What to Expect when I’m Expecting You

What to Expect when I’m Expecting You

The diary of a newborn and baby photographer is a complicated place! Nobody told your baby that they are expected to turn up for their portrait session and while some can’t wait to get here, some are fashionably late. This makes my diary a wonderfully fluid place!
When you first book your session you will be required to pay the £65 deposit to reserve your place in my diary. I take a limited number of newborn sessions each month so that I can ensure I can fit everybody in and work around midwife and health visitor appointments once baby is here.
Once your baby arrives and you have settled back in at home just message me and we can then confirm the best date and time for your session.
Your portrait session will take place in my comfortable purpose designed studio. Newborn studios are not like traditional photography studios – they are designed to be warm and comfortable. I want you and your baby to feel relaxed and comfortable so you are able to feed on demand and put your feet up with refreshments and a magazine (I even have some new dads who take a quick nap!)

So that I can capture your baby perfectly while they are still so brand new, for most of the session your baby will be in their birthday suit. Newborn clothes never fit correctly so we don’t get to see all those beautiful details that say ‘hey I’m brand new!’

However, one of the downsides of this, is your baby is guaranteed to poop and/or pee on props, blankets, perhaps even me or you! This is just par for the course, something I’m used to dealing with on a daily basis and something I allow for. All of my blankets and props are washed after each session and I have plenty of cloths
and towels to hand. You might want to pop a change of clothes for yourself into your changing bag, just incase the worse happens.

Your newborn portrait session can take up to 3 hours and the reason for this is your newborn will need feeding, cuddles and cleaning throughout the session which is baby led rather than photographer led!
I hope this article answers the many common questions but if you would like to book or discuss a session please contact me on – 01257 264346    kathhancock@yahoo.co.uk



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Should I have a Maternity Shoot?

Should I have a Maternity Shoot?

I have had the privilege of being pregnant twice, I loved the idea of being pregnant and how special it was to be carrying a brand new life inside me but in reality I felt tired, big, heavy and the last thing on my mind was a ‘Bump’ photo session.

But remember, you might not feel your best, but from the outside, we see a beautiful woman bringing a new life (or two or more!) into the world, with a gorgeous little baby growing inside of you. Pregnancy is a thing of beauty, awe and amazement for many people – and it will be for you too if you ignore the cheeky gremlins in your mind telling you otherwise. Gosh, some women will surely feel envious and jealous of you too, remembering what a special time pregnancy was and/or wishing they were in your shoes! You will only be pregnant a few times (if that) in your entire life. No matter if you think you look far from glowing or glamourous, a skilled pregnancy photographer can easily draw out the beauty, love and femininity of your pregnancy.

Some Wonderful things about having a Maternity Session –

Making memories – You might be unsure about it now, but if you don’t have a photography session while you’re pregnant, you’ve lost the chance to create once in a lifetime memories – you can’t get them back. Photos also trigger memories, feelings, emotions… they help you remember more vividly. Even if you don’t care for the memory for yourself, I can assure you that when your children are older, they will be delighted to see the photos of their pregnant mamma, while they were growing inside of you.

Bonding – It can be harder for a dad-to-be to bond with an unborn baby, since the baby is growing inside of you, moving inside you, having hiccups inside of you – and not him. You might feel all warm and fuzzy when those things happen, but he can’t feel it so he doesn’t know how wonderful it is. But putting dad in the picture (pardon the pun!) can help him bond with baby a bit more too, and it gives him some special memories of his own – aside from you yelling at him for bringing you a cheese and tomato sandwich when you asked for a cheese, anchovy and pickle sandwich! It’s also a lovely way for siblings to spend some quality time with you and help prepare them for their new brother or sister.

Its Fun– Many pregnant women I speak to tell me that they had lots of fun and laughs during their photo shoot. If you choose a photographer that suits your personality and style you want from the shoot, you’ll have a great time. Make sure you do your homework though, and that the photographer is experienced in maternity photos – a normal photographer may not have the same creative ideas and poses suitable for a pregnant woman.

My Maternity sessions take place in my cosy home studio in Chorley, Lancashire.  I advise mum to be to come around 32-37 weeks pregnant. I have a lovely gown which you can use (pictures above) so its best to wear white underwear. you can also have some photographs in your own clothes and any ideas you have are great. Its also nice to bring your scan picture and/or some little booties. You can come with your partner or come alone and surprise him with the pictures later.

I can also provide a Bump to Baby package, so let me know if you want more info.

Thanks for reading


Kath x

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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 –





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



  1. The best time to photograph your Newborn is around 6-12 days old because at this age they are still sleepy and curl up more easily into adorable poses, and of course you want to capture their little feet, lips and wrinkles.
  2. As you all know I am sure, a full tummy of dreamy milk works a treat to get them to sleep.
  3.  Although it seems like such an obvious thing, so many people don’t consider room temperature, keeping the room warm and cosy is a must.
  4.  It also helps to have some background white noise which tends to sooth babies too sleep, making it easier to get the photographs you want. I use a free App. Called Baby Sleep.
  5. Natural light is always a great way to light your pictures so placing baby near a window is an easy and effective trick. If you place babies head closest to the light it also enhances all the little details, helping you capture their tiny toes, rosebud mouths and sleepy eyes.
  6. Also try different angles with your camera.

Most of all enjoy what an amazing experience it is to hold your baby and be able to capture their first precious moments of your sweet little one.

Please remember, babies safety comes first, never leave them on or in something eg, basket even for one moment.

If you decide you would like a Professional Photographer to capture your baby’s newness, look for someone who specialises in Newborn Baby Photography and has had training in this area.

A good place to look is www.banpas.co.uk

Thanks for reading xxx





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Why book a Newborn photo shoot so early?

Why book a Newborn photo shoot so early?

You might of wondered how you can possibly book your baby’s photo session before they have even arrived, as you just never know exactly when that might be.

There are a few reasons, one is so that your photographer can save a space in their busy diaries, this also ensures you get the photographer you want before he or she is booked up.
It also gives you time to choose a baby photographer right for you and your baby, with a style you like, that has lots of experience, Specialist Newborn Training and insurance.
A great website to help with your choice is http://www.banpas.co.uk
(You will find me there too)

Your baby is the most precious thing in the world, so take some time to find a great photographer. One that you may use over and over again x

If you where to book with me I would take down your due date and phone number and then I would post out more information on what to expect on the Baby Portrait day, what to bring and a few other helpful tips.
Then when baby arrives I just ask that you send me a quick text to let me know, and I will arrange a date for you to come to my lovely and warm home studio in Chorley, Lancashire.

The best time to have your baby photographed is between 6-14 days old, as they are sleepy, still like to curl up and super cute. Also this is the most important time to capture as they change so quickly.
If Mum or baby are not feeling up to coming for their Baby Photo Shoot so soon and need a little extra time that’s fine too.
Hope you found this useful
Kath x


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