I first photographed these beautiful people 3 years ago, when Felix was just a baby (where the blazes did that time go, I ask you?!) and now he's a proper little gentleman with a delicious baby sister, Florence!  

We started our photoshoot giggling A LOT and Felix told me some excellent jokes!  

He was also a pro at cracking his little sister up and I got some beautiful, mixed shots of her looking serious and contemplative (mainly when looking at me!) and giggling madly whenever Felix came near!

When the children needed a bit of a change of scene, Alex suggested we put them in the bath!  Apparently, they both love bath time, and I'm so glad she suggested it as I really love these photos!

Aren't they amazing?!  Look at those beautiful smiles!

As anyone with small children knows, in order to keep them interested, activities have to be short and sweet, so it was out of the bath and reading a book with Mummy next.

Clothes on, family cuddle on the sofa and out into the garden after that.  No hanging about!

And, you know, if you're going to do family shots, have a bit of fun with them, eh?! (A tip from Felix's school of photography)

Baaa ha ha ha haaa!  That shot still makes me laugh every time I look at it!

Since Felix had a photoshoot all to himself all those years ago, we took some time to photograph Florence with her lovely, loving parents.

She is such a little treasure!  

Thanks for asking me to come back and take more photos of your frankly GORGEOUS children, Alex and Simon!  You guys are awesome!

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AuthorRosie Wedderburn

I absolutely love revisiting families that I have met before and those clients that invite me back hold a very special place in my heart!  This amazing family asked me, a year ago, to come every three months and take photos of them and their daughter as she grows up.  What an incredible privilege, to document Julia-Marie's first year!  It was therefore with mixed emotions that I went to meet them for the final, 1 year photoshoot (a little delayed, due to various winter illnesses) on a brisk early Spring day.  I always look forward to a catch-up with them all and I love seeing how Julia-Marie has changed, but I also felt a hint of sadness that our year of regular photoshoots has come to an end! Look at how much this beautiful girl has changed...

3 months

3 months

6 months

6 months

9 months

9 months

1 year

1 year

She has become an unstoppable force and our 1 year photoshoot was like a High Intensity workout!  I couldn't keep up with Julia-Marie's high speed toddling and she seemed to know she was giving me the run-around, looking back over her shoulder with adorable, mischievous smiles whenever I was struggling to catch up!  What a cutie!

Sean and Athena were totally up for getting involved in some silly games - throwing leaves and playing hide-and-seek behind trees.  Our photoshoots have progressed over the year from quite quiet, calm mornings to very energetic events!   

One thing that hasn't changed at all (and that I've mentioned on previous blogs about this family. I'm a bit obsessed) is Julia-Marie's ridiculously enormous, brilliant blue eyes!  That girl is going to get away with ANYTHING!  

3 months

3 months

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9 months

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1 year

1 year

Julia-Marie is clearly adored by her very special parents and I have loved capturing those relationships.

Honestly, these guys rock!  Thank you, Sean, Athena and Julia-Marie, for putting up with me for a whole year!  I've absolutely loved it!

As soon as I arrived to take photos of this fabulous family a few weeks ago, Charlie (2 years old) led me into the playroom and showed me his diggers.  He explained (with impressively technical language) how they dig and take away the rubble before the building process begins.  I was pretty confident we were going to have a fun morning.  One look at that cheeky grin confirmed my prediction!

Having taken me through the technicalities of disposing of building rubbish, Charlie introduced me to his gorgeous little sister, Florence.

When I'm taking photos of children, I often ask parents to stand behind me and get their kids' attention.  Will did an amazing job of getting his two to laugh uproariously as he jumped about like a monkey behind me, and I also managed to capture the moment Charlie started shouting, "No, Daddy!  Stop!" while giggling uncontrollably!

After all that excitement, Charlie had had enough of photos for a bit so he took himself off to empty a few toy boxes.  Have a look at this photo below of Will and Florence, with Charlie busying himself in the background.  I love how this is a beautiful photo of a dad and his daughter, but also tells a real story of family life!

We took the opportunity to get some great photos of Florence, with her parents and on her own.  She's an absolute beauty, as you can see and was a total trooper, despite being a little bit coldy and teething.

I can't really handle those tear-drenched eyelashes.  Too adorable.

After swooning over Florence's enormous blue eyes and sweet smile for a bit, Laura, Florence and I snuck downstairs to see what Will and Charlie were doing.  Taking over the kitchen with a highly sophisticated train set construction.  Obviously.

A pause for some quiet reading and then we braved the British elements and went out in the rain.  Luckily, everyone was very positive and we actually had a lovely, refreshing (!) walk and got some great photos.

