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Photography! Photos, Snapshots & Selfies!

By Julie Jones

Professional photography? Or just for fun?   Happy having your photo taken? Or hate it?

It’s fair to say cameras are everywhere today, most of us have one with us all the time and at some point, we do all have our photograph taken. Why, well hopefully it’s because we haven’t been speeding, but if we are honest, we all enjoy capturing that special moment.   A beautiful sunset, a holiday moment, baby’s first hours, the first day of school.

Why do we do this? Images represent who we are, and photos capture those moments.

I was inspired to start my journey into newborn photography after the birth of my children following a visit from a hospital photographer. I started off with a very basic and simplistic camera before progressing on to a more complex model.

I then used my time wisely whilst on maternity leave. I knew I had to return to work after my leave, but I also was sure it was going to be doing something that I enjoyed. I spent time creating the work, family life balance managing my time to learn, train and develop skills that I could create a brand to be proud of. I wanted to achieve something that would allow me to return to work doing something enjoyable, creating a professional career out of a hobby. Learning photography is one thing, but business is another and I am still learning and networking in the local area has really helped me.

Having a baby is such a special moment in time, the finer details can be so easily forgotten through the sleepless nights and it’s a privilege to be involved with the personal emotions and to see the joy that newborn photography can bring to new parents and families.

Newborn photography allows me to create images that represent the purity and beauty of a newborn child that can so easily be forgotten in time.

Portraits are a visual document of a moment in time and photographs become even more valuable as time goes by.

I have watched my children grow and I enjoy capturing their milestones but sometimes you can always be the one behind the camera. When was the last time you were photographed with your family, do the things you enjoy? I make a personal point of doing a family selfie a month. We do so much together it’s important to document it.

Photographs outlive us and last for generations, they freeze the precious moments in time, complete the larger picture of our lives. They capture our attention and speak directly to our emotions.

As a family photographer, I thrive in a natural environment. We are surrounded by natural beauty and I offer location sessions for family portraits to give me the opportunity to capture everyday moments of the joy and beauty a family can bring, enjoying themselves as life intended are delight to capture, allowing me to develop a visual language that can be shared with others.

Photography allows us to preserve these moments for the days we may not remember or the days when we can no longer remember and to share with others.

I enjoy capturing the joy of a family being together.

Whether you have an old camera, smartphone or commission a photographer, remember that portraits are a visual document of a moment in time, becoming ever more valuable as time goes by. So don’t forget to pick up that camera, take a shot and include yourself.

More information about a photography session with me can be found on my website.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yoga is good for you!

By Julie Jones

Norah from Norah Nelson Yoga has kindly contributed some key points which can my read alongside my personal experience.

Yoga is good for you, for Pregnancy and Birth and beyond!

There are many benefits, and some are especially important during pregnancy, which is a trans-formative time for women physically, mentally and emotionally.

As a newborn photographer, a mum of two my days are very active and physically demanding.  When I am doing a newborn photo shoot for safety reasons a lot of my work is at a low level or floor based. This gives the best possible angles to capture those tiny details. Having this enjoyable lifestyle can take a toll on the body and mind. This is where yoga helps me. It gives me the opportunity to find my space, my time to relax, but also time to strengthen, stretch and relax those core muscles.

“Anxiety and stress are also common during pregnancy and yoga can help to address these. The body, mind and breath become unified and you feel balanced, calm and regenerated. Using a combination of asana (movements) and pranayama (breathing) you prepare your mind to meditate and finish by relaxing completely, improving mood and sleep patterns.”

After the birth of my first child, I was invited to a mummy and baby pilates group, something I had never experienced before.

The benefits of attending allowed me to carry out the gentle exercise after birth helping to regain strength and enjoying bonding with my baby whilst meeting other mums with babies of a similar age.

“Many women worry about labour and birth and how or if they will cope.  Doing a weekly yoga class is a perfect gradual birth preparation.  Or for those who wish to learn more about birth, I teach Yoga for Birth workshops which combine antenatal learning with practical skills that you can use during each phase of labour.  Not only can you cope with labour, but you can also have a positive and enjoyable birth experience.”

Going to a weekly yoga class can also be a social experience, where you can meet other Mums to be, share experiences and find a support network that lasts into the postnatal period.

I continued with pilates and found this extremely beneficial, during pregnancy and labour of my second child, my posture was better and breathing was relaxed.

“Physically, yoga can help you to stay mobile and improve or maintain a balanced posture as your baby grows and your body changes shape.  These changes can place strain on the back and can aggravate or cause neuromuscular complaints like sciatica.  Yoga can help to ease these aches and pains.”  

