Master E’s First Birthday Cake Smash | Bromley Photographer

Master E celebrated he’s first birthday with a Cake Smash & what a smashing time we had!

Mum requested a giant cupcake with pale blue & silver stars the rest was up to me so out came my creative hat. I had started toying around with the idea of hanging stars right from the off it was deciding what style to have & how to hang them that took some thought.

On a wonder around Hobbycraft, I came across the felt aisle & soft puffy stars sprung to mind & the set came together right there in the felt aisle! I hand cut (I must buy a circuit cut machine asap!) al the stars then stitched & stuffed them. Leah helped me set up for the cake smash, you may have caught our live videos?! lol, for those that didn’t we hung some large & small stars in the front on a backdrop stand. We then hung the larger ones in various places over the ceiling & stuck some little ones on the back wall. To finish the set we put some clouds (toy stuffing) along the back to create a dreamy effect.

 

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I absolutely love the effect, it is completely what I pictured! Isn’t it great when things just come together! Lucky for me Mum & Dad loved it too ūüôā

This little guy also loved he’s cake…

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What a little Smasher!!

Not forgetting a splash in the tub amidst the stars well we got one splash & so many adorable expressions.

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Isn’t he just adorable! Thank you all for coming, it was so great to see you all again & capture another milestone!

As you can see I love creating custom Cake Smash sets for my little smashers, if you would like a unique cake smash for your little one pop me an email today. I look forward to hearing from you.

With Love

Ash.x

Top 7 Teacher Gifts | Bromley Photographer

Top 7 Teacher Gifts

As the school year draws to a close & plans for the summer start to roll in first we give thanks to those that have taught, nurtured, helped & watched our little monkeys grow over the year.

With our little & big ones teachers in mind I asked all the teachers & teaching assistants I know what their favourite gifts they’ve been given are to help take the guess work out & make the end of year gift giving go smoothly.

It seems we’ve all been doing things right all these years & the personalised items are actually loved & are not ‘oh another one’ type of things, which is great for a crafty gal like me! So without further ado here’s my top 7 given by teachers themselves for you!

1. Alcohol(!)

Yep the majority loved being given a bottle of wine or brandy for the gents. To make these even better you can get a personalised bottle sticker with your child’s name & a message on too. I love these labels from etsy, ‘Our child might be the reason you drink, so have one on us’ Brilliant!

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2. Cups

Cups were next on the list. With these you can get really creative, one told me that her class knew she loved skittles so they stuffed as many bags as the could into the cup, she said its one of the best gifts she got. Going that little extra mile makes a big difference! In the cup range you could also for for a travel mug or if the teacher is fond of exercising perhaps a nice water bottle, you could personalise them to give that extra touch.

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3. Gift Vouchers 

If you collect as a class to give something bigger gift vouchers are most appreciated. Even more so when bought for that teachers favourite store. One teacher said ‘My class got together to get me a monsoon voucher. I bought a dress and I think of them every time I wear it.’ how lovely is that!

4. Personalised items

Next on our top 7 teacher gifts are Personalised items which were mentioned by all! Whether they be handmade by little fingers or purchased with a thoughtful message. Favourites included a jewellery box saying “Thank you Miss C”, a personalised photo frame with an image of the class in it, hand painted photo frame with your childs image inside, personalised keyring, the list really is endless. Here are a few of my favourite personalised items;

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4. Pandora (or similar) Charm/Jewellery Item¬†–

Another great one for whole class collection gifts. Paying attention to what your little ones teacher likes to wear can go a long way in making them feel appreciated. One of the teachers I asked is a drama teacher & at the end of the year her class bought her a theatrical face charm for her bracelet rendering it such a priceless & thoughtful gift that is so loved.

5. Coffee Shop Voucher

A Costa coffee voucher was mentioned a few times too, personally I’m a Starbucks girl & would love it if I was gifted with a voucher. Whats better than going to your favourite coffee shop on a quiet day with your book & sitting & enjoying a peaceful cuppa ūüėČ

6. A Mini Hamper 

Mini hampers are very well received by teachers. Little thoughtful gifts in miniature size added into a little bucket/basket is a gift that keeps on giving! Here’s some ideas for you;

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Pack of 5 Pencils ¬£1. Hema –¬†pencils, hema, top 7 teacher gifts, teacher gift, ashleigh shea photography, bromley, teacher gift

Soap & Glory Hand Sanitiser ¬£2.50 –¬†hand sanitiser, top 7 teacher gifts, soap and glory, teacher gift, ashleigh shea photography, bromleyTed Baker Mini Gift Set ¬£8 Boots –¬†teacher gift, ted baker, top 7 teacher gifts, ashleigh shea photography, bromley, thank you,7. Paint a flower Pot & add some Seeds¬†

This is fab for those little ones that love to paint & is very inexpensive. You could put a range of things on your pot my favourite is “Thank you for helping me grow, I’ll miss you now its time to go” simple but lovely!

