newborn photography

Natural Newborn Photography | Newborn baby Photographer, Glasgow

I'm not going to lie, when I first made the switch from styled newborn photography to baby led newborn photography, I was a little bit nervous.

How would I fill a gallery with no props for variation? How would I deliver the 25 images that I promise from a newborn shoot, if all I was photographing was a baby with nothing else to jazz up the session?

How silly of me, those nerves were completely pointless. You see, I really struggle to keep my session images to 25, infact for the most part, clients will walk away with many more images than that.

And it's all because your baby is amazing, so different and unique. Full of little traits that no other baby has. So by following their lead in a session, the possibilities are endless and you'll be left with images of your baby, exactly as you'll want to remember them.

Its best to photograph newborns in the first 14-21 days post birth, however my more relaxed style of photography means that this is not an absolute requirement.

All sessions take place in my cosy home studio in Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire. A newborn session will last approximatley 1.5-2.5 hours.

Its best to book well in advance as newborn spaces are limited. I only photograph a set number of newborns per month and book out space in my diary to accomodate early and late arrivals. However, I will on occasion have some last minute availability.

Please give me a shout if you’d like to chat about a session.

Much love,

JVP. x

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Favourite Image - December 2018 | Baby Photographer Glasgow

Sometimes, I take an image that really makes me feel something, for some reason or another it moves me. This is one of those images. I’ve looked at it so many times and I love it more each time. I can’t put my finger on exactly why I love it so much, but that wee hand hold between Father and Son has definitely got something to do with it. ❤️

I’m so glad that I was able to capture the moment for this new Father now and for this new baby to enjoy in years to come. ❤️

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Simply Baby Sessions | Newborn and Baby Photographer Glasgow

I’m so excited to introduce my new ‘Simply Baby’ Mini Sessions for Newborns due in December 2018 onwards.

These sessions are geared towards those of you who want to document your newborn but don’t have a need for lots of images. ‘Simply Baby’ sessions are all about your newborn. There are no parent or sibling images included and the shoot is very simple, focussing on just your baby in a simple white vest, there are no wrapped, posed or styled images included.

The sessions are much shorter than usual newborn sessions as there is no need for your baby to be asleep for the shots, so you will only need to be with me for 45minutes to an hour.

You will recieve 10 digital images from your session, with full printing rights to reproduce the images as you wish for an all inclusive price of £195.

These sessions are perfect for brand newborns and older babies too, so please fell free to get in touch if you have missed the newborn stage.

I’ll look forward to hearing from you.

Much love,

JVP

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How much does Newborn Photography Cost? | Baby photos Glasgow

If you are reading this blog, I'm guessing that you are either expecting or have just had a new baby. You've decided that you'd love some beautiful newborn photographs to document your new bundle, but you just don't have any clue on how much you'll be expected to pay. So, let me do my best to address this question for you.

The simple answer is that Newborn Photography pricing varies massively across the industry for a number of reasons, such as the photographers style, experience and skill level. The amount of time that your newborn session will take to shoot, edit and present and of course, the amount and quality of products that will be included in your package.

So, where do I lie in the market and what does a newborn photography session cost with me?

Well, the answer is that I am not the cheapest photographer in the market, so if you are shopping on price alone, I may not be the right fit for you. However, I am skilled and experienced and very capable of producing beautiful images that will stand the test of time. So, although I am not the most expensive photographer, my services do come at a price. However , I am aware that budgets vary, so I have tried to keep this in mind by offering Collections to suit different needs.

A simple newborn session with me starts at £275 which includes your session, production of the images and your choice of 10 favourites which are sent to you via digital download to be reproduced as you wish. 

For those of you who want more images but dont want prints, there is a Collection of all images for £350. 

My most popular Newborn Photography Collection is priced at £395, which includes your 2-3 hour session in my cosy home studio, all of your Digital Images (Approx 40) a Luxury Memory Box of every image, professionally printed to ensure that they last a lifetime and beyond and a bundle of 5 Fine Art Prints that are mounted and ready to be placed in frames.

High quality Newborn Baby Photography is a luxury, however its an investment that lasts a lifetime, so be sure to pick wisely when your time comes. Cheap is not always the best option.

Full pricing for sessions can be viewed here on my website. Please have a look and be sure to get in touch if you have any questions or want to book your session.

