Hello & Welcome to My Blog
If you've read the About Me page you already know I’m Dani and have been behind the camera since 2010. I have blogged in the past a little but I’m excited to reveal new branding, website, and a fresh-faced blog.
Here I will post fresh glimpses of newborn photography baby photography, family portrait sessions and some boutique weddings along with updates, special events and my views on hot topics in my field. I will also be sharing a little about my life as a photographer, mother of 3, wife, nurse, driver, handy girl and a number of other things.
I hope you enjoy viewing the new site and I would love for you to follow my posts and comment! If you are interested in getting on my schedule I am booking photography sessions for 2018 and would love the opportunity to plan a baby photoshoot or family portrait session with you! Click here to get in touch.
”When is the best time to have pregnancy photoshoot taken?” As a Maternity/Newborn Photographer I hear this question over and over again. After having three children of my own, I know that the body changes often from one child to the next. To help you out feeling more comfortable with scheduling your session, I would advise to plan your pregnancy photos taken between 28 to 36 weeks. If your body shape is defined and your belly is nicely rounded around 23 weeks you don’t necessarily need to wait till you reach 28-36 period. Most importantly you’ll need to know your body has transformed into a cosy home for a new human being. It is magnificent to watch and experience at any stage.
You’ll need to book your maternity photo session as soon as you had your first scan around 13 - 16 weeks to secure your photographer’s availability. Good professional photographers usually don’t do more than a session or 2 per day and are typically booked months ahead.
What to wear? Relax and plan ahead. Your photographer should be able to guide you through the process for your Mum To Be photo session stress free. The last thing you need to worry about is a pregnancy photoshoot.
Lighter colour garments accentuate better the idea of new life, magic and purity. Your clothing choice will depend on the type of maternity photo session you’ve booked. If it is an outdoor in the nature session you may choose more pastel neutral colours and casual style. If the session is outdoor but urban style than brighter yet light colours and boots will add some charm to the photos. If pregnancy photoshoot is in a studio consider adding fun shoes because once you have the baby, fashion might not be priority on the agenda. This is also a wonderful time to accessorize with jewellery, scarves and head pieces. Stretchy fabrics are ideal to emphasize the shape of your belly or dresses belted under your bust. It highlights the smallest part of your body and creates beautiful curve to the figure.
Whatever you choose don’t hide the bump…we need to see it, that’s the point! You will most likely have the option of one change but bring more clothes with you. Your photographer will help you pick. Comfort is key when it comes taking a good picture. Even if you’re the most photogenic person in the world, wearing clothes you don’t feel good in will read in your pictures. Yet bump is the main subject here.
Your underwear matters. Seamless panties are good option and make sure your bra fits well. You don’t want an overflow on your images.
A couple of hours before your maternity session apply good moisturiser on your skin. This will reduce some itchiness which is common during the stretchy period and will make the skin glow gently for the photoshoot. Avoid greasy, oily creams.
Use of props. Many mums to be like to have a photo with cute baby shoes or some other props. Beware the use of props is fine but have a talk with your photographer about the details before the shoot. There is a delicate difference between something cute and something cheesy.
And finally, but very important, you may find yourself not exactly comfortably in the shape of your changing body. So why bother even considering maternity photoshoot? You’ll notice your skin starts to glow and everyone will tell you, you are radiant. Well, that is true. You have a hormonal battle going inside and may not realise this, but you are truly beautiful. Your body works the most magnificent wonder in the world to be a home for a new person. You want to leave this legacy behind. One day you will be grateful you did this pregnancy photoshoot and your child will be too.
One can never have enough cakes and parties. I doubt anyone will argue but just to prove my point here is a lovely little cherub fabulously enjoying his cake smash experience.
When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes.
A mum told me recently - Does it have an end? I am exhausted, on the verge of a breakdown. This sleep deprivation... How can I train him. I will not cope for longer.
I remembered myself as a new mum with my first boy. I was so excited to have him. I use to wake up on my own a million times every night to check if he is breathing, is he hot, cold, are there any insects I didn't notice earlier. You name it. Not sure I've slept at all. The second one came rather quick. Just 17 months after my son. Here it began to get really frustrating. My daughter was a terrible sleeper, suffering severe colics. She would nurse very little, fall asleep for 15 minutes, than her belly starts hurting and she is awake again. The only way to settle her was breastfeed again. And so on. Day and night. Honestly this became quickly unbearable. One breast constantly out, demanding toddler, screaming baby and a total mess in the whole house. I wanted to sleep, sleep, sleep. I wanted to get my baby in bed with me but I though it is vital to stick to a strict routine and be persistent. I believed if I take her with me at night will spoil her and revert everything achieved. Toddler was rather good and settled well in his sleep but my little girl was different story. I wish I could turn the clock back. It gave results eventually after good year and a half but at the price of my sanity and my baby needs. I wish I trusted my instincts more than all those books, talks and advices. I know no one meant harm but this is what a strict routine does. More harm than good.
