I was extremely excited last weekend to be asked to return to Anna's beautiful house (last seen in this maternity shoot) to photograph her baby shower. Obviously I couldn't possibly turn down the possibility of loads of cake a brilliant photoshoot with lots of wonderful ladies (and a few babies). Anna was looking her usual gorgeous self and my regular readers may also recognise Sophie (from this maternity shoot).

Baby showers are a fabulous opportunity to pour love and affection on a friend before their little 'un arrives and there was plenty of love going round for Anna!  There was also plenty of tea and cake.  Just saying.

As is traditional at a baby shower, there were some baby-themed games and activities.  These included decorating a bib (which was taken very seriously, as you can see below!), guessing the circumference of Anna's very neat little belly and guessing the name, weight and birth date of Anna's baby boy (winner tbc!).  Sophie (yes, another one) was the games mistress and kept everyone in check most charmingly!

And there were, of course, lots of presents!  Sophie and Corinne, the organisers, had specified that guests should each bring a favourite book for the new baby.  Most of the books chosen were steeped in a lovely nostalgia and it took Anna a while to open them all as she pored over each one, reminiscing about loving this particular illustration or that particular rhyme as a child. As an avid collector of children's books (primary teacher instinct kicking in!), I can say confidently that there are some excellent contemporary authors and illustrators, but you really can't beat The Hungry Caterpillar, Dear Zoo or The Jolly Postman.  Ah, the memories!

When I photograph small events like this one, I always try and get a portrait or paired shot of everyone there.  I think it's lovely to look back on a special time like this one and have a beautiful individual photo of each person who attended.

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A wonderful afternoon full of happy memories.  Lucky Anna, to have such fabulous friends to support and advise her.  And Anna?  Next time I see you, you'll be a mum!  Yippee!