Baby Photography

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Have you been considering baby photography?  Are you expecting a new baby or would you like your older baby photographed?  

 

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A new baby is such a precious time and they grow and change so quickly.  We are all taking photographs on our mobile devices every single day now, unfortunately we are not printing our photographs.  If you book a professional baby photography session you will receive a complimentary 10×8 print from your baby photography photo shoot.  I also offer print and wall art photography packages which I will present to you at your ordering session a couple of weeks after your photo shoot.

My studio is light and airy and very comfortable.  You can relax and sit back whilst I take photographs of your baby with minimal fuss, whilst ensuring that your baby is happy.  

You may be considering having your baby photography photo shoot when your baby is a little older.  If this is the case, then the perfect age for this baby photography experience is when your little one is sitting up but not crawling.  At this age babies are alert, will interact but of course they can’t crawl off in every direction.  The newborn baby photography session takes a minimum of 2 and up to 4 hours because patience is key and I always like to ensure that baby’s needs come first.  Lots of stops for feeding, cuddling or changing are important for these sessions.  For your older baby at sitting stage, the photo shoot is usually over within about 45 minutes.  The best photographs of your baby will be captured within the first 15 minutes.  The environment is new and your baby will hopefully be interested and inquisitive.  Perfect!  Usually older babies are a little tired out fairly quickly so it’s important that I work quickly and get those smiles.

If you would like information on baby photography sessions click this link .  And if you would like to discuss the baby photography photo shoots please don’t hesitate to call me on 01455 233224 or email me at info@lesleybee.co.uk.

I look forward to chatting to you and booking you in for your photo shoot.  🙂

Baby photo shoots Leicester

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Baby Photo Shoots Leicester.

Photographs of your new baby are just so precious.  Before you know it our new baby will grow and change.  These early days are such a lovely time.  Those sleepy poses, the milky smiles and of course the endless supply of free cuddles!  This little baby boy came to me for some newborn photographs along with his big brother and he was as good as gold.  The ideal age to have photographs taken of your newborn is around 5-10 days.  If you wish to book this lovely session you can call and chat to me further and I can give you further information about these lovely photo sessions.

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Photographs of your new baby will be taken almost every single minute of every single day but nothing beats a professional photography session with a newborn photography specialist.  My studio is warm, comfortable and quiet.  The photo session will take a minimum of 2 hours and sometimes up to 4 hours or more if your baby doesn’t settle.  Studio newborn photography sessions are £85 for the photo session and use of props etc.  This photo shoot includes a complimentary 10×8 print.  If you would prefer to have photographs of your new baby taken at your home I also offer this to clients.  The fee for a home visit is £150 for my time, travel and use of props etc.  Again, this session includes a complimentary 10×8 print.  The sessions at home are lovely because you may wish not to go out for a couple of weeks after your new baby arrives.  Again, please call me to discuss this option if you would like to know more or to book the session.  My contact number is 01455 233224.

Photographs of your new baby should be taken at around 5-10 days old although I have photographed many newborns at around 2-4 weeks too.  Please note if your baby is over 2 weeks old the session may take longer.  I have a lovely selection of props including furniture, boxes, bowls, blankets, hats and beautiful outfits but I also encourage you to bring along any personal items for your baby.  You may have a lovely knitted hat that grandma has made, or a favourite blanket or toy.  It’s lovely to include some personal items in their photographs.

You are most welcome to bring along older siblings to the photo shoot, however please note that the photo session takes at least 2-4 hours so I would recommend that they are only with us either at the beginning of the session or towards the end.  If your partner is joining you on this photo session they may wish to go out for a walk with the older sibling and come back a little later.

To book this session mummies often call and pay the photo shoot session and once your new baby has arrived we will firm up a mutually convenient date and time to take the photographs.  I also offer newborn photography gift vouchers which are perfect for Baby Showers.  Details of gift voucher are here 

Baby photo shoots Leicester – a lovely experience for a very special time.

First Birthday Cake Smash Photography

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Are you thinking about a first birthday cake smash photography experience?  Is your baby about to celebrate their very first birthday.  A really precious milestone in their lives and a lovely age to have professional photographs taken.  This little cutie had a fabulous time at her cake smash photo shoot.  We started the photo session with some lovely portrait photographs with mummy and daddy on hand to ensure she was happy at all times.  It’s important to take some traditional portraits before we commence with the mess of the cake smash!  It’s great to have some time when you first arrive to take standard beautiful portraits.

