Tips for a sleepy baby by Aylesbury newborn photographer

Does your baby struggle to settle for sleep?

Hopefully this blog post can help! Some babies manage to fall asleep quite easily, while others need a little bit of help. When I have babies in the studio with me for a newborn photography session, I can encourage a baby into a comfortable sleep using methods developed over my years of experience. As a specialist newborn photographer in Bucks, it is an essential role to be known as a ‘baby whisperer’ as babies need to be asleep to be able to pose them in certain positions. I hope that by sharing some some of these methods, and those of other local specialists, you will be able to help your baby sleep, because as we all know, happy baby = happy Mummy!

Why is sleep so essential?

Psychologically, sleep is absolutely paramount to our bodies ability to function, physically and mentally, and also how it handles long term health issues . It is really important that your little ones have sufficient sleep, so that you, as an adult, are able to achieve the necessary amount of resulting sleep. Julia Fensom is a baby consultant who specialises in sleep education and makes references to her research from Matthew Walker’s book “Why we sleep”. Julia is a lovely lady who I have the pleasure of knowing personally, so my first tip is to get in touch with her if you would like some practical help with sleep training. Julia told me in conversation with her earlier this week that ‘newborns can’t stay awake longer than 45-60mins in the first month so if they’re getting grizzly, put them down for a nap. Newborns have to be actively put to sleep, they won’t just sleep when they’re tired’. All her contact information can be found on her website: https://www.juliafensomthebabyconsultant.com

Quick tips for helping babies to sleep

 

  • gently touch their faces, rubbing down their noses and across their foreheads. You can see a video of me using this technique in this behind the scenes newborn photography video
  • have a warm room, or add a layer to help them feel cosy. I start all my newborn sessions with wrapping the baby using trained techniques. This usually helps the baby feel safe and secure, without getting distracted or startled by their involuntary limb movements. It also helps their body temperature stay warm, as newborns are unable to regulate their body temperatures very easily.
  • take a baby massage course. I can highly recommend  Becky who runs Blossom in the Aylesbury and surrounding area. Baby massage helps with circadian rhythms, so your baby will have better awake times in the day, and deeper sleep rhythms at night. Contact Becky – click here.

  • have something near that smells of Mum to help with familiarity when Mum leaves the room.  Nic at In Craft Corner can help with these type of items. She offers all sorts of lovely baby items and I personally ordered taggie blankets from her for all 3 of my babies when they were tiny. Her work is beautiful. Some babies really benefit from having something tactile that they connect to sleeptime, and it can be quite useful to have something to begin that connection early on.
  • rocking and swaying with your baby can help remind them of the movement they had regularly when in the womb. I gently rock babies and keep my hands on them while wrapping them up ready for newborn photos. Babies benefit so much from physical touch as having close contact is all they have ever known.

If you have any tried and tested methods of your own that you think would be helpful to other parents out there, leave it in the comments. I would love to hear from you!
Sending you good sleep vibes for you and your little ones!

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Newborn baby in my Aylesbury studio

Family photography with their new baby boy

I love sharing little blogs of sessions to give parents who are expecting new babies an idea of what a session with me is like. Newborn photography is something I have adored for years, and is definitely my area of expertise. I am trained with wrapping, posing, safety, have a studio full of props, wraps, accessories, and have been called a ‘baby whisperer’ too many times to count!

My studio is easily located near the town centre of Aylesbury in beautiful Buckinghamshire. It was newly built in 2020, and it is wonderful to have a dedicated space to invite families to. I’m already getting busy with 2021 bookings, and although my doors are sadly closed right now due to lockdown, I am really looking forward to having babies back in the studio in the coming weeks.

I am blessed to know this family through my local church, Aylesbury Vineyard, and I was very excited when they booked a session with me in their second trimester, ready for the arrival of their upcoming new addition. The weeks passed and the day arrived! Their firstborn is super sweet and was a very helpful assistant during our session. He came along with his own camera and wanted to help photograph his baby brother. Maybe he will come back for work experience in a few years!

The family chose an earthy colour palette for their session, with a request for some navy and blue tones too. I used my new baby blue backdrop from Blessence props, which is gorgeous! Simple, yet so lovely! He was such a perfectly behaved baby to pose. I may get an acrylic piece using this colour for my studio along with my other sample pieces of my canvas trio and multiple aperture framed wall art.

If you have any questions about sessions with me, my FAQ page may help answer them. Or if you would like to ask anything that isn’t there or would like to book your newborn for 2021, do get in touch. I would love to hear from you, and create precious memories of your early days.

I hope that the studio can open again mid February but I will be keeping you updated via my social media pages; Facebook and Instagram.

 

Newborn baby boy – Max

This gorgeous little boy visited me in the studio recently, and I had such a special time photographing him, his big brother with the most beautiful eyes, and his lovely Mummy.

