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Guest blog 20 week scan Norwich Mumbler

20 Week Scan Norwich Mumbler 

What is the question you’ve been asked most when pregnant?

I honestly thought, having two girls, that the question I would get asked most would be, ‘So, you’re trying for a boy then?’ but instead, when we’ve told people we’re having a third, most people have gone with something along the lines of, ‘Are you mental?’ – ha!

If I’m completely honest, one of the reasons I REALLY wanted a third was because my mum’s friend is one of 3 girls and I loved the idea of my two being part of a trio of sisters when they grow up.  Obviously, I can’t guarantee that they’ll all get on and want to be friends, but that’s what I’m going to aim for…we just have to get through the teenage years!

The second question we’ve been asked most is, ‘Are you going to find out what you’re having?’.  We waited the full 40+8 weeks and 39+5 weeks to find out what the girls were and there was nothing quite like having my husband tell me they were girls when they ‘popped’ out - in fact, these are some of my favourite memories from their birthdays. 

But this time around, I thought maybe we should find out and have a different experience by knowing what flavour the little bun in the oven is.  Friends that I’ve spoken to have said the moment of birth wasn’t any less special because they already knew what they were having, it was still a surprise when they found out at the 20-week scan…and I was SO TEMPTED when the scan came.  We still weren’t sure whether we would find out as the sonographer was checking the little bun over, but we just couldn’t bring ourselves to say those words, ‘Tell us!’.

And then it was done, scan complete, gender still a mystery.  I have no idea what I’m looking for those scans…was that a gender part? Why does my unborn baby resemble a turkey? Is that a foot or an arm?

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All will be revealed at the end of June and one thing is for sure, whether it’s a boy or a girl, it’ll be part of our very own trio.

Kartin aka Norwich Mumbler

 

 

If you considering some maternity photos please email me today or use my contact form  ^^ contact me tab above to chat and book in - Jess. 


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How to Dress Your Bump Maternity portraits

How to Dress Your Bump for your Maternity portraits 

 

Deciding what to wear for your maternity portraits, when none of your clothes fit you anymore can be a real challenge. Luckily, getting your maternity photoshoot outfit right is easier than you think, all you need is a few carefully selected accessories and a bit of know-how.

 

A belt

 A belt can be used to adjust your outfit, make it more flattering and emphasise your bump. Place the belt just above your bump and below your bosom to draw in any loose clothing, add a splash of colour to your outfit and make your bump really stand out.

 

Maxi dress

 When it comes to dressing for a maternity photo shoot, the maxi dress is very much your friend. Available from most maternity clothes shops and high street fashion brands, maxi dresses help to draw attention to your bump while making your silhouette look slim and smooth. What’s more, maxi dresses are very comfortable, so you’ll feel happier and more at ease throughout the shoot.

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Block colours

 

To ensure the photos don’t look too busy, try to stick to block colours when selecting your outfit. As well as giving the photos a lovely aesthetic, this will help to ensure your bump isn’t obscured by patterns, prints, and textures. To add a unified look to your photo series, select a colour palette, using accessories and outfits that complement and enhance each other throughout the shoot.

 

Accessories

 

Accessories are a fantastic way to add colour and detail to your maternity look. Chunky necklaces work well with maxi dresses as they add visual interest to the top of your outfit and help to balance out your look. You can also add layers like wraps, coats, and scarfs to your outfit to make it more vibrant and eye-catching.

 

Make it classic

 

Though you’re capturing a specific moment in time with a maternity photoshoot, it’s a good idea to choose a classic, timeless look to ensure your images don’t look too dated too quickly. Try to avoid clothes that are faddy or trendy, opting instead for outfits that will stand the test of time. As well as helping your photos to look great, this approach will also ensure that your maternity wear is still on trend next time you’re pregnant.

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Sourcing fashionable maternity clothes

 

Though shopping for maternity outfits can be fun, sourcing clothes that are fashionable, as well as practical, isn’t always easy. The best place to start is word of mouth recommendations, so the other pregnant women you know where they buy their clothes. If that fails, you can either hit the high street or, if you want to take the weight off your feet and avoid trawling shop after shop, go online and see what specialist brands have to offer.

My favourite picks are

https://www.isabellaoliver.com/

http://www.debenhams.com

http://www.newlook.com/shop/maternity/view-all-maternity_1920039

 

If you’re thinking about planning a maternity shoot of your own and want to find out more, give us a call today.

 

 

 

Maternity portraits


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 Jess Wilkins Photography:  Inside my newborn baby studio

 Jess Wilkins Photography:  Inside my newborn baby studio

 

Over the past five years, I’ve welcomed hundreds of wonderful families from across Norfolk into my purpose-built studio. Located in Norwich, the studio is specially set up to be welcoming, convenient and comfortable for families. I have a lot of experience photographing babies and young children. So know exactly how to ensure your family is happy and comfortable for the duration of your visit.

 

Parking

 

When you’ve got a baby, changing bags and maybe another child in tow. Easy and accessible parking is very important. When you arrive at the studio you’ll find parking right outside my house. This makes it easy for you to carry your bags, belongings and baby inside.

