Author Archives: Baron Bratby

Into the Light | Window Boudoir Shoot

One of the hardest things about photography for a living is finding time to shoot for yourself. To play with concepts and new ideas. Even then clients photos take priority, which can mean having to leave the editing for a later date.

It was while going back through a previous Boudoir session I realised I had not edited this set of photos shot with the lovely model Ivory Flame. It was arranged to play with one of my favourite sets for Boudoir photography, the window. Not a real window in this case. I am sure Ivory Flame would have brightened the day of many a passer by in Stoke Mandeville but I needed something my clients would feel comfortable with.

The window makes a great photo session for someone who wants to try something a little beyond lingerie in their photo shoot but is not quite sure if they dare to bare. I love the flattering nature of the soft light it provides, while the net curtains or a sheet can be used to show as much or as little as comfortable.

Combine this with one of our other sets and you can be sure of a fun session creating some stunning images for yourself or a loved one. To book simply give me a call on 01296 615631. Or use out Contact Form to find out more

Anonymous Nude model looking out of window
At the window

Kitten Heels

Sometimes the best and most memorable  photo shoot is the one that does not go to plan. On this occasion the plan had been to make another attempt at a vintage themed session by the Grand Union Canal just outside Bedgrove. Alas once again the Aylesbury weather had other plans for us. Thankfully one of the benefits of a studio is you always have somewhere to shoot. In this case it turned out to be a very special and poignant session.

Little Lester was a surprise addition found frightened and abandoned in a country lane a few weeks before and in need of constant care.  An accident of circumstances that ended with some wonderful images when we decided to allow him out in the safety of the studio.

These images prove to be particularly special as sadly despite all the loving care and attention little Lester passed away just a few day later. While Lester life may have been all too short the photos taken on that day will ensure there will always be memories of the warmth he brought into his new home.

Footnote. Since taking these photos the couple who saved Lester have taken in two new kittens in need of a loving home.

Retro Pinup |Studio Portrait with a fun twist

When Sarah suggested she fancied doing a retro Photo shoot by the Grand Canal in Aylesbury  the answer could only be yes. Sarah had a vintage bike she wanted to include in her session. having spent a summer restoring it. Sarah also brought  along some Betty Page era outfits.  (I refuse to call them vintage as I was around when they were still the style!)

Alas despite fine weather before and after, on the day it decided to tip down. One of the benefits of running your own photography studio though is you have a fall back when the British weather pulls its usual tricks. So, instead of just giving in we decided to move the photo shoot inside. having fun doing some 60’s style Pinups while the rain rattled down outside.

In truth this is something I have been meaning to do for some time so it was a great excuse to play. We decided not to bring the bike into the studio. Instead we will await a further fine day.

Summer fun shoot. Fifties style with glasses

Sister Love – Baby photo shoot

portrait photograph of three months old baby

We have talked for a while about posting shoot highlights on a more regular basis. With so many lovely Mums and their babies coming in for their Emma’s Diary baby portrait sessions it was hard to know where to start. Baby holly with her loving sister seems as nice a place as any though.

Since winning the Emma’s Diary baby of the month 2014 we have been adding to our collection of lovely baby wraps and blankets too. Certainly Holly seemed to like them going by her contented look. Big sister Sophie was a little angel too despite still recovering from Chicken pox. Thankfully we were able to remove the last signs of them from the photos.

If you want to try something like this yourself take a look round places like T-Max for suitable baskets you can pad out with a blanket topped with suitable material. Don’t use that camera flash though. Saoft window light is perfect if you don’t have access to studio equipment.

photography session with big sister and her 3 month old new arrival

Me and My Dad | Fathers Day Portrait

Fun for the little ones

Young children love being part of the fun and creative process that goes with Fathers day. No doubt the hand made card will be lovely. The cup cakes, with their tilt towards Salvador Dali, delicious.

This year though let Dad enjoy some of that fun too with our Me & My Dad Portrait Session. Dad gets to have an hours special time at our studio with the kids, creating memories they will love and cherish for the rest of their lives.

The children get to have Dad  to themselves and a Fathers Day present where they were part of the creative fun

Father and Son portrait Bucks

To reserve your session in time for Fathers Day call 01296 615631

Memories as they grow

No matter the age of your children our Me & My Dad portrait session makes the perfect fathers day present. Its a great chance for Dad to spend precious time with his children and ensures he will always have that special photo as a reminder of this fathers day. A portrait that will grow in personal value as the years pass.