Us Brits don't let a bit of freezing, driving rain stop us! Thanks for being so hardy, Laura, Will, Charlie and Florence.  I really enjoyed our morning together!

A lot of clients anxiously ask me, before a photoshoot, what they should or shouldn't wear.  It's important to feel that the photos reflect your family at their best, so I totally get why people want some tips on how to style the family.  I have found that there are a few things that you can do to ensure you all look your very best and there aren't distracting elements in the photos.

1. Coordinate, don't match

Very closely matching outfits can look dated.  It's a great idea to choose a colour palette and use that as a starting point.  Pick 3 or 4 complementary colours which are tonally similar, perhaps with one 'highlight' colour in the accessories.  For example, grey, navy, light blue and white look crisp and stylish together.  Or pale pink, tan and cream.  Starting with neutral or paler colours, then accessorising with some brights works really well. 

This family chose a base palette of soft blues and greys, with a teal skirt adding a subtle pop of colour.

This family chose a base palette of soft blues and greys, with a teal skirt adding a subtle pop of colour.

The base colours of darker greys and navy blues mean the pink in the little girl's leggings and the mum's floral shirt pack a punch.

The base colours of darker greys and navy blues mean the pink in the little girl's leggings and the mum's floral shirt pack a punch.

2. Layers and textures

Layers are flattering and supremely practical (and who doesn't love that combination?!).  They can add personality to an outfit and can be added or taken away according to the look you are after. Texture adds visual interest, particularly in black and white photos and can help make images pop.

Her textured dress and his tweed jacket add a nice bit of visual interest

Her textured dress and his tweed jacket add a nice bit of visual interest

The layer of netting in the foreground draws your eye into the image and the contrasting textures ensure the children's faces are the focal point.

The layer of netting in the foreground draws your eye into the image and the contrasting textures ensure the children's faces are the focal point.

3. Avoid very bright colours

Very bright colours in large blocks can be visually distracting and cast a colour pall on someone's face that is unflattering.  For example, lime green tops will give the wearer a green cast to their chin and neck.  If you want to wear a brightly coloured top, go for warmer tones and break it up near the face with a more neutral coloured scarf or collar.

This little girl looks beautiful in a mustard yellow cardigan, but bright colours can be unflattering.  The block of yellow here works because it is broken up with a sweet, scalloped collar.

This little girl looks beautiful in a mustard yellow cardigan, but bright colours can be unflattering.  The block of yellow here works because it is broken up with a sweet, scalloped collar.

4. Be practical

Everyone being photographed should wear clothes that are comfortable and that they feel good in.  If a jumper is itchy or a jacket is uncomfortable, it'll show in the photos.  A good tip is to dress as if you are going out for a nice dinner with some great friends - relaxed, comfortable but looking your best!  If it's cold or rainy, remember coats, scarves, hats and boots will feature in the photos too, so think about how to coordinate those if possible.  If any of the shoot is going to be in a local park or outdoor space, there will probably be a bit of walking involved so wear shoes that aren't agonising (wedges work well if you want to wear heels but can't walk far in stilettos). 

Often, you will only have one coat for each family member, but you can still be practical and stylish.  This family have tonally similar coats, except for the baby's fuchsia snowsuit.  The mum's dark pink scarf and the pink on the little girl's boots balance out the colours and bring the look together.

Often, you will only have one coat for each family member, but you can still be practical and stylish.  This family have tonally similar coats, except for the baby's fuchsia snowsuit.  The mum's dark pink scarf and the pink on the little girl's boots balance out the colours and bring the look together.

This couple chose a comfortable, smart / casual look which works well.  If in doubt, a button-down shirt and a bit of sparkle can't go wrong!

This couple chose a comfortable, smart / casual look which works well.  If in doubt, a button-down shirt and a bit of sparkle can't go wrong!

5. Go for classic over high fashion

Beautiful, classic dresses and shirts passed down from grandma, simple skirts, well-cut trousers... There's a timeless appeal to the classic look that means your photos won't date.  Plus, if you have fabulous, heirloom clothes for your children (or yourself!), how often do you get an opportunity to get them out?  If you're anything like me, you and your children wear jeans, leggings and sweaters EVERY DAY and the beautiful dresses and bloomers are saved for 'special occasions' that somehow never materialise! I'm aware that this is quite contrasting advice to point number 4.  Oops! Heirloom clothes are almost always impractical (dry clean only, anyone?!), so I would always advise having at least one change of clothes up your sleeve (no pun intended.  Sort of.).

A simple, dusky pink dress, with sweet gathered sleeves gives this photo a classic look that won't date.

