When should I book my newborn photography session? | Jess Evans Photography | Poole, Dorset

You’ve taken that test, you’ve probably cried a few tears of joy, you’ve had your scans and everything looks perfect. Then the fun begins. You can begin to organise and plan for this new life you’re bringing into your world. You will almost definitely create a ‘to do’ list, of things to purchase, places to visit, appointments to go to (I know mine was as long as my arm!). And booking your newborn photography session should be on that list!

This is a question I get asked all the time: ‘When is best to book in with you for my newborn photography session?’

The answer is, as soon as possible! My diary gets filled up months in advance, and being a newborn photographer, I have to make sure I always have space for those who have booked, which is why I only take on a few newborns each month. These little bundles of gorgeousness do not have a schedule, they are going to come when they are ready. Newborns are totally unpredictable from the get go!

As soon as you’ve had your 20 week scan, please contact me. I can then send you my newborn photography session booklet, which details everything you will really need to know. If you are happy and want to go ahead and book in, all I need is your due date, and a small session deposit to secure your date. That’s it.

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Then once little one makes their arrival, we can schedule your newborn photography session, and you can look forward to creating those beautiful memories you will treasure for years to come. They are only tiny for such a short while, and the ideal age to photograph a newborn is just 10 days old. Remember those tiny little details you’ll one day miss.

If you are pregnant, and looking to book a newborn photographer, don’t leave it too late. Contact me today, and lets capture the most precious moments of you, and your newborn baby, in my relaxing home studio in Poole, Dorset.

 

 

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Top 5 Toy Storage Solutions

Christmas is over, the big man in the red suit who steals all the thunder, has popped over, eaten your mince pies, left a huge stash of toys in your house, and disappeared without even considering where the hell us parents are supposed to actually put them!

Don’t worry, I’m with you. I’m feeling your pain right now. I’ve put them in the wardrobes, the bathroom cupboards, under the sofa; i’ve even considered turning the shower cubicle into a brand new, modern day toy storage unit (yes, its that bad!). When you’re pregnant, buying all the cute little outfits, and the sweet little soft rattles, you don’t consider that your house will one day be turned into a toy shop. And from December 25th onwards, you will just be constantly stepping over teeny tiny little figures that seem to re appear, no matter how many times you put them away, pieces of lego (that god damn lego), and a gazillion cardboard boxes which don’t all fit in the recycling bin. The post Christmas tidy up has got to be worse than the famous ‘spring cleaning’ we are all meant to do around March time.

So I thought I should probably get organised, and try to make my house look less like Toys ‘R’ us, and more like somewhere an adult actually lives their day to day life. I’ve come up with 5 brilliant little storage solutions, in the hope to reclaim my living room and have a little bit of normality in my home once again:

  1. Ikea’s Kallax Storage unit: RRP £30-£130

kallax-shelving-unit-white__0243994_pe383246_s4I absolutely love the Kallax system, and I currently have 3 in my home! This particular one pictured retails in at £39, which is a bargain if you ask me. These are amazing for hiding toys, and there are so many ways you can style it. They come in a huge range of colours, and you can add doors, drawers, cupboards, boxes and more to them, to suit you and your home. They store A LOT in them, with each individual box being very generous in size. These come in various sizes, from 4,  8, or 16 ‘slots’, they really do fit almost anywhere in your house. They dont look like toy storage either, which is great if you’re trying to keep your house slightly more grown up. I’m debating buying another one, just because they are that good!

 

2. Next Toy Bag: RRP £14

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These sturdy fabric bags are perfect for any child’s bedroom. They are huge, and can fit 6 toot-toot drivers sets in, without overflowing (yes, we’ve tried!). They are also perfect for all of the cuddly toys children seem to adopt, and the velcro fastening means it is something that is easily accessed for even the littlest of hands. They have a blue version too, which is priced at £12 (not sure why its cheaper!), but I really can’t recommend these enough!

