This beautiful family and baby photography was created at my studio a few weeks ago. This lovely family came to me to have their beautiful baby boys newborn photos taken and I just love the tenderness in this shot. I thouroughly enjoyed creating some beautiful portraits and cant want for them to get their album so they can treasure this special moment for a life time.

 

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Newborn photography is a true art form. I use special techniques to settle the baby and help them to fall asleep feeling secure and safe. What is more safe then being rapped in the arms of those who love you the most, your mum and dad. There is strength, tenderness and love pouring from this embrace and I know that this will be cherished for ever.

 

If you want more information on my newborn shoots check out my newborn pages here.

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This beauty graced my studio for fine-art photography shoot and was a fantastic model. Not only is she an absolute beauty, but she followed all my instructions and I am honored to announce that I have been awarded a Silver Bar by the Guild of Photographers for this image of her which is my highest achievement to date.

“Congratulations in achieving your Silver Bar, which is only awarded to images that are very well crafted!”

 

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With the days growing colder, the leaves starting to turn and the presence of concurs on our Autumn walks reminds me that we are heading towards that time of year again. Bells will start ringing and soon the houses will light up with the promise of Christmas.

 

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Last years Christmas Mini sessions were a huge success so I will be holding them again this year in my studio in East Grinstead on the following date.

Saturday 11th November

Available Times: 9.45, 10.15, 10.45, 11.15, 11.45, 12.15

These sessions have a themed background, as shown in the images provided above and are an ideal way to sort out your Christmas Cards this year. These are for 3 children or less, however if you would like to include a family image this can be arranged for a different day and a different price so please get in touch if you are interested in adding Family shoot. Ideally your children will be able to sit unaided but if not possible please discuss this with me prior to booking as the set will need to change slightly to accommodate smaller children.

Package 1 – £55

Includes:

20 minute Session

A online gallery of +/-20 edited images  for you to choose frombaublePIN IT

2 High Resolution images

Package 2 – £99

Includes:

20 minute Session

A online gallery of +/-20 edited images  for you to choose from

5 High Resolution images of your choice

Christmas Bauble with your images on it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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As the days get shorter and colder, we have been enjoying some Autumnal walks. The leaves are slowly starting to change and soon the colour will be out in all its glory.

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With the success of last years mini sessions I have decided to hold a mini session in Richmond Park again this year. There are a very limited number of slots so to avoid disappointment book early. Mini-sessions differ from normal family sessions as they are only 30minutes long and are at specific dates, times and locations. They are aimed at families with 3 or less children.

Saturday 28th October AM

Where: Richmond Park (full location details to be given once booked)

Available Time slots: 9.45, 10.15, 10.45, 11.30, 12.00, 12.30

Saturday 28th October PM

Where: Ashdown Forrest (full location details to be given once booked)

Available Time slots: 2.45, 3.15, 3.45, 4.15

Cost: £129

Includes:

30 minute Session

20+ edited images in an online gallery for you to choose from

5 High Resolution images

If you wish to book – please fill out the booking form below with your preferred time slot.

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It is difficult to know how to tell your boss you are pregnant. You have walked past your boss’ office four times so far but still haven’t had the courage to tell him! The first time he had someone with him , the second time he looked at you enquiringly but you gave him a crooked grin and scuttled back to your desk and sat down hurriedly. The third time you tiptoed past after changing your mind half way there. Now you are walking past again and he looks as though he is busy concentrating on something, so you carry on walking nonchalantly. What you probably haven’t realised is that your boss probably knows exactly what you have to tell him !!

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How to tell your boss you are pregnant – Here are a few things to bear in mind:

  • Wait until he/she is alone, or better still schedule a meeting.
  • Research your company’s family leave and know your rights.
  • Decide if and more or less when you will be returning to work and if you are not sure, keep your options open.
  • Is your company family friendly?
  • If you are not showing you could wait for the first trimester to have passed
  • If you have several pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness you may need to spill the beans before he guesses
  • You could time the announcement to coincide with the completion of a project.
  • Point out that you will still be able to do your job and accentuate the positive.
  • How stressful is your job- if it is very stressful it may be better to tell him early on.
  • Is your boss a woman – has she been in a similar position herself?
  • You could confer with other employees who have been in a similar situation ( only if they can be trusted to keep quiet)
  • If you are nervous about telling your boss it will be a huge relief once you have done so, and let’s face it, most bosses will be very happy for you ! Now that you have that done, it is time to think about booking a newborn shoot – here are my top-tips.
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Lavender Mini Photo Sessions 2017

You know the summer is well and truly here when you see the plush purple heads of lavender appearing in the English garden. Soon the lavender fields will be a carpet of vibrant colour and a calming sensation of lavender fragrance will fill the air.

Mini Sessions are a perfect way to update a few frames around the house or to give to family as Gifts. They are also the perfect way to try some location photography if you are doing it for the first time.

