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Martha

It was a pleasure to welcome back this family with their new beautiful edition -Martha. I first met Martha's parents almost 3 years ago at the beginning of my newborn photography journey when I photographed their first born son. 

We recreated lots of the shots we had originally done with baby James in his newborn session. 

Here's a few from Martha's session. 

 Karen x

Arabella's 2nd Birthday Cake smash session

My granddaughter Arabella turned two recently so of course she had to have a cake smash photography session with her nanny! I also offer cake smash and splash sessions at my home in Wellington, Somerset for second birthdays as well as first birthdays.  

Arabella is a big Moana fan so the decoration colours and outfit were inspired by the movie. We went for tropical colours for the tissue paper garland. I also choose the slightly darker beige/mustard paper backdrop to resemble the sand. My daughter made the named leaf banner above and the crown (Fern is the provider of all of my birthday crowns I use for the cake smash and splash sessions. Check out her little business at https://www.facebook.com/prettybaby93/  ) 

We also got a new sea inspired cake design added to the collection by the wonderful https://www.facebook.com/littlebuttercupcakery/ which we've aptly named 'La Mer' 

Here's a few shots from her session. 

 

If you have a colour theme in mind for your little birthday boy or girl, please get in touch in plenty of time so I can source and purchase the correct colours for you. All of the cakes can have the colours changed to suit your theme. And you can also order yourself a personalised banner from my daughter store to add to the cake smash session (and then take it home to hang in their room after!)  

I looks forward to photographing your little one's first or second birthday celebrations! 

Karen x

Ruby's first birthday cake smash.

Ruby first came to me when she was still tucked up cosy in mummy's tummy for her bump shoot, then I had the pleasure of photographing her  (along with her adorable fur brother) for the newborn shoot and then back again to celebrate turning one. It's so wonderful  to see how they've grown and their little personalities that they have developed :) 

We decided on a pink and gold theme and mum & dad bought in some beautiful named bunting that Ruby's grandmother had bought her. I love these personnel touches added to the set-ups.

Here's a few from the day 

Have a little look through my cake smash gallery, guaranteed to make you smile! 

Karen x

Fun walks to do with children in Devon & Somerset.

I've began compiling a small collection of walks in this area that we have enjoyed as a family. These are not in any particular order.

 

1. The Mortehoe loop including Rockham beach.

Approx 5.6km | Dog friendly | Pushchair unfriendly | 

We decided on this little adventure as we were looking for something to fill half a day. We did this walk in mid May, clear skies but there was a strong breeze around the headland. 

To get to the start of this walk drive into Woolacombe and then take the coast road to Mortehoe ( approx 3 miles). Drive through the village and eventually find the public carpark on your right. This is pay and display.

Follow the lane opposite the entrance of carpark, 5 minutes along the lane, you'll find a signpost for Rockham beach on your left. Follow the footpath to Rockham beach (approx 10 minute walk) 

The steps down to the beach are fairly steep, but there are hand rails all the way down which I needed two hands firmly on, as I'm not a great lover of heights! 

The beach is fab for exploring with lots of rock pools and it looked safe for paddling and swimming too. We'll definitely come back again in the Summer.

After some fun exploring, we headed back up the steps and turned right and followed the coast path towards Morte Point. This is a beautiful stretch of rugged coastal path, stunning views and pretty patches of bluebells, wild garlic and thrift. Do make sure you hold on to the little ones as the path winds past a few sheer drops along the way.  

It was along here that we had the absolute pleasure of watching seals playing in the sea ( this is where I kicked myself for not bringing along my zoom lens!) 

We continued to follow the coastal path along to Morte Point, rounded the headland and followed the coast path back to the main road (when you see the main road, take the left path. 

The road takes you back into Mortehoe village and the end of this adventure.

This took us a little over 3 hours, which included lots of playing, exploring, snacks and drink breaks (if you're like me, a lot of snack breaks!)

Please note, that if your little one's are getting tired there are lots of opportunities to shortcut back to your car.

Fun walks to do with children in Devon & Somerset.

I am compiling (very slowly) a small list of walks in this area that we have enjoyed as a family. These are not in any particular order.

