Becoming a judge for the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers

I’ve officially become a judge for the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP) – a worldwide organisation for serious photographers. Woo! So from now on, just call me Judge Jocelyn, lol!

But seriously, it’s a great achievement. I am so proud and delighted to now be a fully-fledged judge – one of just 34 in the UK – and there are lots of benefits for you too.

Better photography for my clients

As a creative person, it’s great to be continually learning new things and to be challenging myself.

Creatively, I’m confident that I’ll produce better photography than ever before as a result of becoming a judge for the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers. And that’s really exciting for me and hopefully you too!

Sleeping baby by Photojos Photography

Learning what makes a photograph an award-winning photograph

By becoming a judge, and having passed all the necessary assessments over the past nine months, I have learnt so much about what makes a great photograph an award-winning photograph.

The Judge’s School training I went through, during a two-day course held back in August last year, and the photography judging that I have been doing since (as a trainee judge), has really opened my eyes.

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Pushing my photography up another level

I used to think I knew what made a great photograph and have always been proud of my own photography.

But by going through Judge’s School and, now, becoming a judge for the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers, I feel I’ve been able to push my own photography up another level.

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I’ve learnt what the judges are looking for when they assess a photograph to determine if it’s worthy of one of their highly coveted international awards. And this has made me much more critical of my own work – which is a good thing!

For she’s a jolly good Fellow…!

The very first step in the process of becoming a judge was to become a Fellow of the SWPP because only Fellows of the SWPP can train and become one of their judges.

I achieved my Fellowship back in January 2016 thanks to some invaluable advice and support from my mentor, Damian McGillicuddy.

Fellowship is the highest judged award level that a photographer can achieve and securing this qualification was no mean feat! It was certainly a hugely proud moment for me and my family.

SWPP Fellowship Panel

Judge’s School

Since Judge’s School’, I have acted as a judge at the SWPP’s annual awards. And I have assessed ‘Licentiate’ and ‘Association’ panel submissions submitted by fellow professional photographers, and submissions received for their monthly portrait photography competitions.

I’ve judged the work of photographers based across the UK and beyond and, let me tell you, the standard of work out there is nothing short of amazing!

To win one of the SWPP’s awards, the photography really does need to be first class. Which makes me even prouder to tell you that I have been the winner of not just monthly awards with the SWPP but also a three-time ‘Photographer of the Year’.

Sleeping baby Photojos Photography

First-class photography at Photojos Photography

So, to wrap up, I am immensely proud to now be an official judge for the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers. And I can’t wait to take photographs of your family and put all that I have learnt over the past nine months about first-class photography into practice.

To book a portrait session with me, please call me on 07929 768371, email me at jocelyn@photojos.co.uk or contact me via this form.

Jos x

Dads, you won’t regret a father and baby portrait

When a family visits me for their child’s newborn photoshoot, I usually encourage them to let me take a few family portraits as well.

Capturing growing families

I’ll capture a mother and baby and a father and baby portrait.

Plus I tend to try a few with the baby together with any siblings (and pets) there are, and finally a group family photo. Sometimes with grandparents too!

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Photographing reluctant dads

I usually get the most resistance from the men in the family – the reluctant dads.

It’s common for the dads to hesitate when I encourage them to get involved in a photoshoot. Particularly when I mention that I want them to take their shirt off!

baby in dads hands

Father and baby portraits

But as these examples show, some of the father and baby portraits that I have taken recently are absolutely gorgeous!

And the truth is, a father and baby portrait is much better – visually – if the men are not wearing anything on top!

Distracting patterned shirts, colours, logos and wrist watches are to be avoided if you want a timeless portrait that won’t date as the years roll by.

What I love about a father and baby portrait

Daddies, revealing your upper body and arms makes for a more natural portrait. Honestly!

