Pregnancy is something beautiful, wondrous and full of marvel, and I think fondly of my own pregnant journey of carrying my 3 children. Growing a baby, what is not to marvel at? I remember how much harder it is to feel that wondrous feeling towards the end of the pregnant journey though. I want to give Mums that feeling of being pampered, and to remember their pregnant journey as a time of beauty.
Photographing a maternity milk bath is something I have wanted to add to my portfolio for some time, so I’ll let you imagine how thrilled I was when Hannah got in touch, wanting to do something special for her last pregnancy. I had photographed the birth of her second baby along with various sessions over the last 2 years including newborn, mini christmas session and a cake smash, so we are well acquainted now!
Maternity milk bath
Hannah got in touch with her local florist who provided us with some beautiful blooms. Take a look over at Adrienne’s flowers (based in Leighton Buzzard) for all your floral needs! We set a date, and got to work to make some memories.
It really was such a stunning experience. Hannah is an incredible person to work with, and I had also captured her bump in a studio session the week before. You can see a few of these over on my Instagram page here.
I encourage you to wiggle out of your comfort zone to have images like this for yourself, but if you still aren’t sure, we could also have lots of fun creating gorgeous moments of your pregnancy in the studio or in an outdoor location. I have a purpose built studio in Aylesbury, Bucks and would welcome you to visit me.
Let me mark this chapter of your life with beautiful memories of your pregnancy.
The founder of a new business got in touch with me a few months ago to photograph the headshots of their team members for the new website. I was happy to help! I really enjoy working with local businesses, and being able to provide them a service that will add to their company in positive ways to move forward.
Carly is absolutely lovely and upon first meeting her, you can feel the emotional connection she emanates that kickstarted this whole business. Perfect Pawtions work really hard to provide the best available dog treats out there, with focus on portion control. You can read the background to their heartfelt story of how it all startedhere.
Perfect Pawtions are very local to me, currently based just down the road in Dinton, just outside my hometown Aylesbury. Check out their Facebook page. They are a lovely bunch, and have the sweetest pup in their company – Bear. We also tied in a pet photography session once the headshots were completed – scroll to see the beautiful Bear!
I was keen to set out for a walk with the super soft, gorgeous Bear after the headshots. We also needed a headshot of Bear – easily encouraged to stay in the necessary spot with the doggie treats, all taste tested, sampled and approved by Bear, head of product tasting!
We had a lovely time for a little walk with Bear to capture some special images of Bear and his loyal owner (we all know that it is the pet that owns the human). They have since added a new fur baby, Bow (short for Rainbow), to their family, who I am hoping to meet soon and update the family photos.
Isn’t he just gorgeous!
If you would like some photography for branding or marketing of your business, please email me to discuss how we can collaborate to build your business with photography that suits your company and speaks positively of your branding.
Growing a human is no easy feat. I remember the exhaustion all too well. I am Mum to 3 beautiful kids and had my fair share of difficulties to manage during each of my pregnancies. Nobody can help you carry your child, but a helpful hand for doing some household chores, or surprising you with something chocolate related (or pickled – whatever craving has a hold on you!), can go a long way.
It is not all emotionally and physically challenging though, it is also wonderful. Feeling that first little flutter like bubbles in your tummy, or the tiny flip, or the small little ripple under your skin as you begin to see the movements from the outside. A pregnancy, although feels like it is lasting a lifetime (especially that last month), passes very quickly. Many mums-to-be do not feel their best self during pregnancy, but trust me, there is always a glow. I feel a flutter and an emotional sigh when I think back to being pregnant with my children.
You don’t have to visit a professional photographer to have the full works of a photosession of your pregnancy (but it is something I love to offer pregnant Mums and would love to have you in my Aylesbury studio), but I do encourage you to take photos. See my post about taking your own maternity photos at home here. It will be a beautiful image to share with your child when they ask you the ‘when I was in your tummy’ questions, and they will!
