Posted on May 21, 2018
Happy 1st Birthday Sofia!
Babies change so much in their 1st year and although those sleepless nights seem to go on forever that 1st year just seems to fly past. Sitting, weaning, crawling and possibly even walking! The first year of a baby’s life really is incredible and well worth capturing.
Which is why a 1st Birthday Photo Shoot is such a good idea and Sofia’s parents had the excellent idea of booking this session a few months ago to celebrate Sofia’s birthday and their 1st year as a family. It was a fabulous session, very relaxed and good fun. We started with family images and then moved on to images of Sofia with Mum, then Sofia with Dad and then Sofia on her own.
There were some lovely images and as always it is very hard to narrow down the selection but here are a few of Mum’s favourites:
For further information about Family or Baby Photo Shoots please contact Sarah.
Posted on May 5, 2018
It was my pleasure to host a cake smash photo shoot to celebrate Amelia’s 1st year and what a lovely Cake Smash session it was too – lots of fun and lots of mess! Just how a Cake Smash should be!
The pink & grey colour scheme is really pretty. We opted for pom poms rather than balloons and I think they look great. Amelia loved the rustling noise they made. Actually it’s hard to tell where the pom pom ends and where the tutu starts in this photograph!
At some point the cake always comes off the stand – sometimes I take it off but other times…
I just love this sequence of photos – sometimes that extra stretch is just a little too much!
Every good celebration should include bubbles and Amelia’s Cake Smash was no exception. She loved her tin bath bubble bath and had a good splash about before letting me know that it was session over”!”
A big thank you as always to Carly’s Cakes for the beautiful and delicious Giant Cupcake.
For further information about Cake Smash sessions please text “Cake Smash” to 07827 443960 or contact Sarah here.
Posted on April 26, 2018
I’m so excited to share one of the projects I’ve been working on with you…
“Flower pot Babies!”
It’s an idea I’ve had for a little while and I finally found the time to give it a try. I’m so pleased with the outcome. A big thank you to my gorgeous model who I assure you was not subjected to sitting in a flower pot in my greenhouse! This is a composite image and she was safely seated in my studio the whole time. A big thank you to her Mum too for being a good sport and bringing her along for her first modelling session.
I would like to make this a series and I already have the next photo in mind. I’m looking for a baby boy for this one but there will be subsequent baby girl photos to come. So I will be looking for a few more “Baby models” over the next couple of months. The babies will need to be able to sit unaided and have quite a chilled temperament please. If you would like your baby to be considered please register your interest here.
Please share with anyone who you think may be interested, thank you.
Posted on April 24, 2018
Welcome Baby Caitlin, little sister to Isla and Jess.
What a gorgeous family they are.
It was a pleasure to welcome these guys back to the studio for their third and final newborn session, such a lovely session. Most of my sessions now are returning Clients or referrals and I really do appreciate your loyalty and support. Hopefully I will see these lovely girls and their parents again in a few years time for a Family Photo Shoot. In the meantime I wish them lots of fun and happy times together.
For further information about Newborn Photo Shoots please contact Sarah.
Posted on April 12, 2018
We all know that the moodiness starts way before their teens so this type of portrait session will also suit your older kids!
I will provide guidance on what to wear but ultimately it’s about your child/teen feeling comfortable in what they are wearing and how they look. The session can be for an individual teen or child to mark a special occasion, milestone or just because. It can also be for siblings which would include individual images of each child and a couple of images of all the siblings together.
The session is short and sweet – 30 to 45 mins for an individual teen/child or 45 to 60 mins for siblings.
These sessions are being released shortly and there will be a Half Price Introductory Offer for the first lucky few to book.
Here’s a little taster of how your gallery might look
I’ve opted to edit in colour for this gallery. If your preference is black & white please view some black and white moody teen portraits here.
A big thank you to my wonderful models who were just awesome 🙂
Please feel free to contact Sarah if you have any queries.
Posted on April 6, 2018
This is one of the projects I have been working on recently – Moody Teens!
What comes after the beautiful baby photos and the cheeky child portraits? There seems to be a big gap when it comes to portraits of older children and teenagers, especially teenagers, who are all of a sudden very camera shy unless of course it’s for a selfie!
Hence the Moody Teen project! It doesn’t have to be moody, if you have a smiley teen we should most definitely celebrate that too! The moody refers more to the darker backdrop and lighting. However if you do have a moody teen then this sort of photo shoot, where they can be themselves without any need to smile, might appeal to them. (If you would like a smiley portrait too I’m sure we could negotiate “one or two photos for Mum before we take some moody photos that you are going to really like”…).
The images can be black and white, colour or a mixture of both. We will discuss this in the pre-session consultation which I suggest your older child/teen is a part of, after all it’s all about them! The sessions are suitable for teens and children from age 9 upwards, although a variation can be provided for children under 9 on request, and are available on Thursdays after school or Saturday mornings. There will be limited availability so you will need to book early to secure your preferred session date. I will be offering a 50% OFF Introductory Offer so make sure you register your interest below to receive details.
Please register my interest in Older Children & Teen Photo Shoots here to receive notification when the sessions are released for booking.
