Lent - Show me the vegetables!

Lent - Show me the vegetables!

Every year for as long as I can remember, I have given up something for Lent. 

I really enjoying testing myself in a way which will improve my health or life in general and Lent is a great reminder for me to that.

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2018 Photo Project | June

2018 Photo Project | June

What amazing weather we've had this month!

Yes, I'm aware it's very British to talk about the weather, but this June it really feels like something that should be mentioned.  Spring was amazing and with the record high temperatures we're currently having it looks like Summer is heading that way as well. 

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Eliana's Newborn Photo Shoot | Hemel Hempstead

Eliana's Newborn Photo Shoot | Hemel Hempstead

Eliana came for her newborn photo shoot when she was 7 days old.

Her mummy knew she was having a c-section so we were actually able to book her shoot in on a certain day and keep it there, which doesn't happen very often when you're working with unpredictable newborns!

With a full tummy and toasty warm room, my run of perfectly sleepy babies continued as she slept from beginning to end without any fuss.

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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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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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Photographing my Family | Gadebridge Park

Photographing my Family | Gadebridge Park

The best thing about photographing family is that it's more like a day out rather than work.  I can try things and happily admit when they don't work and at the end you get to hang out, practice cartwheels and eat ice-cream.  (Unfortunately I was too full from ice-cream for the cartwheels otherwise obviously I would have joined in...)

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Metals, Albums & USBs - Gorgeous products i've recently delivered

Metals, Albums & USBs - Gorgeous products i've recently delivered

There are three main exciting stages to my job.

Number 1 - I get to hug/play with babies (you know, and photograph them...)
Number 2 - I show parents their images and see their reactions at their Reveal Session. 
Number 3 - I hand wrap and deliver their products, which according to a lot of my clients, is a lot like Christmas!

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

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Balloons & Bubbles | Summer Mini Photo Shoots 2017

Balloons & Bubbles | Summer Mini Photo Shoots 2017

This year I held Summer Mini Photo Shoots in Hemel Hempstead on the Nickey Line.

I call them 'summer', but I actually got so busy with Newborn shoots in the Spring that they ended up taking place on the last two weeks of August (whoops).
Thankfully we completely lucked out on the weather and had beautiful sunshine on both days (similar to last year so maybe they're lucky!)

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14 Must Haves when baby proofing your home!

14 Must Haves when baby proofing your home!

Ah, that special moment after weeks of encouragement when your little one starts to move around the house by themselves - a little uncoordinated and cute at first but then suddenly, those arms and legs are propelling them at the speed of light.

It is soon after this joy and love for their accomplishment that you realise just how many pointy edges and slammable doors there are around the house. 

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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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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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