Ok, so the title of this post just gave it all away and you don't "need" to read more to find out what this article is all about, but please do, it has taken me hours and hours to compile this!
This September marks a huge milestone for me, whilst a lot of you will be getting ready for your babies starting school, I have been also celebrating the fact that the first babies I photographed 4 years ago are starting their school journeys this month.
To celebrate, I invited the little one's who I photographed as my first newborns 4 years ago to a little "I am starting school" session. Those of you who know me, know that I am not your typical "school/studio" photographer", so I decided to take them all to the beach! Their Mummies and Daddies were very brave allowing them onto the sand with their brand new precious school clothes and shoes, but I am sure you will agree it was definitely worth it and I hope they love these photos of their gorgeous little ones as much as I do.
I got quite emotional looking back at all my old photos to compile this blog post, I bet the families will too!
The three children that came were all absolutely amazing and seemed to enjoy themselves, and agreed that photo sessions on the beach are much more fun than in a studio! I got them to practice for their official school photos , which resulted in a few cheesy smiles but I managed to get some gorgeous natural ones aswell :-)
This lovely little man could have a whole blog of his own! I first photographed him whilst he was still in his Mummy's tummy, and have continued to photograph him and his family ever since. I have actually lost count how many sessions I have done for them, but I had a look through today and picked out a few photos to share of him from the past few years.
I would like to wish them all a super happy start to their new school journeys this month, and thank them for coming and doing this for me. It means a lot to have had all the support over the years and I hope its not the end of our time together. xx
This year myself and the lovely Emma from Sunflower Baby Massage created #littlepacksoflove.
We work closely with a number of other maternity and baby related businesses who, like us are all based in Dorset to create these lovely little packs to give out to our clients.
We are currently planning batch 4, which will be ready to give out in September 2017. Every 2 months we get together with a few other lovely ladies to put our packs together. Each pack contains flyers with an exclusive offer on, goodies and samples for local businesses. This is a not for profit project, the idea is to create little goody packs that we can all hand out to our own clients, and for them to be useful, not just bags of flyers. We like to think of them as local bounty packs.
Some of the regular contributors to the packs include ; Table Top Treasure nearly new sales across Dorset, Rock The Bump pregnant belly casting, Families Online, Butterfly Dreams bump painting, Daisy First Aid, Precious Memories baby castings, Jennie Stone International Business Coach, The Essential You essential oils, and many more. We are always looking out for new goodies to include in our packs, so if you can help, please do get in touch.
We always have a fun evening putting the together, each pack is handmade with lots of love inside. If you have been lucky enough to have one already, we hope that you liked it. They are currently being given out to our own clients and at events that we attend, which so far have included the Mothercare Expectant Parent Evenings, The Dorset Bump to Baby Show and at Table Top Treasure events. We are not yet ready to distribute them further as they take a lot of time to produce, and we want to keep them local, but who knows what the future holds for our little packs of love.
If you would like to find out more about the businesses contributing to our packs , please visit my Dorset Baby Directory Page.
This month I was invited to attend and photograph a Table Top Treasure, baby and child nearly new sale. I love going to these type of events as a buyer, so I was very excited at the prospect of attending one as a business stall holder.
When I arrived, I found my name on my table, along with a goody bag and an information / tips sheet which was very handy. I set up my table, then walked around and took some photos of the lovely items everyone was selling. As well as myself, there were a few other businesses there including TiliRex, with their beautiful handmade clothes, Waterbabies and some amazing homemade cakes and treats for sale.
I had a great morning at this event, as well as meeting lots of lovely families who loved my work and were interested in booking, I got some bargains for my children too. I was very impressed at the selection of items available for sale here, most of these sales only cater for baby items but I managed to get some clothes for both of my children (age 6 and 8) as well as some new toys at amazing prices. I will definitely be attending again, as a buyer and hopefully as a seller as well.
For more information on where and when the upcoming Table Top Treasure events are happening, you can visit their website, or follow them on facebook.
Last week I had a really fun session with Jennie from Jennie Jones Global on Sandbanks beach, capturing some natural fun "headshots" for her home business.
Jennie is a past client of mine and we have kept in touch since she brought her little one to me for his newborn photographs 4 months ago when he was just 9 days old. Recently she asked me if I would be able to capture some natural shots of her and her boys for her website. Jennie runs a business from home which fits around her young children so she wanted to incorporate them within her photo session to show everyone this.
Jennie wanted a blue theme to match her new website, so I spotted these beach huts which we think worked great! Also the blue from the sea, and the fact that she even brought blue beach toys for her boys to play with complemented it all perfectly!
Jennie has ended up with many lovely photographs to choose from , I am not sure how she is going to choose the ones for her website , but that is down to her now.
If you have your own business and would like some professional photographs for your website and or social media, I would love to capture some beautiful natural shots for you.
Prices start from £85, for more information please message me or give me a call 01202 465053
A few weeks ago I had the absolute pleasure of capturing some of this beautiful little one's birthday celebrations. I first met her when she was 4 month old, and this time I was invited to their home to capture some gorgeous memories for her first birthday.
