Marvellous models

Wow what a busy few months it has been, I had hoped to write this little blog post ages ago but finding the time has been hard. Anyway I have stuck myself to the chair and planted the computer on my lap so here goes….

If you follow me on Facebook you may remember a lonnnnggg time ago I posted a model call. This model call was to enable me to build up a portfolio of images for older children as beforehand I had only offered sessions for children up to 5 years old. I was overwhelmed by the amount of applicants that I had and choosing my final models was a very difficult decision. (I will admit that I had help from my poor Mum as she got roped in to help me decide.)

So invitations sent out and sessions booked in, and into the studio came my four beautiful models. I absolutely loved these sessions, the girls were all brilliant and listened so well to my instructions. The images were exactly as I had envisioned and I gained more than enough images for my portfolio. So with that in mind I would like to share a few of my favourites with you now.

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Finally I would like to thank these four beautiful young ladies for helping me achieve these images and for being truly fantastic models, it was lovely to meet you all. I would also like to thank the Mums and dads for allowing me to photograph their Daughters. I hope you are all as pleased with your images as I am. 🙂

Kelly Hermitage is a specialist newborn and children’s photographer based in Burton Latimer, Kettering, Northamptonshire.

To find out more about my sessions please visit my website www.kellyhermitagephotography.com

or email me on kelly@kellyhermitagephotography.com

You can see some of my latest work on my Facebook Page HERE.

Preparation is the key to success.

Did you know that before we even meet for your session my work has begun? I plan and prepare for your session as soon as you have confirmed your booking. So what do you do then, it can’t be that hard surely? I hear you say.

Well I won’t bore you with the paperwork side otherwise you will be zzzzzzzzz, who likes paperwork anyway.

But the fun starts when I do your session plan, I use all the information that you provide on your booking form to plan the perfect session for you and your family. For those who haven’t had a session with me I will give you a little insight into what a booking form asks. I will ask you to think about colours that you would like included in your session (look at the colours in your home, what will work well and look good on your walls). There is no point in me planning a purple session theme if your home is decorated in orange (unless that is the look you are going for of course). I will also ask you to tell me about your children, what are their names? What are their likes and dislikes? Are they shy? Are there any poses that they will be unable to do (medical reason or just won’t be happy)? Anything you tell me about your children will help me make the session as fun and relaxed for them as possible. By knowing all this information before they arrive means that I can talk to them and relate to them in a way that will help them relax while they are here. I can talk to them about their favourite tv show or plan poses that I know they will be happy doing. The booking form is also your way to let me know what you want from your session and which photos are important to you, do you just want photos of your little one or do you want family photos as well?

So I have your booking form and have read through all the information and I am ready to plan 🙂 I write a list of the poses and set ups that I will be doing and pick out the props and outfits that I will be using (maybe buy a few more to add to my collection just because it would work so well with your chosen colour theme, sssssh).

I have all this set up before you arrive so that your session runs as smoothly as possible. Of course where little ones are involved there may be a need to rethink or change set ups. This is especially true when newborns are around as they have a tendency to poop on things. Therefore I always have a back up plan with a few extra outfits/blankets and a lot of wipes and muzzys just incase.

Hmmm that would lead perfectly to a what happens after your session but that’s another post 🙂

This photo shows perfectly how planning can work, these images were all based on a yellow and brown colour theme for a little boy who can now sit up. Because the colours were used throughout the session the images will work together perfectly as a wall collection as well as individually.

 

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Kelly Hermitage is a specialist newborn and children’s photographer based in Burton Latimer, Kettering, Northamptonshire.

To find out more about my sessions please visit my website www.kellyhermitagephotography.com

or email me on kelly@kellyhermitagephotography.com

You can see some of my latest work on my Facebook Page HERE.

The New Studio

As some of you may know we moved to a new house at the end of last year and with that move meant a new studio for me.

I have finally got around to taking some photos of the new studio to share with you all. I still have a few things to do and there is of course plenty of room for new props 🙂 but here it is my brand new space, I hope you love it as much as I do and look forward to welcoming you inside soon. xx

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Why choose a home studio?

Well….I want to provide a comfortable and relaxed environment for my clients and to me there is nothing more comfortable than being at home. My studio is warm and comfortable with space for you to sit and watch as your little ones pose in front of the camera and I work my magic behind the camera. Tea and coffee is available and sometimes if I have been shopping I may even have biscuits 🙂

I want you to enjoy your photography experience and to do that you need to feel comfortable so please come in, take a seat and relax. X

Kelly Hermitage is a specialist newborn and children’s photographer based in Burton Latimer, Kettering, Northamptonshire.

