Photos taken at home can bring back more than a visual memory....

These images were taken very spontaneously when I realised that the cookies that I baked for the school Valentine’s cake sale matched my daughter’s dress perfectly. The sun was shining and she couldn’t wait to eat her cookie. So I took them quickly, and when she got to eat it finally, she absolutely savoured the moment.

My biggest wish for the purpose of my photos is that when people look at their images in the future, they can insert themselves back into the photos and feel that feeling again. I love the ones where I can remember what the weather was, how something smelt, tasted and felt. ❤️

If you love doing something with your children, let me capture it for you, so that you can re-live it for years to come.

**Now booking family sessions for Spring 2019**

Birth Photography Gloucester Maternity Unit - Chapter 2

One of the things that I love about Beth is that she is so 'normal'. She's real. She's comfortable with sharing the unedited everyday and makes her readers feel comfort by being a 'normal' human being.

She champions this approach in her hypnobirthing classes and on her blog The Bump to Baby Chapter which is so refreshing and cuts through the polished accounts which make so many of us feel like we're not quite enough in this insta-perfect world.

This was the first birth that I have actually experienced with full mental capacity. I was excited from a visual perspective - so many storytelling aspects and emotions to capture, and of course the moment that the baby is born is about as amazing as it gets... But the labour? Not so pretty, right?

It wasn't the otherworldly magical birth that I find hard to imagine myself having... It was Beth - she was funny, she was real, she was sarcastic. Her husband sat on the other side of the room, as he knew she prefers her own space, but stepped in to support her when she needed him to. There was so much 'normal' about it...

And it was more empowering to watch than I could ever have imagined.

Diary of a Birth Photographer - Gloucester Maternity Unit

Being invited to photograph a birth has to have been one of the biggest honours and challenges for me as a photographer so far.

This was a true case of documenting moments with as much discretion and sensitivity as possible. A test of my technical knowledge, with very little control of my surroundings and clearly no option for re-takes.

Storytelling is something that I love to do with photos. Encapsulating feelings in a photograph and being able to remember the experience is something that I hold dear to my heart. Capturing this birth allowed me to to both of these things, and it was pretty amazing.

Beth - Midwife and writer of The Bump to Baby Chapter blog, educates parents to birth positively with the tools and knowledge from her straight talking Hypnobirthing and Prenatal Classes. She encourages women to hypnobirth through any turn that your birth can take you. With 2 previous premature babies, gestational diabetes and bleeding in the birthing pool on a previous birth, she was open to all eventualities.

Beth has kindly allowed me to share her images of her own birth story. Each and every birth is an incredible journey, and there is no way that it can be put in a nutshell. So here are a few images of Beth in Part 1 of her Bump to Baby Chapter in photos.

* All photos were taken without flash and at night, using only the artificial light of the room available.

Short family break in the Countryside

This gorgeous family travelled from London for a weekend break to the Cotswolds. They love relaxing in the countryside and booked me for a family photoshoot to document their holiday here. They stayed at @HeathFarm in Chipping Norton, surrounded by beautiful scenery and the farm animals that they keep here :)

Taking time out for photos is such a lovely way to really appreciate being with each other and concentrate on all of the simple things that you love doing as a family. If you love being outdoors with your children, or are planning a weekend in the Cotswolds, do get in touch, I'd love to capture you all in this beautiful part of the country!

Here’s what they said about their experience:

I am working since 13 years as a professional fashion model and am particularly "picky" about pictures and I was so glad when I found Chui. Thanks to Chui´s kind, caring, patient and sweet character and thanks to her professional approach and talent we got AMAZING results. She is really a fantastic photographer! Everything was so easy with her and she captures such natural and lively pictures. They are fresh, fun, cool and not posed at all. I absolutely adore her photographer style. This is what you want when you look for a modern capture of your family. I can absolutely recommend her. She is the best you will find in the Cotswolds! I promise :)

Newborn photoshoot in the comfort of your home

I honestly wish I'd had the foresight to book a newborn photoshoot when my little girls were babies.. But it seemed like such a big task to leave the house, let alone make myself look presentable, so I left it.

If I had known that it was as easy as asking a fellow mum to come to my house and take photos for the morning whilst I cuddled and fed my baby, then it really would have been a no brainer...

Well that's what I do now, and it makes me so happy that I can do this for other mothers 😍

It was so lovely to visit this family and capture those precious newborn details and emotions between the parents as they fell in love with each other all over again as they celebrated becoming a family...

This is what they said when they received their photos:

"Oh my goodness these are so so wonderful, thank you!! 😍 Very excited to see the rest (but that last one in particular, and the closeup of her face, oh wow ❤️)"

Christmas at Home: Decorating Gingerbread Houses

This is what I would like my children to feel nostalgic for when it comes to Christmas. Sharing moments with family and friends, surrounded by food, warmth, joy and silliness. ❤️ This year we baked a lot, but over a series of days (I can only handle a certain amount of flour and sprinkles in one sitting!)

