Britain & Ireland’s Next Top (Baby) Model

A couple of weeks ago I was browsing Facebook and found myself doing something that I’ve never done before. No, it wasn’t looking at photos of friends’ girlfriends in bikinis whilst on their holidays (I’ve obviously never done that…), but it involved taking a keen interest in one of the “suggested posts” that appeared on my timeline.

Instead of the usual advert for an obscure band, a betting company or a football site, the ad was for a newborn photo-shoot in Hertfordshire.

Rather than worry about the what, why and how Mr Zuckerberg knew that this would interest me, or the implications associated with the rich geek seemingly knowing more about me than my own wife, I thought about how nice it would be to professionally capture Baby L in her newborn state. And by this, I don’t mean in a creepy Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Child Catcher way or by using Carbonite to freeze her a la Han Solo.

The deal was for a 30-minute, newborn baby photo-shoot over the Bank holiday weekend with local photographer Becki Williams for the bargain price of just £15. Not only would we get some nice photos, but it would also be one of our first proper outings as a family and be a good opportunity to face any fears about changing a nappy or breastfeeding somewhere outside of the confines of the four walls of our house.

It was also an investment. Considering how cute Baby L is, it won’t be too long before the photos are with the UK’s leading model agencies and she would be appearing as “Baby Girl 1”, “Crying Child” or “Toddler Eating Cereal” in TV adverts, blockbuster films and designer brand campaigns. Whilst she goes out to work to earn her keep, I’d be laughing all the way to the bank. Or more likely, I’d be laughing whilst sipping mojitos on my own exotic holiday as our butler went to the bank.

Back to reality (for now). We hadn’t really considered a newborn photo-shoot, but having looked at Becki’s website and having dropped her a quick email for more info, we were booked in at 10am on the Saturday. We were given the option of having the photo-shoot at home, or in the nearby National Trust estate, to which we chose the latter. Becki even generously offered to give us a two-hour shoot with two free photos, instead of the 30-minute shoot we’d initially gone for, for the same price. It’s a shame that other companies don’t offer such a personable and value for money service as that!

We arrived a few minutes late, after our model in training decided to be sick just before we put her into the car, and met Becki at the Cafe. After introductions, we had a wander round as she took us to a spot she’d scouted earlier and as we answered a couple of questions as to the type of photos we wanted.

Once settled, Becki opened her goodie bag to reveal an array of scarves, blankets and hats to use as props for the shoot. She put some of these out, got the little one comfortable and then started snapping. In true diva style, Baby L decided to throw a couple of hissy fits during the two-hours as she demanded food, a clean bum and attention – Naomi Campbell eat your heart out!

Newborn Baby Photoshoot

Taking photos of the photographer taking photos. Wonder if this is how they got the idea for Inception…

Despite the difficulties of photographing a model that is both uncooperative, unapologetic and unpredictable, Becki remained calm, reassuring and professional throughout. The two-hours were enjoyable, and in between soothing our little bundle of joy, she was even able to take a few photos!

Having seen the edited proofs two weeks after the shoot, we were more than happy to part with some more of our hard earned cash in order to buy digital copies of a number of the photos (5 for (£20). We liked the vast majority of the photos, so choosing the best ones was a pretty difficult task! However, after much deliberation, we finally chose our favourites and now plan to replace old photos around the house with these new treasures. Below are a couple of the photos we chose for your viewing pleasure – Lights…Camera…Action!

Baby L Photoshoot Hat

Photoshoot Baby L

Baby L photoshoot grass

Dave Hay Baby Photoshoot

Having seen the results, we are delighted to have these early days captured due to the photo-shoot and would recommend doing so to other new parents. We’ve taken thousands of photos ourself in the first few weeks, but no matter how creative I get, they are never going to be to the same standard as those captured by a pro. Plus, any photo the missus takes is usually blurred or obscured with a finger!

If you’re in the Hertfordshire area, then give Becki a holla if you’re looking for any bump, baby, child or family photos. We can’t recommend her highly enough. Her website is www.beckiwilliams.co.uk and she’s also on Twitter @BeckiWPhotos and on Facebook BeckiWilliamsPhotography.

Did you have, or are you planning on having, a photo-shoot with your newborn? How do you capture the special moments with your family? Also, as a random question, what’s with some people taking photos of babies in baskets or flower pots?!

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  • Such gorgeous photos. We had newborn shots done with both our kids. They are amazing and so worth it especially for how quickly they grow up!

    • Hi Laura – thanks! Totally agree, Baby L already looks quite different to how she did on the photo-shoot and that’s the space of 2 weeks. Really nice to capture her professionally when so young.

  • Steve

    Beautiful. I’m glad you got some really nice shots to treasure. You cannot beat them. You will look back and smile at them for many many years to come.

    • Thanks Steve! Yep exactly – currently in the process of printing some out so we can put them around the house and treasure!

  • Aww lovely post and gorgeous shots! What a darling and definitely a top model in training 🙂 xx #letkidsbekids

    • Thanks Caroline. She’s definitely got the diva streak when she wants something 🙂

  • Merlinda Little

    She looks so gorgeous! What a nice photoshoot! #letkidsbekids

    • Thanks Merlinda – yep, we’re definitely happy with the results!