This Pinterest link has some great flower pot ideas teacher flower pot, top 7 teacher gifts, thank you miss, end of year, ashleigh shea photography, bromley

I hope all your little & big ones enjoy whats rest of the summer term, if you have any other ideas for gifts please feel free to post them in the comments we could all use fresh ideas. Let us know if you use one of our recommended top 7 teacher gifts!

With Love

Ash.x

Newborn Photographer Bromley – Miss I’s Newborn Session

Newborn Photographer Bromley – Miss I’s Newborn Session

This beautiful little miss came in with her mummy & nanny & her session became one of my dreams! Sophia wanted pastels (my happy colours!) & lots of them, so as you can imagine I was in my element.

Miss I practiced her diva skills during her session with it being one of the longest in a while but as always all was worth it in the end, I mean just look at how gorgeous she is.

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The first set up we started with was a beautiful pastel blue & a little tiny pastel blue body suit but she wasn’t having none of it so we wrapped her to help her little tummy settle & went back to it & oh am I pleased we did…

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Once this little beauty was in a nice deep sleep her session went swimmingly.

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How to Book your session –¬†

Your little ones newborn session can be booked at anytime during your pregnancy. Most expectant parents book in from their 20 week scan. Booking your session is simple you can fill in this form or contact me via email with your little ones due date. Your due date is reserved in our diary once the session fee has been paid, paying your session fee secures your little one in our diary.

What to do once baby arrives –¬†

I ask all parents to try their best to contact me within the first 48 hours of baby arriving so that we can get you all booked in during their first two weeks. I will send you a selection of dates & see what works for us all.

Parent, sibling & immediate family shots are encouraged & will take place at the start of your session so the little ones can then kick back & relax or dad can take the off to the park while we get on & finish baby’s portraits. At the end of your session we will schedule your view & order appointment.

If you have any questions at all please feel free to ask.

With love

Ash.x

Help To Keep Your Newborn Cool in The Hot Summer | Ashleigh Shea Photography

Help To Keep Your Newborn Cool in The Hot Summer

With this amazingly hot weather & having trouble keeping myself cool I thought I’d do a quick post on the top tips shared by those in my VIP group, from the NHS site & of course from my own experience.

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1. Keeping Baby Cool Outdoors –¬†
As we all know babies shouldn’t be in direct sunlight so shade is paramount at all times when its as hot was it is, if your going for a stroll or shopping don’t forget babies hat & your parasol/sunshade for the buggy. Remember that placing a blanket over to block the shade also blocks the airflow & can be very dangerous to baby so avoid that at all costs.

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2. Keeping Baby Cool Indoors –
When indoors keep curtains & blinds closed especially in the room where baby sleeps so its at a nice temperature for them when they go down for naps or to bed. Babies tend to sleep well when the temperature is between 16-20c. Sleeping in just a vest or a baby grow with no vest also helps.
A litre or more of iced water could help to keep their room cool as it melts during the night.
If you’re using a fan place bowls or bottles of ice water in front of it to help cool the air that circulates around the room.

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3. Have a Little Paddling Fun –
A paddling pool is great for keeping little ones cool, just yesterday I saw that one of my clients had popped her little ones bath support into the paddling pool & had her lying on that to help her keep cool in the heat, such a good idea!

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4. Bath Before Bed –
Give babies a luke warm bath before bed to help cool them down ready for bedtime. If you have a loft opening the hatch will help disperse some heat.

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5. Stay Hydrated –
Breastfed babies stay hydrated with breastmilk as your milk is perfect combination of milk & water, they may feed more often but its all good as its more cuddles ūüėČ There is mixed reviews on giving cool boiled water to little ones under 6 months but with it this hot defiantly consult your health visitor.

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If you have any top tips we haven’t mentioned please feel free to add them in the comments so that others can see!

I shared a couple of weeks ago top tips for expectant mummy’s to keep cool heres the link to that if your expecting & would like some tips to help you survive ūüėČ

Sending you cool vibes lovelies!!

With Love

Ash.x

Top 5 items for New Mums 2017

Hello you lovely new mums to be!

