Hi all – I hope you had a great weekend! It’s been a busy one for us, complete with a 30th birthday, and Liam running the British 10k London Run in 42 minutes (very proud of him!). We’re getting ready to watch the World Cup Final, but I thought I’d stop by and say hi before it starts.
One thing I’ve been debating is whether or not to have newborn and pregnancy photos taken. The last time Liam and I hired a professional photographer was our wedding – six years ago in September. As it turns out, it’s a very American thing to have regular family portraits, so we simply haven’t followed up with any since then. That said, our wedding pictures are up all over our home, and I know they’re something I’ll love having in fifty years when I get all teary and nostalgic about the start of our family. I have always been drawn to homes with lots of family pictures up – both candid and professional. For me it makes the space feel more personal. With that in mind, it felt like something I should at least look into.
When we were choosing our wedding photographer, I wanted more of a journalist than a classic portrait photographer. Liam and I both prefer very natural shots that capture the moment, as opposed to more posed, staged shots in a studio. We ended up going with Jonathan at Pearson Photography (link to website here), and were absolutely thrilled with the results. This is one of my favourites – I’d just finished walking up the aisle and there’s a funny story behind why we’re laughing, which I will forever remember when I look at this picture.
I started my hunt with this same principle in mind; looking for someone who would be relaxed, natural and work to capture the emotion of this point in our lives moreso than the ‘perfect picture’. If I couldn’t find anyone I liked, we’d try and do it ourselves. After a bit of Googling, I stumbled into Carla at Custard Cream Photography (website here). Looking through her portfolio, I thought she would be perfect. A quick email exchange with her confirmed my instincts. She’s warm, friendly, flexible, and truly loves what she does. AND her studio is located about twenty minutes from our home, so it will be super easy to get there with a fresh little newborn in tow. The other great thing is she only books a limited number of newborn sessions per month; no matter how early or late your baby arrives, she can fit you into her schedule within two weeks. How clever is that?
I’ve started going through Pinterest to pull together a set of images to discuss with her, and it’s really helped me work out what I do and don’t want. With regards to pregnancy photos, I don’t want a huge session. In fact, I really only want one picture – a great black and white silhouette that marks what my body has been through (which is pretty amazing when you think about it). No props or bows or anything – maybe even no Liam! Just plain and simple with some amazing lighting. A bit like these (original source of images can be found on my Pinterest page here):
Same goes for newborn photography. I don’t want any Anne Geddes-style stuff. Just classic, natural shots of our new family and our little girl.
We’re all booked in and ready to go, which is exciting. In the coming weeks, I’ll do a proper introduction to Carla and Custard Cream, and share highlights of the session with you just in case it’s something you’re also debating. Now that we’ve decided to go ahead with it, I’m really happy that we’re taking the time to mark this huge change in our lives. After all, you only become parents once – feels like a pretty important thing to capture.
Wishing everyone a great start to the week! Any advice or thoughts you have, please feel free to share below. x