 

 

 

3. Verbaudet Storage Chest: RRP £49

3x_70501_0412_6349 A modern take on a traditional toy box. Not too big and bulky, and the perfect height for a child. It comes in pink or white, and this is one of many beautiful pieces they have on the website. Its my favourite place to shop for furniture, and the quality is outstanding. I’ve seen my son struggle to reach into toy boxes in the past, but this looks a great size for children to be able to bend over and reach the toys at the bottom (and lets face it, thats always the toy they want, right?). Instead of opening at the top, this has a drawer on wheels for easy access. This is slightly more expensive than my previous storage ideas, but Verbaudet are very good at discounts. When I viewed the website earlier, they had 30% off all full priced items with your first order, and that is not unusual for this company. They are always giving discounts, or free gifts with orders, so its definitely one to keep an eye on!

 

4. Mothercare KidKraft Nantucket Storage Bench: RRP £119.99

screen-shot-2017-01-01-at-21-37-36I think the KidKraft storage bench is a fab idea to neatly store toys, with a useable seating bench too. It could be used for a variety of things: like in a reading corner, for a quiet space to read, or a place where children can line all of their teddies, dolls or soft toys up neatly and out of the way. It has great reviews all round, and you have the option of white or pastel boxes in pink, blue and yellow- for a gender neutral room.

 

5. Toys ‘R’ Us HelloHome Star Bright Toy Box Table: RRP £59.99

screen-shot-2017-01-01-at-21-55-25We’ve all been there: Arts and crafts bits just never seem to have a home. It all gets shoved in a kitchen drawer somewhere and is a jumbled mess most of the time. This Toy box Table is GENIUS. The beautiful wooden table is the perfect size for a child, and would look great in any kitchen or play room. It features a pull out lid, where theres a secret hidden area to store toys. And if you have a toddler, who can’t be trusted with pens at accessible height, then how about turning it into a car garage, a train track, or a my little pony paradise. Endless possibilities with this one!

 

I’m hoping with these suggestions, we can all have our houses looking semi-back to normal very soon. And if in doubt, the local hospital or children’s centre is always looking for toy donations too!

Oh, and if you’re really lucky, and you have a January baby like I do, you’ll get to do it all again next week. I’m going to need more than a toy storage miracle to help me with that one! 

 

BANPAS: How important is Newborn safety?

I’ve finally Joined BANPAS (Baby & Newborn Photography Association).

As a newborn and baby photographer, I have to take the safety of my little clients very seriously. It might surprise you to know that the newborn photography industry is completely unregulated. Photographers like me, who take safety seriously, have to take it upon ourselves to be trained and educated on how to ensure the beautiful images we create, are done safely. BANPAS is a wonderful organisation, which guides photographers with various online safety learning features. A newborn and baby photographer does not require to take any training workshops what so ever, but I feel very strongly about this, and have been fully trained in Newborn safety and posing, by the wonderful Russ Jackson, which I believe is essential.

Being a newborn and baby photographer requires a unique set of skills and there is a worldwide organisation that exists to support photographers like me, who want to have access to safety training and resources that we can use to provide clients like you with a better service. I’m delighted to have joined BANPAS (Baby &Newborn Photography Association) –

Parents and parents to be, please do visit their website if you get a chance, they have SO much information http://www.banpas.co.uk/banpasforparents.

You will be able to find me on their directory of photographers here: http://www.banpas.co.uk/member/jess-evans-photography.

They also have a fabulous facebook page for pregnant and new parents here: https://www.facebook.com/BANPASforparents

I’d be delighted to chat to you about how I can create a beautiful gallery of images for your newborn and very happy to chat to you about how I do that safely. I book in families from their 20 week scan, so please contact me as soon as possible for booking and availability information.

I can’t wait to capture your beautiful new bundle in their tiniest form.

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My New Name!

