Ever wondered what really goes on during a Newborn Portrait Session?

Ever wondered what really goes on during a Newborn Portrait Session?




Newborn Photographer Chorley

A Newborn Photo session is a nice cosy, warm and relaxing morning, where you can concentrate 100% on how cute and precious your baby is.

When you arrive at my home studio in Chorley you can make yourself at home and we can unwrap your little bundle.  It will be very warm in my studio so dress comfortably.  Let me know beforehand if you would like images with your baby or/and would like to bring an older brother or sister.

I allow 2-3 hours for your session so there is plenty of time for cuddles and feeding etc.  It is completely led by your baby’s needs.  Your baby’s safety and comfort is my priority and I am trained in safe baby posing . I am also a member of BANPAS (Baby and Newborn Photographers Association) who promote safe working practices.  Take a look at their website, it has lots of info for Parents too.



If baby stays asleep once undressed I will begin to place baby in lovely curled up poses, if not we can carry on and do some awake shots (lots of Parents of Parents love the connection with their baby when their eyes are open). Then when baby is ready for a feed, that usually sends them into a lovely ‘milky’ sleep. Then I can carry on and take those lovely sleepy pictures everyone loves so much.

Lots of Parents worry about baby not sleeping or that they may wee or poo an my blankets, this is quite normal so please don’t worry, everything is washable and most babies sleep at some point during the session. I have been photographing babies for almost 5 years and I have lots of experience and tricks to help lull babies into a deep sleep.

If you would like images with baby I will do those usually at the beginning or sometimes at the end of the session depending on baby.  The pictures look lovely if you wear fairly neutral colours eg. whites, grays etc. Also if you want family/sibling pictures I would try and get these at the beginning of the session before toddlers and older children get bored. It often happens were little ones  need a bit more time to get use to their surroundings so in this case I will do these photos later.  I have a few things for your children to play with but feel free to bring your own inc. snacks and drinks.

My aim is for you to enjoy 2-3 hours relaxation and to create some amazing images for you to treasure forever (cheesy but true)

Lots of people ring when baby is 6-8 weeks old trying to book a newborn session, as they didn’t think to book whilst pregnant, and are disappointed that they have missed the best age, which is 1-3 weeks old (while baby is still sleepy and can curl up into the poses)    More info on when to book – HERE

Don’t miss out on capturing your baby’s first few weeks, best to book your due date in while pregnant!

Click HERE to get in touch and price packages

or call – Kath – 01257 264346

Baby and Family portrait chorley

Foods that may affect breastfed babies sleep

Foods that may affect breastfed babies sleep

I have come to realise that some foods we as mums eat while Breastfeeding may affect Babies sleep and how settled they are, and its quite a good idea to avoid these foods for a few days before your Newborn session.

  • chocolate
  • spices (cinnamon, garlic, curry, chili pepper)
  • citrus fruits and their juices, like oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit
  • strawberries
  • kiwifruit
  • pineapple
  • the “gassy” veggies (onion, cabbage, garlic, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, and peppers)
  • fruits with a laxative effect, such as cherries and prunes

A daily cup or two of coffee is fine, but too much caffeine can interfere with your baby’s sleep or make him fussy. Remember that caffeine is also found in some sodas, teas, and over-the-counter medicines.

Please do not remove all these foods from your diet without medical advice but its fine to experiment to see if one or two of these foods are affecting your little one.

full report here – Baby Center

Well done if your a breast feeding Mum, as its really not easy, but keep going as long as you can. here are some of the benefits –





Newborn Photography Show 

Newborn Photography Show 

Really excited now!!!
Traveling to Coventry tomorrow for The Newborn Photography Show.

I will be having more training, checking out new props and gorgeous new printed products.
Can’t wait to catch up with other photographer friends too.
Also I am very proud to be a finalist for the Newborn Photographer of the Year 📸

Click here to see all the way Finalists
Thank you too all my lovely customers and friends who have supported me and visited my little home studio, especially those that come back as their children grow, so that I can capture those moments in time to treasure forever ❤️


Baby and toddler swimming lessons – why baby swimming lessons are so much more than a “middle-class must-do” and what parents really need to know about them…

Baby and toddler swimming lessons – why baby swimming lessons are so much more than a “middle-class must-do” and what parents really need to know about them…

Blog post by Ali, mum of one, Lancashire

Baby and toddler swimming lessons – why baby swimming lessons are so much more than a “middle-class must-do” and what parents really need to know about them… 

I’m your typical first-time mum – slightly neurotic and desperate to prove (to myself, mainly) my worth as a parent. Weeks before my now-16-month-old daughter was born, s/he was signed up to a multitude of age appropriate classes, including; baby massage, baby yoga, baby sensory and baby swimming lessons – you name it and I’d block-booked my fetus onto it!