To find out more about my sessions please visit my website www.kellyhermitagephotography.com

or email me on kelly@kellyhermitagephotography.com

You can see some of my latest work on my Facebook Page HERE.

 

The Photography Experience

Photography has changed a lot over the years, everyone nowadays has a camera and as such everyone in a way is a photographer. Photography is a way to capture a memory, freeze a moment in time in image form. These memories form an important part of our lives. I have albums full of prints from my younger years, my eldest son loves to look through our albums and I have lost count of the number of times that I have told him the names and relationships of the people in there.

So if you can take photos of your loved ones then why would you go to a professional photographer, why would you come to me?

Photography sessions at Kelly Hermitage Photography are not just about your finished product hanging on your wall they are about the feelings that those images provoke and the memories that you have from your photography experience.

I want you to look at your images and smile, not just because those images are of your beautiful little one but because you remember the excitement of reading through your session guide (I send these to you when you book), you remember picking out your colour schemes and filling in your booking form with all the little details that you wanted me to include in your session. I want you to be taken back to the moment you walked into the studio and instantly felt relaxed and then watched as I photographed your precious new baby knowing that they were safe, warm and cared for at all times or smiled with pride as your inquisitive toddler looked at the images I had taken of them on the back of my camera and declared ‘That me’. You will remember the fun you had as we pulled silly faces and blew raspberries to try to make your child smile (I will try everything to make them laugh, I have even been beaten up by a teddy bear.) and how although it took us a long time to get that smile you never once felt rushed. You may even be lucky enough to remember the quiet drive home as your children had fallen asleep from all the excitement. You think about the wait, the moments you spent looking at your walls and imagining your photos hanging there while I carefully edited your images to make them perfect for you, the anticipation you felt as you walked back into the studio and then how that anticipation melted away and you were filled with joy as you saw your images on the screen. You think back to the discussions we had and the mess we made laying sample products on the sides while you decided on the products that would fit perfectly on the blank walls that you had been looking at only a few days before. You remember the excitement of receiving a message from me to say that your order was at the studio and ready for collection, then driving down that day because you couldn’t wait a moment longer. You remember feeling like it was Christmas day as you unwrapped your images, holding them, looking at the detail, tracing your finger over the edge of your little ones face, smiling at the little face looking back at you and then hanging your photos on your walls and standing back to admire them.

I want you to look at the beautiful artwork hanging on your wall and be proud, proud that you chose to capture those early newborn days or the cheeky emerging character of your toddler and proud that you will be able to share those images and these memories with them as they get older.

Photos are a captured memory, a frozen moment in time and I want a memory made with me to make you smile 🙂

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Kelly Hermitage is a Specialist Newborn art and Children’s portrait photographer based in Burton Latimer, Kettering, Northamptonshire. Providing a relaxed and friendly photography experience within a comfortable home studio environment.

If you would like to discuss your photography experience please send me a message at kelly@kellyhermitagephotography.com

School holiday, It’s gone to Potz.

Not long now until the older little ones break up from school for half term and we have to find something to keep them busy. If like me this is a challenge then read on.

You may have the same thoughts as me when trying to plan activities for the little munchkins. what can we do that they will both enjoy as one is 2 years old and one is 4 years old. It needs to be something that is accessible no matter what the weather and ideally something that doesn’t involve me needing to have two sets of eyes and stretchy arms (think the Mum in The Incredibles) to stop them running off.

Now my two absolutely love anything art related and the messier the better so today we tried our hands at pottery painting. I have also never done pottery painting before so this was a new experience for all of us. We found a fabulous little pottery place called Potz Ceramic Studios in Billing Garden Village, Northamptonshire and jumped in the car for our Arty journey. When we arrived at Billing Garden Village we found that there were plenty of places to park (always a bonus when juggling small children and bags). Billing Garden Village is an interesting place with a variety of stores based in funky little sheds. There is also a garden centre as well as a little shopping centre. Inside the little shopping centre we found Potz Ceramic Studios. We were warmly welcomed through the door and the process was explained to us. We then got to choose what we were going to paint. Ollie who is dinosaur mad chose a dinosaur (of course), Charlie who loves cars chose a bowl (hmm, thinking with his tummy I guess). I had to have a go so I chose a mug 🙂

We took our chosen pieces to our table and the lovely lady (I can’t remember her name, bad me) explained about the paints. She spoke to the boys which is always a good thing with me as so many people talk straight past the little ones to the parents. She made us feel at ease and then left us to our painting. The boys chose the colours they wanted to use and created two stunning pieces of art and most importantly really enjoyed themselves.

