Photographing a gorgeous newborn baby within its first few weeks enables me as a specialist newborn photographer to capture those precious moments as a snapshot in time for families to cherish.
I started my business as I Just Love This Photography in 2013 after being a HR director, to devote more time to my family and embrace my passion for photography. Originally from New Zealand, I moved to England 18 years ago and North Tyneside 1o years ago where I now live with my engineer husband Graham and children Zack, six and Casey, seven.
I initially established a successful landscape photography business including the now iconic image of St Mary’s Lighthouse in pink taken during a storm and which was featured in the Breast Cancer Awareness 2014 Whitley Bay ‘Paint the Town Pink’ Campaign. However frequent requests for family shoots has led me in another direction with a genuine knack of capturing people at their best with a welcoming and relaxed style.
When asked to photograph a friend’s newborn baby I relished the opportunity, sourcing beautiful baskets and fluffy blankets to co-ordinate with themed outfits from bumble bees to batman! Recognising the initial nervousness new parents face when considering photographing their tiny bundle, particularly in a studio setting or outside the home I decided to take my business to them! Bringing lights, camera and a choice of themed scene sets I travel to where the baby is, eliminating the worry of having to be up and ready for many parents! It also allows me to work with both baby and mum and their timescales for feeding and napping, giving enough time between outfit changes to re-settle baby.
Baby’s safety is always the most important element of the shoot.
The chin on hands or chin on a single-hand, in fact any newborn image with the head upright are composite shots where a number of images are taken to create one.
No stress is put on the baby’s neck, arms, back, or wrists as all the weight is taken by the spotting adult, usually the parent. No image set up is rushed.
I was delighted to be asked to photograph Cohen, at just 2 hours old by mum of three Amanda. He is the youngest I have photographed, but what a privilege and to be asked to return a few days later to capture Cohen with his older brothers was an absolute honour.
Now celebrating just over one year of photographing newborn babies and families I have re-branded to Captured Forever, which represents the diversification the business has recently taken including a Silver Fern, a symbol of my native Kiwi roots. And I have also started entering the Image of the Month Competition with the national body the Photographers Guild which gets just under 1000 entries each month. In four short months I have achieved 7 Bronze awards.
I absolutely love my job, and also believe in being really upfront with my pricing – there are no hidden costs, you see everything before you book so you know where you are. I like to approach things how I would like to be approached, especially when you are considering having a stranger come into your home and handle your precious new bundle. For me I find it an absolute privilege, just holding these little bundles who have all that exciting life to grow into and I have been just a tiny part of the journey.
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