Family Session- Leicester
Here at bumps Baby Beyond as much as I specialise in newborn photography I offer a wide range of other sessions too. Our sessions include Maternity, Newborn, Sitter’s Cake Smash and Family sessions. I also offer various mini sessions throughout the year and family sessions.
A few weeks back I got to meet Zain along with his mummy and daddy. Mum wanted to buy her husband a present he could remember for his birthday, and what’s better than a present that last’s a life time!
I am so honored to capture families, we are so often the ones behind the camera taking the images of our children, but it is so important to exist. Exist in those photos with your children so one day, they have something to look back on, look back on and remember you being at their side.
After all these photos last a life time, so as much as you remember that moment in time you may forget the little details. The way they smiled, the way they laughed, the way their hair fell…all the little details that time has a way of forgetting.
I always discuss what to wear for sessions prior to them happening so that each client knows what to expect and so that all the colours work together in a beautiful contrast.
As you can see from some of these images here I also like to capture a range of images from standing up to laying down. This helps to ensure that each image captures at different positions and angles.
It’s also captures each moment as it happens and all the giggles and love that they have for each other.
We create some gorgeous long lasting images for this family and hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I did capturing them.
A good friend of mine, in Preston Lancashire also offers family images, Emily Frances is a family photographer.
Baby Photoshoot Leicester, East Midlands
We welcomed Brooke into the studio here at Bumps Baby Beyond, Whetstone for a newborn session along with her Mummy, Daddy and proud big brother.
Firstly, to say it was an absolute pleasure to have them in the studio! She was amazing. We captured so many images as she slept through them all without even waking once. This of course is thanks to his mummy Louise for preparing him for the session.
Ahh, I hear you ask, how can you prepare a newborn for a photo session? Well there is various tips and tricks we have that helps.
firstly, we always ask that you try to keep your little one awake at least an hour before the session preferably two. We understand that this may be hard and throws routine out sometimes but it really does help. As much as you think oh they always sleep when they come to us, we have to undress them, move them from prop to prop and move little fingers into place so they are being handle way more than at home when they fall sleep and get put down. Ways to keep your newborn awake are simple things like giving them a bath, placing them on their play matt, singing to them.
Secondly, we always advice to feed just before you head out of home to come here. This way they usually drift off into a deep sleep (due to being kept awake) and once you arrive we can get straight on with the session and get as many images as possible.
These two are the main key factors to help prepare your little one but it also helps to enable us to get the images that you want. Of course babies are human, and can be unpredictable so I always say to come with an open mind and to priorities the images you want.
Of course, with little Brookes session this wasn’t an issue and we captured so many images it was hard to narrow them down to show you. As you can see we kept majority of the images simple but with colour.
We still used a few plain coloured backdrops to that we had the variety and the option to input images into our digital backdrops too. As you can see from this white backdrop and the grey. This also ensured that the images would match any décor and make lovely gifts to family members.
We also captured Brooke in a few of our nature props, the bowl and the bed with these both we tied in blue and pink to add that extra pop of colour which mum had chosen. And of course we had to capture the proud big brother moment. It’s always so nice to see when a sibling is so happy and excited with having a younger sibling. After all they do have to grow up together for many years to come even if that time does fly by for us.
Another amazing photographer is, NC Hopes Photogrpahy, she specialises in Family, Maternity, Cake Smash and Baby Photographer in Stockport around Cheshire.
Maternity & Newborn Photogrpahy Session, Leicestershire
Beautiful baby James...
I had the honour of capturing him inside his mummy’s tummy before he made his appearance on the 18th of January 2018. James’s mummy and daddy opted for an indoor session here at Bumps Baby Beyond with the weather outside being far too cold to have images taken. With maternity sessions we aim for sessions to take place between 32-36 weeks. This is so that bump is big enough at 32 weeks but not too close to their due date at 36 weeks.
After all the guidelines do say that babies can come from 37 weeks +. Not always the case, especially for all you mummies who end up being overdue and eagerly waiting to meet your little one.
During his mummy’s maternity session, we captured a variety of images, some on dark backdrops some on light and some seminude images. We even captured daddy giving James a cuddle and a kiss.
