Beautiful Isabella and her IUI story on how she came into the word
So it’s been a while since I last posted a blog, we’ve been so busy with lots of gorgeous newborns we’ve just not had time to catch up after the Christmas period.
A few weeks back we welcomed baby Isabella into the studio with her mummy and momar. Isabella had been long awaited by Cloey and her partner Nicole after their first round of IUI sadly wasn’t successful.
Their story started when they got referred via their doctor to the Leicester Fertility clinic. They had as many tests, examinations and procedures done via the NHS as possible, before having to go private to try and convince for Isabella. It took them nearly 2 years to get to the cycle part. We wanted to show everyone a little insight into the whole process as usually this is such a private journey but both Cloey and Nicole are very open and passionate about how they got her here. When we spoke with Cloey she said people don’t realise just quite how much you have to go through and explained it to us so here is a little bit from her.
‘You have to take medication before the IUI and months before, your whole lifestyle has to be changed before your allowed to start. Most appointments included lot of tests, forms, painful examinations, counselling appointments. Sometimes not knowing if it’s all going to work was emotionally draining, as sometimes the sperm donors’ numbers and motility etc can vary. Which gives you a less success rate. We were told IUI itself only had the highest success rate of 15%. We would have only been offered it free via NHS if we had 5 failed IUIs then the 6th would be IVF funded by NHS which is already thousands and thousands to get there. But obviously we would have carried on paying and paying for our miracle. It’s a long hard emotional roller coaster of a journey. A right mix of different emotions.
But when your there it’s like you never even went through what you did just to get pregnant and once you’re holding your baby in your arms every last painful examination, blood tests, medication, money and emotional stress seems like it was a life time ago.
For anyone who has had IVF treatment you will know the long and hard process this is and to get those two lines pop up on that stick is such a long awaited overwhelming feeling.’
It was lovely to follow Cloey and Nicole’s pregnancy journey on Instagram, and I remember seeing their gender reveal video; both of their reactions had me close to tears and knowing that they both had longed for their little made it so much more special to watch.
We also saw a part of their journey through window to the womb at Leicester when they had a private scan with them and shared a part of their story with their followers too.
Not only were they becoming mummy’s but Isabella also has a fur brother, skip. We also welcomed him into the studio, so we could capture some images of them both together and some family images too. If you’re a follower of my work you will know I’ve captured a few families with fur siblings, so it was lovely to be able to do this again for Cloey and her family. For their family images we captured them first all in matching outfits which was tartan print. It stood out lovely on the photos and was such a nice touch to add to the images. Here are a few images from skip and Isabella together and their favourite family of mine.
For this session we were asked to do some skin on skin images which I love doing; there is nothing more precious than holing your baby tightly and just taking that moment in! This moment is raw, pure, emotion and shows the bond between child and parent(s). After all they do say skin to skin contact has so many benefits. Studies show that skin to skin contact after birth and in the coming weeks help calm and soothe babies, stimulates digestion and an interest in feeding and simulates the release of hormones which helps with the bonding process.
I’m super excited that Cloey and Nicole have allowed me to share these beautiful images. With this being such a private and intimate process for them both I am truly honoured they chose me to capture such an important part of their lives. Here are some of my most favourite images from this part of their session.
Usually at this point we’d stop and give little ones a feed but Isabella absolutely rocked it for us and was still being amazing so we carried on straight through the session.
Keeping in mind with the colours schemes around the family home we stuck to greys and white beanbag fabrics.
We also did various props which included one of my favourite images of baby in parent’s hands. We ether do this with one of each parent’s hands or just with the hands of one parent. In this case we used both Cloey and Nicole’s hands for this. From this pose we also capture our new digital image of baby appearing inside what looks like the sac of when they are in the womb.
I could spend hours going on and on about this session and showing you all the images as it was truly an honour to capture and be a part of their journey. Plus, Isabella was such a star and made doing her session such a joy.
For more information on IUI/IVF treatment visit http://www.leicesterfertilitycentre.org.uk
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HOW TO COMPOSITE NEWBORN IMAGES AND KEEP BABIES SAFE
As a newborn photographer in Leicester, my number one priority in a session is safety! “Compositing” is a very popular technique used by responsible newborn photographers. A composite image involves taking two or more images, and using Photoshop to combine them into one. There are a number of reasons for me composting images and im going to list a few below:
1) Young Siblings
We have a number of returning customers last year, bringing with them a toddler and newborn. With this brings a number of safety issues and ones we are very careful with, those beautiful images of toddler next to baby is actually two separate images. With Bumps Baby Beyond we capture your toddler happily gazing down at their teddy/toy in the basket next to them; once we have finished with sibling we capture your newborn safely snuggled in the prop and put the two images together.
