Blog - Sept 2013

Baby photography session in Battersea, South London - 2nd visit to 7 month old Henry
26th September 2013
Earlier this month I went to visit 7-month old Henry in Battersea, South West London, for the second of his three baby photography sessions as part of the Watch me Grow Package. I first met Henry when he was a tiny 10-week old. I love watching the babies I take pictures of grow up into their own little personalities!

Tiny babies are cute, but I much prefer taking photos at this stage of a baby's life. The variety of images I can capture is far greater, so I can be more creative - sitting up, lying on back, tummy time, close ups, giggles, favourite toys..... You can see from the images below what I mean!!

Sara-Jane x



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Family photography in Clapham, South London - three children under three
26th September 2013
A family photography session with three children under three is fun but a little chaotic!! I did such a shoot with 2 1/2 year old Chloe and 11-month old twins James and Sophia in Clapham, South West London.

Getting one 11-month old baby to sit still is hard, but two is very hard!! In the end we had to let them crawl around the bed while I took photos, with mum or dad laying out of sight ready to jump should one of them try to crawl off!! The twins also didn't want to be held, so the family picture was taken just after mum and dad had spun them round, one of my tricks to get them to smile!

Chloe wanted to jump around and play as well, so there were only a few opportunities to get her to sit still and pose. I managed to capture her smiling by getting her to say "daddy's smelly" rather than cheese.... works every time!!!

As you can see being a baby, child and family photographer is fun but crazy :-)

Sara-Jane x



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Family photography session in Dulwich, South East London
26th September 2013
Earlier in the summer I was in Dulwich, South East London for a family photography with not three, but four generations of the same family! 2-year old Malo's grandparents and great grandmother had come all the way over from Australia and his parents wanted to make the most of the opportunity by booking a portrait session with me.

It was a lot of fun especially squeezing 6 of them onto the bed, my favourite place to take photos!! The black and white pictures below are my favourite to come out of the session - I think they are more classic and timeless than colour photographs.

Sara-Jane x



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Baby and child photography session in Dulwich Park, South East London
18th September 2013
Ooooh I love it when the weather is good and I can hold a baby and child photography session outside. Such a session was with the very gorgeous 6-month old Lilla and her 6-year old brother Luke in Dulwich Park, South East London.

I will let the review from the family speak for itself:

"Sara-Jane has taken pictures of my daughter twice (6 months) and my 6 year old, once. The first time I walked away feeling convinced that my then 18 week old had just wasted the photo time as she has been particularly grumpy. How wrong was I! Sara-Jane produced the most gorgeous pictures of my grump, who was then signed (on the back of the photos) to an agency for tv/modelling work. Needless to say, we went back for another shoot with our two children and decided to do it in Dulwich Park. I walked away again, worried that we hadn't quite captured the children at their best, but again - shouldn't have worried. Sara-Jane has captured the MOST beautiful pictures I've ever seen of my two, and I'm having to sit on my hands to not share them yet and post them on Facebook (as I'm going to give some as presents to grandparents!) - very difficult for an over sharer like me ;) Sara-Jane had SO much patience with our 2 and a great eye, she is just so talented"

Here are my favourite pictures from the day.

Sara-Jane x



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Newborn and family photography session in Camberwell, South East London
18th September 2013
It's been a while since I have done a newborn photography shoot, but earlier this month I went to Camberwell in South East London for a session with 8-day old baby Senan. He was very alert and didn't want to go to sleep.... so I was able to capture a mix of awake and asleep photos. It's also the first time I have ever had to resort to the "put the blanket over daddy trick" (see third photo below)!!

The family loved the pictures... here is their feedback:

"We wanted to capture some pictures of our 8 day old son without actually venturing out to a studio. Sara-Jane arrived on time and spent three and a half hours with us (in-between feeds!) to try and capture the right shots of our baby and our new family. Unfortunately he wasn't very keen on sleeping (when some of the best shots are taken) so Sara-Jane came back later in the afternoon when he was finally asleep - true perseverance! The results were well worth the long session - we couldn't decide which pictures to purchase so we got all 30!!! Sara-Jane was professional, easy to book and a pleasure to deal with. Double thumbs up!!"

Sara-Jane x



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To book a newborn, baby, child or family photography session in Camberwell, South East London please call Sara-Jane on 07958 734184 or email sarajane@shutterbaby.co.uk.
Family photography session in Golders Green, North London
16th September 2013
Last month I went north of the river to Golders Green in central London for a baby and family photography session with 6-week old Juli. With a blond-haired Swiss mum and a dark and handsome Jordanian dad I was expecting her to be beautiful and she really was :-)

I took a variety of pictures of her both asleep and awake but my absolute favourites were the black and white family portraits below. They really capture the love which mummy and daddy have for Yuli. In fact the first photo is one of my favourite photos I have ever taken and I really hope it takes pride of place in the family home :-)

Sara-Jane x



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Baby, child and family photography session in Wimbledon, South West London
16th September 2013
Last month I went to Wimbledon in South West London for a baby, child and family photography session where I met 2 1/2 year old Henry and 1 year old Sophie. With toddlers my approach is always to taylor the session around them and their personalities. If they don't want to sit still and pose for pictures on the bed, then I will never make them. Grumpy children don't take great portraits!!! It's also a lot more fun to follow them around with a camera and capture them just being themselves! I love the below photos of Sophie in the bathroom and on the stairs. I even followed Henry to the park to take some pictures of him there, my favourite being the one of him on the swing. Cheeky little monkey :-)

Sara-Jane x



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Family photography at christening in Bromley, South East London
12th September 2013
Last month I was asked to take photos at the christening of the gorgeous 6-month old Harry in Bromley, South East London. A great opportunity to get family portraits with the parents and grandparents. Harry slept through the while christening but woke up for the party!! And like all good parties, Harry had a few outfit changes including his christening gown and a lovely silk body suit. He was happy in both outfits but I think he liked being naked the most!!

Aren't the pictures beautiful? I love being a baby and child photographer when babies are this smiley!

Sara-Jane x



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Family photography session in Clapham, South West London
12th September 2013
I've been a bit slack on blog posts recently as I've had a really busy first couple of weeks of September, so am catching up today!

Earlier in the summer I was in Clapham, South West London for a family portrait photography session with 1-year old India and her 3-year old brother Isaac. I first met India when she was a baby, and she has now grown up so much and is toddling about. The weather was beautiful thankfully so I was able to capture her running around - something which is really hard inside when you are relying on a flash, as you can't get a quick enough shutter speed.

The pictures below really capture the exhilarating feeling a child has when they are able to freely run around, don't you think!

Sara-Jane x



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