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Once we have taken the portrait photographs which require just 5-10 minutes it’s then time to bring the cake out for your baby.  This is the fun bit and the time to allow them to get as messy as they want.  This is such a fun part of the overall session.  Taste touch, feel, smell – such also a lovely experience for your baby.  I have props at the studio that you can use including outfits, cake stands, bunting, wooden spoons etc.  Some parents like to really personalise their photo shoot and would prefer to bring along some favourite outfits and toys.   This little baby in these photographs is using all of my studio props including the fabric bunting, the tin bath, white towels, wooden spoon, bath toys etc.  The dress is also available (amongst other beautiful outfits) for you to use at the photo shoot.  The choice is absolutely yours.

It’s important not to rush this photo shoot session however I am also aware when baby is getting a little tired too.  The first part of the photo session cannot take too much time as your baby may become tired or uninterested but I can guarantee that when the cake comes babies get a second wind and love this interactive experience.  Of course, I wouldn’t want you to go home with a sticky, messy baby so we also have a little bit of bath time too at the end of the session which allows us to get your baby all cleaned up, wrapped in a towel and a bit of snuggle time with parents.  By this point in time, I promise you your baby will be worn out, perhaps ready for some milk and definitely ready for a little nap.

The full session lasts around an hour, sometimes a little longer and the session fee is £60 for the photo shoot including a complimentary 10×8 print.  You will also be invited back to the studio around 1-2 weeks after the cake smash photo shoot to see your final set of images which will be digitally enhanced and looking wonderful for your ordering session.   I will present your final gallery to you in a lovely slide show for you to enjoy.  

Please note unfortunately I do not provide the cake for these photo sessions due to the risk of allergies but I do have contacts for cake makers and there are also some lovely giant cup cakes available at some supermarkets.  The birthday cake in these photographs was made by her mummy as this little one has a lot of allergies.  

If you would like to book a first birthday cake smash photo shoot please do give me a call on 01455 233224 to discuss a date or to chat about the photo shoot in more detail.

First birthday cake smash photography is a fabulous keepsake of your baby’s special birthday.  

Baby Bump Photography Package

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The Baby Bump photography package is one of my very popular photo shoots and I adore these photo sessions.   I offer this service as a photography package consisting of 2 separate sessions – a pregnancy photo shoot at around 30 weeks and a newborn photo shoot at around 5-10 days old.   Further details about the follow up newborn baby photo shoot is available by clicking here .  The photo shoot package to combine a pregnancy and newborn photo shoot  is £150 for the 2 separate photo sessions.  Each session includes a complimentary 10×8 print and you will return for a viewing of your photographs to choose your favourites, where I will present to you a wonderful slide show of your final images and show you my products available to purchase, including framed wall art, digital photo books, print packages and digital photograph packages.

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Often expectant mummies are so excited to have a new baby on the way and are enjoying the pregnancy too – feeling healthy and beautiful.    The baby bump photography session is the perfect way to have a beautiful record of your pregnancy.  We will get together when you are around 30 weeks pregnant and take some photographs in my studio at the Atkins Building, which is located right on the edge of Hinckley town centre.  The studio is private, quiet, cosy and spacious.  It really is a lovely space and all my clients love it.  I can tell – I know… because I can see them relaxing before my eyes during their photo shoots. 

You are most welcome to bring along your partner and other children to share in the baby bump photo shoot experience but I do have expectant mummies who also come to the studio on their own to have their photographs taken.  The choice is absolutely yours.  It is your photo shoot and I will do whatever you wish.  As long as you are happy then I know the photo shoot will be a success.

What I do want to achieve during this session is a relaxed, informal experience that you will enjoy.  I will ensure that you only do what is comfortable for you.  Some pregnant clients are happy to be photographed in their lingerie or semi naked, tasteful poses,  and others not so much.  The choice is entirely yours.  I will not push you in a direction you don’t wish to go.  However I have had expectant mummies arrive very nervous and unsure about the baby bump photography session,  but by the time the photo shoot is over we have achieved shots that were absolutely not planned.  I take this as a compliment that these clients have felt relaxed enough to ask for more poses than they had planned.