And the striking contrast in size, between your manly arms/hands/shoulders against the teeny tiny size of your days-old newborn, is also what makes these portraits so great.

baby asleep in daddy hands

Five of my favourite father and baby setups

  1. Baby in the father’s hand.

The contrast in size between the baby and the father is quite dramatic, and makes for a great photo! Depending on the baby’s size, dads can either cup the baby in one or both hands in front of his body. Or, if the baby is smaller, dads can hold their hand out and rest the baby carefully in a single palm. Sweet!

  1. Baby on the shoulder.

This is a great one, particularly if the dad has muscular or tattooed arms. Tattoos add visual interest, and the baby looks tiny compared to the board shoulders and shapely arms of their father.

  1. Baby in front of dad’s torso.

I often get dads to pose with their newborn with the baby propped up or leaning against their chest or tummy.

  1. Another great shot is to incorporate props that indicate a father’s hobby or career.

I’ve taken lots of lovely portraits using props such as footballs (since we’re football mad here in Liverpool, aren’t we?), boxing gloves, cricket bats and balls, and even work uniforms. I’ve even photographed babies carefully positioned in motorcycle helmets!

daddy and baby on shoulder

Capturing a precious moment in time

My clients tell me that these father and baby portraits, and the group family portraits, are lovely to look back on. They capture the family, as a whole, and in its entirety at that special moment in time; the time just after the arrival of a brand new family member.

So, to you dads, I would say, “Just go for it!” Don’t worry about your wobbly bits!

If you dare to bare during your child’s newborn photoshoot, I guarantee that once you see the resulting photographs, you will be glad you did!

To book your V.I.P. newborn session please give me a quick call on 0151 203 6439, or 07929 768371, email me at jocelyn@photojos.co.uk or complete the contact form on my website giving me some details about you and your family.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Jos x

How to avoid losing your identity as a parent

mummy and babyAs a parent, do you sometimes feel like there is never any time to do fun things for yourself? Yep, me too!

I know from my own experience – as a wife, mum of five, a self-employed photographer, a part-time sonographer, and our family’s cook, cleaner, taxi service and other things besides – it can feel impossible sometimes to find a bit of time for myself.

I wouldn’t have said I have lots of spare time. But I’ve jiggled my diary recently and ensured that I take a little bit more me time each week. And rather than be unproductive in that time, I’ve decided to try out something new. I’ve started ballet classes!

I’ve started ballet classes!

A new-found passion

For a few weeks now I’ve been going to an adult’s ballet class at the local dance school, Proctor Dance Academy, where my girls have been taught since they were little. (I also photographed some of the dance students from there last year).

I absolutely love it! My daughter Scarlett is a wonderful dancer and often models for me.  But before now, I’ve never taken to ballet myself.

I actually still can’t believe how much I have enjoyed giving it a go, especially after all these years of being a ‘dance mum’!

Ballet has given me another creative outlet as well as a means to keep fit, and I’m loving every minute. I was really excited to get my first ever pair of ballet shoes recently too!

Parents: Put yourself first (for a change)

My new-found love of dance got me thinking.

mummy cuddling baby

So many of my photography clients are busy mums and dads, like me. We are all struggling to find time to fit everything in, and often put ourselves last.

So, my message is this: Try not to put yourself last all the time. As a parent, you still have a right to a life! You’ll be a better wife/husband/partner/mum/dad if you look after yourself a little too!

How to avoid losing your identity as a parent

  • Why not grab some time out of your busy schedule to pursue a new hobby yourself?
  • Take a bit of time out to learn a new skill, write the first chapter of the book you’ve always wanted to write, attend your local rock choir or join a local theatre group?
  • Go for a spa treatment or just curl up on the sofa with your favourite magazine or relax in a hot candle-lit bath? It needn’t be anything more than that but if it relaxes or energises you, then all the better!

Being a parent is tough!

Being a parent is hard work! We all need some down time. A chance to not just be a ‘mum’ or ‘dad’.

As I have with my ballet, try and carve out some time for yourself. Occasionally getting away from it all, and perhaps even trying out something new, can help get back a bit of balance in your life. Believe me, I’ve done it!

Even if you have the busiest of schedules – perhaps you are juggling a new baby or a child, or children of any age – make this a priority. You won’t regret it!

