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

Maternity Family Photoshoot in the Cotswold countryside...

When a photographer friend called me up spontaneously one morning to say she'd like to travel across from London to the Cotswolds to have a family maternity shoot that very same day - the pressure was on! 😬

They turned up, got changed at the car, and we captured this! I'm sooooo in love with every image in this whole gallery, and found it ridiculously hard to choose some sneak peeks!! In fact, I'll just go ahead and overshare...

I hope you love your images Ines! It was such an honour to capture you and your gorgeous family, and your most unbelievably perfect bump and the most adorable little girl!! 😍😍😍


Award Winning Photographer!

I’m so thrilled (and beyond shocked) to share the news that my image was awarded 1st Place in the Child Category of the International Lemonade & Lenses Photography Competition! This accolade means that I am now officially an Award Winning Photographer! 😮

Lemonade & Lenses are a big deal in the photography world, educating and featuring some amazing artists in their publications. As part of the prize, they will be interviewing me! Not nervous about that. At. All.

With thanks to my lovely sister, who was pushing my daughter on the swing as she giggled away, trying to touch the leaves on the tree with her toes...

Lemonade & Lenses 1st Place Child Category 2018

Newborn in home photoshoot Cheltenham - 8 days new

Newborn sessions just melt my heart! ❤️ Welcoming a new member of the family is such a precious time in your lives and it's such an honour to be invited to capture it. Looking at this beautiful mama, it’s hard to believe that this little guy is 8 days new! And it was so sweet to see this little one so soothed by his father's voice. There are so many to share from this session, but I'll hold back and just start with these! 😍


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