Don't forget to breathe. | Baby Photographer Glasgow | Newborn Photographer Glasgow

Having a new baby is amazing, quite possibly the most amazing thing that you'll ever do, but it's exhausting, exhausting beyond belief.

It might not always be the fairytale that its portrayed to be and there might be (probably will be) times when you'll struggle. Its okay, you're not alone.

Theres no such thing as the perfect parent, we're all winging it, doing the best we can.

Be kind to yourself, take help when its offered and don't feel bad when rings don't go as planned.

Trust your instincts, you'll know more than you give yourself credit for, but accept that there will be times when your baby cries and you have absolutely no idea why.

Take photos, lots of them and print them for prosperity. Get in them, your future self will thank you and your child wont care that your hair isn't washed or that you're a few pounds heavier than you'd rather be.

Take care of yourself. Eat when you can, sleep when you can and enjoy it when you can. And don't forget to breathe.

 

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New Product 2018 | Baby Photographer Glasgow

If you follow me on Social Media you will constantly hear me harping on about printing your pictures, I can't stress enough how important it is. Digital photos are great, they're so instant and so easy to share, but you really can't beat having a tangible print of your images in your hands and on your walls. 

Technology fails, that is a fact. By not printing your pictures you are running the risk of not having them for future generations to look back on. We have learned so much about the generations before us, from the stories they left on film, it would be tragic if we didn't leave our own stories behind us.

This generation is the most photographed in all of history. Taking photos is a daily occurrence for many of us, a regular part of our days, but I honestly believe that we will be the generation that leaves the least amount of printed pictures. Our stories will all be lost, left to languish on out dated technology that can no longer be read. 

My photo sessions are simple, you have three Collection options to choose from, with Collection II and III being the most popular. Each of these include printed products for you to cherish, and keep for all the generations of your people who will come behind you. 

Sessions are booking now up until Summer 2018. Please get in touch if you would like me to capture your family memories.

Much love

JVP 

 

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Sleep, or rather, lack of it! | Baby photographer Glasgow

New parents lose 44 days of sleep in the first year of their babies life, apparently! I don't know how on earth they came up with that number, because it felt like way more than that for me. Im pretty sure that I lost about 360 days of sleep in the first year, and the second and the third...

Nothing prepares you for it, for the heavy fog of exhaustion that falls over you and doesn't ever seem to fully lift. For the feeling that your baby should have some kind of warning label 'May cause extreme tiredness, do not drive, do not operate heavy machinery'.

It turns out that partying hard in your youth, does not prepare you for the sleep deprivation of parenthood. How is it, that it was fun to miss sleep back then? We should have slept more when we had the chance, back when we had no idea what tiredness really felt like!

I'm nearly 10 years in now, 10 years of less sleep than I was used to, and still pretty tired a lot of the time, but I've got to admit that sleep is more plentiful than it once was; I'll never take it for granted again.

If you're still in the midst of the long, lonely nights, hang in there Mama, keep going and remember that 'this too shall pass'

 

 

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Print your pictures. | Baby Photographer Glasgow

Did you know that having printed photographs of your children displayed at home actually strengths their sense of worth and improves their self confidence?

It tells them that that are important within the family unit, it tells that they matter and that they are loved. 

My children absolutely love looking back over baby photographs of themselves, and will proudly show of the professional photographs that I have taken of them to guests when they visit.

Print your photographs, put them in frames and hang them on your walls. They look much better there than they do on USB.

Much love

JVP 

 

I am booking now for babies due in March onwards. If would like baby photographs taken and are from Glasgow, Inverclyde, Paisley or surrounding areas, please get in touch. 

 

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Why I photograph newborns | Baby Photography Paisley & Glasgow

I didn't always photograph newborns, in fact there was a time that I couldn't have imagined anything worse. I had no experience with babies, I didn't know their ways, or how to soothe them or how to handle them, so the thought of being given the responsibility of capturing  newborn baby photos filled me with dread, it just wasn't for me. 

Then I became a Mum and all that changed in an instant. You see, I had three babies in less than two years... Yip, you read that right! I had my first born, a son, in April 2008 and had my second two, twin girls, in September 2009! It was a crazy time and I'd love to tell you that it was a breeze and that I cherished every minute (like we're told to), but I didn't.. It was hard work, really hard work. Hours and days and weeks merged in to one, and quite honestly, its mostly a blur and I remember very little of the actual days or hours.