It may not have been the top of your priority list during this lockdown period, but you can still capture some moments now. I worked with a pregnant Mama from Australia about a month ago, which involved a consultation for tips on where to take her photos, where the best light would be, and guiding her through some posing suited to her preferences and level of comfort. It was quite exciting to connect with Oz from my little town in Buckinghamshire, all the way across the pond in England. After images were taken by her husband, the mum-to-be emailed me the images to take up my editing service included in the correspondence shared. I’m thrilled that I was able to help her achieve some precious memories of her bump, and now the little man has arrived, we will also plan to do some newborn images via a video call.
A couple of the images sent by the client, utilising beautiful light and using simple neutral tones:
and the images she received back once edited:
I worked together with another lovely pregnant client also, a little closer to home, to produce maternity memories via online communication.
Images the client sent to me (a sentimental necklace with the shutters I was keen to use on her balcony from photos of her home during consultation, and great colours in the bedroom):
The images she received back:
If you would like to take up this opportunity to achieve some pregnancy or newborn images guided by a professional photographer who adores creating beautiful memories of incredible chapters of your life (me!), pop me a message. I would absolutely love to hear from you!
My studio is now open and I am back to studio sessions if you feel up to visiting for family photography which can be to welcome a new addition, or just for updating the walls at home.
I’ve moved a lot of my sessions outdoors for now. Why not, when I have such gorgeous surroundings in Buckinghamshire?! I have not been able to invite newborn babies to my studio (or indeed open my new studio yet – more on this to come), but I have had the pleasure to either visit families in their gardens or meeting in a public outdoor location, documenting memories of their brand new tiny baby. Babies don’t stay little for long, so even in the midst of this pandemic, it is so worth booking in with a photographer who can photograph your new baby cradled in your arms. Your baby will seem little for a while, but looking back on those first few weeks, it is easy to forget just how small they really were.
I enjoy the different aspects available for these outdoor sessions, having something plain like a fence panel, or more of a scenic background such as a wide open space, or a little nook somewhere that feels almost cosy as it surrounds the family.
As the restrictions of lockdown ease, little by little, I can work with parents to gradually adapt my sessions to include individual images of a newborn, styling them in positions and adding textures, similar to those that I create in my studio sessions. These type of images can also be achieved via guided posing on a video call if you are shielding, involving ample preparation and lots of talking through. Please note, as parents are not trained in posing safely, any posed set ups are guided and are baby led, gentle and simple.
Some of my recent outdoor sessions with a newborn. Message me to book yours now. For a limited time only, exclusive prices and all inclusive packages not to be missed.
I would love to meet your family and make some memories with you.
The world has been through a lot of change during these past weeks and months and our country has been experiencing a time of stillness and closure. Shops, restaurants and other businesses have had to close their doors. Play parks and National Trust spaces have been off limits to the public. Nevertheless, life has continued to grow and new births have brought us happiness, even if we have to witness them from a distance.
I have been missing newborn photography, meeting the tiny new little people, inviting them for a photo session to capture their first few days in the world, and of course enjoying a time of cuddles! The way I am able to work has had to change. Previously, I have invited families to me, where I have control over the environment and set the scene, but Government guidelines cannot permit this. So I, like many other photographers around the country, have ventured out to you, to your doorsteps.
The doorstep portraits have had heaps of interest (see my previous blogpost about doorstep photos here). I’ve photographed nearly 150 doorsteps in just over 3 weeks. It started mostly with families including children of all ages, but more recently, I have had couples contacting me to request photographing their new birth arrival. This is not always babies, but fur babies too! I feel so excited to mark these memories for prospective or new parents. I’m really enjoying the doorstep photos involving anyone living at the home, but to capture memories of wonderful new arrivals or those waiting to arrive and join the family, edges a little closer to my usual area of photography.
I’m keen to share a few moments I’ve captured of these lovely proud parents.
If you have had a baby during lockdown, or introduced a new fluffy member to your family and would like a doorstep photo to document their arrival, please email me to book a doorstep mini session, or one of my longer garden or outdoor sessions. New blog post coming soon of my recent garden sessions for newborns…
Staying home while lockdown measures are in place.
