In-home maternity | My new favourite thing.

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In-home maternity | My new favourite thing.

I have been shooting in-home maternity sessions for a while now and I always enjoy working with expectant mamas and families. However recently,  I have found a whole new level of love for this type of session. Before writing this post, I tried to unpick exactly what it is about pregnancy photography that makes it so special, and it turns out it's not just one thing, but three.

1) Mum-to-be

Nine months, well actually nearly ten (they forget to mention that bit) of carrying and growing awesome little lives, honestly it's remarkable when we come to think of it. For each and every one of us, those 9 months of pregnancy are their own journey of ups and downs. Yet, one thing is for certain, it's hard work, and man, mums do a great job! It is this, that encompasses a lot of my purpose in shooting maternity images. Showing the strength and beauty of pregnant women, the amazing glow in a mum, who is just weeks away from meeting that baby. Capturing the amazing way her body has changed to grow and protect her little bundle. As the third-trimester rolls to the finish, I know it can be hard to feel that 'glow', but in the hands of the right photographer your beauty, confidence, and all-around awesomeness will shine through, captured and remembered always,

2) The love in the waiting

Now, I guess that subtitle is a little hard to comprehend, but it's there in every maternity session. The love may be coupled with excitement, anxiety, and nerves - but always love. The way a partner looks at that bump and the incredible woman carrying it. Their hand, as they reach to feel the wriggle and roll of an elbow, knee or foot. That smile as they help you to do something, you didn't need help with a few months ago. Yet, it's not just between partners, but also in the little eyes of siblings, waiting eagerly to become that big brother or sister. I am always taken by the power of the love in the waiting and how it shines so brightly through in a session.

3) The details and that bump

Oh bumps! There is something so incredibly awesome about a baby bump. Although a maternity photography session is about so much more, it's nice to take some time to focus on the details of that gorgeous bump. Yet rarely do I get just the bump, but in fact something so much more. Hands. Mum's hands, dad's hands, little sibling hands - they are all drawn to the little bundle waiting. Whether it's dad waiting for that reassuring kick or mum tickling a little pushy foot, these are the details that form your days waiting for your little one to arrive, these are the details that should be captured forever. Details that bring you back to that moment.

So I've listed three reasons why I love maternity photography, but really, the list is endless! And, with each new mum-to-be, I am even more humbled to have to opportunity to capture their special journey. 

If you want to capture a little of your maternity, get in touch and let's get you booked in.


Jo Shannon-Little of J S-Little Photography is is an award-winning maternity photographer in Reading, Berkshire, who focuses on capturing beautifully natural and emotive images inspired by the love and laughter of family and childhood. She is one of the very few photographers in Berkshire that blends her love of natural lifestyle photography with beautiful maternity portraits. Jo's unique in-home sessions allow you and your family to capture your wonderful memories in a place that is special to you - creating beautiful, meaningful and authentic images in the place so loved by you, your home. Jo is an in-home and on location maternity photographer, serving areas in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Surrey. For more information about Jo, check out her about me page. For pricing information, visit her pricing pageClick here to contact Jo directly. Thank you so much. x

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Maternity Lifestyle Session in Essex | The Smith Family

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Maternity Lifestyle Session in Essex | The Smith Family

A little over a month ago I had the pleasure of photographing this amazing couple for their maternity photography session, at their beautiful home in Essex.

The mummy-to-be is actually a very dear childhood friend. We met when we were 12 years old and formed a friendship that holds many of my fondest memories. As her friend, I was truly honored to capture this time in their lives, but even more honoured, to capture this stage in their journey to bring their little babies home.

Last year, on the 19th March, Sarah and Rob had and lost their beautiful baby girl Thea-Rose Ivy Smith, born sleeping at 38 weeks. Over the following months, this incredible couple, along with their family and friends celebrated her little life in every way they could. Their crowdfunding page reached a total of £4,500, with the money split across three wonderful charities:

SANDS- who provide information on stillbirth from emotional support, medical information to planning funerals and legal information. 

Tiny Souls- A small local charity who came to the hospital to take professional photos of Thea just shortly after she was born to make sure they had pictures to remember her by.

For Louis- A charity which provides memory boxes to hospitals, so parents can capture as many memories as they can.

Sarah also took to Instagram with her page: Notes to Thea, to share little Thea's life and her experience of loss. In sharing, she has been able to connect with hundreds of families, who themselves may have experienced loss. 

In reading Sarah's Instagram page, you will notice that the latest post is one that brings happiness to so many hearts. On the 16th February, Rob and Sarah welcomed their second little girl into the world, baby Arla. All are doing just perfectly and are preparing to celebrate Thea's 1st birthday, later this month.

Waiting for baby Arla to arrive, was a journey for this couple, and I am so glad we got to capture just a little of it. Congratulations guys xoxo


Jo Shannon-Little of J S-Little Photography is is an award-winning maternity photographer in Reading, Berkshire, who focuses on capturing beautifully natural and emotive images inspired by the love and laughter of family and childhood. She is one of the very few photographers in Berkshire that blends her love of natural lifestyle photography with beautiful maternity portraits. Jo's unique in-home sessions allow you and your family to capture your wonderful memories in a place that is special to you - creating beautiful, meaningful and authentic images in the place so loved by you, your home. Jo is an in-home and on location maternity photographer, serving areas in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Surrey. For more information about Jo, check out her about me page. For pricing information, visit her pricing pageClick here to contact Jo directly. Thank you so much. x

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The sweetest big sister to be and a blooming mama| A maternity session in Reading, Berkshire

So first off guys, I so sorry that I have been totally useless with blog entries of late- you know, life and all that! However, I'm back and there's no better way to start, than with this beautiful blooming mama.