I have been thinking that year to year fashion trends change & so do the ‘must have’ items that new mums apparently want, a lot of the time they’re actually not what mums want. With that in mind I have asked a group full of mums what their personal¬†couldn’t live without/must have items were when they had their little ones & have found each of these items for you! 5 items were the most popular so here are the
‘Top 5 items for New Mums’ as recommended by real mums!

The first item is a;

 Swaddle

From doing some research there are multiple choices for these but the two most popular are the Gro-Swaddle by Grobag & the SwaddleUp by LoveToDream.

Gro-Swaddle – This is a more traditional swaddle where by you wrap baby’s arms down by their sides.¬†Here’s how to use it as recommended on the¬†Grobag website;

  • Place baby onto open swaddling wrap, fold in the top of the wrap so that the fabric is in line with the nape of the neck, legs should be unrestrained in a natural ‚Äúfroggy‚ÄĚ leg position.
  • Fold the bottom flap up over baby‚Äôs legs
  • Holding the upper right hand side of the swaddle; wrap the fabric snugly over baby‚Äôs arms, and tuck the fabric under baby‚Äôs body, leaving fabric loose around the legs.
  • Holding the upper left hand side of the swaddle; wrap the fabric snugly around baby‚Äôs arms and underneath torso, leaving fabric loose around the legs.
  • Ensure that both legs can freely flex.

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SwaddleUp – This is a newer more modern swaddle that allows baby to sleep with their arms up whilst still feeling snuggled.
Here’s why¬†LoveToDream recommend it;

  • Snug fit makes your baby feel secure & helps to calm their natural startle reflex
  • Eliminates excess loose fabric in the crib
  • Wings prevent face-scratching
  • May reduce the risk of your baby accidentally rolling onto their tummy
  • Genius two-way zipper for easy diaper changes
  • Hip-healthy design allows hips and legs to flex naturally

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Next we have the;

Sleepyhead

These are popular with my own new mummy friends¬†too. Here’s what Sleepyhead¬†says about them;

The Sleepyhead¬ģ DELUXE+ pod is the ultimate pod for your baby from ages 0-8 months old. The pod is multifunctional, multitasking and offers a safe and comfy spot that lets baby sleep, rest, co-sleep, lounge, play, cuddle, do tummy time and get diaper changes.

DELUXE+ pods are lightweight and portable, allowing for easy travel from room to room, grandma‚Äôs house or on vacation. All materials used are breathable, washable and hypoallergenic. Sleepyhead¬ģ DELUXE+ offers excellent air-permeability, all filling materials are sourced from world-leading suppliers with breathable, hygienic and non-toxic properties.

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The 3rd most popular item was a;

Sling/Carrier

The recommendations were for the early days to go for the softer wrap around one & move over to the more structured ones once baby gets bigger.

Baby K’tan Sling – The Baby K’tan is the simplest ‘wrap’ style sling I’ve found, its as easy to use as putting on a t-shirt.
Here’s what Baby K’tan¬†say about their sling;

The Baby K’tan evenly DISTRIBUTES WEIGHT across both shoulders and back, & the small connecting loop helps the wearer adjust the carrier as needed. Each carrier also includes a matching sash which provides added security for baby and support for mom or dad. The sash also converts to a bag to store your carrier when not it use!

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BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One – The BabyBjorn was the next recommended carrier in the mums group, this Baby Carrier One ticks all the boxes you could want for a structured carrier.
Here’s what BabyBjorn say about this carrier;

  • Ergonomic baby carrier with wide seat area
  • Extra-padded shoulder straps
  • Good stability in the waist belt
  • Perfect for a newborn ‚Äď no infant insert needed.
  • Front-facing carrying option
  • From newborn to 3 years
  • Acknowledged as a a hip-healthy baby carrier by International Hip Dysplasia Institute

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I must say I love that both of these baby carrier sites have dads modelling them as well as mums!

The forth most popular item was;

Bottle Prep Machine

Many of the mums said although these have had some pretty bad press lately they themselves can’t fault them & they were a lifesaver for them especially for night feeds!
I found two different ones so if you don’t want to risk the Tommee Tippee due to the bad press you can opt for the Baby Brezzer Formula Pro.