I’m so excited to let you all know that we have officially changed names! I absolutely loved ‘ZJae Photography’, because my gorgeous boy was the reason I decided to open the business in the first place, but feedback from customers made me realise it was difficult to pronounce, and something just didn’t feel right. This is my Photography business, and I wanted my name to be remembered. I searched and searched for months, and finally found a name that hadn’t already been used (If you hadn’t already noticed, I have the most common name in the whole entire world- so this was a difficult task).

After a little bit of negotiation, I was finally able to rebrand my business, and that is where Jess Evans Photography was born. I’m so happy with the change; new name, new logo, new stunning  packages  and a total revamp of the studio.

I hope you are all as excited as I am- so please spread the word!

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Take a mini tour of the studio.

I have a beautiful home studio in a central location in Poole. Situated on a quiet residential road, its the perfect calm setting for your photography session with me. I love having a home studio, because it is very welcoming with a relaxed atmosphere, meaning your children can feel comfortable around myself.

Personally, I like to keep things very pure and natural, which is why I shoot mainly with a white setup. Children have the most beautiful expressions, and nothing should be forced or too staged. I want everyone to feel relaxed and enjoy the experience.

I welcome in many families to my home, capturing beautiful and timeless images for your family to treasure for a lifetime. Those first years of a childs life disappear before you know it, and having memories to look back on for years to come is what I love to capture.

I finally got round to photographing my studio setup, so I thought i’d share it with you guys. I am SO happy with how it turned out. It is bright, airy and welcoming- I’m totally in love.

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Cake-Smash Sessions

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Can you believe it? You are planning for your baby’s first birthday! Probably one of the most important milestones in your baby’s life, and it is so bittersweet. Your child is growing up, with their own little personality that you adore so much. You want to remember this age, and a cake-smash is the perfect way to capture your ever-growing toddler, in a fun and exciting way. I have a variety of packages to choose from; add on milestone images, where I can photograph your little one before the mess. And our very popular ‘bath time splash’, which is a strong favourite for the children.

I offer a stripped back version of a cake-smash, with less fuss, and more focus on your gorgeous baby, enjoying their very first birthday memory. My wonderful cake-maker creates beautiful ‘naked’ cakes, with less buttercream, less colouring and sugar, and perfect for little ones to get messy with that taste incredible!

testimonial3If you would like further information on our Cake-Smash sessions, please just send me an email and I can send you over a detailed booklet, which includes information on how our cake smashes work, and our variety of packages.

To book, or discuss your cake smash theme ideas, please visit our contact page!

If you would like to view more of my Cake- Smash work, please follow the link here to our gallery.

Our current 2017 prices:

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 *Please note, all sessions require a small non-refundable retainer deposit. The rest can be paid on the day of your shoot. If you cannot make your chosen day, for whatever reason, then we will do everything we can to reschedule. Cancellations with less than 24hr notice, may be subject to an extra fee*

Babies & Beyond Sessions

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Babies

Your baby changes so much within the first year, hitting huge milestones along the way. All of a sudden, that tiny newborn has grown into a gorgeous, happy, bouncing bundle of smiles and its the perfect time to capture them. My baby sessions are perfect from around 4months+, when baby has strong head control, is more independent and full of precious smiles. I recommend booking before your little one is on the move, crawling or walking. But don’t worry if that tiny window has passed, I testimonial2have plenty of experience with active little explorers!

These sessions usually last around an hour, but I will work to your babies schedule, to ensure we get those big, wide eyed smiles. I have a huge selection of props, and I am more than happy to work with you if you have things you’d like to interpret into your session. These are your photos, and I want them to be perfect for your family.

I like to keep baby photos very neutral and pure, so please dress baby is soft coloured clothing, such as creams, whites, pale blues, greys or pinks. We want eyes to be focused completely on them, so nothing too bold and distracting works best.

Toddlers

This age can sometimes be forgotten; your toddler is full of life, energy and probably a little bit of attitude too, but thats what I love about them! They have so much imagination, and I feel like it needs to be remembered. A personality can really shine through a photograph, and that is what I aim to capture in my toddler sessions. I recommend booking a toddler session between 18m-4 years.

