I know what you’re thinking. Its a bit early to be thinking about Mothers day right? Its not until the end of March! But I like to be organised, and I like to offer the best to my clients. So my sessions have been released nice and early, so as to give you plenty of time to plan, and me plenty of time to get your prints and products to you 🙂
I have a beautiful location planned for these mini shoots. I’m lucky enough to live just across the road from the Royal Military canal, and this is one of my favourite locations for outdoor shoots! There are so many beautiful areas along the canal.
This, my first of two planned mini session weekends, is aimed at children and families. The perfect opportunity to capture some beautiful images to give as gifts to your Mum, or the Mother of your child or children 🙂 As always, I’ll have some exclusive on the day packages that you can purchase too if you so wish, and offers on some of my favourite products. I just need to keep my fingers crossed for good weather!
This week I had the pleasure of stepping out of my comfort zone and taking on a new challenge – pet photography!
A Christmas mini shoot with a difference 🙂 4 cats, 2 boys and 2 girls. Lots of props and Xmas set-ups. Endless fun!
Marvin wasn’t feeling very sociable, so I had to improvise!
Marley wasn’t going to get in a basket, no matter what we tried 🙂 So I had to capture her as she investigated my props.
Four furbabies with very different personalities. But all with two things in common – Their human Mummy and Daddy adore them, and they are all incredibly cute!!!
Furbaby and reptile shoots available now. Please see website for details 🙂
I love babies. I love everything about them. Small ones, big ones, ones with hair, ones without. I am a baby person 🙂 I find them equally as cute no matter how they are fed. But there is just something about seeing a mother breastfeeding her child that speaks to me deeply. It is something I feel passionate about, something that I truly believe is special. Not in a “breastfed babies are better” way, not at all. But in a primal way.
I am so honoured every time someone hires me to capture these moments for them. Often I am asked not to share, and obviously I completely respect that. For some feeding is a private thing that they want to record just for themselves, and that is absolutely ok 🙂 But that just makes it even more special when I am allowed to share!
Magali is one of those few who have consented to sharing. From the moment she told me she would prefer a public shoot to a home session I knew we were on the same wavelength! I think we were both overjoyed that the weather was kind on the day of the shoot, so we were able to head to the park.
The autumn colours were out in force and gave the location such a beautiful palette!
Miles was just adorable, giving me lots of smiles. Such a happy baby! Thankfully he was hungry too, so we were able to maximise the variety from the session.
I am so happy to have been able to capture these memories for Magali and Miles. The photos make me smile, and hopefully by sharing them we are doing our bit to help breastfeeding be seen as the natural, biological, “normal” act that it is.
Breastfeeding mini sessions are just £45*, bookings available for home or public sessions.
*A 50p per mile surcharge is payable for sessions taking place 15 miles or over outside the Hythe area.
Its that time of year again, when the shops start filling with Christmas cards and tinsel, mince pies and yule logs. Yep, it must be early October! For portrait photographers, this time of year inevitably brings up the same old question; to offer Christmas minis or not.
This year I’ve decided to go ahead and offer them. They are not my usual thing, although I will happily try a mini for a newborn. But being a photographer often means stepping outside your comfort zone and trying something new! One question keeps cropping up though. What exactly is a mini session? What do I get out of it that I couldn’t get out of a full session? So I thought I’d write a post to answer those questions 🙂
So, what is a mini session?
A mini session is like a taster, a try before you buy if you like. Its a short session, so you can get a sample of how I work and who I am before committing to the cost of a full session. In the case of Christmas minis, its a chance to get photos of your child or children for gifts or cards, without having to pay out for the whole kit and caboodle that goes with a full session. Because who wants a whole plethora of photographs of their kids in Christmas hats or jumpers that they can’t display all year round right?! So a mini is the chance to pay less, and get just the few shots you need.
Why should I book one?
A mini session is for you if:
- You’re not sure about committing to a full session, you want to try it out first
- You just want a few photos to use as gifts
- You’re not sure how your child is going to react to being photographed, so want to start off small
- You don’t want lots of set changes or costume changes, and are happy with just one set up.
Hopefully that answers any questions that you may have, but I am always on the end of a message if there is anything else you would like to know 🙂
Most of all, mini sessions are fun!!!
My mini sessions are booked for Saturday 5th November, at Palmarsh village hall in Hythe, Kent. Sessions take place for approx 20 minutes, every half hour (starting at 10.30am). Spaces are limited, so advance booking is essential.
Since I made the decision to be true to myself and my style, I have been full of ideas. It’s like a floodgate has opened in my mind and suddenly my creative juices are flowing.
In keeping with the natural parenting direction I have decided to take I have been shooting some Babywearing photos.
Babywearing was my saviour when my youngest was small. Having a newborn with a tongue tie and severe reflux, who can’t be laid down and wants to be at the breast constantly would challenge any parent. But when you already have four children who need you, school runs and after school clubs to do, dinners to cook and the mountain of mess they leave in their wake, a sling is a must! He lived in it. I cooked cleaned, fed, helped with homework, read stories and ate dinner with him in it. On nights when his pain was especially bad I wrapped him on and went walking in the dark with him. It saved my sanity, it strengthened our bond and it enabled me to not be stuck on the sofa for the first six months of his life! So babywearing has a special place in my heart.
I wanted to capture all those things in my photos. The closeness, the convenience of a sling in places where you would struggle with a pram (have you ever tried pushing a pushchair on a shingle beach? It’s near impossible!), the comfort of the child. This has resulted in a series of images I adore.
I’ll be offering these shoots as half hour mini sessions soon. Watch out on the website for pricing and details!