I do remember the colic and the reflux and the constant crying, while I tried to carry on as normal for my older baby boy, (And lets face it, at just fifteen months old, he was definitely still a baby.) I do remember the sleepless nights and feeding for hours in the silence of 3am, feeling like I was the only person in the world who was awake. I do remember feeling intense love and joy, while at the same time being completely and utterly exhausted, a tiredness that I couldn't explain if I tried.

The thing that I remember the most though, is that I was in complete awe of these three little beings of mine. They were (and still are) the most beautiful and perfect little people that I had seen in my entire life and I wanted to soak up and remember every single detail of them. I thought that I would always remember every curl, or stretch, every yawn and cry, every little scrunched up newborn expression, but the truth is I don't and neither will you.

The newborn stage is so frantic and busy and hectic, its just not possible to hold on to every memory of every thing that our babies do. It all passes so fast, in the blink of an eye that newborn stage is gone. So, now I love baby photography. My job, as a newborn photographer, is to record for you, the memories of your baby just as they are right now, while they are so beautifully brand new. Your baby photography session with me will capture all those details that are so important to remember, all the little details that we just don't want to forget.

The baby photos that you have from this time will be a constant reminder of how perfect and tiny your child was, and not just for you. Your baby will look back in years to come at themselves as newborn baby and know just how loved they were are how important they are.

Much love,

JVP

 

Most of my newborn photography sessions take place in my little studio room in Kilmacolm. People come from all over Renfrewshire and Glasgow to have baby photographs taken by me. If you are interested in a baby photography session near Glasgow, please get in touch.

 

 

 

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Newborns Unscripted | Baby Photographer Renfrewshire

'Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication' - Leonardo Da Vinci

Isn't that the truth? In years to come you won't care about elaborate poses or props. All you will care about is how your baby looked when they were brand new in this world. Don't underestimate the power of a simple image and how it will make you feel when those precious newborn days are a distant memory.

2018 sessions are now available for booking. If, like me, you can see the beauty in simplicity, please get in touch.

With love,

JVP

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2018 Diary Bookings | Baby Photographer Renfrewshire

Its November!! Can you believe it? I think I write this every year, but I genuinely cannot believe that we are approaching the end of 2017. I honestly can't believe that I only have a few weeks left before I am finished photographing for the year, its insane! 

The good news however, is that I am now taking bookings for babies due in 2018 so if you have a a little bundle of joy on the way, please get in touch sooner rather than later. Newborn photography has become very popular in recent years so you will generally find that good photographers are booked months in advance. To avoid disappointment sessions should be booked well before baby is born.

Outdoor Portrait Sessions are available all year round, weather dependent and many months are already full. I do operate a cancellation list so please drop me and email if you would like to be added.

My 2018 availability is as follows : 

January  - 3 spaces

February  - 4 spaces

March  - 10 spaces

April  - 1 space left

May - 10 spaces 

June  - 4 spaces

July - 2 spaces 

August - 1 space

September - Full - Email to join cancellation list

October - Full - Please email to join cancellation list 

November - 2 spaces

December  - 5 spaces

To book or register interest for a session, please drop me and email or use the contact link on this website.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. 

Best wishes,

JVP

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Outdoor Kids | Renfrewshire Photographer

Do you remember the late summer, when the days were long and the sun was still shining? They may seem like a distant memory now, but I can assure you that they happened, there were a few and I have the images to prove it.

I always seem to be so lucky with my Outdoor Kids, on location photo shoots, in all the years I've been doing them I've only had to cancel once, I'd say thats quite something when you live and work in Scotland, where our weather isn't always kind. 

This session was one of my favourites from this year, three GORGEOUS kids in lovely low sun on a lovely end of summer/early autum day. It was perfect, even if we did have to 'contain' the littlest for some of our shots. ;) 

Outdoor Kids runs every year, there is a waiting list for slots as it ALWAYS sells out, usually before going on general release. So, if you want to find out when the next sessions are running, please head over the contact session and drop me a note. I'll add you to the list and you'll get first refusal when I have dates arranged.

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Christmas Mini Sessions | Renfrewshire Photographer

It may only be mid October, but in the photography world, that means that Christmas is upon us.

This years Christmas sessions booked out quicker than ever before, I'm so excited to get started on them and can't wait to see you all at your slot! 

The Set Up

As with all my usual studio sessions, my Christmas set will be simple so that the focus is on your child and is not overly fussy with props. Professional photographs should, in my opinion, be classy and timeless so that they don't look overly dated in years to come.

