London Family Photographer

London Family Photographer

The most common question I'm asked by my clients is "how do you find the patience to do photo-sessions with children?". Its a question with many answers the most obvious being that I love my job, but in all honesty its simply not as stressful when the children aren't your own. I am a mother so I know how unpredictable babies and children can be, I am also well equipped to read children's moods and can preempt those telltale boredom signs, which means I can move a session forwards to make sure the possible tantrums or meltdowns don't interrupt the time I have with a family. Obviously I can't prevent every tantrum, we all have off days. But I have found that my most successful sessions are those when the parents are relaxed. Its so easy to become worried and stressed when our children aren't listening or behaving as we would like, and these situations can lead to even less cooperative children. I try to keep all my sessions relaxed, I allow more time than is necessary particularly for newborns who may need cuddles from Mummy or a feed. Each session is different and geared around the family and childs needs, and I encourage parents to sit back and let the kids play freely, allowing me to engage with them and get what we need to make beautiful happy portraits. This is little Edens session, she was as you can see a pure delight, happy and smiley and having fun - but then again so were Mum and Dad!

Notting Hill Baby Photography

Notting Hill Baby Photography

I recently posted a video to the home page to give an idea of what you would likely receive from a newborn photo-session. I have uploaded a few more from this beautiful family's session below.

Twickenham Family Photographer

Twickenham Family Photographer

Another year has gone by and I've photographed new friends, revisited old ones and met new arrivals. At the end of last year I went back to see Elliot who I photographed when he was three months old, he has a new baby brother Riley now and at three months you can hardly tell them apart - take a loot at Elliots session here.

The weather coming into 2016 has been wet and windy - not ideal for a family photo session especially if you want to take advantage of our lovely outdoor spaces in South West London, but I can guarantee that even in the cold Richmond Park, Bushy Park, Marble Hill to name but a few still look stunning, and there is nothing cuter than little ones bundled up in wooly hats and scarves.

Even baby Riley managed a cosy smile in a cold Marble Hill Park this winter...

Country Living

Country Living

I was asked to photograph the lovely Oliver for a third time as we decende into autumn but this time at their new home in the rolling surrey countryside. Its always a little bit of a challenge when a shoot is in a location you don't know and could not scope out prior to the booking but when there is a lake behind the house rolling hills to the side and apple trees in the garden its made so much easier!

Magical Autumn

Magical Autumn

Is everyone else as in love with Autumn as I am - its not just the wonderful colours all around us but I love the cooler weather (probably has something to do with 7 years in the middle east) wrapping up in warm cosy knits, walks in crisp sunshine with rosy red cheeks, the smell of fires burning and of course halloween and fireworks - its just magic to me. And for all these reasons its the perfect season for a photo session amongst natures finest this family session was taken in early Autumn and it couldn't have been a more perfect morning.

Urban Baby

Urban Baby

When one thinks of a first baby photo-session you might think of the typical cake smash, number one balloons, bunting and pretty pastels.... not when your an urban baby living in Canary Wharf with your uber cool Australian/Singaporean mama and papa... no for this particular one year old we did a split session between home and the city, taking in the newly built oh so cool rooftop gardens. I don't know about you but I know which type of session I'd prefer to look back on in later years x

The Happiest Baby {Twickenham Baby Photography}

The Happiest Baby {Twickenham Baby Photography}

I have long admired photographers who manage to capture the rare moment a newborn baby smiles (yes I know its wind but hey who cares they look so CUTE!) so imagine my joy when I met this beautiful little girl and she just wouldn't stop smiling!!!

Not only did she provide me with multiple opportunities to capture her gorgeous smiles but she also behaved so well it was honestly one of the best shoots I've ever had. Its so important to me that I provide the most relaxing and enjoyable session a parent could ask for - after all this is baby's first photo session (well professionally anyway), I want it to be a happy memory for mum and dad, and lets face it a happy mum and dad equals a happy baby equals a great photo session and amazing photos you will love forever.

So check out her photos below, isn't she lovely!

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If you are interested in having a newborn or baby photo-session please contact kelly@tantrumphotography.com

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© All images are copyright of Tantrum Photography 2015

Tantrum Photography is run by photographer and mum Kelly Back - a specialist newborn and baby photographer in Hampton, Twickenham, Teddington, St Margarets & Richmond

Kelly is a member of BANPAS an association of leading UK baby photographers who promote safe working practices

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Sisters {Hampton Baby Photography}

Sisters {Hampton Baby Photography}

Siblings...and there are none sweeter than two precious little girls.

I consider it a huge compliment when I am asked to come back to visit a family and photograph them for a second time but its particularly special when i'm asked to come to photograph their latest addition. I first photographed Harriet when she was just a few wee weeks old and you can see some of her newborn photos here. Both sisters were so beautifully behaved during their photo session and I loved getting to catch up with this gorgeous family, new baby Laura was perfect and reminded me so much of her big sister two years before.