A simple, dusky pink dress, with sweet gathered sleeves gives this photo a classic look that won't date.

5. Accessorise

Whilst it works well to have a neutral base to your outfits, you don't have to suppress your natural flair!  Statement jewellery, scarves and hats work really well to show more personality without being overly distracting.  Also, carefully chosen 'props' can add to an image - flowers, an inherited toy, a meaningful object.  These can all lift an image and tell a bit of your family story.

Can you guess the profession of this baby's mother?!  Adult sized accessories give a sense of scale and the choice of glasses and a stethoscope tell a bit of the family's story.

Can you guess the profession of this baby's mother?!  Adult sized accessories give a sense of scale and the choice of glasses and a stethoscope tell a bit of the family's story.

While this mum has kept her and her baby's outfits very simple, the statement necklace adds personality and style.

While this mum has kept her and her baby's outfits very simple, the statement necklace adds personality and style.

6. Don't forget the details

Portraits carry a lot of detail and small things that you wouldn't ordinarily notice show up in close-up photos.  Wear socks that don't have holes, trim your nose hair (that's mostly one for the guys!), clean your shoes!  Keep hairstyles simple so if they do get blown about by the wind it doesn't matter.  During the shoot, keep a tissue in your pocket to wipe a child's snotty nose. 

This mother's simple, unfussy hairstyle has been cleverly blow-dried so it is pulled back from her face.  If the wind blows it around a bit, it doesn't matter but it still looks gorgeous!

This mother's simple, unfussy hairstyle has been cleverly blow-dried so it is pulled back from her face.  If the wind blows it around a bit, it doesn't matter but it still looks gorgeous!

7. (For newborn shoots only) Black, grey and navy

Newborn shoots are a little different as you want the baby to be the centre of attention and for there to be as few visual distractions as possible.  The best way to do this is to keep parents' clothes very simple and darker than the baby's.  Black, grey or navy blue are the best colours for parents' clothes, with the baby wearing a plain, light colour.

The mums wearing a simple black top in these two photos allows the tiny newborn to take centre stage.

The mums wearing a simple black top in these two photos allows the tiny newborn to take centre stage.

8.  Be yourself!

If the suggestions in this style guide don't suit you and your family, ignore them!  If you want to wear clashing colours and loud patterns, go ahead!  Photoshoots are supposed to be fun and a reflection of your family's character, so wear whatever makes you feel your best!

I hope this style guide has been helpful. If you are another photographer, please feel free to share this link with your clients. 

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AuthorRosie Wedderburn

In a new blog series, I'm going to be doing a number of 'How to...' posts, answering some of the most frequent questions I get asked. 

Virtually every time I mention I'm a family photographer and I work mainly with children, I get the inevitable comments about how difficult it is to take good photos of children.  Most parents tell me, before a photoshoot, that their child hates having their photo taken and will probably play up.

The thing is, I LOVE working with children!  Before I was a photographer, I was a primary school teacher and I have spent almost all of my adult working life hanging out with and having fun with children.  All that experience means I'm a bit of a pro when it comes to getting the most natural, beautiful pictures of children.  But I have a few tricks up my sleeve that mean anyone can do the same.

So, how can you get great, natural photos of children?  Here are my top tips:

1. Get down with the kids

No, I don't mean, 'Try and be cool' (whenever I've tried that I've failed spectacularly and humiliatingly, but that's stories for another blog!).  I mean it literally.  Get down to the child's level.  Firstly, because that engages the child and lets them know that you are ready to play with them.  And secondly, because most of the best portraits are at eye level.  The child is more likely to look directly at the camera if it's on their level and more likely to smile at you if you have shown them that you are interested in what they are doing / saying / showing you.

Getting down on a level with this beautiful girl allowed me to capture her fabulous eyes straight on. 

Getting down on a level with this beautiful girl allowed me to capture her fabulous eyes straight on. 

 You need to spend a lot of time lying on the floor in order to capture babies at eye level, but it's worth it!

 You need to spend a lot of time lying on the floor in order to capture babies at eye level, but it's worth it!

2. Work fast and be ready in advance.

I never expect children to sit still in one place and wait for me to get my camera equipment organised.  Before taking any photos, make sure your camera settings are right (always best to set the shutter speed as fast as possible when photographing children) and then you won't miss that second when they catch sight of something funny and smile or pull a hilarious face!  Once you are ready, get snapping!  The average attention span of a baby / child is about 10 seconds (that's a fact, from the RWP Science lab), so you don't have long to capture that expression!

Always have your camera ready in advance so you don't miss spontaneous moments like this gorgeous girl swinging around a lamppost with a cheeky smile!

