N-Photo Magazine Feature – We are the pro!

We were so honoured when N-Photo magazine got in touch and asked us to to be the pro in their Apprentice Feature this month!  The feature is where they bring along one of their readers to learn more from a pro in different subjects; this month was newborns and they chose us 🙂

As you can see I had to be brave and actually get in front of the camera this time!  We welcomed Laura to the studio to come along and learn a little more about newborn photography and we also managed to sneak in a cheeky cake smash at the end!

Anyone who knows us and has been to the studio for a newborn session knows that we allow 2-3 hours for a typical session so we have plenty of time for baby to have feeds and cuddles and gently soothe off to sleep.  Well for the magazine we felt we should be prepared as newborn babies don’t generally sleep on demand and we had to capture as much as possible to show Laura how it’s done; so we enlisted the help of a few models for the day.  We were inundated with offers when we posted about it but it came down to timing and trying to balance with both a boy and girl.  We were so pleased to have newborn Alex come along and newborn Lily (who we had actually done a session for the week previous!) in the morning and gorgeous baby Mia with her parents for some shots at lunch time.  We then finished off with a cake smash in the afternoon for the very cute Bradley who we were lucky enough to have photographed as a newborn 11 months ago 🙂  It was quite a day with 3 newborns, 1 cake smasher plus parents plus a photographer and writer from the magazine as well as us!

Laura was lovely and so relaxed around all the babies so once everything was set up we started off with Baby Lily as she was sleeping soundly was Alex was havign a feed.  Because of the safety aspect with it all I did all the posing and baby handling but explained carefully what I was doing along the way.  We decided to keep it simple and fairly natural as our babies were all gorgeous!

We then used a few little hairbands and hats for her too…..

Next up we did a few of baby Alex and decided to try and capture him in one of our lovely props – we chose a nice little crate and filled it with lots of soft fluff for him.  I helped Laura wrap him nicely and i placed him inside ready for photo’s.

 

He was so lovely and sleepy we got some gorgeous ones in a prop and on the beanbag for mum!  Finally for the babies we had lovely little Mia and her mum and dad.  We decided to go for a lovely dad and baby shot……..

This one didn’t feature in full – just a pull back of me posing her but I absolutely love this one!

After a busy day of newborns we welcomed Bradley who was about to celebrate his first birthday.  We had organised a beautiful cake and set up a lovely blue background all ready for him.  He was just perfect and had lots of fun!

All in all we had a amazing day and we are so proud to be featured in a national magazine doing something that we love!

If you would like to know more about any of our sessions don’t hesitate to get in touch,

Leigh & Fiona x

Cake Smash Fun!……….

We love a good cake smash!  They are a perfect way to celebrate your little ones first birthday – lots of fun, a bit of mess (that we will clean up!), great tasting cake and a fun bubble bath to clean up at the end.

It is a perfect age to capture some lovely images as one year olds have such amazing little characters – it is fun to see them playing and discovering and even watching to see that they are allowed to make a mess!  Parents are welcome to get a little involved too if they can cope with the mess 🙂

Our cake smash sesssions are just £50 including a professionally made cake, balloons, bunting and coloured set-up – as well as a bubble bath at the end and we will happily(!) do all the cleaning up.

We have a fantastic offer for all of the digital images on disc with a gorgeous collage too for just £125 once you view your images – get in touch if you’d like more information.

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Banpas PRO Level Member

I have always loved my membership with BANPAS – the Baby and Newborn Photography Association https://www.banpasforparents.co.uk.  They fully support newborn photographers and parents to ensure that everybody is aware of the safety aspect involved.

I am now so very proud to be able to say that I am a PRO member of BANPAS 🙂  In order to achieve this I had to submit a panel of images to be judged by a group of fantastic ambassadors.  They judge all applicants on lighting, creativity and posing etc.  It was a nerve wrenching time as I truly truly love what I do and desperately wanted to achieve this!  I was so happy to get the email informing me I’d managed it.

Here are just a few of the lovely images that helped me get there….

Safety in Newborn Photography

Safety is absolutely THE MOST important thing when it comes to newborn photography.


We have all seen the gorgeous photo’s of these tiny newborns with their heads resting in their hands or in baskets and buckets alike; but there is something extra special about these photo’s.  These photo’s take extreme skill to achieve because the baby is never actually left in this position unsupported – or at least they shouldn’t be.

Anyone who has been to us with their newborn will know all about it as we are happy to tell everyone just how important it is – it’s always amazing to see people’s faces when they see as they had no idea how it’s really done.

In our job as newborn photographers we are lucky to be able to meet these precious little babies, sometimes from as young as 4 days old, and as parents you have to trust that we will take great care with your new baby whilst we capture those first precious photographs that can be treasured for years to come.  It’s so important to know that it’s not just a case of placing baby in a ‘pose’ and then stepping back to take the photo – there is just so much more to it than that.

You need to know that your photographer knows how these images are achieved safely.

Newborn photography composite somerset

Our sessions are completely baby led and this means that we allow plenty of time for feeding, cuddles and nappy changes during the session.  All of the babies that we meet are different and some sleep the entire time that they are with us and some sleep a little less – the main thing is that baby is happy and is never left at risk for the sake of a photograph!  The baby above was extremely sleepy when we achieved this image and he was also a very curled up baby, some like to curl up their legs and some like to stretch out, but as you can see he is never actually supporting his own weight and in less than a minute he was laid back on the beanbag still sleeping soundly.  It’s very important to understand that not all babies will ‘do’ this pose – we find that all babies have certain positions that they like to sleep in – much the same as us.  Images that are created using these techniques are called composites – it just means that 2 or more images are taken and then carefully put together in photoshop to help the supporting hands (in this example) disappear.

Throughout the session baby would never be left without a ‘spotter’ which might be me or may even be mum or dad – it is just someone who can be right besides baby and offer support or comfort if needed.

We have trained extensively in Newborn Photography and will continue to do so to ensure that we offer the very best service without compromising safety.  Someone professionally trained will know how to achieve these images safely without disturbing your baby or even worse putting them at risk.

As a member of BANPAS (The Baby and Newborn Photography Association) we had to prove that we can achieve the images safely and show that we are fully insured.  BANPAS work tirelessly to promote safety and training within the profession and as there is no way to regulate the industry they strive to make parents aware of the correct way a professional should be working so that you can feel confident that you have chosen well.

So bear in mind when looking for your newborn photographer that safety is a big priority and don’t be afraid to ask if they have examples of how these images are achieved – anyone working safely will be more than happy to show you.

Hope you have enjoyed seeing a little ‘how it’s done’ image.  If you would like any more information on our newborn sessions or to provisionally book yours in just get in touch,

Fiona x

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