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

2016 ended on a real high for me as we welcomed our son into the world. The last seven weeks since he arrived have whizzed past – ten unexpected days in NICU for my son, my birthday, Christmas, New Year – and so as we go into 2017 I look forward to our family getting into it’s new rhythm and kicking off some new projects.

Welcome to the world

I have the common guilt of a second time parent and photographer, feeling I haven’t got the ‘big camera’ out as often as I should, but here is a small selection of some favourite images of my son…as with newborn clients I have captured two sets of images – some ‘dark and moody’ and some ‘light and fresh’.

 

 

 

Holiday photo shoots

In 2016 we had some lovely family holidays which provided me with the opportunity to capture some images of my daughter to add to her photographic record. Just having a bit more time on holiday to get the big camera out and edit the images makes a huge difference… she is growing up so quickly and I treasure the images I have taken of her…we spend hours and hours looking through her photographs and videos – especially now she has a baby brother and is wanting to know what she was like at his age…

 

 

 

 

The perfect baby age – sitting babies

In terms of my client work, 2016 seemed to be the year for sitting babies. I have always loved this age. Babies have still got their “baby podge” but are getting their sense of humour and own personal expressions and reactions. As a mother, it’s the age I really have the most wonderful memories of with my daughter and I remember just wanting to freeze time. I love working in my new home studio for these shoots as it is just the right space and I’ve settled on a very simple, neutral style that really shows off the joy of this age…

 

It was a great compliment when my studio sitting-baby images impressed MORI,  a baby clothing company and they approached me to shoot their commercial look book. Their brand and my style worked really well together – organic, simple, modern… We did two shoots in 2016 and here are the highlights from the first shoot…

Older children in the studio

In 2016 I dedicated some time to developing a style of portraits suitable for older children. In the past I have always preferred to shoot outdoors once children are on their feet but quite a few parents had asked me for studio portraits of their children, and a number of them were particularly keen to capture images before baby teeth start falling out (around 4-6 yrs), so I created my Black and White Expressions Sessions. These are designed to be short, fun sessions and produce classic, timeless portraits but with lots of personality – whether that be cheeky or shy, energetic or contemplative… I fell in love with these sessions and can’t wait to do more.

 

 

 

Lavender Fields

I also enjoyed going back to the lavender fields for family and siblings shoots. There is something about the colours and continuous rows of lavender that children can get lost in, that make the images very special. The focus on nature is a great setting for timeless pictures of children and I particularly enjoyed getting siblings to interact as I know these are the images that parents often struggle to get themselves.

 

I look forward to offering Lavender shoots to more clients in 2017 – please sign up to my quarterly newsletter if you would like to be the first to hear about the dates for these sessions.

 

Looking ahead

2017 looks to be a packed year. I have recently gone through a rebranding process for both my family and boudoir photography and can’t wait to launch these brands via totally new websites (with awesome mobile functionality!). It’s exciting to have a fresh look (it’s nearly seven years since the current brand was created!) that reflects my personal style and ethos and I can’t wait to share it with you.

I have a few more months of maternity leave and I am looking forward to making the most of warm, baby snuggles and settling my daughter into school (she starts next week – eek!!). I hope to also use this time for getting my fitness back and finding fresh inspiration through gallery visits, preparing me to come back to my clients with fresh ideas and tonnes of energy later in the year. In the meantime, I will continue to share lots of my images via instagram (it’s my social media platform of choice!) So please do come and follow my work there.

Thank you for all your kind messages and interactions during 2016. I wish you all well for 2017, my focus is to enjoy the journey – I hope you do too!

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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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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

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

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/allison-tate/mom-pictures-with-kids_b_1926073.html

 

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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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