Three reasons why I don’t offer Christmas family photoshoots

With the festive season fast approaching, it’s a popular time of year for parents across the country to be booking themselves in for Christmas family photoshoots.

After all, family photos make great Christmas gifts; either as prints or mounted in a frame. Or as a piece of artwork destined to be hung on the walls. 

But, here at Bundles of Joy Photography, I choose NOT to offer Christmas family photoshoots. Curious to know why? Read on! 

Why Christmas family photoshoots aren’t for me!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate why you might consider a Christmas family photoshoot.

Just like you, I enjoy looking at family portraits.

If they’ve been taken during happy family times, looking back at the photos can bring back lots of lovely memories. And you can realise how much young children have grown in the time since the photo was taken (which is always a little bit mind-blowing!)

And, I also enjoy taking family photos. I really do!

But, for me, on a professional basis anyway, Christmas family photoshoots are definitely a no-no!

The Bundles of Joy difference

I see lots of photographers at this time of year offering a quick, cheap photo session and a handful of digital images on a USB stick for less than £100.

A ‘stack them high, let them fly’, bums-on-seats type approach.

That type of service just isn’t the kind of work I enjoy doing.

Instead, here at Bundles of Joy Photography, we do things a little differently!

1.       As a newborn photography specialist, I focus on the baby

You see, I learnt very quickly after setting up my photography business that there is no benefit to trying to be a ‘jack of all trades’.

I’ve found success in sticking to the formula of offering a high quality, premium newborn photography experience which offers my ideal clients exactly what they are looking for.

Newborn Photography by Bundles of Joy

Newborn Photography by Bundles of Joy

As such, any family pictures that I capture for clients are part of my signature newborn photography service.

I don’t offer separate family photoshoots because the focus in my work is on the baby.

The ‘family’ portraits I take are done to complete the portfolio of images I take in a typical newborn session, and usually only involve the parents or the sibling(s) of the baby or both.

Newborn photography at Bundles of Joy 

Newborn photography at Bundles of Joy 

I aim to capture the close bond between a parent and their newborn baby; a mother and newborn son, father and newborn daughter. Whatever the combination, these are intimate and special family photos.

I love photographing newborn babies with their siblings

I love photographing newborn babies with their siblings

Some of the examples I include here (and see more in my gallery) are among my favourites.

2.       Timeless newborn portraits

What also makes us different is that we offer timeless newborn portraits which are pieces of art in their own right. Unlike novelty portraits taken during a typical Christmas family photoshoot.

Our images remain relevant and beautiful to look at as the months and years go by.  

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And yes, while they’re more expensive, our happy clients agree with us that they’re worth the investment because of the years and years of enjoyment that can be had from them.

And, if you invest wisely in quality printed products, they’ll be durable too! Professionally printed portraits – such as the ones I source from my suppliers – retain their vibrancy and colour for years and years. Far longer than a photo printed at your nearest supermarket would. 

3.       A passion for newborn photography

Finally, I specialise in newborn photography because I love what I do and am extremely passionate about it. Not because it’s the latest craze or way to make a quick buck!

In fact, I have been a specialist in newborn photography now for four years and have worked with hundreds, if not thousands, of newborn babies!

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My assistant (and mum) Sue and I welcome our clients into our cosy home-based studio here in Froggatt in the Peak District, and we believe that we offer something really quite special.

I offer limited sessions each month and am dedicated to offering an exceptional experience to my clients.

Come and try it out for yourself!

We’re now taking bookings for Spring/Summer 2018 babies. Please get in touch as soon as possible to book your preferred session date and time.

You can book your newborn photoshoot with me by calling 07973 939 522, emailing me at photos@bundlesofjoyphotography.co.uk or by completing this contact form.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to meeting you!

Georgina xx

Three places to visit in the Peak District

If you didn’t already know, the Bundles of Joy Photography HQ is in Froggatt, in Hope Valley (see the map on our Contact page for our exact location).

It’s a beautiful part of the U.K. and there are loads of places to visit in the Peak District.

