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The dangers of an untrained newborn photographer - the importance of looking for a trained newborn photographer

The dangers of an untrained newborn photographer -the importance of looking for a trained newborn photographer.

 

Becoming a photographer is a journey and mine started in Norwich 7 years ago, from the start I knew I wanted to be a highly trained newborn photographer. Through my own pregnancies I discovered newborn photography was one of my callings .  I decided early on that I would be investing money to ensure that not only did I become highly skilled in my field, but also that I became the safest.

Newborn photography calls for new parents to put their trust in you and many aren’t even aware that this field is sadly not regulated; meaning photographers are posing babies with little, or even no training. I am proud to be a PRO LEVEL Member of the British Association of Newborn and Baby Photographers

I have invested £1,000s into my training, working with a mentor, and ensuring I did hands on training. Not only to ensure that my posing was safe and gentle, but also to ensure I could soothe and settle a baby coming into a new environment. Whilst of course I had my own two babies at the start of my career. It was important I was able to have the skills to recognise cues of an unsettled newborn from any family and not just my own.

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Doesn’t it look easy!?

Newborns all curled up, fast asleep, relaxed and calm, it looks like it’s a doddle, but it’s not! The gentle moulding of a baby into a pose takes patience and care (even the most relaxed styles) There are lots of ‘standard’ poses and many are what the industry call ‘composites’

I don’t offer the complex composites, that’s just not my style. My style is simple and relaxed, so everyone gets the most natural of shoots but if you do like the style then its important you find out about the photographers training to ensure the safest of shoots for your little one.

What is a composite pose?

A composite pose is one that requires a lot of manoeuvring and more than one image merged to create one single image. For example, the ‘froggy’ pose (you can Google this) not only does it take an experienced photographer, but also involves the parents. The photographer will ask a parent to hold the baby’s head first, then the baby arms and after in edit, will merge the two images together.

There is a fear from myself and many others that new photographers will attempt this without the necessary training, so always make sure you ask the questions I have provided below when you are choosing a photographer.

What poses do I offer?

Most require training and hands on experience because the strength these little babies come out with is amazing. My main rule of thumb is I never leave a baby when on the bean bag, they can push themselves forward, some almost roll. (See my examples below)

Head on hands – most babies can gently go into this pose, with experience and being aware of their cues it ensure they are happy and relaxed.  If a baby has a good set of cheeks, they can need a parents finger lightly supporting their head (this then gets edited out). The one-to-one training provided me guidance on exactly how this is executed safely.

Tummy / bum up pose – another pose that looks quite simple and with gentle manoeuvring it is, however, going in with no training you could easily lay baby on their arm and cause distress which is the last thing any new parent needs when they are meant to be enjoying their time with you.

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Who is policing newborn photography?

While not regulated, organisations like the Baby and Newborn Photography Association BANPAS  are helping to spread the word to parents and I would always encourage you to do and ask the following:

  • Research the photographer, would you be comfortable with your baby in their signature poses?
  • Do you believe your baby would be comfy?
  • Would you be happy to work with them?
  • Have they any evidence of insurance and training?
  • Can you see what their studio looks like?
  • Get in touch and discuss any concerns

I am all for new people embarking on this as career, it’s an amazing and fulfilling job, however, the industry must be respected by newcomers and it’s important for them to build up skills for posing babies and making parents aware of their training.

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You can see all of my background infomation here . I am a trained newborn photographer and welcome anyone thinking of booking with me to check out my gallery and to contact me.

Jess x


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Newborn & Newborn Mini Shoots: How they are different

Newborn and Newborn Mini Shoots: How they are different, Norwich Photographer.

Maternity, newborn and child photography is a celebration of life. Allowing you to celebrate your body as it grows your tiny human and to preserve time as it ticks, and they grow. Its why I’m so proud to see so many returning babies in Norwich as they reach vital milestones.

In this blog, I want to demonstrate the differences between my two popular packages: The newborn photography shoot (a baby under 3 weeks old) and a new-born ‘mini’ photography shoot (a baby of 3-12 weeks old)

Time plays a vital role in this and you would be amazed at how 3 weeks can make such a difference to how much time you need at a studio.

