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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