It’s the perfect place to get out and about in the great outdoors, since there’s so much to do, like riding, cycling and walking. Or it's equally great if you’re after a beautiful location and a spot of low-intensity sight-seeing.

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Personally, I just love living and working here.

The Peak District is stunningly beautiful all year round. So, if you’ve never made a trip here, I highly recommend you get it on your 2018 to-do list!

Travelling to the Peak District?

Many of our newborn portrait photography clients, who aren’t from the local area, choose to make their trip up to us and then spend some time here.

A sort of mini holiday or ‘baby moon’.

And because they’re new to the area, they’re often asking me and my assistant Sue (who’s my mum by the way) where they should visit.

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Georgina (left) and Sue (right) of Bundles of Joy Photography

So, with this in mind, I wanted to list a few of the not-to-be-missed attractions in the Peak District in case this is also useful to you.

Why not plan a ‘baby moon’ in the Peak District?

Perhaps you’re considering booking your newborn photoshoot with us and are out of the area?

Well, if so, why not do as many of my other clients do? Make the trip here part of a short break and see the very best of what the area has to offer?

Make it an overnight stop or stay for a few days – whatever suits you best.

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Newborn portraits by Bundles of Joy Photography

If you’re first time parents, with a new baby in tow, it will be your first family holiday. And a great way to start your new life as a family of three!

The clean fresh air will do the baby a lot of good, and you can enjoy yourself altogether, away without the constant visits from friends and relatives.

And you can eat out or get a takeaway – no need to wash up or clean the house – sounds perfect to me!

My top three places to visit in the Peak District

If you do decide to explore the local area when you visit me for your newborn photoshoot, here are my recommendations for places to visit in the Peak District:

1.       Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House is a lavish stately home in Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP. It has 30 rooms for you to explore as well as 105 acres of stunning gardens, and a farmyard and adventure playground. Definitely on the must-visit list if you're coming to this area!

To find out more visit https://www.chatsworth.org/

2.       Froggatt & Curber Edge

The Froggatt and Curber Edge walk is a circular route through a beautiful part of the Peak District, which returns along the River Derwent. If you like walking, don’t miss this!

To find out more visit http://snapthepeaks.co.uk/peak-district-walks/curbar-edge-and-froggatt-edge-walk/

Photo by Grant Richie

Photo by Grant Richie

3.       Bakewell

Bakewell is a small market town, made famous by the delicious Bakewell pudding that originates from here. Be sure to try one and take some home with you when you visit!

Bakewell is located alongside the River Wye and is full of beautiful traditional stone buildings. If you’re visiting on a Monday don’t miss the markets in the town centre, which includes a livestock market.

And since all that sight-seeing is likely to be thirsty work, I thought I’d also list a couple of my favourite watering holes!

1.       Public House: The Moon Inn in Stony Middleton

The Moon Inn is a traditional country pub, surrounded by the stunning countryside of the Peak District. And one of my favourites in the area.

It serves locally-sourced home-cooked food, fine wines, real ales and over 50 specialist gins! As well as being a pub, there are also five luxury en-suite rooms, so it’s a good option for an overnight stay too.

To find out more visit https://www.themooninn.com

2.       Public House: The Devonshire Arms in Baslow

This is another great pub which also has 11 rooms so could accommodate you overnight. It’s located on the doorstep of Chatsworth House and serves great food.

To find out more visit http://www.devonshirearmsbaslow.co.uk/

So, I hope that’s useful!

And if you do decide to make a trip to the local area after your newborn photoshoot, be sure to ask Sue and I for more tips when you get here.

There are too many beautiful places to list, but we’d be more than happy to point you in the right direction if you’re after an unforgettable first family holiday!

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In the meantime, you can get further inspiration and details of places to visit in the Peak District from the Visit the Peak District website.

You can book your newborn photoshoot with me by calling 07973 939 522, emailing me at photos@bundlesofjoyphotography.co.uk or by completing this contact form.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to meeting you!