Always have your camera ready in advance so you don't miss spontaneous moments like this gorgeous girl swinging around a lamppost with a cheeky smile!

The intense concentration as a child blows bubbles doesn't last long so you don't have time to be faffing about with camera settings.

The intense concentration as a child blows bubbles doesn't last long so you don't have time to be faffing about with camera settings.

3.  Don't try and get a 'perfect' shot

I absolutely love the shots that are not traditionally 'perfect'.  The baby crying or eating a toy, the kid pulling a face, the hair blowing the wrong way, everyone laughing at a kid farting!  These pictures are much better at telling the story of a family than the ones where everyone is smiling stiffly.

But, with the advent of social media sites like Instagram and Pinterest, there is a real pressure to get The Perfect Shot. It's a totally addictive pastime (speaking from A LOT of experience!) to trawl through other people's photos and think about how you could set up a shot just like that one.  But the amazing thing about each time I take photos is I NEVER get the same photo twice!  Each family and each child has their own ways of playing, their personal expressions, their own twinkle in the eye and if you try too hard to get 'The Shot' that is just like the one you saw on Instagram (check out these attempts!), you'll miss the moment that is truly Instagrammable: your child's joyful smile or cheeky giggle.  Not to mention the fact that if you try and tell a 2 year old to do ANYTHING... well, they just won't!  So you'll both get frustrated and the photos will show it! 

Classic family photos are great, but I also love the ones that show a family having fun and being a bit silly together!

Classic family photos are great, but I also love the ones that show a family having fun and being a bit silly together!

This teething baby can't get that soft toy into her mouth quickly enough!  Not a 'perfect' photo, but one that is a reminder of a particular time (plus, it's funny!).

This teething baby can't get that soft toy into her mouth quickly enough!  Not a 'perfect' photo, but one that is a reminder of a particular time (plus, it's funny!).

4.  Include them

Even the smallest children love seeing pictures of themselves.  A great way to 'break the ice' at the start of a photoshoot is to take a few snaps (it doesn't really matter what these look like) and then show the child.  For older children, explain what you are going to do and how a camera works, let them look through the viewfinder and take a few shots themselves.  They lose interest quite quickly but they are no longer wondering what on earth you are doing!

He had already had a good look at the photos I had taken of him, so he wasn't wondering what I was doing anymore and we could concentrate on exchanging terrible jokes.

He had already had a good look at the photos I had taken of him, so he wasn't wondering what I was doing anymore and we could concentrate on exchanging terrible jokes.

5. Engage your inner child!

Take a genuine interest in what the child is doing, ask questions, play with him / her and enjoy their company. In-depth conversations can lead to the most arresting portraits, as children look at you thoughtfully and intensely when you are really listening to what they have to say.  Equally, playing a game that they are enjoying pays dividends in cheeky smiles or joyful expressions of surprise and delight.  Hide-and-seek is a particular favourite of mine for older children, peek-a-boo for the younger ones and a bubble machine is worth its weight in gold!  It's best to allow the child to take the lead rather than trying to get them to do what you want.  You have to run around a bit more to get the best angles and light but you also avoid the self-conscious grimace children have learned to do when they are faced with a camera.

Playing hide-and-seek with this cheeky chap paid off with this 'I found you!' photo!

Playing hide-and-seek with this cheeky chap paid off with this 'I found you!' photo!

The moment he spied his dad, hiding behind a tree produced a sweet, joyful smile!

The moment he spied his dad, hiding behind a tree produced a sweet, joyful smile!

6. Wear them out!

Most children, at some point, need a moment of rest (however brief)!  If you’ve been playing with them, chasing them around and focusing on them for some time, they will probably need a bit of time out. For babies, this often involves sleep and for older children, a little time to themselves (which almost always involves a snack!).  This is a lovely opportunity to get those more peaceful, quieter photos, showing a different side to the child’s personality.  You’ll be feeling tired by now as well, but don’t miss this chance to take some final shots.

A quiet moment with a snack at the end of an exhausting morning of jumping in puddles.

A quiet moment with a snack at the end of an exhausting morning of jumping in puddles.

This little fella needed a quick lie-down after all the fun we had already had.  A perfect moment for a more peaceful picture.

This little fella needed a quick lie-down after all the fun we had already had.  A perfect moment for a more peaceful picture.

I really hope this has been helpful. Please get in touch and let me know how your next portrait session goes!

It was a crisp morning when I met up with this lovely family in their local park.  We had to work fast as baby Reuben was due his nap soon and Jem was not one for staying in one place for any length of time (owing to the fact that he is a very normal, energetic 3 year old!).  We began with family shots and I told Jem I was pretty sure he couldn't make Reuben laugh.  He proved me wrong, as you can see!

