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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.

Siblings.
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.

Feeding
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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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.

The perfect Xmas present for little Esmé

Bump to baby photography is one of the most joyous aspects of life as  a family portrait photographer . It is not simply the knowledge those images you take are going to be treasured for a lifetime. It is also the thrill of seeing that family again and being able to capture the changes as their children grow.

This baby bump session is a perfect example. Little Esmé was barely a few days old when we first photographed her with a tired but happy Mum and Dad. Now she is awaiting the perfect Xmas present. A new baby brother. Mum wanted something lighter and more ethereal for her maternity photographs and although too young to really know what was going on Esmé naturally wanted to have a part of the attention.

We are so glad mum allowed us to share these special moments with you. To arrange your baby bump session or simply find out a little more about how we can help you remember this wonderful part of life just give us a call on 01296 615631. We love to talk

Lets not throw the baby out with the bathwater!

smiling baby portraitMumsnet the Mothers and Baby forum have been in the news again. This time railing against the behaviour of certain reps and  aggressive baby photographers on the maternity wards. Continue reading »

Naked baby bump photos…

…are the latest pregnancy trend

And that from the conservative Daily Mail! Of course being the Mail they had to add on ‘But are they a precious memento or just plain tacky?’ Well the women who actually had their maternity photos taken were overwhelmingly emphatic in their reply. They were thrilled with the baby bump photos they recieved and loved their maternity portrait session.

Baby bump and maternity photography first took off with that famous Vanity Fair front cover of Demi Moore. Now, with photos of Kate Middleton’s growing bulge apearing on a regular basis, maternity photography is back in the news. Once women sought to cover up the growing bump. Now it is seen as something to celebrate and increasingly a special memory women want to capture for posterity.

Capturing the simple beauty of that swelling bump is not always easy at home however. Particularly with the growing clutter of gifts and products awaiting the new arrival, which is why arranging a baby bump session with a professional photographer is such a popular choice. We have the facilities to help your feel at ease, along with the sets and props to ensure some amazing photos.

When to book your session

The best time to arrange your baby bump session is around 4 weeks before you are due when the bump is well pronounced. Any later and you risk being too late if the baby comes early. (Our last mum gave birth 13 hours after the session!) By then the morning sickness will be over and you will be looking forward to your new arrival.

What to expect at your baby bump photo shoot

Our goal is to provide a range of memorable images you will want to share with special friends and family.  They can be fun, elegant or sensuous to suit your personal taste. You do not of course need to be nude to get a set of wonderful images. If you wish to though our experienced photographer is used to working sensitively to ensure you enjoy your session

What to bring to your session

To some extent it depends on the style of image you are after. A white shirt borrowed from your partner makes a great picture teamed with a nice pair or bras and panties. And with prodlucts by companies like Hot Milk now available there is some great maternity wear available to choose from. Flesh coloured pants are also handy if you want the sheer style photos but feel you may prefer the comfort of wearing panties.

Those knitted booties can be inluded if you wish. And of course there is always your partner.

Celebrate your baby bump

It was Demi Moore who started it with the famous Vanity Fair baby bump cover by photographer Annie Leibovitz. Since then thousands of women have celebrated their pregnancy with tasteful maternity photographs. Not all wish to go quite so far as Demi Moore of course but it remains a wonderful way of remembering that special period in a woman’s life and of sharing it with others. With Victoria Beckham now pregnant rumours are rife that she will also do a pregnancy photo session when the time is right.

Even if you do not wish to go as far as Demi Moore with your pregnancy photographs it is still possible to get some wonderfully evocative images of this special time that will give years of pleasure in the future. To give you some ideas below are some photographs from a recent maternity and baby bump photography shoot by photographer Baron Bratby, with thanks to the clients who have allowed us to use these images. Continue reading »