Georgina xx

Why choose Bundles of Joy Photography?

When it comes to choosing a newborn photographer, we realise that you are likely to be spoilt for choice.

But rather than tell you why we believe we are different and why you should choose Bundles of Joy Photography, in today’s blog I thought it would be better to let our client’s do the talking!

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What our clients say about our newborn photography

We have received many glowing testimonials from our clients over the years. So, below is a small selection of just some of those.

The ones shared here have been posted on our Facebook page. Do take a look there if you fancy reading more or visit our testimonials page on our website. 

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Relaxed and award-winning newborn photography 

Of course, we are thrilled when client’s express their delight with their photos and their experience. But, the purpose of sharing these reviews here is to help you discover what makes the newborn photography experience we offer so special.

Read on and you’ll see that time and time again, clients mention:

·         our caring and attentive service,

·         our welcoming and homely photography studio,

·         our relaxed portrait sessions,

·         and, most importantly, our beautiful newborn portraits.

Why choose Bundles of Joy Photography for your newborn portraits?

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Nick Barker – Reviewed Bundles of Joy Photography as 5 stars, 11/08/2017

“Georgina and her mum welcomed us to their beautiful home. We were looked after so well. However.... the most important aspect of our visit was the photos of our baby, Millie. The caring and sensitive manner in which they looked after Millie (3 weeks old) whilst taking an abundance of AMAZING photos! WOW! We can't wait to see the results. Georgina has won some very significant awards and I'm not at all surprised! We're going back to view the results soon but we are very confident that they will be amazing. This young lady is exceptional! In a class of her own.”

Sally Froggatt – Reviewed Bundles of Joy Photography as 5 stars, 01/06/2017

“It's difficult to some up in a few words how magical the experience at Bundles of Joy was...every part of the process was such fun. I was also lucky enough to get a sneak peak behind the scenes and watching George at work was fantastic to see. She’s a true professional and inspiring. I felt Noah was in the safest of hands and I didn't hold back in asking her to be a potential babysitter in the future!!  Thanks George and Sue.”

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Nikki Wheeldon – Reviewed Bundles of Joy Photography as 5 stars, 17/08/2017

“We have just received our album from George's newborn photo shoot...I have fallen in love all over again, Georgina has done an amazing job capturing such amazing picturesThe whole experience with Georgina and her Mum has been perfect, couldn't recommend bundles of joy highly enough! Thank you, Nikki & Chris”

Julia Jackson – Reviewed Bundles of Joy Photography as 5 stars, 03/04/2017

“I can't recommend Georgina highly enough. The day when Albert had his photos taken I was so relaxed to leave him with Georgina and Sue that I had a little nap! When we returned to view the photos both my Mum and I got tears in our eyes at how beautiful the pictures were and how lovely the whole experience is made. I am so pleased we had the photographs done to remember our little boy during such a special time and I couldn't chose between all the gorgeous images so had to have them all!”

Nicki Hutchinson – Reviewed Bundles of Joy Photography as 5 stars, 20/04/2016

“My little boy is almost two and I still enjoy the pictures daily ..from my canvas in my living room to the screen saver on my phone (and of course my cover picture on Facebook) As well as having the beautiful album to get out and go through from time to time. I cannot recommend Georgina enough! The whole experience of the shoot was so lovingly done. We were made to feel so comfortable and at home ..which meant a lot as it was my first time out of the house after my c-section. Cole was so carefully positioned that we could sit and relax with a cuppa knowing he was in good hands.”

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Rhianna Crouch – Reviewed Bundles of Joy Photography as 5 stars, 19/04/2016

“We had the best experience with Georgina and Sue. I went from being really worried about leaving Grayson to being totally relaxed within minutes of meeting them both. We were able to watch and hear the photos being taken. Having the time to just sit and relax with my husband was amazing while being looked after with yummy coffees and treats. Their knowledge and experience of babies taught us so much we actually bought some of the tools they used while we were there. The shusher for one.

