Oh Jacob... what can I say about him? He was an absolutely adorable little pickle! He brought his Mummy and Daddy with him for his photo shoot and was ready and raring to go as soon as he arrived. That wasn't to say he was sleepy... oh no, not in the slightest! I don't mind if babies are awake, I figure they'll go to sleep eventually and I've only been proven wrong once thankfully!
We started the session whilst Jacob was checking out his surroundings and before we knew it, he had started to doze off - woohoo!
It was going so well, we made sure we kept his little tummy full so that he would be content and stay sleepy long enough to get the one pose Mummy specifically requested. We got a few lovely pictures on the white blanket before I prepared everything.
Jacob was deep in thought, deciding whether he would let me do what I'd planned...
We got him onto his tummy, and even got a couple in this pose so that I could composite Daddy's rugby ball in!
I was quietly confident that we would get the next pose, everything was in position and Jacob was fast asleep - excellent!
The 'Froggy' pose, as it's best known, MUST be shot as a composite - newborn babies cannot hold their own heads, their wrists are very delicate, the position of the neck must be just so. This pose is not easy and ideally baby needs to be very sleepy. I had Mummy help me by holding Jacob's head while I held his arms. We remove 'head hands' first for a shot, then put them back on and remove 'arm hands' for the second. The photo is made up of at least two pictures, and we remove any hands supporting baby in Photoshop afterwards (so, yes, I do Photoshop babies - gasp! I get asked this a lot!). It's my nemesis pose, I just find it so hard to shoot without waking the babies up!
Anyway... Jacob was conked, the white noise was playing... we were ready!
Here's a SOOC (straight out of camera) shot (changed to black and white just because!) of us nailing the first picture. Jacob barely stirred and was quite happy and comfy... until we swapped our hands over and it all went to pot! Jacob was awake, and knew exactly what it was we were trying to do.. and was having none of it! I wasn't overly concerned that he was awake; after all I only needed a picture of his arms! But no, Jacob knew what we were up to and refused point blank to let us finish the pose (sorry Mummy!) We even tried at the end of the shoot in the hopes he'd forgotten... memory like an Elephant this one! So this is the only picture I got, and as fantastic as my Photoshopping skills are... they cannot create arms and elbows from nothing.
Now that he was awake, we decided to move on to parent portraits before we brought in Jacob's big sisters. I wanted to experiment a little with these and before we'd got the more traditional portraits, I did this.
Look at those little tootsies!
This kind of family picture is fab for parents who aren't overly keen on being photographed, because it still gives your baby a photo of you to look back on when they're all grown up - and it's timeless! This photo works beautifully on an Orb too - and would really give your home the 'wow' factor.
We paused the photo shoot at this point, as it was school run time - eek!
This meant that when everyone came back, it was sibling and family portrait time to finish the session. Jacob's big sisters were still only little so I try to work fast (and have bribes ready!) before they get bored and lose interest. The sibling pictures are all thanks to a tiny packet of Skittles (Daddy's favourite, it turns out!)
So there you have it, a whistle stop tour through Jacob's newborn session!
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The thing I love most about my job, is watching families grow. From bumps to babies, and one baby to more, it's so lovely to see how much life can change - and how fast these babies grow up!
It's an honour to be chosen as your photographer, and it's an even better feeling when my clients return with their next baby!
I first met Ellis' family before he ever was. His big brother Oliver was turning one, and he came to me for his cake smash session back in 2016, and was a total character!
This time Oliver brought his baby brother, Ellis, all the way from Essex (!!!) to me for his cake smash and my goodness he rocked it!
We started with some sibling pictures before we broke out the balloons and cake.
Ellis loved his cake so much he decided the fastest way to eat it was not to use his hands, but to face plant his birthday cake instead! Yum!
Once a large portion of the cake had been consumed (and smeared eeeeeverywhere!) it was splash time in the bath tub... except Ellis wasn't finished!
Most babies love splashing in my tub, watching the bubbles flying everywhere... but Ellis was busy reaching and picking up all the crumbs left over and munching them while he had a leisurely soak!
I can't resist a squishy baby bum (I mean, who can?) so once we'd got Elliot dried up, we risked a few shots nappy free to make the most of all of his rolls and dimples.
It was such a lovely session full of giggles!
Happy first birthday, Ellis!
Goodness me the years do fly by when you're having fun!
Deciding to start this venture wasn't a big 'Oh my goodness I need to follow my calling in life', it was more about sharing my passion, and never once did I think I'd be celebrating my second studio anniversary six years on!
In my time running this little business I have photographed hundreds of babies, children and families - and a handful of weddings too! It's also given me the opportunity to volunteer for Remember My Baby, gifting my time and talent for those who have lost their babies. I've also met a lot of inspiring people and made some lifelong friends in the business.
I still see a lot of 'my cherubs babies' (they're all my babies if they've been in front of my camera!) on school runs and out and about and it's such a joy to see them and their families grow. I really am honoured to be doing what I do!
Over the next week I will be celebrating with some super deals and releasing some limited time mini sessions, so keep an eye out on my Facebook page here for those.
Here's a few of my favourite images from this last year (I couldn't add all of my favourites as this would be a very long blog post!). I've met lots of mums to be for their bump shoots, teeny tiny newborns, squishy babies, little ones celebrating their first birthday's with cake smash sessions and so many lovely families!
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The ramblings of Emma, Little Cherubs photographer in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire