Baby Photos | Glasgow & Renfrewshire

So, the newborn stage has come and gone and you didn't manage to get newborn photographs taken. Don't worry, you're not alone. 

Many clients come to me when their baby is out of the newborn stage, saying that they always meant to have a newborn photo shoot, but never got around to it. It happens, the newborn days are busy and its over in a flash. If you don't organise your photo-shoot while you are still pregnant, there is a good chance that you'll never get around to it, because all the days seem to pass so quickly.

Please don't worry, older baby photography is just as important as newborn photography and its actually one of my favourite stages to photograph. Your baby has a little personality shining through and the images that we can capture at this stage are just lovely.

Its best to have your baby photography shoot when your baby is around 6-10 months old, when they can sit on their own. There's nothing cuter, than a little sitting baby, with little chubby legs. I adore this stage, and its another that passes so quickly so capture it while you can.

I have a beautiful, cosy home studio in Bridge of Weir, that is perfectly set up to capture your baby photographs. Clients usually come to me from Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde. If you are in the local area and are thinking of a baby photo-shoot, I might just be the photographer for you.

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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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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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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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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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Childrens' Photographer | Glasgow

What is it about a portrait session that makes our children turn into crazy, carry on, awkward versions of themselves? You've got such high hopes before you arrive, you've invested financially, not only in my skills as a photographer, but also in outfits and styling so that everything is just perfect for the day. You've invested emotionally in how you want the session to go and how you want the finished images to look and you've  planned exactly where they'll go in the home. 

The kids are prepped (bribed) and they've promised to be on the best behaviour and smile nicely for the lady with the camera, and then you arrive and all the careful planning and prep goes right out the window, along with the promises of treats for doing as their told! Your stress levels rise and you grit your teeth while you try to calmly get the kids to cooperate.... Believe me when I say that you are not alone,  it happens nearly every  time, but here's the thing...  I've got this! I've been here before, too many times to remember. A photo shoot is exciting for kids, and even the ones who don't seem up for it will carry on and act up for the camera, its what kids do. And here's the other thing, I want them to act up, I want to see their personalities and hear their belly laughs and capture them being kids. Isn't that why you book me in the first place? So that together, we can capture the magic of these phenomemal little people of yours, so that in years to come you can look back on your images and remember how it felt to watch your children be children in the late summer sun, to remember the sounds of their laughter and jokes and their squeals  of sheer delight.

That's what it's all about for me. The perfect photo shoot isn't just about me knowing the technicalities of how to use a camera, or how to use the light, or style a session, or pose a subject. It's about being able to capture a little bit of both. Its about knowing when to laugh and carry on and capture the moments as the happen and its about knowing exactly when is the right time to slow things down and get some beautifully posed shots. Its about being able to engage with my subjects and let them be as crazy and wild or a shy and awkward as they want to be,  so that I can leave you with images that make you feel something, images that make you physically react when you see them, images that will be treasured for now until forever.

So, if you walk away from your shoot thinking that your kids weren't perfect, please believe me when I say that they were. And when you walk away from your shoot thinking that we probably didn't get any good shots, please believe me when I say that we definitely did... You might even struggle to choose your favourites, because they're your beautiful kids, with their own unique personalities and that is just perfect! 

* All of my Outdoor Photography takes place in Renfrewshire and surrounding areas. I shoot regularly in Paisley, Glasgow West End, Glasgow city centre and some more rural areas such as Kilbarchan, Kilmacolm, Bridge of Weir and Lochwinnoch. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss a session for your family

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Portrait Photographer Glasgow | Children's Portraits

November 1st, I can't believe it, how on earth did we end up here? This year has flown by for me and has been the busiest year for my business to date. I am so thankful for that, for all my clients, old and new, and those who continue to support me and use my services, year in, year out.

When I first started photographing children, I was solely an outdoor photographer using natural light and nature focused backdrops in my images; I still love that more relaxed, informal style of shoot and run quarterly 'Outdoor Kids' sessions which always book up within days of release. However over the years, my work and style has evolved and these days you will often find me in studio making simple, distraction free portraits of children.

As a portrait photographer I am always striving to produce the best quality portraits that I can and there is nothing more beautiful than a simple, timeless portrait of your child to adorn your wall.

I love capturing children just as they are and have a relaxed approach when working with them, which, I believe, really puts them at ease. My style includes spontaneous, fun shots with natural smiles however, my real passion lies with Fine Art inspired images which capture so much more.

"Photography is about capturing souls, not smiles" Dragan Tapshanov 2013

My studio portrait sessions all include a series of Fine Art inspired images and I find more and more often that these are the shots from the session that parents really fall in love with and want to have hanging in their homes. I am a full service photographer, which means that you will always have tangible products from your session with me. I fully understand parents desire to have the digital files which are included in all of my collections , but you just can't beat seeing your beautiful, artistic portraits in printed form. I have seen many a mum moved to tears when I hand the finished products over.

All of my studio sessions take place in my allocated space in The Cargill Centre in Kilmacolm, which is a beautiful little rural village in Inverclyde. Clients travel to me from all over... Glasgow, Paisley, Greenock and surrounding areas. 

All of my full sessions are tailored to your needs, there is no time limit on shooting and pre session styling advice is given to ensure that you get the most from your portrait session with me.

Time flies, our children grow and change so quickly, but with beautiful portraits we can hold on to them just as they are. I would love to capture the beauty of your child for you. 

 

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