As a newborn photographer there aren't many things that phase me; getting splattered in someone else's baby's poo? No problem, I layer my clothes so that if it gets really bad I can take off most of the soiled clothing without needing an outfit change!
But middle of winter and my main studio heating doesn't work? Well that had me stumped! If you've read my newborn page you'll know that I get the studio toasty warm (around 26-28 degrees depending on each baby) so that I can keep newborns comfortable while they have nothing on! I had baby Isabelle due to come in with her family and very little heating, and I had to think quick - what could I do?
My office! It's a tiny little room that I use for my viewing and ordering sessions, but as it's so little, it would be quick to heat up with my two little heaters. So Isabelle's session was done entirely in my tiny little office, which was definitely cosy!
I love having awake babies for part of the session! So many parents worry that baby won't sleep during the session, but I encourage some awake shots before I get baby to sleep (and I do get babies to sleep, I've only had one completely refuse and he knows who he is!).
Isabelle was fascinated with my studio light as you can see above. Once we'd got some awake shots, it was time to get her to sleep!
I always ask if there's something special that parents would like me to try and incorporate into their session, and Isabelle's mummy brought her tiara from her wedding and I just knew I had to get this image with it! Isabelle was amazing and slept soundly and barely stirred as I posed her throughout the session.
I have so many headbands and hats for newborns that I can't choose so I let parents do that! I do love when this little bear hat comes out, it's a favourite of many!
After we'd finished on the beanbag, I wrapped baby and set up my furry flokati blanket out in the main studio space with fan heaters blowing to get the sibling shots that mum had asked for. I wasn't convinced we'd get them; it was colder out there than in the office and getting toddlers to lay still usually takes time and patience... but with the promise of some sweeties (I always have a stock of snacks to help encourage little ones!) we got it!
I hope enjoyed looking through some of Isabelle's session!
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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 Chatteris, Cambridgeshire