Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Jon & Liz

On Saturday I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Jon & Liz, they had a small do in the centre of West Bridgford and it really was lovely! At the beginning of May they'll be having a larger celebration in Granada, Spain and I will be photographing that too and if Saturdays festivities are anything to go by, I can't bloomin' wait! I feel so honoured to be a part of both of their bigs days, they're such a gorgeous couple! Here's some of my favourites from what they call their "Tuesday Birthday Wedding".

Such a happy pair and such a beautiful day, look out for more from these two in a few weeks time!
Sunny Spain here we come!


Monday, 18 March 2013

Night Portraiture

A few weeks ago I decided I wanted to try some night portraiture, I've never done any before, not that I can remember anyway. So I enlisted the help of a model, Roxanne and we hit the streets of Nottingham on evening. I had lots of techinical issues and there was lots of fumbling around on my part, with tripods, which I'm not a great user of. On a shoot where I'm not the most confident I always say tha,t as long as I get one nice photo, that the shoot has been a success! Roxy was a star for putting up with the below zero temperatures and my fumbling and we came out with 5 nice photos so it was a super success in the end! :) 


Next Top Model Parties

A few weeks ago I was enlisted to take some behind the scenes photos at the launch of a collaboration between Jon Davies Photography and Party Entertainment & Supplies by Lisa. Their "Next Top Model Makeover" Parties are a great little event for young girls to be treated like the little stars that they are, with makeover by Lisa, a strut down the red carpet whilst being "papped" and ending in their very own solo and group photoshoots with Jon! What more could you want from a party?! Games and a disco? Oh yeah, they're included too! Brilliant! Get in touch with get in touch with either Jon or Lisa to book your "Next Top Model Makeover" Party today! Here's a few of the photos I took to whet your appetite...


Sunday, 17 March 2013

Nottingham Silly Slingers

This Thursday just gone our babywearing group decided to don our babies and our silly red noses in aid of Comie Relief. We walked around Nottingham City Centre past some infamous Nottingham landmarks, the route was approximately two miles which is no mean feat with a toddler in tow! The weather was perfect for our little jaunt, not too hot, nor too cold! Of course when we eventually made it to the end we rewarded ourselves with a lovely lunch. Here's some photos from the day...

Getting ready...  

 And we're off...

Posing at the sky mirror...

Heading down to the Park Tunnel...

Giving our love to Robin Hood. with a silent cheer... the babies were asleep... ssshhh...

 Phew... we made it!

Our target for this walk was to raise £200, we smashed that and raised £257 instead which is brilliant! So thank you all for sponsoring us!

There are now plans for us to do a babywearing Race for Life in June so you've not seen the last of us!


Saturday, 2 March 2013

1st outdoor ramble

Today my dad and I took Louie for his first outdoor walk at one of our local parks, The University Boating Lake. He absolutely loved it and walked sooo far! We couldn't let go of his hands as he was so distracted showing off and smiling at passers by! Unfortunately noone asked how old he was so I couldn't reply smuggly! Although I did hear someone say "WOW"! Hehe! I had 40 very proud mummy moments today!
He walked over his first bridge today too!! Eeeeeeeee! I know the smugness will be wiped off my face soon enough when he starts trying to walk into roads and ponds and won't listen when I tell him not to but it's such a nice feeling that he's now officially a toddler, although I am rather sad it's happened so fast too! I just had to share my moment (or 40) with you! :)

He walked from side of the frame to the other... not literally mind. And that was only part of the walk! I'm so proud!


Friday, 22 February 2013

The life of a babywearer.

Babywearing is something that's very dear to me and I've decided to start a project documenting the life of a babywearer, once completed it's going to look beautiful and hopefully will inspire many parents who know little about it to research and try it out with their bubbas. 
Unfortunately for me Louie didn't enjoy being worn in the first few months, although it didn't stop him being carried whilst we had to push his pushchair! My back was very thankful when our cheapy Palm and Pond mei tai finally worked for us! For 6 months now we've ditched the puschair and carried him everyday, shopping, to baby groups, on buses, whilst cooking/cleaning, during teething and most importantly for us, to help make nap times easier. He loves being carried by me, and it's only natural, all babies love being held by their mothers and I love the closeness we share too.
With the love of babywearing, comes a love of all things sling. There really is one for everyone and if you don't believe me I could show you some online groups that will persuade you! Mei Tai, Stretchy wrap, woven wrap, ring sling, buckles, conversions. Oh and the sizes, the colour ways, the fabric blends and if you can't find something you like there are many many people who will make you your babywearing desire! Since Louie came along 10 months ago I have aquired and unacquired a Baba Sling, a ring sling, a mei tai and 5 woven wraps! I'm definitely a wrapper but have just found a wrap conversion mei tai I just NEED! Haha, anyway, I've digressed... back to the point of this blog...
For about a week or so now I have had a bit of a poorly foot... some new shoes and lots have walking are the culprit, boooo! So this week on Tuesday I decided to brave the buggy! Not to much avail as my terribly grumpy baby did not want to be in the thing, can't blame him really...he couldn't see me, talk to me or feel my warmth on his face when he fell asleep. AND I was constantly pushing him into roads with big scary cars on them. And needless to say I hated it, it's cumbersome (and mines a small one in comparison to others out there) and there's nothing more amazing than walking along and having your little one babble away in your ear, but I just couldn't interact with him! They do have their place for people I'm sure, and for those who can't babywear for medical reasons, it's just not for us! So as my young one didn't want to be pushed around, much like when he was wee, it was up to my good friend and model for this project to comfort him so I could keep extra pressure off my foot! Naturally this made for a great photo opportunity, and this photo is a sneak peek into a project that will probably become one of my favourites, will hopefully inspire non babywearers and  will make current babywearers coo and giggle! 

This is Mayita, tying a tandem carry with her Arlo on the back and my Louie on her front! :)


Thursday, 21 February 2013

Babies babies everywhere...

On a Tuesday morning I go to a mother and baby group at a local pub. There's about 8 of us that meet up every week, except when we have other baby engagements! 5 of the girls have known each other for quite sometime and all got pregnant within weeks of each other!! I like to take my camera to the pub sometimes and snap away, I can't help myself, the bubbas are just so cute!! On this occasion however, we're missing Caitlin, Arlo and my Louie... I'll get ya next time!!
Here, for your viewing pleasure are Harry, Enna, Allanah, Dylan and Toby. Whoever says babies look the same are wrong, wrong, so wrong!

How adorable!?

Imagine what I could in an hour portrait session! If you're thinking of booking a session for your children please don't hesitate to get in touch with me via samanthagallagherphotography@gmail.com