There's a lovely time of the day when the winter sun shines through our lounge, it happened at the time that we got round to decorating these Gingerbread Houses. Understanding light can change things from pretty good to something really special, highlighting different aspects of an image. Among other things, I use my understanding of light in different ways to colour the emotion/activity, depending on the moment I’m wanting to capture. Here, I moved the table across slightly to bring the light to the table - effectively achieving the softness that 'sunset' or the ‘golden hour’ gives, but indoors.

Backstory: I've failed for a few years in a row to make Gingerbread Houses from scratch, so I hedged my bets and bought these kit houses, one pre baked and another shake and bake! I’d say it was a good move, even if it was a bit of a struggle to match the pieces up - I'm no engineer! 😅

Christmas Tree Farm Maternity Photoshoot in the Cotswolds

Meet Beth. A strong and beautiful mother of 3 gorgeous children, an awesome midwife, hypnobirthing practitioner and award winning blogger of The Bump to Baby Chapter.

In addition to this, she is utterly down to earth, funny and positive. She's tells you how it is and doesn't shy away from pulling the wool over our eyes from reality. I didn't realise this until I put pen to paper, but these are all values that I adore and constantly aim to capture in camera. ❤️

And she's awaiting baby number 4! It's such a precious time to connect with each other during those few weeks before a new little person joins the clan. Just to stop and reassure your little ones that your heart is big enough for everyone in the family. There's no doubt how much love there is here. They were having so much fun that I literally wanted to jump to the other side of the camera!

Christmas Tree Farm Family Photoshoot

I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported me since I decided to turn my photography into a little business over a year ago. Every 'like', 'comment' or recommendation that I've had in this little corner is something that doesn't cost anything, but means a lot to me. It's an open expression of believing in me and it feels lovely to feel supported, to know that my images resonate with people, and it also means that more people can find me in the vast ocean that is the internet.

I wish I could offer this to so many others, but this year, I wanted to thank Shelley personally with a mini shoot, for supporting my journey from the very beginning. It was a photo that I took of her baby girl a few years ago that for me, marked the beginning of my pipe dream of 'Wouldn't it be amazing if I could do this for a living?'

Fast forward 2 cameras, 2 drowned lenses, countless photographs, many hours learning and here I am, running a little business around my children, capturing treasured memories for other families. It's more than a business, I put my heart and soul in these images, and every gallery that I make holds a special place in my heart.

It was an absolute pleasure to capture you and your gorgeous family in camera Shelley, Thank you for your support and for being so lovely. I hope you love your images! ❤️

Taking real photos of your beautiful everyday - not just the Insta-worthy moments...

Something a little different today... and not what I thought I'd write about here, but it's a message that I'd like to share.

It's about the 'Insta-Perfect' world. The images that are the highlights, but not the whole story. The photos that are show our best side off, but forget the perfect imperfection of our everyday. So there are be gaps in our stories. Big gaps. The gaps that may well be the moments you want to remember in the future.

The rainy days when we put waterproofs over their onesies, and pop to the alleyway near our house where the wheelie bins live, because the best puddles are there. The not-so-wooden toys that I put aside to take to the charity shop, but they are constantly re-discovered and enjoyed all over again. The perfect toddler sized hand-me-down Peppa Pig cups that the girls still love are very faded now and starting to look too small. These things are seemingly not worthy of capturing. But there's something real about them that I love.

Don’t get me wrong - I adore the wonderful fuzzy warm photos of everyone all together in a big messy pile of love and giggles, I’m just as excited to take an Insta-worthy image, but I'd love to capture your ordinary too. And I’m willing to bet that some of those very ordinary moments may well end up being among your favourites when you look back in years to come 😍

Drop me a line if you’d like to document some of your real moments in a Treasured Memories session, or if you’d like me to join you for a morning or afternoon!

** Now booking Family and Newborn sessions for Spring 2019 **

Newborn Family Photoshoot at home - for a Newborn Photographer!!

I remember messaging an absolute rockstar maternity and newborn family photographer as a complete fangirl, telling her that her images took my breath away. So when she asked me to take her own newborn family photos at her home, it was almost a quest for me - to take photos that I would have loved to have had, if I’d had the foresight to do this when my girls were babies.

In fact I approach all of my newborn shoots in this way. I want to capture the memories of holding them, the way they look back at you, sharing that joy with your family, and just being present in those hazy early days. Because those memories are fuzzy and lovely, but many fuzzy… and they go in a flash. Which is why having photos of this time is precious, and becomes more precious as time goes on.

It was important to me that I captured Jo with her family, as she is more than capable of taking all of the others! But I couldn't resist taking a few extras, as her baby is just so ridiculously adorable! 

@johannashannonlittle - thank you so much for trusting me to capture your precious memories! I'm so incredibly honoured and am super excited to share some of your sneak peaks with you! ❤️

Family photoshoot, at home with their beautiful newborn…

Newborn sessions have my heart. Every. Single. Time.

There is something so wonderfully special about being invited to photograph those early weeks after giving birth. And I never take it for granted. I just love that wonderful haze and the change in the air that a new little person brings into your home. That time when everyone is adjusting to their new normal and are enveloped in a wonderful bubble of newborn love.