These images really capture mums bump and the close bond between them all. We managed to capture so many different shots. I found it really hard to dwindle them down to show you all.
After Sue’s maternity she decided she wished to book in for a newborn session too. I love when this happens, it is so nice to be able to capture a little tiny person growing inside their mum’s tummy and then get to meet them once there born.
For James shoot we kept majority of the set ups neutral but adding the odd colour set up and also included a set up with a neutral backdrop but mint as the focus colour. By doing this means you can have an image that would go with any decor in the house but could also tie in with a colour that may be around.
It's something most people don't think of but after all these images will be placed upon your wall forever and you don't want it to clash.
As a Leicester newborn photographer, I’m always on a hunt for a new prop to use with my newborn as this month was our dark wooden bed! This was perfect to keep in with the neutral colours his mummy and daddy had chosen.
We ensured we also captured close ups of James little features too, these are the little things that you notice changes from day to day as they grow bigger and bigger. I love to capture the images that can be look upon in years to come to help treasure life’s moments that go by too quickly.
For more information on our sessions please contact us
Happy Birthday Scarlett
Now this is something we all seem to have very little of or are too busy to find. But its those little details that make everything worth while.
My daughter turned 4 today, something that seemed to have happened in the blink of an eye. Suddenly my cuddly little girl shot up and looked older. Her little puppy face almost seemed longer, her words seamed clearer and she just had this 'big girl' look about her.
She will be off to school soon, and once again she will look so grown up. Its at the night time, when you sit down and think, where has my little baby gone?!?
We missed out on the opportunity to have a Newborn Photography Session in Leicester when Scarlett was born, so I made sure we had a Cake Smash session in Leicester for her 1st birthday.
I make sure to constantly take photos of my little one, and I encourage you all to do so too. The little details change so quickly and before you know it your little baby who snuggled up so tightly in your arms, is walking, talking and not so little.
To celebrate my daughters 4th birthday I am offering these sessions HALF PRICE. I have never had an offer like this, so it can only remain live until the 31st March, and we have limited this to 15 codes so once they have gone, there gone!
These sessions are all about celebrating!! And what better reason then a special birthday, we would love to capture this amazing moment and capture memories for you to look back on for years to come. These sessions are different from our full sessions and include the below. There is no pre cake smash section and no bath included with these.
Cake Smash Mini Session | 9-26 Months Old | 40 Minutes
*A pre-session consultation with me to plan your bespoke session
*'What To Expect Guide'
*Personalised deluxe Giant Cupcake
*Approx 25 lovingly edited images for you to review and order
*Viewing and ordering appointment 2 weeks after your session on our 52" screen
*5 digital images, in colour and matching black & white
*5 matching 6x4" luxuary prints
For more information on these or to book your session please click here.
Once again, I’d love to open my arms and welcome into the studio the Godsmark family.
Over the last few years we have seen them on many occasions, from little Freddie growing to new life being born, and now it’s Archie’s time to grow too!
We first met them when they came to visit me for a cake smash session for Freddie, they decided on the most amazing theme ever, the hungry caterpillar! I loved it! Here’s just a few images from his session a few years back. he has now been promoted to big brother.
We last saw little Archie when he entered the world and came to have a newborn session with us. Being a Leicestershire newborn photographer this was such a lovely experience to have captured Freddie when he was young and now to welcome in his new brother and capture them both together. Of course, they both were Little Rock’s and smashed their sessions.
As time has a habit of rushing by it soon became time for Archie to turn the big ONE!
Where has that whole year gone?!? I often say one of the most important things is to capture the moments because they grow so quickly but it makes it even more so when the once newborn’s I captured now arrive for their cake smash!! If I feel that I’ve blinked and turned one, it must feel ten times faster for the family. Their little details always stay the same, but they just get bigger and bigger.
There was no question with the before photos, we had to capture both the boys together to compare with how they have grown. And of course, with mummy and daddy too. Looking back to their family photo from Archie’s newborn session you just can’t believe how both boys have grown so much. They’re no longer baby’s but little toddlers soon to be men. Maybe not that fast but that is surely how it goes.
