Getting Your Baby Snaps… AH-TISH-SHOO!
A-TISH-SHOO!! AHHHHHH-TISH-SHOO! No, don't worry I haven't got a cold and nor has the wonderful Karen from , though with all the A-Tish-Shoos you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise. However, fake sneezes and giant raspberries are one of the many ways in which Karen manages to coax the most gorgeous smiles out of the little ones she photographs on a daily basis...
My sister sent me the link for KW Photography so I I could look at the style of photos done by a lady called Karen. I totally fell in love with them and the session was booked. You have no idea how close I came to not having these done...
I booked in at 8 months so I was nice and big and the session was wonderful. Karen was very calming and constantly checking I was okay and guided me very gently through the photo sessions. We did several different types of photos and I had some wonderful pictures to look through and choose from. One of the things I love about Karen is that she has so many different photo packages to suit everyone from digital to canvases and prints!
Remember I said that I was lucky to get these done? Well, I had these done on a Wednesday in July and on that very Sunday Alyssa arrived!! Talk about timing... turns out I had been in labour the whole week... hence feeling slightly uncomfortable for a while. I am so glad I managed to get these shots done though because I think they truly reflect how happy I was to be carrying my little girl in my tummy! Little did I know
When I had been there for my maternity shoot, it was hard not to notice the wonderful photos of children all around the studio. Karen specialises in Newborn and Baby Photography and is known as something called "A Baby Whisperer!" Like the horse whisperer only with babies... just to make that clear. So, I didn't think twice and we penciled in a time for Alyssa to do a newborn photo shoot which usually happens within the first two weeks post birth. Of course as it happens, Alyssa was five weeks old when she had hers done because we were in hospital for a while after she was born. It didn't matter though and the experience was amazing.
Alyssa and I arrived on our own and it was just lovely. Karen made me a cup of tea and Alyssa lay asleep in my arms. I handed Alyssa to Karen who stood rocking her for a while and then I sat and watched as slowly she placed Alyssa on a giant cushion that had been set up to take pictures of her on. It was amazing to see how, whilst
ill and we had to give up after ten minutes. Karen was so understanding and we re-booked and here we were.
This time, I was much more involved and helped place Alyssa and make sure she didn't fall over whilst Karen was in front with a camera doing everything she could to make Alyssa laugh and smile. To be honest, it didn't take much. I think Karen had Alyssa at "Hello!" It was lovely being involved and being up close watching how Alyssa interacted in the situation. Now I know she likes attention and is a little bit camera happy but this was something else... she completely turned it on. She had raspberry competitions with Karen and laughed her head of when Karen began fake sneezing at her. Then she leaned in raising her eyebrows, showing her cheeky grin and waving away... lapping up the attention.
We took so many different shots and each came with a scene change that was so quick whilst we changed Alyssa into a different outfit - we took some of our own clothes but Karen has an overflowing wardrobe of outfits and accessories too! Once we were done we sat chatting as I dressed Alyssa and Alyssa has this thing... if she likes someone she dips her head to one side down onto a shoulder, looks at them and grins. It is very cute, cheeky and flirty and oh my goodness she must have given Karen about 10 head dip and smiles (think of it as the bend and snap for babies!!) In such a short amount of time, Karen created a lovely bond with her.
In next to no time, an email appeared once again giving me access to view the amazing shots Karen had once again taken. It is so difficult to choose though. Once again, I chose a digital package and received my little wooden box with the photos in again. Once I have loaded these onto my computer, I put each little box into Alyssa's memory box as something for her to look at when she is older.
Now, we have a few months break until Alyssa's first birthday when we join Karen to celebrate it with a Cake Smash (you must have seen her Cake Smash video... it went viral!! If not click here to see it!) and we can't wait!
Thank you so much Karen for helping me to watch my little girl grow up and create and preserve such special moments. Thank you also for creating that unique bond with the babies big and small that come through your door. You make becoming a parent even more special than it already is. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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