age range of the children was from 4 to 18 years old, and it was fun watching the cousins play and interact. I let the smallest two have a jump on their grandmother's bed (I hope she's forgiven me!!) and it was a good place to capture the kids together. Because it was a dim day and I am predominantly a natural light photographer, we kept to the bedroom and sitting room, but I love the way they all had so much fun together, both the grown ups and little ones.
Here are a few from our family photo session. If you're planning a Cornwall family holiday and want to seize the opportunity to get some photos together, get in touch - I'd love to hear from you! Visit the page for more info on family photography shoots.
This scrumptious little face graced my studio the other day and melted my heart with her big eyes and expressions. We started off with photos of her with her parents while she settled, and then on the beanbag. I love how perfectly the little lace vest fit her - she was only about 6lbs! It took some time to try and get her peaceful as she was in feeding mode so shooting time was fairly limited but I adore some of these shots!
Newborn baby photographer in Cornwall - enquire or book via my contact page - I'd love to hear from you!!
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.
Harry came in for his newborn photo shoot at 8 days old. He really was a little angel, and a lucky little guy to have a fabulous big brother. Leo goes to school with my son, and is the sweetest boy. He was obsessed with his fidget spinner and I had to keep removing it, it became a bit of a running joke! But he was so patient, and for 7 years old, remarkably grown up. I love the ones of baby Harry with his family.
All my newborn sessions are done with natural light, mainly at my home on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall. I also travel to clients' homes for more natural, documentary style photos. If you're interested in a newborn photo shoot, visit the newborns page or get in touch - I'd love to hear from you!
Alfie came for his newborn baby photos at my home studio on the Roseland, Cornwall at 8 days old. If all newborn photo shoots were like this, my job would be a doddle! He was asleep when he arrived, and if he woke up at all it was just briefly. He just slept and slept, and I was able to get so many adorable photos of him! And the session was done in record time - 1.5 hours! His older sister, Isla, was good as gold too, though feeling a little camera shy so didn't get into many photos, but we did manage to get her kissing her new baby brother.
Alfie's dad didn't want to be in any photos aside from the one of him holding the baby in the same pose as he did for Isla when she was newborn. I'm always happy to oblige for special requests - or, as I have to say, I'll do my best !!
For a newborn session please get in touch - I'd love to hear from you!
When your brother is visiting Cornwall from the US for Christmas, what better Christmas gift for your mum than a family photo shoot on the beach of everyone together! It was lovely to meet this bunch down at Carne Beach on the Roseland - I really had fun! They were so happy and easy together, and we even got a little bit of sunshine! I love these family sessions - glimpsing into people's lives and seeing them together like this.
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 - email@example.com.
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.
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