This years set will be a bed theme, with some Christmas styling added in. The colour theme is Nordic... White, Grey and Red.

What to Wear.

Neutral colours will be perfect, white, creams, nudes and grey. Or if you prefer a bolder look, you could wear red, burgundy or some festive tartan. The set is versatile so that you can be a dressy or a casual as you please, either will work well. Layering is often a good idea for mini sessions as there is no time for outfit changes. So little cardigans or jumpers over outfits are great as they can be removed to give some outfit variation. 

What to Expect.

I will work quickly in our session as these are minis shoots. Please do not feel that I am rushing you, I have years of experience of working with children and generally know how to get good results in a short space of time. 

After your session I will send you a password protected gallery of lightly edited images for you to choose your 5 included images. Once your selections have been made, I will fully retouch your images to the standard that you see on my website and social media.

See you all very soon! Ho, ho ho!! ;) x

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Martha | Simple Newborn Photographs | Newborn Photographer Renfrewshire

Martha, a tiny little bundle of perfection, who didn't make a peep during her simple newborn photography session. Quite possibly one of my favourite newborn sessions yet, with simple, authentic props and styling and lots of natural newborn perfection. 

I dare you not to feel broody when you feast your eyes on these beautiful shots of this most beautiful little girl.

My booking diary is open for 2018. Please get in touch to arrange your baby photography session.

Much love,

JVP

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Gracie | Toddler Portrait Session | Renfrewshire Photographer

Soft natural light, some simple styling and props and a beautiful little girl, that's all you need to create beautiful, timeless images that will transend gimmicks and trends. 

My laid back sessions are perfect for infants and toddlers who are never going to be interested in posing for the camera. The key is to just let them be themselves, let them act as they normally would and you'll get the perfect shot. Genuine connection and genuine expressions, what could be more perfect than that.

My 2018 booking diary is now open, if you'd like to discuss a session, please get in touch.

Much love, 

JVP.

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Simply Newborn Sessions | Newborn Photographer | Baby Photographer Renfrewshire

There really isn't anything more beautiful than a tiny newborn baby is there? I've been photographing babies for years now; my newborn photography sessions follow the same structure each time, I use outfits and props and include sibling shots or parent shots, I'll add hats and teddies and little headbands or pillows or covers. We'll settle and feed and photograph and repeat this on and on until all the shots are in the bag. Any of you who have ever had a newborn baby will know that all of this takes time, sometimes lots of time, 3-4 hours in some cases because you just never know how baby will be on the day. Sometimes baby will be awake for hours and we have to wait and wait for your little bundle to settle over to sleep before we can really get on with the session because an awake baby usually doesn't like to be pose for the photographer. :) 

Recently I've been thinking about this and really wondering if we always have to go this route with newborn photography. More and more I find myself drawn to the more natural shots in my sessions, the shots were baby is comfortably lying in a position that they have naturally fallen in to. As a mum myself, I'd want to remember every little detail about my child, it all passes so quickly (cliche, but true ) I'd want to remember exactly how they are, how they lay, how they curled, how they really looked when they were totally brand new. So with this in mind, I have decided to incorporate a new style of newborn photography into my business, simple newborn sessions, with no props or posing. Just beautiful, natural images of your beautiful bundle of joy.

The Simply Newborn Sessions are quick sessions that focus on your baby. The session will take approx 1 hour and includes approximately 20 high resolution, fully edited digital images and a framed print from your session.

The Simply Newborn Sessions are £250; There is a £100 reservation fee to hold your slot and the remainder is due at the time of your session. Please get in touch now would like to book your slot. 

 

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Renfrewshire Photographer - Outdoor Kids 2017

So, every year I plan to blog every session of every week of every month, but hey! who needs silly plans like that anyway? As usual, its nearly the end of Summer and I haven't blogged anything for months! So, here I go playing catch up (which wont last long, as I'm just heading into my busiest months of the year) but, I can dream, right?

As many of you who follow me on Facebook will know, I've been shooting a lot of 'Outdoor Kids' sessions this year. Back when I started them (9 years ago!!) I only did summer sessions, but as the years have gone on, they've become so popular that I've had to add additional dates throughout my calendar and now I'm shooting them pretty much all year round. 