On viewing the photos we were blown away, absolutely stunning. I even love the photos of me which I really didn't want to do but am so glad Georgina encouraged me to do. This is one of the best experiences we have ever had and would highly recommend for any parents with a newborn. In fact, we already have given the details to friends after seeing the photos. Many thanks to you both. Lots of love Rhianna, Phill and Grayson XXX”

Further reading about newborn photography

If you are considering booking a newborn photoshoot and have any questions whatsoever about a typical session with Bundles of Joy Photography, please take a look around our website for more information.  

We also have a number of helpful articles in our Blog, packed with tips for new parents like you. For example, take a look at:

·         Ten questions to ask when choosing a newborn photographer

·         How to get the most out of your newborn baby photography experience

Alternatively, please don’t hesitate to call me on 07973 939 522, email me at photos@bundlesofjoyphotography.co.uk or complete this contact form.

Thanks for reading,

Georgina x

Five ways to celebrate the birth of your baby

The safe arrival of your new ‘bundle of joy’ is a time for celebration! After all, this is a life-changing event. You have become a parent and welcomed a new little person into the world!

But how can you celebrate this super-exciting time in a way that isn’t exhausting for an already-tired mum and dad with a brand-new baby? Well, here are my recommendations!

Five ways to celebrate the birth of your baby

1.       Have some alone time with you and the baby

Yes, everyone including grandma Joan, Auntie Carol, cousin Sarah and even the neighbours will be desperate to meet the new member of the family.

But remember that in the immediate aftermath of the birth, you shouldn’t feel guilty about having some uninterrupted bonding time with your new baby.

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Get as much skin-to-skin time as you can in those early hours and days. Spend some quality time with you and your baby. It will be time well spent.

Celebrate the birth of your baby with cuddles, kisses and snuggles. Take it all in! Their smell, the softness of their skin, stroke their hair, and let them clasp their hand around your finger.

Enjoy all those deliciously special moments that you experience as a new parent and savour them.

Then, when you’re ready (and only when you’re ready), announce the exciting news and let your friends and family in on the celebrations!

2.       Hold a small and informal baby shower event

Typically, a baby shower is an event held before the arrival of the baby. But there is no reason why you can’t have a small informal gathering after baby arrives.

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Perhaps even get a ‘birth-day’ cake made, personalised with their name and birth date?

Here’s how an event like this could work.

  • You invite a small crowd of friends and family, and together toast the birth of your baby.
  • No need to put on food (guests will understand that you have better things to worry about than catering)
  • Just have refreshments on hand – perhaps Prosecco for a celebratory toast?

This kind of one-off event is a great idea because you can control the visiting hours – make it clear that invited guests are all welcome, but only within set hours (perhaps even limit the entire event to one hour in total). Then, when that hour is up, everyone leaves!

Guests will likely have gifts to pass on and will love the chance to take a peek and perhaps have a quick cuddle with your new baby.

But the bonus for you is that if they attend the group event, they will be less likely to visit individually over the coming days. Leaving you and your new baby in peace, so you can relax and get to know each other without regular interruptions from individual visitors.

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3.       Plant a tree

This is a lovely way to celebrate the birth of your baby.

The seedling or small tree can be planted in your garden at home, perhaps alongside a plaque with your baby’s name and birth date. And you’ll have the joy of watching it grow over the years, as your baby will!

4.       Hire a newborn photographer to take professional portraits

Hiring a professional newborn baby photographer, like me, and having photographs taken of your baby in their very first days of life is another great way to celebrate the birth of your baby.

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Newborn portraits are typically done when the baby is approximately two weeks old or younger. That way, I can create you a series of portraits which are a permanent record of the adorable newborn stage – when your baby is curled up as they were in the womb, sleeping and peaceful.

Babies change so quickly and in a matter of weeks, your baby will have altered dramatically! I tell my clients, you only have one chance to capture beautiful newborn portraits. Don’t miss out!

And I would urge anyone planning to have a newborn photoshoot to book it well in advance, otherwise, you risk there not being a slot available on the dates you need.

