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 wrapping

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.

Baby wrapping baby girl in pink wrap

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.

breastfeeding mum

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

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

Little Sebastian’s Newborn Photo Session!

Aww, I had the privilege today of welcoming Little Sebastian, into the studio, for his newborn photo session! Only 5 days new!! How wonderful!

Newborn baby

It was only a short time ago that I did some bump photos for his mum!

bump photo

It was lovely to meet little Sebastian, and such a cute baby… so well behaved for his photos!

And he loved posing with his mum and dad too! he loved cuddles! But who doesn’t? lol!mum and newborn baby

dad holding newborn baby

I’ve had a lovely day!

How cute he is! Such a handsome little man!

Thank you mum and dad, for bringing him in! I can’t wait to show you the rest! xxxxx

sleeping newborn baby

Visit my Bump to Baby session page for more details about what is included in a shoot like this, and contact me to book yours!

Love Jos xx

Little Layla’s Newborn Photography session

Oh I had the pleasure of meeting gorgeous little Layla Rose today.

Her mum Jemma was the lucky winner of the March Facebook Competition!

She won a VIP Newborn Photography session with me! Jocelyn!

She came for a little ‘Bump Bowl’ casting and delivered little Layla Rose not long after.. she obviously didn’t want to hand around!

potato sack pose

Snug as a bug!

Wow. How gorgeous is she! Such a tiny tot! Weighing only 5lb1oz at birth! But piling on the weight now!

It was fantastic to see her in her ‘Bump Bowl’.. she just fit in! lol!

Bump bowl

Bump Bowl

I love those little baby lashes too!

baby eyelashes

Baby lashes

Thank you for popping in!

Don’t forget to have a look around while your here!

To enquire or book a session just fill in the contact form below, and Ill be in touch! xxx

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Until next time

Love Jos xxx

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Newborn photography training with Kelly Brown

Newborn baby sleeping during a photography training workshop with Kelly Brown

I recently had the great pleasure of meeting one of my heroes – the wonderful Kelly Brown of Little Pieces Photography!

She came all the way over from Brisbane, Australia to host several newborn photography training events in London.

Newborn photographer Kelly Brown demonstrating baby posing

World-famous newborn photographer

Kelly is a global authority on newborn and baby photography and she has won dozens of awards including AIPP Australian Family Photographer of the Year 2014.

So it was a real pleasure to spend time with her and to learn about how she conducts her newborn photography business, over two inspiring days.

Photography training with Kelly Brown

The photography business

Although I have been a professional baby photographer for many years now, I love learning and trying out new things.

A sleeping baby during the newborn photography training

While there was no big revelation as such in what Kelly taught on the baby posing and photography side of things, she also covered the business of newborn photography. It was this that was most interesting to me.

I was able to take away several new ideas for the sales and marketing aspects of my business. As a result I have decided to implement some small changes to my service which will really improve things for you, my lovely clients.

Great quality in less time

I will now make my newborn photoshoots more streamlined, and will focus on getting the shots I want in a shorter time frame.

So, parents, you will still get all the beautiful photos of your baby in my signature style, such as the ones shown here.

One of the baby models sleeps peacefully during the newborn photography training workshop

Plus I’ll still include a variety of poses to give you lots of choice when it comes to selecting your pictures. The change is merely that you will need to spend less time in my studio.

My average sessions used to last anything up to four hours, and I know that some clients find this to be a long time to sit and wait around, while I’m busy settling and posing your newborn.

Now, thanks to Kelly’s newborn photography training, two to three hours should be sufficient for getting the same poses completed and photographed.

The final edited images by Photojos Photography

Inspirational weekend

Thinking back now, it was a wonderful weekend! What a privilege to have been taught by Kelly.

Working with tiny newborns comes naturally to newborn photography trainer Kelly Brown

She is a global celebrity in the newborn photography industry and has definitely helped me to develop my photography business.

Kelly Brown positioning a newborn baby during the photography training session

Come back soon Kelly!

If you would like to book a newborn photo session with me, please get in touch!

Jos xx

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Portraits of a Champion: Rachel Choong

Photographing the world number 1 in para-badminton!

Rachel Choong badminton champion in the Photojs Photography studio

I recently had the pleasure of photographing the gorgeous Rachel Choong.

Rachel is the Triple World Para-badminton Champ and has twice won the European Para-badminton Championships. She is also the winner of the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards ‘Inspirational Performance of the Year 2016’ and just recently won the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award at the National Badminton Awards!

It was amazing to have her in the studio. Read on for an insight into what went on behind the scenes.

Fine art portraiture

Having Rachel in the studio was a real highlight; something really different to my newborn and baby photography.

