It’s been busy here with family photoshoots and Confetti Field Shoots, and I was thinking that I had enough galleries to edit that I should take it easy and not take so many photos of my girls. But then we started playing with bubbles, and I just couldn’t resist. Kitchen utensils - who would have thought this provided so much entertainment? I’ve shortlisted these as my favourites - Bubbles - there can never be enough bubbles in a child’s world. So why have 1 image when you can have 16??
Newborn sessions are relaxed and are guided by your baby. I find that it is a wonderful way of soaking this time in. Because the reality of life is that there are few moments when a newborn joins the family that you all get to sit together and just ‘be’ for a while.
I direct you as a family to create images that will capture beautiful honest photos of you all. Finding the light to show your best side off and taking images of all the tiny little details that you don’t want to forget. All I ask of you is to be relaxed and at ease, enjoy your babies, and be yourselves and I promise you will have a gallery of images that will bring joy for years to come.
I’m excited to share that 3 of my images were awarded with the stamp of approval from VOGUE Italia!
If you would like to book your newborn or family session, I would love to capture some special moments for you.
I get it. You’re trying to soak it all in, to remember it all. In the haze between feeding, changing, burping, and swaying… Every tiny breath, yawn, windy smile is so fleeting and precious. Their tiny fingers wrapped around yours, and the way they bring the whole family to connect together so naturally.
At my newborn photoshoots, I have a list of my favourite things that I love to capture. I’ve listed a few of them below. What are the things that you’d like to remember?
All snuggled up
Daddy’s gentle side
Older Sibling with baby
Your story right now
Newborn sessions. I just adore them. Capturing their tiny little hands and feet, their little yawns, and those lovely little windy smiles!
But for me, it isn't just about the baby. It's about the whole family as individuals during this time. Your first born, who seems to suddenly grown twofold overnight. Your husband/partner who is showing his most gentle side. And you, connecting with your baby, soaking up every tiny little snuffle, so that you can remember these moments forever.
During this time, you are remembering how you were and learning how to fit together as a family in your new normal. I capture moments where you like to play, dance, soothe and connect . During your session, we’re not just making portraits. We’re capturing your memories.
Katy - I absolutely loved visiting your family at this special time and hope that you treasure these images for years to come. With special thanks to your lovely friends for booking your session as a surprise for your Baby Shower! What a wonderful gift! 😍
This winter I met up with the beautiful and talented @hushpictures in Cheltenham for a creative photography project called @thetravellingmustard - a dress that is being passed onto female photographers throughout the UK. It was a wonderful way to connect and inspire each other whilst walking the same paths. We took photos at various locations - at night, at sunrise, indoors and outdoors, in both natural and artificial light. For me, this project was more than just taking photos, it was a journey of inspiration and spontaneity, with some hilarious stories, celebrating femininity, community and above all - friendship ❤️
In my quest to be remembered in our family photos, I'm persevering with self portraits. It's a great exercise from a technical perspective. Taking photos is like second nature to me, but taking those same photos of myself is so much harder - it's a little like trying to juggle behind your back.
And because of the extra effort involved, it's a good way of really considering what my treasured memories would be of this time. The images that I will cherish, and those that I would love my children to remember about their childhood.
On top of my list is cuddles and fun at home. I wanted to take a photo that I love taking of clients. Being able to visualise ourselves back into that moment. Remembering how it felt and what it sounded like... And dodging just in time when those wonderful giggles turned into chaos, and not quite so wonderful dribble...
I just love capturing real moments and special memories for families at home. Your home is part of your family history. When you look back at the images that I take, not only the images that you see will be brought to mind, but all of the times that you spent in your space will be too. Plus - when you print them out, your images will naturally match your home - bonus!
Newborn shoots for me, belong at home. You can relax, you have everything you need and there are no panics about where you're going, or whether you'll be on time.
I loved this newborn shoot - and having an adorable and lively sibling just added to the fun. I love the mix of energy from calm to crazy and everything in between... and can we just stop and talk about how amazing their home looks after just a few months of moving in?
Rachel it was so lovely to spend the morning with your gorgeous family - I absolutely adored your session! 😍
One of our favourite things to do as a family when we have time is rock-pooling at the beach. It's a little trek down there, and this time round I wasn't feeling 100%, but it's always worth the journey.
We've started to find out when the tide is out, as the rock-pooling opportunities are brilliant then 🤓 I have hundreds of images from our trips to the beach, and it was interesting to think which ones I'd print if I were to make a book that the girls can enjoy. For me, although it makes it easier on the eye, it isn't just a portrait, or standing somewhere that's pretty that I think they'll treasure, but more of a document of what we did, so it can jog their memories in years to come.
These are the things that I always love to incorporate in my longer shoots. I love a rounded story - one that includes setting the scene, introducing characters, discovery, movement, a bit of silliness, something that tells a story about each character and details... Ok, I'm missing an image of myself - but I was ill, so please forgive me!
What is it that you love to do as a family? How would you document it? What would you like to remember about these days?
Here are a few from our recent trip. Ok, I'm missing a family image of all of us - but I was ill so forgive me!
**Now booking family shoots to Summer 2019**
We walk… we run… we play… we laugh… we dance… we explore… we discover… we chase… we tickle… we cuddle… we connect… we use Daddy’s ears as handlebars.
We make memories.
Oh, and we take some photos along the way...
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**
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.
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.
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 :)
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 ❤️)"