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Firstly, it’s always important to take your time with a new baby, it can take longer for them to fall asleep, many are feeding on demand and it’s important to allow that time for the whole family. It’s a daunting, as well as an incredible period of your life, and I don’t want to put any strain on that. It’s why my sessions are always baby led. This ensures the environment and the time you spend with me is relaxing for everyone involved. I support new families and I’ll always have everything you could need to hand (including a warm drink!)

Every year brings new trends for newborn photography and if you hit Google, you’ll see every photographer has their own style: from rustic backdrops and props to parent and baby shots, to swaddling.

If I had to describe my baby photography style it would always be this: calm and gentle posing in blankets or au naturel (my studio is warm and always the perfect temperature for this) to ensure a calm, womb-like feeling. Babies at 3 weeks are naturally curly beings as they are still adjusting to a world on the outside of mum! These poses will always be natural and minimal ensuring your baby’s features are captured just as they are.

 

A few examples of those snuggled curled up images are below …

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I personally don’t feel that after 3 weeks a longer time length shoot is necessary (unless baby was early by at least 2 weeks + then we can chat what suits) …. and this is why…

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Newborn ‘Mini’ Shoot (3-12 weeks old)

As a baby gets older (3 weeks and onwards) they are already more adjusted to the outside world, uncurling those teeny bodies as they enjoy space and freedom.

They are, I find, more alert, curious and already developing wonderful personalities. Frequently they have fallen into a type of routine as everyone becomes confident with one another and therefore the time can be spent capturing them awake, asleep, in mum/dad’s arms and poses can be kept light and simple – there’s less need for longer breaks and as many are more wakeful and alert it feels right to keep their time in front of a camera to a minimum. I’ve added a couple of examples of how babies stretch out and make ADORABLE baby portraits.

Capturing your memories is art for me and if you choose either package you will receive a set of work that will be cherished forever in your home, for your family to treasure and for generations to come.

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For more information please contact me on info@jesswilkinsphotography.co.uk  or you can see more on my packages HERE. I can also be found on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Jess X


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7 things you might have forgotten about having a newborn

7 things you might have forgotten about having a newborn

 

7 things you might have forgotten about having a newborn: It’s so easy to forget each precious stage as they flash by before your eyes, but something I hear frequently from second-time mothers and fathers is how much they had forgotten by the time baby number 2 arrives. So, I thought I would compile a list of 5 things to remind all you expectant second-time mothers and also to prepare anyone in round one!

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  1. Prepare to google ‘Can I die from sleep deprivation’ It hurts, it makes your body ache and its akin to torture. You exist in a weird mystical fog of forgetfulness and with no idea what the day is and even if it is day or night. You might forget the date your baby was born or maybe their name, who you invited round that afternoon and where you left your last cup of cold tea (cold tea is another point, read on!) It’s brutal, but it also jam packed with that wonderful thing oxytocin and it passes.

 

  1. The Love is like nothing you have ever known. The link between you and your baby is powerful, the dull ache you feel through your whole body when your baby cries, the desperate itch to whip them back to you if anyone hugs them for too long. The strange sensation for breastfeeding mummies of twingy boobs if your baby cries. Its magical stuff, my hubby didn’t experience this, but I did, anyone else out there too?

 

  1. It’s just a phase. How hard it is to remember that with a new-born. Endless nights of colic or maybe cluster feeding, illness, screaming or just no reason behaviour. It feels like the end will never be in sight. But with retrospect, it doesn’t last forever and it’s a rite of passage that all parents stare desperately at one another in the middle of the night and pep talk one another

 

  1. How to hold a new-born! This is a funny one, you’d think as parents of an older sibling that you have been there and done that, that’s its something you don’t forget, well I can assure you that while you will eventually get the hang of it those first holds put you under enormous pressure, which brings me to a sub-point of point 4! The enormity of being responsible for new life is just the same as first time around. To keep them alive and kicking – adhering to all the rules and regulations and advice as set out by everyone around you (authorities and family) It’s hard but remember you can do this!

 

  1. Cold tea. Your tea will not be hot when you drink it for a long time. There is no way around this.

 

  1. Never ever say out loud, or in your head that you are nailing something. As we all know, the minute your baby hears you they will immediately move the goalposts and you will have no idea what is going on. Be it sleep, feeding, routine, smiling, rolling you name it. They can smell parents celebrating success!