The session was a total success, we got the perfect mixture of cake smashing and family photographs which I hope will take pride of place in their home next along with her 4 month photographs which I saw on the wall on the way in.
We started the session with some family photos , and then some of just her on her own. I am sure you will agree she is absolutely gorgeous, she certainly brightened up my day! Then we moved on to her cake smash, which she loved. She got stuck right in and was not afraid to get messy at all. Then she got in the bath and I packed up to go home.
Her family have ordered some more large prints from me, I cant wait to see them when the arrive, I really do love seeing my photographs in print.
I know that a lot of people choose to print their own photographs from their sessions, If you have done this I would love to see them on your walls, if you have please do send me a photo over.
If you would like me to capture your babies first birthday or any other special occasion, I can either come to you or we can meet at a beautiful outdoor location. For more information please visit my family section, drop me a message or give me a call 01202 465053
When clients book in for their newborn photography session with me here in Poole, they often wonder why I say to allow up to 4 hours. In fact a lot of people just assume that they will not be here for anything like 4 hours and book appointments in the afternoon, and this sometimes leads us to rushing the session towards the end.
I have been photographing newborn babies for over 4 years now, so it is not that I don't know what I am doing. As I am sure you can all appreciate newborns come with their own time schedule, and do not stick to ours. All of my sessions are totally baby led, if baby wants a feed or a cuddle we stop for this. Working with such a small precious little person we need to go completely with their needs to make your experience with me as enjoyable as possible.
If you have ever been to a traditional family photography studio before, you will know the drill. You get maybe half an hour (if you are lucky) to get those all important photographs, if it does not happen during that short amount of time, it does not happen at all. I want to be able to offer the opposite of this, and I will spend plenty of time with you getting those all important beautiful, natural shots.
Another thing a lot of new parents think is, how on earth can I spend 4 hours taking photographs? It does not work like that at all. We do not spend 4 hours taking photos, and the likelihood of you actually being here for 4 hours is actually very low, but I like to make sure we have blocked out the time just in case we need it, which we sometimes do. Even if you have a very sleepy baby, you may find the opposite when they come here, it is a brand new experience for them (and you!) and it is very stimulating for them. Likewise, if you baby is a little more unsettled in general, they might be more settled here , I have lots of experience with babies and I know how to work with each individual baby and how to settle them.
So to round up, please allow up to 4 hours for your newborn photography session. This also allows for a little bit of leeway if you are a little late , I know what it is like trying to get out of the house with a brand new tiny baby! Most sessions are around 2 hours, but some go on longer , please don't panic if you are here the full 4 hours, some babies just need a little bit more time to settle in. And please try not to book appointments after your session as it will be a rush for us to be finished. I know this sometimes cannot be helped , so if you do , please let me know so that I can make sure we are finished and not rush at the very last minute. I aim for your newborn photography experience in my home to be as calming and relaxing, and comfortable as possible.
If you would like to read more about newborn photography experiences with me at Samantha Prewett Photography, here are a few useful links:
Read about your newborn experience here
See a full newborn gallery from one single session here
Visit my newborn section of my website here for more information and prices
A few weeks ago I photographed a large family generation session as part of their celebrations for a special birthday. They decided to buy the session as a birthday gift to capture some special memories to keep and cherish forever. I thought it was a lovely idea, what better gift to buy for someone you love?
We started off the session with a few formal (ish) shots on Bournemouth cliff top. I am not going to lie it did feel a little bit like it was a small wedding! I have had plenty of practice at wedding group shots but its not something I do anymore. I am sure you will agree the photographs look great.
We walked down the Zig Zag together and then had some fun on Bournemouth beach taking some more beautiful shots. I really enjoyed this session, and love how the photographs have turned out. It was such a lovely day, but not too sunny which meant we had the beach pretty much to ourselves!
Something I really loved about this session, was that it wasn't all about the kids. Sure, most of the photographs centre around them, as most family photography does. But I absolutely love that they made the point of having some couple photos, which is really important. When was the last time you had a professional photograph taken of you without the children?
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope they have inspired you to thinking about doing something like this in the near future, it is something I would really love to do aswell. I will leave you with my favourite shot from the whole session. Truly beautiful don't you agree?
I have spent a lot of time recently telling you and showing you all about how lovely it is to come into my relaxing, calming home environment for your newborn photography session here with me in Poole, Dorset. So I thought I would show you a full newborn gallery so you get to see exactly what you end up with after your enjoyable experience with me. Rather than just the best shots , here are ALL the shots! :-)
This gorgeous little one was just 6 days old when he came to see me. Newborn sessions usually take place around this age, depending on how you and you baby are after the birth, I try to book you in around day 7.
These are the kind of images you can expect from your newborn session. You can choose which props and colours you like beforehand or when you get here. If you look through my newborn gallery you will see more examples of the props that I have and the type of shots that I can do for you. But please bear in mind that all babies are different, not all babies are sleepy the whole time, likewise some sleep the whole time. How ever your baby is whilst you are here, please do not worry , I will work with them and we will get some beautiful shots.
