I'm thrilled to announce that in May's international competition run by the SWPP, I was awarded another GOLD ! With this image of little baby Cooper. As if winning another gold wasn't excitement enough, I'm also celebrating as it was also the image chosen as the judges choice for May.
And sleepy little Baby Emmy is also a wee star, I was awarded Highly commended for this image of Emmy in sleepily posed on her dad's hand.
I love my job ! These awards are a lovely acknowledgement of the patience and skill it takes to achieve images like these, as well as being an acknowledgement that my work is at this level, and my hard work and training are showing in my images. And the extra bonus is I'm sure that both Cooper & Emmy's parents are proud as punch that their little ones so beautifully posed for these shots. Both families will receive a complimentary 'thank you' print from me too!
Photography skills aside, posing newborns in sweet little poses, keeping babies comfortable and being patient enough to wait until they are settled, safe, secure, and content, is something that can't be rushed, and I'm always pleased when parents leave the studio saying how comfortable they felt during their session, and how pleasantly surprised they are that it is a relaxed and laid back experience.
It should be an enjoyable experience ! Babies should always look comfortable and content and not distressed or crying. As I've said to many parents I've not met a 'bad' baby yet, parents are always concerned their babies won't 'perform' but it's not their job too. I put everything in place to keep your baby as soothed, calm and content as possible. Babies run the sessions, and parents and I are just patient, nothing is ever forced and I've not had a distressed baby in the studio to date.
Please don't forget I've got children, you can't scare me ! Once you have a 5 kids under 9, a newborns cry seems a whisper !