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Christmas 2018

I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who joined me for my Christmas mini sessions of 2018. I had the most wonderful time with every family that walked through my door, and I am so pleased I decided to do a setup that was a little bit different.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, full of love, laughter and most importantly, family. Theres a quote that says “I used to think being a child at Christmas was the best thing ever. But it turns out, having children at Christmas is!” and this couldn’t ring more true for myself. I love seeing such innocence and pure joy that surrounds children at Christmas. The imagination it brings. The fun festive family time it encourages. The time spent together making memories, is one of the best things a child can have, so enjoy it.

Merry Christmas to you all, and I hope to see some of you again next year!

Newborn Photography Sessions- How do they work? Jess Evans Photography

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“Little boy, when you speak, I can’t help but kiss your cheek, I love the way you grab my hand, tell me all about your plans”

Oh this song just gets me every single time. I listen to the words, and i’m thrown straight back to 2014, the year my son was born. I reminisce his life so far, and I am just so proud of the little boy he is today. The newborn stage goes by SO fast. You blink and they are sitting up, crawling, walking, talking. They need you less and less each day, and the moments spent rocking a crying baby to sleep at 3am seem like a distant memory. All we have to look back on these memories are photographs. Photographs are such a precious gift we have been given- without them our children wouldn’t know just how tiny they were, once upon a time…

 

I believe having a Newborn session is the most important session you can have. They are so bespoke, and hard to recreate at home safely. I have had extensive training in newborn safety and posing. I know how to curl your tiny little bundle up, to get beautiful photographs of them at their smallest. I know how to wrap them, so they feel comfortable and secure enough to drift off into a peaceful sleep without any fuss. I know the poses that require composites, or spotters, in order for your baby to be safe at all times. Newborn photography is something I am very passionate about, and I want you to have the perfect images of you and your family. My sessions are very much baby led. Your little one calls the shots. We go at their pace, and I aim for everyone to feel relaxed from the moment you walk through the door.

“So how do your newborn sessions work?” is a question I get asked all the time. Most people are surprised at how little they actually need to do. I try and make the sessions as easy for parents as possible. I want you to be able to sit back and watch your newest addition looking oh-so-cute. I’ve even had a few parents nod off before, to catch up on their Zzz! Those first few weeks are so exhausting, and I think its nice to be able to sit and just take a minute sometimes!

I usually start by wrapping your baby, because it is the cosiest way for them to fall asleep, and they will feel very warm and secure. If you have other children, this is typically when I will do sibling poses, so then they are free to sit and watch a film, colour in or go to the park with grandma! If this is your first baby, I will go straight onto my props first. I have a beautiful range of different things I use to photograph baby in- from bowls, buckets, beds and hammocks. These are mostly all handmade, and bought from various venders all around the world! They are designed with newborns in mind, and thats what I love about them. And obviously, safety is the most important element of any newborn session, so I have taken extra measures to ensure props are secure (whether that means they are weighted at the bottom, or I have a spotter to hold it in a safe position).

 

Once props are over, I will then go onto the beanbag. This is where your baby will be unwrapped in stages, to get a variety of beautiful images with lots of textures, before they are unwrapped completely. I love the images I produce on the beanbag, because they are the most timeless photographs you can have. They are simple, with your baby being the star of the show. There’s no fuss- just them and all their little details, at their tiniest.

 

Finally, I always try and get everyone to have a few photographs as a family. You wont believe the amount of times I get a message after a gallery has been viewed, saying something along the lines of ‘thank you for persuading us to have photographs together’. I know, especially from experience, that the last thing we feel like after having a baby, is having our photograph taken. But you just can’t get that moment back. It is so important to exist in your children’s photos, because they will be the ones looking back at them in years to come. I usually take some of mum and baby individually, and then the same for dad and baby too. Then you can have some altogether, as a family. And if siblings are involved, then we will get these images at the beginning instead!

