Pregnancy Casts and Newborn Baby Photography go well together. A lot of mums like to keep a record of their pregnancy but often feel awkward about baring all for photographs. My studio is warm and cosy, with sets that make taking photographs calm and easy. It’s wonderful to welcome a mum-to-be into the studio, encourage them to spend time thinking solely about what’s going on inside them, and help them to look beautiful on the outside. The change in them is amazing, as having that attention can be liberating.
Seeing my big-bellied self through Jude’s lens made me feel like one of those beautiful pregnant women! Jude made both my partner and I feel very relaxed and comfortable throughout the maternity photography session. She has captured a precious time in our lives which we can look back on and cherish forever. Looking forward to another session with our newborn baby very soon!
But it’s understandable that not every mum would like to remember it in this way. OR they may like to have both. The Pregnancy Cast is a cast taken of your bump, using soft textiles and hardening agent, and once hard, is beautifully decorated by art student Nat to your own design or one suggested by her.
And then when your precious baby arrives, your cast is a beautiful vessel to hold him or her in, with the use of soft blankets and padding, and with the expertise of a BANPAS recognised, BIPP registered photographer, your newborn baby photographs are in very safe hands.
Book a package now, even if you’ve only just found out the delightful news, as both are getting very booked up. Don’t be disappointed …. click here
As a professional photographer I am aware of the importance of constantly updating and renewing my knowledge and skills, and learning new ones especially for newborn baby photos.
Earlier this month I was lucky enough to take part in a workshop held by Tracy Willis, a world known award winning newborn photographer from Kent. The course involved 2 newborn babies, that Tracy posed, lit and talked us through safety and good procedure in the studio. We then each took images and a turn in soothing the babies.
The experience helped me to realise the wealth of knowledge I already have, as a Professional photographer for over 14 years and as a mother of 2, now grown up, boys. It also gave me tips and advice on improving my work and making the session flow more smoothly to improve your experience.
Here’s the result of the workshop, all editing and montage making my own. Please click on the image to view it large, thanks.
A baby session involves not only carefully ensuring that your baby is sleeping soundly, but carefully moving them into positions that they are used to being in in the womb. Now baby is very delicate, and it is possible to move your baby into uncomfortable positions. In an experts studio, your baby should be comfortable and there will be very little crying. So Mum and Dad, you can sit back and relax and even catch a few Zzzzzs. If you’re uncomfortable with your photographer, you’ll be uncomfortable in the session. Choose wisely as this will be the only time you can do this, babies grow quickly!
Please give me a call on 07759 599134 to talk through your session and how I’d handle it. There’s no alternative to speaking with the person you are entrusting your baby to.
Baby Photography – capturing those little moments, movements, things that baby does. So very precious as you may find in time to come that they’re still doing these things. My son, at 21, has been known to fan out his hands in his sleep, as I remember him doing on day 0 of him arriving. Luckily I have images of him doing that, and they’re beautiful!
And little movements. My son regularly used to touch his ear in wakeful times and sleeping. This is a thing he still does when a little unsure of himself, and is actually something his Dad does too. Unconscious, and now everyone knows!!
Does your baby have little quirks that you love that you’d like to have captured in a Professional image?
If so please contact me here for more details and to arrange your newborn shoot.
A photograph of your children, a whole family, a couple, or just yourself are a record of time and make a very personal gift. Vouchers are redeemable for the amount spent on them. Please contact me for a price list, packages to suit you available.
Welcome in to the world Nate! 12 days young, so still a newborn, and very tiny, and happy to be with us, cuddled and warm. I am inspired by traditional fairy stories and children’s books, so a Peter Rabbit shoot was a must. I love the soft colours of the blue and cream with the bright orange of the carrot.
Interested in booking your own newborn session? Have ideas yourself of a themed session you’d love to try? …… contact me
My last blog post was suggesting questions to ask your newborn photographer before you book your session. Here are my answers:
- What happens at your newborn shoot? On arriving at the studio, ( you’ll get a big “well done” from me for just arriving as I appreciate it’s taken time to get there!!) you will be asked to make yourself at home. All your baby’s needs can be comfortably met in the studio with changing area, privacy for breast feeding, and a good temperature for baby to feel calm and relaxed. I’ve had two newborns of my own and numerous in the studio, plus training from an award winning top Newborn Photographer, so am becoming an expert at helping to settle them. Once settled your baby will be photographed in a number of postures, that are achieved with the minimum of movement to baby to ensure they remain settled. You will be involved in the session if you feel you’d like to, although it may be a golden opportunity for time to relax or it’s even happened, catch up on some much needed sleep. You can bring food and drink to the studio, to refuel especially if you’re breastfeeding.