“Emotionally, yoga can help you to release negative emotions and tensions and reconnect with or rebalance your feelings. This is especially important if you are finding it hard to connect with your baby or your changing body or indeed the life changes that are coming ahead for you.”

I having been attending on a weekly basis, to really experience the benefits and now enjoy Strala Yoga.  This has helped with my recovery period after running and I enjoying paddle boarding and yoga helps with core strength and balance.

I am looking forward to trying my hand at yoga on a paddleboard this summer.

If you would like to book a  Yoga for Birth Session, Norah has places available on Sat 6th July and Sunday 1st September – Please contact her to book or for more information norah_nelson@yahoo.co.uk. Further information about her weekly classes and workshops is available on her Facebook page Norah Nelson Yoga.

Newborn Photo Sessions are available to book directly with me julie@jvphotography.uk. Please contact me for more information and we can pencil in your due date.

Outdoor Photo Session Cockington Village

By Julie Jones

Outdoor Photo Session – Cockington Village

Cockington Village was the chosen location for this adventurous little boy to have some fun whilst having his photo taken.

Cockington is picturesque at any time of the year, however, despite the amount of rain we have had this summer, the sun was shining.

Cockington has a lot to offer and its landscape changes with the seasons. The session started with a walk through the village, leading to the paths and slopes that the grounds have to offer. The slopes made an excellent opportunity to capture the delightful expression on his face when he came whizzing down the hill on his bike.

There are trees to climb, bushes to explore, games to play, making this a fun portrait session, allowing the parents to interact with their little ones to allow me to capture the natural beauty as they are too busy playing, they are often unaware of the camera.

Towards the top end of the country park, there is a small park and a woodland seating area that allowed time to stop after our little walk for a few more traditional moments to be captured before heading to the café for a well-deserved coffee.

If you would like to book a family portrait session at Cockington or have a favourite location in mind then please do get in touch for more information.

Guest Blog – Kate Hancox The Daisy Foundation

By Julie Jones

I recently met with Kate, from the Daisy Foundation.

https://thedaisyfoundation.com

Kate offers workshops in and around the Torquay area covering aspects on preparing and creating a positive aspect for birth, postnatal classes, and classes to attend with your baby when they arrive.  Here is Kate’s Story;

“I started my journey with The Daisy Foundation in 2012 whilst pregnant with my first son. For me, The Daisy Foundation gave me a positive outlook and the confidence and understanding of pregnancy and labour. I found the classes relaxing and informative and I knew then that I wanted to bring The Daisy Foundation to the Torbay and give more women the opportunity to have a better understanding of pregnancy and labour.

We hear so many horror stories of labour and for me to be able to bring some positivity into what is perceived as a scary and daunting part of our lives makes me feel like I am making a difference to the Mother’s I see.

My first birth was the complete opposite of my birthing plan.  I needed interventions and Hospital monitoring whereas my plan was a calm home birth.  I’m not saying that I wasn’t disappointed that I didn’t get the home birth I had planned, but because I had done my Daisy Birthing Classes,          I knew what could happen and what I was happy to accept in terms of interventions and pain relief and I knew what questions I should ask.  So although it wasn’t my ideal birth I came out of it knowing that I did everything I could to make the situation the best it could be and I was happy with those decisions.  Without doing my Daisy Birthing Classes I may have been another Mum with a horror story to tell.”

If you would like more information on how Kate can help you create a positive birthing experience. please get in touch with her directly.

When your little one arrives, I would be delighted to photograph those tiny details on your precious newborn with a photo shoot and should you join Daisy Birthing, let me know and there will be a little gift for you when you book a photo shoot.

Love surrounds me in everything I do

By Julie Jones

My Family, my girls, my world. It’s that simple.

Everything I do, I do it because I love them and the love is reciprocated in many ways.

I hope this is similar to you. Perhaps you now have felt love in a new light, since you were pregnant or have a new baby to care for.

To me it is important to capture these feelings however possible, creating and sharing those memories for years to come. There are many photographs and drawings around my home.

Along with the sentimental snap shots and drawings, there is space for a professional photograph to capture that special moment in time.

I am privileged to have the opportunity to share my skills and expertise and offer a professional newborn photography session in the comfort of your own home.

Every family and every baby is different, contact me for a no obligation consultation about how I can create a professional lasting memory that is important to you, through photography.

Julie

Image Credit: Sketchy Muma

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