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.

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

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.

Newborn portraits by Bundles of Joy Photography

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

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

Newborn Photography: Babies dressed to impress!

In your search to find a newborn photographer, you will have perhaps noticed something about newborn photography. And that is that newborn babies are usually photographed naked in a professional newborn photoshoot.

That’s so that the gorgeous soft, wrinkly skin of the baby and their small bodies, all curled up as they were in the womb, are on full show in the pictures.

But if you’re not a fan of the ‘naked baby’ photos, don’t be put off newborn photography altogether. There are options!

Dressed to impress!

For example, not all the newborn portraits I take have the baby undressed.

Far from it! In fact, personally, I love dressing my ‘bundles of joy’ clients up into little outfits!

And in this blog, I’m including lots of examples of my newborn photography work – all of which feature babies wearing newborn outfits.

The teeny tiny little clothes or accessories cover the baby’s modesty while still being beautiful newborn portraits that their parents have absolutely adored.  

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Newborn outfits and accessories

If I’m honest, I’ve got a huge selection of newborn-sized clothes. So, when you come to me, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Miniature vintage rompers, cashmere all-in-ones and delicate lacy vests to name just a few. And that’s without all the gorgeous little accessories like hats, headbands and blankets that I have either bought or made over the years!

Traditional newborn photography

Yes, newborn photography is traditionally done with the baby undressed. While the baby’s modesty is always maintained, most photographers do take the majority of their baby portraits with the baby naked.

But if you’re not a fan of the naked baby photos but do still want adorable newborn portraits of your own little bundle of joy, when he or she arrives, I can create images like these for you too.

If you’d like to look at more examples of my newborn portraits, please pop over to my gallery where you can find more of my work.

And if you’ve yet to book your newborn photoshoot, 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

Newborn Portraits in Summer Colours

I’ve been really busy at the Bundles of Joy Photography studio recently, taking photographs of many gorgeous little ones who have been born in the last few weeks. 

With summer finally here, it’s been a real pleasure to dig out the summery coloured backdrops and wraps from my store room. I’ve been using them in my latest newborn portraits and some examples, I include here.

Don’t these late spring/early summer babies all look utterly gorgeous with these lovely seasonal colours?

Newborn portraits for your walls at home

A key thing to realise is that once you have had your newborn photo session with me, you’ll likely want to buy prints or framed products so that you can hang them on your walls at home. 

Whether they are to be hung in your baby’s nursery or in your living areas, the photos look best if they complement your colour scheme. 

Which is why, among other things, I always discuss with my clients to which colours they may want me to include in their baby’s newborn portraits. 

Get inspiration from my newborn portrait galleries

I encourage all my clients to view my galleries to see examples of my work beforehand and to take note of any particular images that they love and would want for themselves. That way, you can tell me if there are any particular images or poses that you would like me to create during your own baby’s photoshoot. 

Choosing colours for your newborn photoshoot

And I always discuss with parents what colours they would like me to use. 

I have a HUGE collection of backdrops, props and accessories including wraps, so there are tonnes of options to choose from! But to save you from feeling overwhelmed, I like to discuss your preferred colours in advance – either let me know by email in advance, or we can chat about it on the morning of your photoshoot.  

Then, once I’ve gathered all the most relevant coloured props and wraps, we can start creating the photographs as soon as your baby is settled and sleeping away peacefully. 

Some parents have set ideas about the colours they want me to use. They may have a particular love of dusky pinks, creamy neutrals, soft yellows, baby blues, or fresh mint and greys. Whatever their preference, I can create images to suit. 

Other parents are less specific and are happy for me to take photos using a variety of colour schemes. In this instance, I use the colours and combinations I know that work well and that has proved really popular with clients in the past. 

Examples of my newborn portraits

So, what I hope you’ve taken from this blog today is that if you’re coming to me for a newborn shoot soon, do spend some time having a think about what colours would work well in your home. 

The examples I’ve included in this blog hopefully have given you some inspiration on the colour combinations that are possible. 

It really is worthwhile considering how the colours we use during your photoshoot could be tailored to complement your colour scheme or to match the season in which your baby has been born. 

A bit of thought and pre-planning will help to give your newborn portraits the extra WOW factor!

See you at your photoshoot very soon! 

If you’ve yet to book, please contact me on 07973 939 522, email me at photos@bundlesofjoyphotography.co.uk or complete this contact form. 

Georgina xx