The same as Freddie’s cake smash session their mummy and daddy rocked it when it came to the theme for Archie’s cake smash session and they chose Peter rabbit. The colours worked perfectly with having the plain backdrop but the pop of colour from the cake and bunting. It made for a lovely contrast and containing colour without being too busy. It’s always something I love to offer here at Bumps Baby Beyond and that is choice. We get all of our cakes from Dian's Cake Creations, she always amazes me with her designs!
Whether it be choice of theme, colour or outfit. I want to ensure that you have every opportunity to make the sessions more personal to you and the decision is yours. After all the images will be pride of place in your home for years to come.
Like with all my cake smash sessions I always offer the splash in the tub part at the end of the session. The main reason I do this is so that your little one is nice and clean and there are no worries about rushing home to bath them.
When we have siblings come it’s always nice to involve them too. Freddie couldn’t resist when it came to the bath. It was so lovely to see them both happy and smiling just in their own little world of fun.
If you'd like to book in for a Cake Smash session please get in touch.
So I’ve been asked, how do I balance my work and family life? How do I run my own business as well as look after two under 5’s? How do I keep on top of my house whilst my partner works away 5 days a week?
You know what, I don’t know! We aren’t all perfect, there is no right or wrong way to live your life; it’s all about finding what works for yourself and your family.
Finding a balance between work life and personal life can be a challenge for us all. If you have a job you love, it’s super easy to pour your heart, soul, and every waking hour into it. After all, sometimes it doesn’t feel like working. But this can be hard to turn off from, I find myself editing before the children go to school, taking images whilst they are at school and then more editing when they go to bed…
Ive decided to make a tips and ways to manage both and start enjoying your day to day tasks and im going to take a leaf out of my own book and try to stick to them!
So here it goes:
1. Log off your e-mail.
That’s right, I said it. Phone on silent (and no, vibrate does not count as you’ll still find yourself checking it every time it buzzes!) This will help you maintain some focus, and it will remind your company that your attention is on them, as it should be.
2. Limit work talk with your partner.
Create a time limit on the amount of job-related focus that you and your partner share at the end of every day. After all it is sometimes so easily done to get cut up in hours of conversation about what happened at work rather than a conversation about yourself. My partner works away Monday-Friday so at the weekends we are now having a NO WORK rule (except one weekend in every month when im allowing bookings).
3. Plan downtime intentionally. And stop cancelling or re-scheduling those plans!
don't cancel on that night out with your friends, the meal out with your hubby or the play date with your kiddies because your 'too busy' stick to your plans and make time for the important things in life!
4. Minimizse social media
I realise that Social media is part of our job in this day and age and is so important to our businesses. But it’s a time-suck. And it has a way of drawing you in and before you know it an hour has gone. So, schedule in your social media time and stick to it. Not only that but don’t allow social media to take over your time you have with the kids/partner. We spend enough time staring at a screen.
5. Take care of yourself.
My new year’s resolution was to be more selfish… that’s right, to think of me. I’ve decided to schedule in some time for no work, no children, no responsibilities and focus on just little old me. Ive decided to join a Slimming World on a Monday and go to Yoga on a Wednesday. That’s two whole mornings every week without anything else to focus on. Yes, I realise you’ve heard it before, neglecting yourself does not make you a better worker, mother, spouse, friend, or volunteer. It just makes you tired, unwell, and cranky. And it’s hard to do anything well then.
6. Let Go of the Guilt
My daughter is going to school this year, and my son is in year 2 btu child care is still needed when working late or when my partner has to stay on over the weekend. Rather than dwell on how you're not with your child, think about how your role in the company is benefitting the family. Perhaps you can afford certain classes or trips out for your children or you're able to put away savings for a holiday. "The most successful career mums have found ways to be efficient in both worlds—and that requires being able to come to terms with choices and focus on the priorities that are in the moment," Accept that there will be good and bad days.
Yes nobody likes a show off who’s got their life together but in reality nobody is perfect. It is something that will help to de-stress you and prepare yourself for everyday. Just remember to push yourself to do these as it is easily said “I’ll do that later” or “it can wait”. Once you’ve learnt the art of organising everything life will seem to fall into place.
A photographer I know does this extremely well, all with the help of her pet dog! Emily owns, Emily Frances Photography which specialise in newborn photography.