 

  1. In those hazy first days, it feels like no sleep, no hot tea, no routine and no idea will be your life forever, but, just remember, you will re-enter the normal world at some point. So, try to enjoy being home in a new-born bubble. Because as we all know ‘It’s just a phase’

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I hope some of these have reminded or helped you see how awesome having a newborn is! And just to add – you will love this baby as much as your first, you may even feel sad about it not just being you and your firstborn.  But that soon went when Lila arrived, the emotions we feel as parents are so mixed and varied. Every journey is different but I’m pretty sure whatever you feel, someone else is feeling/felt the same. The fact that we worry,  if we are doing a good job means we are!

 

If you are having your 3rd , 4th, 5th etc baby I’d love you hear from you about what else could we add to list of things you forget/ need to know/ about having a newborn?!

 

Jess

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Tips on how to handle a newborn and a toddler

 Tips on how to handle a newborn and a toddler - by guest blogger Vicki Cockerill

We all know that babies don't follow the textbooks and parenting manuals. They don't just slip into the Gina Ford sleep routine and now you have an extra factor to consider.... the first small human you created!

So, here are some of our real and honest tips on handling a newborn and a toddler.

No visitors, please!

In those first couple of weeks, each member of the family will be adjusting to the new dynamic. Spend some time on your own and go with the flow of baby and toddler you may be surprised that you develop some sort of loose routine by the end. With some much change, the last thing you need is lots off visitor traffic.

Let it go

As much as you want to shower your firstborn with love to make them still feel special, you also have the constant demands of your baby to think about. Welcome to being a parent of two! An ongoing juggle and overwhelming guilt! Let it go! Let family friends take your toddler out, let them go to Nan's or stick the I PAD on while you feed the baby. You may feel like your neglecting them but if people are willing to help let them! It's only temporary and the balance will realign eventually.

Don't expect too much

Try not to have a fixed idea of what you think those first weeks will be like and make loads of plans. Newborns never nap when you want them too and always feed when they should be asleep! Set yourself a small goal each day, for example, getting everyone dressed by 10! It doesn't even matter if you don't go out at least you've achieved it. Don't put lots of pressure on yourself to get out and about. Spend some time transitioning as a bigger family. When you expect to do too much and don't do it there is then a sense of failure. Try to be easy on yourself and don't expect too much. You're now in charge of two humans!

Make it easy

It really will be a savior for those chaotic times where you need to get out of the house, on time! Lay out everyone's clothes and pack bags the night before. Batch cook meals or at least plan what you will have each day. Do the shopping online or go on your own/ get a partner to do it rather than trying to do it with two kids.

One of the most important things to remember when handling a newborn and a toddler is to do what works for you. It won't be like this forever but in the meantime make it as easy as you can for yourself. There are no points for doing it all and you will feel so much better if you relax, be kind to yourself and enjoy it.

 

 

 

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Vicki Cockerill is a NICU/ CHD Mum of two boys, a freelance blogger and social media adviser, Co Founder of #KnackeredandNorwich social club and maternal mental health advocate.

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You can read my other blogs about the studio, pregnancy guest blogger , more top tips here !

Considering booking a newborn shoot? Please check out these oh so cute babies in my newborn gallery,  so you can see simple and natural newborn images really are timeless!

 


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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.

 

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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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Looking for a baby photographer to capture your newborn’s first few months?

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Looking for a baby photographer in Norfolk to capture your newborn’s first few months? 

 As every parent will tell you, those first few months of a child’s life will fly by in an instant. Before you know it, your newborn will be crawling, walking, talking and heading off to nursery. Capturing this unique time in photos won’t just give you precious memories to look back on, it will also give your child an important and beautiful record of their very first days, weeks and months. If you’re currently searching for a talented baby photographer in Norwich, here’s what to look out for to ensure you get images that capture the unique personality and beauty of your baby.