We have all had to get use to a new kind of normal during this pandemic. Our Government have put measures in place to reduce the spread of Covid-19, and requested that we stay home to stay safe. We are allowed to be outside for some daily exercise and during this time I have utilised this to offer people snapshots in their doorways to remember their time of staying home.
It wasn’t something I set out to do, but somebody contacted me to ask if I might be doing them in the area after seeing a photographer in another town doing them. I initially had my reservations, as I am primarily a newborn photographer working in the controlled environment of my Aylesbury studio. However, I opened the idea publicly to form a list of households in that area, and had my first walk around the estate documenting this time for families.
These are a few from day 1.
After completing day 1 of doorstep snapshots, it surprised me to feel such a connection to the cause. I didn’t expect to feel such a sense of achievement in what I was able to offer people during this time; a memory to add to their scrapbooks of lockdown. I felt that what I was doing was really special. So I set out to offer more areas in Aylesbury, Bucks. I now have 3 areas completed, and 4 more to head to over the next 2 weeks. Keep up to date with areas to visit via my Facebook page.
If you live locally and would like a doorstep snapshot, please pop me a message to see if I am covering your area. I would love to meet you and document this pandemic in a positive light.
Here are a few more to enjoy from my walking travels.
A lockdown perspective from Kelly Bond Photography
The studio is quiet. No clients are allowed to visit for their photo session with their tiny newborns, or extended family. My Nikon D800 sits on its shelf, while my MacBook sees more light of the day at the moment. Lockdown and social distancing have limited my physical interaction with people, but my business has not stopped. There is always something to do, and this pandemicdoesn’t make me a sitting duck waiting for it to pass and to be ‘back to work’.
I am using this time to update many business aspects that have taken a back seat while I have been non stop with sessions. The actual photography part of my job is absolutely the best bit without a doubt, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy the other parts, and I am really excited to be working on the other parts as I get closer to officially opening the Kelly Bond Photography dedicated studio!
I wanted to share with you all the bits and bobs I have been up to during a particularly busy week. A lot of the week was spent here:
A new desk area was created, and my beautiful iMac set up so I could spend dedicated time on admin based activities rather than the hop on and quickly update social media snippets that I usually resort to.
Here I completed a multiple exciting things over a week:
re-edited some images from a twin session and shared on social media (take a look on facebook or instagram)
completed approximately 16 hours of training over the week through an AMAZING online summit covering so many aspects for my business
updated areas of my website with more recent work, with special focus on the available cake smash sets I offer (take a look around the website – any questions, feel free to get in touch)
registered Kelly Bond Photography on Google business. (one of those things I just hadn’t got round to!) So if you have had a session with me previously, I would appreciate a few minutes of your time to leave me a review on Google. Just type Kelly Bond Photography into Google and click on review. Thanks!
I had some deliveries of items I ordered ready for when clients can come back – how gorgeous are these tones?!
I’m also thrilled to have come across a gorgeous local business for little softies for the babies and received this lovely order from Snuggly bundles.
Extra curricular activities
(but definitely no less significant)
Entertained, fed and watered my 3 children (aged 9, 7 and 4), successfully keeping them alive Mon-Thurs without another pair of adult hands to help. Fairly proud of myself! Big shout out to single parents – you are heroes! My husband has now been furloughed so thankfully I do now have some extra help (hence finally writing this blog!)
Wrote letters with my children to family members and posted them. This is something I really recommend to do with your children. In years to come, future generations will research the time when the world went into lockdown, and your real life experiences of it through letters to each other can be handed down over generations.
Participated in the weekly street meet ups involving dancing twice a week, and a Friday fashion show with homemade outfits. You can see the extent of this fun on this blog – click here.
Interviewed for Mix96, our local radio station, who wanted to feature a story about the positive effect lockdown has had on our street. You can find the article here.
Lastly, I run a daily photography game for my Facebook followers which is an outlet for you to challenge your creativity with the guidance of a word of the day – all ages welcome, you just need to be able to take a photo. I would love you to join us. Just visit my page and join in however often you like – word of the day (mostly) announced at 10am each day (unless I get distracted by the juggling of homeschooling activities!)
