<![CDATA[PORTRAITSANDPOSES.CO.UK - Blog]]>Thu, 24 Sep 2020 09:41:47 +0100Weebly<![CDATA[What If my Baby is a Screaming Nightmare?]]>Sat, 05 Sep 2020 23:00:00 GMThttp://portraitsandposes.co.uk/blog/what-if-my-baby-is-a-screaming-nightmareThis is the worry I get most often..."what if my baby doesn't settle?" Honestly, this is not an issue.
My newborn sessions are 2 - 2 . 5 hours long for this reason and to ensure everything can be carried out in the most relaxed and chilled way possible. If you're stressed, then baby get stressed and that's not what we want. I play white noise for many of my newborns and carry out a 'baby-led' session. By this I mean I take my cues from baby on when they're happy to be posed, when they need feeding or when they just need a cuddle from Mummy or Daddy.

If baby is unhappy in any particular pose then I'll scrap it - as you're not going to get the shot if you just persist - they know what they want and will get it. So if you are worrying about your little babe being a screamer, please don't. They always settle enough for some pics and I've yet to be defeated...

I'm also the baby whisperer...which helps!
<![CDATA[Call it a Come Back]]>Wed, 01 Jul 2020 23:00:00 GMThttp://portraitsandposes.co.uk/blog/call-it-a-come-backSo the great pandemic of 2020....
It's affected everyone in one form or another.  
From losing loved ones to losing out on finances - I'm unbelievably grateful to say I only suffered the latter. But I truly think we can take some positives from this time. Being more aware of what is important in our day to day life and not taking simple freedoms for granted. I will endeavour to appreciate my family and friends, make more free time away from working and to try and enjoy all the little things in life moving forward.

I have a six year old and 10 year old which has been joyous to have more quality time with them but also incredibly difficult at times. I can only imagine and sympathise with new parents, how arduous not being able to share your bundle of joy with family and friends and not being able to take advantage of well doers to help out. Not to mention not being able to get precious photographs in the first few weeks of life, as we all know they change daily and that reminder is such a special memory that really can't be replaced. 

I did a few Virtual session photographs for clients during lockdown but nothing can really be as good as the real thing. I can't even tell you how much I missed the babies and working with different families - an element of my job that I hadn't even realised I adored so much. Easing back into photography with outdoor, socially distanced sessions has been great fun and a great learning curve! I can only thank the universe for all the good weather over the past couple of weeks.

Going forward, I will be wearing PPE for sessions to minimise risks as I will not be able to be 2 meters away at all times. Hygiene is always a top priority for any good Newborn Photographer, so many things such as hand washing, cleaning props and hand sanitiser will stay the same. I am also only taking one session a week to minimise my exposure, so be sure to get your booking in early to secure your spot! 

I have to say - I am very much looking forward to getting back to the hustle and bustle of work and squishy babies! : )
<![CDATA[Props & all the things I love!]]>Sat, 22 Feb 2020 17:30:00 GMThttp://portraitsandposes.co.uk/blog/props-all-the-things-i-loveI love all things photography. I love the different styles, techniques and ways photographers manage to achieve what they do. I also love props - I can't help myself and it's like an addiction. So this year I'm trying to curb my profit eater habit and also learn some new things by making my own props!

So far I have made my flower hoop, which turned out pretty good, and I'm currently working on the art of felting to make some smaller props. I thought - "stabbing wool into shape, easy!" Hmmm, not so much. Took me an hour of watching You Tube video's and trying my best to end up with a fluffy ball of smoosh?!?!? So I'm still working on the art of felting and hoping it'll soon be another string to my bow.

I'll update my progress in the next few weeks when hopefully I'll have created something recognisable? Then maybe I'll move onto background painting....but we'll see :)

<![CDATA[Not Just for 1 Year Olds!]]>Fri, 31 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMThttp://portraitsandposes.co.uk/blog/not-just-for-1-year-olds
So everyone loves a one year cake smash and I love them too - a lot of fun and new learning experience for baby. Before Christmas I did a 5 year old...not cake smash but birthday session.It was a lot of fun and I think the energy comes across in the images well. 

Lots of colour, love & happiness that is still a big milestone of 5 years on the planet!
So, just an idea...if your little one has a birthday coming up or your looking for a new and fun experience for their birthday then please get in touch!

<![CDATA[2020 is here]]>Mon, 09 Dec 2019 12:49:05 GMThttp://portraitsandposes.co.uk/blog/2020-is-hereI sincerely hope everyone had an amazingly happy & joyous festive time and everyones wishes came true! I am set & ready to rock & roll into this new year with all the excitement of my new & existing clients coming to me this year. 

I have a lovely lot of new props & have been updating my training on newborn safety and lighting/posing work. Keeping myself up to date with kit & techniques is a major part of my little business & a great way to keep excelling my last session. So if anyone has any ideas on new photography trends then let me know, I'll happily take a look and see if I could learn a thing or two.

This year I am ,as always, focusing on delivering my clients wants and giving a seamlessly smooth & easy service that professionally captures precious moments as well as being easy to book, pay & order. Therefore looking at easier methods of payment and online booking may be a good way to go. Again, if there are ideas on ways to improve - I'd love to hear them!