Depending on how the session goes, and what final photographs you would like from your newborn photography session we usually have time to use 2 or 3 different props,to do some sleepy tummy shots, some feet shots and some parent or sibling shots if you would like some.
If you would like to read more about having a newborn photography session with me , you can find out what to expect whilst you are here by reading a recent blog post I have written here.
If you are expecting or have recently had a baby and would like to book a newborn photography session in with me at Samantha Prewett Photography, please contact me here.
It's that time of year again.
Last year for the first time I managed to get down to the beautiful bluebell woods at Pamphill in Wimborne, Dorset for a photography session.
This year I wanted to take my own children down there as it is about time I had a lovely big photo of them on my wall. I started getting messages from past clients about possible bluebell sessions a few weeks ago so I thought why not make an event out of it. And then my bluebell mini sessions were born.
We met 2 other families down at Pamphill and spent a bit of time finding some lovely spots for the photographs. I am always careful not to crush the bluebells, unfortunately unlike some other people, as you could see where people had been walking on them. The children had an amazing evening, it was definitely an experience they will remember for a long time. And the other families enjoyed themselves too.
I took both of my cameras and gave one to my children so they could have some fun capturing the bluebells too. Needless to say my son absolutely loved it and has not stopped going on about it ever since. He wants to be a photographer like Mummy and take photos of babies. Love him! He took some pretty good photos himself:
The bluebells are only around for a few weeks so the window for these sessions is small. I am already looking forward to doing this all again next year.
I was very pleased as I managed to get a beautiful photograph of my children (which is rare!) and I am going to put up on the wall.
I have one last bluebell session this evening and then that is it for the year. I am still getting enquiries about them so if you are interested please feel free to join my mailing list and I will keep you updated for next year as they will book up fast. if you would like to read about last years bluebell session you can do so here.
When you book a newborn photography session with Samantha Prewett Photography you are not only investing in beautiful natural photographs that you will treasure forever, but you will also get a beautiful, relaxing, enjoyable experience in my lovely home environment as I invite you into my home in Poole, Dorset for your photography session.
As I am sure that you are aware, a lot of care and attention goes into every single image that will be presented to you in your final gallery. But I have also spent a lot of time and over 4 years of experience thinking about what makes a perfect relaxing experience for you so that you will enjoy your time here. I am constantly having clients tell me how much they enjoyed their time here and how welcoming and calming it is to come into my home.
From the moment that you step into my welcoming home you will hear the quiet calming music in the background which will help you to feel relaxed and comfortable as I make you a hot drink whilst you sit down and take a look through my portfolio books. Usually your baby will be asleep from the car journey so we can take a little time to settle you in and discuss which type of images you would like and which props you would like me to use. I will have a selection of bowls. baskets and crates for you to choose from as well as my collection of wraps, hats and headbands.
Then its time to start the session. Usually I will take you baby from their car seat and undress them, they don't usually like this part, as they were nice and warm and cosy! It will be warmer than usual in my home during your session so its not so much of a shock for you little one when I undress them. Some babies like to be wrapped up so I often go straight into a wrapped shot to begin with, but sometimes they want to stretch so we can get some lovely awake shots on a fur on the floor, or they might want a feed. I spend the entire 2-4 hours of your session going with what your baby wants to do, not what I want to do with them, your session is totally baby led. The only time I will try to get them to sleep is if you are set on a few sleepy "gently posed" shots.
You can expect to be here with me between 2 to 4 hours. My "average" time for a newborn session is 2 hours, but please do not worry if we have gone over 2 hours, all babies are different and I want you to feel as relaxed and un-rushed as possible whilst you are here so it all depends on how settled your baby is and how often they need feeding or changing.
After your session, if you have agreed for me to share you images you can expect to see a sneak peek of your images within a few days. Once your gallery is ready to view you will receive an email link to a private online gallery where you can choose your favourite images, and then will receive these either via email or in the post (depending on which package you choose).
"Such a warm, safe and comfortable environment to be in after having just pushed out a small human. Sam made the shoot so inviting and beautiful. We loved watching her work and the shoot itself provided as much of a memory as the photos themselves"
"A peaceful and quiet home to have your beautiful photos taken by a talented photographer. It's worth having your photos taken by Sam she's just lovely!"
"The thing we loved most about Samantha's shoot was how at ease we all felt. Being in the warm and welcoming surroundings of Samantha's home meant our baby girl could feed/sleep in complete privacy. Samantha captured tender moments that will be treasured forever"
"Samantha was absolutely brilliant when she photographed our little girl at 10 days old. Her home was a relaxing setting and really helped to calm our grizzly newborn! I couldn't believe how gorgeous the photos came out considering how fidgety Cara was throughout the shoot - she captured some amazing shots I'll treasure forever. Samantha really is a baby whisperer"
For more information or to book a newborn session please contact me via my contact me section on here.
About my blog
Welcome to my blog. This is much more than a way of just sharing photography sessions. It is best way to really find out what you are going to get from your experience with me, through behind the scenes, articles on what I do and why I do it. And to find photography tips and advice aswell as entering some great competitions.