It’s always nice to visit places you know well but haven’t been to for a while which is why I was delighted to meet this family near their home at Tooting Common. Their sweet daughter was such a joy to photograph and couldn’t have been happier playing in the long grass and having fun with her mum and dad. It was also lovely to be able to include the family dog! Here are a few favourites from our meet-up…
Babies really do change and grow so quickly and in the blink of an eye your tiny newborn will suddenly be bounding off to pre-school. As parents we do a pretty good job of pulling out our phones to capture all the delicious stages of our children’s development but we’re rarely in the pictures ourselves. This is one of the reasons why this gorgeous 5 1/2 month old’s parents invited me to their Wallington home. I loved capturing these beautiful moments for them - the little fists in the mouth that accompany teething, the excitement of her emerging ability to sit, and importantly this little family together and so very much in love.
I’ve been dying to share some photos from this stunning outdoor maternity session. This mama-to-be was literally glowing and so very relaxed. We had a lovely walk, chatting the whole way and stopping for photos when we hit upon some stunning scenery. I’ll be sharing some of their newborn photos very soon but in the spirit of telling the whole story here are some favourites from before little one arrived.
Every so often parents-to-be will tell me they really only want photos of their newborn. They worry, especially mums, that they won’t be feeling or looking like their best selves, that they won’t have the energy to ‘get dressed up’ for photos, or that they’ll feel uncomfortable in front of a camera. I get it! I felt the same way after having my first baby but it really is worth having at least a few photos with you in them. In years to come you’ll want to remember what it felt like to be new parents, the enormous and indescribable love you had for your new baby, and the love you experienced for each other, knowing that you’d created this wonderful tiny human! And importantly, you’ll want to share these precious memories with your child.
In their pre-session questionnaire, these lovely Carshalton parents told me that they didn’t really want to be in the photos. Citing the reasons above, I managed to convince them to have just a few together! Part of my role as a photographer is to put you at ease and make the session as relaxed as possible. There’s no stiff posing and you don’t even have to look at the camera! All I do is make sure you’re in the best light and then click away from a few different (and flattering) angles while you get on with loving your little bundle. Oh and there’s no need to get dressed up - I’ll give you plenty of clothing advice with an emphasis on comfort.
So even if it’s just one or two, please make sure you’re in the frame when you have your newborn photos taken. I promise you won’t regret it!