 

Sessions can take anywhere between 2 and 4 hours, and it is all dependent on your baby. Some take longer to settle, some like to feed more often, and some just don’t like to be disturbed whilst they are sleeping (and I’m a bit of a perfectionist- if it takes me longer to position their fingers correctly, then so be it!). But that is OK. I will take my time, and ensure your baby is always content.

I hope this has given you a little insight into how a Newborn Session works. I want all of my clients to enjoy the experience, just as much as I do, because the images I deliver to you are so very important. If you are thinking of booking a Newborn Session, please don’t hesitate to contact me, and we can discuss it further. I hope to see lots more newborns in 2019!

 

 

 

Christmas Mini Sessions 2018- Jess Evans Photography

Ahhhhh Christmas. The most wonderful time of the year. Full of fun, laughter, family, memories and cozy days in front of the TV, watching your favourite Christmas film. Christmas has such a different meaning when you have Children doesn’t it? Its like magic all over again. I live for Christmas morning, when you see your child’s face light up as they walk into the living room, and witness all of their little dreams coming true. Its such a wonderful feeling. And Christmas truly isn’t about the presents. Its about the presence. The memories we make will stay with us forever- and photographs are a wonderful way for time to stand still, in that perfect moment.

I know, its November. But who says Christmas has to be restricted to December? Cozy up and join me for some beautiful memories. Perfect for your baby’s who are celebrating their very first Christmas, or just as a lovely keepsake of your little ones, to add to the Christmas album! Dress them up in a smart christmas outfit, go all out with a fun christmas jumper, or snuggle up in some christmas pjs! For babies ages 5-12 months, I have the most beautiful outfits for you to borrow too- one of which is pictured on Ettie in the images below!

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Session fee of £45 is payable upon booking, and in return you will receive 3 high-resolution digital images sent via digital download, along with a print release form for you to use as you desire. Sessions will take place at my home studio in Poole, Dorset.

Dates currently available: Friday 23rd November & Saturday 24th November.

To book, please contact me today and secure your time slot! For the quickest response time, please visit my facebook page and send me a message on there: http://www.facebook.com/jessevansphotographer

*These sessions are limited to two children, as the setup is smaller than usual. If you would like to include more than 2 children in the session, please send me a message and we can arrange something to suit your family. Siblings only please!*

 

Mummy & Me sessions | What you’ll need to know | Jess Evans Photography in Poole, Dorset

I’ve had a few of you asking about our Mummy & Me mothers day photography mini sessions, so I thought i’d put together a little information sheet, which answers all your questions. Our sessions will take place on Friday 23rd and Monday 26th February 2018, and slots are very limited.

To book, please either contact me here, or visit our payment portal here.

I can’t wait to see you all in my studio, and create those beautiful memories for your children.

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Here are some of last years beautiful images, with our gorgeous little model Alice:

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Why should I have professional photographs taken?

Having professional photographs is something we all put off. Its something we take advantage of, because we all have so many candid shots of our children, lying around on our smartphones, that we just put it on the list for another day. But those days go by fast, and all of a sudden we realise that we haven’t had any beautiful portraits done in months, sometimes even years, and you cannot get that time back. EVER.

We live in a majorly digital age, where everything is on a computer, hidden away in folders. Forgotten about. We take SO many photos, that we forget to treasure them. We all share on social media daily. But how many of you actually print every image you share? I know I don’t.

And I want that to change. I feel so strongly about showcasing your beautiful children in your home. On the walls, in frames on the sideboards, by the fireplace. I cant begin to explain how important it is the print those photos. Print them BIG! These are our beautiful children, these are our photographs. So we should be able to walk into the living room and see them every single day, and smile because we remember what they once were. A little babe, and feisty toddler, an innocent little one. They grow so unbearably fast, and photographs are the only way to freeze that moment. This is why I wanted to offer some summer baby & toddler sessions, because this is the perfect time to do it. Don’t put it off any longer.I am so thankful to be able to capture Zachary at every stage of his development. It is one of the most important things to me. He is only 3 and a half, and I genuinely forget what it was like to have him as a bouncing little 6 month old. It feels like a lifetime ago. But looking at photographs brings me back to the moment. I look at his happy little face, and remember his devilish little giggle as if it was right next to me.Take the photos, capture the memories. Because before you know it, they’ll have grown so much, and all you will have left to reminisce is that photograph.