Please note that  when it comes to the newborn photo shoot this is a much longer session lasting between 2-4 hours and again your partner and siblings are very welcome at this photograph session.     A baby bump and newborn session really is a wonderful photographic record of such an amazing time.  A collection of images that will be so precious to you for years and years.

So – don’t think about it any longer.  Be assured that I am a photographer who is respectful, professional and relaxed and I always ensure that my clients enjoy their time with me.

To book your bump to baby photo shoot package or to discuss this photography package in more detail please call me on 01455 233224.  An initial telephone consultation will, I assure you, make you feel more relaxed, informed and excited about this wonderful photography session.

Enjoy your pregnancy – such and AMAZING, precious time.

 

Mrs Bee xxx 

Family Photo Shoots Leicester. How to have a fun photo shoot

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Family photo shoots Leicester.  How to have a fun photo shoot.  

Do you want to know how I ensure that your photo shoot is relaxed and stress free?  Do you want to know how to have a fun photo shoot and get great photographs that you will love forever?

Firstly it’s about having an open mind and allowing your photographer to do what they do best.  It’s about listening to the advice given to you before your professional  photo shoot.   I have been a professional photographer for almost 11 years now and I have probably jumped over almost every hurdle you can think of when it comes to photographing weddings and portraits.

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So what’s my experience taught me?  How do I ensure that all my clients feel relaxed in front of the camera?  How do I tackle each of my portrait sessions whether they take place here at my studio at the Atkins Building in Hinckley, or at your home in your garden or on location at your favourite park, woods or special place where you enjoy family time.

I always ensure that my clients have received my photo shoot guidelines before their photo shoot.  These are basic guidelines so that you get the best out of your photo session.  It’s important that I prepare you for your photo shoot – what’s going to happen and how to ensure it’s stress free and enjoyable.  If my clients are relaxed and at ease, believe it or not, my job is 50% done.  

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For family sessions at my photography my top tips are:

  1. Try to arrive a little early for the photography session so that you and your family can have a short time to take a breath, check hair and make up and clothing and to familiarise yourself with the studio.  Often I won’t begin the photoshoot for at least 10-15 minutes, instead I will chat to you and your family and ensure that nobody feels uneasy before I begin taking photographs.  I can usually spot the shy members of the family almost straight away.  Ten years of studio photo shoots and I think I have nailed it now 🙂
  2. Always wear casual clothing.  If you are too dressed up in smart suits, dresses and high heels and this is not our usual way of dressing it will be more difficult to relax, because you won’t feel like ‘you’ at all.  
  3. I recommend for larger family groups that all those taking part in the photo shoot wear very similar tones of clothing.  Avoid stripes, distracting patterns and logos (logos will date your photographs very quickly).  Instead go for a similar colour palette for all.  If dad is wearing a striped shirt and mum is wearing a patterned blouse, and kids are in logo sweat tops it makes for a very ‘busy’ photograph.  Plain, muted colours of a similar tones always look so much better for larger groups.  I have no problems if parents wish to bring a change of clothing for children for when we have completed the group photographs and move on to portraits of the children.  Again, you will not be rushed.  This is about patience and understanding and a very big sense of humour.
  4. The photo shoot is NEVER rushed.  I often have to manage different personalities and energetic children so although I usually tell clients that the photography session will last from around 40 minutes up to an hour, I have often carried on with the session if I have felt that I haven’t quite got those relaxed poses and smiles.  However, throughout the session I will do my upmost to ensure that I don’t take myself too seriously.
  5. If you arrive with a positive outlook and ready to have a little bit of fun you will enjoy the session and I won’t have to tell you off all the time.  🙂

For baby photography sessions either at my studio or at your home my top tips are:

