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!*

 

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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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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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*