Just like Great Grandad

Today I took my youngest into the studio with a very clear vision in my head of what I wanted to achieve. I wasn’t expecting this session to go aswell as it did, if you have read some of my earlier posts you would have heard me mention ‘Photographers Child Syndrome’. Well I was pleasantly surprised when my very well behaved little model did exactly as he was asked and even posed himself a few times.

Anyway, get on with it I hear you say…. The purpose of this session was the hat, this hat is a special hat as it belonged to my Grandad Henry. When Ollie was born we chose his first name to work with his middle name, Henry. I wanted the images to be simple, neutral and have a vintage touch to them. So the studio was set with my new chair ( I love my new chair 🙂 ) and a dressed up Ollie and we had fun while capturing just the images that I had been hoping for.

Oliver Jan 2016

I always ask clients if they would like to bring anything along to their sessions and this is the reason why. These images mean so much more to me than just beautiful images of my gorgeous (yes I am biased lol) little boy. They are a memory of a loved one that is no longer with us, a way of bringing them into the present day and a talking point for the future. I look forward to the day when I sit down with Ollie and explain the importance of that hat while looking at these photos and who knows maybe one day capturing images of my grandchild wearing this special hat.

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Freddie’s 1st Year

I am a little late with this post as we haven’t had the internet for a while but I have been looking forward to writing this one.

Meet Freddie 🙂

Freddie's 1st year ws

I first met Freddie when he was just 4 days old when he came for his newborn session. He was the perfect model, slept for ages, was very easy to pose and didn’t wee or poo on me (always a bonus 🙂 ) He was such a cutie and I knew he was going to be a little star.

Freddie came back to see me when he was 4 months old. He was now able to hold up his head without support and that meant we could get some beautiful tummy time photos. He was the perfect model yet again and we got a gallery full of beautiful images. One of these images I loved so much that I decided to be brave and enter it into The Guild Of Photographers monthly competition. I was awarded a bronze award and boy was I chuffed. I knew this boy was a star but now he was a little award winner at just 4 months old.

I was over the moon when Freddie’s Mum and Dad agreed to another photo session when Freddie was able to sit unaided, so at 9 months old Freddie was back in the studio. Well the little baby that I had photographed before was now a sitting up, smiling, laughing bundle of character and a gorgeous one at that. He was very tolerant of all the poses we done with him and yet again Mum and Dad were presented with a lovely and very full gallery of images.

That leads me to Freddie’s most recent photo session, his 1 year session. I went into this session feeling bitter-sweet as I have truly loved photographing this little chap and capturing his first year for his Mum and Dad and knowing this was his last session made me sad. We had decided on a cake smash session to mark the big occasion and Mum picked a fantastic cake, a superhero theme for a super little guy. We done some pre cake portraits and of course Freddie was his usual perfect model self. Then came the cake, I don’t think Freddie could believe his luck when we put a big cake in front of him but he got stuck in and made lots of mess. You could see the sugar rush hit him and that was funny for all involved. After Freddie had filled himself with cake we cleaned him up with his tub time, he loved it. There was water everywhere and lots of splashing but that also meant lots more beautiful photos and captured memories.

Collage-16x20 1 year ws

Now comes the soppy part…… Firstly I would like to thank Freddie’s Mum and Dad for choosing Kelly Hermitage Photography to capture his first year, it has been brilliant watching him grow and getting to know you all a little bit. He is a fantastic little boy and that is all down to you.

I would also like to thank Freddie for being such a fabulous model. You have been perfect in every session little man and I will be eternally grateful to you for giving me my first award winning image. I hope that I will see you again in the future 🙂 xx