I may have a a bit skewed idea of what love and romance actually are. I had a tear in my eye when during a trip to nuclear reactor in Chernobyl, a couple of my friends got engaged in the middle of a dead town, with abandoned buildings around. People got evacuated from there in fear of imminent death thirty years ago, and there I was, standing in the middle of it all, thinking it’s the most romantic place on earth to propose. In my head I was humming Rihanna’s “We found love in a hopeless place”.
You most likely came across newborn photography a few times. Your friends posted some photos of their tiny babies on Facebook, you may have had a session with your baby, when they were only a week old. It’s becoming a mainstream early milestone, and you may get frowned upon if you don’t have one done. From a business point of view of course all the frowning works for me, as I want you to be my client. From a personal point of view, as a mother myself, I want you to have those memories to look back on, and never regret not capturing those first moments, when everything was tiny, and your babies were not after new football boots and a puppy for Christmas. You never want to forget those details. After that we have a crazy whirlwind of a year, ending up with a cake smash to celebrate your baby’s first birthday and a first big milestone. I believe this “tradition” of smashing cake and rubbing icing all over ones face came from the States. No doubt it will soon be banished there if any props are made in Mexico. Cake smashes are fun. You get your babies’ character […]
Being a photographer means spending a lot of your time with other photographers, talking photos. Current styles, but also photography in the pre-photoshop days. A couple of weeks back, whilst chatting with Sue Black of Sue Black Photography, we went a bit off our usual subject of babies and food, and funny mugs bearing wisdom written using offensive language, and somehow stirred on to a bit more profound subject: our parents.
I am going to be 34 years old in a few days time. I thought we may as well get it out of the way, to avoid the delusion that this post is going to be about healthy living and getting enough sleep and vitamins. I am old enough to realise this is most likely not going to happen. Neither am I going to reactivate my gym membership.
As I nail my second plate of pierogi (traditional polish dumplings, come stuffed with meat, cheese or fruit, amazing stuff), on the 41st floor of Warsaw’s Intercontinental Hotel*, I ponder. The end of the year is upon us, but somehow it doesn’t feel like a new beginning. It doesn’t feel as though there should be some major changes happening from the first of January. I have given up on the miracle lifestyle changes and diet shifts. My occasional presence at a yoga class is always heavily facebooked, so that I actually believe I am exercising. This will have to suffice. Life is actually pretty ok.
I first got contacted by my lovely models’ mom, Sinead, a while back. She enquired about a cake smash session for her 3 beautiful girls: Daisy, Poppy and Posey. I was over the moon, as I had never photographed triplets, not to mention three girls! I got even more excited, when I had a sneak peek at Sinead’s facebook profile. Her girls were adorable! I couldn’t wait for the session! I replied back with my session availability.
Over the last year I have been privileged to follow my models from their first, newborn photos, when they could still easily fit in my hand, throughout their milestones, when they could sit up unsupported, up to their first birthday photos, when they were happy to crawl away at the speed of light (some even walk!) and cover me and my camera with their birthday cake, whilst giggling like mad.
This year has seen my work evolve and follow a bit more of a creative path. I recently posted a few images that are very different from my usual style. I love black and white and simple, classic and timeless photography, not too posed, focused solely on your baby, but I had a feeling it was time to shake things up a little, and that’s why I created a few composites.
This time last year I posted on my Facebook a small, shy, status update, asking whether anyone knows of any expecting mums or any newborn babies that were born very recently. I was fresh from my training with Russ Jackson, and I felt ready to take my hobby to the next level. I wanted to become a professional newborn photographer.