Is your baby turning one soon? Now is the time to book a cake smash session at Andrea B Photography. I am a Newborn photographer in Llanelli but also do lots of cake smashes. They include a mini portrait session, the cake smash and tub time. Therefore you will have three different looks to your photos giving lots of variety to choose from.
We will dress your baby in a smart outfit for a few photos before they get messy. This will aim to capture their personality and smiles. I can do this as a stand alone milestone portrait session also without the cake smash part. It's a great way to celebrate their first year. The little one below is my grandson and he was just beginning to take his first steps at his session so these have now been captured forever. Such a special moment.
Next comes the fun bit, smashing the cake! I can order you a bespoke cake in colours of your choice, with babies name added or you can bring your own the choice is yours. The set is designed with your colour/theme choice and I try my best to accomodate as much as possible. A certain number of outfits are also available for you to use if you wish including, cookie monster, cowboys, super heroes, and girls outfits. Please ask to see if I have what you would like. however most clients bring their own. The cake and balloons can be taken home afterwards (if there is any cake left that is!) .
After all that mess we need a clean up so it's bath tub time. I ask that you bring baby's usual bubble bath and towel. Most babies love bath time they can splash and have fun while I capture their excitement. Tub time photos are adorable and babies expressions are so comical during this part of the session.
You will have a large gallery of the 3 setups to choose your photos from and I aim to get them to you before the big day so you can share or post online for family and friends to see. Please ensure you book the cake smash within plenty of time so that I have time to cull and edit your final choices. Packages can be purchased on top of the 5 included images that come with the cake smash cost.
My studio is based in Pwll, Llanelli. Please get in touch if you would like to book. www.andreabphotography.co.uk/cake-smash
*Warning* possible trigger - Miscarriage. Please do not read if this is going to affect you.
This is an old post I put on Facebook a while ago but 9th - 15th October 2019 is Baby Loss Awareness week in the UK so I thought I'd reshare it.
So I am 1 in 4. I have had a 9 week miscarriage in the past. The last baby was 12 weeks. I miscarried in January 2018 and again in December 2018. This is why I am writing this post. To anyone going through miscarriage you are not alone.
Unfortunately many will also suffer multiple miscarriages which then disproves the 1 in 4 theory. Talk about it if you want to don't keep it to yourself. Hell, you can talk to me, send me a message I've been there.
Not everyone's story will be the same. My first was way back it was my partners and my first baby together. It was a shock. I had the support of an amazing midwife. Some may not have support, it can be lonely, but you are not alone.
This time I was older 45 to be exact not expecting another pregnancy but welcoming it all the same. So many things could go wrong at my age and they did. I believe it is natural selection but it still hurts. I was in control of the whole ordeal I'd laboured before I knew what was to come. I now see Facebook posts of babies that have been born in the last few weeks and think that could have been us. It was however not to be.
I'm writing this for awareness and just to say you are not alone. Being a Newborn photographer and former Midwife and Neonatal Nurse I hear lots of stories about conception and labour, miracles and joy, of struggles and heartache and unbearable loss. The death of a baby is not a rare event it happens more than we like to think and can happen to anyone. While still pregnant, during labour or after birth. Good support is essential to aid in the grief process and to assist in healing and the aim of all involved in Baby Loss Awareness week is to improve bereavment support and reduce deaths in all areas of the UK.
It still amazes me what the human body is capable of. Talk about Miscarriage, talk about loss but only if you want to. There are so many more women and families that have been through it than you think. Look after one another. I hope you like my photograph of our little baby. I hope it doesn't offend. I think it is beautiful. Thank you for reading x
This is one reason why capturing precious photos of your pregnancies with a Maternity photo shoot and your babies with a Newborn shoot is so close to my heart. I must mention also Brooke Duley, who is a Sunshine Coast Maternity photographer in Australia, her work gives an example of how beautiful your maternity shoot could be. See some examples here https://sandpiperphotography.com.au/a-maternity-photoshoot-on-the-sunshine-coast/
There is a Miscarriage support group in Carmarthen for anyone who would like to contact them https://m.facebook.com/Carmarthenmiscarriagesupportgroup
Some useful websites:-
Newborn Photography. Why choose Andrea B Photography?
Before the excitement and emotional rollercoaster of giving birth to the most precious newborn little bundle of love has begun to calm itself, a new Mother (or both parents) have to decide on so many different decisions and choices such as, shall we give Vitamin K? Do I breast or bottle feed, and what if it doesn't work? Which nappies do I use? How often do we change them? What happens with the cord? Do I bath baby straight away? What will we name little one? When shall I register the birth? Will baby ever sleep??? Of course she must think about all this and take care of herself.