Thank you for visiting my little corner of the internet sharing my ramblings of a busy week for me. I plan to have many more busy weeks as I put focus into this photography business that I love so much. It is such a dream job, to make such precious memories for special times in your life; I am very eager to open the studio doors to welcome clients and meet your new family members.
Lockdown is a new experience for everyone, and something that I’m sure nobody expected to happen. But it did, and here we are.
Schools have closed, many businesses have had to close their doors temporarily, and we all need to stay home to reduce the strain on our amazing NHS. I love our NHS – I am so proud to live in a country that values this incredible asset. All those amazing key workers keeping us going – big shout out to them all!
We have to make the most of it. We are in this situation for a while longer yet. Stay with me – here comes the fun!
One of my wonderful neighbours (a key worker) sent notes round to each household inviting us to join a street WhatsApp group. Little did we know how much it would bring us together. Within a few days of back and forth messages and lots of friendly banter, I suggested something a little out there to get us out of our houses and meet, socially distanced of course.
I love any excuse to have a little boogie, so that’s what I suggested we do!
They were all keen and within days, we had set a plan. Another neighbour had an amp to ensure all the street could hear (and no doubt some of the surrounding streets), and we put song suggestions on the WhatsApp group.
Twice a week we have some songs to dance to, the other days we often meet out front anyway for a cuppa and just to socialise. We all come out as a street to sing Happy Birthday for all the lockdown birthdays! So far there have been 4, and there are at least 2 more over the next lockdown phase.
One Friday, a fashion show was suggested with recycled outfits. It is now a weekly occurrence with a theme to create homemade outfits to! Last week was mythical creatures, this coming Friday it is cartoon characters.
Nearly a full turnout of the whole street for last weeks Friday fashion show!
Our local radio station, Mix96, even did a story on it. It feels amazing to share it wider with the community and I hope many more streets get involved with it and start their own. It has helped us get to know our neighbours more than we ever did before this pandemic hit us, and I’m so grateful for the lovely street I live in.
If your street are dancing, or dressing up – please share photos!
My amazing neighbours go all in; a quarantine troll! I love the dedication!
Pregnancy cannot be compared to anything else. To feel that small life, moving and growing within, and know that it is completely dependent on you to continue its journey to birth, is something beyond incredible.
The beauty of life is what I feel passionate about; it is a living miracle.
If you are due a baby during lockdown, I’m sure you never expected to spend your last few weeks of pregnancy like this. Maternity leave should be a time of enjoying those last few weeks with feet up, Netflix, a never ending supply of tea, and savouring the peace. However, when you are forced with that option, it somehow reduces the affect it should be having, and it’s probably taken reluctantly and begrudging; I know that I relish opportunities of quiet at home, but now I have to be home – those feelings aren’t quite the same.
I’m fortunate to live in a place surrounded by gorgeous countryside; Buckinghamshire. I encourage you to take your permitted daily exercise and go out on a walk, and you could capture some stunning photos of your bump to remember a time of peaceful quiet walks.
Pregnancy is such a special time. I value these moments in life, and this is what I want to preserve as a photographer. I want to photograph momentous events in life; pregnancy, birth, newborn babies. Your body is carrying a precious life. I urge you to take some photos to remember this time. I’m incredibly sad that I can’t do it in person for you, to be trusted to share this chapter of your life, but I can be here to guide you.
So these are some pregnancy photography tips I can share with you:
What camera to use
You don’t have to own a professional DSLR. This is about capturing beautiful moments for yourself, not about it being of professional quality. I use a Nikon D800 which I love, but feel free to use any camera – this could be your phone, a camera you use for holidays, or maybe you do have a DSLR that’s been waiting to be picked up.
Find somewhere with good light
You can use outside, but avoid the middle of the day when the sun is at its highest and not the best light. An hour or so before the sun sets is a gorgeous time. Use light to accent your shape.
Or inside, you can face a window or have a window light behind you for some beautiful silhouette shots.
Use any colour wall or pop up some material as a backdrop and face the light. I have some backlight on this one too, but the main focus is the light on the front of bump.
