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.

Sleeping baby by Photojos Photography

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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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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

girl with long hair defying gravity, strong wind

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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