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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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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

Wow. I actually won a national baby competition

winning entry for national baby portrait competition

Well it was cute little Ellie who really won the baby portrait competition of course and delighted Mum Andrea who received the prize on her behalf.

The competion is nationwide and included photographers from a number of major studios so for us it was a real fillip to get a winning photo  on what was only the second entry to the monthly competition.

If you would like your baby to enter simply give us a call or register online with Emmas diary. We are the only authorised Emma’s Diary photographer for the Aylesbury and surrounding area

Couples Portrait Experience

Couples Portrait sessions

When you find that special soulmate to share your life with you want to keep that magic alive. Seek out fresh experiences you can enjoy together and reminisce about in the future. On those occasions when work or duty force you apart it’s comforting to have that keepsake you invested in to remember each other by.

Our Couples Confidential Portrait Experience is a perfect solution. Enjoy an hour in our company as we work with you, creating a wonderful selection of portrait images that capture your special bond. They can be fun, romantic, intimate. For a little extra we can even arrange a makeup artist to ensure the woman (or women) look and feel extra special.

You will both love the experience and of course those images you select will help provide comfort and happy memories during times apart.

To book your session or simply find out more call 01296 615631

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Personal Portrait Photography

Personal portraiture is an opportunity to tell your story the way you want it told, with help from an experienced photographer who will work with you to capture the mood and images you are looking for. Perhaps you are tired of only having awkward camera phone snaps of yourself or your partner. Maybe you want to capture a special moment in life. Learning a musical instrument, moving in or out of a relationship. Whatever the reason we can provide what you are looking for.

Personal Attention

Our personal portrait sessions start with a pre shoot consultation with your photographer to discuss what style of images you are looking to create and answer any questions you have.

The sessions itself last up to an hour. Ample time to relax and start enjoying your moment. Time enough to try out several changes of outfit and style. During the session we will take a wide range of images for you to select from at your viewing. This takes place a week later, during which time we will select, colour correct and spot the final images to ensure you will look your best in every one.

Private viewing

Once all your images are ready you will be invited to a private viewing, where we can display your images at the sizes you are interested in buying and suggest a the wide range of options for displaying your final selection. There is no minimum order. You can purchase from as little as a modest desk print up to a large wall image in a range of stunning options. You are of course welcome and encouraged to bring along anyone you would like involved in the decision making.

Something more intimate or daring?

Our personal portrait session can be as formal or sensuous as you want but if you are looking for something special it may be worth considering one of the following options

Makeover Experience session

If you are looking for something a little more special then why not consider a Makeover session? Our qualified stylist will pamper you with a professional make up session. this is then followed by your actual shoot with one of our experienced and published photographers, who know just how to light and photograph in a way that will best flatter you skin and features. Finally your images will receive that extra attention normally reserved for celebrities prior to the viewing. Click here for more details.

Boudoir Photography

Bring out that sensual side of yourself in one of our Boudoir experience sessions. Click here for Boudoir by Baron (contains some tasteful nudity)

Model Portfolio

Fancied yourself as a model? Our model portfolio sessions can be just for fun or the start of a new career. We can give you advice on pitfalls, even set up your first online portfolio. Click here for further details

Pet Photography

Pets are an important member of the family A comforting friend through good times and bad. A portrait of a beloved dog or cherished cat helps ensure they will never be forgotten, We love pet photography and are comfortable working with boisterous puppies and nervous cats. We are equally happy to photograph snakes in the studio, horses at stable or pet pigs wallowing in mud.

Pet portraits make ideal wall art, giving your room warmth and providing an ideal conversation starter for friends and guests. We can offer studio or location sessions and will work with you to create a great range of images for you to make a final selection from. At your personal viewing we will show you a range of ways to display your most treasured image.

We can even show you how it looks on your own wall to ensure your chosen option it is in keeping with the decor and a fitting reminder of that special relationship.

Book your session now!

Family Portrait

Creating Memories…

Memories are our most important possession. Asked what they’d rescue from a fire, most people say family photographs. How many of us treasure photos of us with our parents or much-loved and sadly-missed granny?

Family portraits are an important part of our history. Capturing passions, interests, loves and relationships. They mark celebrations, anniversaries and special occasions. They tell us where we’ve come from and how we’ve got here.

At Immortaleye Photography, family portrait photography is what we do. We create family photos that will be handed down to your children, to your children’s children. Portraits that will be proudly displayed on walls, mantelpieces and bedside cabinets for generations. Inspiring photographs to hang and cherish for a lifetime.

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Before your visit to the studio we will give you some ideas and discuss what you can bring along to to help tell your story. Your family session will last around one hour. Plenty of time to take a wide variety of images and any outfit changes.
Your photographer will discuss what you like before your session, making sure you get exactly what you want from your shoot. Props are a great idea to help show off your family dynamic. Do you play an instrument, or have an unusual hobby?

Everyone is welcome from Mum, Dad and the kids, to Grandparents and even the family pet! Enjoy yourself and not only will you have great fun, we will ensure you have a wonderful collection of stunning photographs.

After your photo session your photographer will select your best images and creatively edit them to produce a show just for you. Then you’re invited back to view your photos in a cinema style presentation and choose your favourite images.

We offer a stunning range of framed products and print packages to decorate your home. You’ll be sure to find a perfect wall portrait, present for Granny and whatever else you need. We take great pride in our printing and framing, offering you the finest albums and a superb range of both traditional and contemporary frame styles.

A family portrait session at our studio is a great opportunity to gather the family together so why not book today. Our family photo shoots are a lot of fun and a great way to spend quality time together.

To Book your family portrait simply call the studio on 01296 615 631 or use the contact form and we will be in touch.

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