Clare Breheny Photography » London based people photographer specialising in beautifully relaxed home newborn photography and baby photography in your home.

It’s been two years since I photographed my daughter at the Lavender fields in Hitchin. (Check out the post here)

We returned this year with two other families and had a lovely day playing races in the lavender rows and of course cutting some lavender to take home.

Here are some highlights from our trip – the races will come up in a future blog post 🙂

I loved watching the love and camaraderie of the siblings and can’t wait for my daughter to have her own brother or sister.

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It always amazes me how much babies change in their first year. I hardly recognise this blue eyed boy from his newborn images! It was such a delight to have him back in the studio. We got the shoot in JUST before he was on his feet.

He had us all in stitches with his antics and he LOVED my ginger biscuits so I couldn’t resist a ‘messy baby’ picture at the end!

Mum and Dad were totally on my wave length when it came to the styling – we wanted some really simple, classic shots that showed off his baby features. No fancy “grown up” clothes, we wanted to make the most of the baby days!

Obviously I don’t have ‘favourites’ when it comes to my clients, but if I did, then this family would be top of the list. We have laughed and cried and shared so much together in our sessions. I love the fact I get to meet so many wonderful families through my work.  I want to wish this couple a wonderful wedding day next month – they totally deserve it! xx (PS Once the wedding is done, please paint your living room wall as promised, so that I photograph it and show my blog followers the beautiful art work we created from your newborn shoot !!! cheeky emoji here)

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Two weeks ago I held my third Mother’s Day Charity Event. This year all profits went to Action Aid and we raised £620 who “help transform the lives of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable women and children”.


Thank you so much to everyone who took part. Huge thanks to Mark at The Picture Frame Gallery for hosting us.

It was so lovely to see returning faces and meet new ones. Framed images have been collected over the past few days to ensure our mums had them in time for Mother’s Day and I have enjoyed reading the text messages and emails with your responses.


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I am passionate about mums being in the picture and I hope our children will hold on to these images for many many years to come.


I was first inspired to run the event when reading this great article….here is an extract…

“Someday, I want them to see me, documented, sitting right there beside them: me, the woman who gave birth to them, whom they can thank for their ample thighs and their pretty hair; me, the woman who nursed them all for the first years of their lives, enduring porn star-sized boobs and leaking through her shirts for months on end; me, who ran around gathering snacks to be the week’s parent reader or planning the class Valentine’s Day party; me, who cried when I dropped them off at preschool, breathed in the smell of their post-bath hair when I read them bedtime stories, and defied speeding laws when I had to rush them to the pediatric ER in the middle of the night for fill-in-the-blank (ear infections, croup, rotavirus).

I’m everywhere in their young lives, and yet I have very few pictures of me with them. Someday I won’t be here — and I don’t know if that someday is tomorrow or thirty or forty or fifty years from now — but I want them to have pictures of me. I want them to see the way I looked at them, see how much I loved them. I am not perfect to look at and I am not perfect to love, but I am perfectly their mother.”


Allison Tate


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Today, 15th February is International Angelman Day. Angelman Syndrome is something I had never heard of until very recently… I’ve linked to the information page if you would like to read more… Here’s how I heard about it…

As you may know, I like the name Abigail 🙂 What you may not know, is that my husband and I fell in love with the name back in 2008 at my brother’s wedding when they had the most adorable flowergirl toddling around and making us all smile,  named Abigail.

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed a few weeks back and I saw that a now very much grown up Abigail has created her own charity fundraising venture. I will use her words here to relay her mission:

My little brother Freddie has Angelman Syndrome. He is very cute, cuddly and smiley. I found out that some Scientists and Doctors are doing research to help people with Angelman Syndrome so started making necklaces and selling them to raise money so that they can keep trying . People have been buying them for £5 and I’ve raised £1300 so far since June. If you would like to buy one you could put a message on here or contact my Mummy. Thank you very much! Abigail x

Since that post her total has gone up to £2000. Check out her facebook page and you will see the beautiful jewellery she makes and her wonderful displays…

My Abigail and I were delighted to receive our charm necklaces and bracelets a few days ago and we captured a few images here for you…

Such gorgeous presentation! Abigail enjoyed wearing hers and then decided to turn the camera on me and made sure I put mine on!!

Needless to say, she has been wearing it non stop! And I have been wearing mine with great pride too!

Thank you Abigail! Keep up the fantastic work xxx

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If you would like have your own beautiful jewellery and support Abigail’s fundraising, then please head over to her facebook page

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A little two and a half year old girl in fairy wings on a photographer’s website… it’s a tad cliche isn’t it!

But I came home from work and my mother in law had brought my daughter home adorned with fairy wings… she thought she could fly and my mother in law was rather concerned that she’d be jumping from great heights… the wand had broken (already!!) and was held together with sticky tape… my daughter was worried the magic wouldn’t work…

The wings had to be coaxed off to get her into bed…

The next day, the first thing she did was get those wings back on… I looked at her… pyjamas and bed head, lost in the tv, a broken wand and wings placed firmly on her shoulders – making her feel magical and important… her words darted in a confused manner from butterfly to fairy as she worked out what that story in her head was…every now and then she’d lose interest in the TV show and break off into fluttering hops and skips… charging towards the window… only to then plant herself back down and lose herself in her TV show again…

People often say that if you take too many photographs you fail to live in the moment and breath it all in… I couldn’t disagree more… my photographer brain is trained to notice every little nuance, and change in energy – from how the wand is held in a tight grasp to how a toe is curled and gently stroking her other foot and the firm thudding feet supporting a gently fluttering arm (sorry, wing!) …I enjoyed immensely watching my daughter lost in her own little world – torn between the make believe on TV and the make believe of her wings… and then I relived every moment a thousand times over as I selected the images to post here…

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