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Maternity Photography Guide

Thursday, 14th October 2021

My Maternity Style

I love to create natural Maternity portraits, full of love using beautiful natural light to create soft glowing images. I do gently pose you to get the best angles and light, but then I let the magic happen capturing families, couples and portraits where not everyone is always looking at the camera but the connection and love is recorded for years to come. I always try and make photoshoots a fun and relaxed experience for all, which hopefully shows in photos and some of the kind words below.

‘Katie has photographed our family perfectly. Katie put us all at ease straight away and not even a little rain – could sway her calm and relaxed approach to capturing the perfect shots’ – Emma

‘Wow!!! Thank you thank you thank you! You are so talented Katie, feel so grateful! – picking our photos is so hard they are amazing!’ – Jemma

What to wear for an outdoor pregnancy photoshoot

The photos taken here are amongst the beautiful Aug-Sept heathers but this gorgeous Mama to be is certainly not outshined by her surroundings wearing a complimentary floor length dress. I always want people to feel comfortable, themselves and confident but when asked about what to wear for a maternity shoot I would highly recommend floor-length, Maxi – floaty dresses   that can work to draw attention to your beautiful baby curves whilst creating longer lines that draw the eye across photograph. Soft pastels, neutrals, blues and greys all work with beautifully with skin tones and mother natures colours throughout the year.

When should I book my Maternity shoot

To guarantee your preferred date it is best to book your maternity shoot straight after your 14week scan, certain months can be busier than others and weekends book up quickly but I know how life can be a rollercoaster, so I will of course always try my best to book you in or suggest someone else who can.

I generally recommend booking a shoot in at 30 to 34 weeks as an ideal time to capture your baby bump.


Back to school 3 top photo tips

Monday, 6th September 2021

Today is a big day, the day my eldest starts school! It is settling in sessions this week so I’m just about managing to hold it together. 

I wanted to do a little shoot to mark this, what feels to me a momentus occasion. We had so much fun shooting my youngest, of course, wanted to get in on the action. Luckily she is not starting school yet, otherwise I think I would be a puddle right now!

Below are the results and my top 3 tips for shooting Back to school photos:

1. Same pose, same place 

The traditional shot in front of the doorway is a great way to see how much your child has grown. It’s also often shaded so this tried and tested formula will give you even light. If you have a south facing front door try shooting on a cloudy day – cloud cover is natures natural diffuser of light – no harsh shadows on face here! 

If you are feeling more adventurous try a location elsewhere, in your garden near a tree, at a postbox or local landmark that you can return to capture your child as they grow. 

2. Don’t forget the details 

Don’t forget to capture their expressions up close, that cheeky smile may change over time too and as much as it’s lovely to see the whole outfit you won’t regret getting a few close up shots in the mix.

Also whilst you have your child in a nice clean uniform (which let’s be honest probably won’t last for long) why not capture them with some of their artwork and a note of their favourite things, which might be later lost or forgotten. This is also a great way of engaging them in shoot, and perfect opportunity to tell them they’re amazing! A confident boost to calm any school nerves they have can only help!

3. Have fun 

Use the shoot as precious time together before the big day. Ask your little one to show you their best moves, then capture them straight after when they look to you with a big proud smile. Capture them drawing you a picture. Encourage their curiosity by looking at plants in your garden. Bring in a few props, ask them to try balancing books or apple on their head or yours for that matter – bound to end up in laughter. My eldest is a big fan of apples so it wasn’t long before the apple got eaten! 

Although I wish I could pause I also can’t wait to look back at these, and see how he grows. Hope you find above useful for recording your little ones! 


Newborn photoshoot at home with family

Tuesday, 13th October 2020

I’m loving being able to return to doing at home photoshoots again, in line with the current safety guidance.

I’m often asked when is the best time to capture your newborn and unless you are after posed shots of your newborn sleeping then the answer is anytime. As my style is natural and more about capturing the moment and love between your family and your new arrival the best time is when it’s best for you.

Having had an emergency c-section with my first I know that those first few days even weeks can be challenging and my experience of second time around is that the time seems to fly by so fast you wonder where the weeks have gone. This is why having these moments – especially the connection between you – recorded is so valuable and in amongst the chaos of late night hugs and juggling it is these moments of togetherness you will cherish forever.

Thank you to the beautiful family below for inviting me into your loving home in such strange times, it was a joy to capture your treasured moments together.


Sunny surrey garden photoshoots

Tuesday, 13th October 2020

Summer feels like a distant memory now, so I thought why not warm up today with an overdue share of a few of the relaxed at home photoshoots I had the joy of capturing over the summer.

I had such fun with the lovely families below in their beautiful gardens, I have now seen the most amazing octopus impressions, been invited to an imaginary tea party and stayed cool thanks to a cheeky sprinkler but the best part was being able to capture the love and laughter they shared together.

Thank you again to all the families who have invited me into their gardens and homes recently, it is always such a pleasure and knowing that you love and will treasure the shots received is the icing on the cake!


At home family photoshoot

Tuesday, 14th July 2020

Winter 2019 was a busy time for me so I’m just getting around to posting some of the beautiful families I had the privilege to photograph. I always love looking back on a shoot and seeing the joy, laughter and overwhelming love pictured. I find myself thinking if I can get this sense of joy from viewing photos of others then imagine the love and self esteem our children must feel when viewing photographs of themselves. That to me is a truly awesome thought!

‘when a child sees a family portrait with them incuded in the photograph they say to themselves: these people have me as part of what they are, that’s why I belong here. This is where I come from’ Judy Weiser licensed psychologist

‘I think it’s really important to show a family as a family unit. it is so helpful for children to see themselves as a valued and important part of the family unit. A photographers job is to create and make the image look like a safe holding space for kids where they are safe and protected. kids get it on a really simple level’ David Krauss licensed psychologist

Since reading a bit on the psychology of family photography I have certainly made a bigger effort to make sure we have lots of photos on our walls and even ones where I am pictured too! If you would love me to capture your family in the comfort of your own home please do get in touch, I would love to discuss your bespoke shoot.


Poppy Field Surrey

Sunday, 14th June 2020

Now offering POPPY FIELD MINI SHOOTS please contact me to book. Limited spaces.


Newborn Park Photoshoot

Saturday, 6th June 2020

I had my first social distance photoshoot this week @wokingpark, we orginally had an at home maternity and newborn shoot planned in but I’m so pleased to have still been able to capture this little one in his first couple of weeks into the world. Such a precious time, Mum and Dad so so in love with him, it was an absolute joy to capture! 


Doorstep Portraits

Saturday, 6th June 2020

Happy memories made in what has been a difficult time for most and tragically sad for some. The symbol of the rainbow so very appropriate.

Whatever this time has meant to you I am so pleased I was able to capture the part we all played in staying at home to keep everyone safe.

Thank you to all who took part in Doorstep Portraits and raised money for the local charity, www.yoursanctuary.org.uk supporting those suffering from domestic abuse, especially in the current crisis. If you haven’t heard of them please check out the great work they do!


Floral cake smash

Sunday, 29th March 2020

When it’s your first birthday and you’re in isolation – eat cake!!!

Photography – Mummy

Cake – Daddy and Big Brother

xxx


A Family shoot in Horsell Common Surrey

Thursday, 19th September 2019

Another Sunny day to bring a smile!