I had the opportunity to photograph Rachel because she has been friends with my eldest daughter Neive for years. They met at school when they were 11 and, although they have taken very different paths, it’s lovely that they have remained close over the years.

Neive, now 23, is a fashion designer and recently needed a model to wear some of the clothes that she had designed. Rachel was happy to help out and so the plan was that I was going to help my daughter out by photographing Rachel modelling the clothes.

Strike a pose!

Rachel Choong took part in a fashion shoot at Photojos Photography

I enjoy capturing movement in my photography (see some examples here) and I was excited about the prospect of photographing Rachel.  I wanted to make the most of this opportunity.

So I convinced her to bring along her medals and trophies and all her England gear so that once I was finished with the fashion shots for Neive, I could get some creative sporty shots, just for fun!

Rachel Choong is the world number 1 in para-badminton

When Rachel turned up we had great fun trying out different poses and she was happy to play badminton (or attempt to at least) while Neive threw shuttlecocks at her from off-camera!

Photographing Rachel Choong playing badminton was a real highlight

I got some lovely photos of her, using a slow shutter-speed to catch the movement. I’m pleased to say she was thrilled with the portraits, some of which I’ve included here.

A real sport!

Rachel is the world number one in para-badminton!

She made history by winning her third gold medal at the Para-Badminton World Championships last September, aged just 21. This made her the first England player to ever win three titles at a single world championships.

Rachel Choong is the Triple World Para-badminton Champ

As a professional Paralympic athlete and representative of England, she’s now a global sports star. She attends all the major sporting events and promotes Paralympic sports around the world and is hoping to debut in Tokyo in the 2020 Olympics.

I feel honoured to have been able to photograph her and wish her the very best of luck in all her sporting endeavours.

Jos xx

Fundraising to fight Motor Neurone Disease: Please pledge your support

Today’s blog is slightly different to my usual posts. It concerns something very close to my heart and also comes with a plea for your support.

Outside of work I have a wonderful network of friends, one of whom is Steve Cliff. Steve is a selfless and truly inspirational guy.

Steve Cliff taking part in the Anniversary Waltz Fell Race

He organises the Anniversary Waltz Fell Race; an annual walk and race across an 11.5 mile course through the beautiful Newlands Valley in the Lake District.

Motor Neurone Disease

Sadly Steve was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease last May, and has been tirelessly fundraising for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) ever since. Unbelievably he has raised over £26,000 to date!

The charity does vital work by funding clinical research into finding a cure for motor neurone disease; a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord, and which affects thousands of people in the UK alone.

Walking with a purpose
The Anniversary Waltz in full swing!

This year I’ve decided to get involved in Steve’s Anniversary Waltz.

The event is next weekend (Sunday 17th April) and I will be fundraising for the Motor Neurone Disease Association to do what I can to support this worthy cause too.

Here’s my Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/Jocelyn-Conway.

Steve Cliff (centre) and his wife Wynn - organisers of the Anniversary Waltz Fell Race

Whereas I’ve helped out at the event in previous years, marshalling at the event and taking photographs, this year I will actually be pulling on my hiking boots.

Despite the fact that I just recently broke one of my toes (ouch!), I’m still relishing the challenge. I’ll be navigating the gruelling, but beautiful, course across five valley peaks and an ascent of 3600ft.

The Anniversary Waltz Fell Race

Along with the many others taking part, I’ll have the beautiful picturesque and quiet valleys of the national park as my backdrop as I walk across five peaks and climb 3600ft.

It will be a great experience and I can’t wait! I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed (apart from the broken one!) that the weather holds out! Lol!

An inspiration!
Steve Cliff Anniversary Waltz Fell Race

I’m not exaggerating when I say that, to me, Steve is an absolute inspiration.

After his diagnosis in May 2015 Steve, being Steve, took it upon himself to face up to his condition with a fiercely positive attitude. The amount of money he has raised for the MNDA in less than one year is absolutely staggering.

I’m pleased to say his efforts have not gone unnoticed though. Just last month Steve won the MNDA’s outstanding achievement award at the Charity Staff and Volunteer Awards!

Please lend your support

Happy times with Steve, family and friends
On my Just Giving Page (here’s the link again https://www.justgiving.com/Jocelyn-Conway) you’ll see that I have already exceeded my fundraising target of £200 but that doesn’t mean that I want to stop there!

So please, if you can, help me to help fight this awful disease by pledging your support. It would also be wonderful if you could share this post or my Just Giving page with your family and friends?

If you’d like to find out more about the Anniversary Waltz, and perhaps consider taking part yourself, visit: http://www.anniversarywaltz.co.uk

A huge thanks in advance for your support!
Jos xx

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