From babies & children

DIY Maternity Shoot Tips

For the Mamas-to-be who aren’t able to have professional Maternity Photographs taken at the moment……

A few of you have mentioned that you would like to take some phone pictures at home so I have put together some tips to help you get the best results.

For a light, soft look natural light it’s really important so shoot the images in the room with the best light. Try to avoid harsh light when it is shining directly into the room and turn off any artificial lights as they will create a yellow colour cast.

Shoot from slightly above eye level for a flattering angle and clear any distracting objects from the background so the focus is on you and your bump!

Shoot in Portrait Mode on your phone and lift the exposure if it looks too dark as camera phones tend to under expose (usually a sun icon which appears when you’re taking a photograph)

You can use an editing app to edit your phone images, I like to use VSCO

A soft colour palette works really well for Maternity photographs, layering a knitted cardigan or embroidered/patterned kimono over a simple dress or vest top looks great. Floaty dresses work really well and it’s worth painting your nails for close ups of your hands on your bump. If you would like more intimate shots try pretty underwear with a cardigan/kimono over the top

Your bedroom is a lovely place to take a few Maternity photographs. Light coloured, plain bedding works really well to create a neutral background which won’t detract from your bump

Standing side on to your window can create a lovely simple image and really shows off your pregnant shape, try this when the light through the window is soft, not harsh sunlight

Don’t forget to take some close ups too and some of your bare bump if you would like to. These are best taken near a window, if you stand side on to the window the light and shade will really accentuate the form of your beautiful bump

If you have other children it can be great to include them in a few images, make it fun and try having them sitting up on your bump or kissing your tummy!

If you have pretty flowers in your garden they can make a great backdrop, try taking outdoor shots at golden hour (the hour before sunset) for beautiful lighting

I hope these tips are helpful, please feel free to message me if you have any questions at all. After this time has passed I can’t wait to photograph all the amazing bumps again, I’m missing it so much.

Lots of love, Laura xx

Hitchin Lavender Mini Shoots

LAVENDER MINI SHOOTS

I’m so excited to be offering mini shoots this summer at the beautiful lavender fields in Hitchin, it makes the most gorgeous backdrop and is a lovely day out! You can see more about the lavender fields here.

The mini shoots will take place on Sunday 7th July and these are the times available:

10.00 am (booked)

10.35 am (booked)

11.10 am (booked)

11.45 am

12.20 pm

12.55 pm

1.30 pm

The mini shoots are £195 (£30 of which is required as a deposit at time of booking to reserve your time slot) which includes the following:

Entry to the lavender field for you and your family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) includes bag and scissors for lavender picking!

20 minute mini shoot

10 fully edited digital images sent to you in an online password protected gallery ready for you to download

If you have any questions or would like to book a mini shoot please get in touch through my contact page, I hope you can join me!

Laura xxx

‘The Pack’

Meet little Oliver, the latest addition to this lovely family and fifth member of ‘the pack’! I love how Dad, Stuart, described them as that when he spoke about them all sleeping in the bed together, ‘that’s how it should be, we’re a pack!’

I’ve photographed my friend Emily and her family a few times over the years and have loved documenting them grow to a family of five.  Little Oliver is a lucky boy to have such great big brothers.  My heart melted a little when I asked the eldest, Noah, his favourite thing about Oliver and he answered ‘everything!’  These boys are going to have some fun growing up together!

2016: Family & Photography

2017-01-16_0006

2016 was packed full of love and I was invited along to capture it all! Family has always been at the heart of what I do, it’s the reason I love my job so much and last year it shone through more than ever.  I met some lovely new families, caught up with some familiar faces and we even started a little family of our own with the arrival of Hetty!

Juggling Hetty and my photography meant it was definitely a year of multi-tasking…..I learnt to edit with Hetty strapped to me in a baby carrier, I fed her in between speeches at a wedding and travelled to Italy with her at 3 months old to photograph a family wedding!

2016 was full of love, chaos and fun…..and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Thanks for a great year!