 

Choose a photographer with experience

 As you probably know by now, taking photos of newborn babies isn’t always easy. Most newborns sleep for the majority of the day, and if they’re not asleep, they’re often feeding, being winded or being changed. Taking a beautiful image that captures the personality of your baby takes time, patience, understanding, and skill, so it’s important you choose a photographer who knows exactly what they’re doing. And though all babies will react in a slightly different way – and you can’t always guarantee they’ll play ball - an experienced photographer will be able to get the best out of your baby and take photos you’ll be able to treasure forever.

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Photographing newborns

 Newborns are typically brought into the studio when they’re between 5-14 days, I photograph newborns up to 3 weeks old and then offer a mini newborn shoot for 4-12 week old babies. In those early days, babies have that distinctive newborn look, (little flakes of skin, button noses, wispy hair) something that’s wonderful to photograph. Often, newborns will be photographed asleep. Though you may also want images of them with their eyes open, sleeping photos make wonderful mementos and will look great on your wall for years to come.

As parents of newborns will know, it can take a while to get a brand new baby settled when they’re in a new environment. That’s why it’s a good idea to book a shoot that’s at least two hours long. As well as making the experience more relaxed, this helps to ensure you’ll get great images even if your baby is a little unsettled for part of the shoot, the photographer's job is to soothe and settle making this your chance to enjoy a hot cuppa.

 

Siblings

 When looking for a baby photographer in Norfolk, it’s a good idea to book a photographer who’s happy to take images of your older children too. That way you can ensure all the family feel included in the occasion and capture priceless images of your babies together.

To find out more about newborn photography in the Norwich area, give me a call/ email or take a look through my newborn galleries.

Jess

 


Pure and simple newborn baby portraits

Pure and simple newborn baby portraits - Norwich Photographer.

This blog includes some recent newborn images I have taken at my home studio in Norwich, and it shows my style of simple newborn baby portraits. I have been really busy and neglected this blog once again . I have now planned lots of fun blogs and also getting some more fab guest bloggers on board.

I have seen lots of families with their second babies already this year - I get so excited to see these families again, and the face they have chosen once again to photograph their precious new baby is awesome!

I also tried something a bit different with parent shots this month.  Emma volunteered to model for me with Reuben and Willow so that I could show what I would like to incorporate in any newborn or baby shoot. These images had a huge response on Facebook.

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Below are recent newborn images taken in the last couple of months. I have invested in some little rompers, more delicate hats these are proving so popular with parents and match my style. I love the fact they look very cute but also keep the images pure and simple.

At the beginning of April, I had a stall at the Norfolk Bump, Baby, and Toddler event for the fourth time running. It was really busy and we meet so many parents to be and families. India who ran/owns the event was overdue with her baby girl and i had the pleasure of meeting her  - and here she is!

Meet Nova she was 8 days old - she kept her mummy waiting 14 days! I love keeping little baby flakes in photos this will remind mum and dad how she was in the first few days.

Parents have been feeding back that they booked me for my natural and simple images. When I first started out I wasn't sure what style I wanted as a newborn photographer. I have totally fallen in love with the flow of poses I do and capturing awake images of new babies too.

If you are looking for a newborn baby photographer who focuses on your baby, creating simple yet stunning imagery then get in touch. I am based in Norwich, Norfolk. I have photographed over 100s of babies, watch a shoot here its best to book in after your 20-week scan!

 

Jess

 

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Baby and Newborn Photography Association - Pro Member level

Baby and Newborn Photography Association - Pro Member level:

A while back I joined the organisation Baby and Newborn Photography Association,  or for short BANPAS .  Some of you that follow my page will know that BANPAS promotes safe working practices amongst newborn and baby photography.

 

Their regulars blog explain issues to parents. These include topics such as safety, why book professional and other areas. They help educate and guide parents into getting those adorable images of newborns but also in a safe environment.   If you are looking for a newborn photographer please head over to their website here or over to their Facebook page to read up.

 

For me as a photographer, I joined as it was a place to watch webinars, receive discounts and join their great community. I had access to their private forum and get to chat with other newborn baby photographers.

 

This year they launched their new levels of membership,  and if you are starting out the friend level is a great place to start.  I wanted to go for their Pro level, and not stay on their standard membership level which is also awesome.  I wanted my work to go through the judging process, by their panel of ambassadors.