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I think Ollie would have been there all day if he had his way (luckily the pet store opposite has parrots outside which distracted his attention from an ‘I don’t want to go’ tantrum). Charlie also had a fantastic time and wants to go back again, next time he is going to do a car (his words). The staff were always on hand to help if need be and the atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly, definitely a family friendly place. I also got to meet a fellow photographer as one the the staff is also a photographer (we are everywhere). He photographs weddings so let me know if you are planning on getting married and I will pass on his details.

I would highly recommend Potz Ceramic Studios and will definitely go back again in the near future. Next time I may try something a little more challenging than a mug as they had some fab larger pieces. For now, I just can’t wait for next week when we pick up our finished creations.

You can follow the links above to their webpage or checkout their Facebook Page HERE

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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.

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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.

To discuss capturing your memories and book your session please head over to:

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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 🙂

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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.

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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

A Mother’s loss. #ThisIsMyTruth

Some of you may be aware that October is pregnancy and infant loss awareness month, a month where parents are asked to speak out about the loss of a baby or child to break the taboo surrounding infant loss. Did you know that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage? When you walk along the street, most people you see will have been affected in some way by the loss of a baby. But these babies are often not spoken about, why? People often don’t know what to say I guess, after all what can you say? It will all be ok…. No it won’t, never again will it be ok. You can try again….. Yes I can but that baby will not be this baby, the baby that I have lost, it will not replace the baby I never held.

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So here is my story, my attempt at breaking the silence, my way of holding on to the memories of my babies, my way of saying to the world they were here, not for long but they were definitely here.

I have four children two of those children are my angel babies, I never got to hold those babies, they were never born into this world but they are my babies and they will always be a big part of my life.

My first angel gained her wings in July 2010 when I was 13 weeks pregnant, Emily Elizabeth was very poorly and was not meant for this earth. My world fell apart, my much loved, much wanted baby was gone. All I have left of Emily is a scan photo and memories of the horrible week that led up to her loss. Losing Emily was the hardest thing I have had to and still have to deal with. I went from feeling upset to angry and back to upset in the blink of an eye. I could not look at pregnant women without being angry, they had what I had lost. I would get upset at things on the tv that involved babies. I blamed myself, I must have done something wrong. My emotions were all over the place and nobody really knew what to say to me. Of course my family listened and supported me, Emily’s Dad cried with me and hugged me when I sobbed until there were no tears left inside my body. But nobody could feel exactly how I felt and that is hard. I had one friend say to me, who was pregnant at the time “I can imagine how you feel” I still can’t talk to that friend. I wanted to scream at her, I wanted to say ” no you don’t, how can you, your baby is fine, mine is gone” As weeks went on after Emily I cried a little less and eventually I would get through a week without tears but it was always there just waiting for a little trigger to set me off again. Three months after losing Emily I was pregnant again. There was no joy, only panic, oh no what if it happens again. I did not enjoy my pregnancy at all, I was petrified going into the scans and when it came to Charlie’s birth I was so scared of what would happen. I could not rest until he was in my arms. Charlie was born 6 days before the 1 year anniversary of losing Emily. He kept me busy but I still cried. I was so grateful for Charlie, he was here, he was healthy and he was mine. He was not his big Sister and never would be I had two children but only one that I could hug. April 2012 I found out I was pregnant again 2 days later I started bleeding, angel number two. We went to the doctors but they sent us home and told us to just wait it out. I cried the whole day, my partner was with Charlie downstairs and I just laid in bed and cried. Not again, not another baby that I will never hold. I then fell pregnant again, this time I was even more worried. The scans came and went, my partner and I must have looked so odd when we were waiting for our scans, there was no excitement just a lets get this over with and please let this one be ok. Ollie’s birth was very quick and as I was more with it with his birth (Charlie was a three day labour so I was out of it when he eventually arrived) I was aware that he wasn’t crying, my heart sunk. Thankfully he was ok and apparently the midwives had said he may not cry because he could be in shock due to the fast labour but I hadn’t heard that. I had my two beautiful sons and my two angels.

Ollie is 2 now and I still think about my angels everyday. I still cry for them, I look at the boys sometimes and wonder what my other two children would have looked like if they were here. Nobody really asks about them and if I bring them up I can sense the feelings of nervousness, the oh no what do I say. I do not want sympathy from people, yes it is sad of course. I just want people to acknowledge that they were here. That my babies existed.

