Stories from my sessions and some ramblings from me
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 am going to be making sure I appear in more photos with my family. Its so easy to always be the one behind the camera or so involved in the moments that I don't think about it. But there are so many sweet little things that I want Ben to be able to see as he grows up. I dream of a day when he's older and we flick through old photo albums together, and I can tell him all the funny little things we used to do. And maybe when he's a surly teenager, he'll see how we really used to laugh and play together and how small and cute he was, and it will touch his heart. I want him to grow into an adult knowing how loved he is as much as I can.
It won't be that long before I am not connected so intimately with his world. So as much as I want to capture his childhood as a gift to him, I realise how precious these days are to me too. His little hand, adoring gaze, face completely open and honest and full of trust. The little boy gestures and babyish features, fading so fast before my eyes. I want to savour them now, and later enjoy the memories. I want to turn a page in the album and see myself as I am now within those memories.
So I'm going to be handing over the camera a bit more from now on. Luckily my other half is always willing and takes great photos!
Of course if you want help with getting some of your moments captured with your children, book a mama love or family session with me. It would be my honour to devote my time and energy on some timeless images for you.
Today I had to get down to the beach - feels like we haven't been for ages, and there have been too many days at home working and hiding away from the wet winter weather! Or going to the shops! I feel so bad for Ben and knew the run and fresh air would make him super happy. It was bright and mild, and when we got down there the tide was out and there was no wind. Perfect. He's a bit under the weather and was up since 4am (therefore so was I) so it was a pretty chilled walk along the shore, ambling after a couple of dogs chasing balls in the hopes of being able to say hello. The horses came down for their run too - a lovely sight and sound as they thud along the hard sand. We made our way to the far end and B was happy splashing along in the puddles around the rocks, and I took a bit of shakey video footage. Note: a 135mm is not the best lens for video! But I was just messing around really and know I'll use my 35mm next time.
We climbed all the way to the top of the 'mountain' - a gentle slope of loose large pebbles, and I love that look of golden long grass at the summit. We had to turn and go back the way we came as it got quite steep and rocky, but as we were heading down Ben proclaimed to have had 'good fun on the mountain' so it was all good. We had to pick a pebble to take down to the sea and hurl in, and then it was a long slow stroll back to the car. Not without considerable resistance from Ben who was clearly feeling the effects of his deprivation and didn't want to leave. I didn't mind and it was nice to see him doing his thing, walking up and down the little streamlets and picking bits out of the seaweed. Love that boy!!
Here's the slideshow I made with some of the video clips and edited photos - something I'm planning on incorporating into my top package and pricelist in 2017. So this is a practice session, by no means perfect!!
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.
Eva is the third in a trio of babies who have had their bump to baby packages with me, all born within a month of each other and all close friends, so it's been a lot of fun and I'm sad to have now completed the last one. Noah and Charlie have had theirs, and it was nice to prepare for a girl's cake smash for a change - I have had a run of boys lately! We went for champagne & ivory colours and natural light. Eva arrived bright and cheerful, full of cheeky sweet smiles. As is usually the case, it took some time for her to take interest in eating any cake but I think she liked it in the end :) She was happiest standing up so I put the cake on a chair and let her grab it off there. The bubble bath was fun too - she loved the bubbles and squishing a green rubber duck that had caught her attention. I had to try a mop hat on which I bought for these sessions. I'm not sure I like it, part of me thinks it looks cute but I'm also thinking it looks ridiculous! See what you think. Anyway, I had fun playing with her and I don't think she cried once! Awesome Eva, hope to see you again perhaps next year!!
The wonderful baby Albie came to me for his latest milestone session recently. He's just turned 4 months old (already!) - the last time I saw him was at his newborn photo session and I was so looking forward to meeting him again. He was a pure delight and even treated us all to a fit of the cutest baby giggles while I was playing around with him. I was too caught in the moment to think of flicking on the video camera function unfortunately - that would have been amazing. But here are some fun ones of him for you anyway :)
Ah, Charlie. How much I've loved watching you grow this past year!
The first in a trio of babies born close together and all good friends, it is sad to have his bump to baby package ending. He has the sweetest character and such a cute smile. It's always a pleasure spending time with him, he's so cheeky and ready to laugh and smile. He had a T-Rex for company who was good for bashing the cake with :) Happy chap Charlie, hope to see you again!
I know I say this with each type of session I do, but I love doing bump to baby package shoots! This couple were a treat to meet and work with - so humble, genuine, sweet and incredibly appreciative (and who doesn't love feeling appreciated?!). I met them when Thalia was about 7 months pregnant for their maternity session. She's a tiny thing and her bump was already pretty big (I'm sure she won't mind me saying it like that!). I don't think it was any surprise that he arrived a bruiser and she had one long and difficult labour. After almost 2 weeks in hospital we were all so relieved when they were finally allowed home and could book in for the newborn shoot, as he was growing really fast!
When mums have been through a particularly hard labour and there has been a lot of stress and worry in the weeks between birth and newborn shoot, there can be something deeply therapeutic about being able to sit and watch your baby as he or she sleeps during the session, in a beautiful natural position, completely at peace and well. There is a moment sometimes when I can sense it - about half way through when we've settled the baby and I'm getting into it ('the zone'). Things are quiet, we're not really talking much any more and there is only the lull of the white noise machine, and maybe the faint sound of Top Gear on Dave (yeah dads, that's for you!). And I know that when I glance up at mum's face as she's watching me perfect the positioning of tiny fingers, I'll see a soft smile and look of utter love and pride. The atmosphere is of pure calm and contentment. I love those moments! And it might not really be the case, but I sometimes think it might be one of the first times she's really had a chance to sit back, with nothing else to do but breathe and adore. It makes me want to do a very quiet high five, to say well done mama - you did it!
Lowan surprised us all and slept soundly for much of his session, and I was so happy that we were able to get so many beautiful shots of him after all they'd been through. I just hope I get to see this little bruiser again and his wonderful mum and dad.
To enquire about or book a newborn session please contact me - I'd love to hear from you! Or visit my First Year Packages page for more information. I have a home studio in Veryan Green on the Roseland Peninsula, 25 minutes from Truro and St Austell, Cornwall.
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