A session with Max and Lyra

If any of you follow me on Facebook you will know that I recently ran a competition to celebrate Kelly Hermitage Photography’s 2nd birthday. There were lots of entries but unfortunately there could only be two winners. The first of these winners was Gemma and with Gemma came Max and Lyra. The bond between these two was obvious from the moment they walked in to the studio. Now anyone that knows me will know that I love capturing the special bond between siblings. Maybe it is because capturing images of my two munchkins together is a hard task (photographers child syndrome x2 is near on impossible) so capturing those cheeky smiles and bear hug cuddles for other parents is important to me. Max and Lyra were perfect models during their session and listened to my instructions brilliantly. Max even helped me with my session plan to ensure that I hadn’t missed any must have poses. We managed to get a gallery of stunning images for their Mum to choose from and she chose my favourite image to be printed as her competition win print (the image below of Max and Lyra laying together). Picking a few favourites to share with you was not an easy task but as I can’t share them all here is a small selection of images from the session.

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Kelly Hermitage Photography is based in Woodford, Northamptonshire. Offering Newborn art and beautiful portrait’s of children up to 5 years old. If you would like more information on sessions at Kelly Hermitage Photography then please have a look at my website www.kellyhermitagephotography.com You can also find a selection of my latest work on my Facebook page: Kelly Hermitage Photography.

Elsie-Mai’s First Year

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When I was asked to capture this little ones first year, I was more than happy to say yes.

She came for her first session when she was less than 2 months old and she was a little star, she watched my every move and did not drift off to sleep until she was having a cuddle with her Mummy at the end of the session. This photo is one of my favourites from the session as I just love the way she is watching me.

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The next time Elsie- Mai came to visit me was for her 6 month session. She had grown and changed so much. Her little character was shining through and she was full of beautiful smiles. She was brilliant and it was as if she knew what she was doing, a perfect model. Here are a few of my favourites from her 6 month session.BlogBoard-15 Elsie-Maifb

A few weeks ago Elsie-Mai came to the studio for her final ‘My First Year’ session. She has grown into a beautiful little girl who is full of chat. She had plenty of stories to tell me and we had some lovely conversations (did you know I speak baby/toddler?) She was able to crawl and boy was she fast, I nicknamed her flash as she was as quick as my flash light but that didn’t stop us getting a full gallery of beautiful images once again. It was very hard to choose my favourites from this session as we captured so many but I have narrowed it down to these ones otherwise we would have a post full of photos.

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So all that is left for me to say is thank you to Elsie-Mai’s Mummy and Daddy for choosing me to capture your beautiful little Daughters first year. It has been lovely meeting you and watching Elsie-Mai grow over the past year. I wish you all a life full of happiness and hopefully I will see you all again in the future. x

Demi’s 1st year

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Last month I welcomed beautiful little Demi into the studio for her last ‘My First Year’ session and to celebrate her first birthday.

b1fbI have had the pleasure of photographing Demi every three months over the past year and even captured a few images of her before she was born when her Mummy and Daddy came to me for a maternity session.

I love having clients return to the studio so that I can watch how the little ones grow and change and seeing Demi every three months has allowed me to capture just how much she has grown in her first year.

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Demi came for her newborn session when she was just over one week old and she was a little superstar. We captured lots of beautiful images for her Mummy and Daddy and this is probably one of my favourites, simple and sweet.

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6mths2fbDemi was a little pro when she came for her 6 month session, she had lots of smiles to share with me and her little character was shining through in the images we captured of her. Picking a favourite from this session is hard but I love how this image captures a little smile and a baby favourite, playing with feet.

Wow, what a difference. DSC_49188x10fbDemi is now able to sit unaided and she is such a little character. We had lots of smiles during her 9 month session and Demi was the perfect model.

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And now we come to Demi’s 1st birthday session and she had a big surprise in store for her Mummy, Daddy and I…..DSC_6778refbDemi stood for the first time unsupported during this session, showing us what a big girl she is and just how much she has changed.

