When I first decided to try newborn photography I thought I should learn how to pose babies on bean bags, use backdrops and adorn my tiny clients in tight wraps and even costumes. This style of photography requires an incredible amount of skill and I truly admire those who do it well. But after my second or third try at it I took a photo at the end of a session of baby in his mother's arms and saw that this was where my heart lay. Images of parents lovingly connecting with their new baby really make my heart sing and so these are the kind of photographs I try to achieve from every newborn session. The love and adoration for this gorgeous baby boy was a beautiful thing and I hope to have captured some lovely memories for this special family...
They say that when you find your passion you'll never work another day in your life and I've found this to be amazingly true since starting my business just over a year ago. I've met so many lovely people - both new clients and fellow photographers - attended some inspiring workshops, won four Bronze Awards in the The Guild of Photographers Image of the Month competition, as well as having my work featured several times on The Teabreak Tog community pages.
I'm really proud of my achievements this year and I thank each and every person who has liked or commented on my work or referred me to a friend. Your support means so much to me. I'm especially grateful to all the wonderful families I've had the joy of photographing throughout the year - it's been a huge honour to capture so many memories for you. It's impossible to share something from absolutely every session but here are just a few of my favourites from the year...
Video produced by Ben Strivens
'Tis the season for gorgeous newborns and this little lady was no exception!
When I arrived at the family's home in Worcester Park, I was greeted by a very excited big brother. He was clearly fascinated by his new baby sister and I'm so glad I managed to capture the beautiful connection between them.
After a few shots with big brother, it was then time to take baby off for some alone time. She was wide awake throughout most of her photoshoot which was a lovely opportunity to create a collection of completely unique images. Just look at those gorgeous big brown eyes!
Quite often a newborn photography session is as much about capturing some great images of the whole family as it is about photographing the newborn! This was certainly the case for this lovely family who had just moved back to the UK after some time living in Vietnam.
Mum was keen to have some photos of big brother as well as baby but warned me that her little boy really didn't like having his photo taken after constantly being approached for photos by strangers back in Vietnam. With this in mind, I spent the first 10 minutes or so of the session just playing and chatting with him before the camera even appeared. From there this gorgeous boy really didn't have a problem with having his photo taken and actually enjoyed seeing himself in my viewfinder!
With baby settled and fed, it was time for a few family photos before concentrating on baby himself. My absolute favourite image from this session isn't a traditional capture of everyone looking to the camera but one of a typical family scene with mum tending to baby and dad having a tickle fight with big brother. It's real and it's honest and so I love it!