2) Certain Poses
Sleeping newborns, with such precious little faces, make amazing photographs. Who doesn’t love a pair of chubby cheeks squished strategically between two tiny hands? All poses we carry out during your newborn session are 100% safe, your little one is so used to being curled up in your womb that they may have already been in these positions throughout your pregnancy. When re creating these images I want to insure no weight or pressure is put on your baby. This is why I have an assistant for EVERY session. She is fully trained in newborn safety and I believe this is crucial to running a safe session. The pose below is called the 'Froggy', when done correctly, it really is an adorable image. The entire face is visible, cute little feet are doing out, 10 little fingers and 10 tiny toes.
3) Digital Images
Digital images are a brilliant way of adding variety into a gallery or creating stunning pieces of art without your studio bursting at the seems. With these images we capture your baby on a prop we have in the studio and then edit them into an image we already have.
If a prop is not stable for baby to be left alone in my assistant will always be sat at the side with either her hand just above baby or holding onto baby, here is a full edit of the pose, putting the images together, and then editing the final image
I love how each photographer has their own style of editing that makes us all so unique! Amanda Haddow Photography, Newborn Photographer in Victoria, BC. images are crisp and beautiful, and I love her use of colour!
As a newborn baby photographer in Leicester, I had the pleasure to photograph a returning clients niece. I had captured precious moments of her her cousins, their newborn sessions and then their cake smash sessions. I also had the pleasure of photographing Etta's brothers cake smash <3 I was truly honoured when her mummy asked me to document this huge milestone in their lives when they first found out they were expecting...so we've been waiting a whole 7 months to meet their new addition!
I always say it is best to secure your session after your 12/20 week scan, this way you are guaranteed to have your memories documented within the first 14 days of your babies life.
Mum had chosen to have our full newborn session, which includes both family and sibling images, her brother was amazing for his photos and fantastic with his new sister. We always do what we call a composite images with young siblings, we ask parents to bring a few of their favourite toys so that we can hide them in the props which helps them to look in the right direction and then edit baby into the image after.
When we have siblings we move straight onto the family images due to keeping the timing short. After all, whether the siblings are toddlers or older they can get fed up with waiting. We always capture the whole family together and then some single images of baby with each parent. Here is just a hand full of family and sibling images from their session.
After we have finished with her brother, her daddy took him to the park so we got straight on with baby Etta’s images. For this we kept mainly with dusky pinks and fairly simple and neutral colours that mum and dad had asked for. You’ve probably seen me write about sentimental items that can be incorporated into images which is exactly what we did for this session. These items included a few teddies’ that Etta had been brought including beautiful wooden letters spelling out her name. I loved doing these images, here’s just a few for you to see.
On top of this I always ensure I captured a few images at certain angles so that I can use those images in our digital backgrounds. This creates more images from the same photo but as you can see her are completely different than the rest.
This was again another honour to capture baby Etta and her lovely family. I do truly have the world’s most amazing job!!
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13 Day Old - Baby Photographer Leicestershire, East Midlands
Baby Augustus came to visit us back in August at just 13 days old. He came to the studio with his mummy and nanny. Augustus’s nanny came all the way from Lithuania to come meet her new arrival and of course she got the chance to share the memories during his newborn session.
For Augustus’s session we had already previous got in touch with his mummy to discuss colour schemes and which props she liked best. Due to them living in a barn conversion and everything in their home, décor wise, they wanted splashes of colour. Mummy then hand-picked everything when she was in the studio; we also teamed this up with some neutrals.
We used our root bowl with our hessian and wool curls from Bumps Baby Beyond Props to reflect a rustic theme and also used this on our cream rug background. Little Augustus didn’t want to sleep for us, he was too busy spying on what we were doing! With this in mind, we wanted to use props which meant we didn’t have to disturb him too much and risk waking him again.
Like with every newborn session I like to ensure I offer at least one colour set up, the main reason for this is to ensure that you get a variety to pick from rather than just all the same colours and contrasts. After all you will never get a chance to take these images again so having a different option is always good.
Once we had finished with all the props we moved onto the beanbag and captured little Augustus in the potato sake pose on a completely blue background and then moved onto our usual poses on the beanbag.
One in particular we do is our ‘’tushy up’’ pose. With this pose being done on our cream bobble beanbag fabric it means we can put these images into a digital backdrop. This is where the image itself is already there (without baby) and we Photoshop baby into the image. Just like this stalk one you see here. This also helps to give a variety of images that are very different to ones we take in the studio, also for families to treasure forever.
To finish off we took a couple of images of Augustus and his mummy and also managed to get nan to have a quick photo with mum and Augustus too. Which will be very nice for his nanny to look back on in a few month’s time especially with the distance between them. It was such an honour to be a part of making those lasting memories.
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