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I would love to know if you have recently discovered a new hobby or if this post inspires you to try out something new. Please do let me know in the comments!

And if you like finding out what goes on behind the scenes here at Photojos Photography, be sure to follow my Facebook page and connect with me on Instagram too!

Bye for now,

Jos x

The art of baby wrapping in newborn photography

If you’ve been to me for a newborn photography shoot or are familiar with my baby photography work, you may know that I love ‘baby wrapping’.

Baby wrapping

Baby wrapping is a technique we newborn photographers use in combination with the ever-popular naked baby portraits.

Unlike the naked shots, though, in which the baby’s soft skin and tiny features are on show, wrapping tucks almost all of the baby’s body away.

Baby wrapping potato sack pose

Wrapping is actually one of my favourite ways to pose a baby. It’s also really popular with parents. So today I wanted to tell you a bit more about it.

Plus I wanted to share some gorgeous examples of baby wrapping.

Newborn baby sleeping during a photography training workshop with Kelly Brown

Those I include here are all portraits from recent newborn photoshoots. I hope to inspire you about what’s possible so that if you have a photoshoot with me coming up, you can look through these examples and let me know which ones you’d like me to try and recreate with your baby.

An expert in baby wrapping

There is a skill to wrapping a newborn and it takes lots of practice.

Thankfully the experience I gained swaddling babies during the 22 years I spent working as a midwife, before becoming a newborn photographer, comes in handy.

Wrapping and swaddling are similar techniques, so I have become quite a pro at it!

Baby wrapping

It’s also one of the core skills I teach as part of the professional training I do with the Baby Whisperer Academy. All newborn photographers worth their salt will be experts in baby wrapping.

Newborn Photography poses: Baby wrapping

So why is it done? Well, as well as the fact that baby wrapping is so, so cute, there is a practical benefit.

baby 1 week old wrapped

Newborn babies love feeling tucked up, as they were in mummy’s tummy. So, wrapping them helps to settle them and makes them feel secure.

For this reason, it’s often the first baby pose I do during a newborn photoshoot.

At the beginning, when a family first arrives and passes the newborn to me, the baby is most likely to be unsettled. They are unsure about the unfamiliar sights and smells of the photography studio and, naturally, it takes them some time to feel comfortable.

This is when wrapping them helps. Wrapping also helps prevent the newborn’s startle reflex, which is when their arms and legs shoot out, and which can sometimes wake them from sleeping.

Baby wrapping techniques

The baby is skilfully ‘wrapped’ in layers of coloured breathable cotton, and I just love experimenting with colours and different textures. In fact, my studio is jam-packed with cloths of every colour imaginable so that I always have lots to choose from on the day!

There are also endless ways that wraps can be used. And in case you were wondering, yes, wrapping can be done whether the baby is awake or asleep.

Baby wrapping baby in pink

  • I use the wrap to tuck in those teeny tiny fingers and toes
  • But I also have the hands and feet out as well, and I often do this one with the baby lying on its back on either a soft rug or bean bag
  • A wrapped baby with their hands poking out under the chin is so sweet!
  • And I just adore creating the ‘potato sack’ pose, where the baby is wrapped and sitting up (it’s all done completely safely, with the baby’s head fully supported at all times)
  • Wrapped babies can also be photographed with props such as bowls, baskets and boxes, adding further interest to the photos.

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Baby wrapping: The finishing touches

I have learnt, over the years, lots of different ways to ‘finish’ the wraps. I can tie the wrap into a knot to make a pretty bow or I can swish it elegantly to the back, for example.

 

The possibilities really are endless and I love experimenting to create lots of different looks. Most of all I love baby wrapping because the end results are fabulous! It’s soooo cute!

Baby Wrapping

Let me know what you think!

I hope you agree? Let me know in the comments which are your favourites from the images I include here and what colours you love best!

You’ll also find lots of other examples of baby wrapping on my newborn photography gallery.

