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Maternity Lifestyle Session in Essex | The Smith Family

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Maternity Lifestyle Session in Essex | The Smith Family

In-home maternity session with a warrior mama

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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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.


J S-Little Photography

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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A new baby boy ~ A family complete {Reading Newborn Photography}

 

A cold wintery day was immediately warmed, when I met this gorgeous new baby boy and his family. Charlotte and Ian welcomed me into their home, for their relaxed newborn session. I was immediately smitten with Baby P, he was so deliciously curled up and perfectly happy in his mummy's arms.

So not to take him away from this comfort, we started with Charlotte in the nursery, focusing on that special mummy and baby relationship. The dreary dark day outside, did not stop us and with light from the window falling on them so perfectly, we capture some beautifully intimate moments between them. Not wanting to leave Ian out too long, we joined together for family pictures and Baby P, although now awake, was a dream to photograph - happily cooing at his parents, who of course obligingly cooed right on back. Gah!! I love it when parents, wrapped up in the world of their little bundles, forget I am there. It is then that the magical moments are captured. 

The magic continued when Ian scooped baby P up into his arms - he looked so tiny and was only too happy to be curled up in his daddy's arms. It was hard to stop clicking at this point. Really, this family were just too adorable!!

I had an absolute blast with Charlotte, Ian and their perfect new bundle of blue. Congratulations H family!! Here are a few of my favourites from your session.

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 friend Tara from Denver, Colorado has been up to! She is sharing a darling in home newborn session.  Click here to check out her blog post:  Lifestyle Photography in Denver, Colorado.

 


J S-Little Photography | Newborn and family photographer in Reading, Berkshire.

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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Sweet baby girl ~ loved by three generations {Reading Newborn Photographer}

On a sunny morning in December, I had the pleasure of meeting this sweet baby girl and her family of 3 generations. Joanie and Chris invited me into their beautiful home in Reading, for their newborn photography session. Their house was filled with gorgeous morning sunlight, just perfect for an indoor lifestyle shoot.

Upon arriving, I was greeted by both parents and their mothers - two wonderful grandmothers, both completely smitten by the dear baby M. After a feed with mum, we took advantage of little M's milk calm to capture some sweet, bright eyed, individual moments in her cot. She was then joined by mum and dad, who cooed back at her from her cot side. It's moments like this that remind me why I love in home sessions - watching 2 parents lost in their new precious bundle. Perfect! Feeling a little lonely in her crib, Baby M was scooped up into her daddy's arms, straight into her favourite position and instantly at ease. Dangling over her father's arm, I was able to capture her adorable red hair in the light from the window - isn't it just so lovely?

At ease in Chris' arms, we caught some darling moments of the family as a 3 - mummy, daddy and their baby girl. Both parents were so beautifully at ease and completely entranced by the little lady, so I snapped away, catching dad smiling at both his girls - Gah!! Insanely sweet. The precious family moments continued when little M was scooped up into the arms of her grandmothers. Each held her and calmed her in their own way, each had their own little bit of grandma magic - a true honour to capture. This family really was just so lovely to shoot. Congratulations P family! Here are some of the favourites from out time together.

Love Jo xxx


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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