These boys dazzled me in behaving exceptionally, and we achieved some stunning images, which were purchased as a print presentation box. I really adore the presentation boxes. Included are 10 matte mounted lustre finish prints, ready to put into a frame, gift some to family, or display as they are on a frame to be enjoyed by any eyes who catch sight of them.

For expecting newborns for 2021, enquire with kelly@kellybond.com to book a session at the studio based in Aylesbury, Bucks. I would love to schedule you and capture some precious images for you and your new baby.

Get in touch to reserve a session. Booking 2021 due dates now.

Actress headshot photo session

Photographing an actress

 

When Chloe got in touch shortly before we went into our second lockdown, I was thrilled to be commissioned with the prospect of updating her headshot images for her acting profession. I frequently photograph children, often newborn babies, but on this occasion, my skills were required for an adult headshot session; exciting! We set a date swiftly to get them done before Covid-19 resulted in the temporary closure of my studio.

I advised Chloe to bring a few different outfits along so that we would have versatility between the necessary required images, and she did not disappoint. Chloe came with some beautiful selections; smart, casual, fitted, floaty, vibrant.

Covid secure measures are in place for all visitors to my studio (wearing masks, sanitising the area, etc), but an additional measure was given for our session to take place in sure knowledge of safety, as the actress was routinely tested every 2 days while on set in her assigned role. 

I also photograph child headshot updates for their agency portfolios. If I can be of assistance to update your portfolios for modelling or acting, please do get in touch. Headshot sessions are just £45 and include one retouched digital image.

Displaying your photo moments

I want to talk to you about getting your photos on the wall.

We live in a world where digital technology is everywhere. Kids grow fast, and we try to capture that growth with the thousands of photos we take of them. Photos might be using our phone (lets face it, its quick and easy to whip out the phone and snap a shot of the kids in action), or it might be on a fancy DSLR that you take out from time to time to get a higher quality image to print from. What you use to take photos, matters less than what you are capturing. The point is, capture the moment. Then get it on the wall! Nobody can enjoy that gorgeous moment you witnessed of your child, if it is just stored on your phone, or on a USB in a drawer.

Print moments that make you happy!

My Aylesbury based photography studio is my happy place. Every week I meet families with new babies, and children of all ages, and I consider it not only my job, but my privilege to be chosen to capture moments that would otherwise pass by quickly; moments that could possibly be forgotten. Parenthood can sometimes fold into a blur of days as you muddle through from one day into the next, and all the many things that take up each day.

Every moment is significant.

My studio is a place where I bring those moments together, we pause that family time, and capture the significant stages of your life. Then at a presentation viewing after the session, we choose how these beautiful memories can be displayed in your home. These moments will take pride of place on your walls, and you will glance at them every day and fondly remember that time. I know I definitely do with the images I have displayed around my home.

Images are precious.

Give them the statement they deserve. It is important that your children see family images on the wall, it is a way that they feel loved.

I am a firm believer in printing your treasured portraits, and I provide a full service experience that completes your individually planned session full circle, getting your images onto stunning products that have that WOW feature. My products are sourced from companies who have thought of everything; UV coating on canvases, acid free materials, eco friendly packaging. I love these products and I am so pleased to be able to pass on this quality to you. Quality over quantity is what I provide, and I am proud to offer something to suit everyone; canvas art (matte or satin finish), print presentation boxes (great for the coffee table), superior matte boarded prints, framed wall art (individual or multiple aperture), small items inbetween, and even the digital only collections – but please don’t just leave them stored on a computer!

These are a few of the stunning pieces in my studio, and some client orders. I absolutely love them, and I hope you do too!

Cream ridged triplet frame

Print presentation box with 10 mounted prints

Matte finish canvas
Satin finish canvas – a little shine – absolutely stunning in person
A trio is a beautiful way to display

Get in touch to discuss booking a session and have your own stunning pieces to display of your precious family moments.

Christmas 2020

Making the most of Christmas 2020

 

Ok, so 2020 has probably not been the year we expected right? Lockdown took over with the appearance of Covid-19 into our lives back in March. Plans got postponed, holidays got cancelled, school was out for a while. But that doesn’t stop us making memories, and having fun with our family. Buckinghamshire has some of the most beautiful places for walks, and they were a Godsend during lockdown (some shared among the family gallery here). We pushed through and Christmas is still coming!

I welcomed families into the studio a few weeks ago to enjoy a winter wonderland Christmas grotto, and to make some memories capturing so many smiles from children and parents. We had Christmas music, giggles, and some very silly faces with some families! It was a lot of fun! I’ve been busy editing these galleries, and now they have been received by the families. It was nice to push Covid aside get back to some normality. Yes, we are back into a second lockdown for now, but it won’t last forever. I’m glad I scheduled these Christmas Mini sessions early, ahead of lockdown no.2, but as they were so popular, and with optimism of lockdown being lifted early December – I’ve got some news!

New Christmas Mini Photoshoot dates!

If you missed the first round, get booked on these new dates!
£45 for your session includes one retouched digital image, and there is also the option to purchase additional images if you prefer the collage look to your Christmas cards rather than one single image, or put them up in various places around your home to spread the Christmas cheer! Nothing cheers me up more at Christmas time than seeing my kids happy faces.