However I must admit experience changes such situation a lot. As new mum I had this awful worries that my baby may suffocate, or get too hot, or catch a virus, of fall from the bed, or eat something nasty from the floor. I was constantly sterilising, cleaning, washing, checking. This is more exhausting that looking after the baby itself. Trying to be perfect in everything. But I was doing it for my babies, the love of my life and everything has to be the best of the best. With 2 in my hands I must have been on autopilot most of the time. I wanted them to grow, have teeth, start walking, talking, read. Where did I rush to. No, it doesn't need to be like that. It all comes when they are ready. The precious moments must be noticed, remembered, enjoyed, seen. I am only grateful we took tons and tons of photos to go back to now. At least I can enjoy moments overlooked than. Wouldn't believe I will be this mum today if someone have told me than.
My second son, baby number 3 came 7 years after number 2. What a huge difference. I knew then that I won't suffocate my child if he sleeps by my side. I knew it is not so bad for him to crawl on the floor and meet some bacteria. I knew that fussy eater now he will eat everything in few months time. Seems like my husband realised the same. He was much more laid back dad and we actually enjoyed having a baby. With the first 2 we were so worried and respectively tired constantly. Didn't had time to relax and just be parents and love the time we have when they are so little. How fast they grow, wow.
Now I sit and watch him be, and cuddle him at night and let him drink as much milk as he wants as often as he please. Cosleeping is not the end of the world. Than the energy I need comes from just loving my time with him. Not dreading the moment he wakes up. I don't need to look at his chubby cheeks to get going again. The feeling in my heart, the knowing he needs me most, not the polished bathroom. This is what drives me ahead. If I only knew all this 11 years ago.
Have to give some credit to this fabulous read by L.R.Knost http://www.littleheartsbooks.com/2011/11/20/10-steps-to-surviving-the-first-three-months-with-a-newborn/. She is so right.
So mums don't get over worried and overstressed. Listen to your guts and your baby needs. They won't sleep in your bed forever. Go easy on yourself and love the baby moments no matter how messy it gets. It DOES end, but I don't want it to now.
A baby boy
A baby boy was created
by the hand of God above
to give the world the sweetest touch
of tenderness and love.
With the softness of a whisper,
God made a baby's skin
and then designed two trusting eyes
to put the starlight in.
With giggles from a waterfall
and breezes passing by,
God made a baby's laughter
and a tiny, sleepy sigh.
God made the world a precious gift
more dear and pure than gold,
with little toes to play with
and tiny hands to hold
then brought into the sunshine
a precious baby boy
All wrapped up in a rainbow
of wonder, hope, and joy.
If you are anything like me you hate SEO, rankings, social media self-promotion and all the fuss around marketing and networking.
Yes, I know, you are an artist not a market guru right? Just like me. I'd rather work on my baby photos and digital backdrops than plan Twitter strategy for 6 months ahead. But hey this is what the modern business requires. So to spare the troubles myself, I decided to hire a specialist to work this out for me. She wrote a detailed review of my website and to no one surprise there were some refinements to be done. To clarify for the reader when I started my new born photography business most of everything I had to do myself including my website. Thus the fine tuning was not existent. Long story short. All fixed with my web consultant help now.
I want to share with you one of her articles which I found quite useful. It is written in a language I understand and not at all complicated or confusing. I've managed to implement her advices on my newborn and babies photography business website but certainly they can improve any niche business presence. And if I can do this on my own sure you all can do it too. Check it out here and get help if marketing is not your cup of tea.
Shooting only a few weddings a year I have the pleasure to engage with my couples and get to like each other prior to the big day. On that particular occasion we didn't meet in advance (they live in US) but we spend 3 beautiful days together. They were wonderfully relaxed and laid back people. i wish I was so cool on my wedding day. It was a real fairy tale wedding experience from the welcome reception the day before to the pool party the day after. Wedding photography is not always fun because it is a demanding job with fast pace. This wedding though was my favourite so far to photograph. Enjoy :)
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