Very young babies are always a fun challenge when it comes to photography. They can be restless and want to wriggle and kick, giving their parents a real challenge. Many photographers will wait until they’re asleep and pose them in some way, getting images of the type made famous by photographer Anne Geddes. My wife and I love her work, we’ve had a number of her images on our walls over the years, but my feeling is that the mother and baby interacting can result in some images with much more emotion.
Last weekend I had the honour of photographing 5 week old Willow and her mother Ellie. Willow like so many babies her age was pulling faces at quite a rate. Just as you think you have an ace shot forming BLAM! “Here’s a funny face for you Mr Photographer! :)”. Thankfully Willow was fine with the studio lights and we were able to get some lovely shots as well as funny faces and big yawns.
I held Willow a couple of times for Ellie, rocking her gently in my arms. It instantly took me back to when my own daughter was that young. How the almost 14 years have flown by. Broody photographer? Just a little
Two rows of tables had been set out in the play room with a thrown at the head of each. A Disney Cars cake for the prince, a doll in a lovely full skirt cake for the princess rounded off a feast of kid friendly snack food. I had a strobe and bounce umbrella for a few group photos once they’d left the table, the light being more flattering than hard direct flash.
Part of the agreed package was getting a set of prints together to be shared with family. Phoning the lads mother today to see if she had the frame numbers ready I find that not only has she had great feedback from the other parents at the nursery on the images but she loved the photos so much she’s had some prints and framing done and they’re already hanging on her walls!
A number of mothers look back at the time they were carrying their child and regret missing out on Baby Bump images. Being a father with a young teenage daughter I know how quickly the time passes. Photographs help us look back with fond memories and remember the past. The baby bump is soon gone, baby becomes toddler, then child.
I had a lovely shot with Ellie at the weekend, she’s expecting her first child in a few weeks. Fingers crossed for Ellie and her partner, having invested in a lot of pink the earlier scans better have been right about Ellie expecting a girl.
If you’re a mum to be and fancy a shoot on your own, with your partner or growing family with a photographer who’ll be sensitive to your needs feel free to get in touch to arrange a shoot. (continue reading…)
If you’d like some images to remember the day by, taken by a photographer “with a calming influence” and “who isn’t intrusive” then feel free to get in touch with your ideas and requirements.
Although based in Bromley in Kent I’m happy to travel far and wide. With low cost flights to the rest of the UK and Europe no wedding location is too far.
I shoot both candid and posed images of the couple, family and guests, ensuring the client has a varied collection of photographs to remember the day by.
I also photograph baby bump, new born, baby and family images enabling you to get all stages of your family in an album.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 was International Childhood Cancer Day. International Childhood Cancer Day was established in 2002, by the International Confederation of Childhood Cancer Parent Organizations, to raise public awareness throughout the world about childhood cancer. Sadly, each year 175,000 children worldwide are diagnosed with cancer, of which an estimated 90,000 will die from the disease.
As an photographer and IT guy I have a server, workstation and laptop that often have some resources spare. World Community Grid is a organisation that creates packages of medial research data for your PC to download and process while it’s idle. They’re running a project designed to help find a treatment for childhood cancer. It is called Help Fight Childhood Cancer. If you can, do join in.
Thoughts of extending my wedding photography into something that encompasses whole family photography were seeded back in 2009 while reviewing some of my personal image archives. I have many photographs of my daughter from when she was young and able to walk, run, jump, sing and dance around. I thought back to those early years with fond memories. You’ll hear countless parents say “They grow up so fast!” and it’s all to too true.