Mud, football and funny farts.

Yep I said funny farts and no I don’t mean funny sounding farts I mean farts being funny. Now if you, like me live in a house full of boys you will probably know what I mean. Farts are apparently hilarious, as are any other bodily functions. Why am I mentioning this you may ask, well, I have had a few conversations in the past and they got me thinking.

Let me show you what I mean. So we will go back to the very first one – Picture the scene, school run, youngest in pushchair, older two walking in front.
Lady: What a cute baby, what is it?
Me: A little boy.
Lady: Aww that’s a shame, three boys.
Me: —— (I didn’t know what to say)
Now I can’t remember what random words came out of my mouth but it definitely wasn’t what I should have said or wanted to say.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago.
Picture the scene, school run, youngest in pushchair eldest in front, middle one dragging along behind obviously being pulled back by some extremely heavy force meaning it was impossible to keep up with me.
Lady: wow he is getting big.
Me: Yes he is nearly two.
Lady: Time for another? You may get a little girl this time.
Me: No, no more for me. I have always wanted three and I have three so I am happy.

Now I’m sure neither of these woman set out to offend, upset or any other bad feeling you can think of but why oh why can it not be ok to have just boys. Yes they often look like they have not seen a bath in weeks 10 minutes after getting out of one. They think farts and poo and bums are funny. They talk to me about football and pokemon (both of which I have no clue about) but my boys are my world and I wouldn’t swap them for anything. My eldest is the sweetest, kindest and most caring child I could wish for, my middle child is the most charming, light-hearted little boy who could lift the mood in a room with his beautiful smile and my youngest at just under 2 years old is so smart, funny and gives the best cuddles ever. None of these characteristics make any difference to the fact that they are boys, it’s just who they are. When I look at my boys I see three healthy, thriving children so I don’t understand why it matters what gender they are. I guess the same thing must be said to mums of just girls as well.

I wish people could just see them as children and see the struggle that some parents go through to hold those precious boys or girls in their arms. I have 6 children but only get to watch three of them grow. My other three children were not meant for this Earth and I never got to hold them or kiss their little faces. I am beyond grateful for the three beautiful boys that I get to tuck in to bed at night and celebrate each milestone with. I don’t care that they are all boys, they are all my boys and I love them more than anything in this world and beyond, they are my universe. X

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Kelly Hermitage is a specialist Newborn Art and Children’s portrait photographer based in Burton Latimer, Near Kettering, Northamptonshire. If you would like to find out more about my sessions please email kelly@kellyhermitagephotography.com

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Back to School

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The uniforms are ironed, the lunches are made and the shoes are lined up by the front door. Today marked the end of another school summer holiday and tomorrow along with many other children my two eldest boys will be heading back to school.

I didn’t think it would affect me, after all I have no new starter this year but as I sit here writing this blog I feel a little sad. Why you may ask, after all the boys drive me crazy most of the time. I have pretty much run out of planned activities and there are only so many more times that I can be told that I am playing cars all wrong and that obviously I can’t park there. But tomorrow marks the start of another school year, they will be another year older this year and another year closer to not being my babies anymore (they will always be babies to me but shhh don’t tell them that.) It is another year closer to waving my eldest off to high school and another year closer to my baby joining his Brothers at school.

Tomorrow when I go to wake them, they will moan because they are tired and I will tell them that they have to go to school and that they will see all their friends so they will be happy when they get there. My heart will however wish that I could just creep in to check on them then head off downstairs with the baby to get on with my chores and wait for them to come down and start another day of play or adventures. I will take the normal 1st day of school photo, we will walk to school talking about what their day may be like and I will kiss them goodbye before they run into their new classrooms. Tomorrow they will be heading off on their own adventures without me and I will wait to hear stories of their new teachers and classrooms and who they sat next to and played with. I will spend the day playing with my youngest who will miss having his brothers around and my mind will probably wander a little, Are they ok? Have they got a friend with them in class? Will they have someone to play with at playtime? I know I will watch the clock until I can pick them up and be relieved when I see them head out of the door.

This summer has been a mix of fun and fights, highs and lows, happiness and sadness but it has been a summer of togetherness. It has been splashing in the water in the Lake District, searching for crabs on the beach in Brancaster, it has been playing with friends and football in the garden as well as lots of other fun things along the way. It has been making memories and capturing them in photos (I will print said photos and put them in an album). It has been me and my boys and as I wave them goodbye tomorrow I will start counting down the days until the next holiday when I will have them home with me again.

I am off to kiss my babies goodnight now.

Kelly x

Easter Egg Making

Today consisted of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate and it was nothing to do with a photo session. We took a family trip to make our very own Easter Eggs at Explore Chocolate in Burton Latimer and we had an amazing time. My big camera had a rest today so please excuse the phone images.

Now you can’t go wrong with chocolate and everyone knows that chocolate eggs taste better than any other chocolate for some reason but chocolate eggs that you have made yourself are just the best.

2018-03-24_0002Matt who runs Explore Chocolate was brilliant, he explained exactly what we needed to do during each step and was right there to help and support my two little boys if they needed him. He was great with the boys and made us all feel so welcome. Charlie (6yrs) and Ollie (4yrs) have not stopped talking about making their eggs all day and of course the eggs were unwrapped as soon as we got into the car and they were delicious.

2018-03-24_0005If you are looking for something to do that is a little bit different then I would highly recommend one of Explore Chocolate’s courses, I know that they also run birthday parties (how amazing would that be) and they sell some of their products in The Galleria in Burton Latimer too so please check them out.2018-03-24_0003Right I am off to eat just one more little teeny piece of chocolate 🙂

Kelly Hermitage is a specialist Newborn Art and Children’s portrait photographer based in Burton Latimer, Near Kettering, Northamptonshire. If you would like to find out more about my sessions please email kelly@kellyhermitagephotography.com

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Newborn Safety – behind the images.

