Category Archives: family

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!

Call us on 01296 615631

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

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

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Make it a cracking Easter holiday

Planning ways to keep the family occupied for two weeks at Easter is never an easy task for Mum. Particularly if the weather is changeable. With all the family available and eager to get out of the house though, this makes Easter a perfect time to organise that family portrait you always wanted

To help the holiday budget stretch further we have brought back our Easter Family Portrait offer too. Just £25 secures a midweek session AND a framed desk portrait (normally sold for £90.) Alternatively you can put that value towards one of our wonderful wall art options. An investment you will treasure for a lifetime.

Based outside Stoke Mandeville Bucks with ample free parking our rural location helps ensure a fun stress free experience you will want to repeat every year

We have just ten spaces available on this offer so book early to avoid disappointment
Session must take place midweek between 27th March and 14th April

Click to book (Code EAST15)

Some other Attractions to enjoy while here


If you are travelling a little distance or fancy having a nice break from making meals there is a Cafe on site serving a range of drinks and hot meals.

Animal Farm

The Bucks Goat Centrer is right next doors. With a range of animals and a play area its a great place to let the kids unleash their energies after your portrait session.


A new fabric shop has recently opened up right next door. As well as a wide range of modern dressmaking fabrics they also run courses in a range of needlework skills

Obsidian Art

Our local art gallery is always worth a browse around. With regular exhibitions going on and a sculpture garden its a great place for Mum or Dad to take a brief pause away from the kids.