The summer sessions are just about to come to a close, with the last lot due to take place in a couple of weeks time. After that, it will be warm woolies and wellie boots as we head into Autumn/Winter season. I can't wait, but for now, I'll leave you with this session from summer 2017, when the weather stayed right on our side for an amazing day of photography in Renfrewshire.

If you would like to be added to the waiting list for my next Outdoor Kids sessions. Please fill in your details on the Contact form of this website. Thank you. 

 

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Newborn Photography Glasgow - Baby Ciaran

This little guy came to me recently for his newborn photography shoot in my little studio near Glasgow. The third and final baby in a lovely family that I've had the pleasure of photographing in the past. A gorgeous little guy who has made his family complete. How lovely for me to be chosen to take his first professional photos, it makes my heart sing. 

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Holly Rose | Newborn Photographer Near Me

I'm lucky, I'm one of those people who can honestly say that I love what I do, it's true, I love my job for many reasons. Taking photographs for families is a wonderful thing,  getting to be a part of the really special moments in someones life is an absolute honour and I will never take it for granted, One of the most amazing parts of my job is being trusted to capture the first few days of a new life. Photographing newborn babies is always special, but when that baby is the first child of a past wedding couple, well, that's really special.

Holly Rose is one of this babies. A few years ago I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful wedding of her Mummy and Daddy, and now I've had the pleasure of capturing Hollys' newborn photographs for them to treasure forever.

Hollys' Mum, Dawn, contacted me when she first became pregnant and we scheduled a date in for her expected due date. Holly didn't make us wait to long, she arrived right when she was supposed to and came to my studio when she was just a couple of weeks old.

Her session was perfect, sometimes babies will be hard to settle or don't want to sleep, but Holly was fabulous. She slept like a dream and allowed us to capture lots of lovely images.

The newborn stage flies by so quickly, babies change every single day, so getting your session booked in while you are still pregnant is really important so that you don't miss the vital first few weeks. Once baby arrives you will be less likely to find the time to schedule your baby photographs, so my advice is that you start looking for your preferred newborn photographer near Glasgow, sometime around your 20 week scan. By scheduling your session at this time, you can be sure that you will get a slot with an experienced newborn photographer. My diary books up weeks in advance so late bookings are never guaranteed. There is the odd occasion when I will have space available though, so please get in touch if you're looking for a last minute newborn photography session with me. I can usually get the desired results with babies up to 21 days old.

Knowing what style of baby photographs you would like will help in your search for a local newborn photographer. Some people like lots of props and add ons, while others prefer more natural newborn photographs. Others may like in an in home lifestyle session, its entirely up to you.

Most of my newborn photographs are taken in my little studio space in Kilmalcolm, near Glasgow, my style is mostly quite natural with most of the focus being on baby. However, I do use some props and digital artistry to add some variation to your finished gallery and to leave you with beautiful images that will take pride of place in your heart and your home for years to come. 

So if you are pregnant or have just had a baby and are looking for a newborn photographer near Glasgow, please get in touch. All of my session pricing and information is available on this website. I am currently booking for babies arriving in May 2017 onwards.

I hope to hear from you soon, but for now, I will leave you with Holly Rose when she was just 2 weeks new. The best little sleeper in town. 

 

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Aidan | Family Photographer Glasgow

Allow me to introduce Aidan, who came to have photos taken with me recently in my little studio space in Kilmalcolm. 

Aidan is 3, he is a live wire, a bundle of non stop energy and full of fun. He wants to laugh and joke and carry on. He wants to jump and run and hide. He wants to chat about aliens and eat hairdos and climb wherever he can. Aidan does not want to sit quietly or pose or follow direction or smile on demand, of course he doesn't, he's 3!

If you've read my previous blog here you will have already seen me say that photo shoots with children are unpredictable and that more often than not, they will not plan out as you might have thought they would. You will also have seen me say that its fine with me to allow children to be children when they are with me. I want them to be themselves, I want to get to know them and see their little personalities because that's what allows me to capture a true likeness of your child. I want to capture them in all their energetic glory and I want their fabulous, joyful little personalities to shine through.

Working with children of this age is always going to bring challenges, they are just getting to know their own minds and deciding what they want to do for themselves, so it's important to choose an experienced family photographer who knows how to interact and connect with your child. In years to come you will look back on these images, these little moments, frozen in time and have precious memories of your child at this stage, a stage that is over all too soon.

