2017 {Newborn and family photographer, Surrey}

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

Carshalton newborn and family photography session at home {Newborn and family photographer, Carshalton}

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!

Newborn, big sister and family photography session at home {Newborn and family photographer, Wallington}

I absolutely loved photographing this lovely family in their Wallington home. Big sister warmed to me almost immediately and really enjoyed showing me her selection of favourite soft toys. While mum was busy preparing baby for the shoot, we snuck in a few lovely shots with daddy before it was snack time for big sister.  Baby was really awake for a one week old - perhaps she knew it was a special occasion? We even had an impromptu visit from the family dog which resulted in some of my absolute favourite images from the session...