I can never resist a good game of hide-and-seek, so on the way to the playground, while Reuben napped, Jem and Joanna hid and Ed sought them out!

After all that exercise (and in order to warm ourselves up!), we felt the time had come for a cosy hot chocolate back at their house.  Jem led the way and I got a great opportunity for some lovely photos of the adoring brothers.  How cute is this one (below)?!  I love Reuben's dreamy expression and Jem's proud little look. 

I almost can't bear this one (below)!  Look how much Reuben wants that hot chocolate! Ha ha!

Ed joined in for some boys' photos.  Then Jem wanted to blow raspberries on Daddy's face and I thought, 'Well, that will make a good photo.' Sorry, Ed!  But I was right, I love this shot!

We ended with some time for Reuben to shine.  The younger sibling so often plays second fiddle to the older one, so I'm really glad we found a quiet moment for Reuben to flash his charming smile!  What a great morning! Thanks for having me, Ed, Joanna, Jem and Reuben.  And thanks for my hot chocolate, too!

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I have had the enormous privilege of taking photos of beautiful Julia-Marie every 3 months since she was just a tiny baby.  At our recent, 9 month photo shoot, it was amazing to see her crawling, playing, making hilarious faces and generally starting to learn about clowning around and making her parents laugh!

She is, as you can see, a wonderfully photogenic little lady, with those enormous blue eyes (you'll see who she gets them from in some of the photos a bit further down this post!) and cheeky smile.

I promise you, I didn't Photoshop those eyes, they really are that blue!

For those of you that read my blog regularly, you'll know that I'm a bit of a fan of (*ahem*, obsessed with) my bubble machine!  I have yet to meet a child (or adult, let's be honest) who isn't totally overjoyed by streams of bubbles!  Sean, Athena and Julia-Marie were no exception!  Some of my favourite photos are the ones that capture a funny or unexpected moment and I love this one (below) of a bubble just popping in front of Julia-Marie and her adorable reaction!

There were opportunities for some quieter moments too.  I love these two shots with her Mummy and Daddy where Julia-Marie cuddled up close.

As those of you who have children will know, 9 month old babies don't have a long attention span and Julia-Marie definitely started looking tired after all the antics in the garden.  We moved indoors for some portraits of her in her bedroom and some more family photos.  See if you can spot where she gets her eyes from (hint: you can't miss it!).

One of the (many) great things about working with the same family over a period of time is that you get to know their little family quirks.  Like the fact that Sean, Athena and Julia-Marie have a family 'face'!  I absolutely love this sort of detail and it's amazing how, if you don't record these things, they get forgotten.  So, I obviously had to get a photo of the whole family doing The Face (see below)!

That, for me, would be the one to frame and put up on the wall, but just in case they wanted something a bit more 'traditional', this one (below) of Julia-Marie enjoying kisses from her loving parents, is a corker too! 

I loved seeing this family again, and can't wait to catch up when Julia-Marie turns one! 

I absolutely loved taking pictures of this amazing family a few months ago, as they readied themselves for their newest arrival.... And now here he is!  Welcome to the world, baby Joshua!

His understandably proud parents were loving every minute of getting to know their new person and it was lovely to see the tender way they handled him and watched his every move.

Of course, life with a newborn is a bit different second time around and when Rose came home from nursery, it all got way more fun and noisy!

As you can see, Rose is as thrilled with her baby brother as her parents are!  All this activity tired little Joshua out, though, and he happily settled down for a nap as I crept out.

What a joy to revisit this wonderful family and meet baby Joshua!  Thanks for having me, Anna and Gareth!

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AuthorRosie Wedderburn

Wow, it's been a busy few months and I've definitely been neglecting my website!  In part, this is due to many of my recent clients requesting that I don't post any of their photos on-line.  Whilst I am dying to share some of the images with you all, I totally respect people's right to stay in control of how much they share on-line, particularly where there are children involved.  So, for now, you will have to believe me when I tell you that there have been many wonderful photoshoots with gorgeous results over the last few months!

Happily, I have also taken some photos of beautiful people who have kindly allowed me to use the pictures on my website.  I was absolutely thrilled to revisit Anna, Gareth and Rose after the birth of baby Joshua.  Here they were just a week or so before Joshua was born (more images from this photoshoot can be found here):

And here is the very bonny baby Joshua and his thrilled family a few weeks later!  I will be writing a separate post, full of lots more photos from this shoot in the next few weeks, so keep an eye on the blog!

A few weeks ago, I made the most of the slightest hint of Spring weather and headed out to the park with this gorgeous family:

Again, more photos from this photoshoot will be on the website very soon.  Watch this space!