 

Looking after baby

 

Before, during and after the shoot your baby is my number one priority. At the studio, you’ll find everything that new parents need to care for their baby. Including nappies, wipes, a changing mat and plenty of space for bottle and breastfeeds.

 

Refreshments

 

When you arrive at the studio you’ll find a selection of snacks to keep you going, with tea and coffee available for parents. Full-length studio sessions are never rushed so there’s plenty of time for you to relax and enjoy a cuppa.

 

Older siblings

 

Older siblings are always welcome to come along to the shoots, even if they don’t want to join in themselves. There are wooden toys to play with and if you have a tablet you can plug it into the Wi-Fi. If you feel they may get restless in a newborn shoot.  One parent is welcome to go off and explore the local woods/parks. Or pop to White House Farm café which is just a short drive from my home studio.

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The shoot

 

During the shoot itself, I’ll work hard to ensure your baby is comfortable and happy at all times. The shoot will last between two and two and a half hours and is always baby-led. I’ll capture your baby both asleep and awake. I use a small heater, white-noise maker and a collection of delicate rompers and wraps to keep your baby warm and snug.

 

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Your baby will be photographed on a beanbag surrounded by blankets and soft things. I don’t use props in order to ensure all the focus is on your brand new baby. As all babies are completely unique, each shoot is unique. We’ll work around you and your baby making sure everyone is happy at all times.

 

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If you’d like to find out more about my home studio and photo shoots, or if you’d like to arrange a newborn session of your own, get in touch or take a look around the rest of my website.


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What is the Positive Birth Movement? Norfolk - Guest blog

What is the Positive Birth Movement Norfolk - Guest blog

Happy New Year everyone! Thank you, Jess, for inviting me to let you all know about the Positive Birth Movement.

 

pregnant birth Norfolk meeting

In 2012 the founder (amazing writer and campaigner Milli Hill) had a free meet up in her living room to chat about pregnancy and birth. This has now become a global network of over 400 groups!400 groups!

We believe that every woman deserves a positive birth in which:

· Women are where they want to be · Choices are informed by reality not fear · Mothers are empowered and enriched · Memories are warm and proud

We aim to:

· Challenge the culture of negativity and fear that exists around birth · Share positive birth experiences · Share information about choices and rights in childbirth · Encourage women to raise their expectations of childbirth

I’m Chloe, I run the Norwich group at Silver Road Community Centre, which is a lovely space with a relaxed atmosphere, toys and a cafe area. There is also a second monthly meet up in NR12 at the home of Joanna Collins.

Chloe and her boys

I'm also the pbm regional representative for the East of England you can read a bit more about me and team pbm here http://www.positivebirthmovement.org/team-pbm.html

Meetups are free and informal. A safe space to chat about birth and share stories. It’s ideal if you are pregnant or have given birth, like the sound of our aims and want to surround yourself with positivity and support

You can also hire great quality maternity clothes from the 'waddling wardrobe' for just £1-3 per item. There are lots of great quality jeans and work clothes, saving you the expense as you bloom! We also have x2 birth pools which you can hire for free! (Just a security deposit needed).

 

Hope you can make it to our next meet up: Sunday 15th January at 3.30pm. Our topic will be ‘Choice in Birth’. There is free parking too! Really looking forward to meeting some of you soon,

Chloe xx

Contact: chloe-willis@thedaisyfoundation.com or 07905 936 960

More info/ where to find us online:

The Norwich and Norfolk Positive Birth Movement is on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/pbmnorfolk/

I'm also a birth and baby mentor for the Daisy Foundation, running pregnancy and baby classes from the same venue.

 


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Maternity photo - simple and about the bump

Maternity photos  - simple and about the bump!

Maternity sessions are a great way to capture your bump and capture this precious journey, with some simple maternity photos to treasure I hold maternity sessions at my studio in Norwich.   

Maternity portraits are lovely to look back on and show your children when they are older.  Generally, bump sessions are done around 32-37 weeks.

I keep them simple, like all my sessions I want the focus to be on the bump and that connection between you and your growing baby.

 

Also if you have other children I love capturing your child/children and also getting Daddy involved.

 

 

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I will advise you on what to wear and I have two elegant maternity.  I always suggest outfits that are simple and will not date. H&M maternity section and Zara are all good for natural clothing.   This is a relaxed session, and a great way to stop and cherish your bump.  I love capturing bumps, it is an amazing journey! All the mums I meet whether first timer or whether they are already a mum, are so excited and glowing. Being asked to capture this moment in time is an honour.

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I advise we book it in around 32-37 weeks pregnant,  your bump will be lovely and round, but also to avoid the last few weeks where you may feel tired.  However, I have photographed ladies just days before their due date.

Often ladies contact me unsure whether to book a maternity session but no one ever regrets it "I love my bump photo's and so pleased I had them taken,  these are special moments to capture and that is all anyone else will see " Penny.

I know all too well how hard it can be to get in front of the camera that's why I create a laid back environment for you and your family.

 

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Maternity sessions are about you and what you from it, some ladies want to be covered up and some do not. Some have the family involved,  and some mummys-to-be want it as a treat just to themselves.

 

gallery_ maternity photos If you want pure and simple maternity photos email me today or use my contact form  ^^ contact me tab above to chat and book in.

 

Jess xx

 

maternity studio Norwich


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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

 

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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