Mini Sessions – What are they and why should I book one?

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!!!

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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.

Kelly.x

The benefits of Hiring a bespoke home photography service

I know it’s not the norm. You think portrait or newborn photography and you automatically think studio right? And you’d be right, to a degree. There are many many great newborn photographers who work out of a studio, be that in their home or in a separate shop front.

But not me. I offer something a little bit different. The service I offer is tailored to the needs of a new parent, with experience gained from being that parent, five times over.

So let me run through some of the benefits you gain from hiring me, and my bespoke home photography.

  • You don’t have to leave the house

Those first days and weeks as a new parent can be tough. Adjusting to sleep deprivation, feeding, acclimatising yourself, and possibly siblings, to a new little person. Just simply getting to know this new tiny member of your family. It’s exhausting. I know for me it was hard to get everything together and get baby ready to just get out of the house, without having an appointment time or a deadline.

Imagine if you didn’t have to go through that. If you could just roll out of bed and open the door in your pjs, ready to have a mini studio set up and your baby’s beautiful photos taken. Well you can! That is the service I offer. I don’t care if your hair is a mess, if you have bags under your eyes the size of suitcases and baby sick on your shoulder. I don’t mind if you want to curl up on the sofa and catch up on a little bit of sleep whilst I work my magic with your little one. I’ve been there.

  • You, and baby, are in your own environment

Your baby is very sensitive to new surroundings. Everything is brand new, and a little bit frightening. Home is the one place they should be starting to get used to, and as a result they tend to settle better there.

I know from experience that I wanted to be at home in those early days too. Recovering from giving birth isn’t always like the soaps and the media make out. And a more relaxed mummy makes for a more relaxed baby.

  • Home comforts

Only like one brand of tea? Couldn’t even think of drinking anything but your favourite brand of bottled water? Comfiest in your own special armchair? There are so many benefits to staying at home and letting me come to you.

  • Essentials all to hand

In those early days, especially if you’re a first time parent, its hard to know exactly what you need to take with you when you leave the house. How many nappies? Outfit changes? If you are formula feeding , how many bottles and how much milk? Do I need to bring a dummy/pacifier? What if it falls on the floor? Should I bring a spare just incase?

You don’t need to worry about any of that with a bespoke home newborn shoot. Everything you need will be close at hand, and you don’t have to worry about forgetting anything on the day.

  • No childcare

If you already have children it can be awkward finding childcare for them whilst you bring baby for their shoot. But with a bespoke home newborn shoot you don’t need to worry. Siblings can stay at home with you, they can play with their own toys and nap in their own cot or bed. Siblings are much less likely to disturb the session if they have their own things to keep them occupied and are in their own surroundings.

  • No need to worry about transport or traffic

I know not everyone has a car, or has access to one during the day. A bespoke home newborn shoot means you don’t have to plan and pay for public transport, or worry about walking somewhere in bad weather. No concerns over getting stuck in traffic and arriving late either.

  • Lower costs

Because I have no studio overheads to pay, I am able to keep prices competitive and accessible.

 

With my bespoke home newborn sessions I aim to provide a high level of service whilst allowing you to relax and be comfortable. I bring everything with me that I need, including lighting, props and my posing beanbag. It may look like I’m moving in when I arrive! I clear the space that I need, and put everything back as I found it when I finish. All you have to do is feed and comfort baby if needed!

 

Kelly.x

 

 

Education is key

This week I was lucky enough to attend a newborn training workshop with the wonderful Tracy Willis of Tracy Willis Fine art photography. I have long been an admirer of her work, so I was very excited (and nervous, very nervous) to attend.

Our model was a gorgeous little 3 week old girl, Aria, with the most stunning head of hair. She was a little star.

These are some of my favourite images from the day 🙂

I loved every moment of my training day. In a profession where trends change often, education is most definitely key. It may be a cliche, but you really don’t ever stop learning. I can’t wait to put everything I’ve learned into practise!

Newborn sessions are available, but availability is limited so advance booking is highly recommended.

 

Kelly.x

 

Celebrating the little things!

Last week I was tagged in a post on Facebook. I clicked on the notification, and was happily surprised with what I saw.

One of my past clients, Jemma, who’s little boy Frankie was one of my model call babies, had shared that it was a year since their session, how much her little man had grown, and how much she still loved the photos.

This made my day! Its so nice to be remembered, and appreciated.

This is why I do what I do, to provide people with happy memories they can look back on for years to come.

So I have decided to celebrate this milestone by sharing some of my favourite images from Frankie’s session.

 

Frankie was such a little star, and hes grown into a gorgeous little boy. These moments are so fleeting, and I’m overjoyed that I can help parents to remember how small their little ones were by capturing them.

Babywearing session -Martha and Aya

Last week I had the pleasure of no less than 3 babywearing mini shoots! These lovely ladies had agreed to give up their time to model for me with their gorgeous little ones.

My first shoot was with Martha and her little girl, Aya. Aya wasn’t overly impressed with the idea of a photo shoot! She maintained a serious face throughout, but she looked beautiful none the less! 

 Martha had brought a selection of carriers, so we made the most of them. A woven wrap, a ring sling and a SSC all got their time in front of the camera. It was wonderful to capture the special connection between mother and daughter, Aya was obviously more than happy to be worn close to Mum. 


I love doing babywearing shoots. My son is getting to the age where he is reluctant to be carried unless he’s tired, yet I have very few photographs of me wearing him. It means so much to be able to provide these memories for others.

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If you are interested in booking, please see my price list page for details of my babywearing mini shoots 🙂

Kelly.x

Natural parenting shoots -Babywearing

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!
Kelly.x