As well as the session we are giving away our Mini Acrylic desk block, a clean modern reinvention of the traditional desk portrait, for anyone who books before 31st May. We will also have a range of further special offers available at a steep discount on our normal prices.

To reserve your session just call 01296 615 631. Please note there is a £25 booking fee to secure your spot. This is fully refundable at the first viewing.

Book early to get photos for Fathers day

Our high quality products take time to create. Book your portrait session early to have your chosen present ready for Dad to unwrap on the day (Our Duo is sturdy enough to cope with even young children’s enthusiastic wrapping! )

Buy a Gift Certificate Online

Alternately buy one of our gift certificates and make the shoot itself a Fathers Day surprise. You can call in at our studio, order by phone on 01296 615631 or click the link below to order online.

Book Early to avoid dissappointment!

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Make sure your children have that photograph they will treasure long into the future.

Photographing the HS2 rail route for Stoke Mandeville Parish Council

If you live in Stoke Mandeville Aylesbury or Wendover you are sure to be aware of HS2 and the protests over how it going to effect us all. In our case the route crosses the main road a bare hundred yards from the studio. Like many though my knowledge of the route was limited to its immediate location and a quick glance at the plans.

Over the past few weeks I have been out and about with Parish Councilor David Starr photographing the route south of  Stoke Mandeville and Aylesbury. While the route appears set there is still a lot of work going on behind the scenes in seeking to mitigate the effects of this huge engineering project. Our photos are intended to help highlight how the proposed route will impinge on ordinary lives when the council makes representations in the Autumn. Indeed on the south side of Aylesbury the line runs barely a hundred yards from a housing estate.

We were taking the photos at this time of year for a reason. With the trees still bare it is possible to see more clearly the houses, schools and farms that will be affected. Something that will be hidden when they are in full leaf.

View from HS2 route of farm buildings and houses that will be effected

As we talked and walked and of course took photos of the area being affected it has started to sink home just how much disruption is going to take place round Stoke Mandeville and Aylesbury in a few years time. Like many I have watched the normal trains slipping past nearby and perhaps tended to assume we are talking something not dissimilar. In fact the HS2 trains are much larger, with the roof at first floor window level of a typical house. The Gantries for power will rise to around 8m. Then of course there is the length, frequency and speed with trains projected to race through every few minutes.

I will leave the politics for others but one thing is clear. HS2 is going to bring very big changes to the people of Aylesbury. It crosses the main road to Princes Risborough and High Wycombe, a busy road that may even need to be diverted from its current route. An already busy road that will be expected to support thousands more lorry trips as construction gets underway.

Our portrait studio seems to be safe but like any business we are concerned about the effect on business. Not just from the railway itself but all the construction work that will precede it


To find out more on the Stoke Mandeville Action Group Website. Includes maps of the trains route and construction area

What to bring to your baby shoot?

Baby portrait by aylesbury based portrait photographer Baron Bratby

Your new babies first weeks and months are amongst the most special moments in your life.  We think the perfect way to save those precious memories is through beautiful photography.

To help make  the most of your shoot we have produced this short guide on what to wear and bring along to your session.  Hopefully you find it helpful.

What clothes to bring for Baby?

You will want to look back on these photos so its important they stand the test of time.

The best baby photos are often the simplest. For young babies the most popular images are of baby natural and unclothed. However with so many cute outfits available here’s our guide to what to choose for timeless baby photos.

Nappy Covers. Not only hides the Pampers but also great for active babies. Plain, pastel or simple solid colours work best.

Plain Baby Grow. Plain, muted tones and pastels work great with perhaps a nice texture.  We want to capture those lovely little detail shots so go for ones that dont cover their feet and arms.

Hats. Some babies just love having their heads covered and hats are also a great way to personalise your shoot.

Knitwear. Little knitted outfits can make great shots and the texture can really add to the photos.

Bring several (at least three) outfits with you.  This helps avoid stress if an outfit gets mussed or drippled on.

What about when babies going to be nude?

The classic nude baby shot is always a popular and classic choice. We have a wide selection of swaddles drapes, props and poses we use to ensure a degree of dignity for the baby.

However, to get the best out of your session here are a few things to think about beforehand.

Loosen up clothing.
Its best to loosen your baby’s diaper and clothing before the photo session. This gives those little imprint marks time to disappear.

Birthmarks and blemishes. All children pick up little scraps and bruises from time to time. This is generally not a problem and can be removed in photoshop. However if there is a larger birthmark you would like us remove (or leave) please let us know.