They differ from normal family sessions as they are only 30minutes long and are at specific dates, times and locations. They are aimed at families with 2 or less children. If you have more children then I suggest you get in touch to arrange a full family session which has more time dedicated to the shoot.

 

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Dates

Saturday 15th July

  Times: 9.45am, 10.30am, 11.15am, 12pm,  2pm, 2.45pm

Saturday 22nd July

Times: 9.45am, 10.30am, 11.15am, 12pm,  2pm, 2.45pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sessions Cost: £199

Includes:

30 minute Session

20+ edited images in an online gallery for you to choose from

5 High Resolution images

A guide on what to wear.

Lavender Field Usage License Fee

DISCOUNT – Book Lavender Photo Session before June 30th.

£185

 

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BOOK NOW – FILL OUT THIS FORM WITH PREFERRED DATE & TIME

Mini Sessions book up quickly so book now to avoid disappointment and keep an eye on my facebook page and blog for updates.

 

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PIN ITWhat are you planning for Father’s Day ? It is coming up soon – 18th of June in the UK. Like Mother’ Day it is not on the same day throughout the world. The idea of a special day to honor fathers was introduced by a American woman called Sonora Smart Dodd . She was inspired by Mother’s Day celebrations to plan a day honoring fathers.
There are obvious things to do such as letting him sleep in, giving him breakfast in bed, buying him gifts , making him cards etc. You could even do one or some of the chores that he normally does just to give him a break ( how are your lawn-mowing skills ? ) Just think about what he likes and try to work out what would be best. And show him that you love and appreciate him.
Would he like to go fishing?  Would he prefer to have a family day – perhaps playing board games or something similar? You could take him out and have a family meal or visit a place of interest. There are so many places to go to in the UK and you can make it a really fun day. Or you could leave it up,to him – ask him what he would like to do.
Don’t forget to include your children in the preparation and excitement – after all to most kids Dad is their hero! If you have a family photographer near you, you could secretly have photographs taken of you and the kids. You could take them shopping to buy other gifts , or help them make his cards.
But how about making this a day with a difference with something really exotic? There are a lot of special offers around this time.
Here are some ideas :
*Write him a song or make him a love book – you can create your own personalized song or book .

  • Give him a gift voucher for a family  photo shoot.
  • Make him a personalized gift (such as photographs printed in a frame)
  • A whiskey gift set
  • A visit to Kew Gardens
  • A cream tea
  • Tickets for a concert
  • A hotel break
  • A tour of his favorite football team’s stadium
  • A day at a cricket test match
  • An island cruise at Poole Harbour
  • A race day package
  • A visit for two to Ripley’s believe it or not in London
  • A visit to Donington Grand Prix Collection
  • A factory tour of the Morgan Motor Company
  • A steam train trip
  • Clay shooting
  • A sky diving experience
  • Supercar high speed driving blast
  • A world velocity ride
  • A helicopter tour
  • A helicopter lesson or flying lesson
  • A bungee jump
  • And finally …………………………….an acre on the Moon !!!Whatever you do have fun and don’t forget extended family such as fathers-in-law, grandfathers and the rest !!!
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PIN ITOne of the most important exercises when you are pregnant are the Pelvic Floor exercises. The muscles of the pelvic floor are some of the most important muscles in a woman’s body.

What is the Pelvic Floor?

The pelvic floor is a set of muscles , ligaments, connective tissues and nerves between the pubic bone ( inside your pubes at the front) and your tailbone at the bottom of the spine just above your bum crack. These muscles hold your pelvic organs in place like a hammock. ( your bladder, uterus and vagina) When you pass urine or have a bowel movement these muscles relax and afterwards they automatically tighten to restore control.

What happens when the Pelvic Floor muscles are weakened?

Urinary incontinence
Fecal  incontinence
Excess flatulence.
Pain or lack of sensation during sex
Constipation
Straining or pain during bowel movements
Discomfort with urgent need to urinate
Incomplete emptying of the bladder leading to infections
Pain or pressure in the vagina or rectum
Eventual prolapse or collapse where your pelvic organs drop down towards the opening of the vagina, and cause a bulge through the vaginal canal.

How does pregnancy effect these muscles?

Carrying the weight of a baby in your tummy is going to put enormous pressure on these muscles. Not to mention the added pressure of labour. However it doesn’t matter if you have a natural birth or if baby uses the sun roof just carrying the added weight of a baby along with the ambiotic fluid and placenta creates a lot of weight for these muscles to support.

What can I do to improve this?

Carrying a child puts pressure on the pelvic floor so try to avoid pushing or straining whilst urinating or during a bowel movement. Childbirth then puts further strain on these muscles and ligaments. Regular exercises ( called Kegels) can be done to keep the muscles strong , whilst you are pregnant – once your baby is born it will be more difficult for your pelvic floor muscles to recover if you haven’t practiced. If you are unsure about what exercises to do , ask your midwife at your next antenatal class. Like any exercises , the more regularly you do them the stronger the muscles will be.

