Ideally bump sessions should take place within the final 6 weeks of pregnancy by which time you should have a wonderful bump on display.
I allow approximately 1 hour for the session which gives us time for outfit changes, if necessary, and time for the mum-to-be to have some more comfortable rests in between photographs.
Sessions can include both natural and posed photographs and can feature novelty items such as scans, booties, or any other items. The most important thing is that the mum-to-be is comfortable.
Sessions can take place in your home or outdoors (depending on the weather). You do not need to show any skin or 'get your bump out' but of course you are welcome to if you feel comfortable doing so.
Newborn sessions often place within the first few weeks whilst the baby is still fairly sleepy however around 4-8 weeks is also wonderful as they are more alert.
I allow around 90 minutes to 2 hours for newborn sessions which allows time for feeding, changing, sleep or awake time. Being flexible ensures the baby is as happy as possible throughout the session.
I take natural photos with or without parents involved and then baby alone. You may choose outfits for your baby's session and it is lovely to also have a plain white vest available. Sometime we are able to gradually reduce the layers to nappies and wraps if the baby allows us. I take a mixture of natural and some more posed photographs depending on the individual clients requests.
In 2019 I am collaborating with Kit & Kin and therefore have 'fox' and 'tiger' nappies available during sessions
Once your baby is beyond 6 weeks they can have an 'older baby' session. This session is usually around 1 hour which allows time for feeding and changing. It is very likely that by this age your baby will be awake, particularly if being handled therefore baby very much leads the session.
Depending on the age of your baby they may be lying on their backs, tummies or side for some of the photographs. Those who are a little older may be sitting up with or without support and once they are on the move the real fun begins as they are well and truly in charge of the session!
It may be worth having some familiar items near by such as blankets, comforters or toys and the parents have a vital role to play to catch those smiles and twinkly eyes.
Children and Families
Children and Family sessions can take place in any suitable location, outdoors is often a wonderful backdrop. Sessions are usually 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the locations and number of people in the group.
Why not book V Bowden Photography to attend a special event such as a Christening, Naming Day, Birthday or family celebration. Prices start from £100 and packages are created depending on venue, amount of guests and your personal requirements. Photo books and gift items can also be produced.
Wedding Morning Preparation
At the moment my diary does not allow for full wedding photography but I am able to offer 'Wedding Morning' photos at the Bride or Groom's house capturing the moments your official day photographer may not be able to get as your wedding party gets ready and glammed up for the big day. Prices start from £100