 

I  put together 12 images, then I sent them off to be assessed, and within a week I had heard I had passed !!!!!!   and have been given Pro Level membership!  Along with some amazingly talented ladies,  my profile on their website now displays the pro level logo on my listing.  The listing section is a great place to find local baby photographers.

With lots of people starting up in the newborn photography business there are lots of photographers to choose from, it can get very confusing. That's why I wrote a blog about how to choose the right photographer for you.

I've heard people say 'baby photos they all look the same' ahh they do not. Photographers have very different styles and visions.  My style is very much natural, timeless, I love pure and simple images, teeny tiny baby details, whilst using a few delicate props.

Please look at the photographers' style, do the babies look safe and comfy? (this is where BANPAS and its mission is great, they give examples of how photographers work safely) are they insured ? have a professional website? All these things and more can help guide you into booking the right photographer.

 

When you love your job as much as I do, you always look to improve and that's why I invest in training, watch webinars, videos and went on first aid all in the last 6 months.  My job is a privilege and my clients come to a safe & warm environment. BANPAS has helped my journey and I would recommend them any baby photographers!

 

Jess xx

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Newborn Mini Package

Newborn Mini Package by Norwich Photographer.

 

I am now offering a special Newborn Mini Package at my home studio NR7, Norwich.  It is for those that have missed the typical,  'ideal time' to photograph a newborn baby (5days - 3 weeks old).

It is for babies aged over 3 weeks old -and up to 12 weeks old, unlike the newborn session,  this package is focused on the awake images as babies really start to enjoy awake time and start smiling.

If the baby is sleepy than great, we will take a few sleepy images,  but this is a short and sweet session of up to one hour of studio time.  This package is an ideal opportunity to take sibling and family images as well 2 simple setups on the beanbag and flokati.

 

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Babies 'uncurl' a week or so after birth and become more aware of their surroundings, at 4-12 weeks old the images will not be very posed. It is unlikely baby will sleep and fall naturally into the typical poses I do for little newborns.  But that means we get some cracking awake images as your baby's little personality will start to shine through, and we get babbles and smiles.

 

The newborn mini package is £225: it includes the studio session time of up to a maximum of 1 hour and includes 10 images via digital download.

 

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If for any reason your baby is very unsettled babies can be rescheduled for 4 months onwards. You will be presented with a choice of approx 15 images to choose your favourite 10 from an online gallery. I also offer products such as mounted prints, albums and luxury wall art to showcase your images

 

To book your baby in for the Newborn Mini package email me or click here to send me a message and I will reply with my availability and booking information.

Jess

 

 


Norwich Newborn baby studio- a sneak peek

Norwich Newborn baby studio - a sneak peek

For those that do not know my newborn studio is at my home in Norwich, Norfolk.  It is not the biggest but it has everything you need when bringing your baby here for his/her very first photo shoot. I have nappies, wipes and provide hot tea and coffee and biscuits.

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I have everything on hand my favourite blankets, delicate headbands, snug hats and wraps. I wrote a blog on 'What to look for when booking a baby newborn photographer' in the blog I write about my style.  As you can see below the colours I use are soft and natural. A lot of photographers rock bright colours & large props and setups. If this is what you would like then I would not book me, and that's okay!  I use a little colour as you can see. But again very soft blues and pinks, along with warm browns, creams and beige.

 

I adore texture, and use wraps to snugly curl your baby, tuck them in and if they are a little unsettled a wrap can help them feel secure !

 

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I love delicate headbands and tiebacks, these do not distract away from the baby but add a little cuteness to newborn girls.

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As you may have seen a love a baby bonnet, I think these suit both boys and girls - the ones I use are made of mohair and soft textured yarn. It is easy to become a prop addict when a Newborn Photographer its a hazard of the job!

 

I follow lots of prop pages but tend to use 4 or 5 sellers regularly I know the hats &  outfits fit snugly and are very well made. These little rompers are a favourite with parents.

 

 

I hope this blog gives you a little peek into my home studio , after being mobile for 2 years I am proud of my studio and love all the items and props I have, they compliment my style which is the main reason people book me - if you are pregnant and wish to discuss booking a newborn shoot please email me at info@jesswilkinsphotography.co.uk or use the contact me page!

 

Jess xxx

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