  • lianne

    How adorable!! She looks so so cute!! 🙂

    Ive been debating a newborn shoot too, but unfortunately he has viral conjunctivitis 🙁

    Lianne | TheBrunetteSays…

    • Hey Lianne – oh dear, that’s not good, hope he recovers soon. I’d definitely recommend doing it as, I’m sure you’re experiencing, they change so quickly!

  • Ellen | El and Baby A

    Such cute photos! Definitely a model in training 🙂

  • Le Coin de Mel

    Beautiful photos, I bet you are glad you went for it! Good to know there is a good photographer in our area. #BrilliantBlogPosts

    • Thanks! Yes, really pleased. We umm’d and aah’d but really pleased we did. Would definitely recommend Becki too if you’re in the Herts area.

  • fashion-mommy

    Absolutely beautiful photographs and a really fabulous price too.

    #BrilliantBlogposts

    http://fashion-mommy.com

    • Thanks! Yep definitely – £15 for the photos then a fiver per photo couldn’t be sniffed at!

  • MyLifeAsAMummy

    Such beautiful photos and at such a bargain price! Thank you for linking up with the #WeekendBlogHop
    Laura x

  • London Mum

    Such cute photos!!! GOing out for the first time with a baby is daunting so this is a great way of doing it! x

    • Thanks! Yep totally agree – this was a nice way for things to be a bit more relaxed whilst not in the hustle and bustle of a town centre etc.

  • Lovely photos, newborn shots are a must for everyone! #MMWBH

    • Cheers and totally agree! She’s changed so much since then too.

  • Karen Bell

    Gorgeous photos! My parents are in Hertfordshire, so that’s good to know.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  • You Baby Me Mummy

    Fabulous photo’s and great post 🙂 #BrillBlogPosts x

  • Gorgeous photos. The only newborn shoots we had done were the pixi photo ones you get in your Bounty pack. The session was very cheap but they wanted eleven billionty pounds for the actual photos. Never again! You got a real bargain and fantastic photos to boot.

    • Thanks Louisa. Ah, I saw those in one of the Bounty packs. I’m always a bit cautious about shoots because of what you’ve mentioned. Did one with Hay as an anniversary present a while ago – although the actual shoot is cheap, they rinse you on the photo prices!

  • Sarah MumofThree World

    Those photos are beautiful! What a gorgeous little model you have. Although everyone takes lovely photos themselves, it is nice to sometimes have professional ones. My kids are big and last year we got some pics of them in their sports/ dance kits – they really captured their personalities.
    Popping over from Clairejustine.

    • Thank you! Like most people, we only have phones or a cheapish digital camera, so it’s great to get proper photos with a good camera and then have them edited too. Something I’d love to do, but don’t have the money 🙂 Sounds like you got some good pics of your kids!

  • Seychellesmama

    They are lovely!! The one of the three of you is so nice too….really natural with lots of love captured in it (as cheesy as that sounds!!)

    • Thanks – will be a nice photo for a frame in the house 🙂

  • You have such a sweet little girl. The photos are really good too! #PoCoLo

  • Aw these are such stunning photos! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

  • Gorgeous photos… and it sounds like the session went exactly as it should have with a newborn 🙂
    #pocolo

  • Let’s Talk Mommy

    Absolutely stunning photos. Sounds like a perfect session and so amazing you got an outing with it. It was definitely a good ad for you then! lol Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me You just made me incredibly broody! #sharewithme

    • Haha sorry for making you broody 🙂 Yep, we’re really pleased we had the shoot 🙂

  • Sarah Knott

    What lovely photos!! We wish we did ours earlier. We had our first ones taken with Isla when she was about 4 months old. Next time we’re going to do newborn photos for sure! Great post #PoCoLo

    • Thanks Sarah – nice to capture photos throughout childhood, but yeh, would definitely advise on getting some professional’s done as soon as possible.

  • So nice that you will always have these stunning photos to look back on. As my son turns 18 in 6 weeks I feel I am able to say “They don’t half grow up quick” Thanks for linking up to #PoColo

    • Thanks! Wow, I’m not even thinking of 2 months time, let alone 18!

  • oh wow what stunning stunning pictures! i wish we had some something similar with Joshua when he was newborn!

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments (sorry im late getting round)

  • Super Busy Mum

    This is such a lovely post and what gorgeous photos you guys got of your little bundle – what a delight. The photographer you had did such am amazing job! Thanks so much for linking up! #MMWBH

    • Cheers, we’re very happy with them, just need to get around to printing them off! Yep she did, loads better than we could have hoped for 🙂

  • Gorgeous photos, she is adorable! I never had professional newborn photos of my boys and I wish I had 🙁 #familyfriday

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  • LesBeMums

    We had a bump and newborn photoshoot and we loved it. We’re hoping to go back when he’s 6 months and then a year.

    Our photographer was amazing as she didn’t do any of those plant pot shots which, like you, I don’t really get. It was natural and beautiful (until the boy decided to vom everywhere!)

    Gorgeous photos! You’ll be millionaires soon, I can see it (lend us a tenner).

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