I've had an influx of newborns over the last few weeks, one of whom was Rayan and his family - Mum, Dad and three older siblings! They'd travelled from their home in Peterborough to come to the studio on a sunny Saturday morning.
When siblings are involved in newborn shoots, I always start with those pictures first, as younger children get bored and fed up with the whole debacle very quick! Over the years I've learned to work fast with children under four especially (mostly helped with my children not cooperating!).
All four children were superstars! I did have to use all the tricks in the book, but it was worth it - don't you think?
Once the children had had their photos taken (some with Mum and Dad too!) it was time for Dad to take them for a walk to the park while I worked on Rayan's portraits, with help from Mum. It took a while for Rayan to fall asleep, so I snapped a few photographs while he was awake then got him all snuggled up and got rocking, pacing and cuddling! Perks of the job!
I always ask parents if they have any colour preferences and Rayan's Mum and Dad pretty much let me have free reign! It wasn't a conscious decision to use white, but I think it suited his skin tone perfectly, and the images look lovely and pure (even if I do say so myself!)
At the end of the session, Rayan's Mum showed me a blanket that had been made for him by his grandmother and asked if I could incorporate it in a couple of photographs, something I love being asked to do!
I hope you enjoyed looking through some of Rayan's photos as much as I did taking them, and thank you to his family for choosing me to capture these precious moments.
Riley's family came along to his cake smash session last month, and what a messy one it was!
As usual we started with some family pictures, and pictures of Riley with his older brother and sister - Riley wasn't interested in the slightest, and so I brought out my favourite props in the hopes we could at least keep him on the backdrop long enough to get a couple of snaps!
My stool (a favourite among many babies!) worked for the briefest period, before Riley discovered he could climb off it and escape to raid the prop box ;)
Up next was Bertie, my little red racing car, and Riley loved it so much he even licked the steering wheel! We managed to get a lovely smile out of him though.
I then set up for the cake smash part of the session (my favourite bit!), and then we let Riley loose!
I think there's still chocolate cake hidden somewhere in the studio; that stuff went eeeeverywhere! That's all part of the fun though!
Once the cake had been smashed to smithereens, Riley had a quick splash in my tub in between trying to climb out, and that was his session all finished!
Riley and his family came back for their viewing last week and these are their favourite images from his session, and I hope you like them too!
Happy First Birthday Riley!
George and his family came to my studio in March from their home in Yaxley, Peterborough for their newborn session. George was a super easy baby to work with, goodness if only all newborns were so easy!
We were lucky enough to get two backdrop changes, an outfit, plus family portraits done - even more lucky was that I managed to capture a couple of images of George with his two year old big sister!
I got to use some of my favourite hats and wraps in this session; I adore blue so when I have a boy in the studio I get everything out and hope that mum chooses my favourites!
George in one of my favourite poses and sets, doesn't he just look adorable?
There's no need to worry if baby wakes up; it's nice to capture some awake shots alongside the curled up sleepy ones, and the wrap helps keep baby feeling safe and content.
I think this is my favourite from George's session, he had decided he was not going to go back to sleep (even after a big feed!) but still posed like a pro in my cute teddy hat!
It wasn't until we had finished the session and the family were about to leave that mum spotted my moon prop, and asked if there was any chance we could get a photo using it. George had had enough by this point, so I set up the moon by itself, photographed it empty, and promised mum I'd try some photoshop magic to see what I could come up with!
After some time, fiddling and patience, I managed to create this image;
What do we think? Mum and dad loved it!
That's all for now, I hope you enjoyed looking through the highlights of George's newborn session!
The ramblings of Emma, Little Cherubs photographer in March, Cambridgeshire