If you are interested in having a family photo-session please contact kelly@tantrumphotography.com

for more information on my sessions please see here

© All images are copyright of Tantrum Photography 2014-2015

Tantrum Photography specialises in the natural light photography of newborns and babies working in SW London & Surrey including, Twickenham, Hampton, Hampton Hill, Richmond, Kingston, Surbiton, Molesley, Hampton Court and beyond

Two become Three {Twickenham Baby Photography}

Two become Three {Twickenham Baby Photography}

When two become three, your first child is born and the hazy bubble of motherhood descends... its like no other time in your life, euphoric, magical, exhausting, miraculous, overwhelming. There are so many words let the pictures do the talking...

If you are interested in having a family photo-session please contact kelly@tantrumphotography.com

for more information on my sessions please see here

© All images are copyright of Tantrum Photography 2014-2015

Tantrum Photography specialises in the natural light photography of newborns and babies working in SW London & Surrey including, Twickenham, Hampton, Hampton Hill, Richmond, Kingston, Surbiton, Molesley, Hampton Court and beyond

6 tips to getting the best photos of your new baby

6 tips to getting the best photos of your new baby

1. Don't Wait!

Capture them straight away, I mean the minute they're born! As a newborn photographer I can't express enough how wonderful it is to give parents a beautiful gallery of images of their precious baby that will remind them in years to come of how tiny and beautiful they were. But really its you who has the chance to get the best photos and thats during those first few moments after they're born.

My husband took this photo of our daughter minutes after she was born and whilst it may not be the prettiest photo - I might not have it on the mantle piece at home -  its one of my all time favorite photo's. Its such a beautiful and powerful image to me and brings back some really foggy memories of how this crazy journey of motherhood began.

Moments after birth

Moments after birth

 

2. Light

Really the most important thing to get right is your lighting! And as you might approach all other aspects of dealing with your new baby the best way is naturally. Turn off your flash is No 1, and look for a window thats gets good indirect sunlight, if the windows in your home get direct sunlight put a thin sheet (bedsheets will do) or sheer curtains over them, this will diffuse the light and Ta Da, beautiful soft light! 

You may want to place your baby safely on a bed in a well lit room or put the basinet in front of the window  at a 45 degree angle so the light shines down over the baby. (It goes without saying and i'll touch on this later but your baby's safety should be considered at all times, never place your baby in potentially dangerous situation - no photograph is that important - so I strongly recommend getting someone to help you).

Soft diffused light from a window brings a beautiful natural look to your photographs

Soft diffused light from a window brings a beautiful natural look to your photographs

 

3. Tiny Details

Its sometimes easy to forget when you have a gorgeous squidgy face to photograph but the little details like feet, a tiny hand curling around a finger, a curl of hair or puckered lips make the most wonderful collages and will remind you in years to come of just how tiny and delicate they were. if you have a zoom lens open up your aperture and get in as close as you can for those lovely close up shots.  

Tiny Details

Tiny Details

 

4. Timing

Timing is indeed everything. Depending on whether your baby is newborn or a little older capturing them at the right time will make all the difference. If your baby is newborn then capturing the while they are asleep will mean you avoid those jerky blurry photos. If your baby is a little older then choosing that time during the day when they're the happiest will be the difference between a moody shot and a delightfully happy cheeky baby shot! It may be first thing in the morning or just after their nighttime bath but consider feeding and nap times and when they are at their most smiley gorgeous selves - take advantage and plan a little photo-shoot.

All of these beautiful happy babies were so smiley because their photo-sessions were carefully timed to capture them at their best

All of these beautiful happy babies were so smiley because their photo-sessions were carefully timed to capture them at their best

 

 5. Get in the Picture!

I think so many Mums (with children of any age) fail to be in the photos with their children, its so easy particularly as a new mum to forget (or even choose not) to be in photos. I personally hate having my photo taken, but after giving birth I was even more camera shy, I felt tired, out of shape and completely not interested in having my photo taken, as a result there are hardly any photos of me with my babies and this makes me so sad. I pour through the old photo's looking for any, and of the few that I do have I treasure.

This one below is about the only one I have with Ella as a newborn, its dark, blurry (I think it was taken with a phone), and not perfect at all but as its the only one I totally love it! Don't make this mistake! Get in the photos with your kids, no-one else but you (and your children in later years) has to see them, but they will give you such wonderful memories!

Newborn Ella and Mummy

Newborn Ella and Mummy

 

6. Be safe

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I can't stress this enough. As a member of BANPAS - an association of leading photographers from around the UK who promote safe working practices - no photograph is worth putting yourbaby in a dangerous situation for, always have someone to help you watch the baby, never leave your baby unattended even if you think they are safe and if you do employ a professional make sure they are experienced in dealing with newborns - better still check they are a member of BANPAS. If you would like to know more about the safe practices of newborn photography then click on the link. 

 

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If you are interested in having a newborn or baby photo-session please contact kelly@tantrumphotography.com

for more information on photo sessions please see here

See more sessions like this here

© All images are copyright of Tantrum Photography 2015

Tantrum Photography is run by photographer and mum Kelly Back - a specialist newborn and baby photographer in Hampton, Twickenham, Teddington, St Margarets & Richmond

Kelly is a member of BANPAS  an association of leading UK baby photographers who promote safe working practices

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