Once she’d arrived and the weeks went by (with sleep deprivation really kicking in), there was one class I remained truly dedicated to – swimming lessons. And you know why? As delightful as the other classes were, they’re highly unlikely to save my child’s life. Only since becoming a parent have I learnt that only half of all children in the UK can swim by the time they leave school. HALF?! How is that even possible, we live on an island and live for our annual beach or pool-side holiday abroad.  And don’t kids learn in schools any more?! Apparently not. Unsurprisingly, I’ve also discovered that drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death amongst children in the UK. So, you can see why swimming soon become the top priority in our weekly activity schedule.

I take my little one to Puddle Ducks, a national baby and toddler swim franchise, which was a fortunate coincidence after a friend recommended them – I’ve since realised there’s a whole disparity between good and bad providers (tips for what to look out for later).

My young daughters skills in the water are impressive, but I would say that, I’m the proud and over-enthusiastic parent, remember? Of course she isn’t pounding laps in the pool each week, she’s a teeny tiny toddler, but the core programme teaches water safety and she already has a plethora of essential life-saving skills under her belt, including: either blowing bubbles in the water (instead of inhaling it into her lungs), kicking to the surface when submerged underneath (instead of sinking to the bottom) and reaching for the side of the pool and holding on (massively increasing the likelihood that someone will then pull her out, alive).  So that’s one less thing to keep me awake at night.

I stress the life-saving aspect, as I recently read a lefty article describing baby and toddler swimming lessons as a “must-do for middle-class mums”. I’m going to take a wild guess here and say that the vast majority of parents, regardless of where they sit in the current class system, want to stop their child from drowning.  Swimming lessons, like all other baby and toddler activities, may have a price tag, but teaching my child how to hold her own in water is one I’m most certainly prepared to invest in and make sacrifices for – I recently switched Asda for Aldi and save more than enough to cover her weekly lessons (done!).

If the cost of classes are too much of a stretch then there’s plenty that ALL parents can do to promote water safety – such as taking their child to a local pool or familiarising them with the SAFE code (www.rlss.co.uk) – but as an advocate of good quality swimming programmes, I’m going to share some advice to help you spend your money wisely.

  1. Don’t even dip their toes in the pool if it is under 28c – this is particularly important for babies and younger children. If the pool is too cold (and annoyingly most public ones are) they won’t enjoy the experience, nor will they be able to follow the lesson.
  2. Steer clear of armbands, disks or similar floatation devices – let’s face it, it’s unlikely a child would have them on should they should fall into water unsupervised. Therefore, it’s better to tap into your child’s natural ability to swim and teach them basic water safety skills early on.
  3. Don’t let your own fear or dislike of water get in the way – going swimming and getting our hair wet may be amongst a long list of things we’d rather not do (our negative feelings are most likely because we either didn’t go swimming enough as a child or the lesson quality was poor) but children learn their habits and behaviours from us so it’s important we set the standard. Research shows that children will gain confidence and develop skills faster if their parents/grandparents/carers go in the water with them.
  4. You get what you pay for, in life, and in swimming lessons: there’s plenty of choice out there to suit all budgets, but, if you can afford it, a well-structured programme will help your child progresses quickly and at their own rate – the skills and confidence gained will remain with them for life.

Puddle Duck classes are available in the following areas:

 Shaw Hill Golf Club, Whittle-le-Woods on Monday

Euxton Pool on Wednesdays, Thursday and Sunday

DW Sports Leigh on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday

The Escape Zone, Leigh on Saturday and Sunday

DW Sports Wigan on Wednesday and Saturday

DW Sports St Helens on Tuesday and Friday

DW Sports Southport on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Lansbury Bridge College, St Helens on Saturday

The Mercure Pool, Blackrod on Monday, Thursday and Friday

Ormskirk C of E Primary School on Thursday

Sports Direct Fitness Formby on Thursday and Saturday

For more information about the classes or to book please call 01606 892 868, email southlancs@puddleducks.com

or visit our website: http://www.puddleducks.com