Finally, some news...

I am very excited to tell you all that my husband and I are expecting our second child, due at the end of May.  I still have a (VERY) few photoshoot slots available on Thursdays and Fridays over the next few weeks, so if you have been thinking about booking a shoot, get in touch as quickly as possible!  Otherwise, I hope to be back at work by the end of the year, but I will keep you up-to-date with more details when I know them!

When I was little, my wonderful parents organised an Easter egg hunt for me and my two brothers every Spring.  While my older brother and I would tear around collecting as much chocolate as we could possibly find before stuffing ourselves until we were sick, my younger (calmer!) brother would make his way around slowly, picking up each egg, examining it joyfully and declaring, "Lucky, lucky boy."  It's become something of a family saying, reminding us to appreciate fleeting moments and count all our blessings.  The reason I am recounting this story in the context of this newborn photoshoot is for two reasons.  Firstly, it was clear from the beginning that Luis's smitten parents could not believe their luck, having such a beautiful, perfect little boy arrive in their lives!  I think you can see in these photos their feelings of being overwhelmed by love and wonder!  And secondly, because Luis is being brought up trilingual (Spanish mum, German dad and London home) and if that doesn't make him a lucky, lucky boy, I don't know what does!

Luis was a perfect baby model, with an array of brilliant, often hilarious expressions!

Irene's mum was visiting, to help out with little Luis in his first few weeks.  As you can see, mum and grandmother were equally besotted with their new boy!

There's something about a naked newborn baby that is thoroughly irresistible.  All those little creases and folds and the unblemished softness of their skin.  And I love that little whorl of hair on the back of Luis's head in the photo below.  Adorable.

It's pretty unusual for any baby to get to the end of a photoshoot and not completely conk out!  Luis was out for the count by the time I left!  What a little cutie!

I've only recently got into Elton John (I know, talk about being late to the party!) but I'm absolutely loving getting to know his songs the way most people did 30 odd years ago!  One of my faves at the moment is 'Blue Eyes' and I couldn't stop humming it to myself as I edited these photos of the beautiful Julia-Marie. 

Just look at those eyes!  They are completely hypnotising!  Julia-Marie's mum, Athena, wanted mostly photos of her baby girl, so we focused mainly on Julia-Marie to begin with.

I absolutely love this photo (above) showing the close connection between mother and daughter.  The way that 3 month old Julia is mirroring her mum's head tilt is so sweet and touching!

Although Athena had asked me to focus mainly on photos of Julia-Marie, I couldn't resist getting a few mother daughter shots as well. And I'm so pleased with how they turned out.  Look at that amazing contrast in their eye colour!  Athena's deep brown compared to Julia-Marie's intense blue.  Stunning.

I absolutely loved photographing these two beautiful ladies and am really excited that Athena has asked me to come back in 3 months to do another shoot with the growing Julia-Marie!  See you in April!

If you were thinking of moving away from the area you live in now, what would you want to remember about your day-to-day life?  This was exactly the question that Anna and Gareth asked themselves.  Although their move isn't imminent (as you can see, they have a newborn baby to think about first!), Gareth's job means they may be posted anywhere in the world at short-ish notice.  So, they decided to get me involved to help them do a photographic journey through their local area and their favourite places.

We started off close to their home and then made our way towards their local church, where they go on Sundays and for children's groups during the week.  Rose was having a whale of a time, spinning around lamposts and riding on her buggy backwards!

After that, we made our way to Finsbury Park, where you can reliably find at least one child at any given time waiting for trains to wave at as they pass underneath the bridge.  I'm happy to say that they are often rewarded with a wave from the driver and the sound of the train's horn!  There were some very serious faces from Rose and Gareth as they watched in anticipation!

The park has a brilliant playground, so we spent some time there before heading off to play hide and seek and climb some trees!

We even found a quieter moment to squeeze in some maternity shots and a few of Anna and Gareth together.  Although, I had to be quick with the latter as Rose was pretty cold by then and not happy that Mummy and Daddy were getting a cuddle without her!

Fortunately for Rose (and me!  My fingers were pretty frosty by now!), the last place on Anna and Gareth's journey around their favourite Finsbury Park spots was a fantastic, warm cafe!  I love this photo of Rose drinking her babycino so eagerly that she has got chocolate eyebrows! 

I'm absolutely thrilled to say that baby Joshua arrived last week, weighing in at a bruising 10 pounds, 7 ounces!  Ouch.  Huge congratulations, Anna, Gareth and Rose!  What exciting times there are ahead for your family.

