If there is one thing I wish I had done when I was pregnant, it is to have paid for a photo shoot and some lovely framed photos. Instead, all I have is pictures of me, in my bra and knickers on the staircase against the backdrop of my yellow walls! I have dozens of photos for each of my pregnancies but none are particularly flattering or satisfying.
Looking back at those photos of my first pregnancy, you would think that I would have had a photo shoot done second time around, wouldn’t you? Especially when I am a keen photographer myself and have beautiful photo albums of my pre-children travels! But the truth is I didn’t know a photographer that I felt comfortable showing my bump off to. I recently met Emma – a newborn, baby and family photographer – from a neighbouring village. Her photos are stunning. If I had known her back then, I would have asked her to take pictures of myself, my husband and my baby, and also of me breastfeeding. It’s so important to show these pictures to the next generations, and indeed to the current generation of 20–40-year-olds, who are only just rediscovering breastfeeding – its benefits, its pleasures, and its challenges too.
But you know what? It’s never too late. I now have two daughters who are 4 and 8 years old and I’m sooo booking a special photo shoot for the four of us this summer! I am hoping they will behave and smile, but even if they don’t of their own accord, I know Emma will quickly and naturally bring those gorgeous smiles out of them!
So don’t do what I did – don’t miss out during pregnancy, have your photos taken, be proud of your bump, show it off, Emma will help you feel at ease and will take some beautiful shots of you and bump. And when your baby arrives, she can capture your little bundle using the most delightful props and in the cutest, most heart-melting poses.
As a special offer, Emma is kindly offering all clients who attend my private Wise Hippo antenatal courses a FREE photo session of their choice (voucher included in your welcome pack at the start of the first session with me) and all clients booking my group courses and therapy sessions a 50% off voucher for a photo session of their choice.
I am delighted to be working with Emma from Studio Bambino and to offer all her clients the opportunity to claim a FREE Building Your Confidence Session for Birth session (worth £30) and 10% off a Closing the Bones session (see this page to find out more), using the leaflet in their welcome pack.
To find out more about Studio Bambino and the photography sessions they offer, visit their website.