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How to do Kegel exercises:

Squeeze the muscles around the vagina as if you are stopping the flow of urine
Hold for 10 seconds
Slowly release
REMEMBER TO BREATHE NORMALLY
Do 20 repeats 5 times a day .

Pelvic floor exercises in four easy steps

1. Sit, stand or lie in a comfortable position
2. Squeeze and lift your pelvic floor muscles
3. Hold contraction for 10 seconds
4. Do three or four sets of 10 contractions every day .
REMEMBER TO BREATHE NORMALLY !!

Good luck and keep those muscles strong !

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A lot of us start feeling broody once our second child has become more independent. Once all the hassles of sleepless nights, packing everything but the kitchen stove when going out, changing nappies, etc. has worn off you start thinking about having another child. Some of us just want a bigger family – perhaps you were one of three or four children yourself (or more!)

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I know it is something I have been thinking of lately. My youngest is now 3 – almost 4 and for me that inevitable big 40 is looming. My husband is one of three which is tempting for him. I always imagined having a big family. Having lost my father at an early age and with my mother never having re-married I always imagined myself with three or four munchkins running around. The reality is that there is so much more to consider when making the decision. Most people I know who have ” bitten the bullet”, so to speak, are really glad they did. But all of them have said it is harder than they anticipated, but even so they don’t regret it for a second.

If you and your husband/partner are thinking of adding number 3 to the brood, there are several things to consider before you make a final decision

  1. Depending on the ages of your first two children, the first year will be very hard especially if the gap is small.
  2. Post natal depression is another thing to consider – particularly if you suffered it with either one or both the first two. Would you be able to handle it again? Along with the sleep deprivation?
  3. Do you want another child, or are you just in love with the thought of having a baby again? All babies grow up…
  4. Are you working, and, if so can you afford the additional childcare?
  5. Whilst on the subject of affordability – can you afford all the other things that go with having another child? (Food, clothing, outings etc.)
  6. There are other expenses to think about, you will need a bigger car if you don’t already have one. If you have family abroad that you visit, that is another ticket you will need to afford and even if you don’t, holidays are going to be more expensive in general.
  7. Do you mind living in a messy, noisy house with not much routine?
  8. Do you have any “help” such as a nanny or cleaner? Or do you perhaps have family living nearby who could help?
  9. Have you thought about “middle child syndrome”? Whilst this is not a clinical disorder, it can be very real for the middle child.
  10. If you decide you want one more child and you ended up having twins, would you manage?

Right!! You have looked at all the negatives but you still feel positive about having another child! You REALLY want one and your partner has agreed – go ahead and enjoy it.

As for me – I guess you will have to wait and see…..

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I am sure you must have noticed the transformation of our woodlands with the arrival of the bluebells this year. They are just in time for my bluebell sessions which start this weekend. I can’t wait to get out there in that marvelous colour to photograph some families and see the kids having fun.

With this in the forefront of my mind I thought I would share some of the best bluebell locations.

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  • Isabella Plantation – Richmond Park – Not only are there bluebells but a blanket of colour from the numerous Rhododendron which are also in full bloom. Pathways to explore, ducks to feed and
  • Banstead  Woods – the orchard in the woods has loads of bluebells and there are nature trails and walking routes
  • Horton Park, Epsom – this is a nature reserve with paths for wheelchairs and buggies.
  • Hammonds Copse, Leigh – managed by the Woodlands Trust. Remember to tread carefully as bluebells are very delicate and you don’t want to spoil them.
  • Ranmore Common near Dorking – fantastic views and loads of bluebells
  • Nower Wood, Leatherhead – lots and lots of bluebells and a fair amount of wildlife. You can also try pond dipping .
  • Outwood  Common – lovely walks, the oldest windmill in Britain and a nice cosy pub for lunch.

 

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  • Priory Park, Reigate – lovely woodland – you can also look for the fairy doors.
  • Limpsfield Common near Oxted – usually loads of bluebells and there are also Beatrix Potter houses dotted around the common.
  • Staffhurst Wood, Oxtead – a beautiful little pathway winds through the wood. Great for dog walkers and it is a beautiful walk.
  • Priory Farm, Godstone there is a wonderful discovery walk with all sorts of exciting things for the kids to explore including a bluebell wood to walk through. There are fish to feed and a pirate ship playground where you can enjoy a coffee and a picnic. Not to mention their garden center and farm shop to enjoy some fresh produce and plants from.
  • Heaven Farm, Danehill – there is loads to do at Heaven Farm with a Nature Trail, Farm Museum, Tea Room and Craft Shop. The bluebells are out if full force and it is absolutely beautiful at this time of year – well worth a visit.

 

  • Wakehurst, between Turners Hill and Ardingly, boasts formal and ornamental gardens, woodlands which are covered with bluebells at this time of year, wildlife and a nature reserve. It is also home to the Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world.
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