I could not have been more excited when my friends, Megan and Rhys, said they were getting married.  This perfect couple fell in love at university, although they seemed to be the only people who didn't realise this from the start!  I met them at a party in their first year and it was explained to me (years before they 'officially' got together) that they were totally in love with each other but just hadn't worked that out yet!  I was extremely touched when they asked me to take photos of Megan and her bridesmaids getting ready on the morning of the wedding.  It's such a special time, the preparation before the ceremony and it was a real privilege to be a witness to it.

The day began with Meg's bridesmaids (in the photos above, her two sisters) getting their hair done while Meg provided the tea and conversation.  Megan's dad rigged up a serious lighting system for the hairdresser, Angie.  He's a very well-respected photographer (so no pressure on me...eek!) with no shortage of humungous lights!

The Welsh weather inevitably wasn't PERFECT (ha ha!) but the gale force winds and torrential rain provided some lovely, moody photo opportunities and the sun did decide to make an appearance as the wedding began.

Meg wrote her speech (which was superb and had me and the rest of the wedding party in floods of tears!) while preparations went on all around her.  She had an air of calm certainty throughout the morning.  Rhys was clearly on her mind and she couldn't wait to marry him!

The arrival of the flowers and the dress were cause for much excitement and both were absolutely stunning.

The bride and the mother-of-the-bride were the last to get their hair and make-up done.  They are both totally naturally stunning, as you can see.

Hair and make-up done.  All that was left was for Megan to step into her fabulous dress, pin a button-hole onto her incredibly proud father and head towards her wedding.  It was an amazing morning, full of love and joy and the wedding was spectacular.  Fortunately for me, I was off-duty from then on and could enjoy every minute of the proceedings.  The unbelievably talented Seth Baines took the photos of the actual wedding. 

Thank you, Meg, for inviting me to be part of your ridiculously brilliant wedding day!  

It's always really fun to turn up at a photoshoot and be greeted with loads of creative ideas about how photos could be taken and what poses / outfits we could try.  Tazeen and Az clearly have specific aspirations for three-month-old Layth, and they dressed him up accordingly!

Tazeen is a doctor and obviously hopes her son will follow in her impressive footsteps, whereas Az has a slightly more ambitious idea: that Layth might join the Pakistani cricket team!  Either way, it's impossible to deny that he looks exceptionally cute!

I took some more conventional shots of little Layth as well.  He was very serious but made excellent eye contact with the camera and, when he did break into a grin, it was heart-melting!

His proud parents were pretty fabulous-looking too.  No wonder they produced such a gorgeous boy!

This little family are blessed with that rare commodity in central London - outside space.  They have an amazing, hidden gem of a shared roof terrace, so we headed up and out for some more family pictures.

I love the glimpses of the London skyline in the background of these photos.  Tazeen and Az mentioned that they won't live in central London forever, but these pictures will serve as an excellent reminder of their time in this incredible capital city and Layth's first few months.

I have a confession: I've always harboured a secret desire to have twin babies.  Obviously, they would be friends for life, keep each other occupied and have an amazing but inexplicable telepathic connection (anyone else read too much Sweet Valley High in their misspent youth?!).  I have now realised that actually HAVING twins is a little different to my romantic / easy / rose-tinted version and that there are probably a number of twin parents out there right now grinding their teeth in exasperation at my stupidity!  Nonetheless, there seem to be some mums who take twins in their stride and the beautiful Zahida is definitely one of them.  She seemed to be completely unfazed by the myriad demands of her two boys when I photographed them a few weeks ago.

Her two babies, Kian and Zain, were the perfect subjects, grinning constantly whenever the camera came near and generally just being totally adorable.

It's obviously crucial, during a twin photoshoot, to get some shots of the two babies together and Kian and Zain were very obliging.  They linked hands, did mirror image positions and got themselves into comedy poses without the slightest hesitation!   

Aren't they just the best little models?!  When dad, Keith, came home, we got some lovely shots of him and the boys and some family images too.

And after all that posing, what better way to finish a photoshoot than a sleepy pile-up on mum?!

I can't tell you how much I am enjoying cooing over newborn babies at the moment.  Since I spend most of my time racing around after a lively toddler, it's absolute bliss being able to photograph delicious, tiny little people who don't move all that much.  Even better, when they cry, I can hand them back to their brilliant parents and go and have a cup of tea!  Little Darcey was only a week old when I took these photos and she was an absolute angel when I needed some peaceful, sleeping poses.  Here she is looking utterly peaceful and adorable.

She even managed a sweet little sleepy smile at exactly the right moment.  I just don't believe those naysayers who claim newborn babies don't smile.  Look!  She's definitely having a funny dream!

