Aarav’s 18 month CAKE smash!

During lock-down, this little munchkin turned 18 months. Although it’s not as big as turning 1, a Cake Smash had to be done. It was fun, messy, delicious and absolutely adorable. The best part? The entire family jumping in to help eat the cake!

The inner Space geek in me managed to squeeze in this astronaut theme. Thankfully, I love a bit of cosplay so I’ve made a list of themes that I want to do with this little one. But that is for another blog ๐Ÿ™‚

With a special appearance from his special blanket and a baby shark (if you know, you know!)

For more information about celebrating your little one’s cake smash, click here!

Space theme cake smash in Coventry
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RE-OPENING AFTER COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

I’m happy to say that the studio is finally open after the Covid-19 lockdown! Saying it has been hectic is an understatement, with having to cancel and reschedule a lot of shoots. Luckily, all my lovely clients have been ever so patient, understanding and pleasant about the entire situation!

Despite it being a strange, challenging and worrying time for us all, I managed to dedicate my time to my family, spending it with my kids, dog and husband in a way that we haven’t been able to in a very long time. And despite homeschooling, working from home, managing what feels like 20 meals a day, an endless clutter of toys and stepping on lego 3 times a day, we have managed to keep smiles on our faces and strawberries in our mouths!

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The One Behind the Camera!

Us mums are all photographers, whether we are professional or not. We are always behind the camera/phone from the moment our little ones come into our lives, documenting every little moment that is precious to us (which is pretty much every moment possible!). From their first, newborn smiles to their precious, first steps. And I am a sucker for taking pictures of precious moments of my daughter with other family members (dad, grand parents, aunts and uncles).

But we forget that we are the main person in our little one’s lives; we tend to bond the most, yet, we have the least amount of images (apart from the funny Snapchat filters and random, distorted selfies in the dark)!

When I have my shoots, I always try to encourage family shots (or, at least, mummy shots). Mums are always so busy thinking of everything and everyone else that they forget about themselves, the most important thing in your babies’ lives.

The most common thing that I hear from mums when I ask them for a picture is ‘no.’ Whether or not they tell me why, I understand why! Having a baby does not make you like your body; you may accept it and be proud but in front of the camera, perhaps not! And why should it! Stretch marks, scars, lumps and bumps! I feel the same but I’m slowly over coming this and trying to get into more pictures with my little one. Because I don’t want her to look back and wonder why she has 10, 000 images with Dad and only 10 with Mum.

Don’t feel ashamed of your body or how you think you may look. When your little one will look back at your pictures, they won’t be judging your looks or your body. They will only see a picture of them with their beautiful mummy and show them your love.

A tribute to the beautiful and lovely mums that I have had the pleasure of working with. You are beautiful, strong and amazing!

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Oli’s Mini-Session

Beeeeeautiful, little Olivia! <3 She is one of a kind, there is no denying that! Such a sweet and gentle little girl, always off on one of her adventures when she should be posing for the camera but that’s what makes her Oli!

I have always wanted to do a shoot like this. I asked mum what kind of picture she wanted of her and Oli and she said ‘nurturing.’ So when she started to feed, mum was happy for me to carry on.

I didn’t actually realise how beautiful and powerful the image was until I got around to editing it. It shows that mum is so confident with feeding her little one that she does not care who is around her, which is the way it should be. It shows the bond between the two. It speaks so many words!

This does not show that breast feeding is the only way to nurture your little one. It shows that all you need is love and nothing else. Never doubt yourself on how you are raising your baby. Always be proud and confident in what you want to do for your little one, just like this beautiful lady is proud to breast feed!

Never shy away from feeding in public and never feel that you have to justify why you are bottle feeding.

Breast or bottle fed, being fed and loved is the best
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Aria’s Cake Smash!

Little Aria’s 1st Cake Smash session! I’ve worked with this gorgeous princess 3 times now and she is an absolute sweetheart and so adorable with those cheeks of hers!ย  Not to mention hilarious, blessed with one of the sweetest mums I have met ๐Ÿ™‚

This little madam was not sure about her cake but we got there in the end. I think it’s safe to say that she enjoyed bath time more than the cake smash itself!
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