My session with Aidan was hilarious, and I'm pretty sure that throughout it his Mum probably felt that we weren't capturing anything of substance, but I have many, many years experience with children and I know exactly when to photograph and when not to, I know when to give the child a break and when to start again. I know how to engage with your child so that they have a good experience and enjoy their time in front of my lens. Aidan left his session referring to me as Auntie Julie, so I think its safe to say I achieved my goal.

So here he is, Aidan, a beautiful, funny, energetic little boy. Captured in images that will always remind his Mummy and Daddy of how amazingly cute he was, when he was just 3. 

 

If you have a little bundle of fun, or two, or three, that you would like me to photograph, please get in touch. I am booking now for May 2017 onwards. Feel free to have a browse around my site for more session information, full pricing and an insight into how I work. You can also see more of me and my work by following the links to all my social media. You'll find them at the foot of this page. :) 

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Baby Finlay | Newborn photographer near Glasgow

Let me introduce beautiful baby Finlay and his equally beautiful big brother, Rory. I had the pleasure of photographing them both recently in my little studio room in Kilmalcolm. Working with newborns and infants is extremely unpredictable and you never quite know how it will go, but these two were a dream and I loved every minute of photographing them, and chatting with their lovely Mummy and Daddy. I'm so glad they picked me. :) 

Here's a very small sample of the images that we captured on the day. Enjoy!

If you're planning a newborn photography shoot, please drop me a note to discuss. I'm booking now for babies arriving in March onwards. 

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Family Photographer | Glasgow - Autumn Sessions

Isn't Autumn wonderful? Its definitely one of my favourite times for an Outdoor  Photo-shoot. The colours are so bright and rich and vibrant, and the light is low and dreamy which always leads to beautiful shots. 

Many people over look this time of year for booking outdoor sessions with me, because they feel that they've missed the best of the weather, however this year we were spoiled with a lovely, mild and dry few months... The dry bit is kind of unheard of in Glasgow, at any time of the year, never mind later on, so believe me when I say that I took full advantage! :) 

2016 was my busiest yet for outdoor work in autumn, so I have lot's of great sessions to share with you... I really am going to try harder with blogging in 2017... I promise! :) 

 All of the sessions took place in various locations around Glasgow, Paisley and surrounding areas.. I visited some old favourite spots, like Barshaw Park in Paisley and the West End of Glasgow, and found some new ones, like this session which took place close to home for me, in Renfrewshire.

This group of cuties are cousins who were amazing to photograph; there was lots of carry on and laughter from start to finish which meant that not only did we all have a great time, but we also got great shots too. Win, win!

My Outdoor Sessions will be starting again early in this new year, and as usual will take place in Glasgow and surrounding areas. Keep your eyes peeled for availability if you'd like to come along to have your children photographed by me,  or if you prefer to be cosy and stay indoors, studio sessions are well underway. Get in touch if you would like me to capture your memories. It would be my honour.

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Awake Babies | Baby Photographer Glasgow

What if my baby doesn't sleep during the newborn photo-shoot?

When we think of newborn baby photographs, most people imagine lovely sleepy babies in lots of different poses, but the reality of a newborn photo session is that baby is usually awake for a good portion of the time, especially if your baby photographs take place after the 10 day mark. 

When you book your newborn session with me, I will give some little tips for before you come along, so that (hopefully) your session will run as smoothly as possible, but lets face it, all babies are different and can be unpredicatable so the key is to remain relaxed on the day and work with what we have. The most important thing to me is that both you and baby feel relaxed and that we get a good selection of shots for you to choose from.

It's usually best if baby is a little hungry on arrival at the studio, this means that once you're with me, you can feed baby and hopefully he or she will doze off which allows us to go straight into sleepy poses. It doesn't always work this way though and sometimes baby will stay awake for a period of time before slipping off to sleep. Please don't stress if this happens to you, I actually really enjoy working with awake babies, I love to see their little expressions and their beautiful, clear eyes and more often than not, I find that parents love the images where baby is awake and alert.

I have lots of little techniques to use during the awake stage, such as posing with parent or siblings or wrapping baby up, then once baby falls over to sleep (which inevitabley will happen) I can move on to the lovely sleepy portraits that we all know and love.

Patience is key when it comes to working with newborns, and I have plenty of that, it might take 20 minutes or it might take 2 hours, but I can pretty much guarantee that your baby will sleep at some point, just leave it up to me. <3

 

The majority of my baby photographs are taken in my little studio room in Kilmalcolm. Clients come to me from Greenock, Paisley, Glasgow and surrounding areas. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your newborn photography requirements. 

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