Jos x

Breastfeeding tips for new mums

sleeping newborn baby

One of the things that I believe really sets me apart from other newborn photographers is that I was previously a nurse and, later, a midwife in a career spanning more than 20 years. (You can read about my personal story and how I got into newborn photography here).

Here in Liverpool, I have helped and advised thousands of women during that time – advising and sharing tips about pregnancy, childbirth, newborn health and breastfeeding.

Now, as a newborn and baby photographer, I continue to share my midwifery knowledge with new parents who are my photography clients.

When new mums and dads, many of them first-time parents, come into my photography studio for a newborn photoshoot, I sometimes see them struggling with their babies.

So if I can help, I will.

Sometimes it’s just offering a helping hand when the newborn is unsettled. Other times, I have helped my clients who were finding breastfeeding a challenge.

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Breastfeeding tips

Case in point: I had a lovely lady in recently who was struggling to breastfeed her newborn. She was almost at the point of giving up. The baby would take from one breast but not the other.

I managed to help her with the positioning of the baby – I suggested she try the rugby ball hold (which she hadn’t been shown before) – and gave her some breastfeeding tips.

With a little bit of persistence…success!

She messaged me after the shoot saying how grateful she was for my input, and I was so pleased that we had managed to make it work!

Modern mums

Once I explain to my clients that I was previously a midwife, and that I am a mum of five, they are often really relieved to get my input and very grateful for the help and advice.

Having a baby is so different these days to how it was twenty or thirty years ago.

Quite often women are now encouraged to leave hospital really quickly after the birth, and they may not have had much input from their midwives. I understand why.

Resources are tight, hospital beds are vacated as soon as possible and I really think that new mums are left to struggle on alone as a result.

It’s a real shame and I believe that many mums give up on breastfeeding too early because they aren’t given the help, advice and hands-on support that once came as standard.

Sleeping baby

Information and resources

So, today, I wanted to share with you some information and resources on breastfeeding.

I often find myself sharing breastfeeding tips with my clients, so perhaps if you are a new or expectant parent you may find this useful too?

Have you struggled with breastfeeding and how did you overcome it? Please do share your breastfeeding tips and stories in the comments box below.

Until next time,

Jos xx

Introducing my revamped Baby’s First Year Photography Package

As we all know, babies change A LOT in their first year!

When they first arrive it takes some time to adjust to your new lives, as parents. Then, before you know it your baby is rolling…then sitting up all by themselves…then by their first birthday is fast becoming an adventurous little toddler!

If you’re keen to keep a photographic record of your new baby’s first year, and all the major changes that take place during that time, then I have the perfect solution for you:

My newly revised and revamped ‘Baby’s First Year’ package, which is now more affordable than ever!

The Baby’s First Year package

The Baby’s First Year package offers you the chance to capture beautiful baby portraits on three occasions in your child’s first twelve months;

  • At 4 months old – the ‘lying down’ session

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  • At 8 months old – the ‘sitting up’ session

Baby's First Year package

  • Finally, around the first birthday – the ‘birthday portrait’ and ‘cake smash’

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These three photo sessions at my photography studio in central Liverpool cost a total of £135 (equivalent to just £45 per photo session), and each last up to an hour.

This is a significantly reduced price from when I first launched this package (was previously £350) and so now is a great time to buy – it has never been as affordable!

I also include, within this amazing price, a FREE 6×4 inch gift print, of your choice, from each session.

When one photoshoot just isn’t enough!

Is the Baby’s First Year package right for you? Well, many parents come to me with their newborn for my signature sleeping baby portraits, and then love the results so much that they can’t wait to book in with me again!

If this sounds like you, then YES! The Baby’s First Year package is designed especially for you!

I created it because I see so much demand for this service. For most families, one photoshoot is just not enough! They love their newborn portraits and want to come back for more at the significant milestones in their baby’s first year.

And I love that! I want as many families as possible to be able to take advantage of this chance to obtain photographs which capture precious moments and memories, as their babies grow.

Baby's First Year sitting up session

Let’s recap: What’s included in ‘Baby’s First Year’?