Skin on skin: Involves Mum or Dad cradling the baby topless. For those seeking a more intimate and natural portrait of themselves  and their baby this style is becoming increasingly popular.

We love doing these photos and  clients adore the result. The simplest and most popular are of Dad shirtless with baby in arms.  If this is something you are considering we recommend wearing a lose fitting top to the shoot (in order to avoid any imprints).

What clothes to wear for Mum and Dad?

We strongly encourage both parents to come along and take part in the fun. In many cases this is the first opportunity to get that memorable photo of you all as a new family – usually one or the other is taking the photos!.

Clothing should of course reflect your personal style but also remain sympathetic to the star of the show, your little baby.

•    We find simple tops with white, black or muted colours work best
•    Avoid Large logos or patterns that compete with baby for attention.
•    Tops with strong colours can create a colour cast on babies skin.
•    Short sleeves allow some ‘skin on skin’ contact with baby
•    Strapless or off the shoulder tops help create an extra intimacy

It is also worth bringing a change of clothes, just in case baby gets over excited at being cuddled in Mum or Dads arms while unclothed!

Special or sentimental items such as a teddy from your own childhood, the family christening robe and wedding rings can all be included to make the session uniquely yours.

What Else to Bring?

And finally there are a few simple things to consider bringing to your session.

•    A bib: To put on between photos in case baby dribbles.
•    Special toys: Such as teddy or rattle that baby will respond to.
•    Baby wipes & changing items: To clean up any messes.
•    Blanket/comforter:  We have a wide range of blankets for shoots but feel free to bring one from home – either to match you home decor or beacuse its of sentimental value.

We are happy to include young brothers and sisters if time and the baby allows. Some very young children can be reluctant to cooperate. This is normal so don’t stress if they fail to understand what you would like them to do. Just  leave it to your photographer – we have a few trick to get the image you are after.

We allow ample time for feeding, changing and other distractions. If you are breast feeding we will of course give you peace, privacy and whatever time your need. If you would actually like a breast feeding photo though please feel free to ask.

Pooping and Peeing
They are babies. Its what they do!  We are used to it so don’t fret.

We looking forward to seeing you for your session soon. If you have an question please free to call the studio or use the contact form. To download this guide please use the link below

CLICK HERE - to download your free guide on what to bring to your baby shoot

Download our free PDF guide on Preparing for your baby shoot

Emma’s Diary 2015 Baby Portrait Competition

Following one of our lovely babies winning the 2014 national baby of the year competition a number of our mums have been eager to know more about the competition and how they go about entering their own babies for a chance to win.

Well if you are one of those many Mums this post gives you all the information needed, so read on.

Baby of the month competition

Run in association with Emma’s Diary this national monthly competition has now moved to  facebook, making it even easier for your friends to participate.  Each month 5 winners win a £100 Mothercare voucher. Plus of course entering the competition includes a free baby portrait session at our studio along with a photographic gift featuring your favourite image.

winning entry for national baby portrait competition

Baby of the year

Winners of the Baby of the month competition are automatically put through to the yearly competition and the chance for their baby to win £2,000. We are delighted to say it was one of our babies who won this prize for 2014!

Entering the fun

If you live in Aylesbury, Stoke Mandeville, High Wycombe or nearby  entering for the chance at winning £2,000 could not be simpler. If you are already registered with Emma’s Diary watch out for a text email or phone call from us offering a free baby portrait session. We will get  you booked in and at the viewing you will have an opportunity to choose which image you wish to submit.

Can’t wait! No problem. Give us a call on 01296 615631.

Remember we are the only authorised Emma’s Diary photographer in this area.

newborn babies feet are so beautiful and tiny

See who is competing

To see if any of your friends are entering the current competition simply click on the button below to visit the Baby of the Month Facebook page.

While there we would love you to vote for one of our babies. Simply look out for those watermarked Immortaleye Photography

Remember we have a limited number of space available in any month so book your session TODAY!

Get booked in now

If you would prefer us to contact you simply click on the button below to visit our registration page and fill out a simple form.

If your baby is under 1 year old we will arrange your free paby portrait session and Competition entry

Use the code EDBLOG so we know how you found out about

What is Emma’s Diary?

Emma’s Diary is a website and organisation supported by the Royal College of General Practitioners, dedicated to helping new Mums with ensuring their newborn babies get the very best start in life. As well as the website they distribute the Emma’s Diary itself via your Midwife and LLoyds Chemists.

If you have not already done so you may register online to receive your personal welcome pack and take advantage of the wealth of advice provided.