Pilates in pregnancy and following birth

Pilates in pregnancy and following birth - guest blog by Emma Harris

Pilates in pregnancy and exercise.  An exhausting word when you are pregnant or you are suffering from sleepless nights following the birth of your baby.  It is difficult to find the motivation to go for a jog, bike ride or fast walk let along commit to a gym membership or weekly class at the same time each week (nearly impossible with a new baby)!

Whilst I was pregnant with my first daughter I wanted to stay active to maintain my fitness, make sure I was strong for labour and have a reasonable level of stamina to help me adjust to life with a newborn.  Having the motivation to do exercise during my first and third trimesters and postpartum period was difficult.  Even for me.  Fortunately, I am a trained ante and postnatal clinical Pilates teacher, I, therefore, created myself a programme to see me through my pregnancy and I continued and progressed this after having my little girl.  My experience inspired me to set up a home-based service for other pregnant ladies and new Mums in Norfolk, which involves exactly what I did for myself.  Have a short Physiotherapy assessment and a chat to see what areas of the body need to be addressed alongside what each lady wishes to target.  I combine these two and create a Pilates routine that is progressed over  4, 1 hour sessions.  Many ladies choose to spread these sessions over a few weeks, whilst others like them on a weekly basis.  I am flexible and there are pros and cons to doing both, which we can run through after your first session.

I set up Stay Active in Pregnancy (based in Norwich) after my own experiences and therefore feel very passionate about what I do.  I treat every lady individually and have experience not only in Pilates during pregnancy and after birth but also in treating pregnant ladies with pelvic girdle pain (formerly SPD), lower back pain, sciatica, and other pregnancy-related conditions.  I love my job and feel very lucky that I am able to use my extra skills to work in an area of Physiotherapy that I truly love.



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Guest blog by Emma Harris

Tel: 07912 665545
Web: www.stayactivephysiotherapy.com

Please head over to Emma's page and give her a like if you are pregnant and interested in pregnancy Pilates in Norfolk .



And to book a pregnancy shoot contact me to chat!



What happens at a newborn photography shoot?

What happens at a newborn photography shoot? Baby studio Norwich.

I hope reading what happens at a newborn photography shoot at my studio (Norwich) is like, will help ease any worries. When a client books with me,  I have a chat via email or phone with them and explain a little about newborn sessions. I then send an information sheet before the shoot on what to except and hopefully answer any questions. I have a promo video of me working with a newborn please click here to view.

Below is a typical newborn session.

10 am clients arrive with their ickle baby and I invite them into the studio and whilst they unpack I make a cuppa and chat through what they would like from the session.

10.15am If the baby is asleep, I will undress baby and I place them on the bean bag and start to get those cute sleepy images. Or the baby may want a fed. While the baby is feeding I chat with the parents and ask how the labour went- I never tire of hearing birth stories.















10.30 After the feed and winding we sometimes do the parents & family images especially if there is a young child/siblings. Then Dad or a grandparent can take the siblings out for a while and Mum and i focus on the baby.  Or we do the parent images at the end of the shoot,  its lead by baby and you the parents.



11 am Baby led - I really do go with the baby, and if your baby is awake and chilled I will get the awake shoots on the bean bag, shoot from above on a rug and change setups. Once I have taken the awake shots and baby starts to get sleepy. I will then settle the baby into a nice sleep and move them gently into some poses. Below is a mixture of recent newborn shoots, the babies aged between 11 days and 4 weeks old.



11.30  Baby by now may need a top up fed, even if they have just been fed being a model is thirsty work and may need a little break.



11.45 Sometime a baby will not settle on the bean bag, as long as the baby is relaxed and happy I will take photos. But if your baby is unhappy I will try and settle the baby/wind / fed them first. I go first rather than the Mum - as they can smell their milk and also sense they may be anxious (I'm a mum too and know how much it means to you to get these precious photos).  I love baby cuddles and want parents to sit back and chill, it really is a joy to settle a baby back to sleep or bring their wind up ready for some awake shots!


12.00 About 75% of the time I have had a blanket change or three by now because of popping or wees, and this is not a problem! Parents always apologise but I’m soooo used to it and own a good washing machine and tumble dryer ;-) If the parents want, I add a few hats and headbands but my style is simple, neutral and timeless. I always like to get some macros shots of the little details.


12.30 session ends and I have a goodbye cuddle! most of my sessions last 2-2.5 hours.

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Here are a few FAQs I often get asked:

When should I book the session? Ideally before your baby is here as I work part time I get booked up quite quickly, but after your 20-week scan or sooner is fine.

Why does a newborn shoot take 2-2.5 hours? I do not rush, it can take time to get sibling shoots and to then settle a baby into a deep sleep. Along with blankets changes, feeds and nappy changes time soon whizzes by! I find my sessions hardly ever take longer than 3hours but I ask parents to allow plenty of time. Also to get the little hands uncurled and babies moved into position takes time and patience.

What training have you had? I have trained with one of the UK’s leading newborn photographers and have been a pro level member of the British Association of Newborn Photographers.

My baby is 3 weeks old am I too late to have a newborn session? No not at all, ideally we photograph newborns in the first 14 days because they are still very sleepy and curled up from being in the womb. However, I book newborn shoots up to 3 weeks old. After 3 weeks I would advise you to book my newborn mini package for babies aged 3-12 weeks old.

Do I need to bring anything like hats etc? Not really, unless you have anything special to have photographed with your baby, I have hats, headbands here, I will also send you an info pack when you book which covers what you need to bring.