Returning clients are some of my favourite to work with, especially when the newborn I captured but a few year ago is now far from newborn and waiting eagerly to become a big sister. I met Little Lady L and her mama, Amy, at their home in Reading to capture some of the excitement of maternity leave. 

Excitement certainly was the theme of this maternity session. Honestly, it's crazy how soon a sibling becomes a sibling! With little sister still tucked up in the bump, older sister could not control her love for all things bump. This together with the sweet moment with mum, made this session, one of my all-time favourites.

Thank you again, C family for letting me share this special time with you.

 

 

 

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At home with two adorable sisters ~ An in home family session filled with fun {Family Photography in Oxfordshire}

There is nothing I love more than photographing a family at home in their own space, especially when the family is made up of two very adorable sisters. I met Jackie, James and their girls at their home in Oxfordshire, for their family session. Right from the beginning, I knew this family was going to be a ton of fun the shoot.

With the littlest napping, we had a little time with big sister. Together with her mummy and daddy, the 3 of them gave a dramatic retelling of The Bear Hunt, sound effect and all (honestly, I had to try super hard to steady my camera, as they were just so awesome to watch - genuine fits of laughter!) Big sister clearly loved goofing around with mummy and daddy. When the time came to wake up the little one, I followed mum to the nursery to capture those sweet sleepy moments post nap. Waking with a smile for her mummy, baby A giggled and cooed as mum lifted her from the cot. Both girls were so adorable to capture, so similar yet wonderfully different in their own ways. Thank you S family for letting me capture a little of your family life. Here are a few highlights from out time together.


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Jo Shannon-Little of J S-Little Photography is is an award winning newborn and family lifestyle photographer in Reading, Berkshire, who focuses on capturing beautifully natural and emotive images inspired by the love and laughter of family and childhood. She is one of the very few photographers in Berkshire that blends her love of natural lifestyle photography with beautiful newborn and portraits. Jo's unique in home sessions allow you and your family to capture your wonderful memories in a place that is special to you - creating beautiful, meaningful and authentic images in the place so loved by you, your home. Her absolute favourite thing to shoot are newborns and their close ones in their home, but she also loves all things family - from capturing the joy and excitement of expectant parents in maternity photography to fun filled family sessions - images filled with connections, movement and life - capturing those little moments that make your family, yours! Jo is a in home and on location photographer, serving areas in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Surrey. For more information about Jo, check out her about me page. For pricing information, visit her pricing pageClick here to contact Jo directly. Thank you so much. x

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Portraits full of laughter ~ a gorgeous family of four {Family Photographer Reading

 

Gone are the days of stiffly posed family portraits and thank goodness - I love portrait sessions like this one, full of laughter and energy. This gorgeous family of four were such much fun to shoot, so much energy and joy - I left on a total high!

I met Jenn and Steve at the very beautiful Holies, Streatley, for their outdoor family photography session. The chilly autumn weather was against us a little, with dark clouds looming, but it didn't dampen the fun. With two littles exposed to the elements, it was time to get moving; it was time for some forest adventures.

Mum and Dad searched high and low with L and A to find the biggest leaf and the longest stick. The leaves were soon discarded, but the simple stick soon transformed into a sword for a knight and then a wondrous staff for a king. Steve, energetically took on the role of the mischievous forest King, which allowed me to capture those gorgeously genuine smiles, meant only for daddy. With the King safely captured and the chill setting in, in was soon time for Jenn to scoop up her two little for cuddles under the blanket.

I could have snapped this family moment all day long, they were just great to capture. From the comical tangle of legs trying to clamber onto mum at the same time, to the shared jokes sending each, and at times all, into fits of laughter. Perfect.  Thank you Rodwell family for letting me hang out and capture your family life. Here are some of my favourites from our time together.

Love Jo xxx

I hope you enjoyed these pictures as much as I have - I know this family will treasure them. If you're interested in booking me to capture your family memories, please get in contact and check out my session information.  Now, why not follow along in this month's blog circle to see what my wonderfully talented friend and fellow Camera Mama moderator Ulli from Boise, Idaho, has been up to! She is sharing a darling comparison session of her two girls.  Click here to check out her blog post: Newborn and Family Photographer in Boise, Idaho.

Jo Shannon-Little of J S-Little Photography is is an award winning newborn and family lifestyle photographer in Reading, Berkshire, who focuses on capturing beautifully natural and emotive images inspired by the love and laughter of family and childhood. She is one of the very few photographers in Berkshire that blends her love of natural lifestyle photography with beautiful newborn and portraits. Jo's unique in home sessions allow you and your family to capture your wonderful memories in a place that is special to you - creating beautiful, meaningful and authentic images in the place so loved by you, your home. Her absolute favourite thing to shoot are newborns and their close ones in their home, but she also loves all things family - from capturing the joy and excitement of expectant parents in maternity photography to fun filled family sessions - images filled with connections, movement and life - capturing those little moments that make your family, yours! Jo is a in home and on location photographer, serving areas in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Surrey. For more information about Jo, check out her about me page. For pricing information, visit her pricing pageClick here to contact Jo directly. Thank you so much. x

 

 

 

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