I want to say big thank you to Demi for being such a superstar, you are such a sweet, happy and beautiful little girl and I think an amazing little model 🙂 I would also like to thank Demi’s Mummy and Daddy for allowing me the privilege of capturing the first year of their Daughters life. It has been lovely getting to know you over the year and being a part of watching Demi grow. Hopefully I will see you again soon x

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A personal project…

DSC_5835You may or may not agree, depending on if you are an animal lover or not, but our pets have always been a big part of our family. We have had the privilege of sharing our lives with two beautiful dogs and a fluff ball chinchilla. Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to our beautiful Java bean last year which was devastating for us but we can look back on the fabulous memories of her now and smile. She left behind her Sister Jayden who at the age of almost 13 years is ageing a bit now. She still has many puppy traits though and tennis balls are still not and probably never will be safe with her around.

Now I am not a pet photographer, although I would love to be but I think Jayden may not take kindly to lots of furry visitors. I wanted to capture some photos of Jayden in a studio environment (I have lots of photos of her tail as she runs off on outside shoots). I figured trying to keep her still long enough to get an image in an enclosed space would be easier.

Hmmmmm….. We set off up to the studio, Jayden wagging from excitement and me with a handful of treats. The session started well, she is pretty good at sit and stay but then the fun started. Jayden is a smart dog, she picks things up quickly. The fact that she got a treat when I took a photo (I guess the light flashing was her clue) meant that everytime I took a photo she expected a treat and came walking over to me, tail wagging. This resulted in lots of putting her back in place, setting up shot, siiiiittttt, staaaayyy, you get the idea.

However after quite a long session, lots of treats and plenty of exercise on my part I did get the beautiful images that I had hoped for and as a client she was pretty good.

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Sometimes as a photographer we are so busy capturing memories for other families that we do not take the time to photograph our own. Now do I attempt the chinchilla? 🙂

Why me or anyone else for that matter?

39fbI have seen a few discussions lately about picking the right photographer for you and your family and this got me thinking. Why would you choose me or any other photographer over all the other photographers around? What do you look for in a photographer? What is the deciding factor when you find the one that you do book? I know there are many things to consider and it can get a little daunting so I hope this little blog post will help in some way to deciding on the right photographer for you.

What’s in a style?

Most photographers will have a style. This could be bright colours or neutral tones, lots of props or simple set ups, lifestyle or posed. You need to decide on the style that you like and one that will fit with your home. Most photographers have a gallery on their website or a social media page containing images from previous sessions. This is a great way to get a feel for a photographers style. If you look at a photographers images and think wow they are beautiful but I don’t think the bright colours they use are for me, move on and and look for a different photographer. If you look at the images and think wow that posing and those colours etc. would look fantastic hanging on the wall in the lounge then move on to point two.

How much?

Pricing is a big part of choosing the right photographer for you as everyone has a budget. Pricing varies so much in this industry so how do you know that you are getting a good deal for your money. Photography is an art and an awful lot of work goes into producing your beautiful images. With this in mind, your photography session should be seen as an investment (after all we are capturing memories that will last a lifetime). When you look at a photographers pricing please remember that you are not only paying for the session but all the work that takes place before and after that session. Hours of preparation and planning, editing and ordering plus all the time spent sending messages to ensure that your experience is a fun and positive one. There are photographers out there for every budget but remember most of the time you get what you pay for. For example if you bought a toaster for £10 would you expect it to be all singing, all dancing? NO. What if you paid £110 for said toaster? Well YES, I would expect it to butter my toast for me and sing a little song at the same time (You get the idea.) Back to photography and my point is go for the best you can afford (save up if possible), invest in your images and cherish them.

Wow stunning images, so what I do with them?