Are siblings allowed at the shoot? YES! I love capturing families and the love between siblings. I do ask that if possible one parent can take the older siblings out to the park so they do not disturb the sleeping baby. There is no extra cost, the majority of the session is dedicated to the newborn baby.

How long do I have to wait to view my gallery/images? Usually, your gallery link will be sent within a week but no more than 2 weeks.  Please see my full price-list.


I hope you have found it useful to read what happens at a newborn photography shoot, I do work differently to other photographers and for more information or to book a newborn shoot email me at info@jesswilkinsphotography.co.uk or you can use my contact form.


Jess xx



Baby photographer Norwich Sprowston (1)-2

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Maternity sessions - capture that bump !Norwich studio

Maternity sessions - capture that bump! Norwich studio

I am not just saying this I truly believe maternity sessions and capturing bumps and pregnancy is an awesome thing to do, and these are held at my cosy home studio in Norwich.

Why? You are only pregnant once, twice or a few times in your life, and you soon forget what it is like to have that beautiful bump. I have never been one for having my photo taken. I love being behind the camera but when I was pregnant both times I wanted to document that time. I do not regret having my photos taken by Cass Davies Photography. But if I didn't have them, then I know I would have regretted that. I took many iPhone snaps but it's not the same! Please  see the comparison below





It is easy to take your own photos of your growing bump. But I feel it's lovely to have some taken by someone else. To have that time in the studio or on location to capture you and your bump.



I have recently had the pleasure of photographing lots of pregnant ladies! As I said the pregnancy was the one time I booked a shoot and had my photos taken willingly. I loved being pregnant first time around (when not suffering from sickness), the second time was more tiring but I still loved my bumps. I am so pleased I booked Cassie, even though I was nervous.


Here are some of my maternity images :


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I have a few images framed from my maternity sessions,  but mainly have my bump images in my children's photo albums. I love the fact that they will be able to look back and see what I looked like then carrying them.

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Maternity sessions are fun and about how you want them to look, some ladies want semi-nude, some more casual and some ladies prefer getting outdoors in a location across Norfolk.


I now offer a NEW maternity mini package experience!

Maternity experience £225

A maternity shoot best between 32-36 weeks pregnant to capture your beautiful

bump (family members welcome too) includes the session and 10 digital images (extra can be purchased at a discount) if you wish to book this at the Norwich studio? Then please contact me or email me info@jesswilkinsphotography.co.uk


Jess x






Fruit picking in Norwich

Fruit picking in Norwich fab day out !

Fruit picking in Norwich fab day out!

I have been Fruit picking in Norwich at White House Farm in Norwich a few times now as we love it! It is a great day out for the family. This week I took my 2-year-old son Lucas with Lila (6 months old) and my nephew came too it was his first-time fruit picking. It's easy enough to push a pushchair about, it has picnic tables, toilets and food and drinks are on offer too!

I would always check their website and fruitometer to see how much fruit and what fruit is left as its hugely popular. When we went, there were a few strawberries left, we then moved onto the raspberries and apples.


The boys loved running around and finding the fruit. I couldn't resist taking some photos and capturing the fun they had. I have been very focused on my studio work that I have missed some great summer images - not at any more.  I have some outdoor sessions coming up and I cannot wait!

Below are some of the images from their fruit picking adventures! It is satisfying picking your own fruit from a local farm and they really do taste yummy!


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Norfolk is full of hidden gems and awesome places to take your family, I really need to tick more places off my list. If you have a favourite day out or place to go walking that you recommend please comment below and let me know!

Lucas' next adventure is the Go Go Gorilla trail - I am on twitter and have been joining in with #Gorillahour . If you are wondering what I am talking about look up some of the Gorillas (yes they have their own twitter accounts) next time you are on twitter it's very amusing. I must admit I have a soft spot for Earnest he's very dapper in his suit I can't wait to meet him.


Jess x


British Association of Newborn Photographers

 British Association of Newborn Photographers


I am pleased to announce I have been accepted by the British Association of Newborn Photographers. When I launched my photography business after having Lucas I knew I wanted to capture newborns, I’d taken many photos of him and love looking back and seeing how much he had changed.

I started off with simple, basic images but admired some of the leading newborn photographers.  I researched into this area and booked some training where I was shown some poses and how to handle babies safely.

 I have since had further training, to me, it’s extremely important to invest in training to push yourself forward and develop, but most of all, to be confident and know how to pose babies correctly and safely.

Many of the newborn photos you see online are composites, a merge of 2 or more images into one. What you don’t often see is there is a spotter (mum or dad) nearby in case the baby stirs and to ensure the baby is happy and safe.

Below is an example of a composite. Sometimes the baby’s head,in this case, my Lila needed a bit of support, looking at the final image you wouldn’t necessarily know what steps the photographer (me) took to ensure the babies safety.

When looking for a newborn photographer it is important to look that they have had training. There are some poses I will not attempt such as the frog pose . I haven’t had the training to undertake this,  and therefore under no circumstances would I attempt it . It also does not fit my style, and again when looking for a Newborn Photographer check out their galleries and see if they produce the images you want on your wall.

 To find a photographer in your area who is approved by the British Association of Newborn Photographers check out their website and look out for their logo too.

I now only have one slot left for a Newborn photo session in July when i'm back at work. Once you have had your 12 week scan please get in touch if you wish to book a Newborn shoot my price-list can be viewed here.

I still have a few spaces left for the Baby and Child Portrait Mini Sessions taking place on the 6th July , these are not suitable for newborns but for babies 4 months old plus, they great for toddlers and sibling shoots too!

Jess xx