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Thursday, 28 April 2011

Yummy Mummies - April 11

Last Thursday I was spoilt by beautiful April weather for my training day at Aspire CPT in the lakes. Due to this we shot outdoors all day and found some beautiful spots in the bluebell woods. Early in the day a couple of the delegates were a little surprised that I was going to treat the entire shoot as 'lifestyle - but I think these images demonstrate that you can't beat these backdrops and natural light if it's warm enough to keep the babies happy.

There was some lovely dappled light in the woods and I wanted to show how nice it is to capture the pregnant form small within the frame and also more obviously as the main attraction.

I'm not a fan of maternity pics that use a piece of material draped over the bump - always seems a little bit odd and misplaced to me. So....I'd much rather use a Kaftan or something equally sheer. This would be most effective in low, early evening light but I wanted to demonstrate the concept.

I loved her outfit - casual but glam.

Don't know about you but there is something very special about Daddy and baby girls. Some of my favourite childhood pics are with me and my Dad on the beach.

Great tip for a baby who is sleepy but not quite ready to nap - and the result is gorgeous - particularly outdoors.

I took the portrait back in the studio yard as I didn't have my Macro lens up in the bluebell woods - the Nikon 105 does both portaits and macro beautifully.

Time for a sneaky neck nuzzle.

Now that's a yummy mummy in Miu Miu, baby.

Demonstrating back lighting and the benefit of great props inside and out.

Alfie's eyes are going to break some hearts...

Mum and Dad were VERY happy to have kiss. Alfie got his share too.

I had a great day and can't wait for my next Little Rascals course in a week. x

Monday, 18 April 2011

Aspire Training Dates 2011

If you are a photographer interested in learning more about lifestyle children and bump/baby photography then come on a seminar with me at Aspire in the beautiful lake district.

Course Dates:

Yummy Mummies

Thursday 21st April
Friday 13th May
Monday 4th July
Wednesday 21st September

Little Rascals

Friday 6th May
Wednesday 1st June
Wednesday 14th July
Monday 15th August
Monday 24th October
Wednesday 7th December

Please go and have a browse around the Aspire website for more information on course content and to be inspired by their fantastic range of courses - from beginners onwards.

Newborn shoot with baby Emily

Another little cutey came into my life recently - Emily who was 4 weeks old in this shoot.

With quite a lot of milk, patience and a very relaxed second time mum we were rewarded with some adorable pictures of Emily sleeping.

The equally gorgeous hats were supplied by Rocket Clothing on Etsy.

These kind of images are very popular. Whether you get them or not is very definitely in the hands of the baby.

All fingers and toes, tiny ears and very soft hair. You've got to love babies to photograph them like this...

I know, I know more feet. Just can't resist them.

Looked twice at this wooden chest in my spare room and decided to use one of my dauther's very frothy, very pretty skirts inside it.

Just as cute without the hats.

Mummy Jo was just about to feed Emily when I say this shot - can't resist a babies bottom...

If you are a photographer reading this and want to learn more about the hows etc click here.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Newborn shoot with baby William

Last week I had the pleasure of photographing 2 week old baby William. As seems to be the way with newborn shoots he took a little while, and a lot of milk, to settle and get into the swing of things.

But once he did he was just divine - totally chilling out in my old, battered suitcase and then sinking gently into my cosy throws before having a blissful nap.

I totally fell for this little fella and could have quite happily kept him here with me...


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