 

 

 

Double trouble- My Twin Newborn sessions | Jess Evans Photography | Poole, Dorset

Ahhhhh Twins! They say, its double the work. Double the night feeds. Double the washing. Double the money. And we often hear, double the trouble. But most importantly, twice the love and double the cuddles! Jake and Elliot were my 3rd set of twins to enter the studio, and my goodness, these boys were AMAZING. I fell completely in love with these two as soon as they entered the studio. Completely identical, but very different in their own little ways. Little Jake loved being curled up, whilst Elliot much preferred to make the most of the space he had!

I love working with twins, and I can’t wait to see more of them in the studio this year. I just wanted to share a few images from our session a couple of weeks ago, because they are just gorgeous!

 

A letter to my son | Jess Evans Photography

 

Its just gone 7, i’ve finally sat down after what feels like the longest day in history. I’m exhausted. I feel broken. I’m all kinds of stressed. So far, since putting you in your bed, you’ve been out 5 times, and poked that little head round the corner more times than I could count. You think I can’t see you, but I can. You tell me you want just one more ‘squeezy huggle’. You know I need one, you know me better than anyone.

My sweet boy,  I know sometimes I don’t have the time to sit with you and play superheroes. I know sometimes I sneak into the kitchen for five minutes of peace, thinking you wont realise. I know sometimes I get angry, and my patience runs thin, for what may seem to be no reason at all. And I know that hurts you. But I don’t mean it.

Being a parent is hard. Really hard. It’s hard because we are supposed to be the ones who know everything, who can guide you and teach you lessons you’ll need in life to be a better person. We are responsible for bringing you up, and making sure you have the best possible childhood, and choose the right path. We have to do things ‘right’, because we only get one chance. But what is right? How am I meant to know if i’m doing whats best for you? No amount of parenting books, classes and late night googling could ever prepare me for the things you throw at me on a daily basis.

But actually, when I sit and think about it, it is you that is teaching all of the lessons. Not me. You have taught me how to love. How to love unconditionally. Even when the terrible two’s were in full force and instead of being calm in the middle of the supermarket, I just wanted to leave you there and run, I walked you to the car, cuddled you, told you how much I loved you, and apologised for even considering it. And then the threenager hits. For all of the times you’ve shouted at me, and told me you don’t like me anymore, I still hold you tight, and tell you that I will always love you, no matter what. Because I do. You are everything to me. My whole entire world, and I love you unconditionally. When days are tough, and nights are never ending, when I feel like everything and everyone is against me, when I just want time alone to breathe, you are always on my mind. I never stop thinking about you, and I want you to know that I never will. You will always be my little boy. My first born. The person that lifts me up, even on the darkest of days. You are my priority sweet boy, and I’m sorry that I don’t always show you that.

You wont remember me rocking you back and forth, stroking that button nose. You wont remember the times I kissed those little cheeks. You wont remember me holding that little hand, as you walked with me. You wont remember me tickling those little feet, and the sheer happiness on my face as you giggle louder and louder. You wont remember how much you healed me, and showed me how to live. And i know you wont remember how hard I tried. But I will, and I hope one day you’ll know just how much you mean to me.

Being a parent is about learning the strengths you thought you never had, and dealing with the fears you didn’t know existed. Some days you might feel like you’ve failed. Like everything you are doing is wrong. You probably feel a sense of guilt; whether its because you lost your temper, or you don’t feel like you spend enough time at home playing dress up, or because you simply just can’t cope with the stress that is parenthood. We all do. But I can tell you this now, you have not failed. You are a great parent. You can do this, and you are not alone.

So for everything you have taught me, my sweet little boy, thank you. You are special to me, and you are so loved.

Forever and always,

Mummy X

 

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