Tommee Tippee –¬†The perfect accompaniment to those 3am feeds. They also come in a range of colours, I’ve picked my favourite to share with you.
Here’s why Tommee Tippee recommend their Perfect Prep Machine;

  • Makes a fresh bottle, at correct temperature, in less than 2 minutes
  • Filter system removes impurities present in water
  • Initial ‚Äėhot shot‚Äô of water kills bacteria that may be present in formula
  • Dispenses correct amount of water for a more accurate and consistent dilution
  • The Perfect Prep machine works with any powdered formula milk

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Baby Brezzer Formula Pro – This is an American make prep machine although is also for sale here in the UK. This is significantly more than the Tommee Tippee one but I myself can’t see much difference between the two.
Here’s why Baby Brezzer¬†recommend their Formula Pro;

  • Hassle free formula preparation:¬† no measuring, no mixing, no fuss
  • Patented mixing technology:¬† mixes formula powder and water to perfect consistency without air bubbles
  • Temperature control:¬† heats water to near body temperature, the optimal temperature for feeding baby
  • Airtight formula storage:¬† holds 700g of formula powder to prepare 20 8-ounce bottles
  • Removable water tank:¬† easy to fill and clean
  • Versatile:¬† Makes 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 ounce bottles
  • Works with all bottle sizes
  • Works with most major¬†formula brands and types.¬†*Similac Alimentum is not compatible with the Formula Pro.
  • Bottle preparation takes just seconds

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Last but not least we have the;

Swing

A swing or vibrating bouncer was the other most recommended by the mums. I have found one of each with great reviews for you to take a look at.

Fisher Price 3 in 1 Swing РThis was the most popular swing in terms of reviews on google. I actually had a very similar Fisher Price one for my youngest Freya & she loved it.
Here’s what Fisher Price say about this swing;

  • Features soothing vibrations and 10 tunes.
  • Detachable toy bar with 2 toys.
  • Multi-position recline seat for baby’s comfort; whether they are playing or taking a nap.
  • Support strap to keep baby secure.

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Joie Dreamer¬†– This bouncer¬†has great reviews & comes in 3 different colours, I’ve picked the Khloe & Bert as its a great unisex one although the other two are lovely too.
Here what Joie Dreamer say about their bouncer;

  • Tested beyond the standard weight capacity to hold up to 13kgs
  • Ultra slim, compact fold for easy storage in even the smallest spaces
  • Seat gently rocks and bounces with a push or when baby moves
  • Lightweight and easily portable
  • 3 position reclining seat and 2 position adjustable leg rest offer comfort options for baby
  • 2 speed soothing vibration pairs with 5 classical lullabies and 5 nature sounds to calm little ones
  • Removable, washable, plush infant body support and seat pad are cosy and perfectly cocoon baby
  • Rock stop foot flips down to convert to stationary seat
  • Removable, rotating toy bar with 2 toys for playtime entertainment
  • Open top design for easy access to baby
  • SoftTouch, 3-point harness with soft lower buckle cover

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That completes the list as provided by real mums although there were various other recommendations too like a form of white noise Euan the sheep was recommended, a breast feeding chair, water wipes, a baby monitor, Mam glow in the dark dummies & my favourite two that made me giggle a cleaner & wine ūüėČ

I hope you have found this useful, if you are already a mum & have a different item that was your ultimate must have please post it in the comments as it may help another new mum!!

Thank you to all the mummies that gave me their views it is most appreciated.

See you soon.

With Love

Ash.x

{Ps. Click on each image to be taken to the shop that sells the products}

Miss L Baby Plan Graduate | Newborn Photography Bromley

So my gorgeous little Miss L had graduated her baby plan & I am oh so sad!! I’m totally as heartbroken as their mummies when they turn one I mean why oh why does that first year go by so fast?!

What is a baby plan you wonder? Its 3 sessions taken throughout your baby first year documenting those milestone moments as they happen. We start with their newborn session, these sessions take place during babies first two weeks. Their next session is when they can sit up unaided, some choose to do it at exactly 6 months even if little one isn’t sitting thats totally your call. Their little personalities are beginning to shine through when the little sitter session comes round, these are fabulous for capturing those lovely little gummy smiles. The final session is the cake smash!! Now that is a seriously fun session, we design them to what you want whether that be plain & simple or more elaborate & themed. Babies love these sessions as they get to eat cake & splash until their hearts content!

Here are some of my favourite images from this little beauties sessions <3

Isn’t she just beautiful. I’m going to miss seeing that little face every 6 months.

If you would like more information about a baby plan pop me an email

Until next time lovelies

With Love

Ash.x

Bluebell Mini Sessions | April 23rd 2017

Bluebell Mini Sessions

VIP Early Booking

Sessions will take place Sunday 23rd April
They are 20-30 minute mini sessions & cost £45
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I look forward to seeing you all!

With love

Ash.x

Pretty Smash & Splash Miss A

This pretty smash & splash has been one of my favourite set ups!

