Kent family photographer – Prop testing at the beach

You know how sometimes you get something new and you just can’t wait to try it out? You buy a new sling, and your child is up on your back the minute its out of the packaging, that type of thing. Well this week has been a bit like that for me!

As many of you who follow my Instagram will know (if you don’t, you can follow me here) I have been building myself a raft! I put the finishing touches to it this week, and couldn’t resist taking it out for a test run using my toddler as my model.


It started off well. Beautiful sky, gorgeous light. I was so excited as I set up and got my son changed.

But things just don’t often go to plan do they?!


This pretty much sums up the first half of the session. He wasn’t happy. At all. He was cold. But he didn’t want his cardi on. He didn’t want cuddles. He didn’t want to wear the hat, or play with the shells. Or even sit on the raft. These models, they’re such divas haha.

But we had a chat, Daddy acted silly, we promised him ice cream, and I finally got some shots I could work with.

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I’m absolutely loving this prop. And having some gorgeous photos of my camera-shy little dude is a very welcome bonus!

The raft can be used for newborns as well as sitting babies and toddlers. So if you would like this incorporated into your session, just let me know when you book 🙂

DIY Needle felted basket stuffer

I love to give my clients the most bespoke service I possibly can, a real personalised experience. So, where possible, I try to source props that are a little bit different. Or sometimes I like to make my own.

This is a little tutorial I’ve put together for how I make my needle felted basket stuffers. These beautiful little squares add a gorgeous finishing touch to prop images, and making them myself ensures that they are unique. Just another little personal touch.

So to make a basket stuffer I use:

Half an A4 sheet of craft felt

Needle felting tool (mine came from here)

Needle felting block (or block of stiff foam)

Thick wool, at least 4ply




Step 1: Cut wool into lengths around 6-8 inches long. My wool is a 50g ball, but its more than enough for a small stuffer.


Step 2: Carefully separate a strand of wool into two, and then each of those into two again. Chunkier wool can be split in half again.


Step 3: Place your felt n top of your felting block or foam. Take your strands of wool and place the ends in one corner of the felt, with the main lengths of wool facing outwards. Then use the needle felting tool to pummel it until it is fastened to the felt.

Step 4: Repeat the last two steps all the way around the outside of the felt.


Step 5: Keep working your way around the inside of the felt, until it is all filled in. Add a few more lengths of wool to the middle, so it doesn’t look too flat.


And thats it! A few hours of work and a unique, bespoke prop to use 🙂




A little something, from me to you

Anyone who has had a shoot with me in the last few months may have noticed a little extra in with their order. These little cards just look like an ordinary business card at first glance.


But turn them over and they reveal their special secret.


I wanted to reward the loyalty of my returning clients, and give a little something back to those special people who have chosen me to share and capture their precious moments.


So every session you have with me earns you a stamp, and the more stamps you have the bigger your reward!

Just a small token of my appreciation, because without my clients I wouldn’t be able to do this job that I love so much ❤️❤️❤️


New heirloom products from Hythe family photographer Little Pandas Photography

Exciting times here in Kent at Little Pandas HQ. I’ve just received samples of a fantastic new product I will offering very soon.

Handmade from poplar plywood sourced from sustainable forests in Slovenia and Austria, these wooden photo blocks are made to last.


These blocks are available in many shapes and sizes, from 4″x 4″ squares (shown above) to 16″ circles, to 16×24″ rectangles. There are even beautiful collages available (see below). The smaller sizes are freestanding, for displaying on desktops and shelves. But all come with a small hole at the rear for wall display.


I’m so happy to be able to offer these beautiful, heirloom products to you all as soon as my 2017 price list is finalised!