I'm not sure about you, but I have huge gaps in my memory of those early days. Because during this time, there are times when you can't remember where you put the muslin last (all 15 of them), or they won't settle even though you've gone through the list of feeding, burping, changing and cuddling - or feeding again... And in the middle of all of this, people are telling you to enjoy these precious moments because they grow so quickly... But all you actually have time to do is take a shower, have some food, or if you're really lucky, take a nap.

So that's my job. To take these photos so that when you do have a split second of time, you can look at your images and remember how teeny tiny they were, and be immersed into those wonderful moments, remembering exactly how you held them, how they looked up at you, and how you looked at each other…

When your nursery looks this amazing, it would seem wrong not to have a newborn photoshoot at home…

Cheltenham Newborn Photographer | Chui Photography

Newborn sessions have a special place in my heart. I feel that this whole period of time is such a hazy blur - it’s lovely to have someone capture this so that you can re-live it all over again. I remember walking upstairs to see Mummy as she was changing her baby’s nappy, and almost squealing with excitement at this beautiful nursery. Then I found that mummy had painted it! I could hardly contain myself. 💛💛💛

Relaxed in home photoshoot with gorgeous 8 month old baby girl

Cheltenham Family Photographer | Chui Photography

I dare you to read this post and not feel even the teeniest bit broody!!

I just adore this age - when every tiny thing is fascinating. When the edge of the bed is non-existent because you have these handy things called parents to catch you when you fall.

Who needs a play gym, when Mummy hair is soooo much more fun? Or her nose, or Daddy's mouth for that matter... And the best seat of the house has just got to be in their arms, full of love and adoration. It was the perfect summer's day, and we spent the morning just relaxing at home, soaking it all in for a while.

Newborn Photography Gloucester Hospital

It totally makes my day when I receive a review - thank you so much Wendy! It was such a privilege to be able to witness such a special moment in your lives - I absolutely loved it. Thought I'd reminisce and re-feature the images here too 😍

"Chui visited us in the hospital the morning after I'd had our third little one and captured the moment our two older boys came in to meet their brand new baby brother.

He was less than 24 hours old and I was in a bit of a haze having just had a c-section. I certainly didn't feel like I was looking my best ready for a photo shoot! Chui put us all at ease, managing to capture this personal and private moment without it feeling intrusive and took the most incredible photos!

Thanks to Chui's talent, we've got the most wonderful keepsake of the time our third baby came into this world, the moment our three beautiful boys met each other and some lovely shots of me and Daddy with our gorgeous new bundle!"

Newborn photo session in hospital

Self Portrait in home with my daughter...

I'm doing a little personal project at the moment and put myself on the other side of the camera this morning. (A little spontaneously might I add, having thought little of my attire or our bed hair...) But I thought I'd share it here with you. I spend a lot of time in this chair. It is where the post production goes on. And sometimes I have a little help when I'm editing...

Making memories: Sprinkler fun at Grandparent's house

You can literally hear them reminiscing in years to come: 'Remember those weekends when we did cartwheels and tried to drink the water from the sprinkler in Grandma and Grandpa's garden?'

The other weekend, I wanted to jump right into this sprinkler as I was taking photos of these girls. And I did, mildly (anything for the shot!) But why did I need a camera in my hand for the permission to jump right in as well? It was so hot, I had been running around a lot, we had covered all of the family images, and it was the perfect way to end a session! But I stopped short, as to an extent I need to appear professional, right? And thought of getting completely drenched with no change of clothes, and driving home soggy wasn't hugely appealing...

And then it got me thinking - THAT is what the magic of childhood is all about. Living in the moment - throwing yourself into the middle of the fun, caring little about consequences. That wonderful freedom and zest for life that having an organised parent or two behind the scenes allows...

THESE are the memories being created right now, and I absolutely LOVE to capture them. Anyone else want to play? 😃

Childhood Summer Bucket List

Climbing trees and blowing Dandelions have got to be an absolute must on a childhood summer bucket list. It's well worth the holding of your breath as you watch them, or mentally giving up a little space on your lawn for more dandelions next year, just to see the joy on their faces! And is it just me, or does anyone else out there think that dandelion seeds look like flying fairies and fairy dust?

I hope you're having a lovely weekend in the sunshine! ☀️


Documenting your days...

I absolutely adore home shoots. They are such a wonderful opportunity to document your every day! Think of it as your family history in the making - remembering all of the little things that made home 'home'.

I spent such a fun morning hanging out with this gorgeous family, doing things that they love to do - making smoothies, doing make up, and tickling so much that no one knew whose arms and legs belonged to who, or which way up was the right way up! Playing ice cream shop, snacking, jumping, crawling, face-timing Grandparents - I honestly could have stayed there all day! 😍

Bluebell Wood Photoshoot - Celebrating turning One!

I feel so lucky to be able to take photos and connect to such lovely people! I spent the most glorious Saturday morning enjoying the last of the bluebells in the sunshine, with this gorgeous family to mark their daughter turning the grand age of 1 😍

That wonderful age when they are taking their first steps, when they're learning to clap, and when they are discovering something new every 5 minutes. It was an absolute joy to watch!

Baby Girl's First Steps aged One
One year old birthday celebration
Learning how to clap!
Mummy and Me Session