Miss A’s mum asked for lots flowers & gold so I went to town & did exactly that. I used fresh flowers & hung them staggered from my ceiling in front of my floral backdrop. I adding the gold with my Ginger Ray¬†gold foil Happy Birthday sign & my glittery pin wheels (which they no longer sell). With the set up complete all that was left to do was add in the cake, which was a beautiful 6″ rosette round from the brilliant Tiers and Teacups.

Little Miss A arrived in her lovely birthday outfit ready to smash & just be adorable.

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Isn’t she so sweet! She didn’t eat much of the cake but she did have fun smashing it up & absolutely loved splashing in the tub.

With love

Ash.x

If you would like a Smash & Splash drop me a line & we can discuss your session & set ideas.

Smash & Splash Master F

Young Master F came in for his Smash & Splash session & wow did he have fun!

I have been capturing this gorgeous little mans images right from his newborn session & he has been an absolute pleasure to photograph.

He came along with his lovely mummy & nanny wearing an adorable first birthday outfit by Fred & Noah ready to have fun & eat some cake. Not only did he eat some cake he had an absolute field day smashing it to smithereens!!

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After smashing the cake to nothing we popped him in the tub, he wasn’t overly impressed but did like Freya! She got some adorable smiles from him.

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Little man I’m so sad it’s your first birthday & I won’t be seeing you every 6 months but do look forward to our outdoor session with your mummy & daddy!

See you soon gorgeous boy.

With love

Ash.x

To book your Smash & Splash session contact me today

Newborn Photography Session | Why Should I Book?

Newborn Photography Session, why should I book?

A newborn photography session is the first portrait you will have taken of your beautiful new bundle. These sessions are essential for capturing those tiny little details of your new baby. Those little things about them that change so quickly you literally only remember them by looking at photos.

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Your newborn photographer will be able to capture beautiful images of your new baby in a range of different poses. It’s important to ask if your photographer is fully trained especially if you’d like prop shots taken. Safety is paramount you wouldn’t let a non driver drive your car.¬†I will capture your precious addition in a caring & loving way, any shots that are more advanced or¬†prop shots I will request help from¬†dad if he’s present, if not then mum, so that baby is safe at all times.

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When looking for your newborn photographer, don’t just look to see if you like their work, thats important of course but you also need to like them. If you feel a connection to or like the way someone interacts with you then they’ll probably be a brilliant match for you. If your just a little unsure please call them or request meeting before scheduling your session. I’m happy to chat on the phone or meet with anyone prior to them booking, I will after all be handling your baby & you need to feel comfortable with me doing so.

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How long will my newborn photography session last? Newborn sessions can be rather lengthly, lasting anything from 2-4 hours. Yes you read that right! As safety is of the utmost importance all of my newborn sessions are baby led. Thus meaning that if baby needs to feed we stop to feed, if baby needs to be settled we settle, if baby doesn’t like a pose we don’t do it. I won’t continue with a specific shot if baby doesn’t like the pose which can be a little disappointing if its one you want but your baby’s comfort & safety is my key focus throughout our session.

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When shall I¬†¬†book¬†my¬†newborn photography session? With most photographers you can book your newborn session after your 6¬†month scan, in fact many recommend that you do so. I take bookings from this time onwards, I also keep a few dates open each month for those that don’t mange to book their session prior to baby arriving.

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I’ve booked my newborn photography session, what do I need to bring? You will need minimal items for your session. The only thing really that you need to bring is an extra feed if you’re bottle feeding as babies get a little hungrier during their session than usual. Other than that your welcome to bring¬†any little items you’d¬†like to be in baby’s photos for instance a little teddy or perhaps an item of heritage.

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Siblings, do I bring them? Yes of course!! I love it when big brothers/sisters come to a session. I love to see the new bond thats beginning between them, the proudness at being the eldest & having responsibilities & the cheekiness that comes sometimes too ūüėČ

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Will you take images of my partner & I too? Yes, yes I will. I’ll even try to encourage you if your not feeling fantastic. Sounds mean I know but so far in my experience no matter how not great my mums have felt they’ve always been thankful for having that family shot done. The majority of the time that image is the only picutre they have of them both with their beautiful baby. Your life gets turned upside down overnight & you’ll find in the first few weeks you & your partner will take pictures of each other with baby & of baby alone & not manage to get one of you all.

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As you can see, newborn images are priceless. These are moments that aren’t going to come around again. Book your beautiful little one a session today. For more information on booking your newborn session or finding your local trained newborn photographer please email me.

With love

Ash.x