1. Littlecombe Shoot

Approx 4.5 miles (full walk) or 2.5 (shorter version) | Pushchair unfriendly | Dog friendly |

*I must point out for this walk, depending on the time of year, the paths can become overgrown with stinging nettles and some brambles. It's a great adventure but by the middle of summer I'd highly recommend a large stick or something to chop your way through! This only relates to a couple of small sections* 

For this walk we drive into Branscombe village and park in the village hall carpark ( £2 parking fee to be tossed into the well).

Walk out of carpark and turn right up the hill until you reach the church yard. Walk through the church yard, over the small bridge and follow the path up into the woods. As you get to the top of the hill you'll find a track junction and turn right. 

After around a quarter of a mile along the track, turn left onto the Western mouth track. This will lead you to a clearing (you may see a car or two parked) take the path that leads straight ahead. 

Start of Bill Perriman path.

This leads you onto the Bill Perriman path. This path winds its way down to Littlecombe shoot beach. Beware, there a plenty of steep sections, make sure you hold onto your little ones!

As the beach nears, there are steeper sections of path and hand ropes have been attached to help you down. As you get to a point around 8feet from the pebbles, the path drops and some make shift ladders have been provided to get you down. With a bit of bum-shuffling and bravery you are onto the pebbles feeling like you've already had a great adventure!! 

This pebble beach has a lonely rugged charm. And if you can time it with low tide, the rock pools are brilliant and well worth a paddle. 

Littlecombe shoot

When it's time to carry on, walk down the beach (to your right if looking toward the sea) and eventually you will come to a footpath sign which takes you back up the cliffs.

Once again this has steep sections and some ropes have been provided for your convenience. When you get to the top it opens out into a grassy field and you will see straight ahead a sign post.

Follow the sign towards Berry Barton. This leads you across the field to a gate, go through, turn left, follow the track, past a caravan park and Berry Barton farm.  

This takes you onto a road junction with the main farm in front of you, turn left and right at the farm gate to the side of the farm, there is a foot path sign. Follow the footpath around the back of the farm house , pass an old WW2 jeep, through to the next field, go straight ahead and you'll see a post with a small yellow arrow turning you left, up the side of the field to a stile under an oak tree. Once over, this is the first point where your stick may come in handy! Follow the short path through the trees to the next stile. Over the stile and proceed down the hill to the road and civilisation. (This field can get very overgrown, don't be put off). 

On arrival at the road, you have the option of turning right back into Branscombe or turning left and continuing your adventure. 

Turning left as we do, follow the road up the hill, keeping a keen eye on your left for a footpath sign that looks as if you are walking through someones garden! The footpath does exist, you haven't taken a wrong turn and may be the thinnest path in the world. Proceed through he gate, up the steps and onto the next section where your stick may be necessary. The path winds up the hill and comes out onto a farmers crop field.

Follow the edge of field away from direction you just walked, you will see a wind sock high up ahead of you. Follow the fence to the opening and cross into field on your right and walk to the  next stile. 

Cross over stile but make sue you stop and check for aircraft! this field is an airstrip that date back to WW2. Go over the stile and you'll come to a lane, turn right, follow the lane as it winds its way down the valley and you'll start to see the sea in the distance. Eventually the lane turns a very sharp left back on itself, at this point, you'll see another lane that turns right (feeling like you're walking straight on). Follow this right hand lane, takes you into village, past the school and eventually onto the main road where you turn left back to your car. 

Your South-Devon adventure is complete!

 

 

 

Noah

This beautiful little boy came with his older sister and brother for his session, they were definitely lively! But I did manage to get a few good shots of the 3 of them together! Mum and dad asked for lots of black and white images. I'm a huge lover of really moody contrasty black and white images. Little Noah was such a good sleeper for me, we got lots of lovely shots. Here's some of my favourites from his newborn session. 

Hope to meet you soon, Karen x

Busy!

So i've been absolutely rubbish keeping up with the blogging of all my individual sessions. Trying to juggle your own business with family life is not easy! Something had to give. 

Anyway rather than try to catch up with all my newborn photography and cake smash sessions in my usual blogging style, I'll just start from now and add in a few posts of the highlights from the past 5 months. 

Starting with a few images from some very enjoyable cake smash sessions that I've done recently with some little birthday princesses! 

This party circular fan and tissue paper tassel garland decoration combo is very popular at the moment. I also have them in blues and a few other mixed colours. If there is a specific colour combination you have in mind for a session with me, please book well in advance so i can source and order the colours if I don't already have them in.