Laura x

2017-01-13_0003

2017-01-17_00072017-01-07_00152017-01-13_00052017-01-07_00182017-01-17_00112017-01-16_00102017-01-17_00042017-01-17_00182016-08-24_00162017-01-17_00322017-01-13_00042017-01-13_00022017-01-17_00012017-01-17_00342017-01-16_00312017-01-16_00402017-01-16_00352017-01-17_00152016-11-01_00052016-11-02_00272017-01-07_00062017-01-17_00172017-01-17_00052017-01-16_00052017-01-17_00192017-01-17_00332016-11-02_00132017-01-16_00132017-01-16_00022017-01-17_00202016-11-01_00462016-08-24_00062016-11-02_00012016-11-02_00242017-01-16_00262017-01-13_00202017-01-13_00162017-01-16_00442017-01-17_00162017-01-16_00272016-08-24_00012016-11-01_00922017-01-16_00222017-01-16_00202017-01-16_00142017-01-17_00272016-08-24_00122017-01-13_00072016-11-01_00702017-01-13_00082017-01-07_00032017-01-16_00252017-01-13_00092016-11-01_00902017-01-17_00022017-01-16_00012016-11-01_00602017-01-13_0011

Behind the scenes…..

2017-01-18_0005

I discovered a new way of editing

Processed with VSCO with b1 preset

Exploring the streets of Malcesine, Italy

2017-01-18_0002

Chilling by the pool in Ibiza while mummy’s working!

Thanks to Jack and to our families for your help and support, love you all loads xxx

Chiswick House Maternity Shoot

2017-01-07_0005

Congratulations to this lovely family on the safe arrival of their gorgeous baby girl and new little sister to Sofia! It was such a special time to capture, the last few weeks before they were about to become a family of 4.  We spent a fun morning at Chiswick House which was the perfect setting for their maternity shoot with beautiful surroundings and lots of space for Sofia to run around and watch the ducks!  We took a lovely walk around the gardens while I captured some natural shots then we all warmed up with coffee and croissants in the cafe…..a great way to end the shoot!

2017-01-07_00082017-01-07_00092017-01-07_00062017-01-07_00032017-01-07_00012017-01-07_00042017-01-07_00022017-01-07_00132017-01-07_00112017-01-07_00162017-01-07_00262017-01-07_00222017-01-07_00252017-01-07_00142017-01-07_00202017-01-07_00182017-01-07_00282017-01-07_0015

Happy 6 Months!

2016-08-31_0006

This has been my first blog post for a while as a certain little lady has been keeping me very busy! I’ve had some time out on maternity leave to throw myself into family life and the joys and challenges of motherhood.  I’m loving being Hetty’s mummy and can’t believe she’s 6 months today!…..it’s been amazing watching her grow every day and learn new tricks, her favourites at the moment are blowing raspberries and doing a bit of downward dog (she must have been paying attention at baby yoga!)

Through the haze of sleepless nights I’ve tried to pick up my camera (or phone camera mainly as it’s always close by!) as much as I can but I really wanted some nice photographs of us all together as a family so booked a shoot with Eline, you can see more of her lovely work here.  It was a great experience and  a good reminder of how it feels to be on the other side of the camera….I had the same thoughts as a lot of mums who book a shoot with me; how can I persuade Dad in to doing the shoot?! what if my baby screams the whole time? what should we wear?  Eline instantly put us at ease, it was nice and relaxed and we all really enjoyed it….even Jack!

Having these precious newborn photographs of Hetty has made me even more passionate about doing the same for other families and I’m really excited to start shooting again!  I’m now taking bookings for October onwards so please get in touch if you would like me to photograph your family.

Laura xxx

2016-09-01_00112016-08-31_0001 2016-08-31_00022016-09-01_00092016-08-31_00042016-09-01_00142016-09-01_00192016-09-01_00152016-09-01_00122016-08-31_00152016-08-31_0008 2016-08-31_00132016-09-01_00032016-09-01_00012016-08-31_00182016-09-01_00022016-09-01_00202016-09-01_00222016-09-01_00082016-09-01_00162016-09-01_00062016-09-01_00072016-09-01_00102016-09-01_00172016-09-01_00212016-09-01_00242016-09-01_00232016-09-01_00252016-09-01_00282016-09-01_00312016-09-01_00262016-09-01_0030

Hetty’s Italian Adventure

2016-06-17_0006

 

What a beautiful place….we’ve just returned from a wonderful trip to Italy for my cousin’s gorgeous wedding (which I was lucky enough to photograph!) and our first family holiday with Hetty!  Even in the rain Malcesine had so much character and rustic charm, we spent our days wandering the quaint streets with ice-creams in hand exploring all the nooks and crannys….

