Category Archives: Photography

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

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

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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.

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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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.

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

Cafe

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.

FabricHQ

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.

Preparing for your baby portrait session

Those first few days and months of your babies new life are such a special period. A time you will want to remember the rest of your life. Memories need a talisman though, a keepsake they can cling to, A touchstone that brings them flooding back at will.

Snippets of hair, babies first booties and other trinkets all help in recalling those early months. Nothing however has the power endurance and simplicity a photograph of your new arrival provides. Its an investment that will bring joy for the rest of your life and to generations to come.

The more time and effort you invest in making those photos special to you the more powerful the memories they capture. This simple FAQ will help you with what to expect at your session and what you can do to help us ensure you get the very best from your time in our studio.

Simply click on the headings below to read more!

What should my baby wear?

winning entry for national baby portrait competitionFor young babies by far the most popular choice is nothing. This ensures the images will be timeless. We have a lovely selection of natural fabrics that can be draped to give your  little one dignity.

If you prefer clothed photos or want a little extra variety of course you are more than welcome to bring along a favourite outfit. I suggest pretty nappy covers rather than leggings for girls in dresses as this allows you to see those adorable tiny feet.

What do you suggest we wear?

Dad and Mum skin on skin with baby

Mum Dad and Baby

This is a perfect opportunity to get some photos of the two of you with your baby so please come prepared to take part. Most of our sessions are against plain white or black backgrouds. Experience has taught us that the images that work best are generally where parents dress casually wearing simple short sleaved tops in white black or muted colours. Try to avoid large Logo designs as they clash with the baby and can date images over time.

For those looking for a more intimate feel to their photos ‘skin on skin’ photos have a wonderfully intimate feel to them and make a stunning piece of art for the wall.

Is there anything else I should bring to the session?

The above will allow us to create a wonderful range of images but if you have a special toy or family keepsake you wish to incorporate please feel free to bring it along to the session.

How long does the session last?

Everything revolves around your little baby and their comfort. we allow an hour for most sessions with ample safety time between them. Generally the photos themselves take around twenty minutes, which we find is the limit of most babies tollerance.

For newborns we allow more time as they may need feeds or lots of cuddles to settle them between sets. One thing we never do is rush. We want both your baby and you to leave having had a great time.

What is the best age for having baby photos taken?

Babies change so much over that first year almost every week will produce something new and amazing.

If you are looking for those adorable newborn photos with them wrapped up or curled sweetly into a contented ball then you need to get it booked early. Even before baby arrives! The best time for these images is between a couple of days old and 11 days. Up until this point your baby will slip into a ‘milk coma’ once fed and with gentleness and care can be positioned without protest.

Older than this  they have learned to stretch their legs. On the other hand their little personality will be starting to show.

By three months they can start to lift up their heads a bit allowing the first ‘portrait’ shots on our special posers.

Can you do anything about my babies flaky skin or milk spots?

For many new mums the flakiness of newborn babies skin adds to the charm and beauty of their new charge. Don’t let these things bother you however. If you prefer we can deal with this in post production to ensure you have some lovely images to remember this special period by

I'm worried my baby will be ill or decide to cry through the session

Don’t. Most babies are fine but if your baby is one of the rare ones that  is just not in the right mood and cannot be passified, even by us it is not a problem. We are quite happy to reshoot on another day to complete the session with no extra charge