Emma and Jon held a simply beautiful wedding ceremony at the church they attend which was full of loving emotion and live music. I think when a couple belong to the church where they marry the whole place seems to light up in a different way. Often there is a larger congregation of well wishers and lots more singing too. This wedding was no exception. In fact, the bride danced at the altar as she sang and had her own tambourine, which was a pure joy to witness. After an astonishing amount of confetti outside (my favourite amount) we travelled to their reception in Dorsington at the Moat House near Stratford upon Avon. This stunning Grade II listed venue manages to combine the classic good looks of the stone exterior and leaded windows of the main house with the modern relaxed elegance of the barn where had dinner and danced into the night. It was a pleasure to photograph this wedding. I particularly loved taking portraits in the garden, Emma and Jon have such a tender way of being together, and the light was stunning. It felt really special to have been chosen to record their memories for them.
I photographed Lucy and Dan’s secret wedding in York a few years ago and was delighted when I heard that they were expecting another baby and were keen to book me to record a newborn session. It is amazing to revisit couples and their families as they expand and to know that they really understand and value what I do.
I am always keen not to disturb the parents’ natural desire to nest in those early days after the birth, it is a time for rest and recuperation as well as to feed and respond on demand to your baby. There can be lengthy and frequent feeds, changes of nappies and clothes, sometimes even baths and excitable older siblings vying for attention. What this means is that I will need to spend at least a couple of hours with you, so that nobody feels rushed or worried about running out of time but you still get the images that you have chosen me for.
As you can see from these photographs, my style is not to stage the photographs or use any props. I like to record the expressions, wrinkled skin and tiny features whilst your baby is being held or relaxing on a cosy blanket. The ideal time for a newborn session is before your baby is 2 weeks old, whilst they are at their sleepiest and most curled up and before any newborn rashes appear.
All I need is for you to keep the house warm and a bright uncluttered space on a sofa or bed near a window. You don’t have to tidy the whole house for me to come around, which is probably one of the most frequently asked questions about documentary sessions at home.
I am also very keen to offer natural documentary birth photography in the same style as these images. This would be ideal if you are planning a home birth. If that speaks to you, let’s talk.
I am now offering mini at home portrait sessions to capture you and your children in a natural, relaxed way. Let me find the good light in your home to create the kind of cosy, honest images of your life that you’ll be proud to pop in the family album and frame to go up on the wall.
Mini sessions take place on Wednesdays at your home in Southwell or the surrounding villages. These taster sessions last 30 minutes. Afterwards you’ll receive 5 edited files to download, print and keep.
If you live further afield from Southwell or you would just like the full portrait session experience and more photographs, you can organise a full portrait shoot on any other day from £150. These sessions last up to 2 hours and are also suitable for larger groups or newborn sessions. See here for more information about your investment.