2020 is set to be a great year in many ways...so stay tuned for the updated services, & all the new exciting centres of the year. Oooo and a very happy New Year to y'all! x

<![CDATA[Christmas!!!]]>Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMThttp://portraitsandposes.co.uk/blog/christmas
It's that time of year again...I swear it comes quicker each year! Have to say, I've had a lot of fun this year & I mostly thank my clients for that! This years mini sessions where held at BambinO's in Crayford. And was a lot of laughter, me being silly & some tears (not all from me).

In amongst the mini sessions where a variety of head-shots, family sessions and maternity sessions...not to mention a lot of newborns. All different, all great and all very happy with their services. Below is a prop I have yet to use, as I only received it last week (husband wasn't impressed with more props, but hey ho). I am so excited & would love to get a use in this year before I tuck it away until Christmas 2020. So if you're having a little one in the next couple of weeks do get in touch for me to take some of the cutest pictures you can love forever! And I can get to use my new prop toy!

<![CDATA[Once More With Feeling...]]>Thu, 04 Jul 2019 23:00:00 GMThttp://portraitsandposes.co.uk/blog/once-more-with-feelingPicture
​I think I've said it before but I love my job! I meet different people, it's creative and allows me to be flexible with my hours to care for my boys. As much as I love it, I'm always learning - new equipment, different software and changing trends mean there is always something I haven't fully mastered (if anything!) But I do also enjoy that expansion of my knowledge and being able to offer something better to my clients every time I'm booked. 

I do suffer with pangs of self doubt, like anyone and especially doing something as subjective as photography means - I'm never going to be everyones cup of tea. And generally, I'm okay with this. You need to source the photographer that can execute what you want from your portrait session. I never send any images/prints out that I'm not happy with it's just part of my ethos as a service provider. But a tiny part of me always wonders if my clients are 100% happy with their images & service after the fact.

One way I feel I can be positive they are is when I get re-booked. My thinking is, if I didn't love what I received initially I certainly wouldn't go back again - so they must love me! (Apologies...I'll have a word with my inner child) Also, being recommended by clients to their loved ones gives me equal joy. So this year I've been beyond thrilled as 75% of my clients from May to July have been either recommendations or returning clients.

So I'd like to say a big thank you to all my clients, new, returning and otherwise! I strive to create the session that would definitely make you want to come back & tell a friend! 

<![CDATA[Maternity Photography on Location]]>Fri, 14 Jun 2019 23:00:00 GMThttp://portraitsandposes.co.uk/blog/maternity-photography-on-locationEarlier this year I was contacted by a lovely Spanish couple who adore London. This is the first time I have been booked for a maternity photography session, or any photography session for that matter, from someone over seas. Super exciting and the loveliest couple!

It was lovely to get to know them & take their photos whilst we walked around London on Easter Sunday in the fabulous sunshine. We took our first session photos by the tree where the were engaged - so adorable. We took various images around the park & hopped on the tube to get some great images by Tower Bridge as well. 

As you can see they loved life, colour & each other. Can't wait to hear about baby Miles arriving soon :)

<![CDATA[Really...4-10 days old?]]>Fri, 17 May 2019 23:00:00 GMThttp://portraitsandposes.co.uk/blog/really4-10-days-old​I mainly take on newborn photography work! I love it - I'm the baby whisperer...mostly. My aim for a newborn sitter is between 4-10 days old, parents think this may be too soon but I'll let you know why it's best before baby is in the 3 week old category. Newborns - real new newborns sleep a lot! This overriding sleepiness makes it that much easier to pose & position baby without a huge fuss between prop settings.

It is also phenomenal just how quickly they grow. They honestly can pack on the pounds and gain inches in days - so each week there is a complete change in baby. So to get true newborn images that capture all the newness - the sooner the better.

Baby photo's can definitely be still managed after the 1st month but you may get a different feel than truly newborn images. Still adorable and still your baby, so I'm always happy to go with what is the best choice for each individual situation.
<![CDATA[Basket, bonnets and more!]]>Tue, 30 Apr 2019 23:00:00 GMThttp://portraitsandposes.co.uk/blog/basket-bonnets-and-more​My main clients are newborn shoots - I love them as each one is different and I love how parents think I'm some kind of white witch with my baby calming prowess! I have patience way
beyond any 10 day olds grumps and love to find out what works for each baby - some like to be swaddled, some like a side pose and some love all the fluffy blankets.

I also am obsessed with buying props for my shoots - much to my accountants dismay....& my husbands. I have an array of blankets in different colours and textures as well as similar ones for washing purposes. I have so many hats, bonnets and hat with ears it's crazy. I'm a sucker for it all. 

Of late I have been buying tiny pillows and tiny bears - they cost more than full sized ones and I have no idea why?!? Guessing because people like me are willing to buy them. I also love a different basket or bowl that I can easily fill with fluff and a tiny human. 

It's one of the questions people mostly ask - "will you be bringing props?" I always do and I try to tailor them to the clients desires, as there is no way I could fit them ALL in my car along with my kit. So if there is something in particular you would like in your images or a specific colour then do let me know before the shoot as I'll bring everything I can to make your shoot what you want and I may also buy something new to fit it too, shhh don't let my husband know!