Hayward Family Photo Shoot | Leighton Buzzard

Hayward Family Photo Shoot | Leighton Buzzard

I first met the Hayward family back in 2015 when their son Harry was born.  They had a relaxed photo shoot in their home, which included a few studio style photos with Harry and then some relaxed family images. 

I was VERY excited to hear when Harry's little sister had arrived and we arranged to do a similar style shoot.

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5 Top Tips to Taking Beautiful Hospital Newborn Photos

5 Top Tips to Taking Beautiful Hospital Newborn Photos

It's been a long day, a long night, ok let's face it - a long 9 months, but now your little one has arrived and it's time to enjoy every second. 

Those few hours or days in the hospital are the start of your journey with your new arrival and it's just as important to capture the moments then as it is when you get home. 

Along with gorgeous images from Jennie at White Wave Photography (www.whitewavephotographyne.com) i've put together my top 5 tips to taking great hospital photos.

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My Top 3 Pancake Recipes

My Top 3 Pancake Recipes

It's been a struggle.  it's been a tough, tough task.  But over the last few days I've been trialling a few different pancake recipes to see which ones are the best.
Don't say I never do anything for you.

Below I have listed the ingredients, method and my verdict on three different pancake recipes:

  1. BBC Fluffy American Pancakes
  2. Jamie Oliver's One-Cup Pancakes
  3. Delia Online Basic Pancakes
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Newborn Photography Props - Blankets, Bowls, Bonnets & Beyond

Newborn Photography Props - Blankets, Bowls, Bonnets & Beyond

When it comes to your Newborn Photo Shoot I have everything you need.

Years of hard work (...shopping) has resulted in a large selection of blankets, wraps, hats, headbands and props as well as all the 'behind the scenes' items that make your newborn shoot run smoothly.

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Top Baby Shows & Nearly New Sales 2018

Top Baby Shows & Nearly New Sales 2018

Looking for the Top Baby Shows in and around Hertfordshire?  You're in the right place!

Trade shows are a right of passage to all the major events of your life.  Getting Married? Trade show!  Building a house?  Trade show! Having a baby?  Trade show!  I just googled and yes, there is in fact such a thing as a Funeral trade show.

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Exercising After Having a Baby - 6 Top Tips

Exercising After Having a Baby - 6 Top Tips

After having a baby it can be tough to get back into an old fitness routine, and even tougher to start a new one.  Your body and mind have been through a lot and you need to give them time to heal.

It may not always feel like it, but exercise in what ever form you choose, may be the perfect way to boost your energy.
You may be doing it for the physical reasons but the mental side is just as important. 
Exercise can prevent or aid the recovery from post natal depression and if nothing else, can give you a little break from the baby mayhem to focus on yourself. 

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2018 Photo Project | January

2018 Photo Project | January

This year, one of my goals is to start taking photos for fun again, rather than just for work.

It's been so long since I have taken photos for myself that I didn't even know if I'd enjoy just photographing every day life anymore.  As it happens I had nothing to worry about because I loved it.

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Exercising While Pregnant - 14 Top Tips

Exercising While Pregnant - 14 Top Tips

Whether you have always exercised or are only just starting now, exercising in pregnancy can be extremely beneficial. It may not be the time to run a marathon or start rock climbing, but if you're otherwise fit and healthy, don’t assume you’re restricted to just a walk around the block.

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Newborn Photography | Hemel Hempstead | Charlie & Alice

Newborn Photography | Hemel Hempstead | Charlie & Alice

When Charlie & Alice's mum got in touch asking for Newborn Photography for twins I was very excited!
This is my 6th twin photo shoot and it's never any less special!

The twins arrived at 26 weeks and spent around 2 months in hospital before being allowed home.  I got to meet them at at around 3 months old, at which point they still hadn't reached their due date!

Charlie was small and Alice even smaller but they were happy and healthy and ready to be photographed.

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Embracing Your Post Baby Body

Embracing Your Post Baby Body

Let's face it, the internet can be the perfect place to go when you want to feel bad about yourself after having a baby.

You're surrounded by stories of women who have 'bounced back' to their original figures (or even improved them) and probably even went for a 5 mile run 3 days after giving birth.

But let's have a reality check.  You just grew a baby.  You literally just performed a miracle, right there in your uterus.  Look at your tiny human and be proud. 

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My fitness journey - Sweating happy!

My fitness journey - Sweating happy!

I was the child that came last at cross country in school.  

Actually, to be fair to myself, I was third from last.  The child with asthma and the child that wasn't trying came behind me.
I missed the ball in rounders, my passes in hockey were pitiful, I wasn't strong enough to get on the trampoline, let alone brave enough to do a seat drop and I liked being Goal Defence in netball so I didn't have to do as much catching (or in my case, missing).
One year my sports day team captain put me down to run the 800 meters. 
What did I do?  I paid a girl in my class £4 to run it for me. 

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2018 Photo Project

2018 Photo Project

Before I was a professional photographer, a month wouldn't go past without me picking up my camera for fun. 

Whether I was going on holiday or just heading out to see what I could find, I enjoyed the freedom of photographing whatever I wanted without any pressure if I came home with nothing usable.

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My 6 New Years Resolutions

My 6 New Years Resolutions

To some people, New Years Resolutions are a waste of time.

Don't get me wrong, I know where they are coming from.  Why do we need a specific date to make big changes in our lives?  Why not make that change today?  Why change anything at all?

But at the same time, I love the feeling of having a 'fresh start'. 

Part of my love of New Years Resolutions comes from my love of setting myself tasks.  There is nothing more satisfying than crossing something you've accomplished off of a list.

My resolutions are nothing groundbreaking - in fact some of them are downright predictable but I'm excited to start working on them already.

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Sebastian's Newborn Photo Shoot | Watford

Sebastian's Newborn Photo Shoot | Watford

Sebastian's mum got in touch when he was 6 days old for a last minute Newborn Photo Shoot.  I booked him in as quickly as I could and ended up taking his photos when he was just 14 days old.

The ideal time for a newborn to be photographed is between 5 & 10 days but I do offer posed photo shoots to babies up to three weeks.  I might not get as many sleepy posed photos at 3 weeks but it all depends on the baby - some still sleep like a dream!

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