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.
When I asked this beautiful Carshalton mum whether she’d like some maternity photos before her newborn photography shoot she was actually a little hesitant and this is something I completely understand. It’s easy to feel like we’re being a bit narcissistic, that our bodies are not ‘perfect’ enough, or that it would seem unfair to the children we already have. At the same time, I truly believe that if we can put all our fears and insecurities aside, pregnancy photos are a wonderful way to celebrate what our amazing bodies can do. They are also memories you can share with your children in years to come, showing them what it was like when they were in mummy’s tummy and how much you were looking forward to meeting them. I really enjoyed being pregnant but apart from a few phone snaps, I have no lovely images from my two pregnancies and I really, really regret it.
Thanks to a bit of encouragement from her husband, this gorgeous mum-to-be really embraced the moment and was even brave enough to reveal her beautiful bump - not a requirement of a maternity session with me but something you may want to at least consider. I think her reaction to a photo I sent shortly after the session shows that there were regrets - “Oh my goodness it’s lovely!! I love it!
I offer both in-home and outdoor maternity sessions and the best time is between 32 - 36 weeks. If you would like to book, do get in touch after your 20 week scan as my diary does tend to fill in advance. I also offer a discount when you book both a maternity and newborn session together.
If you and your family love the outdoors and are willing to embrace the cold with some extra layers, winter can be a magical time for family photos. The light has a truly unique quality to it, filled with cool but rich tones, while the sun is softer and hangs lower in the sky meaning you don’t need to get up with the birds or keep the kids up late for the best outdoor light.
I met this lovely family for outdoor family photography session at Coulsdon Common in Surrey’s North Downs. Fast becoming one of my favourite locations, Coulsdon Common offers a wonderful mosaic of grassland, scrub and woodland to explore, along with some beautiful views across the Downs. The children were delighted with the touch of left over snow from the previous week. I won’t lie - it was pretty chilly but with a bit of running about and hill climbing we soon warmed up and as the light was so even I only really needed just over an hour to capture some lovely, natural portraits before it was time to head home.