Photography is art and art deserves to be displayed. The amount of products available to show off your images is mind boggling. Wall art, personalised products, digital images etc. etc. There really is a product for everyone but of course photographers can’t offer them all. Most photographers will have a small product list that they offer to their clients. Therefore when you book a photographer make sure you like the products that they offer. There is no point booking a photographer who only offers digital images if you are looking for a beautiful piece of wall art unless you want to print it yourself. Remember most photographers use professional labs that are not available for public use so ordering printed products from them will mean professionally printed products. Talk to the photographer before booking with them and make sure that you will be able to get what you want from your session.

Number one priority.

SAFETY. Above all else safety during the session must come first especially if you are booking a newborn session. Training for newborn photographers is not essential but knowing how to safely pose babies should be top of any photographers list. When you are thinking of booking your session ask the photographer about their experience of posing babies, do they use composite images? Are there any poses they will not do? Etc. I am lucky to have been trained by one of the UK’s top newborn photographers and I am thankful for all the knowledge that she passed on to me. I know there has been a lot of talk online lately about newborn posing so please make sure this is something you check up on before booking.

I get a feeling.

Follow your instincts, book a photographer that you feel a connection with. Are they friendly when you approach them? Do you like the way they interact on social media? Do you like the images you see? Do they have good feedback? Most photographers will be happy to talk you through a session with them so talk to them and see if you get on. A photography session is meant to be a fun experience so picking someone that you get on with is a must.

Happy Searching 🙂

I hope this has helped with your search for the perfect photographer. If you have searched and landed on me then please get in touch to discuss your session with Kelly Hermitage Photography as I am always happy to help. x

My munchkins

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Today was a little different for me as I became the client, so to speak. This is my eldest munchkins last year at pre-school before he starts big school in September. Today was the day for the pre-school group photo. My youngest also attends the same pre-school so off we set this morning for the little photo session, both in uniform and looking super cute (of course I would think that). Now I know my children are not the easiest children to photograph (believe me I have photographed them enough) and from speaking to my photographer friends I have learnt that there is a condition called photographers child. This is something that develops over time and comes from the fact that they get so used to having a camera pointed at them that normal smiley faces become impossible and in place of a smile comes any silly face they can think of. Any photographer attempting to photograph a photographers child also has to work extra hard to even get said child or in my case children to set foot on the background.

Anyway as I was saying, off we went to pre-school and I was slightly apprehensive as to what I would face. My youngest is only two so I was not really expecting him to play ball and I was fine with that as he will be there next year for the next set of group photos. I did however really want eldest munchkin to co-operate and have a photo with his little friends.

Ahhhhhh, and breathe (sorry had to let that out). So youngest munchkin, after a little coaxing from the lovely photographer, sat himself down and proudly said cheeeeese (ahem did I mention photographers child he he). Eldest munchkin was having none of it at all, no way, not in a million years, not even with the bribe of chocolate and he loves chocolate. The photographer was very calm and was brilliant with him, she tried various tricks and even managed to make him laugh but he did not want to join the little group. We did eventually manage to get him to lay on the background with me sat next to him (yes they will be cutting me out, thankfully) and got an image of him. Phewww.

Now you may wonder where this story is going, well, our little photo session today made me think. I have no idea how many times I apologised to that lovely photographer and as we were leaving I thanked her for being so patient with us. I have had clients in the past do the same to me and at the time I didn’t really understand why as I didn’t see a reason for an apology. I am fully expecting my little clients to not do exactly as they may be asked, being somewhere new with a strange lady pointing a camera at them can be a little daunting. I expect them to take a little while to get used to me and I also expect to have to change my plans sometimes to suit a child’s needs and that is fine. I want my little clients and their parents to have a fun and relaxed session and if that means changing things or taking a little while to just play then I am more than happy to do that.

What is the point of this post? (Sorry I know I have bumbled on as usual) please don’t worry if your child or children do not behave how you would like them to behave, they are children after all and we all know that they have minds of their own and that……. IS JUST FINE.

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One of my favourite photos from a recent session with my two munchkins, and yes this was not an easy photo to get. X

Beauty in a tutu

A couple of weeks ago I was joined in the studio by a beautiful little girl. Cleo came to me for a model session and she looked stunning in the props that I had set up for her.