This great value baby photography package includes:

  • Three photo sessions throughout baby’s first year with me – Jos, Fellow of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers, current ‘Bump to Baby Photographer of the Year’, Principle photographer and owner of Photojos Photography
  • Exclusive use of my central Liverpool-based studio for each session
  • A free 6×4 inch photo print from each session
  • Three free viewing appointments at my photography studio (each one held a couple of weeks after the portrait sessions)

During each photography session, I will take lots of different photos, in a variety of creative setups. I also incorporate a selection of my beautiful props and backdrops. This is so that you get lots of different photos to choose from at your viewing sessions.

Baby's First Year sitting up session

Just to clarify too, the total package price of just £135 also is a payment towards my time in the studio, use of my photographic equipment, and my time spent professionally editing the best portraits from each of the three sessions.

Photo Products and Prints

At your three viewing sessions, you’ll then have the chance to purchase photo products including professionally-created frames and canvases and photo books.

I also offer digital images on USB, so that you may buy the photos you want and then arrange to print them yourself if you’d prefer.

Want to book your Baby’s First Year package?

Simply contact me to pay a £50 deposit to get your booking confirmed.  The balance of £85 is then payable in full at your first, of the three, photo sessions.

Please note that no photo products are included in the package price except the free 6×4 inch photo prints, as outlined above. Please see my full Terms and Conditions for more details.

Any questions? Just contact me! I’m available on 0151 203 6439 or 07929 768371 or send me an email to jocelyn@photojos.co.uk.

Learning to judge professional photography

I’m not just involved in the photography world because it is my job. I am so passionate about photography and am happiest when I immerse myself in anything and everything photography related!

Despite having been a professional maternity, newborn baby, child and family photographer all these years, I’m always striving to learn new things about photography.

Case in point, I’m recently been through ‘Judge’s School’ to learn how to assess photography at a professional level.

Fellow of the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers

If you’ve been following my blog, you may recall that I was awarded my Fellowship with the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers (SWPP) earlier this year.

SWPP Fellowship Panel

Gaining my Fellowship of the SWPP was a HUGE step in my career as it’s a worldwide association for serious photographers.

Fellowship is the highest judged award level that a photographer can achieve. I am now among only a very small cluster of professional photographers across the world who have achieved this standard in their work.

It was a huge boost to me as an independent photographer.

It also hopefully gives you, my clients, reassurance that my work (some examples shown here) is of the very highest quality – even when judged by international standards.

Fine art photography by Photojos Photography

 

Photojos Photography goes back to school!

As a Fellow of the SWPP, I’m now welcome to train to become an official judge for their regular and annual photography awards schemes.

‘Judge’s School’ has been a really interesting exercise so I thought I would tell you more about it and share with you what I have learnt.

International photography awards

The SWPP holds monthly photography competitions and an annual awards ceremony where overall winners of the year in various categories are announced.

Photographers from around the world enter these awards to have their work professionally assessed and to continue learning about how their images can be improved through the feedback they receive.

Now as a qualified judge on the SWPP’s judging panel, I will now be involved in its highly regarded international photography awards.

I will also judge photography submissions, made at their annual conference, for special awards such Fellowship panels – like the one I submitted last year!

Judging professional photography submissions

 

Developing my photography skills

Through the Judge’s School training, I am learning more and more about how to assess photography with a critical eye.

I am learning how to look at images thoroughly and how to spot things that could be improved in other photographers’ work. This, of course, is therefore, helping me to develop my own photography.

Assessing photography submissions

You may not realise it but the assessments are based on all manner of things, not just the image itself.

The image print quality, how the image has been mounted, the paper choice and the degree of digital editing that has been done in the post-production phases – these are all these things come into play during judging.

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I love checking out all the finer details that make up an image so this is heaven for photography geeks like me!

Learning from the masters

Throughout Judge’s School, I’ve been learning from existing SWPP Judges including the likes of Terri Jones, Damian McGillicuddy, Allad Oldfield, Peter Ellis, Peter Jones. These are all well-renowned photographers, each with over three decades of professional photography experience.

