My Top Mummy YouTubers & Why You Should Watch Them!

My Top Mummy YouTubers & Why You Should Watch Them!

Beside the usual cat videos, over the last few years the world has been taken by storm by children watching other children open and play with toys, adults acting out scenes with toys (yes, this is apparently acceptable) and tweenagers falling in love with YouTubers just like we did with pop stars.

If you think youtube is just for children and weirdoes though, you are very wrong!

Mum (and dad!) vloggers are taking to YouTube in force, sharing the ups and downs of pregnancy, children and family life. 
 

And when I say ups and downs, I mean it.  

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Baby Photography | Hitchin | Harper Turns 1!

Baby Photography | Hitchin | Harper Turns 1!

And just like that, little miss Harper turns 1.

Back in 2016 I met Harper and her family for her newborn photo shoot.

She was tiny little bundle of sleepiness, who slept like a dream, snuggled in the cosiness of her mum and dad's gorgeous house.  See how tiny she is in her dad's arms?  Well stick around...

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A Bright & Colourful Nursery - Inspiration & Ideas

A Bright & Colourful Nursery - Inspiration & Ideas

Deciding what theme, colours and designs you'd like for your new baby's nursery is an incredibly exciting (if a little daunting...) process.  The world of colour, pattern and design is your oyster. 

If you've chosen to go the colourful route - high five to you!  I think colourful nursery's give the impression of a really fun and happy space to grow up. 

I hope this blog post fills you with inspiration and helps designing your new baby's room that little bit easier. 

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Newborn Photography | Hemel Hempstead | Albie

Newborn Photography | Hemel Hempstead | Albie

Albie was the perfect little model at his newborn photo shoot a couple of weeks ago.  He slept from the get go and pretty much stayed that way the entire shoot!

To start things off I used a lovely cream fluffy blanket.  You'll have to trust me on this but it is SO soft!  No wonder babies sleep so well on it.
I laid him down and got some natural photos while he got comfy and then when he was in a nice deep sleep I wrapped him up in a dark grey wrap. 

Also, check out the amazing mohican!

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Toddler Photography | Hemel Hempstead | Alfred Turns 2!

Toddler Photography | Hemel Hempstead | Alfred Turns 2!

Photographing a newborn once is lovely, but getting to see them grow up is even more special.

I first met Alfred and his family 2 years ago at their house in Hemel Hempstead.  He was only a few days old and a teeny tiny bundle compared to the little boy he is now!

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Baby Photography Hemel Hempstead | Elsie Turns 1!

Baby Photography Hemel Hempstead | Elsie Turns 1!
“We couldn’t recommend Becki highly enough - she was brilliant with our daughter who was instantly relaxed around her meaning we got amazing natural photographs that we are so happy with. She captured her personality perfectly. The photos and canvases are such high quality and we will definitely be using her again for baby number 2!”
— Lauren, Elsie's mum
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Baby Photography Hemel Hempstead | Scarlett Turns 1

Baby Photography Hemel Hempstead | Scarlett Turns 1

Just over a year ago I met Scarlett, a teeny tiny little newborn girl in Hemel Hempstead. 

At only a few days old, she was a gorgeous little newborn model and I spent a few hours with her family getting a mixture of sleepy posed photos and more relaxed family photos. 
Their conservatory was full of the most gorgeous natural light and was the perfect spot for cuddles and sleepy warmth. 

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Prints, Albums & Canvases - Gorgeous products i've recently delivered

Prints, Albums & Canvases - Gorgeous products i've recently delivered

There are many reasons I love being a newborn photographer.  Yes there is the fact I get to work with teeny tiny humans on a weekly basis, but I also get to deliver gorgeous products for families to remember those first teeny tiny days forever. 

Here are some of my latest orders all carefully packaged and hand delivered to their new homes. 

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Why you should go and buy yourself some flowers - right now!

Why you should go and buy yourself some flowers - right now!

Today, just before the self service tills in Woodhall Farm Sainsburys, I did it.  

I bought myself flowers. 

There is no special occasion or special reason, I just think they are pretty and I think they will bring me joy (Hello Marie Kondo fans)

Even while I was buying them though I felt a bit of guilt.  Spending money on things you don't need can be tough. 

But that soon vanished when the shop assistant spoke to me.  She asked me if I wanted the price taken off the flowers.

I was almost apologetic with my reply when I told her that actually they were for me so it didn't matter.

And her reply?

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Dacorum Digest - What's happening around Hemel this summer!

Dacorum Digest - What's happening around Hemel this summer!

Raise your hand if your Dacorum Digest newspaper normally makes its way to the recycling bin pretty quick when it comes through the door.

*raises hand*

That was until a couple of editions ago when for some reason I decided to give it a read.  It turns out it is quite the little nugget of local information. 