 

Much love,

JV10

 

 

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Family as Art | Custom Framing | Newborn Photographer Glasgow

Digital images are hugely important to many of my clients, I get that! We live in the digital age where images are shared across various forms of Social Media, multiple times per day. I include digital files with all my packages as standard, however I really can't stress enough how important it is to print your images for prosperity.

I offer custom framing and many of my clients choose to have their favourite image printed and framed by me, this makes my heart happy. You see, there are many, many different forms of printing available in the market place today and many of them are really sub standard. High street printing facilities might be quick and cheap, but cheap isn't always good. Colours can be off, clarity is non existent, theres no depth or shadow... All the things that make a good picture good. Cheap printing can ruin a beautiful image and make it just not beautiful anymore.

Professionally taken photographs, should be professionally printed. You wont regret it.

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Prepping for your Newborn Session | Newborn Photographer Renfrewshire & Glasgow

There are many, many things that you need to remember and consider when you have a newborn baby, its an amazing time, but it can also be stressful. The last thing you need is a complex list of instructions from you photographer, coaching you on how to prepare for your newborn session.

If you google 'Preparing for a newborn photography session' you will find various blog posts on all the do's and dont's for a successful session. It's a minefield, and while it may work well for some, its just not my thing. My prepping instructions are simple;  Come along with baby, at the dedicated time and leave it up to me to capture your baby in images for you to enjoy for a lifetime. 

You see, my style of newborn photography is very, very natural and totally baby led. If your baby is awake on arrival, I will capture that. If your baby is asleep, I will capture that. If your baby needs a feed, no problem. If they cry, no problem. Just come along and leave it up to me to produce images of your baby as they really are.

As your newborn photographer, my role is to capture images that will stir memories and emotions when you look back on them in years to come.

I have years of experience of photographing babies, and besides that I'm a Mum. I had 3 babies in less than 2 years so nothing phases me when it comes to settling newborns. I have a dedicated work flow that means that you will receive a gallery of images unique to your baby.

If you are interested in booking a natural newborn session with me, please get in touch to discuss your requirements. I'll be happy to hear from you.

 

Pippa | Session Sneak Peak | Newborn Photographer Glasgow | Baby Photographer Renfrewshire

As time passes, its so easy to forget how absolutely tiny our little babies are when they arrive into this world. Everything changes so quickly, so before you know it this tiny brand new stage is over. So, for me, scale is very important in new-born photographs. I always try to incorporate poses or frames that best display how small a newborn is.

The moment I saw Pippa I knew that I had to highlight how tiny and petite she is. So here we are, Pippa, 5 little pounds of pretty perfection, all wrapped up safely in her Daddy's hands. 

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"All that we are, and all that we hope to be, we owe to our loving families" ❤️

Eva, cradled by hands that will love, nurture, feed and cuddle her. 
Hands that she will hold when she feels unsure.
Hands that will tickle her and make her laugh. 
Hands that will stroke and soothe her and wipe away her tears. 

The hands of her Mama and her Gran. 

Three generations of love. 

I am now taking bookings for babies due in April 2018 onwards. If you are in Glasgow or surrounding areas and looking for a newborn photographer for your baby photographs, please get in touch. 

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Less is more - Newborn Photographer Glasgow - Baby Photographer Paisley

Newborn photography is so popular now, way more popular than it was when I had my first baby nearly 10 years ago, and so it should be! Your baby (or babies) will be the most precious thing that you ever have, so why wouldn't you want to preserve that time on digital film, to take all those gorgeous newborn memories with you? 

There are many baby photographers in and around Glasgow, so you must be sure that you pick the one that is going to capture your baby in the style that suits you and your family. These photographs will be kept forever, so you know that you are always going to enjoy looking at them and taking pleasure from them for the rest of your life.

For some that will include props and frills and lots of outfit changes, maybe some novelty hats or digital imagery to place your baby in a fantasy scene, and for others less is more. If you are part of the latter crew, then I might just be the photographer for you. My style is simple, baby led and mostly unstaged. I do know how to position your baby for best results, but I will also spend some time photographing them completely naturally, following their lead and their movements, letting them lie just as they choose to. I use minimal props and outfits so that the focus is on the most important part of the image, your baby.

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love looking at the work of more stylised newborn photography and completely appreciate the skill and talent that it takes to create those kind of images,  but its just not my personal taste and not what I would display in my home. For me, less is definitely more.

Clients come to me from all parts of Glasgow, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde and more often than not they will tell me that they picked me for my simple style and that they wanted to have photographs that focussed on their baby. After all, isn't that all that matter now, your beautiful perfect little baby? 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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