Morning slots available on Friday 4th, and a couple of afternoon slots available on Saturday 5th. At this time, I am not scheduling later than this so that we have the option to push them back if lockdown is not lifted.

Email me to book: kelly@kellybond.com

Some of the lovely families who visited me in my Aylesbury studio:

 

Family photosession with a newborn

Welcoming a new baby to the family

As the family made their way into my Aylesbury studio, I could see the tiny little face of a beautiful newborn baby girl in her car seat. Her sweet big brother stood proudly nearby. After they settled in, I had my first cuddles (chronologically no.1 of the best bits of my job), and set to work on my wrapping technique for the posed prop set ups.

Super big brother was fantastic and it was evident how proud he was of his new role in the family. A newborn session with Kelly Bond Photography includes a variety of images using props, handheld stuffies, wraps, materials, siblings, and beanbag poses. With gentle trained hands, I pose little ones in positions they are comfortable in, often replicating positions they were naturally in when in the womb; snuggled and cosy. While in these poses, newborns often make the cutest little noises (hearing these is another best bit of my job – baby noises are adorable).

Family photos together are included in all newborn sessions. Your baby is only a baby for such a short time, and when they are older, they will want to see photos of when they were tiny, with their doting parents, and how tiny they were in their hands.

Take the opportunity. Make those memories. Put them on your walls at home.

They are only little for such a short time.

Book your session 10 weeks in advance of your due date and only pay half price for your session fee. Click here to discuss a session. 

My job has so many parts that I love. The session itself is just a small part, but more bits I love about my job include the fun in editing, seeing the parents faces as they return for their presentation and ordering appointment, and then witnessing emotions when they receive their order as the parents re-visit how tiny their baby was and how they have changed already in just a few short weeks.

I want to photograph ALL the babies! I love these sessions so much!

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What to wear for a family photosession

Deciding on your outfits for your family photos

It can be quite daunting to have booked a family photosession, but then realise that you need to make decisions on what to wear. No need to worry though – I’ve got you in this! What you wear is quite important as these are the images that could be on your walls for some time, depending on how often you update them. I wanted to share just a little bit of how I help you prepare for your photosession here in this blog.  

Rest assured that when you book a studio session with Kelly Bond Photography, I’ll guide you from the very beginning. Following the payment of your session fee, you will receive a prep guide (we are only talking about a small part of this prep guide today). This will detail everything you need to know in preparation for your photosession, including tips on what to wear, and colours to combine.

Some families go for bold, others more pastel, and sometimes patterns can work really well so don’t be afraid to pop on a pattern.

Whatever you choose, my trusty Nikon D800 and crystal sharp Nikon 24-70mm will be on hand to ensure your family photos are perfect. I will also recommend to bring some extra clothing items, as we then have the option to change part of the colour combinations.

Just a few of the gorgeous clothing choices that have worked beautifully in the studio environment.

Classy, black and red
Monocramatic, whites and greys
Complementary, navy, grey, black
Autumnal, burgundy, army green
Complementary, navy and white
Pastel, complementary blue patterns

You are welcome to send over clothing ideas beforehand from your wardrobe for an extra pair of eyes to help you choose the right combination for your family. Following your session with me, at your presentation viewing, we will work together to choose how best to display your updated family photos proudly at home, with countless options of gorgeous wall art.

I would love for you to get in touch to discuss your next family photo update.
Pop me a message via the contact page by clicking here.

Cake smash birthday photography

 

Celebrating a 1st birthday with a cake smash

Have you ever wondered what a cake smash birthday session is? Let me take you through the fun of what a session looks like…

I have been photographing cake smash photosessions for a few years now, which took place in my home, all set up with flooring and simple props. I am still a fan of simplicity as I like the focus to be all on the baby as the 1st birthday is such a milestone. Sessions now take place in my own dedicated photography studio which I am thrilled about!

My studio is based in Aylesbury, Bucks, and I specialise mostly in newborn and family photography, including milestone photography of sitter sessions and cake smash photosessions.

Here I share what a cake smash session is like for anyone who questions either what one is, or is considering a photosession to celebrate the 1st birthday of their little one.

You won’t regret it.

My sessions include birthday portraits, the cake smashing itself (cake provided to match a chosen set theme – find a selection of these on my cake smash page here), and a tub splash to clean up in the beautiful Gatsby clawfoot baby bath.  Your little one will have SO much fun in this session; it is the perfect way to document that very first special birthday.

Get in touch today to book!

I would love to hear from you if you have a little one soon to be turning one. Get in touch by email – kelly@kellybond.com

Cake smash sessions are usually booked 2-3 months in advance to ensure availability of both myself and my baker, but I may have wiggle room so do pop me a message about dates.

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Photographing a maternity milk bath

Pregnancy

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.

To book a maternity milk bath, email me kelly@kellybond.com

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.

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