If you have a timer on your camera you could stand with a window behind you and make some beautiful silhouette images. You can also do this of just Mum and bump as a side profile, but it is nice to have both parents in if possible.
What to wear
Wearing something tight fitting will help to accent your shape. You can choose to show bare skin of your bump and some matching simple underwear, or use material if you are feeling particularly creative. I photograph a lot of bare bump images in my Aylesbury photography studio, but I can appreciate you may feel more comfortable fully clothed as you try out photographing your bump with these tips. This is all about photos of your bump which is home to your baby during pregnancy. Do what you feel comfortable with.
Using props or involving siblings
If you have baby booties, a little hat, fake flowers, you can add these into the image by holding them on top of or next to bump. You can see ways of using props from pregnancy sessions on my facebook page – click here. Using scan photos can be a beautiful way to see baby and document a growing bump. You can do this of just mum holding scan photos by bump, or with a timer and involve dad too.
Sibling shots are gorgeous. Have big brothers or sisters kiss bump, or read a story to bump with them, or just cover your bump with hands. All hands on deck!
Getting the best angle
I’m just going to touch briefly on this. Try photographing slightly higher, or stand on a chair. Mum’s – you don’t have to look straight at the camera all the time, enjoy the time with bump, look down at bump, look away into the distance so you aren’t worrying about a camera. Forget about the camera and let yourself just spend quiet time with your baby bump.
The rule of thirds
How you compose the frame can really help when considering it with the rule of thirds. (you probably do this naturally already when taking any image!) You don’t have to place Mum central in every image. Think about 3 parts to the image, and try out placing Mum in 1/3 of the frame, and a blank area in 2/3’s, or fill 2/3’s of the frame with bump, leaving 1/3 empty. This is just to help you think about how much your subject fills the frame.
I hope this blog has been helpful to you to try your own pregnancy photos during your maternity at home. If I can help you with anything, please do message me, email@example.com
I would love to be part of your journey of pregnancy and birth, even if that is an online experience. I am missing meeting and chatting with Mum’s about their soon to be arrivals, missing capturing that time of life. I love talking about pregnancy, birth and babies and will do so at every opportunity! So please, do message me to say hi.
I am offering an editing service to help you enhance your DIY maternity photos using my pregnancy photography tips and will be posting examples on a blog soon. I have some waiting in my inbox and they are on my to do list.
I would love to see your photos!
Stay safe everyone and have a fun time photographing.
I love love love all the tiny babies that I get to meet in my work. I am really living my best life, with my dream job., based in the beautiful surroundings of Buckinghamshire.
I met this little gorgeous love shortly before Covid-19 came along and presented various troubles with businesses being able to continue work in a normal way.
I am very sad to have to temporarily close and postpone baby sessions. However, I have regularly photographed older babies, who can still be happy to be posed, and we achieve beautiful images regardless of age. See my newborn work on my Facebook or Instagram, and I bet you can’t tell which ones were older.
So if you have a new arrival in your family, please don’t worry that you will be missing this period of opportunity for newborn photos. I recently put up a video offering tips on how to take some newborn photos of your own, and when I can open up again – we can get you booked in for some professional styled images including your whole family. You can watch the video here.
Miss H was such a sensational little model. I wrapped her for the first half of the session while we had some gorgeous awake time. I love her deep sparkly eyes.
She enjoyed being wrapped up and was super content, while interacting and watching me move around her; she was listening all the time.
After the snuggly wrapped up time sending her off to the land of dreams, I could then pose her in one of my bowls; the little foot holding makes my heart melt. When babies are under 2 weeks, their bones are still very soft and they curl up with ease. Miss H was only 6 days old for her newborn photo session, so this was a naturally content pose for her.
Unfortunately, due to the social distancing measures in place after this session took place, I was unable to see her again for another cuddle during the presentation viewing of the gallery for her parents, and this had to be done online instead.
I will be officially opening my studio when lockdown has relaxed – so I am extremely excited to be getting back to work when it is possible. You can see what I brought for the studio in this video!
Lots more tips will be shared to help you make the most of documenting the early days of your little one. I can’t wait for cuddles when I’m back to work! Until then, stay safe everyone.