As a former Neonatal Nurse and Midwife I often get asked for advice during Newborn Photography sessions and Maternity also. I'm happy to chat about any problems or difficulties new Mams encounter or just to talk about the birth if that is what is needed. I want my sessions to be relaxed and informal with no pressure on the parents. This is why I only schedule in one per day. The session can last 3 to 4 hours but is sometimes done in 2. Babies have their own minds and sometimes need time to settle, time for a feed or change and I don't rush this.
A Newborn Portrait session might be the last thing on your mind with so much going on. Midwife appointments, Health Visitor checks and visitors calling. It is important to remember though that there is a small window for capturing those tiny little details, the newborn fingers and toes the fine baby hair and milk spots. The curly poses that make baby look so content and small can normally only be achieved in the first few weeks. At my studio, Andrea B Photography based in Pwll, Llanelli, I like to book babies in from around day 5 to day 14 to ensure I have a good chance of shooting a full gallery. In babies a little older than this there is a chance but they can be more alert and awake and therefore more difficult to pose. I have a relaxed home studio that is heated to make sure baby is comfortable and can offer tea,coffee and snacks to parents. Parking is available on the drive and I am easy to get to just off a main road.
You only need to bring yourself, baby and essentials such as baby milk, nappies and a dummy if you use one. I have all the props needed for the session, buckets, bowls,wraps, outfits, bonnets headbands for the baby girls. I try to use ethically sourced and natural fibres as much as possible and love the rustic look to them and subdued colours. If there is a particular colur theme you'd like just let me know and I will accomodate you as best I can. I do have most colours in my studio anyway.
It makes sense to book your Newborn session after your 20 week scan so that you don't have to think about it again. Singleton Hospital in Swansea and Glangwili in Carmarthen both offer patients an ultrasound scan at around this time so just send me a message or go to my website to book an estimated date once your due date is known. An automated email reminder will then be sent to you around your due date and we can arrange a suitable date once we know when baby has arrived.
I have been trained by top newborn photography trainers from the USA (Ana Brandt), Canada (Sandra Hill) and Australia (Kelly Brown) and of course many from the UK, and I am continuously learning and improving to ensure baby is safe during their Newborn session at Andrea B Photography. I have photographed a few hundred babies since starting out in photography and am proficient and confident in handling them. I never put baby under any pressure or force poses and composite photos to look like baby is alone when I sometimes keep my hands on baby for certain poses. Safety first. Always.
I admire fellow newborn photographers who put babies safety first and Sharon Nicholson Newborn photographer Aberdeen is one of those who advocates baby safety and has been photographing babies for many years. She is based in Portlethen, Aberdeen and her work is beautiful. You can see her work here https://sharonnicholsonphotography.co.uk/
A Visit to Elaine Rolfe Photography
Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of visiting a fellow photographer in Abergavenny, Elaine Rolfe. Elaine is also a Newborn photographer along with other genres. We had previously met in The Northern Newborn Photography Show in Blackpool earlier in the year. I took the train from Llanelli and decided to make a day of it as the journey is over 2 hours long. I was made very welcome and was invited into her lovely home studio. It's extremely important to have friends with common interests as being a self employed photographer working alone can be lonely, so discussing ideas and sharing experiences can be uplifting and invaluable.
We borrowed her gorgeous newborn grandson Cody as our model for the day, which I am thankful to his Mam and Dad for, and we experimented. Elaine's use of colour was refreshing and the use of flowers which makes her work stand out was a really pretty touch. We did submit Cody to wearing a flower bonnet so I apologise for that now, although it will make a hilarious photo to show at his 18th birthday party! This is not something I would normally do so don't worry about your little ones when they come for a Newborn photography session with me in Llanelli !!
I was in my element looking through all Elaine's props and there is close competition there as to who is the biggest prop hoarder out of the two of us. We did some prop shots using a bucket and tried potato sack on flokati then continued onto the bean bag. Cody was not a happy chappy, he is a big strong boy and was 3 weeks old but he was chilled enough to let us pose him for a short while.
I really like the zingy colours of the last photo. Elaine demonstrated her lovely lighting and how she utilises her large umbrella and beanbag position to make the best of the light and shadows. We then went for lunch and a good chat, bouncing ideas of each other, and a walk round the lovely quirky town which had lots of independent unusual shops. It was nice to get out as I have been reluctant to go recently. We arranged a further trip where we will be trying some new maternity ideas very soon. I then caught a very crowded train back home. Thank you to Elaine at Elaine Rolfe Photography for her company. x
Andrea Bradley andreabphotography
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