Dad got Messy

So it's Monday 4th April and I'm all set for my newborn baby boy session at 10am having prepped the studio on Saturday with the blanket and props Mum had selected prior to the shoot. As always I arrived at the studio early to put the heating on to ensure that the place was nice and warm before baby and parents arrived.

Baby arrived on time and in tow was Mum, Dad, Grandma and 3 year old brother.  We started the session with a few photo's of baby and his big brother on the flokatia.  At this point I was thinking there's no way I'll get to use all props plus two blankets as baby was wide awake and showed no signs of sleeping, but after a little cuddle and a lots of soothing from Mum baby soon drifted into a deep sleep.

Onto the beanbag for a few poses on the blue blanket which really captured how relaxed this little boy was and as such we even managed to get the frog pose which is a composite picture so fully supported at all times by Dad. 

We then moved on for a few family shots with Mum, Dad, big brother and baby followed by some shots of just Dad with baby, skin on skin.  I said "this is the point where baby will either wee or poo" seconds later Dad was coved in poo!!!  After cleaning baby, then Dad, we grabbed a few pictures with Grandma and then baby was ready for a feed after all that hard work looking good for the camera.

Once baby was fed and sleeping and big brother had gone to the park with Grandma we moved onto shooting a few props starting with an old favourite of mine the wooden rice/well bucket, it never fails as its so snug with a fluffy rug stuffed inside. After this we moved to the single handle wicker basket stuffed with a yellow shaggy rug this time and set against a brown backdrop, then onto the three handle basket with a combination of various colour wraps to compliment the multi coloured blue stuffer.

Props completed it was then time to get back to the beanbag, this time using a green blanket with a delicate lace overlay. Baby was still being a little star and sleeping like.. well like a baby! So we ran through a few poses and even managed to get the pose below which is a favourite of mine.

So the session had come to an end and it was all done in an amazing, relaxed, 4 hours. Now Mum and Dad are looking forward to seeing their gallery of fully edited pictures capturing these special family memories.

If you would like to book a newborn photography session then I would recommend booking your session just after your 20 week scan, the best time to capture these lovely images is when baby is between 5-12 days old.


Hi and welcome to my first blog. I've been told that I need to write 300 word as this is what Google likes!!

So I thought I give you a little run through of my day at this years Photography Show at the NEC in Birmingham

I decided to go with a good friend of mine Mike Griffiths, who by the way is a great portrait photographer. Mike picked me up on Sunday morning at 7.40am (show starts at 10am) the journey is 1.5hrs from the studio my Studio in Oswestry and we arrive early as we're both keen to make the most of the day. When we entered the building after showing our trade passes we were ushered into a large holding room where to my surprise was already half full. Above the entrance to the main hall was a large screen with a live stream from this years presenters at the show to keep us all occupied while we wait. Eventually we get the big countdown to the grand opening 10..9..8....  we're off, there's a surge as people are eager to get there hands on this years must haves and those elusive bits of kit reserved for those with money trees in there gardens.

Well we entered the main hall all starry eyed and excited. My goal for the day was to see what printing vendors had to offer and decide what products I'd like to use in the studio. I wasn't to be disappointed as there where lots of vendors offering an overwhelming amount of prints with more finishes than one can imagine. I was drawn to the stand of Loxley Colour who's staff were very accommodating talking me through everything I asked them. There were some stalls with "fine art prints" well to be honest to me they looked a bit grainy and out of focus, perhaps I'm just not educated enough to appreciate it just yet!!!

Time for a demo on the Bowens stand with Jake Hicks Jakes demo was very easy to follow and some techniques I'll be trying in the studio, not sure if I'll produce the same results as his model was incredible. We managed to get a free cup of coffee in the Bowens lounge and had the opportunity for free alcoholic drinks between 5-6pm but Mike was driving and I'm not a big fan of drinking alone.

So after walking round the show I finally find a newborn  trader and I start looking for bits and bobs to feed my prop habit, this particular trader had a few nice things but were charging double the price of online retailers, so I moved on. 5 minutes later another newborn stall caught my eye, this was Baby Prop Shop who I've used before now they had some great show deals on. I managed to purchase a lovely lavender burp cloth as I had a newborn shoot the next day and mum had chosen the lavender blanket and purple tutu, so this would be a perfect little addition to my set.

Well I hope that's about 300 words, thanks for reading if you've managed to stick with me this far and I promise I will only get better.