  1. Ensure that your baby has been fed and had a nap before the photo shoot.  Baby photo shoot sessions are usually a lot shorter than the average photo shoot because they often get tired out fairly quickly.  
  2. If you wish to bring along a snack for them it is best to bring along a plain biscuit and water so we don’t end up with messy fingers and dirty faces.
  3. If your baby isn’t settled straight away – guess what?  Yes – you guessed correct.  Patience is the key.  And I have lots of patience.  Most babies don’t settle straight away so I am happy not to commence the photo shoot until everyone is happy.  This is where parents need to relax and be patient too because babies can sense if parents are in any way anxious or uncomfortable.
  4. You may have to be on hand at all times during the photo shoot especially if your baby is only just sitting up or recently started crawling.  The perfect age for an older baby photo shoot is at the sitting up stage, but before they begin to crawl.  At the sitting up stage babies are inquisitive, smiley and easy to entertain.  Once they are crawling, there is often far too much going on to entice your baby to stay in one place.   But your help is important during the photo shoot.  You may be asked to be very close to your baby at all times for safety purposes.  It’s always such a help if one of the parents is always keeping an eye on baby to avoid any little bumps if they are still a bit wobbly or can crawl away at 50 miles an hour!
  5. A favourite small toy is always a lovely prop in the photo shoot and I must emphasise the word small.  Gigantic teddy bears and toys are often a hindrance rather than a help at the photography session. 
  6. If your baby is being photographed at home I will often ask if I can look around your home to choose a space / room with the best light and uncluttered backdrop.  Often baby’s nurseries are beautifully lit and have some gorgeous pockets of light and are so personal to your baby, or parents bedrooms are sometimes one of the nicest rooms to photograph in.

For newborn photography sessions my top tips are:

  1. The perfect age to photograph your new baby is around 5 days up to 14 days old.  This is the perfect timeframe to get the beautiful sleepy poses and milky smiles that you will adore.  I cannot stress enough how amazingly wonderful newborn photo shoots are.  They will grow and change so quickly it really is wonderful to have beautiful newborn photographs as a record of this early stage of their life.
  2. The newborn photoshoots cannot be rushed and these sessions take a minimum of 2 hours, sometimes up to 4 hours if your baby does not settle straight away.  I have often not managed to take a single photograph of a newborn baby for the first hour or so of the photo shoot.   I don’t become impatient at any point in time.  I sit, have a cuppa and chat to parents whilst we wait for the magic moments.   Again, this is where my patience and understanding skills are being utilised to the full.
  3. I always recommend that newborn babies are fed before leaving the home and if possible kept awake (not always possible I know).  But during the session, again, patience is key and I will work around your new baby’s needs, stopping for feeding, changing and cuddling.  The newborn photo shoots require the most patience and understanding.  But if you are happy to relax, drink cappuccino and snuggle up on my sofa in the studio, it really is a lovely photo shoot.  I’ve had new parents take a sneaky nap whilst I’ve posed and photographed their baby. This is the ultimate compliment for me as I know that parents have been very comfortable if they drop off for 40 winks…  Often if I have a newborn photograph session booked, I won’t book in another session that day because I know that new babies require patience and lots of time.

For photo shoots with small children my top tips are:

  1. Surprise, surprise.  Patience and a sense of humour.  The sense of humour bit is very important.  Little children are unpredictable and energetic.   You will need to be patient and avoid getting stressed at the photo shoot because young children will pick up on this.  On occasions I have even asked parents to step out of the studio just for a moment or two if I sense that children are perhaps playing up a little.  Guess what?  It works…  Often I will recommend a location portrait photo shoot for children aged around 2-4 years old if parents feel that their children may not be comfortable in a confined studio space, and I will treat this almost like a play date and take the emphasis away from taking photographs.  Small children love to run around and have fun and this is where my zoom lens is my best friend.  Let them go, let them run free and I can photograph them fairly unnoticed whilst they have fun and explore their environment.
  2. If you would prefer a studio photo shoot for your small children this is fine too.  I have my tricks and plans in my head if your little one doesn’t want to play ball.  I understand I may have to win them over first and not take any photographs immediately.  Once again – patience and understanding!   I know – sorry, I keep going on about it 🙂  but it’s my best weapon when working with toddlers…
  3. Plain, casual clothing is especially important for photo shoots with young children.  They need to feel comfortable in clothing that they would usually wear on a regular day.  But again, fairly plain clothing is important.  Logos and busy patterns are always best avoided so your photographs are about your beautiful children and there are no distracting elements in your images.  If it’s a location portrait photo shoot I do love a pair of wellies and a hat!  Always super cute and the more colourful the better.

So – that’s it really.  I hope I have covered off areas that may concern you when thinking of booking a professional photo shoot.  It really can be something fun, informal and relaxed if you are prepared and have had good advice up front.  

Family photo shoots Leicester.  How to have a fun photo shoot.  It’s really quite easy.  Let me take control and ensure you enjoy your time in front of the camera.  🙂

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