Cake smash sessions begin with the child holding the letters to form the word "one", then the cake smash portion, followed by the splash and bubbles. 

Remember to book your cake smash photography session with me in advance to avoid disappointment!

Hope to see you soon, Karen x

Breastfeeding Photos.

Beautiful Amelia with her gorgeous baby boy.

They came in for his 4 month old portrait session recently. 

One part of motherhood that I adored was the bond and the closeness of breastfeeding.

It’s not always easy in the beginning. You’re not always aware just how painful breastfeeding can be for some, for me it was like someone was stabbing me with a thousand pins in my nipples each time I had to feed. I’d sit there, biting down on a tea towel shoved in my mouth, whilst tears streamed down my face. It was horrendous actually. But I knew I had to persevere. I was determined.

Once you get past those initial couple of weeks, it’s the most rewarding and beautiful thing ever (and convenient).

I am, however, a big believer in respecting each mum’s right to decide what is best for them and their family. For some, that’s breastfeeding their children until they are 6, for some until they are 2 weeks old and for some mum’s, it’s not at all. Society shouldn’t make us feel bad for any decision we make regarding feeding our own child. 

I breastfed 3 out of 4 of my daughters. 23 years ago when I had my first, I was young, found it incredibly painful and the thought of breastfeeding in public at the age of 17 filled me with absolute dread. I quickly gave up trying. But deeply regretted it. 

I breastfed my second and third daughters until they were around 12 months old and my fourth daughter right up until her 3rd birthday. 

I had never planned on feeding her that long, my other daughters naturally weaned themselves off, so I thought she’d just do the same, but she never did. She had always refused any other type of milk. Even my own expressed milk in any of the many bottles and different teats we tried with her. 

As time went on, I must admit, I was met with a few raised eyebrows when I mentioned I was still feeding my almost 3 year old daughter,  and although part of me wanted my body back, I wasn’t really ready to give up, I loved that closeness,  being able to comfort my little girl when she was sad or hurting, to gently nurse her off to sleep every night. I loved it mostly. I do miss it. I still miss it now. But I did feel like a lot of people around me thought that I ought to be giving it up as she was past the baby/toddler stage. I’d been prepping her for a few months prior, asking her almost daily, what was going to happen when she turned 3 -  “no more gook mummy”.  I choose her third birthday as I thought she’d have all the excitement of her celebrations and her new toys to distract her slightly, and my plan worked. Just like that, she stopped. We stopped.  

I didn’t feel the relief like I thought I would, I just felt awfully guilty and incredibly sad for a good few weeks after.                                              

 

Most mums that  I have spoken to about this subject, have mixed feelings when giving up, the relief of having their body back and being able to actually go out with their hubby or friends without having to rush back within a few hours with the boob!  But overwhelmingly the sadness at the end of a very special stage in theirs and their babies life. 

I only have one photo of this most precious time. A quick snap on my husbands mobile phone sat on the sofa surrounded by laundry and nappy bag contents. I don’t even know if it still exists.

I really regret not having a special portrait of myself nursing my precious baby girls.

Once your milk has all dried up and your boobs are all your own again, yes we have the memories, but memories can fade, prints will be always be there, reminding us of one of the most wonderful and rewarding parts of early motherhood. 

I firmly believe it's something we must celebrate!

 I am now going to be adding breastfeeding mini shoots to all baby/child ( 4 months+)  portrait sessions as a bonus extra for a limited time or they can be booked as a stand alone mini session, 3 digitals for £45.  

Of course if you are not breastfeeding, you can also have an image like this just cuddled up with your baby or child.

Karen x 

Evans Cake Smash

My first passion is newborn photography but Cake Smash sessions are quickly becoming a very close second, they are so much fun! 

Little Evan is my nephew and it was an absolute pleasure to photograph his first birthday cake smash and splash session. 

 My sister has kindly agreed to show you some of the funny outtakes of the session, his little faces were hilarious :D 

Here's a few from his session and some of those funny faces! 

Ava's Newborn Session.

I've had a run of beautiful little girls recently. Here's gorgeous little Ava and her equally gorgeous family. Oh and an absolutely stunning wedding dress! 

If you would like a newborn session, do book early to avoid disappointment, I only book in a few per week and I'm getting booked up fast.

Hope to meet you soon! 

Karen x