This is a very serious post from me this evening but one that I feel you need to know about. You may see on some of the images I post on my Facebook page that I write that the image isn’t quite what it seems and that baby is supported at all times. But of course you wouldn’t really know what that entails so this evening I am going to share a behind the scenes look at how these images are actually created and tell you why they are done this way.

First of all, I can not express enough how important safety is during all of my sessions but even more so for a newborn session. Those tiny little new babies are unable to tell us if they are hot, cold, uncomfortable etc, except maybe with a little cry. My job is not only to capture beautiful memories of these brand new babies but to also read their cues. I will always monitor the temperature in the studio, you may think it is really hot in there but it has to be warm. I often photograph babies naked and they lose heat quickly if the room is not warm enough. You will also see me check little fingers and tiny toes when I have a baby in a pose, why? To make sure baby is comfortable and that circulation is not compromised in anyway. And I never put a baby into a pose if it isn’t happy being posed that way. There are plenty of poses we can do so we will just move on to something else.

So onto the behind the scenes part, what makes the images what they are? A little Photoshop magic.

I will start with one of my all time favourite poses and one that I have on display in the studio. Parents are always amazed at how this image is created and it is a big hit everytime. I call this image: I was once so small.

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As you can see in the finished image it looks like baby is being held up by her Daddy but in reality she doesn’t leave the safety of a beanbag with her Daddy just placing his hands around her. This means that baby is safe at all times. I always talk parents through the pose before I start and explain what I am doing as I position them and baby. I also ensure that there is a hand on baby at all times and Dad or Mum doesn’t let go after the image is taken until I am supporting baby again.

The next image is one that I have seen done many times without support. I cannot stress enough how important it is to support a babies head at all times in poses like this. As I am sure any of you who have had a baby will know, babies have a startle reflex meaning that they jump. If a baby is placed in a pose like the one below and it startles it is a real possibility that it may hurt itself. This image is head on hands.

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As you can see Mums finger is supporting little ones head in the first image and I have used the magic of Photoshop to edit it away in the finished image. Little ones head is also slightly leaning towards Mums hand. When doing this pose or any pose when baby is laying on his or her front I will constantly check hands and feet to ensure correct circulation.

And now for probably one of the harder situations when photographing newborns, the addition of a sibling or two. Photographing babies with siblings presents a whole host of different safety considerations. Older children are often able to follow instructions and depending on their ages may be able to hold the baby without concerns. However younger children are unpredictable and this must be considered when creating sibling images. So how do I overcome this, well depending on the pose I will either have the children laying down with adults close by to support and observe or I composite images together. Let me show you what I mean.

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This finished image is made up of two separate images, one of the newborn baby and one of the two older siblings. The images are blended together in Photoshop to create a final image. Why do I do it this way? Well let’s start with the image of the newborn. As you can see Mum is sat right next to the basket and is supporting the babies head. This means that the baby is supported at all times and Mum can ensure that the basket is secure. (The basket is weighted at the bottom but I always have a parent or helper next to it anyway). Then to the image of the two girls, can you see the beautiful blond hair in the basket? That blond hair belongs to Evie. Evie is a doll that is used in poses like this to encourage interaction with siblings but to ensure the safety of the real baby. Evie started this pose in the basket laying just as the real baby is in the first image. As you can see Evie has moved somewhat and she doesn’t have a startle reflex so Evie was helped a little by the beautiful girls sat next to her. If this image was not done as a composite then Mum would not be able to be right next to baby to support her head and stop the basket from being knocked over. This image would not be a fun and relaxed image for everyone involved because everyone would be on edge, the older girls would be getting told off for touching the baby because Mum would be worried about them waking her and nothing would be in place to stop baby from falling if she startled or the older girls knocking the basket. When it comes to safety it is always best to composite an image rather than risk the safety of a baby. Yes it takes a long time to edit these images but I would rather spend an evening editing one image than risk my little clients being hurt.

There are many other images that are done as composites some of which I will not do as I just don’t like them. Any photographer should be able to explain to you how images they create are done safely and if you feel uneasy about a pose then you have the right to ask the photographer to stop and move on to something else. Also please, please, please do not try the images you see online yourselves. As you see from above, they are not what they seem and you could be putting your baby at risk of a serious injury or even worse.

What makes me an expert? I have been trained in the Art of Newborn Photography by one of the countries leading photographers. I have also undertaken various other courses over the past few years and I have many years of childcare experience as well as various child care qualifications. I am also a Mum to three beautiful boys, I know how precious these babies are and how important it is to keep them safe.

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Kelly Hermitage is a specialist Newborn Art and Children’s portrait photographer based in Burton Latimer, Near Kettering, Northamptonshire. If you would like to find out more about my sessions please email kelly@kellyhermitagephotography.com

You can follow me on  Facebook HERE

www.kellyhermitagephotography.com

Amara and Mya

I know, I know, my poor blog has been neglected again but I  do have a few photo sessions to blog about so I will try my best to get all caught up soon.

Sisters

 

I  will start though with two beautiful sisters. These gorgeous girls came to me a while ago now and the bond that they have was apparent as soon as they walked into the studio. We had so much fun during this session. and followed instructions perfectly

They were both absolute stars during the session and we got a lovely variety of images for their gallery.

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Here are a few of Mums choices from her gallery, I love how these images all work well together and if you know me you will know that I am a big fan of black and white 🙂

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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

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