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Professional baby portraits by Bundles of Joy Photography are a great way to celebrate the birth of your new baby, and are an investment that my clients tell me they have never regretted! The photographs will be something you look back on in years to come.

 5.       Keepsake jewellery and baby castings

As well as newborn photography, there are other lovely ways to capture the newborn phase and to celebrate the birth of your baby. Have you heard of keepsake jewellery?

Keepsake jewellery are beautiful items of jewellery that are unique and personal to you, with great sentimental value. They can feature your baby’s name and perhaps even their birth date and weight, or their birthstone, or even their footprint?

Similarly, you could get your baby’s hands and feet cast. The casts can be turned into charms for a bracelet or necklace, or they can be mounted and framed. As with professional newborn photographs, the cast becomes a permanent momento of your baby as a newborn.

This is a lovely way of celebrating your baby’s arrival – something you could buy yourself or for your partner. Or if you’re a family member or friend of the new mum, either buy them a casting session with a local maker or contribute vouchers towards to the total cost of the finished product – they’ll love you for it!

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If you are already a parent, how did you celebrate the birth of your baby? Do please let me know in the comments below.

And if you’d like to enquire or book a newborn photoshoot with me, please contact me as soon as possible on 07973 939 522, email me at photos@bundlesofjoyphotography.co.uk or complete this contact form to secure your slot.

Thanks for reading,

Georgina xx

Do all babies sleep through their newborn photoshoot?

The newborn stage is typically when babies sleep for more of the day than they are awake.

In the first two weeks or so after birth, babies can even sleep for up to 18 hours per day. Amazing, isn’t it!

So, you’d think that all the babies that come to me as just-born babies for their newborn photoshoots would be sleeping all through their sessions, right?

Well, wrong!

Not all babies sleep during their newborn photoshoot! So, occasionally I have the pleasure of seeing the gorgeous little bundles of joy who visit me wide awake and doey eyed, taking a good look around them.

Wide-eyed baby portraits

Here, I’ve rounded up just some of the adorable baby portraits I’ve taken for my clients recently that show the baby wide awake.

Take this as proof that not all babies sleep through their newborn photoshoot and that that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

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These curious little guys and girls obviously just want to know what’s going on, and it’s wonderful when that happens! It absolutely melts my heart to see their beautiful, bright eyes.

Look at baby Laurie’s intense stare in this one. She was wide awake for a good part of her session because she was nearly 5 weeks old and past the sleepy newborn stage. How gorgeous is this?!

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Little Albert decided he was going to have some wide awake time during his session and it was so worth it! I just LOVE this shot of him.

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This one of beautiful baby Millie has to be one of my all-time favourite shots! Look at those wide open eyes and smile.

She was looking directly at me as I photographed her. Absolutely gorgeous!

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I really do love a wide awake shot. This is little Mika. How beautiful is she?

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Smiling babies are the cutest!

Sometimes I even get a lovely smile to photograph!

This little lady, Poppy was very obliging. As she was five weeks old, her mummy had told me that she was usually wide awake for most of the day.

But during her photoshoot, she slept like a little star and we managed to do all the sleeping baby poses successfully.

Then she gave us loads of awesome smiles as well! What a gorgeous little girl. And I just love her eyelashes!

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Did your little one sleep through their newborn photoshoot? Perhaps they even cracked a smile? Do let me know in the comments!

Bookings being taken for 2018

The baby boom continues here at Bundles of Joy Photography. I have been so blessed to have had a really busy summer and to have been visited by so many gorgeous new babies and their lovely mummies and daddies.

If you are expecting a baby in 2018 and would like to book in for a newborn photoshoot of your own, please contact me as soon as possible to secure your date. 

Please contact me on 07973 939 522, email me at photos@bundlesofjouphotography.co.uk or complete this contact form.

I have a limited number of slots available for Autumn and Winter 2017 now – please enquire ASAP if you’re looking for something in the next few months.

Georgina xx