- How will you ensure that my baby will be safe during the shoot? Safety is of paramount importance, especially with a newborn! I’m a registered BANPAS ( Baby and Newborn Photography Association) photographer and have trained under an eminent newborn photographer, and continually strive to improve my techniques. I will start the session by washing my hands. The studio is pat tested and health and safety procedures adhered to. When photographing your baby I will always work with a camera strap to make sure that the camera doesn’t slip onto your baby. On moving your baby, I am trained in knowing the best way to handle them, ensuring no damage to soft parts of their head, and moving them so that they are as comfortable as possible and little arms and legs aren’t put into positions that are awkward. I constantly check that poses don’t stop circulation to little areas such as feet and hands. A baby is never left alone, and either myself or a ‘spotter’ keeping a close eye on baby, as even in their sleep a baby may kick out and push themselves off a posing bag or out of a basket or other prop. At present I tend to avoid composite images as I am not fully trained in how to achieve them and wouldn’t want to compromise the safety of your baby. These are poses where two images are put together in photoshop, images that are actually unnatural for a baby to be in, but with the right handling can be achieved and look cute. Your baby will never be held without support, and many images that look as though they are ‘airborne’ aren’t and are taken on a beanbag with enhancements in the post processing. I won’t push my capabilities beyond what I feel is safe for your baby.
- Can I see a price list before I book? Of course you can, I tend not to publish online as I prefer not to publish them to any competitors. Please get in touch and I’ll send you more details. Newborn photography is a specialism so there really isn’t a thing as ‘cheap newborn photos’ although I am happy to work with you on a package that suits you.
- Is there a way to save money on my session? As mentioned above I’m happy to talk through a package with you that suits. I do offer maternity and newborn packages, which work out very reasonably, and are a lovely way for me to follow up on how you’re getting on with the new addition. You’ll be prepared also and know where you’re coming to and who’ll be photographing your baby.
- What happens if my baby is poorly/upset/unhappy on the day of the shoot? If your baby is poorly I would suggest that you contact your GP and ring to rearrange the session. Your baby’s health is of paramount importance, as is your piece of mind. The session can then be booked in for a better time, your baby will have developed slightly and so will not be as flexible as time moves on, but beautiful images can still be taken. If your baby is griping or unsettled before you come, keep going and come to the studio. They may be picking up on you doing something new with them and you being unsettled too. An extra set of extra calm hands may help when you arrive.
- What is included in the Newborn Portrait Fee? My fee actually covers the 2 to 3 hours studio time, post processing of the images ( each one lovingly enhanced and art work created). You will be asked to return to the studio for a viewing session. Prints, canvases and acrylics are extra and included in the details I send to you.
- What do I need to bring to the session? Your baby. A snack and bottled water will also help to keep you going. I can organise hot drinks but prefer not to with little ones in the studio.
- What if my baby dirties their nappy, poos or wees during the session? This is what babies do – clean them up and carry on. All the wraps and blankets in the studio are washable and are…regularly!
- What training have you had as a baby photographer? I’ve been working for other people with my photography – ‘professionally’ – for over 13 yrs now. I started out with a registration from the British Institute of Professional Photographers in portraiture. Since then I have photographed hundreds of babies, being fully aware of the safety aspect of the shoots. I have, in the last 2 years, sought professional training from eminent award winning photographers Kelly Brown and Sue Bryce, in the area of newborn, baby and maternity photography, involving over 48 hrs of training, with studio practicals. BANPAS has reviewed my work and I am to receive ongoing training under their guidance, and following their standards.
- Have you had children yourself? Ok, you don’t need to have children to be a good newborn photographer, but I believe it certainly helps! I’ve had two boys of my own, now 17 and 19. Neither were easy babies, not sleeping through til at least 2 and 3 yrs old, with the usual handful of diseases, trips to hospital, and guilt of being a good parent. I’m not just a photographer, I’m also a font of knowledge about the development of your baby, and can sympathise with those broken nights and will try not to give advice but be a listening ear. If it’s your first baby, no doubt it’s a bit of a shock, your second, I understand you’re in a whirl, your third,forth… you’re in autopilot!
To enquire about your own session please contact me.
This young lady ( name withheld on request of the parents) has just turned one. Mum and Dad came with her to the studio, and she arrived fast asleep, so nice and relaxed, perfect for the photosession. When she woke she was greeted by a beautiful buttercream-covered soft pink birthday cake with one candle. With the help of Mum and Dad, she ate dainty mouthfuls of the cake, but enjoyed the total attention she received from her parents and laughed at them as they dove into the cake themselves.
Once she’d had enough of the cake, we ran her a warm bath full of bubbles. Her face lit up, and again enjoyed daddy’s attention as he blew bubbles all around her.
Thank you to her parents for letting me use these images in a blog post. A few family photos were also captured, both parents showing the results of the smashed cake on them.
If you wish to book a session for your baby please ring 07759 599134, more details here – Cake Smash
I’m giving away 5 splashing Bathtime Sessions for babies and toddlers- any baby from sitting to 2 yrs old will be considered, all you have to do is have your friend nominate you. The session involves images from a usual ‘dry’ session and then a warm soothing bath with lots of fun and bubbles to end the session. If you and your baby are chosen, you’ll have the choice of all the images as an 8×10 Print – the whole session worth over £100.
To book your own session please call Jude on 07759 599134
(This give away isn’t run by facebook but by Jude Gidney Photography and all liability is by the business.)
Are you looking for things to do in the Oldham area this summer? I’ve been out and about with my camera to show you what you could see and do with your children in Saddleworth, which is a short drive away into the hills. Uppermill has a great range of tea shops and gift shops, take a trip on the canal boat, feed the ducks, Dovestone reservoir is ideal for picnics and treasure hunts, wildlife and bird spotting and paddling in the streams. Please click on the thumbnails to see more.