Here I’m going to share some lovely pictures of baby Millie from when she was about 8 months old. Whereas with newborn photography you might spend most of the time trying to get baby to sleep, with a baby of this age there is a lot more interaction – in this case a parent or grandparent standing behind me making funny noises or waving favourite toys:-)
Each stage has its different challenges for the photographer, but I do enjoy photographing a baby of this age because you are starting to get a bit more expression, and can see a bit of personality starting to emerge. The session is also a bit more intense, as there is very little downtime for changes, feeding or settling, and a lot more movement, which can be fun.
These images are from last spring, and I recently had a follow-up session with Millie, who is of course now walking and starting to talk. I’ll share those pictures soon, and see how she is changing:-)
Here are some images of baby Eoghan (pronounced Owen), when he was about 8 weeks old. I think this is a lovely age to photograph babies, as they have filled out a bit from newborn and their skin is generally in lovely condition. You also get a lot more eye-contact – just check out this little guy’s eyes!
All these were shot in Eoghan’s own home, just using natural light. Isn’t he sweet? My own personal favourite is the shot where he is in the hat and his eyes are drooping shut – that stage where babies are somewhere between awake and asleep always gets me.
Do you have a favourite?
Anyway, I hope you enjoy these. I have been doing more baby sessions, so there will be more coming up in future posts.
Oh, and Happy New Year!
I was thrilled when I heard that Becky and Jason were expecting a baby, as I had photographed their wedding last summer. I was even more excited when they asked me if I would take some photographs when the baby was born.
I finally met Millie Grace when she was jkust 2 weeks old, and she was still at that lovely newborn stage where she was not doing much beyond feeding and sleeping:-) I shot most of these images with Millie on a bed, using just window light, which was lovely and soft. We tried a number of “poses” with and without props, but the ones of her sleeping are among my favourites.
I finished off the session with some shots with mum and dad, lit by a couple of flashes, and I think these worked really well, too.
One difficulty with this particular session was that Millie had quite a lot of milk spots (which of course had cleared up a week later!). We could have postponed the session until her skin had cleared, but then we might have missed that lovely newborn stage which lasts such a short time. I decided to go ahead with it and try to minimise the appearance of spots by using good lighting, and knowing that I could also do some work on her skin in post-production. I’m glad we did go ahead on the day, although there was quite a lot of work for me to do to clear up her skin! I love the lack & white conversions here, as I think that removing colour (apart from a subtle toning) adds a little atmosphere to the shots, and gives a sense of tranquility.
Anyway, Becky now has some lovey images from a very special time with her new baby, and she wonderfully emotional when she saw the images for the first time. That makes it all worthwhile for me, and it’s what I love about baby shoots:-)
Let me know what your favourites are…….
More baby pictures next time? Or perhaps a wedding?
Still catching up on the summer’s shooting! Here are some shots from my pre-wedding shoot with the lovely Jenny and Dave. For this session, they had left their twins with auntie Tanya, and we headed down to Shoreham Beach for a quick hour before the light started to fade.
This was a location that I had had in mind for quite a while, as it is a little bit grungy and industrial, with lots of interesting bits and pieces. I’d love to do a trash the dress shoot down there, but a pre-wedding shoot was also a good opportunity to try out some different ideas and have a bit of fun.
Neither Jenny nor Dave felt particularly comfortable in front of the camera to begin with, so I started off by working at a distance, and asked them to walk up and down the beach, or to sit and snuggle. After a quick look at the back of the camera they started to relax a little and we moved into some more posed set-ups. But it was when I asked them to start jumping off things or balancing on posts that they really started to enjoy it, which I hope comes across in the images – I love the last one:)
I have some images from their wedding day that I will be sharing in a future post.
Thanks for now,
It seems like ages since Jo and Tony got married in July, but the rainy days we have had recently have reminded me of their wedding day. I loved working with Jo and Tony – it was grey and wet from the start, but they didn’t let it get them down, and you will see from the photos here that they were just smiling all day long.
They even stayed calm when the groom’s car keys were accidently taken to the reception after the service, leaving bride and groom stranded at the church! Fortunately I was still on hand and was able to drive Tony back to his house to pick up the spare car keys.
As their photographer, there were definitely some challenges for me throughout the day. Mostly it was just the lack of light in the church (St Mary’s at Sompting, which is beatiful), and at the reception (Findon Manor) which made life difficult, but I was able to to shoot some great images with a high ISO and steady hand. But then the persistent rain made it difficult to arrange any group shots outside. Fortunately we did get about 10 minutes after the ceremony, and then about half an hour later in the evening just before the light started to fade. So I had to grab my opportunities quickly and get all my subjects organised while still keeping them entertained and smiley.
Strangely, this helps me to remember some reasons why I love shooting weddings:
- I get to work with people who are good fun to be with, and I feel so lucky to have had the clients that I have
- even when things don’t turn out to be perfect, everyone still wants to have a good time, and I can harness that positive energy to help get some of the spirit of the day into my images
- I have to work really hard sometimes to get good images, which keeps me challenged and helps me to stay creative
So, I’m feeling a lot of love for my clients right now and will celebrate them some more in coming posts.
Thanks for your visit.
I few weeks ago I went up the hill to take some shots of Jack and Jill, 2 old windmills on the South Downs just north of Brighton. A run of misty mornings had given me just enough motivation to get out and try something I don’t normally do – a bit of landscape photography.
I think I normally find it difficult to shoot landscapes, partly because I like to look at details and it can be hard for me to compose a wide view in a way that I like, and partly perhaps because it requires a lot of patience. Strange, because I can be very patient while waiting for a dragonfly to land on just the right reed for me to get the shot I want. I guess it’s just a different kind of waiting.
Anyway, I thought the addition of some mist shifting and swirling would give me that added interest and mood, so off I went. I was lucky with the timing, and managed to get some lovely moody shots of the windmills, and of views down a field as the mist moved in and out.
When editing the images later, I decided to add a split-toning effect to boost contrast and enhance textures – also so that the shots will be a bit different to what you normally see. I hope you like them:-)