These sessions are very relaxed, with no real time frame. We interact, play games and most importantly have fun! I understand that toddlers don’t always want to cooperate, which is why we take plenty of breaks in between, so they usually don’t even realise what I’m doing.

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Again, I like to keep my images very neutral, so all the attention goes to your child. This is why I find natural, pale coloured clothing works best. Keep it simple. I also love the timeless black and white photographs. They show your child and their beautiful face, and nothing else. If this is something you’d like to include in your session, then please just let me know, and don’t forget a black t-shirt.

To book, please visit our contact page and get in touch!

If you would like to view more of my Baby & Beyond work, please visit the link here to my gallery.

 

Our current 2017 prices:

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*Please note, all sessions require a small non-refundable retainer deposit. The rest can be paid on the day of your shoot. If you cannot make your chosen day, for whatever reason, then we will do everything we can to reschedule. Cancellations with less than 24hr notice, may be subject to an extra fee*

 

 

Newborn Sessions

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Congratulations! Having a baby is such an exciting time in your life. It does not matter if this baby is your first, second or even your fifth, it is still a very exciting time for your family, and those special moments deserve to be treasured.

There is so much to think about when expecting a baby. Those 9 months pass by very fast, and all of a sudden you are greeted with this perfect, teeny tiny human. You will want to remember every single little detail, and this is where I come into the picture. I would love to help you document those special memories. My job as a photographer is to capture your bundle of joy, and turn the photos into something you will treasure forever. I understand that your baby is the most precious thing in your life, and handing over your baby to anyone can be daunting. But please don’t worry- I am fully trained in ensuring your baby is completely safe in my hands. Above all, I too am a mother, and i’ve had lots of practice!

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I feel very passionately about capturing you as a family too, so parent and sibling images are included in my package price. I know your baby will look back in 10, 20, or even 50 years time, and treasure these photos the most.

The ideal time to photograph a newborn is between 5-14 days, as this age is perfect for the curly, squishy, super sleepy images. I will, however, photograph babies up to 4 weeks old, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if your baby is already born!

You can book in with me as soon as you know your due date, after your 12 week scan. I will then add your due date to the diary, and wait for the arrival of your little one. Once they are born, we can schedule your session. Baby’s are unpredictable, so please don’t worry if they arrive early/late. I will always ensure I can fit you in.

If you are interested in booking with us, then please get in touch via our contact form and I can send you over a more detailed booklet which includes everything you need to know about your newborn session. If you have any further questions, I am always available for a chat so don’t hesitate to send me a message or give me a call!

To view more of my newborn work, please follow the link here to my gallery.

Want to see how a Newborn session works? Click here to read my recent blog post!

 

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Black and White- The Photographers Child

Ok, so everyone who knows me, knows i’ve always been such a fan of black and white photos. Most of the images in my house have been printed in black and white. I just love the timeless feel they give to an image. Its simple, and so elegant, and so I decided i’d try something a little different to my usually light, bright and airy images.

This is where my little Zachary, a typical photographers child, comes in. He knows the score, he’s been there plenty of times before. He hates the camera, as soon as I get it out of the bag, he practically runs for the hills or gives me the biggest *not a chance are you getting a smile from me* glare. Brilliant, I always love a challenge. He gave me all of about 3 minutes to capture his attention, and boy did he make me work for a smile. It took me 25 minutes just to get him to sit on the stool- he stood up on the chair, got down about 6 times and tried to make an escape. With his arms firmly crossed, he told me he wasn’t having his picture taken (toddlers are so cooperative, right?). So I just laughed. And laughed. And laughed. He was so confused. What on earth is mummy laughing at, this isn’t funny?

But eventually, he laughed with me. With all the silliness, brought him such happiness. And I finally got that smile, and I love it so much! And now I have not just memories to hang on my wall, but a happy moment to cherish forever.

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