 

2016-06-17_00072016-06-17_0010 2016-06-17_00032016-06-17_0002 2016-06-17_00082016-06-17_00042016-06-17_00112016-06-17_00092016-06-17_00222016-06-17_00172016-06-17_00162016-06-17_00202016-06-17_00152016-06-17_00122016-06-17_00132016-06-17_00142016-06-17_00182016-06-17_00212016-06-17_00192016-06-17_0023
2016-06-17_00322016-06-17_0005 2016-06-17_00312016-06-17_0026

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!!

Hope you all had  a lovely festive break with your family and friends!

2015 was a busy year for me photography-wise and personally, I managed to squeeze in getting engaged, marrying my boy and becoming pregnant!!!  Really excited to see what 2016 holds, with baby McKinlay due in March and two destination weddings to shoot in Italy and Ibiza… it’s going to be a busy year!

Just wanted to say a massive thank you to all the lovely families and couples I’ve met this year, I really appreciate you supporting my little business.  It’s been such a pleasure photographing you all….

lots of love

Laura x

2016-01-04_00602016-01-04_00582016-01-04_00592016-01-04_00562016-01-04_00612016-01-04_00052016-01-04_00622016-01-04_00082016-01-04_00332016-01-04_00302016-01-04_00312015-09-07_00122015-09-07_00192015-09-07_00012015-09-07_00052015-09-07_00032015-09-12_00022016-01-04_01122016-01-04_01172016-01-04_01132016-01-04_01142016-01-04_01112016-01-04_01102016-01-04_00202016-01-04_00182016-01-04_00172016-01-04_00152016-01-04_00162016-01-04_00212016-01-04_00192016-01-04_00702016-01-04_00682016-01-04_00692016-01-04_00842016-01-04_00242016-01-04_00252016-01-04_00232016-01-04_00542016-01-04_00672016-01-04_0014
2016-01-04_00112016-01-04_00952016-01-04_00982016-01-04_00962016-01-04_00972016-01-04_01002016-01-04_01082016-01-04_00992016-01-04_01062016-01-04_01052016-01-04_01042016-01-04_01092016-01-04_00742016-01-04_00762016-01-04_00942016-01-04_00932016-01-04_00912016-01-04_00922015-10-29_00142015-10-29_00042015-10-29_0001
2015-10-29_00152015-10-29_00022016-01-04_00822016-01-04_00832016-01-04_00812016-01-04_00532016-01-04_00522016-01-04_00362016-01-04_00402016-01-04_00382016-01-04_00352016-01-04_00392016-01-04_00422016-01-04_00432016-01-04_00372016-01-04_00292016-01-04_00272016-01-04_00452016-01-04_00492016-01-04_00482016-01-04_00502016-01-04_00512016-01-04_00722016-01-04_0073back-garden-wedding-8back-garden-wedding-7back-garden-wedding-6back-garden-wedding-13back-garden-wedding-12back-garden-wedding-42016-01-04_0087

Wedding Bump to Baby

back-garden-wedding-13

Remember Claire and Dan’s rustic,  back garden wedding earlier in the year?…..well, I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing their gorgeous new son, little Leo.  Such a chilled afternoon, listening to music and eating flapjack while snapping away!  It’s been so cool to document such an amazing year for them…..thanks for inviting me along for the ride Claire and Dan!!

2015-12-17_00202015-12-17_00022015-12-17_00042015-12-17_00102015-12-17_00062015-12-17_00092015-12-17_00112015-12-17_00142015-12-17_00032015-12-17_00232015-12-17_00212015-12-17_00182015-12-17_0013