Here are a few of the stunning images that we captured during Cleo’s session.

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I love capturing the personality of older children when they visit the studio and this little lady had me in stitches with the cheeky smiles and fantastic expressions that she shared.

Her Mummy also took a little image of me while I was working, it is very strange for me to see a photo of me photographing someone else. Pretty cool though don’t you think?

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5 things I love about being a photographer….

ToLittle Bearday I was asked a question and that question got me thinking. The question was…. What do you love most about your job?

There were a number of things that jumped into my head so I thought I would write them down and share them with you. So here is my top 5 things that I love about my job.

1 – Capturing memories – Now the purpose of being a photographer is to freeze a moment in time in image format. Those images are memories that are captured and can be shared with many people over many years. My number one reason for loving my job is that I get to create those memories for all of my lovely clients. I feel very proud when clients send me photos of my images displayed in their homes and privileged that they chose me to capture those memories for them.

2 – Baby cuddles –  Who does not love baby cuddles. My job involves meeting and photographing those tiny little newborns and part of photographing newborns is getting them to sleep, that means cuddles. I also get older baby cuddles and they are of course just as cute 🙂

3 – Meeting and greeting – I love meeting clients and getting to know them, I like nothing more than being silly with babies to get those cute smiles or talking dolls or cars with older children to show them that I am okay and not scary.  I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for my clients and I like to make them feel at home in my home studio. Plus it is always nice to have a little chat while you work and I have found out some interesting things from clients in the past.

4 – Working from home – As any of you who have visited will know, I work from a small home studio and this has benefits for you as clients as it is homely and comfortable (I hope), and of course it has many benefits for me. No travel time, a ready supply of snacks (ooops) and it also means that I have lots more time with my own children.

5 – No shoes – This might sound like a silly one to you but I never wear shoes at home, I love nothing more than walking around in my socks or slippers. So what better job than one where you do not need to wear shoes. This isn’t just for my sake as it is also better for my clients, well at least the little ones. We all know that babies put things in their mouths and crawl around the floor so no shoes in the studio means no nasty things for little ones to eat.

I could have written a book of these but it is getting late and I don’t want to send you to sleep, well not unless this is being read to one of my younger clients as a way of getting you to sleep.DSC_3410gc

My job is more than a job to me and I love it x

New website, yay.

I am so excited as my brand new website is up and running and I love it. My very talented partner has spent many an evening working on it for me and I think he has done such a brilliant job. I have to say a huge thank you to him for putting in so much time and also for putting up with me and my perfectionist ways.

Please check it out here

Also, if you are not a fan of my Facebook page please head over and give me a like as I will have a very special offer on soon.

My Little Munchkin

So how many people have made new year resolutions this year? How many of you have stuck to them? I have made a few, the usual eat healthier, lose weight etc. but I have also promised that I will take more photos of my own children. Sometimes as a photographer you are so busy taking photos of all the little ones that come to visit you that you don’t schedule time to capture memories of the ones that are with you every day, your own little ones. With that in mind, I set aside some time this morning to take my youngest munchkin into the studio for a mini session. Now this little guy has been my model from the day he was born and he does know how to work the camera, but he is a toddler and we all know toddlers. If he doesn’t want to do something then he won’t and he is into everything. To a toddler a camera looks like the best toy ever and studio lights well after today maybe I should rename him my little moth.

DiscoveryI did however get some really nice photos of him as he investigated some simple wooden balls and this is probably my favourite of the session, I love images that capture the innocence and inquisitiveness of children and with toddlers, there are so many things for them to discover.

As I look at the images from today and compare them to the images of the very first day that I held him in my arms, I am thankful that I have the opportunity to capture these beautiful images of my own children. I also feel extremely privileged that my clients choose me to capture precious images of their little ones. Memories are precious and a photo enables us to capture a second in time that can hold so many memories and emotions.