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:-)
Following on from Joyce’s bump shoot, I have great pleasure to share some pictures of little Theodore
At the time of this session, he was just 2 weeks old, and still very willing to curl up and sleep. This is perfect for lovely newborn photographs, as I was able to carefully move him into different poses.
He was a little star, and generally slept well. It still took something over 4 hours to complete the shoot, as there was a cycle of wake/feed/change/settle/sleep/pose/shoot that we went through a few times. That did enable me to change the backgrounds and set-ups for some nice variety. Even finishing off by including mum and dad. I love so many of these shots, and really enjoyed the session.
I also love my cute little newborn baby hats! Not sure which I like best, but I’m looking forward to using them more in my shoots.
I’m hoping to be able to share some more newborn photos soon.
I was really excited when I heard that Joyce and Enoch were expecting, as I had shot their wedding last year. I was even more excited when they asked me to do some bump and baby shots for them. For one reason or another, though, we had struggled to arrange a date so on the morning of the shoot I was a little nervous as that was actually Joyce’s due date! Fortunately baby ended up being several days late, otherwise it could have got interesting…
Anyway, I knew from their engagement and wedding shoots that Joyce can nail some really dramatic expressions, so I wanted to approach the bump shoot with that in mind, and chose to use a black backdrop for many of the shots. To relax into the session I started with some shots of just Joyce’s bump, and under-exposed a little so that the image is reduced to just the outline. I included the hand here for some context so the shot wouldn’t be too abstract.
We then did a sequence with Joyce lying on the sofa, which worked really well, and have a nice informality.
In preparing for the shoot I had played around with some ideas and had invested in some lengths of chiffon fabric. I wasn’t quite sure how things would pan out, but I love the set of images that came next. We started with the chiffon wrapped round the bump and pulled taut behind Joyce to emphasise her shape. This was tricky to begin with – with me having to clamp the chiffon to one of my background stands. Fortunately Enoch arrived about then, and I was able to put him to work holding onto the fabric. That’s when I had the idea of asking Enoch to throw up the ends of the chiffon and see what happened. I think the resulting images were fab, as the chiffon billowed down behind/around Joyce creating an effect a bit like smoke or flame.
Having sorted the action shots we moved on to wrapping Joyce in different ways before finally letting Enoch get into some of the pictures too, in a more standard kind of setup.
This definitely one of my favourite recent posts, and I love so many of the shots that we did that day:-) As ever, I’d welcome any comments you may have…
Check back soon for some shots from my session with baby Theodore….
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Are you ready for some really cute pictures?
Meet Rafferty, aged 3. Isn’t he sweet?
We had been trying to organise this shoot for several months, but it just kept getting rained off through the horrible wet autumn. At last we got a clear day early in December, so Rafferty and his mum met me in their local park for our shoot.
Rafferty was a star, and just wanted to have some fun. There was lots of running about and hiding behind trees and stuff, and he enjoyed getting buried in a pile of leaves. In some of the images, you may see a slighty puzzled expression – that would be because I was telling him silly stories to get a reaction. I think it worked, too. In the 90 minutes we had together he remained full of energy, and it was only brioefly towards the end of the session where I resorted to the bubble gun (ok, so that was mainly because I wanted to play too).
I think we got a lovely set of images, with plenty of variety, and we had some fun too.
Apparently, at bedtime that evening, Rafferty said:-
“the BEST thing about today was having my picture taken by Foz“.
That make me feel great about my job:-)
I hope you enjoy these photos:-
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