Tiny Darcey was very obliging when I moved her around on the bed and had a lovely cuddle with Mummy while still fast asleep.

But then, dear readers, I made the crucial error of asking Stephanie to pick Darcey up for some photos with her and David.  Initially, this went very well, with Darcey doing some dreamy stretching and yawning, which made for some excellent photos (see below). But then - and this is where that old maxim, 'Never wake a sleeping baby' should be heeded - she realised she was hungry.  Newborn hungry.  There is nothing that will stand in the way of a newborn baby and her milk (quite rightly), not least a mere photoshoot.  I made my way sheepishly downstairs while Stephanie fed her ravenous baby!

Fortunately, it didn't take long for Darcey to bounce back, with a very full stomach!  Her grandparents were ready to take over at this point. And when I say 'ready', I mean 'could not WAIT' to take over and have a cuddle with her!

Once David and Stephanie managed to persuade her adoring grandparents to give their daughter back, we got some great family shots too!

Stephanie, David and Darcey, thanks for inviting me to come and take photos.  I had a lovely morning and so enjoyed meeting you all!

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AuthorRosie Wedderburn

It's all about the newborn babies at the moment and I'm definitely not complaining!  This is the very peacefully sleeping Darcey at all of 7 days old.  There will be more pictures of this little cutie and her family on the blog later this week.

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AuthorRosie Wedderburn

I am so enjoying all the newborn shoots I've been doing recently and I particularly love being witness to monumental moments such as this: a big sister (all of two years old!) holding her week-old sister for the first time.

Aside from the fact that Freya is an absolute beauty, there's a very sweet tenderness to these photos that will be an amazing record in years to come.  Libby was the consummate professional (can you be a professional newborn baby?!) and turned her head very considerately towards the light for her close-ups, before curling up in that deliciously newborn way for a few shots on the bed.

As you can see, Libby was in a lovely, sleepy mood and we took advantage of that to get some great photos of her with her very proud mum and dad.

Not to be outshone for too long, Freya wanted her bit of the action, too!  These photos of her playing with her parents, while they very calmly hold the miniature baby are some of my favourites!

Obviously, it was crucial that we got some family shots with the new arrival and, once again, Freya just couldn't resist snuggling up close to Libby.  Sometimes, there might even have been just a touch too much love!  Imogen and Will were very good at quickly shooting out a protective arm when Freya couldn't resist a (slightly too tight) cuddle!

A kiss for mummy and then daddy helped Freya to burn off a little of that toddler energy (see below!).

By now, Libby was well and truly awake, so we got some adorable pictures of her with both of her doting parents.  You know that whole thing about how newborns don't smile?  Look at the photo below of Libby beaming at her mum...surely, proof to the contrary?!

It was such a happy morning and a great joy to spend time with this lovely family.  I'll finish this post with this sweet, funny couple of photos of Freya mirroring her mum's sympathetic shushing of Libby and then doing an angelic smile!  I love how these photos tell their own little story!

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AuthorRosie Wedderburn

Could Freya be any more excited to hold her newborn sister for the FIRST TIME?!  You can almost hear her squeals of delight!  Her expression says it all: pure pride.  There will be more from this photoshoot later this week, I just couldn't resist putting up a little early sneak peek.

I'm pleased to say that Christmas 2014 was clearly an excellent one as I am all booked up with newborn shoots at the moment and loving every moment!  Meet the very gorgeous, 4 day old Henry.

 He was the perfect baby for 99% of the shoot but did NOT like having his clothes taken off and showed his disdain by peeing on his very amused daddy!  I'm thrilled to say that I captured the exact moment!

One of the wonders of a newborn photoshoot is watching new parents drink up every detail of their new person.  Helena and Mike couldn't get enough of this tiny little boy they had only just met and I love how these photos show how totally and utterly besotted they are with Henry.

The image below of Helena and her newborn son is my favourite from the shoot.  You get a real sense of the scale of this tiny human being.  Look at Helena's hand around almost his entire body.  It is so cute it makes me feel slightly giddy!

Mike and Helena had a great story from the hospital when Henry was born.  Apparently, Henry was presented to them, held aloft, while they both looked up in wonder.  We obviously had to recreate the moment in a Lion King-esque fashion, Henry looking suitably regal and disdainful!

I've never photographed a newborn who stayed awake as long as Henry, but eventually it was too much even for this energetic little one.  He was soothed by being tickled by a very soft rabbit (this photo, below, of him looking suspiciously at the rabbit cracks me up!) and eventually, he dropped off. Here he is, as I left, recuperating from all that perfect behaviour.

Congratulations, Helena and Mike!  I loved meeting your very adorable Henry!