It’s very exciting to be working so closely with such masters of the photography world!

Fine art photography by Photojos Photography

Judge’s School training now complete

I have now completed the Judge’s School training and have independently judged two Licentiate panels. I’m learning loads about photography and am really excited about having this opportunity to add another string to my bow.

So remember, if you are looking for a Liverpool-based photographer who doesn’t just talk the talk but walks the walk as well, I’m definitely your girl!

Please take a look around my website for more details of my portrait photography packages.

Join me for an enchanted adventure photoshoot

Calling all beautiful fairies and handsome elves!

I’m offering something brand new this month – something that I think you and the young children in your life will love!

For one weekend only, on Saturday September 17th and Sunday 18th September, my photo studio will be transformed into a magical and enchanted forest!

Enchanted adventure photoshoot

Enchanted adventure photoshoot

Does your child ever dream of being transformed into a graceful fairy or an elegant elf – perhaps like the characters in their favourite mythical stories?

Well, my enchanted adventure photoshoot offers you an exclusive opportunity to let their imaginations run wild and make their dreams come true!

Flower fairy during an enchanted adventure photoshoot

Fine art children’s portraits

I’ll be transforming all children who take part in my special enchanted adventure photoshoot weekend into elves and fairies, and I’ll be recording the fun so that you can keep a record of their magical day.

The fine art portraits that I will create will look more like paintings than photographs! The result will be something that you’ll treasure forever.

Beautiful fairy in an enchanted adventure photoshoot

Who can take part?

The enchanted adventure photoshoot is suitable for boys aged 8 months to 6 years and girls aged 8 months to 12 years.

Magical photoshoot with Photojos Photography

What’s included?

Your enchanted adventure photoshoot costs just £25 per child.

I’ll be dressing the girls in charming fairy costumes and boys as fine elves.

Each child will be able to sit amongst a magical forest setting and I’ll complete the look with an assortment of fairy wands, garlands, magical lakes, toadstools and forest greeneries.

You’ll get:

  • a private 30 minute enchanted adventure photoshoot experience at my studio in central Liverpool
  • all portraits will be taken by me, Jos, Fellow of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers, current ‘Bump to Baby Photographer of the Year’, Principle photographer and owner of Photojos Photography
  • use of my props and beautiful costumes
  • the chance to purchase your photos from an especially created price list, offering great value packages
  • PLUS you can save £25 off photo prints because you can put your session fee towards the cost of any photos that you buy (see below for my photo product prices)

Fairy in an enchanted adventure photoshoot

How much do the photo prints cost?

You are under no obligation to purchase anything after the enchanted adventure photoshoot, but I’m confident that your pictures will be adorable and hard to resist!

The photo prints will be lovely mementoes of their magical day – ideal for the child’s bedroom walls or as birthday or Christmas gift perhaps. (Yes Christmas is now only 17 weeks away!)

I have created a special price list especially for my special fairies and elves.

  • Prices start from £49 for a 10×8 inch photo print
  • Print packages (multiple prints) start from £95
  • Packages of digital images are priced from £250

Ready to book your enchanted adventure photoshoot?

If so, please book now to secure the time slot of your choice. I have limited availability since I am offering this service ONLY on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September.

I’ve had lots of lovely feedback from people who have already seen my fairy photoshoot portraits and am anticipating that slots will get booked up quickly.

Click here to book your time slot.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me on 0151 203 6439 or 07929 768371 or email me at jocelyn@photojos.co.uk

Baby’s first Year! Watch me Grow!

Aww I love seeing my lovely clients coming back time and time again! It’s extra special, watching all those little milestones, during a baby’s first year!

Its amazing how quickly they grow right under your eyes!

Today has marked the end of little Isobel’s first year! I’m so privileged  to have met her and her lovely mummies!

It all started over a year ago with a beautiful bump session!

bump photo

 Newborn session

A few weeks later I was excited to meet little Isobella. She was so cute and so good for her Newborn session! Look at her beautiful little face and lovely dark hair!