Now, as many of you are busy parents whose time is taken up with much more valuable things like nappies and a constant trail of child destruction, I have picked out the highlights of what you can expect over the summer in and around Hemel Hempstead.

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Spring Maternity Photo Shoots | Hemel Hempstead

Spring is one of my favourite times of year for outdoor photo shoots. 

After dreaming of being able to wear boots for so long, the longing for summer shoes returns along with the earning for longer days and the smell of cut grass.  The sun starts to make a few more appearances and going out without a coat for the first time this year becomes an event. 

For baby photographers, it also means it's time for outdoor sessions to begin again!

Along with Spring comes blossom - so much beautiful blossom!  Parks are filled with the most gorgeous white and pinks, and don't forget the daffodils.

In Hemel Hempstead, my favourite spot for blossom is Gadebridge Park.   

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Gadebridge park is a great location for photo shoots all year round.  You have the white bridge, the river, the trees, the park and the walled garden.  It's in Spring though that it really comes into its own.  

My tree knowledge is severely lacking, but what I can tell you is that it's all very pretty!  The images above were taken just as the blossom had started to fall.  
I did try and take a video but typically whenever I pressed record the wind stopped!

Around this time the spring flowers are planted in the Walled Garden as well.  That little garden is so perfectly looked after, it's stunning. 


It's not just the big parks that get blossom though.  

A few weeks ago I did two Maternity photo shoots on a football playing field in Woodhall Farm. 
How can they look pretty?  I hear you ask.

Well take a look and judge for yourself. 

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The white blossom that lined the edge of the field was simply stunning.  It worked perfectly in focus, next to each lady and also blurred in the background. 
I also love the yellow tree blossom used to frame the edge of the images. 

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Alas, spring is over for another year but that's ok because that means summer is on it's way!

Let's say goodbye to coats and hello to sunshine (hopefully!)


 
Spring Maternity Photo Shoot Hemel Hempstead
 
 

If you're interested in a Maternity Photo Shoot or would like any other information please

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Newborn Pictures | Hemel Hempstead | From Uni Friend to New Dad

Newborn Pictures | Hemel Hempstead | From Uni Friend to New Dad

This little guy is the perfect example of just how fast life can go some times. 
One minute you're 22, at Uni and your housemate is throwing Maoam at you down the corridor.  Next thing you know, you're in your 30s and you're photographing their newborn son. 

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Baby Photography | Luton | The Adventures of Isla

Baby Photography | Luton | The Adventures of Isla

April 2017 - The Adventure

Life as a 1 year old is one big adventure.  Every door must be opened, every stair climbed and every raised surface fallen off of.   It's a time of constant curiosity. 

It is also a time of throwing routine out the window whenever you fancy it, which is what happened in Isla's case.  

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Baby Photographer | High Wycombe | Abby & Family

Baby Photographer | High Wycombe | Abby & Family

Abby's family were bought a gift voucher for three sessions, which they decided to use at 4 months, 8 months & 1 year.
Time has flown by, as it has a habit of doing, and a few weeks ago I completed Abby's last session.

For this session, Abby's family decided to turn it into a family photo shoot, including her mum, dad and two big sisters. 

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Newborn Photo Shoot | St Albans

Newborn Photo Shoot | St Albans

The best part of my job is getting to watch families grow and photographing their journey.  I feel privileged to be chosen to capture these little moments of their lives for them to treasure. 

I first met this little family back in 2015 when they had their first son Casper. 
I travelled to their house in St. Albans for their session where little Casper played hard ball and did not want to settle.  He wasn't having the happiest of days so in the end I decided it would be best if I went away and tried again another day. 
In the end his parents got a lovely gallery of images to choose from of both awake and sleepy images. 

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Twins Newborn Photo Shoot | Hemel Hempstead

Twins Newborn Photo Shoot | Hemel Hempstead

I love photographing twins.  Some photographers think of it as extra work but I love having a spare baby.  One twin crying?  That's ok, just pass me the other until we're good to go again. 
I also find that when they are together they settle each other so well.  They're so used to being together in the womb that they love being close.

That was exactly the case with Jacob and Imogen when I met them and their mum and dad a few weeks ago. 

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Family Photography | Hitchin | Wriggles & Bum Shuffles!

Family Photography | Hitchin | Wriggles & Bum Shuffles!

Newborn Photo Shoot - sleepy cuteness!

I first met Harper for her newborn photo shoot around 8 months ago.  She was the perfect little sleepy model and we got a selection of gorgeous images - I mean, how cute is the image below?!  And that hair!!

8 month Session - wriggles and bum shuffles

As usual time disappeared in the blink of an eye and it was time for Harper's next milestone session.  I headed to their house and we got some gorgeous lifestyle family images as well as shots of Harper by herself.
I do sessions in all kinds of houses and every now and then I fall in love.  Beautifully decorated, loads of space and gorgeous sunlight - this house is a dream!

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