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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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Outdoor Kids 2018 - Family Photographer Renfrewshire & Glasgow

The sun is shining, the weather is sweet & Outdoor Kids is coming soon.

These sessions ALWAYS sell out quickly so please get in touch to register your interest or for more information. 

I operate a waiting list for Outdoor Kids, dates will be offered to families on the list prior to general release.

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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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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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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Muse.

My girl, my beautiful, beautiful girl.

My Sophie.

My Muse.

Or one of them, at least.

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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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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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If I knew then, what I know now. | Paisley Baby Photographer

Then...

Then...

Yesterday my 'babies' turned 7.

If you had told me in the early days that we would be here so quickly, I would never have believed you. If you had told me in the early days, that 7 years would pass in the blink of an eye, I might have done some things a little bit differently.

I might taken more photographs when they were born, or at least, I would have used my real camera rather than the camera on my iPhone that would get lost in Tesco approximately 3 months after their arrival. I would most certainly have backed up the photos on that iPhone (Who knew about iCloud 7 years ago... Not me!) More importantly, I would have printed them all.

If you had told me that their first 6 years would be over in a flash, I would not have cared how I looked after giving birth and I would have begged my husband to take a photo of me holding my two precious darlings in my arms. I would have realised how lucky I was to have not only one, but two beautiful babies and I would have smiled for that photo, fat face and all.

I would have worried less about routine and getting back 'to normal' if I'd known that 7 was just around the corner. I wouldn't have believed that 'I was making a rod for my own back' by cuddling my babies to sleep. Oh no, I would have held them for every second that I could, if I'd known that them being so tiny would be over so soon.

I would have realised that the hell that is colic would be a distant memory in no time at all. And, I would have reminded myself over and over that all I was doing was good enough for them. I would not have made myself feel guilty or like a bad mummy if I laid one down to cry while I tended to the other. 

If I'd known that 7 would come so soon, I would have savoured those quiet moments in the early hours when it was just me and my babies awake. In those times when it felt that the whole world was sleeping except the 3 of us. Just me and my two little angels all swaddled up tight.

I would have made sure to note down their first crawl, first words, first steps. I didn't realise that I would ever forget them, or how much I'd wish that I hadn't.

If you had told me that they'd be turning 7 so quickly, I would have realised that its true what they say; 'The days are long, but the years are very, very short' and all that seems hard at the time, is hard to remember, when your babies are babies no more.

If you had told me in the early days, that the love that I felt for my babies would be nothing compared to the love that I'd feel 7 years on, I would have said you were crazy, how could it ever be possible to love them more? But, of course it is, and I do.

My babies are 7, and I couldn't be prouder of the unbelievably amazing and individual little people that they have become. Happy birthday, my darlings, I cannot believe that you are 7, but I'm excited for whatever 7 has in store. 

 

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