Newborn

Newborn

4 Month session

Aww look at those little ears! I Loved doing a couple of autumn themed pictures when she was a big 4 months old. She could just hold her head up for a couple of pics! Cute!

4 Months

4 Months

8 Month Session

At 8 Months she could sit up all by herself! and gave some gorgeous little smiles and chuckles!

8 Months

8 Months

1st Birthday Cake Smash

And today it was Isobella’s first birthday Cake Smash session! How quick has that year gone! Wow!

So much fun! lots of laughs and chuckles and we even had a little dance to her favourite song! and she loved her beautiful cake! Scrumptious!

1st Birthday

1st Birthday

How quick did the time go! These little ones grow so quick! Its lovely to watch them grow and it’ll be wonderful for Little Isobella to look back on in years to come!

Contact me now to book your Baby’s First Year package!

Until next time!

Love Jos xx

The fascinating story of the identical triplets from Liverpool

Lots of exciting things happened at Photojos Photography last week so I wanted to share those with you since I’m still on cloud nine right now thinking about it all!

But first I need to take you back to August last year, when the story really begins. It was then I met, for the first time, three gorgeous newborn baby triplets – Roman, Rocco and Rohan and their lovely young mum, Becki-Jo.

Photojos Photography identical triplets

Becki-Jo lives locally, in Gateacre, Liverpool, and had conceived the triplets naturally. She was surprised as any mum is to learn that she was having multiples (I should know, I’m a mum of twins myself)!

She already had a two year old daughter, Indiana, now aged three. She was a little star and happily posed for portraits with the boys. She adored them!

Photojos Photography identical triplets with older sister

Photographing multiples

Having seen my work online, Becki-Jo wanted me to take photos of her boys in my trademark sleeping baby style. As with any newborn photoshoots with twin or multiples, I relish the challenge!

The session went well. Although it’s, of course, quite difficult to get all the babies sleeping at the same time and positioned perfectly, I got some brilliant portraits of the triplets that I was really pleased with.

Photojos Photography sleeping identical triplets

Award-winning portrait

I was so pleased with one in particular that I entered it into the Societies of Photographers’ image competition last year.

Little did I know then that this portrait would go on to secure me a place in the final of their annual photography awards. Then when the winners were announced, in January this year, I actually won the international ‘Bump to Baby Photographer of the Year 2015’ award!

Award winning image of identical triplets by Photojos Photography

Since January I’ve had some great publicity as a result of the award win, but I thought that was the end of the story.

That was, until last week…..

The story of the identical triplets

I was made aware of the triplet boys being featured in an article in the Daily Mail newspaper – the widest read national paper here in the UK.

Becki-Jo had put the boys through a DNA test and had discovered that they were genetically identical – the chances of which is 200 million to one!

The story hit the headlines because they are believed to be one of only a handful of naturally conceived sets of identical triplets in the UK.

Becki-Jo had been adamant that the triplets had their differences, but it seems that – genetically at least – they are exactly the same!

Sleeping siblings by Photojos Photography

Photojos Photography on TV!

I was thrilled that a couple of my photos of the identical triplets as newborns were included in the Daily Mail article.

A couple of them were also featured on Good Morning Britain – the morning news programme on ITV, which is broadcast to millions of people across the UK! Wow!

Throughout last week I was also featured in other newspaper articles as the story of Becki-Jo and her identical triplets spread across the media.

I was interviewed on regional TV on Wednesday when I was featured on BBC North West – my first ever TV interview! Eeek! I was also interviewed live on BBC Radio Merseyside!

Black and white portrait of sleeping identical triplets

The boys are absolutely gorgeous and mum Becki-Jo is so lovely. It’s been wonderful to have the excuse to see the triplets again.

I’m very excited about the prospect of photographing them again soon, as they are rapidly approaching their first birthday– watch this space for more gorgeous pictures of these (now famous) identical triplets!

For more examples of my newborn photography, please visit my Newborn Gallery.

Until next time, love Jos xx

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