How exciting is this – I submitted one of these portfolio images into the Monochrome category of The Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers Image of the Month Competition in March 2018 and achieved Highly Commended! Bearing in mind there are only 2 acknowledgements in The Societies Image of the Month competition, Gold & Highly Commended, and this was my first time trying out this lighting style I am over the moon!
A big thank you to my excellent models for being so awesome.
Also Coming Soon – Summer Evening Teenage Location Shoots
for ages 12 & over
Join the Summer Evening Teenage Location Shoot Mailing List to receive information about these exclusive sessions as soon as it becomes available.
Please feel free to contact Sarah with any queries.
Posted on March 25, 2018
Are you expecting a baby in 2018? Are you thinking it’s time to stock up on some essential maternity wear? Forever Amber’s blog post about creating a capsule maternity wardrobe for the 2nd trimester is worth a read. I especially love the bellaband which enables you to keep wearing your regular jeans for a bit longer! Amber got a lot of her maternity wear from H&M and Asos – both have a great range.
If you are planning a babymoon and don’t want to pack the earth then you might be interested in the Babymoon capsule wardrobe blog post. It’s a couple of years old but the essentials don’t change really.
I’ve also compiled a little list of other maternity wear stockists that might be worth a browse.
Do you have a special occasion to go to this year? Perhaps a wedding, summer ball, corporate event? Have you checked out Tiffany Rose’s gorgeous maternity dresses? With up to 40% off in their mid season sale it would be rude not to!
Why not treat yourself to a little bit of luxury and purchase something from Madderson London’s stunning maternity range. Their clientele includes the Duchess of Cambridge, Katherine Jenkins and Zara Phillips. I’m not surprised the range is gorgeous and oozes quality. It’s a higher end price tag but you get what you pay for…
Work & Casual Wear
Are you looking for some maternity wear inspiration for work and play? Isabella Oliver are running their mid season sale at the moment too and they also offer styling tips and current maternity wear trend information.
This pretty dress is from Seraphine and would be perfect for citybreaks and beach holidays alike. I’m not sure about the heels though, I think I would be more inclined to pair it with some pretty flats or flip flops! Seraphine are offering free delivery until 2nd April when you shop their new Spring collection.
For all you fashionistas, Boo Hoo are currently offering 25% off Dresses, Jumpsuits & Playsuits. I absolutely love this green swing dress. Versatile enough to go from day to evening.
If you are intending to breast feed you will need a few items of breastfeeding friendly clothes. H&M seem to offer a good range of nursing wear & underwear.
Pinterest is always a great place to look for current trends and ideas. If you are on Pinterest pop over and say Hi. You can also check out my Maternity Wear boards – Bump Fashion; Bump Wedding; Little Black Bump Dress and Babymoon Fashion.
Once you have your maternity wardrobe sorted why don’t you treat yourself to a maternity photo shoot to show it off! Contact Sarah for details of her Maternity Photo Shoots.
Oh and just a reminder to book your Newborn Photo Shoot in after your 20 week scan.
Posted on March 19, 2018
The best way to eat cake is most definitely to face plant it and this is exactly what Nathan did!
He loved his cake and had a great time eating and destroying it. He also loved his bubble bath/Splash so the whole session was fabulous fun.
What a great start to Nathan’s 1st birthday celebrations!
For further information on Cake Smash Photography Sessions please contact Sarah today.
Cake Smash & Splash Photography by Portraits by Sarah, Hertfordshire. Covering Buntingford, Stevenage, Royston, Hertford, Saffron Walden, Stansted, Bishops Stortford, Ware.
A big thank you as always to Carly’s Cakes for the gorgeous handmade cupcake.
Posted on January 30, 2018
January has been all about families, I’ve had some fabulous family sessions this month. I spend a lot of time photographing babies and toddlers, which I absolutely love, but it is also great fun to photograph children of all different ages. I have hosted a few cousin photo shoots in the past, they are really good fun and a lovely family keepsake. They make a wonderful gift for the Grandparents.
These guys were really good fun, full of life and chat! I think we discovered that ice cream was a favourite dish, chocolate in 1st place and strawberry following as a close 2nd! Dragons, dinosaurs and princesses were also pretty popular!
I must congratulate the Mum’s on doing a really good job at picking a complimentary colour palette for the children’s outfits. As you can see, this really does make such a difference to the final gallery of images! And the fancy dress photograph at the end of the session was a fabulous reward for the children’s cooperation.
It was very hard to narrow my selection down but here are a few of my favourites from this session;
For Family & Cousin Photo Shoot bookings and enquiries please contact Sarah.
Posted on January 28, 2018
I photographed this lovely family a few years ago now and it was fabulous to welcome them back and into my new studio! I love photographing all ages of children but these guys are now teens & pre teens and with this age comes the benefit of them staying in the position you have asked them to sit or stand in! Funny enough toddlers and babies don’t always do this!! So what a relaxed and fun session we had.
They are fabulous kids, confident, polite, talkative and full of vitality. There were quite a few favourites from their gallery of images so it was difficult to choose but these are the ones that I liked best…
Don’t they look great!!
Please contact Sarah for Family Photo Shoot enquiries and bookings.