Baby loss is all around us and there are so many brilliant charities and associations now that offer support but finding them in the first few weeks is not always easy. I have followed Saying Goodbye which is a part of The Mariposa Trust for a while now. The Facebook page often posts little poems or sayings that explain beautifully how it feels to lose a baby. Seeing some of the comments that are posted on there makes me realise that I am not alone.

I will end my story with some answers and advice this is of course just my thoughts and everyone is different…..

To anyone who has just started down this sad path of losing a baby, no the pain never goes away but you will grow stronger, the tears that now fall every day will start to fall weekly, then monthly and eventually you will keep them at bay until those triggers set them off. That could be a due date, a memory or in my case someone you know using your angels name. There may not be any warning they may just start to fall. I can now talk about my angels without bursting into tears and that took a long time to happen. Emily would have been five this coming January and I know that will be hard but I also know I will get through it. I know I will cry but the tears will stop and then I will carry on as I always do.

To family or friends of someone who is going through losing a baby or has lost a baby in the past. Let them talk, be a shoulder to cry on and an ear to listen. You can not make it better, the pain will never go away but having someone who will acknowledge those angels is worth so much. Those babies, how ever long they were here, were special and loved please don’t let them be forgotten.

For anyone that knows me you will know that I often find comfort in writing poetry. Here is one such poem.

Please don’t cry Mummy, I have not gone,
I am right here Mummy, please be strong.
I am holding your hand Mummy and stroking your hair.
You can not see me but I am always there.
We have a bond Mummy, that will always remain
until the day when we meet again.
And on that day Mummy, when eachother we can see,
I will wipe away your tears Mummy as you finally hug me.

XX

Hey Mummy and Daddy, you are doing GREAT!

Today was my youngest munchkins 2 1/2 year check (wow, where did those 2 1/2 years go?) The lovely health visitor that came to do the check was fantastic. She listened to everything I had to say and answered all my questions and concerns. Ollie is a very fussy eater and I was worried about his eating habits but Katie (Health visitor) listened and offered ideas and support. She then said something that I don’t think us Mums hear enough. She said….. “You are doing great, he is happy and healthy and doing really well, keep doing what you are doing.”

I think being a Mum is hard, our babies are born and the whole purpose of us as a person changes. Your life is no longer your own and you now have a little person who is completely reliant on you. You are their world, they rely on you for warmth, food, a safe environment and love and boy this can be overwhelming especially in those early months when sleep is non existent and hormones are all over the place. Those beautiful little babies that we dream about throughout pregnancy are born and handed over to us but they do not come with an instruction manual. It is up to us as mothers (and fathers) to do our best for our babies and our best is all we can do.

I have found that being a Mum is a constant battle of happiness and guilt. My children are my world but am I doing the best for them? Do I give them enough time? Am I good enough? Will they be proud to call me their Mum? I watch them play and I see two smart, caring, fun and beautiful little boys. I smile to myself and think they are mine, I made them and they are just perfect. But the guilt is always there and I know from talking to other parents that guilt is a massive part of parenting. The constant fight with ourselves of are we good enough?

Maybe this guilt is not such a bad thing, after all if we feel there is room to improve then we will seek ways to become the best we can be but I think we also need to be aware of what we achieve. My children are fed everyday (even if they don’t eat it grrrr), they have clean clothes, they are warm and dry and they are loved. No I don’t take them to lots of groups and they don’t go out every day but I am trying my best and my best is all I can do. Sometimes though I think we need that reassurance that we are good enough.

So this is to all the Mummies and Daddies out there…. YOU ARE DOING GREAT, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

Also I would like to make you aware that the health visiting team support you and your child until they go off to school so please contact them if you have any concerns or questions. I had taken Ollie to the doctor regarding his fussy eating but left without any help. After speaking to Katie (health visitor) today I have the confidence that I am doing the right thing for my Son and that I have a very helpful support network at the end of the phone. Ollie also liked Katie as she had stickers. Katie if you ever see this thank you for making me feel like I am doing a good job 🙂

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A mini session Poem

Christmas is nearly upon us and I am busy planning mini sessions. I couldn’t resist a little poem with a mini session theme. 🙂 Mini session poemfb

If you would like to find out more about my mini sessions then please have a look at my Facebook page where you will find up to date information on availability and how to book. You can find information on my other sessions on my website: www.kellyhermitagephotography.com